Actor Meschach Taylor, who was perhaps best known as his role in the late 1980s TV series Designing Women, and also was awesome as hell in the 1987 comedy Mannequin, died today at the age of 67 from cancer.
If you were like me and jumped on Google’s $35 Chromecast dongle when it first launched last year, imagining it to be a cheaper, smaller and sleeker smart TV alternative to Apple TV or Roku only to find out it’s an incredibly horrible to use, interface-less way to tie up your phone or tablet to maybe watch something on Netflix. But at this week’s I/O conference, Google announced a number of welcome changes to the Chromecast, including somewhat of a Google Plus powered user interface and (finally) full scale mirroring between your TV and Android device, so that’s something.
Aereo, the service that uses clever technology to circumvent the whole public performance thing, has spent nearly its entire life fighting court battles for its existence in state after state, but after today’s ruling from the Supreme Court, the TV streaming service may be dead. The way Aereo worked, and what satisfied some lower courts, is that each customer gets their own private mini digital antenna at Aereo’s facilities, allowing you to watch broadcast television over the internet. It’s these individual antennae that has previously allowed the company to argue that what it offers amounts to a private performance, like you would do if you were watching TV at home. The Supreme Court didn’t buy it and today handed down a ruling that Aereo did violate copyright law and was wholly illegal.
Calling it “the next great American sports league”, Total Slaughter is a project headed by Eminem to bring the glory, verbal wizardry and mic dropping to America and the world. If you’ve seen 8 Mile, you know that Eminem honed his skills in rap battles around Detroit to escape the shittiness of Kim Basinger, so now he has even bigger dreams of being the Don King/Simon Cowell of the American rap battle scene.