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by Paula Bernstein
March 24, 2014 3:28 PM
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5 Daily Tech Stories That Filmmakers (and Film Fans) Must Read: Could Apple Go Up Against Netflix?

Robin Wright in "House of Cards"

1. Apple Streaming TV: Apple is reportedly in talks with Comcast about creating a streaming TV service that would rival Netflix, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. Apple has spent year trying to get into the TV market, but so far, the Apple TV set-top box hasn't yet taken off. Partnering with a cable company would obviously be a huge boost for Apple. Meanwhile, Netflix's stock has dipped on the news, according to Mashable.

2. Top Indies in iTunes: Oscar winners "12 Years a Slave" and "Dallas Buyers Club" continue to dominate the list of top 10 indies in iTunes, but new additions to the list include "Blood Ties," "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," "Nymphomaniac: Volume 1" and "Cheap Thrills." See the full list here.

3. Panasonic 4K: It looks like GoPro may have some competition in the action camera market. Panasonic has announced it will release of the HX-A500, a 4K wearable camera. At the moment, the only wearable 4K option is GoPro. Read more here.

4. 4DX: You've heard of 3D, but what about 4DX? It's an immersive experience intended to involve all five senses using features such as motion, wind, strobe, fog, vibration, mist, rain and even scent-based special effects that go far beyond 3D.  CJ 4DPlex, the world’s first 4D cinema company for feature films, announced today at CinemaCon that they have signed a deal with AEG to bring 4DX technology to a movie theater in the United States for the first time. Are you ready?

5. "Crazy and Thief:" When writer-director Cory McAbee's film "Crazy and Thief" hit the festival circle back in 2012, he got some potential interest for digital distribution. But instead, he decided to distribute it himself for free. Read why he gave away this film, which Indiewire included on its list of top 10 undistributed films of 2012, here.

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