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The Beatles' US albums remastered: Review and overview

On Sunday, February 9, in 1964, 73 million viewers in the US and millions more in Canada watched the Beatles' American television debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show." The band's very first LP, "Meet the Beatles," sold 3.6 million albums in the first two months in the US, and Capitol Records went on to sell 15 million Beatles albums in the States in 1964. These were different albums, with different combinations of songs than the Beatles albums released in England. That separate release pattern continued until June 1967 with the release of the "… Read more

Isohunt to permanently shutter after settlement with MPAA

Popular BitTorrent search engine Isohunt has been slated to shutter indefinitely. After years of court battles over copyright infringement with the Motion Picture Association of America, Isohunt has agreed to settle.

Under the terms of the settlement (PDF), which was issued on Thursday, Isohunt's founder Gary Fung has seven days to shut down the site, as well as close three other sites that redirect to Isohunt -- Podtropolis, TorrentBox, and Edtk-it.com. Fung has also agreed to pay $110 million in damages.

"It's sad to see my baby go. But I have fought the good fight, I … Read more

Video of angry woman using 'telekinetic' powers goes viral

Imagine trying to order a bagel on a normal New York day when an angry woman takes her fury out on a man by slamming him against a wall -- using nothing but her mental powers. You'd freak out, right?

Thanks to Laughing Squid, a promotional video for the forthcoming remake of "Carrie" shows just that and it's spreading like wildfire on the Internet. Video viewers are let in on the joke immediately by way of some "making of" footage, but those in the cafe who were not forewarned were probably quite right to … Read more

Buy a 'life size' AT-ST Walker, you deserve it

After a long, hard day at work, you deserve to come home to the welcoming "arms" of a somewhat-life-size-but-not-really AT-ST Walker from "Star Wars." So go ahead, click over to eBay and pick one up for $15,700.

The 16-foot-tall Walker replica is located in England, so you'll have to sort out the shipping arrangements, but it will be worth it. It probably won't fit inside your house, so I would recommend putting it in the front yard as the world's most awesome lawn ornament. It's weather-proofed to hold up to the UK rains.… Read more

Will Europe send robot snakes to Mars before Hollywood?

In our real, human world, we first learned to fly ourselves around our planet before advancing enough to fly robots made in our image (kind of) to explore Mars.

In the world of Hollywood, snakes on a plane have tangled with Samuel L. Jackson and terrorized numerous overacting extras, so it stands to reason that the next step is a Vin Diesel sci-fi flick about treacherous robot snakes on Mars.

But not so fast, say the real humans. Actual nonfictional European scientists are looking into developing robotic snakes that could be sent to Mars to work in tandem with a rover to explore places that are inaccessible to the rover.… Read more

BitTorrent Bundle elbows its way to the original content table

You've never heard of the TV show "Fly or Die," but it could be the next "Orange is the New Black." At least, it could if its producers and BitTorrent get their way -- which just happens to involve heavy audience participation and the sensibilities of the YouTube era.

The public debut of "Fly or Die" is available on Tuesday as a BitTorrent Bundle. It's not a full-fledged show, at least not yet. The first "Fly or Die" Bundle includes an introduction to the main characters and the show's &… Read more

Spike Lee: Tech is a double-edge sword in filmmaking

Acclaimed film director Spike Lee grabbed the tech spotlight last week by launching a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for his next feature film. He has until August 21 to meet his goal of raising $1.25 million.

He's getting there, slowly, with help from some incentive giveaways at the higher donation levels. So far, 1,700 donors have pledged $311,000. At the $10,000 donor level, he's offering dinner and one of his courtside Knicks seats. He revealed that one of the $10,000 donors (there are 14 so far) is fellow filmmaker Steven Soderbergh.

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SaveHollywood for Mac 2.0 Review

Whether you want to use an interesting video as your screensaver, or would like to use your screensaver to display marketing and promotional material, this app provides an interesting solution. SaveHollywood for Mac enables you to use your own videos, including flash, QuickTime and other formats, as a screensaver. It can also be used as a solution to watch QuickTime videos in fullscreen. This non-intrusive app works great and offers some customization options.

The installation process for SaveHollywood for Mac literally takes seconds. Once it's installed, you can access the app via your Desktop and Screensavers in the Mac … Read more

Finally, Twitter Music is available to all

You don't have to be the host of "American Idol" to use Twitter Music anymore.

A little more than a month after CNET broke the news that Twitter was working on a stand-alone music discovery app and a week after that app was rolled out to an invite-only group of celebrities and others -- including Ryan Seacrest -- the general public can now get its hands on the music discovery app.

Twitter officially unveiled #music on Thursday during "Good Morning America." The company later provided more details about the service in a blog post, saying … Read more

Movie studios target mobile apps for copyright infringement

After targeting Web sites for copyright infringement for years, Hollywood is now setting its sights on mobile apps, according to Reuters.

Time Warner, Walt Disney, Sony, Viacom, and Twentieth Century Fox have all recently sent app "take down" notices to Google. Citing copyright infringement, these studios are demanding that the Web giant remove apps that use the likeness of characters in their movies or TV shows.

One of the offending apps is "Hobbit 3D Wallpaper HD," which has images from the popular movie, according to Reuters. Other apps are from movies like "Clash of the … Read more