The WWE Hidden Gems section of WWE Network’s on-demand library is one of the more reliably enjoyable things that the promotion offers, a weekly release of unseen or rarely seen footage from their vast archives that offers a compelling look at weird days gone by in the sport. Not every week is a home run, and there have been way too many releases focused on matches from WWE’s farm system promotions that were already on YouTube, but there has also been a wealth of good stuff and a steady flow of “holy grail” matches previously believed to be lost. One week, you might get a previously unavailable match of “The God of Pro Wrestling” Karl Gotch, or a complete, unaired 1983 card from the Omni in Atlanta. Another, you’ll get three hours of raw footage from Lex Luger’s promotional tour in 1993. And sometimes, as was the case this week, something shows up that both fills a gap and adds context to past historical narrative. The release in question, … [Read more...] about WWE Released A Failed 1989 Wrestling Pilot And It’s Awesomely Terrible
What is DRM? Digital rights management is a far-reaching term that refers to any scheme that controls access to copyrighted material using technological means. In essence, DRM removes usage control from the person in possession of digital content and puts it in the hands of a computer program. The applications and methods are endless -- here are just a few examples of digital rights management: A company sets its servers to block the forwarding of sensitive e-mail.An e-book server restricts access to, copying of and printing of material based on constraints set by the copyright holder of the content.A movie studio includes software on its DVDs that limits the number of copies a user can make to two.A music label releases titles on a type of CD that includes bits of information intended to confuse ripping software. While many consumers see DRM methods as overly restrictive -- especially those methods employed by the movie and music industries -- digital rights management is … [Read more...] about How Digital Rights Management Works
Digital photography has revolutionized the art world and entertainment industry, but film still takes a stronghold when it comes to movie making. sam74100/Thinkstock Well, it all depends on who you ask. Moviemakers have argued the benefits of film versus digital since digital video first arrived on the scene in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Filmmakers like George Lucas -- who shot his 2002 release "Star Wars – Episode II: Attack of the Clones" entirely on digital video -- were quick to abandon film for digital production, while directors like JJ Abrams and Christopher Nolan still remain fiercely loyal to film [sources: Alexander, O'Falt]. At least five of the nine 2013 Academy Award nominees for best motion picture were shot on film, as were three of the five nominees for cinematography [sources: AMPAA, Giardina]. Part of the difficulty in answering this question is getting moviemakers to agree on the definition of "good." Film loyalists describe things like texture, … [Read more...] about Will digital photography ever be as good as film for movies?
Time and again we've heard how digital content (like this article and the video above) are killing print media. But it turns out there's at least one bulletproof medium in the face of digitization: comic books. Comic characters pop up in all kinds of other media now, from television, to film, to the internet. But according to a breakdown by Tom DiChristopher at CNBC, print comic book revenues are still climbing, alongside the concurrent rise of digital comics. Plus, at a time when many people are ditching their bulky, physical media possessions, good, old floppy comic books have been selling better for the last five years writes io9's James Whitbrook. If you're reading this and wondering what "digital comics" are, here's a quick primer. Two different business models let you read comic books on your desktop, tablet or phone. The first is a purchase model, dominated by comiXology since its launch in 2007. You simply buy a digital comic, download it to an application on your device and … [Read more...] about Comic Books Are Thriving — in Print and Digital Forms
On Sept. 7, Apple will release the iPhone 7. One of the "bigger" changes for this new model is slated to be the replacement of the 3.5-mm headphone jack with the proprietary Lightning jack. Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images Tomorrow, Apple will unveil the iPhone 7. Like clockwork, tech media outlets have been busy with predictions, discussing rumors and examining every leaked detail at length. Hot topics include the possibility that Apple will finally drop the 16-gigabyte model completely, that the iPhone 7 will no longer have a 3.5-millimeter headphone jack and that there will be two different sizes of phones. It's likely that thousands of people will take time out of the day to watch the press event (or follow a live blog of the keynote). But over the last few years, it seems like excitement for the iPhone has waned and post-keynote conversations seem muted. What happened? Let's go back in time. In January 2007, Steve Jobs took to the stage of the Macworld trade show to … [Read more...] about Why the iPhone 7 Release Just Isn’t That Exciting