Dolby to put Atmos surround sound on tablets, smartphones

SAN FRANCISCO -- Anyone who has seen the movie "Gravity" in a Dolby Atmos theater can understand what it's like to truly experience surround-sound.

The viewer becomes completely immersed in booms, echoes, smashes, and whispers -- space debris zooms overhead, loudly crashes into the International Space Station, and then there's total silence with just the faint murmur of Sandra Bullock's panicked breathing.

There's a reason why two of the movie's seven Academy awards were for sound.

Now Dolby is bringing this same experience to mobile. That's right, it's like a movie … Read more

The 404 1,444: Where we're trapped in a phone booth (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Amazon Prime fee jumps to $99 a year.

- The most legendary phone booth in the country is back, with conferencing.

- Here's a map of said phone booth and one of the first transcribed conversations that took place there.

- The best theater in the galaxy: now you can watch "Gravity" in zero gravity.… Read more

Oscar winner '12 Years a Slave' sees illegal downloads triple

The movie "12 Years a Slave" swept the Academy Awards on Sunday and apparently it's also now sweeping movie download sites. According to TorrentFreak, the number of people illegally sharing the movie tripled the day after it won the Oscar for best picture.

On Monday, the movie saw 100,000 more downloads that the usual amount, according to TorrentFreak. Reportedly, the downloads are being shared through BitTorrents.

It's not only "12 Years a Slave" that's experiencing massive downloads, the movie "Gravity" also saw double the downloads after it won seven Academy … Read more

The 404 1,435: Where we reach the big reveal with Screen Rant's Kofi Outlaw (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Check out Screen Rant: The #1 Independent Movie & TV News Website.

- Screen Rant's riskiest movies of 2014.

- The latest episode of the Screen Rant Underground podcast predicts the 2014 Oscar winners.

- Follow Screen Rant's Kofi Outlaw on Twitter.… Read more

How Sports Illustrated shot Kate Upton in a bikini and zero gravity

As the father of a young girl, I'm a little less enthusiastic about Sports Illustrated's annual swimsuit issue today than I was as a 14-year-old boy. But I did take interest this year to learn that model Kate Upton was asked to go beyond our already ridiculous cultural expectations for beauty and go entirely weightless.

Actually, this is worth putting aside my parental indignation for a second to clarify that I'm not referring to extreme dieting or airbrushing, but instead a parabolic flight where Upton was photographed in the padded interior of a modified Boeing 727 in simulated zero gravity and lunar gravity conditions. … Read more

Which smartphone users are the biggest data hogs?

Why texting while walking should be illegal:

In this episode of Update:

- iPhone 5S users are total data hogs.

- AOL lands with Gravity.

- A new strategy for Nintendo?

- TiVo lays off most of its hardware team.

- Texting while walking makes you a big dummy.

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AOL lands Gravity in $83M acquisition

AOL has felt the pull of content-personalization company Gravity.

AOL announced the deal on Thursday, saying it'll pay $83 million for Gravity. AOL says that the acquisition will make it easier for its network of sites to present relevant content to users, and could improve the company's analytics, targeting, and advertising offerings.

Gravity is perhaps best known for its Interest Graph -- a visual representation of what topics are trending across the Internet. Gravity then analyzes a user's actions on the Web and delivers real-time content and advertising based on their interests. According to AOL, Gravity has … Read more

NASA vet weighs in on 'Gravity': 'Spectacular realism'

There's a moment, 30 seconds into the original trailer for Alfonso Cuarón's movie "Gravity," when the light piano music sharply drops off and you watch in a mixture of awe and utter terror as Sandra Bullock's character is sent head over heels, away from the image of Earth, strapped to a disintegrating arm of metal and flying toward the blackness of space.

"My first reaction was that the cinematography was of spectacular realism," said Mark Uhran, who retired last year from NASA as a director in the International Space Station (ISS) … Read more

Heads up! 'Space Ferrari' set to fall back to Earth

The European Space Agency and gravity are about to make it rain... pieces of a sporty-looking spacecraft all over the atmosphere and perhaps even on the surface of the Earth.

The Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer, or GOCE, has been orbiting our planet since March 2009 at a relatively low altitude to map variations in Earth's gravity in great detail. But the satellite, nicknamed the "Ferrari of Space" for its sleek, atmospheric drag-reducing structure, is about to run out of fuel and make a 130-mile descent towards Earth.… Read more