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Samsung, Fox announce expanded 4K content deal

Building on a content deal first announced at CES 2014, Samsung and 20th Century Fox today revealed what the companies are calling a "New UHD Content Ecosystem."

Said to deliver a variety of 4K (aka UHD) content using the Smart Hub platform built into Samsung's 2014 4K TVs, the partnership "will also explore additional collaboration opportunities in multiple areas of innovation."

Specifics beyond those vague buzzwords, for example timing, delivery mechanism, bandwidth requirements and cost, were scarce. We'll try to pry more details about the announcement from Samsung at its press event today in … Read more

Microsoft takes on the 'free' OS

Microsoft is taking baby steps toward offering its operating system for free or on the cheap -- a necessary tactic in a world dominated by Google's Android and other up-and-coming free operating systems, an analyst tells CNET.

As reported by the Times of India this week, Microsoft had been in negotiations with Indian phone companies to "produce affordable Windows Phone devices" since last year.

The agreement was "clinched" when Microsoft agreed to offer the Windows Phone OS sans the usual licensing fee, according to the Times. Microsoft said to CNET in a statement that it &… Read more

Dish blinks in Hopper standoff with Disney -- or is it a wink?

Dish's protections around its contentious Auto-Hop feature on the Hopper remote DVR just started to crack.

In order to renew an agreement that will ensure Dish continues to carry Disney networks like ABC and ESPN and gain access to video on apps for the channels, the satellite television distributor agreed to disable the automatic ad-skipping feature on its Hopper network DVR for three days after a program is broadcast.

The deal was first reported by the Wall Street Journal.

However, a release detailing the deal later Monday showed their deal goes much further than that. Dish also secured the … Read more

Tizen chairman, ever the optimist, says smartphone will hit market in 2014

BARCELONA, Spain -- Tizen Association Chairman Ryoichi Roy Sugimara is very protective of his "baby."

That baby, of course, is the upstart operating system Tizen and, by extension, any device running on the platform.

In explaining the continued delay of a smartphone running on Tizen, Sugimara said the association and its carrier partners are carefully looking at the best market for a launch. Sugimara told CNET that a phone will indeed hit the market some time this year, although he declined to get more specific.

"You'll see a real commercial launch in some markets," he … Read more

The 404 1,428: Where we see in HD (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Neuroscientist develops app that can train you to see farther.

- Exhibition "Personified" allows visitors to turn their heartbeats into music.

- A small town in Pennsylvania seeks recognition from Google Maps, Facebook, and Mapquest.

- Protip: How to keep YouTube streaming on your phone when you turn it off.… Read more

Mozilla Firefox 27 review

Mozilla Firefox's latest incarnation adds an improved social platform to its bevy of creative settings and host of add-ons. The new Social API lets you embed social networks into the browser for easy access, bringing you convenient updates and notifications from Facebook and other networks. If you haven't already tried this browser, there's no better time than now.

Mozilla Firefox prides itself on being on the cutting edge with its many features and high performance. The new release consistently performs near the front of the pack in terms of speed, running in our side-by-side tests neck and … Read more

Dish's Hopper legal win against Fox stands -- again

A federal appeals court Friday denied broadcaster 21st Century Fox's appeal to make Dish Network's Hopper ad-skipping service temporarily unavailable to consumers.

At the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth District, a panel of the court denied Fox's request for an "en banc" rehearing, which means the entire bench of the Ninth Circuit court would rehear the case rather than the smaller panel. It also rejected another panel rehearing.

According to the opinion, the judges involved voted against the rehearing because the lower Los Angeles court's decision appropriately determined Fox failed to … Read more

Star Apps: Tara Summers

Tara Summers, the daughter of socialite and British Vogue editor Nona Summers and gallerist Martin Summers, was born with a silver spoon in her mouth. She had her first taste of success in the UK with an autobiographical play, "Gypsy of Chelsea," about her childhood with a socialite mother who counted numerous celebrities as personal friends. In the US, the actress first gained attention with a two-year turn on "Boston Legal." Now she hopes to find greater fame co-starring with Greg Kinnear on the new Fox series "Rake", Thursdays at 9 (8 central). Prior … Read more

NFL playoffs get free streaming on CBS, NBC

Networks are gearing up for Super Bowl 2014, and this year online viewers are getting a little something extra: NFL playoff coverage.

Both NBC and CBS, which is the parent company of CNET, will be streaming playoff coverage for free, according to Variety.

NBC is re-upping on what it offered customers last year by streaming its two wild card match-ups scheduled for Saturday and the NFL Pro Bowl on January 24. CBS is offering pre-Super Bowl streaming for the first time this year, which means it will be showing all four of its playoff games. This means fans will be … Read more

Here's Megan Fox showing her Call of Duty during a 'Hangover'

When it was announced last week that Megan Fox would be in the new Call Of Duty: Ghosts ad, many reacted with a shudder of disbelief.

This would be the first time that a woman would star in a Call Of Duty ad. Could she possibly act better than Kobe Bryant?

I can put you at your ease. The ad has been released and I see no reason, after this, that the Lakers wouldn't sign Fox to play shooting guard.

In this bracing homage to "The Hangover," we see four boys going off to Vegas to do … Read more