1. CES News: We’ll be covering CES in Vegas for the first time-ever next week. You can read our first-ever CES Preview here. But here’s the latest: YouTube will be demonstrating 4K video based on VP9, a new royalty-free codec that Google has been developing. The Google-owned video service will be showing off 4K streaming at various booths, including LG, Panasonic and Sony, according to a report from GigaOm. It could lead to a battle over 4K delivery systems, since HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding) specification, has been the dominant technology up until now.
2. 4K TVs: Just yesterday, we wrote about how it’s likely we’ll see 4K TVs on sale at the $1,000 price mark and what do you know? Polaroid announced they’ll be introducing a 50-inch 4K display for $999 retail at CES. Note that it’s not the same company that produced your favorite instant cameras. Rather, they’ve licensed the Polaroid brand to Empire Electronics Corp. Still, we’re intrigued.
3. “Reservoir Dogs” in Tweets: Imagine if Mr. Blonde, Mr. Blue, Mr. Brown and Mr. Pink were tough guy bantering on Twitter. Jorge Zacher over at CargoCollective.com has synchronized 15 twitter accounts to recreate the Quentin Tarantino’s entire “Reservoir Dogs” script on Twitter. Check it out here.
4. “Veronica Mars” Trailer: On March 14th, the Kickstarter-funded “Veronica Mars” movie will open in select theaters. Check out the trailer here.
5. Netflix Micro-Genres: You know how Netflix sometimes seems to know you better than you know yourself? When the streaming service suggests the animated “The Karate Kid” somehow knowing that it’s a guilty pleasure of yours? The Atlantic has taken Netflix’s personalization algorithm (more than) one step further and scraped their data to determine 76,897 micro-genres. The Atlantic also came up with their own new genre generator. Looking for a Nordic teen spiritual documentary? Or a serial killer fairy tale? Check out the genre generator and invent your own subgenre here.