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  • Sunday, Jun. 22, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Apple is likely to launch a computerized wristwatch this fall that includes more than 10 sensors to take health measurements and other data, according to a published report.

The Wall Street Journal also said Friday that Apple Inc. is planning multiple screen sizes for the device, which some people have dubbed the iWatch.

Samsung, Sony, Qualcomm and others have already released smartwatches, but the gadgets have mostly functioned as companions to smartphones, offering email notifications, clock functions and the like. Samsung's Gear 2 line, released this year, added fitness-related apps and has a heart rate sensor.

There's been longstanding speculation that Apple has been working on a smartwatch. The main question has been when it would come out.

Apple intensified speculation this month when it said the upcoming version of its mobile operating system, iOS 8, will include tools for More

  • Sunday, Jun. 22, 2014
CINCINNATI (AP) -- 

A national anti-abortion group wants a federal court to block an Ohio law barring people from knowingly or recklessly making false statements about candidates seeking elective office.

The Susan B. Anthony List filed a motion Friday in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati, asking that the law not be enforced while the group continues to challenge its constitutionality. The motion says the statute violates free speech rights and "chills core political speech."

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that the group could challenge the law, raising doubts about whether Ohio's law and similar ones in other states can survive complaints that they violate free speech rights.

The anti-abortion group challenged Ohio's ban when it tried to post billboards attacking then-U.S. Rep. Steve Driehaus in 2010. The planned ads accused him of supporting taxpayer-funded abortion with his vote for President More

  • Friday, Jun. 20, 2014
LOS ANGELES -- 

Entertainment entrepreneurs David Straus, Joe Neulight and Fred Kramer, co-founders of indie film community Withoutabox, have formed L.A.-based Critical Mass Studios (CMS), billed as being the first vertically integrated, next-gen studio.

CMS, which transforms global, multi-platform distribution, rights management and monetization for the entertainment and publishing industries with critical mass tracking technology, marks their first venture since selling their company to Amazon.com in 2008.  

“Critical Mass Studios is building a new ecosystem around the frictionless management of rights,” said CEO Straus. “Content is being distributed globally on every imaginable platform.  Owners must not only have visibility throughout their entire library, but also be able to track and deliver instantly on all kinds of new deals. Those who don’t institute a forward-looking system to monetize and track effectively More

  • Thursday, Jun. 19, 2014
LONDON (AP) -- 

The British government has approved plans to double the size of Pinewood Studios, home to Harry Potter and James Bond.

The Department for Communities and Local Government granted planning permission Thursday for a 200 million-pound ($340 million) expansion of the movie-making complex near London.

Expansion was backed by politicians, the British Film Institute and film companies including Universal, Disney and Lucasfilm. A government report said building new sound stages, workshops and other facilities could create more than 3,000 jobs.

But some local residents in the commuter-belt area said expansion would strain transport and spoil greenbelt land. A previous proposal was turned down in 2012.

More than 1,500 films have been shot at Pinewood, including all eight "Harry Potter" adventures. "Star Wars: Episode VII" is currently in production there.

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  • Thursday, Jun. 19, 2014
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- 

Chelsea Handler will join together with Netflix to create an all-new talk show for the Internet TV network. Beginning in early 2016, the show will debut simultaneously in all Netflix territories for members to enjoy however and whenever they like.

The new talk show will feature an updated format that still encompasses Chelsea’s unfiltered opinions on topical entertainment and cultural issues, as well as her signature guest interviews.

But first, on October 10, Netflix will premiere Handler’s first one hour stand-up comedy performance based on her sold-out tour, “Uganda Be Kidding Me” Live. She will be taping the special in Chicago on Friday June 20, at the Harris Theater.

In 2015, Handler will create four new docu-comedy specials exclusively for Netflix featuring her efforts to gain a better understanding on a variety of subjects ranging from NASCAR to politics and from Silicon Valley to the NBA draft. Handler will produce the stand More

  • Thursday, Jun. 19, 2014
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos demonstrates the new Amazon Fire Phone during a launch event Wednesday, June 18, 2014, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
SEATTLE (AP) -- 

Amazon has introduced a new smartphone that seeks to help consumers locate and purchase products and services from the nation's largest e-commerce company.

The Fire phone comes with audio and object recognition technology, known as Firefly, to guide users to Amazon's stores. Just snap a photo of a book or listen to a song, for instance, and Firefly will present more information and a way to buy it.

The new device fits with Amazon's broader aim to create a more efficient shopping experience while steering more consumers to its retail products.

"It goes back to the mission of Amazon, which is to sell you stuff," said Ramon Llamas of the research firm IDC. "It reduces the number of steps it takes to buy things on the phone."

Fire also has the ability to render 3-D images on its 4.7-inch screen. The image shifts based on the angle you're viewing it. Four infrared cameras on the front are More

  • Wednesday, Jun. 18, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) -- 

E-cigarettes with fruity flavors like "cherry crush" ignited an intense Senate debate Wednesday about whether manufacturers are trying to appeal to youngsters similar to the way that Big Tobacco used Joe Camel decades ago.

"The last thing anyone should want to do is encourage young people to start using a new nicotine delivery product," Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., said as he opened a hearing on the battery-powered devices and worries that e-cigarette makers aim to tempt young people to take up something that could prove addictive.

Jason Healy, president of blu eCigs, and Craig Weiss, president of NJoy, were challenged for more than two hours about industry marketing practices that include running TV commercials and sponsoring race cars and other events. Both men insisted they aren't trying to glamorize smoking and don't target young people and that their products are a More

  • Tuesday, Jun. 17, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) -- 

House Republican and Democratic campaign committees have already booked almost $75 million in ads ahead of November's elections, stacking planned ads atop airtime slots already set aside by the candidates themselves and super PACs.

Republicans' campaign arm on Tuesday began telling television stations from New Hampshire to California to set aside a combined $30 million in advertising time ahead of November's elections. House Democrats already have booked $44 million of their own ads in many of the same races.

The big spending still might not be enough to tip the balance of power. Redrawn congressional districts after the 2010 census heavily favored Republicans. Coupled with that, the party that holds the White House historically has lost seats in elections at this point in a president's term, and President Barack Obama, a Democrat, is very unpopular in many congressional districts.

House More

  • Tuesday, Jun. 17, 2014
In this May 25, 2013 file photo, jury president, director Steven Spielberg, arrives for the screening of the film Venus in Fur at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP, file)
NEW YORK (AP) -- 

Steven Spielberg's next two films have been slated for October 2015 and July 2016.

DreamWorks announced Monday that an untitled Cold War spy thriller from Spielberg will open Oct. 16 of next year, and "The BFG" is planned for July 1, 2016.

The Cold War thriller is to star Tom Hanks as James Donovan, an attorney negotiating the return of an American pilot from the Soviet Union in 1960. "The BFG" is a live-action adaptation of Roald Dahl's 1982 children's book.

The 67-year-old Spielberg is juggling numerous producing jobs in television and film. His last directed movie was 2012's Oscar-winning "Lincoln."

  • Tuesday, Jun. 17, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- 

YouTube will launch a new subscription music service, the company acknowledged Tuesday after being dragged into a public dispute over royalties that will result in the blockade of some independent artists' music videos.

The Google Inc.-owned video site said in a statement that it is "adding subscription-based features for music on YouTube" and that "hundreds of major label and independent artists" have signed on.

The paid service — to be launched within a few months — will likely allow playback of videos without ads and allow for offline playback on mobile devices. That's according to two people familiar with the matter.

The people weren't authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The people also confirmed that a small number of independent artists who had not agreed to new deal terms will have their videos blocked in some countries starting in a few days, even on More

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