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Google Photos update turns it into a social network

Google Photos update turns it into a social network

No, Google didn't just turn Google Photos into Google+. Instead, they've updated the app to include Shared Albums, meaning you will be able to upload photos to an album that all of your contacts can see. Public sharing is slightly different, as is posting to Facebook. This update allows friends and family - whomever you've added - to access a unique folder in your library. Others can share folders of theirs with you, too.

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CES 2016 will be heavy on the VR

CES 2016 will be heavy on the VR

This week we've received a glass cube with a "hologram" of a smartphone inside - it's an invitation to an event at CES 2016. This is just one example of the absolute above-and-beyond effort manufacturers and developers are pouring in to the promotion of virtual reality devices and software. In this case, the brand is YEZZ, and the device is a smartphone that can capture the world around you in virtual reality mode. HTC, too, will be bringing another big VR package to the consumer electronics show 2016.

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Luna 360-degree camera fits in the palm of your hand

Luna 360-degree camera fits in the palm of your hand

Memora has launched its new 360-degree camera, hailing Luna as the smallest ever device of its kind. With Luna, consumers are able to record 360-degree footage (and live stream it if desired) and view the final videos with a Cardboard headset or on platforms that support 360-degree content. The device features two cameras with wide-angle lenses, with each camera recording video at 2k-resolution.

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LG G5 release date may be early: details suggest Spring

LG G5 release date may be early: details suggest Spring

Mobile World Congress may well be the place where LG reveals its next hero smartphone: the LG G5. This device, which we're assuming will follow the same naming conventions of the past several years, will play heavily on its new industry-leading camera technology, replaceable AND non-replaceable backsides, and premium feel. Unlike most major smartphone manufacturers, LG hasn't shown any fear of dropping relatively outlandish technologies and features of all sorts on devices it intends distribute widely - as such, we're excited to see what oddities they'll have in store.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 release may tag-team Duo Pixel VR camera

Samsung Galaxy S7 release may tag-team Duo Pixel VR camera

This week a patent was filed for the Samsung Duo Pixel, a trademark for a device or service that could play a role in the release of the Samsung Galaxy S7. The Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy Note 5 are both able to be used with the Samsung Gear VR, a virtual reality headset that relies on a phone. With the patent for Duo Pixel, Samsung may very well be moving in to the Virtual Reality capture environment, rather than just sticking to the consumption market.

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Filmomat automatically processes color, B&W film without the darkroom

Filmomat automatically processes color, B&W film without the darkroom

Photographers that still prefer to work in the medium of film already have difficulties when it comes to the declining supply of both film and camera equipment, but for those who are anything less than professional, the next big challenge is securing the space and tools needed for a dedicated dark room. German photographer Lukas Fritz is so dedicated that he spent a year building his own device that can automatically process both color and black & white 35mm film negatives.

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Mokacam is a tiny magnetic and modular UHD camera

Mokacam is a tiny magnetic and modular UHD camera

The market has no shortage of small cameras, and it can be hard to stand out among the competition. Mokacam has managed to catch the consumer eye, though, and for good reason: it packs a lot of features into a small body, and its functionality can be expanded simply by attaching magnetic modular components. The camera’s creator isn’t being shy about challenging GoPro’s top status, and it has a very success funding campaign to back it up.

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Apple Watch now connects to DxO ONE iPhone camera

Apple Watch now connects to DxO ONE iPhone camera

This week the folks at DxO have announced some feature upgrades to their relatively new add-on camera system for the iPhone: DxO ONE. This system connects to the side of your iPhone - or the bottom, however you'd like to look at it - and adds some high-powered photography and videography capture abilities with a completely separate camera module. One key feature in this update is a connection with the Apple Watch, giving the watch the ability to remotely trigger the camera from afar.

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Samsung says Nikon buyout ‘not true,’ but doubt remains

Samsung says Nikon buyout ‘not true,’ but doubt remains

The past few weeks, and especially the last several days, have churned up rumors and speculation about Samsung's camera business, something fueled by the company's recent retreat from European markets. Sources cropped up recently claiming that Samsung has 'major' news planned for CES 2016, and following that report came another alleging that Nikon had bought Samsung's NX mirrorless camera technology.

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These Instagram filters as baby names are a growing trend

These Instagram filters as baby names are a growing trend

Yes, real human babies named after Instagram filters. The next generation of baby-makers really, truly have the power now. And they're squandering it. Turning their children into photo filter names from an app. On the plus side, these names aren't the most horrifying massacres of a set of baby names we've ever heard. But they're not the best names in the history of the world, either. Can you imagine anyone making a large contribution to our society with a name derived from a photo filter? From a social networking app owned by Facebook?

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Spot smart home camera knows when smoke alarms go off

Spot smart home camera knows when smoke alarms go off

One of the big reason that people like cameras in their home that can stream content online is to keep an eye on things from afar. With a streaming camera, you can see if a thief breaks in or if your house catches on fire. The catch with most cameras of this type is that if your smoke alarm goes off, you have to see the smoke to be able to react. That isn't the case with the Spot camera from iSmartAlarm.

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Report: Samsung has ‘major’ camera news for CES 2016

Report: Samsung has ‘major’ camera news for CES 2016

The days are counting down until CES 2016, and as such the rumor-mill has kicked into full gear. Among it is a new report claiming Samsung has something big planned for CES in the form of a “major statement” that will involve the company’s camera business. It's all very vague at this point, and of course Samsung isn't saying anything either way. Fortunately, there's only a few weeks left before we find out either way.

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