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TiVo Mega: A DVR That Stores 3 Years Of Video (For $US5000)

So much TV, so little time to watch it. So why not stockpile, say, three years of the stuff using TiVo’s new Mega DVR? You’ll just need a spare $US5000 to enjoy its capabilities.


The Psychology Of Catfishing, From Its First Public Victim

The internet didn’t invent the concept of people not being who they say they are. It simply gave them a better vehicle, and gave these deceivers a name: catfish. That term came into our consciousness first in a documentary, followed by a TV series, and now it’s a book. You may be wondering why.


The Best (And Worst) Texting Scenes In TV And Movies

Text messaging is new enough that movies and TV shows haven’t landed on a consistent way to show viewers what their characters are saying. Done incorrectly, an on-screen text session can look immediately dated or weird. But with the right visuals, the effect can be great.


CSI: Cyber Is Already Perfect When The First Episode Is 'Kidnapping 2.0'

CBS is adding a new version of CSI to the mix, called CSI: CYBER, starring James Van Der Beek and Bow Wow (YEP). Bow Wow is on set today for his first day of filming, and revealed in a tweet that the first episode in the series is titled “Kidnapping 2.0″. Emmy committee, do you read me?


How Hollywood Figured Out A Way To Make Texting In Movies Look Less Dumb

Typing on screens is, as we know, pretty boring to watch. But Hollywood has lately gotten a lot smarter about depicting this ubiquitous technology on screen. A radically new film convention, what we might call the “beyond screen text message,” is emerging right before our eyes.


How A Documentary About Eskimos Explains Our Stupid Reality TV Obsession

We can trace the world’s obsession with curvaceous humanoids like Kim Kardashian and mannequin dolls named after cities and hotel chains back to the first documentary ever made: Nanook of the North. It was a documentary that faked the life of eskimos to entertain people.


The Xbox One Could Soon Stream TV Straight To Your Phone

Just a few months ago, Microsoft pushed out an update that lets you use your phone or tablet as a remote for your TV thanks to Xbox’s SmartGlass app. Soon, it will let you use your phone or tablet as a TV, with live streaming straight to your pocket.


The 1920s Tabloid Reporter Who Predicted TV Could Kill Newspapers

“What for example could be staler than to-morrow morning’s newspaper account of a prize-fight or political convention one has already received over the radio?” wrote one commentator in 1928. Radio was overtaking print as the news medium of the day and some people insisted that newspapers were going to disappear completely. And with that, “serious” reporting would go the way of the dodo. Sound familiar?


How The Best Seinfeld Parody On The Internet Created Seinfeld Emoji

“Imagen if Senfeld on TV today?” is a question often posed by @Seinfeld2000, an alternate universe of Seinfeld characters in contemporary situations told through garbled English and meme-ready Photoshop renderings. Now @Seinfeld2000′s creator has invented his own 2014-appropriate language to communicate with fans: Seinfeld Emoji.


A Star Trek Phaser TV Remote Is Perfect For Fast-Forwarding Enterprise

The only thing more satisfying for Star Trek fans than fast-forwarding through Enterprise’s awful opening credits would be doing it with this wonderfully detailed phaser prop universal remote. Created using 3D scans of the actual hero prop used on the original Star Trek series, the phaser remote will be officially revealed at ThinkGeek’s San Diego Comic Con booth next week.


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