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With Game of Thrones back on our screens, how would you like to learn more about Westeros, and what better way than with a pop-up book?

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Featuring stunning pop-up re-creations of several key locations from the series, including the formidable castle of Winterfell, the lavish capital city King’s Landing, and the Wall’s stark majesty, this book—designed by renowned paper engineer Matthew Reinhart—takes you into the world of the series like never before.

Game of Thrones: A Pop-Up Guide to Westeros features a total of five stunning spreads, which fold out to create a remarkable pop-up map of Westeros that is perfect for displaying. The book also contains numerous mini-pops that bring to life iconic elements of the show, such as direwolves, White Walkers, giants, and dragons. All the pops are accompanied by insightful text that relays the rich history of the Seven Kingdoms and beyond, forming a dynamic reference guide to the world of Game of Thrones. Visually spectacular and enthrallingly interactive, Game of Thrones: A Pop-Up Guide to Westeros sets a new standard for pop-up books and perfectly captures the epic scope and imagination of the series.

Here are some pictures to show you just what is included, although they really don’t do the book justice.

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The Pop-up Guide to Westeros is available now from the HBO Store priced £40.

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At an event for the launch of the box set, Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark talked about Season 4 of Game of Thrones.

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In the third season of the hit HBO original series based on the bestselling book series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin. This epic drama is set in the grounded fantasy continent of Westeros, where ambitious men and women of both honor and ill-repute live in a land where summers and winters can last years. In Season 3, family and loyalty will be the overarching themes, and many critical plot points from the first two seasons will come to a violent head, with several major characters meeting cruel fates. While a primary focus continues to be on King’s Landing, where the Lannisters barely held onto power after a savage naval onslaught from Stannis Baratheon, stirrings in the North threaten to alter the overall balance of power in Westeros. Robb Stark, King of the North, will face a major calamity in his efforts to build on his victories over the Lannisters in Season 2, while further north, Mance Rayder (new character) and his huge army of wildlings begin an inexorable march south to scale the Wall. Across the Narrow Sea, Daenerys Targaryen – reunited with her three deadly, fast-maturing dragons – attempts to raise an army of slaves to sail with her from Essos to Westeros, in hopes of eventually overthrowing the Iron Throne.

At an event for the launch of the box set, Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark talked about Season 4, amongst other things, and you can watch that below:

Game of Thrones The Complete Season 3 boxset is available from 17th February 2014 on DVD priced £39.99 and Blu-ray priced £49.99.

At CES 2014 Vizio has announced that its 50-inch P Series 4K TV will cost just $999 (£610). For the money you’ll get a 50-inch screen with a 3840 x 2160 resolution, With a Full-Array LED backlighting, 64 Active LED Zones for improved 50 million to 1 contrast, UltraHD upscaling, and 802.11ac Wi-Fi.

With the Vizio P Series you can even adjust the frame rate to suit what you’re watching, this includes 24 fps and 48 fps allowing you to watch films as they were shot. Also with 120 fps, or High Velocity Mode, for ultimate gaming sessions.

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With the P Series it comes with the Vizio’s Internet Apps and will be powered by a V6 quad-core GPU and dual-core CPU with this combining to make this four times faster than last year’s model. It is already for Netflix, who is airing 4K this year, as the Vizio remote comes with a dedicated Netflix button.

With the 4K tv having a  8mm bezel and dark metallic finish. The Vizio P Series will be on sale soon with the 50-inch model at $999 (£610), there with be a 55 inch and 60, 65 and even a 70-inch version at $2600 (£1600).

The only problem is there are no Vizio’s in the UK only for the USA, come on Vizio the UK are waiting for you.

The Netflix app for the iPhone and the iPad has been updated to version 5.0.

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Just download this free app and you can instantly watch TV shows & movies streaming from Netflix.

* It’s part of your Netflix unlimited membership. Not a Netflix member? Start your FREE trial today.
* Watch as often as you want
* Resume watching where you left off on your TV or computer
* Browse movies right from your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad

Note: Video out is supported on all generations of iPad, iPhone 4 and later generations and iPod (4th generation) and later generations.

What’s New in Version 5.0

* Netflix HD for iOS 7
* AirPlay streaming for iOS 7 (requires disabling AirPlay mirroring)
* Playback optimizations
* Stability improvements

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To celebrate the launch of the new Ultra HD 9 Series TV, Toshiba has commissioned new research revealing the nation’s favourite TV historical footage.

Neil Armstrong taking his first steps on the moon as the nation’s favourite historical TV footage with a third of Brits saying they would love to watch this broadcast moment again in better quality.

Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation and Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech also featured within the top five broadcast moments the nation would
like to re-watch in high quality if they had the chance.

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England’s World Cup win in 1966 was named as the most ‘patriotic’ historical broadcast moment.

Astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin unfurling the US flag on the Moon, 1969.

One small step for man, one giant leap for Neil Armstrong – First steps on the moon voted as the nation’s favourite historical TV footage

. A third of Brits voted the 1969 Moon Landing as the footage they would most like to watch in ‘Ultra High Definition’ quality

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. Despite milestone anniversaries, Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation and Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech footage missed out on the top spot

. England’s 1966 win against West Germany at Wembley named as the most ‘patriotic’ historical broadcast moment

New research out today reveals Neil Armstrong taking his first steps on the moon as the historical TV footage Brits would most love to see replayed in
Ultra High Definition (UHD) quality – 44 years since the original footage was first broadcast live to the world.

The research, commissioned to mark the launch of Toshiba’s new Ultra HD 9 Series TV, revealed that more than a third of nostalgic Brits (34 per cent)
would like to re-watch the moon landing again in modern day detail, while England’s momentous win at the final in 1966 taking second place, with 13 per
cent of the vote.

With the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech this year and the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation, it may come as no
surprise that the nation has also voted this footage within the top five moments they would like to watch again, if it was shown in Ultra HD quality.

Top 5 historic TV broadcasts Brits would like to re-watch in high quality:

1. Neil Armstrong taking the first steps on the moon (34 per cent) 2. England beating West Germany in 1966 (13 per cent) 3. Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have a
Dream’ speech (nine per cent) 4= Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation (eight per cent) 4= Torvil & Dean winning gold at the Winter Sarajevo Olympics (eight
per cent) 5. Fall of the Berlin Wall (six per cent)

Our love affair with football shows no sign of slowing down, with the research revealing England’s 1966 win as the historical broadcast moment the nation felt
most ‘patriotic’ about. This was closely followed by Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation, with more than one in ten sentimental Brits (13 per cent) choosing this Royal moment as their most patriotic memory.

However, these two moments divided the nation, with less than one in ten women (nine per cent) voting for England’s win, compared to almost a fifth of men (17 per cent).  In contrast, just five per cent of men were keen to re-live footage of Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation, compared to more than double the
amount of women (12 per cent).

Tarek Boudour, Senior Marketing Manager at Toshiba UK, said: “It is interesting to see from our research which broadcast moments the nation values most – from famous speeches to winning goals, we are all keen to re-live these culturally-relevant historical events in better quality.

“Our new Ultra HD televisions display four times the resolution of current Full HD TVs. Consumers can catch every single detail, including older footage
that wasn’t produced in UHD resolutions – the TVs are able to intelligently upscale images, displaying them clearer and sharper than has been possible
before.”

The Toshiba 9 Series UHD TVs go on sale in the UK from the week commencing 9th September 2013.

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If you are old enough to remember the UK TV Classic Knightmare it has been resurrected to celebrate YouTube Geek Week!.  Filmed in the original Norwich studios with original cast and crew, and produced by show creator Tim Child, Treguard and Lord Fear once again fight for control of the dungeon…

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It’s been 19 years since a dungeoneer and his advisors have attempted to beat The Opposition with help from The Powers That Be.  Will this new team succeed or will they sidestep left when they need to go right?

Its back for a one off YouTube Special for Geek Week for the Week of the 4th to 10th August.

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A remake of the classic TV show Knightmare, brought to back to life exclusively for YouTube’s Geek Week! Starring Hugo Myatt, Isy Suttie, Jessie Cave, Mark Knight, Amazing Phil, Danisnotonfire, Stuart Ashen and Emma Blackery.

For more information on Knightmare, visit http://www.knightmare.com

Millions of people can now transform their normal TV into an internet-connected ‘smart’ TV for just £9.99 with the launch of the NOW TV Box.

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Available from today at nowtv.com, the compact and easy-to-use box connects your TV wirelessly to the internet.  Once connected, homes with the NOW TV box will enjoy convenient and contract-free access to BBC iPlayer,  Demand 5, BBC News App and Sky News, plus NOW TV – offering instant access to Sky Sports and Sky Movies. They can also access other popular online services such as Facebook and Spotify – all delivered over broadband to the big screen TV.

Despite the explosion in connected devices such as Sky set-top boxes, games consoles and connected TVs, there are still up to tens of millions of regular TVs in the UK that cannot currently connect to the internet.  The NOW TV box provides an affordable and simple way for any broadband-connected home to join the online TV revolution.

Until now, unless receiving catch-up as part of a pay TV subscription, consumers have needed to pay tens or even hundreds of pounds to purchase internet-streaming devices to watch catch-up TV on a regular TV.  With the new NOW TV Box, for less than a tenner, customers can access the best in catch-up TV.  But on top of this, they also have the opportunity to upgrade to access live sport and on demand movies from NOW TV.
Smaller than a pub beer mat, the NOW TV Box measures in at a trim 84mm x 84mm x 24mm and can be up and running in minutes. Simply plug the box into your TV set via the HDMI cable provided, connect to your wireless internet connection and you’re away.

The box launches as new research from NOW TV reveals the nation’s ever-increasing appetite to watch what they want, when they want.  Over two thirds of Brits have now taken advantage of on demand services on their main TV sets – whether via Smart TVs or other connected devices, with  two in five of us  streaming must-see shows or settling down to a movie on a weekly basis.

Over half the nation (56%) use more traditional internet-connected devices such as tablets, smartphones or laptops to access TV on demand whilst in the home.  For these people, the NOW TV Box will offer a simple and affordable way to enjoy catch-up TV, live sport and on demand movies on the big screen.

From launch, the NOW TV Box will let people access:

  • Sky Sports: Experience the best sporting action from Sky Sports with the Sky Sports Day Pass. In the next month alone, sports fans can enjoy the climax of The Ashes series, the return of the Premier League and Football League, Formula 1® Belgium Grand Prix™, the start of Andy Murray’s defence of the US Open title and much more, across 6 channels all for just £9.99 a day.
  • Sky Movies: Sign up for a Sky Movies Pass to access hundreds of films from Sky Movies – the UK’s most popular subscription service – including more of the latest and biggest movies 12 months before Netflix or LOVEFiLM Instant. New customers can also take advantage of a 30 day free trial of the Sky Movies Pass and enjoy the likes of Skyfall, The Dark Knight Rises and Argo in the next month.
  • Sky News: Stay up-to-date with all the latest breaking news from Sky News. Access a 24/7 live feed of Sky News’ award-winning coverage including all breaking news from home and abroad, as well as dedicated business, political and entertainment coverage.  In addition, catch up on specific stories at any time of the day via an exclusive on demand news library.
  • BBC iPlayer: The BBC’s popular video on-demand service which received 2.32bn programme requests in 2012 gives you the option to catch up on your favourite BBC programmes when you want to – and now on your TV set through the NOW TV Box.
  • BBC News app: Giving viewers access to BBC news reports, interviews and videos at the touch of a button on their TV.
  • Demand 5: Catch-up on a wide selection of Channel 5 shows for at least 7 days after they first broadcast.
  • Spotify, Facebook and flickr: Listen to music, catch up with friends and even share your photos all through your TV set.

Overtime there will be even more for people to enjoy with the addition of new content and apps to the NOW TV Box.

NOW TV is already available on PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, selected Android smartphones, Xbox, PS3, YouView and Roku.

I have the 2012 Samsung ES8000 LCD TV and as I wanted the 2013 experience I purchased the Samsung Evolution Kit to upgrade it, and here is how I got on.

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By simply attaching the Evolution Kit device into the back of a Samsung Smart TV, consumers can enjoy the latest features that the 2013 Smart TVs have to offer without the expense of buying a 2013 TV.

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With hardware enhancements, such as CPU, memory and GPU up to the level of the latest Smart TV, users can enjoy faster speeds for browsing the Internet and multitask by using apps while watching TV.

In addition, Samsung’s Smart Interaction features such as voice control and motion control will be enhanced. Once the Evolution Kit is attached to the slot, 2012 Smart Hub is transformed to 2013 version.

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The Evolution Kit fits neatly onto the back of the TV and connects via a single cable.

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There is a new remote control too:

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The whole process took around 2 hours, which included updating the 2012 firmware before starting the installation and configuration process (watch the video to see what I mean).

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Here is the unboxing, connection and configuration video (to keep it short I have edited out all the times where you have to wait for things to download or update):

The Samsung Evolution Kit is available now for £249, but look around as there are deals to be had! I got mine for £219.

Have you got the Samsung Evolution Kit? If so let us know what you think of it by leaving a comment below.

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FireCore have today released an update to its ATV Flash software for the Apple TV 2, taking it to version 2.3.

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Full change log:

  • Added Apple TV 5.3 compatibility
  • Added Croatian, Hungarian, Romanian, and Slovak localizations
  • Media Player is now ‘Infuse for Apple TV’
  • Improved Dolby (AC3) audio
  • Improved metadata fetching
  • Improved detection of subtitle encoding
  • Improved reliability of settings backups
  • A few other minor fixes and performance improvements

Let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.

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Microsoft has just sent through a press release revealing a few interesting fact. Interestingly Live TV with Kinect navigation, Live TV with One Guide, Trending, and NFL on Xbox will be available in U.S. at launch, however Microsoft says that it is “anticipating a global launch over time.”
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While users may be disappointed with this we have some more slightly disappointing news. For instance Kinect voice functionality will only be available in supported locales and languages, while at launch, Live TV will require a supported receiver device with HDMI output which are sold separately – obviously this could mean your TV Box, Cable Box etc, although given that the US is the only country getting this function it won’t matter too much at first.

Today saw an updated for the BBC iPlayer App taking it to version 2.0.5.

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BBC TV and Radio programmes now on your iPad and iPhone.

Watch and listen live, or choose your favourites from over 400 hours programming from the last 7 days.

- Watch live TV
- Listen to live radio
- Scroll through and find Featured and Most Popular programmes
- Add programmes to your favourites and have them ready and waiting when a new episode or series is available
- Drag and drop programmes to Favourites with one easy move
- Browse through the schedule for upcoming programmes

What’s New in Version 2.0.5

- Video playback on 3G and 4G improved! If your connection supports it, you’ll now enjoy the same video quality experience on 3G/4G as over WiFi.
- Link to download the dedicated BBC iPlayer Radio app – it’s iPlayer but tailor-made for radio
- Stability improvements

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The Netflix app for the iPhone and the iPad has been updated to version 4.1.

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Just download this free app and you can instantly watch TV shows & movies streaming from Netflix.

* It’s part of your Netflix unlimited membership. Not a Netflix member? Start your FREE trial today.
* Watch as often as you want
* Resume watching where you left off on your TV or computer
* Browse movies right from your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad

Note: Video out is supported on the iPad, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, and iPod Touch 4G

What’s New in Version 4.1

• Added post-play feature where, when one episode of a TV show ends, the Netflix app automatically cues and then starts the next episode
• In post-play for movies, the three best movie recommendations are displayed at the end of the movie currently being watched
• Added enhanced second screen options

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