1. Academy Color Predictor: The Academy Color Predictor, the first app created for the general public by the Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, is now available on iTunes. The free app for iPad iOS 7 will be unveiled at the 2014 NAB Show in Las Vegas this week. Created by the Sci-Tech Council’s Solid State Lighting Project Committee, the app helps filmmakers predict the interaction of the key ingredients in cinematography: the lights, camera, filters and the photographed objects themselves. Users can change key source light, image sensor and filter parameters to instantly visualize color rendering differences and compare different combinations of elements.
2. Studios Sue Megaupload: U.S. law enforcement officials shut down Megaupload, the movie piracy site, back in 2012, but today, six major U.S. movie studios have filed a lawsuit against the cyberlocker site and its key operators, alleging that they profited from massive copyright infringement. Read more about the news here.
3. "Game of Thrones" Piracy: Speaking of piracy, HBO's "Game of Thrones" continues to hold the title of most pirated TV series. In fact, the fourth-season premiere Sunday night exceeded first-day piracy levels of the third-season premiere, according to Variety. The premiere was popular among paying subscribers too -- so much so that it crashed the HBO Go app.
4. Top Indies in iTunes: Oscar winners "12 Years a Slave" and "Dallas Buyers Club" continue to dominate, while newcomers "Philomena" and "The Unknown Known" hit the list of top indies in the iTunes store this week, in addition to "Alien Abduction." See the full list here.
5. XBox One: XBox One users can now share their gameplay videos on YouTube and the company is adding a GoPro Channel for XBox Live Gold subscribers. "We know
how important it is to be able to easily watch and share video clips,
and starting tomorrow we’re rolling out an update to the YouTube app on Xbox One that integrates Game DVR and Upload with YouTube, making it easier than ever to capture and share game clips with the world," XBox announced on its blog.