Quantum dots or “nanocrystals” are the new talk of the TV tech nation and many say they will soon be making their way into our homes. Last year, OLEDs were the talk of television technology and it was said they were the newest innovation in picture quality. OLEDs should have been taking the world by storm had last year’s tech gurus been correct. But, QDs are now the ones taking over.
OLEDs were played with behind the doors of many manufacturers companies. It’s true that they offer a picture quality that is truly dynamic and incredibly life-like, but after some research, TV manufactures announced that they were simply too expensive to work with and very unreliable. After this news, it became clear that OLEDs weren’t going to be making their way into everyday homes anytime soon. Quantum dots have since gained stardom and offer a more promising future.
What Is It?
A quantum dot absorbs one wavelength of color and uses it to produce another. In an LED TV that utilizes QDs, there would be a blue backlight and a layer of QDs in front. The different sizes of QDs would each produce a different color wavelength. The blue light would act as an energizer, making the tubes filled with quantum dots light up to produce a color spectrum that is rich and vibrant.
A TV that utilizes quantum dot technology would actually be rather comparable to a plasma or OLED TV in picture quality.
Who Can Use It?
Unlike OLEDs, QDs are actually rather inexpensive to work with and experts say they actually offer higher energy efficiency and greater durability than other technologies on the market today. This is a great incentive for manufactures to begin their research, and it’s expected that we will soon see full QD displays for sale.
How’s It Better?
Quantum dots were invented by Bell Labs in 1982, but they’ve just recently made their way into the television market. Since there has always been a gap between plasma screens and LED TVs, manufacturers have been looking for a better way to increase picture quality for many years. After it became apparent that OLEDs were too expensive and not durable enough to use just yet (if ever), companies shifted their focus to QDs, which may very well become the standard in the coming years. Plasma screens are slowly being phased out, and so are 1080p displays. While neither of these is going to disappear overnight, the majority of technology buffs and companies are predicting that QDs will soon be taking over the market.
QD screens provide whiter whites, more vibrant colors, and darker blacks. This produces a more life-like quality on screen.
Why QDs Over Plasma & OLEDs?
Plasma screens offered great picture quality, but manufactures quit making them because they were large, heavy, and consumed a lot of energy. OLEDs didn’t get much of a chance in the consumer marketplace because manufacturers already spotted similar problems with the technology of an OLED TV. In search of a cost-effective and quality way to manufacture a television that provides better quality picture than most LED screens, and in hopes of making one that would compare to plasma screens without the expense and hassle, companies found quantum dot technology.
When Will It Happen?
There’s no real deadline of when the switch will happen, but it’s nearly a guarantee that in the coming years everyone will begin upgrading their sets to QD technology. The rich, vibrant picture quality will be more dynamic and extremely life-like, and it will become the standard in home entertainment technology.
In fact, LG has already announced their up-coming line of QD televisions and some models were unveiled at CES 2015 (consumer electronics show). In 2016, CES attendees can expect to see some high-quality quantum dot screens on display and it’s likely that some models will be up for sale by the end of this year.
A Change in Television?
While manufactures are still in the early stages of experimentation, there’s a very good chance that quantum dots are the answer to affordable, light weight, and energy-efficient televisions that offer picture quality comparable to plasma screens. Of course, many had made the same predictions with OLEDs last year, but so far, research regarding QD sets is looking far more promising.
With any luck, the end of the decade will see a shift in home entertainment sets, and quantum dots may very well be taking over the marketplace as early as this year.
Rizzoli & Isles is a TNT police procedural crime drama television series starring Angie Harmon as police detective Jane Rizzoli and Sasha Alexander as medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles. The television series is based on a novel series by the same name written by Tess Gerritsen. The series currently consists of five seasons, with a sixth season having been ordered in December of last year, scheduled to premiere in June 2015.
The majority of the series’ back story comes from the original novel series, serving to introduce characters and themes central to the overall telling of the story. Instead of slowly building up the relationship between Rizzoli and Isles, or waiting to slowly introduce Rizzoli’s arch nemesis, the series jumps straight into the heat of battle, with Rizzoli immediately confronting serial killer Charles Hoyt.
Afterwards, The Show continues to focus on the terrifying relationship between Rizzoli and Hoyt, specifically how he taunts her continuously throughout the series, in or out of jail. Teamed up with Dr. Maura Isles, Rizzoli is able to track down Hoyt, though he always seems one step ahead of her, constantly toying with her. Their constant back and forth struggling is akin to Red John and Patrick Jane of the Mentalist. These striking parallels have been praised and complimented by critics, saying that the love-hate relationship between cop and serial killer is often an added bonus when dealing with procedural police dramas.
The beginning of the series had particularly strong ratings. Over 7.5 million viewers tuned in to watch the premiere episode, making Rizzoli and Isles the second most-watched evening cable show in 2010, runner up to The Closer. The show finished the week in third behind The Closer and the final episode of Deadliest Catch. Rizzoli and Isles wasn’t done impressing audiences, however. The premiere episode set a record as the highest-rated debut for a commercial-supported cable series, and it was the second-highest debut ever for a basic cable TV series.
The show has received additional praise for focusing the story on two female leads and how they interact and support one another in their stressful work environment, as opposed to what’s typically displayed on television. Instead of two women who can’t stand one another and aren’t able to do their jobs because of their disdain towards one another, Rizzoli and Isles demonstrates that two women can be in the same room as one another without wanting to rip one another’s eyes out. More to the point, Rizzoli and Isles are friends, and their friendship is especially highlighted when either of them suffers a traumatic or emotional experience, such as Rizzoli being attacked by Hoyt and his apprentices, or Isles dealing with an upsetting breakup. The female camaraderie present within the show goes beyond two women merely putting up with one another. The show demonstrates a positive female relationship and the struggles it must endure.
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AMC’s The Walking Dead has definitely pushed the boundaries when it comes to acceptable levels of violence on television; it seems that every week the show pushes the envelope by showing more graphic and disturbing violence than ever before. And while many TV viewers are often surprised by what The Walking Dead is allowed to show on TV, there are some limits. The original comic book series is even more violent than the TV show, likely because the comic book industry is not subject to the same regulations as television shows; consequently there are many violent scenes from the comics that are so graphic that they most definitely won’t be included in the AMC TV series.
The failed suicide pact
In the original comic series, Tyreese was traveling with his daughter Julie and her boyfriend, Chris, when he joined up with Rick’s group. Julie and Chris decided to pledge themselves to a suicide pact in order to escape the horror of the world, but their suicide pact went wrong–very wrong–and Tyreese and Rick were forced to deal with the unpleasant aftermath. The teenagers were supposed to kill each other with a gunshot at the same time, but Chris accidentally shot too soon, killing Julie before she could kill him. Not only did Tyreese rush to the scene to find his daughter dead and bleeding, he decided to turn the tables on Chris; Tyreese strangled Chris with his bare hands, killing him brutally in front of Rick.
This scene will never happen not just because of the intense violent content, but because of the radical difference between comic book Carol and the TV show version of Carol. In the comic book, Carol never developed the physical abilities or practical personality of the Carol we have come to love in the TV show—instead, comic Carol was obsessed with relationships, terrified of being alone, and so desperate to ‘belong’ in a relationship that she even once proposed the idea of entering into a polyamorous relationship with Rick and Lori. The couple rejected and Carol, who had grown tired of constantly being rejected and ignored, made her way to a chained up zombie in the prison courtyard. Ignoring the calls of the group behind her, Carol stepped within the zombie’s range and let herself be bitten to death.
This t-shirt definitely isn’t too violent. It’s a funny shirt for zombie lovers people of all ages.
If you ask a dog lover about Back to the Future, they’re sure to mention Doc Brown’s loveable dog, Einstein. Einstein actually plays a significant role in the Back to the Future films, since he was technically the first known time traveler in the world—it is Einstein who Marty and Doc Brown watch go back in time and return, unharmed, prompting Doc Brown to believe that sending people back in time was now safe as well. If you’re a fan of Back to the Future, movie dogs, or even just movie trivia, read on for some interesting and surprising facts about “Einstein” from the Back to the Future series.
Einstein was played by two different dogs
In the first Back to the Future film, Einstein was played by a dog named Tiger, who had been trained by Hollywood animal trainer Richard Calkins. However, when it came time for the character to appear in Back to the Future 2 and back to the Future 3, Calkins found that Einstein had simply grown too old to handle the rigors of filming a movie. He brought in younger dog that resembled Einstein called Freddie, to play the role instead. Freddie played Einstein for both Back to the Future 2 and 3.
Nobody knows what breed Einstein is
The exact breed of Einstein is unknown, and trainer Richard Calkins has never revealed Freddie or Tiger’s exact breed. Some fans think that he may be a Berger Picard, or a Briard with uncropped ears; other suggestions include some type of sheepdog or even simply a mixed-breed dog.
Einstein becomes a major character in the cartoon
In the animated series based on Back to the Future, Einstein goes from helpful sidekick to a major character. However, the animated version of Einstein doesn’t resemble his film counterpart. In addition to the aesthetic change, Einstein is noticeably smart in the animated series, and even helps out Doc Brown with his many inventions. However, Einstein doesn’t actually talk in the cartoon.
Einstein was voiced by Danny Mann in the animated series
In the animated series, actor Danny Mann provided the vocal performance for Einstein. Mann is well known for his voice acting work, which has included other animal characters such as Percy the dog in Disney’s Pocahontas, two roles in the Land Before Time film series, and Strongheart in Lady Lovely Locks.
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The CW has not yet released information about the potential for a second season (or beyond) renewal of The Tomorrow People The show is typically considered to be on the fence—namely due to the fact that its ratings have dipped since its outstanding series premiere, and it has also received mixed reviews from critics although generally positive reviews from audiences/viewers. However, nothing is set in stone; even if the show does not see a significant increase in ratings, the CW may decide to invest another season in the show, especially if the show’s fan base continues to grow as it has been since the series began airing.
If The Tomorrow People does make it to a second season, there are some things that should—and can—be changed in order to make the show better. “Better” is subjective, of course, but in this case “better” means something that audiences and critics alike will enjoy watching and become invested in.
Too Many Flashbacks
The show unfortunately suffers from a serious case of flashback-itis. There are simply too many flashbacks for too many characters and too many subplots. Just when you think you’re finally going to stick in the present for a while—there’s another flashback! Flashbacks are not necessarily a bad device; they can give viewers more insight into the characters and the situation. But flashbacks should be used sparingly to enhance a situation—not constantly or for half an episode. If the show does want to do longer flashbacks, it might serve the writing (and the audience) better to dedicate an entire episode to backstory rather than continue with flashbacks that outstay their welcome.
Make the Stakes Higher
The show has plenty of action, but sometimes it feels like the show has more bark than bite. Part of the success of shows like The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones is the fact that main characters are not immune from death or injury or other serious incidents that could impact their character. In The Tomorrow People, the main cast is virtually untouchable—there is never a moment where the audience feels like the main character might really die or suffer, because it seems obvious that if someone is going to die, it will only happen in a “pivotal” episode like a season finale. The show might want to take a page from The Walking Dead and treat its characters realistically—sometimes, characters, even main characters, have to suffer for the story to move forward.
More Character Development
Speaking of suffering characters—the show definitely needs to let its characters engage in more human drama. As it stands, the audience does not know or care enough about the characters to make their stories or potential deaths interesting or significant. Allowing the characters to express their humanity, without forcing in a subplot about Stephen’s double spying, would give the audience a chance to connect with the characters. And when the audience connects with the characters? They care about them, too. Jump over here to sign up for Comcast and see all the future episodes of the TV series.
The Big Bang Theory as certainly created a ‘big bang’ of comedic television moments. With an excellent cast and unique ‘nerd’ humor, the show is thoroughly enjoyable episode after episode. Who ever thought a show about the everyday lives of a bunch of genius, kinda-awkward friends would be so amusing? Maybe it’s the way everything goes over Sheldon’s head or how Penny maintains her preppy personality among the group in this episode that had us hooked. Or, maybe, it’s the amazing guest stars that helped out in this episode!
The latest episode of The Big Bang Theory featured Bob Newhart as Professor Proton and Bill Nye the Science Guy as himself! Fans of Bill Nye will enjoy seeing him again, bow-tie and all, though his appearance on the show is extremely short. The actual plot of the episode is terrific and sets the groundwork for the onslaught of comedic hijinks. The episode begins at a drugstore where Sheldon, Leonard, and Amy are shopping. They spot Professor Proton in the line and Sheldon just has to go talk to his favorite childhood idol. He’s thoroughly annoying, and this becomes a running joke throughout the episode. Sheldon keeps asking people, including his girlfriend, Amy, and Professor Proton if he is indeed ‘annoying’. Hilarity ensues.
Things heat up when Leonard and Professor Proton decide to work on a project together. In his jealousy, Sheldon contacts Bill Nye and spends time with him in an attempt to ruin their fun. Eventually, things work out as Bill Nye ditches Sheldon and Professor Proton stops by to say he values Sheldon’s opinion after all. Aww! Here’s to childhood heroes! We have to say, Sheldon’s love of Professor Proton despite him finding Sheldon ‘annoying’ is truly enjoyable. Considering Sheldon isn’t one to frequently display emotion toward other people, this is a rare view that shows he does indeed care about others and has feelings. But yes, plenty of the norms of society and jokes offered go right over his head as usual.
The episode also featured other classic moments when Raj attends a ‘girls night’ with the girls who are making jewelry. Howard crashes the party, making Raj feel jealous. Eventually, Raj confronts Howard, saying he feels sad when he makes jokes at his expense and that he enjoys opening up to the girls who are ‘easier to talk to’. They bond and repair their friendship, so no worries for fans of their crazy relationship! We also enjoyed Penny’s adorable frustration over her inability to craft jewelry and the witty comments offered by Professor Proton toward his rival, Bill Nye.
Professor Proton’s infatuation with Penny and him asking her if she has any “sexy grandmothers” made for great moments as well. Unfortunately, it seems Professor Proton will remain single, as Penny’s grandmothers are both taken.
The season doesn’t seem to cooling off anytime soon. While it will be hard to beat a dynamic duo of favorite guest stars, there is plenty to look forward to. This includes a Thanksgiving special that is sure to be a hoot! Nobody ever knows what the gang will get into, but we’ll be tuning in for this universe of humor!
Most of the viewing public can understand the appeal of a police procedural show. The drama with fighting crime, the action/adventure involved with the profession, the touching human side to both crime and law enforcement; I don’t think there is any wonder why we keep seeing so many of these shows on the air year after year.
Does it get stale? I suppose it does sometimes, unless the makers of the show can find some way to inject something new and fresh into it, something we as an audience have seldom seen. I’m happy to say I have found a great new show that does just that, it’s called Person of Interest, kind of a police/action/thriller hybrid and what I like to call 24 meets NYPD.
I have always been a big fan of Jim Caviezel, as his work in film and his acting ability is top notch all the way around. Added with Michael Emerson from Lost, you’ve got a powerhouse duo as the series’ two leads. With a supporting cast that only adds to the great acting week after week, this is a show that separates itself from the normal pack of police type shows.
Emerson stars as a reclusive billionaire Harold Finch, who has invented a machine capable of predicting when crimes are about to happen. Using surveillance data to determine if someone is either going to commit murder or be the victim of murder, this machine enables him to try to step in and stop the crime. He uses Caviezel’s character John Reese to go in and take care of business and kick some you know what.
As a former special operative and master of both hand to hand combat and weapons, Reese can handle anything on the physical side while Finch keeps tabs on the equipment and information gathering. They are a good team and it this yin and yang and teamwork that adds to the appeal of this well made show.
You never know what exactly each episode will be about, who will be the killer since the machine doesn’t work that way and this surprise is what keeps you watching. The excitement makes this great TV entertainment. This show is one of my favorite television programs.
According to the gossip mill, Miley Cyrus was scheduled for a December 2013 cover of Vogue but that was nixed, supposedly because of her now-infamous performance on the VMAs. According to daily gossip columns, it was said that Anna Wintour was so shocked by the performance that she actually killed the idea while destroying the photos that had been prepared for the December edition. While critics of the performance have gleefully touted this as a consequence of against Cyrus for her audacity on stage, it would appear that the story is more fabrication than truth.
After some fact-checking, it has been discovered that there was never a solid decision made for who would appear on Vogue’s December 2013 cover. And, while it does appear that Vogue will not feature Miley Cyrus as its cover for that month, no one from the magazine has stated definitively that it will not carry her in months prior to or after December. It has also not been stated that the decision against the Cyrus cover was based on the VMA performance.
Even if she doesn’t grace the cover of Vogue, Miley Cyrus has already been featured on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar so she probably isn’t even missing it. Harper’s Bizarre has already featured the notoriously diverse fashionista in complete couture, rubbing against the grain of her normally white-trash (Miley’s words) persona. With the infamous VMA performance disappearing into the background, there are sure to be other covers offered to Miley in her future. With so many options, Vogue may be hard to miss.
So, for whatever reason the cover was scrapped for December, 2013, Miley isnít hurting. With her media-friendly attitude, Cyrus won’t be disappearing into oblivion anytime soon. With all the attention this last report has garnered, Miley is still getting the attention any young performer wants.
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Google Reader, the internet-based reader that thousands have come to rely on, is now officially dead. The reader went off line on July 15th. With its death, there are scores of other readers stepping up to take its place. However, it is proving to be difficult to replace the Google Reader in the areas of synchronization between different devices and cross-platform compatibility. Find out more at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/01/google-reader-shut-down_n_3518733.html.
If you just access your news from one device, a single app could be sufficient but there is a chance that you will run into limitations. It has to do with the way the RSS feeds load. With RSS feeds, the app only loads the last few articles in the queue, not the most recent news so it can result in readers missing out on important stories.
If you are a student, researcher, programmer or journalist and still need a good RSS feed, you can try one of these readers.
Feedly is probably the best Google Reader alternative and its free. It has had years of service for perfection and adjustment. It has also added several features since Google shut its Reader down. It has added a sync server with a one-click migration feature and an open API for third party apps. Feedly is available for iOS and Android.
The Digg Reader has not been around as long as the Feedly. It is still being developed in some areas but the development team is going at it full steam ahead. So far, The Digg is offering a sleek and user-friendly interface. It provides keyboard shortcuts and “read later” options that allows stories to be posted and shared on social media sites.
These readers are just two of many and there are other good ones out there. For those that have to have the news, these readers are a good place to start. Find out more at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/01/google-reader-shut-down_n_3518733.html.