Netflix effect: how binge watching is changing TV
Is instant gratification really gratification at all?
Streaming services such as Netflix have broken down traditional barriers, democratised the best content and empowered the consumer. Quite frankly, we've never had it so good. We've been given the keys to the proverbial Chocolate Factory and boy have we gorged ourselves silly like an insatiable army of Augustus Gloops. The bold new era of content distribution and technological efficiency has served up entire, original award-winning series series like Netflix' House of Cards and Orange Is The New Black for consumption in one sitting, if the viewer desires. But is this instant gratification offered through high-speed internet, Smart TVs and mobile devices really such a Golden Ticket? Read on to find out
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Are PlayStation games about to invade the PC?
PlayStation Gamer: In the first of a new series of weekly PlayStation columns, Rob Crossley explores the future of PlayStation Now. A future in which Sony could soon open up its twenty-year vault of PlayStation software and hawk its goods to PC gamers. Yes, that means selling PS3, PS2 and PSOne games to those who, potentially, have never owned a single PlayStation system. "Doesn't this make the PC not an absurd destination for PS Now, but an obvious one?"
Gamers need to chill out and embrace new ideas
Xbox Gamer: Have you heard the one about the furore surrounding the revelation that Xbox and PC exclusive - Titanfall - will have multiplayer combat capped at a 6v6 player count? No? Well take a seat as our new Xbox columnist Aoife Wilson explores the backlash. "It blows my mind that so many people actually renounced any previous vested interest in the game based on this one revelation." Continue reading...
Why 2014 will be an amazing year for 4K content
May on 4K: If 2013 was the year of the 4K Ultra HD TV, then 2014 (or as I now like to call it 2014K) is fast shaping up to be the year of 4K content. Whether you want to create your own or kick-back and watch something rather more professional, it's all going down this year. Of course, the biggest 4K content news hails from Netflix. The non-contract streaming outfit has confirmed that it will be launching a UHD service this spring... Here's why you should be excited.
Why has Google bought Nest?
Google is turning up the heat with its latest big buy
If you hate the phrase the Internet of Things, then you are not alone. Tony Fadell, founder of Nest, isn't a fan either. He told TechRadar back in November that items that should never be 'connected' include fridges, toasters and kettles. And this is from the guy who made both smoke alarms and thermostats 'smart'. According to recent news, he has every right to be picky. His company Nest now belongs to Google – the web giant acquired it this week for a whopping $3.2 billion. But what does Google want with Nest? The answer is simple: Google just bought itself a first-class ticket into your home, something it has been trying to do for years.
Bad Nokia! Put that Android down at once!
Why is Microsoft-owned Nokia making an Android handset?
Know any Nokia fans? Noticed that they seem giddy, like their dreams are finally coming true? It's because the Finns could FINALLY be making an Android handset. This is bad news. The NokDroid project has been up and down more than a demented see saw. First, Nokia was developing an Android handset, fulfilling the liquid fantasy of geeks everywhere. Then the project was off. How could Nokia even consider such a thing? It's (sort of) owned by MICROSOFT for Gawd's sake. And now, it looks like it's back on. I can't keep up with this. Read this week's FIGHTING TALK
Internet of Bad Things: it's time to get paranoid about your fridge
Gary Marshall: It turns out that the Internet of Things is the Internet of Not Very Secure Things. Smart devices have proven to be a little too smart: 100,000 of them, including a smart fridge and some TVs, have reportedly been used to send a quarter of a million spam emails. And that adds a whole new dimension to a very old joke*: how do you know when there's a hacker in your fridge? Continue reading...