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5 Daily Tech Stories That Filmmakers (and Film Fans) Must Read: 3D Tablet, Madonna on BitTorrent and More

Photo of Paula Bernstein By Paula Bernstein | Indiewire September 25, 2013 at 10:54AM

Here are today's must-read tech stories for filmmakers and film fans.
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Still from secretprojectrevolution, co-directed by Madonna and Steven Klein, to launch September 24

1. 3D Tablet: The New York Times reviews the Neo3do tablet, saying it "is designed for people who like 3-D but hate the glasses. It plays 3-D video and converts standard video into 3-D that you can see without the goofy spectacles....The 3-D effect is sometimes excellent; other times ... not so much." Read the full review here.

2. Madonna on BitTorrent: Madonna's secretprojectrevolution, the 17-minute film she co-directed with Steven Klein, is now available for free download via BitTorrent here. The film launches Art For Freedom, an online global initiative to further freedom of expression, created by Madonna, curated by VICE, and distributed by BitTorrent.

Mary Pickford

3. Mary Pickford: There's a "new" Mary Pickford film. The Library of Congress is funding a project to restore the film, titled "Their First Misunderstanding," which was found in a New Hampshire barn in 2006. It "is the only known copy of a 1911 Mary Pickford movie that marked a turning point in the silent film star's career," according to the AP.

4. New Kindle Fire: Amazon's updated Kindle Fire is an attempt for the company to aggressively compete with Netflix. The new upgrade allows Prime Instant Video downloads, which will allow subscribers to access some TV shows and movies for 48 hours. "Amazon’s new tablets also catch up to Netflix with the Second Screen feature, letting Prime Instant Video customers use a Kindle to control the playback of video on TV and access info related to the programming," according to Variety.

5. Roku Update: Along with a new Kindle Fire, there's also a new Roku with a streamlned interface and with M-Go Video on Demand integrated into the set-top box. Read all about the new (and improved?) Roku at Fast Company.

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