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Netflix signs a multi-year deal with producer & director, Ryan Murphy

Netflix has announced that they’ve entered a multi-year agreement with Ryan Murphy and his production company, to create new series and films for the streaming service.Murphy has previously created, written and produced shows such as Glee, American Horror Story, Nip/Tuck and American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson. According to the New York Times and Deadline, the five-year agreement is said to be worth $300 million USD.Here’s what Ryan Murphy had to said about the news:“The history of this moment is not lost on me,” said Murphy. “I am a gay kid from Indiana who moved to Hollywood in 1989 with $55 dollars in savings in my pocket, so the fact that my dreams have crystallized and come true in such a major way is emotional and overwhelming to me. I am awash in genuine appreciation for Ted Sarandos, Reed Hastings and Cindy Holland at Netflix for believing in me and the future of my company which will continue to champion women, minorities and LGBTQ heroes and heroines, and I am h…

Panasonic’s latest Lumix cameras are small and shoot 4K video

Panasonic has announced two new cameras in their Lumix lineup, with the Lumix DC-GX9MK and the Lumix DC-ZS200.Lumix DC-GX9MKThe Lumix DC-GX9MK is a mirrorless camera with a 20.3-megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor which has a low-pass filter and Venus Engine. This should help produce natural, high-resolution images.The camera also comes with a new L.Monochrome D mode which can help photographers create dynamic monochrome photos with an emphasis on highlights and shadows. There’s also a 5-axis Dual I.S. (Image Stabilizer), O.I.S (Optical Image Stabilization) and B.I.S (Body Image Stabilizer), this should help with low-light shooting.The screen on the Lumix DC-GX9MK can tilt up to 90 degrees and the camera can record videos at up to 4K at either 30 or 24 fps and Full HD at 60 fps. You’ll also be able to take 4K burst files at 30 fps which can then be saved as 8-megapixel photos.The camera also includes Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi, for connectivity to your smartphone or tablet. The Lumix DC-GX9MK…

LG to introduce their Vision AI at MWC 2018

LG has announced that at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018, that they’ll be introducing the first part in their suite of AI technologies.This will be in the form of Vision AI, which is said to be LG’s version of Google Lens and Samsung’s Bixby Vision.The Vision AI will be first available in the 2018 version of the LG V30. The new version of the phone will feature dual lenses, wide-angle low-distortion lenses, and all-glass Crystal Clear Lens.LG says that Vision AI will “automatically analyzes objects and recommends the best shooting mode from among eight modes: portrait, food, pet, landscape, city, flower, sunrise, and sunset.” You’ll also be able to get shopping advice, scan QR codes and more.LG said that they have collaborated with a partner in image recognition to help them analyze over 100 million images to help train the phone’s image recognition algorithms.Also, there will be Voice AI coming in the 2018 LG V30 which will allow users to run apps and change settings via voice comma…

Android P will reportedly support notched displays and have a new design

According to a new report by Bloomberg, this year’s Android P update is said to have better support for phones with notched-displays.This would mean that Android P would be better suited for phones such as the Essential Phone.In addition, Google will be integrating the Assistant more tightly into the OS and even offer Assistant integration for third-party developers. Android P will also bring improved battery life and support for new phone designs such as ones with multiple screens and foldable displays.Bloomberg also adds that Google will be trying to persuade more iPhone users to switch over to Android. This would come in the form of an improved design.Internally, Google is said to be calling Android P by the codename Pistachio Ice Cream but that won’t be the official codename for the update.We should be seeing the first Android P developer preview sometime in March, with more details to be announced at Google I/O in May and a final release at the end of the summer/ fall.Source: Blo…

Plex Live TV now available on Xbox One

Plex has announced that their Live TV feature is now available on Xbox One as well as their Plex Media Player app,This means that Plex users on Xbox One have the ability to pause, resume and skip within a show. It also makes it easier for cord cutters to enjoy free HDTV channels such as local news, sports and more.In addition, Plex has added some more functionality to the Live TV feature on Roku devices, now there’s an instant replay option for “those time you can’t believe what you just saw,” as well as close captioning for both DVR and Live TV.The Live TV is also available on the Plex Media Player desktop client as well as the Plex Web App.You’ll need a Plex Pass to use the Live TV feature as well as a digital antenna and a digital tuner (such as the HDHomeRun Connect).Source: Plex

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Nest is joining the Google Hardware team

Google has announced that they’ll be merging the Nest team along with the Google Hardware team as one overall team.Rick Osterloh, Senior Vice President of Hardware at Google said that, “The goal is to supercharge Nest’s mission: to create a more thoughtful home, one that takes care of the people inside it and the world around it. By working together, we’ll continue to combine hardware, software and services to create a home that’s safer, friendlier to the environment, smarter and even helps you save money—built with Google’s artificial intelligence and the Assistant at the core.”This means that we could be seeing Nest products with the Google Assistant built-in (possibly the 4th Generation Nest Thermostat?) or even Google products but with designs by the Nest team.Google bought nest back in 2014 for $3.2 billion and Nest has sold more than 11 million devices since 2011 and Google has sold tens of millions of devices.Osterloh also said in the Google blog post, that “We’ve had a head st…