Entertainment

World's largest TV, 'Big Hoss,' is as long as a jet

They say everything's bigger in Texas, and now they have the TV to prove it.

The "Big Hoss" TV was turned on for the first time in front of a live audience Wednesday night at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. The screen, built by Panasonic, measures 218 feet wide by 94.6 feet tall. That means it's longer than Boeing's biggest 767 (the 400ER), and taller than a seven-story building. To put it in home electronics terms, it's a 2,852-inch TV. The display features 20,633.64 square feet of HD LED lights that broadcast 4.8 million pixels and 281 trillion colors.

The TV has a 140-degree viewing angle so it can be seen by people in a large swath of seats at the Speedway, and it takes a crew of five people to operate it from within the attached control room. The screen is also allegedly able to handle wind speeds of up to 120 mph, as well as impacts from projectiles like hail, something that was confirmed by workers hitting golf balls at the LEDs, according to ESPN. … Read more

Christian Bale is top choice to play Steve Jobs, says report

Move over, Aston Kutcher, there may soon be a new Steve Jobs in town. An as-yet-untitled movie for Sony Pictures centering around the Apple co-founder has a script by Aaron Sorkin ("The Social Network"), but it doesn't yet have a star attached. Director David Fincher ("Girl with the Dragon Tattoo") is said to be the likeliest person to helm the production. According to a report from TheWrap, Fincher said he would only do the film if Christian Bale signs on as the lead.

The source is a classic unnamed "individual familiar with the project." Whether that person is a Sony exec or a coffee fetcher, we don't know. Fincher and Sorkin teamed up previously for "The Social Network," a geek-flavored film about the rise of Facebook. It would seem natural to turn them loose together on the Steve Jobs story.… Read more

Kaffe qif qiya! Finally, a course to help kids learn Dothraki

Hey kids! Have you ever wanted to learn how to say "I will dance in your blood?" in the Dothraki language made popular on "Game of Thrones"? Parents, do you want to arm your kids with vital language skills in a world that's increasingly being taken over by strange terms like "Valyrian steel," and "mother of dragons?" If so, video-spoof-making team Nacho Punch has got just the thing for you.

Their latest YouTube parody takes a 1990s commercial for a video set that teaches kids to learn a foreign language by following along with the slightly creepy character "Muzzy," and melds it with the fantasy world of "Game of Thrones."

"With this unique language course," the video says, "humans, giants and even bastards can learn a second language with incredible ease." The course isn't just for wannabe Dothraki speakers either. It also offers lessons in Valyrian, Hodor and White Walker.… Read more

The 404 1,449: Where we run for the border (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Cloak app helps you dodge awkward run-ins with frenemies.

- Taco Bell taps techies with burner phones to market new breakfast menu.

- Robots are creeping their way into newsrooms.

- A new gadget designed to sanitize your public transportation trip.… Read more

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

Creeping closer to TV channel, Netflix licenses 'Fargo' abroad

Netflix wants to be the world's hottest cable channel that isn't on cable, and it's creeping closer with another syndication deal for a high-profile show.

The online-streaming video site will make episodes of FX's upcoming series "Fargo" available on its platform in the Netherlands almost immediately after the shows air in the US.

The deal follows one Netflix secured earlier this year to make the final eight episodes of AMC's "Breaking Bad" available to Netflix customers in the UK and Ireland a day after the US airdate. Netflix said it was … Read more

Sony's Project Morpheus makes big bet on body tracking

There's one pivotal difference right now between the two most promising, best developed virtual reality headset prototypes, forming a simultaneously technical and philosophical barrier.

Oculus VR, while exclusively focused on smooth tracking and optics, has made an open-source darling out of its Oculus Rift headset, turning a radical crowdfunding idea into the face of an emerging industry. Its openness has spawned a movement with a wide breadth of third-party spinoffs, from the Virtuix Omni to countless motion-tracking suits and handsets. Its final, relatively affordable development kit -- announced Wednesday at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco ahead of … Read more

Sony to debut original TV show 'Powers' for PlayStation

Sony has been talking television over the last year and now it's becoming more clear what the company had it mind. According to The Wall Street Journal, Sony is working on an original TV show called "Powers" that will be available on its PlayStation game console.

"It's about having a broad range of broadcast content to replicate the live TV experience," president and group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Andrew House told the Journal.

The show will be produced by Sony Pictures TV -- of "Breaking Bad" fame -- and will be … Read more

Imogen Heap's magical music gloves make for handmade beats

Grammy-winning British artist Imogen Heap says she's always been a bit frustrated by not being able to navigate computers and mixing boards with the same fluidity other musicians can play more traditional instruments. To solve this, she's "joined forces with the nerd underworld, creating musical gloves using new sensor technology allowing me to compose and perform music with computers in an intuitive way."

We first reported on the gloves back in 2011 when Heap debuted them at a TED conference. Now, the artist and her team of engineers and scientists are seeking funding for their "Mi.Mu gloves" through a Kickstarter campaign seeking to raise £200,000 (about $330,000 USD) to bring the technology to the masses. … Read more

LG G Pro vs. iPhone 5S? Alternative brackets to March Madness

March Madness doesn't have to be just about basketball. You can get a tournament fix without ever setting eyes on a round orange bouncy object or the extremely tall humans who use it.

Instead, you can bask in a much nerdier alternative tournament where you get to do things like root for Neil deGrasse Tyson versus the Dowager Countess from "Downton Abbey" or cheer on the iPhone 5S in a pitched battle against the LG G Pro 2.

Welcome to the world of alternative brackets. Here are five to feed your competitive fire, and they have pretty much nothing to do with basketball.… Read more