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Samsung's Non-Google TV

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Samsung TV
South Korean electronics giant Samsung Electronics announced on the first day of 2015 that it will release smart televisions equipped with its new platform built around the Tizen operating system this year, as it seeks to lower its reliance on Google.

Samsung said all of its new web-connected TV sets would be run by Tizen, and added that it would unveil its first-ever Tizen smart TVs at a consumer electronics (CE) fair in Las Vegas next week.

"Building our Smart Platform around Tizen is a groundbreaking step towards a much more intelligent and integrated system," Lee Won-Jin, a Samsung executive vice president, said in a statement.

"Tizen not only enriches the entertainment experience for our customers today, but unlocks great potential for the future in home entertainment," he said.

Samsung, the world's largest mobile phone producer, has focused on developing the Tizen operating system along with companies led by Intel to lower its reliance on Google's Android operating system.

Tizen can be applied to mobile devices, digital cameras and home appliances. Samsung has rolled out Tizen-based digital cameras and wearable smart watches this year.

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Moana The Movie
When Disney release the movie "Frozen", an updated version of the Snow Queen, no one could have predicted the impact it would have on the world in 2014.

Almost every parent will have seen the animated adventures of Elsa and Olaf more than a few times by now. And reports revealed that there's more to come from this franchise after Disney revealed a few images from the next Frozen adventure, "Frozen Fever."

However, while everyone is still giddy as they wait for the "Frozen" sequel, Disney is releasing the antidote. One of the movies coming in 2015 that is expected to generate the same impact as "Frozen" will a Polynesian princess on a quest to find a fabled island, accompanied by a pot bellied pig. Along the way she encounters a demigod named Maui, massive sea creatures, weird underworlds, and ancient folklore.

"Moana" will be Disney's second Pacific Islander heroine (the first being Lilo in 2002's ”Lilo & Stitch”) and its fifth princess of color. Ron Clements and John Musker will take the helm, making their first move into CG animation after directing "The Little Mermaid", "Aladdin," and "The Princess And The Frog".

Although initially rumoured to be made in hand-drawn/computer-animated technique introduced with Disney's short film "Paperman", Musker said that it is "far too early to apply the Paperman hybrid technique to a feature. The Meander digital in-betweening interface still has a host of production issues (including color) that need to be perfected."

However, Bleeding Cool has reported "Moana" will feature a new, painterly style of CG, so every Disney fan is intrigued as to what that will look like.

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Niel Patrick Harris
Niel Patrick Harris hosting of this year's Academy Awards was hailed by critics as a major 'snoozefest.'

There may not be any Kanye West-kind of meltdowns, wardrobe malfunctions and politically incorrect gaffes, but majority of the viewers were largely unimpressed.

As the evening continued on, several members of the media positioned backstage observed that Harris seemed to realize he wasn't hitting the high notes, and was becoming increasingly frustrated with himself.

"There needs to be a hashtag campaign #bringEllenback," one person quipped, referring to last year's surprisingly successful host Ellen DeGeneres, while another said that it's more on-point for the Academy to hire new show writers.

"The producers would love to think that the awards show is only about who wins an Oscar. But because there are only a handful of awards that the public really cares about, it's the unscripted moments and reactions that usually make the headlines and what people talk about the next day," Glenn Selig, crisis communications expert and CEO of Selig Multimedia told FOX411. "Without that sideshow, the Oscars seem canned."

Most of the ire was vented at host Harris.

"Perhaps the only person who didn't seem entirely prepared was Neil Patrick Harris... Harris had been pre sold as an expert live host, and yet seemed, befuddlingly, stymied by the exigencies of hosting," wrote TIME Magazine. "Whether it was his stumbling repeatedly over names or his truly uncomfortable segues, Harris seemed to violate the awards ceremony host's mandate: first, do no harm. A star who had in every other setting appeared gleefully eager was, at the Oscars, glum and low energy."

"He sang, he danced, he walked onstage wearing only his underwear and he engaged in some humorous wordplay," The Hollywood Reporter noted. "But he managed to stumble over the names of some of this year's presenters." even went as far as to ponder whether the actor and musical theater sensation fell victim to the dreaded "Oscars Host Curse," whereby irrespective of one's past experience, they bomb on the four-hour show.

But it may not have been all Harris' fault. Long before the arguably "flat" Oscars ceremony, early rumblings anticipated that the show would take a ratings hit, as the offbeat crop of smaller films which dominated the nominations from "Birdman" to "Whiplash" to "Boyhood" - weren't box office hits.

Selig did point out that overall, while scandal sells, those tiny touching moments wield plenty of power with audiences too.

"The speech from Graham Moore for 'The Imitation Game' was a standout," he said. "Unexpected, moving moments like that make the Oscars worth watching."

The young writer, who took home the golden statue for Best Adapted Screenplay used the stage to give a powerful speech shedding light on mental health, depression and suicide awareness.

"I tried to commit suicide at 16 and now I am standing here. I would like for this moment to be for that kid out there who feels like she doesn't fit in anywhere," he told the star-studded Hollywood crowd. "You do. Stay weird. Stay different, and then when it's your turn and you are standing on this stage, please pass the same message along."

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'Lego Movie' Directors Hit Oscars

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Lego Movie Oscar Snub
When "The Lego Movie" directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller got snubbed during the Oscars, everyone expected some form of retribution, but what was not expected is that it didn’t take long.

The movie won best animated film at the recent BAFTAs, and Lord and Miller took some light-hearted jabs at the Academy while accepting the award at the ceremony.

"You are our favorite Academy by far," the directors said on stage. "You guys win the award for best Academy. This is the end of the awards road for us, so we can say whatever we want. There’s no one left to impress."

"The Lego Movie," which was considered a shoe-in for the animated film category at the 2015 Academy Awards, ended up as one of the biggest shocks of last month’s nominations when it was snubbed in favor of "Big Hero 6," "How to Train Your Dragon 2," "The Boxtrolls," "Song of the Sea" and "The Tale of the Princess Kaguya."

Even then, though, Lord and Miller took the snub in stride. Lord tweeted a Lego version of an Oscar, saying, “It’s okay. Made my own!”

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Curiosity Winner
Is this a case of too much expectation from game developers or just too much hyping without knowing that somebody will be able to gain from the publicity?

A 20-year old Scot by the name of Bryan Henderson became the winner of Peter Molyneux's ”Curiosity” game a few years back. However, he has not received any money since winning what was described to him as a "life changing" prize.

”Curiosity” was an experimental iOS game, released in November 2012 that offered one lucky player a unique reward. The game presented dozens of vast layers of cubes, each encased within each other in a Russian-doll set-up, with players from the outside picking each layer apart piece-by-piece.

The cube's six faces contained hundreds of thousands of cubelets, presented to all players simultaneously via shared servers. These were all restlessly picked away for seven months, until May 2013, when the final layer opened.

The iOS experiment's popularity was fueled by claims made by its designer, Peter Molyneux, who said that what lies in the center of the cube was a "life changing prize," which would be given to the person who picks off the final cubelet. Henderson, by chance, was that final player, and was told he would become the "God of Gods" in Molyneux's next game, ”Godus.”

"A month or two after winning, I would email them every month, purely because I expected more communication from them, but it wasn't happening"

According to Molyneux in interviews conducted in 2013, the ”God of Gods” would be able to influence certain multiplayer modes in “Godus,” and along with this, would receive a cut of the game's revenue.

Now, in an interview with Eurogamer nearly two years since winning Curiosity, Henderson says he has not received any money, nor has the developer, 22Cans, maintained contact with him.

The problem is that Henderson's role in ”Godus” cannot commence until the game's multiplayer is introduced. Yet this has not materialized since the game's launch on PC in September 2013, nor after its release across iOS in August.

Molyneux cannot guarantee that multiplayer will ever come to the game, meaning that Henderson may never receive anything after winning the "life changing" prize.

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