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5 Daily Tech Stories That Filmmakers (And Fans) Must Read: Free Apps, Smarter TVs, 3D Printing and More

5 Daily Tech Stories That Filmmakers (And Fans) Must Read: Free Apps, Smarter TVs, 3D Printing and More

1. Free Apps: We recently wrote about free apps for filmmakers to celebrate the App Store’s 5th anniversary, but Mashable does us all a favor by highlighting 16 of the best free Mac apps in general. The focus is mostly on productivity and organization, but there are several apps that could benefits filmmakers in particular, including the BitTorrent client Transmission, the media player VLC and CloudApp, which lets you share images, music, videos and files.

2. Future of TV: Over at The New York Times, David Carr marvels at how quickly Netflix was able to transform itself from “the largest user of the Postal Service to the largest source of download traffic on the Web in the span of months, not years.” Netflix will announce its earnings today. As Carr points out, the company’s stock has already risen more than 200 percent in the last year. Meanwhile, cable networks fear the future in which consumers aren’t reliant on cable for original programming, but isn’t the future already here?

3. Smart TV: As cable, broadcast and digital programmers endeavor to create relevant, compelling content, hardware companies such as Microsoft, Samsung and Sony are looking to create innovative TVs. Even Intel is rumored to be interested in the TV space, according to Forbes.com. With consumers losing interest in PCs, these companies are increasingly focusing on mobile, tablet… and TV, the next frontier.

4. 3D Printing: It’s clear that the possibilities for 3D printing are endless and the new technology will likely change the way we do business. TheNextWeb.com highlights a few of the possible ways 3D printing will change business, including reduced manufacturing costs and fewer manufactured goods. We’re curious to see the capabilities of 3D printing and what it will mean for filmmakers and film studios.

5. Aereo News: Aereo announced today it will launch its TV Anywhere service across Utah. Aereo is already available in New York City, Boston and Atlanta. The company plans to launch in Chicago in September. Meanwhile, Aereo is being used as a bargaining chip in a negotiation between CBS and Time Warner Cable over broadcast licensing fees, with Time Warner saying it might recommend Aereo to its customers if the dispute is not resolved, according to The New York Times. CBS has been at the head of the pack of broadcasters charging that Aereo violates copyright laws. Is your head spinning yet?!

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