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Voice Recognition on Samsung Smart Television Causing Consumer Concern

Breakthroughs in technology that allow consumers to speak instructions to their smart television are some of

Samsung Smart Television

Samsung Smart Television

the features that attracts many users.  That feature that seemed like a bonus is now causing a lot of concern for smart television owners.

Apparently there are two different ways that the smart television will collect the user’s voice command.  One is through a microphone embedded in the television set and another is through a microphone in the television remote.

Users have the option on whether to use voice control or not.  Predefined commands that the users speak are not stored or sent to a 3rd party provider.  The issue that is of concern are the special commands that user speak into the television remote.  Samsung uses a 3rd party provider to capture the voice command and then translate them into text so that it can be processed for searches.

Samsung’s first drew the ire of users when many noticed the following statement in the privacy policy for the smart televisions.

Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party through your use of Voice Recognition.

Users are concerned that their everyday conversation or personal and private conversation may be sent off to this third party  location and stored for any amount of time.   Also the potential for hackers to gain access to the data and use it for nefarious purposes is another major concern.

Samsung has updated their privacy policy and created a blog page dedicated to the voice recognition issues in hopes of increasing consumer confidence in their smart televisions.  In today’s social media age it will be interesting to see ho

More Classic Television Stations for Lovers of the Classics

Family 1950s TelevisionWith the increase the number of classic movie and television stations, audiences have more opportunities to see small and big screen favorites from the past.    There are now several different stations with classic programming.  One favorite has TCM (Turner Classic Movies).   TCM has been a provider of great classic movies all of the time.      It shows some well-known movies and some lesser known hidden gems.   Now there are more opportunities for connoisseurs of the classics to see some classic movies and classic television show 24/7.     Viewers with cable and those without will be delighted to see the great stations that have been airing.

TCM is one popular cable station and there are other like TV Land.  TV Land is a cable /satellite  station that airs classic television show,  TVLand airs shows from the 80s,90s, and even some original sitcoms.   It is not all classic shows all the time as it originally was when it first started.

Below are some other stations that air classic television shows and movies:

 

A new station called GetTV began airing last year with classic movies.   GetTV officially launched on February 2014 in several local markets.   During each week there is a movie icon and a movie that features that actor or actress.    Visitors to Get.tv can get a mini-bio of the movie icon with interesting trivia facts.      GetTV is owned by the Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Another television station is MeTV.   MeTV’s focus is more on classic television programming.    It does offer a few limited classic movies, but classic television programs are MeTv’s focus.   You can visit MeTVNetwork.org to find out if it offered n you area.

ThisTV is another station that classic television and movie lovers would enjoy.  This station has more of a blend of television and movies.      ThisTV airs television shows and movies that are more current than the previous networks.    You will see more 80s and 90s shows and movies on this station, thistv.com .

Movies!  is another station that airs classic programming.  As you can guess from the name, Movie! network airs many  movies.   Along with popular classics from the 50s and 60s you will also see some classic films from the 70s and 80s.    Movies! is a cable/satellite station.

http://moviestvnetwork.com/

Retro TV airs many classic television programming.    This station has limited availability, but you can visit their website to see if the station is available in your area.

http://www.myretrotv.com/

 

Antenna TV has full line-up of classic show that you will remember ,and those that you may have for forgotten about.   Although most of the programming is television shows, there are some sprinkles of classic movies.

http://antennatv.tv/

Cozi TV airs many classic movies, but along with movies they air classic show like The Bionic Woman, The Roy Roger’s Show, and McCloud.

http://www.cozitv.com/

What Not To Wear Ends After 10 Years

It is hard to believe that TLC (The Learning Channel) has been telling us what not to wear for 10 years.    But all good and bad things must come to an end.   And “What Not to Wear” has met its end.  The show has been canceled and we must now get our fashion advice from online fashion blogs or YouTube videos.

It was a good run and any show should be proud to last that long.  Although I did not always agree with some of the wardrobe choices, I have to say that they did give some great fashion advice

The show tried to help people present themselves in a way that was nice and that would fit their lifestyle and personality.    Each episode featured at least one individual that was nominated by a person in their life that felt they needed a wardrobe makeover.   The end result, after Clinton Kelly and Stacy London guided the nominee, was always better than the original.

If you are getting nostalgic you can always watch some of episodes on DVD, but some of the fashion advice of older episodes may not apply today.

The Great Gatsby, Another Great Work of Fiction Meets Box Office Success

Movie FilmThis Weekend the 2013 release of “The Great Gatsby” opened with $51.1 million in sales.   The film has its release pushed back a few months, and has received less than favorable reviews from movie critics.  This has not stopped it from opening at #2, behind “Iron 3 ” (which has captured the box 2 weeks in a row.)

Although this is the first time that younger audiences may have seen the movie in theaters, this is not the first time that it has made it to the big screen.   Several different movie adaptions have been made since the original book was published.   In 1924 the original book written by F. Scott Fitzgerald was released.     A few years later a silent movie based on the book was released in 1926.   Another two films were released in 1949 and then in then in 1974.  A made for television version was released in 2000.

Like the current version, the 1974 version of “The Great Gatsby” movie received many negative reviews from the critic but was welcomed by audiences in tickets sales.    The 1974 version had a $6.5 million budget and grossed over $26.5 million.   This newer version has a $105 million budget and grossed over $51.1 million so far.  Time will tell if this current version will be the blockbuster success like its 1974 predecessor.

The Old is New Again at the Movies

“G.I. Joe: Retaliation” won the box office with its opening weekend with 40.5 million in sales.   This is the sequel to the 2009 box office success “G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra.”  Both films are based on the G.I Joe comic books and animated television program.   G.I. Joe has been around for decades and the story is being a told in a fresh way on the big screens.

We have seen that same with other movies.   Superman, and Batman have both created a media empire that tells it s story through comics, television shows, and movies.  This summer the next movie in the Superman franchise, “Man of Steel”, will be in the theaters.   These are just some of the classics that continue to have an audience eagerly hoping for another success.

It is not just the superheroes that continue to find and audience.  Classic like “Les Miserables ” have been able to take their share of the box office pie  and receive praise from critics.

Even as times change, the basic things that grab our attention seem to stay the same.  Even if it is an old tale, recreating the story in a way that modern audience will appreciate can bring success for movie makers.

New Boy Meets World Sequel in Full Swing

Fall television viewers may see “Girl Meets World”, the sequel to “Boy Meets World.” Two of the original stars of the original show, Danielle Fishel (Topanga) and Ben Savage (Cory Matthews) ,will reprise their roles on “Girl Meets World.” In this incarnation of the show the Topanga and Cory and have a daughter who will be the girl of “Girl Meets World.” Along with having a daughter they also have an older son. The original show ran for 7 season on ABC, but the new programs is set to air on Disney (Both ABC and Disney are owned by The Walt Disney Company). At the end of the final season Cory and Topanga were moving to New York City, but they may have moved back to Philadelphia. We will have to see the details of the new life when the show, hopefully, airs this fall. Although original members of the cast may not be regular characters, let’s hope that some of them do make some cameo appearances.

Boy Meets World” is not the first canceled show to come back years later with a sequel. “90210” was able to have a successful comeback with 5 seasons during its second run. The updated “90210” premiered in 2008, but its final show will air this May. “Dallas” which was another primetime hit has been reprised after 20 years and is now in its second season.

Man of Steel Show Glimpse of Upcoming Superman Movie

Superman is a pop culture figure that is familiar to about every generation of people alive today.  The world was first introduced Superman throughout comics dating back to 1938.  From that time, his story has been told on radio, television, and in movies.    Now we get another big screen look at Superman in the upcoming movie “Man of Steel,” which will be in theaters summer 2013.      This is the first Superman movie since the 2006 release of “Superman Returns” that starred Brandon Routh as Superman.     Before that time the late Christopher Reeves starred in a series of Superman movies:   “Superman,” “Superman II,” “Superman III,” “Superman IV: The Quest for Peace.”  Henry Cavill has become the latest one take on the role of Superman in  the upcoming movie.

The Trailer for “Man of Steel” has been released and it just makes everyone anxious for the summer 2013 to come now.  By just going by the previews, this movie looks like it will be a box office success in the United States and around the world.    Those that don’t regularly go to the movie theaters to watch a movie will be making that special trip just to see it on the big screen when it is initially released.    I may seem overly zealous, that may be true, but I am so excited about this movie.

The trailer for “Man of Steel” is below.

Seinfeld Tops Vanity Fair Top Sitcom Survey

Comedy MaskIf you know anything about modern television programs then you know that “Seinfeld” is one of the top sitcoms ever made.  The program aired from 9 seasons on NBC from 1989 to 1988.  The show ended on top; although the ratings still very good it was decided that the show would stop production.    Viewers can still get their “Seinfeld” fix because the show is aired several times a day in reruns on cable and local television.  Its popularity is still high, and it is proven by a Vanity Fair survey.

CBS and Vanity Fair conducted a survey about comedy that asked several  questions.   One of the question asked was “Which of these sitcoms do you think is the greatest?”  Those that participated in the survey could select from the following sitcoms: “Seinfeld,” “The Honeymooners,”   “Friends” “Cheers,”  “Arrested Development,”   “Mary Tyler Moore,” and “30 Rock.”     Of course you are probably curious about why your favorite sitcom was not included in the choices.   I am not sure of the reasoning as to why one comedy was included as one of the choices while another was left out.  One part of the survey that is known is that it was done via phone with 1,132 random adult participating.  With some factors changed, such as the choices included, the results may have been different, but then again Seinfeld may still have made it to the top.   Some other great comedies that come to mind are: “The Cosby Show,”  “The Andy Griffith Show,”  “I Love Lucy,”  and “The Big Band Theory.”   The list can be very subjective.  But no matter what, I cannot argue that “Seinfeld”   definitely belongs on that list.

 

DVD Sets are Popular Holiday Gifts

When the holiday season rolls around people look to give their friends and family something they would enjoy.  They sometimes consider the shows and movies that  the recipient has enjoyed watching and get something related as a great holiday gift.

The Associated Press wrote an article about some suggested DVD collections that gift givers should consider.  The list included : “The Dean Martin Variety Show: Dean’s Ultimate Collection,” “Poldark:The Complete Collection,” “iCarly: The Complete 4th Season,” “The Magic School Bus: The Complete Series,” “The San Francisco Giants 2012 World Series Collector’s Edition,” “Holiday Exclusive 2012 London Olympics DVD Set,” “Poirot: The Early Cases Collection,” “House:The Complete Series,” “The Universe 3-D Blu-ray Set,” and “Doctor Who: Limited Edition Gift Set.”  These DVDs are for different age groups and are selected from different genres.    DVD preferences are subjective and all or none of the listed DVDs will appeal to you, but there are many other collections that are available online or in stores that will make great Christmas presents.

Child Stars Living Beyond the Stereotypes

When the words “child star” is mentioned the ideas of a lost and wasted life may enter some minds, but it  is not always the case.   The saying that the squeaky wheel is the one that gets the oil is very fitting in the this situation;  many times it is the child star that has walked the most troubled path that gets the noticed.  Of course that kind of new is more interesting to most people than the tales of stars that are living normal lives in a healthy way.    Despite the troubled stars garnering so much attention, there are still many find success in entertainment without have their names a part of a scandal.

After starring in the sitcom “Doogie Howser M.D.” , we did not see much of Neil Patrick Harris.  On the program Harris portrayed the prodigy, Doogie Howser for 4 seasons.     After the show ended in 1993, Harris continued to act on screen and on stage.    It was not until the success of “How I Met Your Mother”  that Harris regained more of his popularity.

Another child star from the 80s and 90s is Keisha Knight Pulliam.  Her  break-out role was that of Rudy Huxtable on the sitcom “The Cosby Show.”’  The show was widely popular and ran for 8 season from 1984 to 1992.  After the end of the show Pulliam focused on her education and then graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sociology.   She then resurfaced in a few different roles.  She currently can be seen on the Tyler Perry sitcom “House of Payne.”

Another success former child is Mayim Bialik who had the title role in the sitcom “Blossom.”  After “Blossom”  ,Bialik showed that Hollywood stars have a brain, by getting her Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA.   Currently she is part of the cast of “The Big Band Theory”   where she portray plays a neurologist.

These are just some of the stars that we have seen that have made it back in front of the camera.  Some never went away, nut their newest roles have thrust them back in the limelight.  In addition to those few mentioned here, there are many that have successful live, whether it is in the performing arts or another field.

 

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