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Sphericam 2 4K VR camera endorsed by John Carmack

Sphericam 2 4K VR camera endorsed by John Carmack

This week Oculus CTO and gaming industry veteran John Carmack lent his support for the next wave of VR-friendly 360-degree camera hardware. In Sphericam 2 is a 4K-resolution 360-degree array of cameras with built-in software allowing for the instant stitching of its media product. Photos and video footage from this device can be used for virtual reality projects of all sorts. This is the first 360-degree camera to offer global shutter capture as well as 60fps video at the same time as it captures said media in 4K resolution.

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FLIR ONE Thermal camera for Android hands-on

FLIR ONE Thermal camera for Android hands-on

Today we've gotten the opportunity to work with the Android version of FLIR ONE, a mobile device thermal imager accessory. This device is effectively a camera in and of itself, requiring only that you use your smartphone as its display. It even has its own power source, with a micro-USB port for charging up its own internal battery. What we've seen here opens up our eyes and our minds to a whole new way of seeing the world - like a Predator, of course.

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Olympus Air A01 first-impressions: Modular Micro 4/3

Olympus Air A01 first-impressions: Modular Micro 4/3

You’d be forgiven if, after taking a quick glance at Olympus' new Air A01 doohickey, you dismissed it as a lens of some sort. In fact it’s more, much more. Think of the Air A01 as a Micro Four Thirds or Micro 4/3 camera minus the lens and display: ultra portable, allowing you to place or mount it anywhere your creativity takes you, and paired up wirelessly with an iOS or Android device. While add-on cameras are something we’ve already seen from Sony, Kodak, and others, Olympus’ decision to go for interchangeable lenses sets the Air A01 apart; read on for my first impressions.

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Jaunt Neo VR camera promises pro-quality 360 video

Jaunt Neo VR camera promises pro-quality 360 video

360-degree video may be the future of immersive entertainment but first you need the camera to record it on, and that's what Jaunt is promising with Neo. The fifth-generation of the virtual reality studio's multi-camera rig, and the culmination of two and a half years of development and testing, Neo resembles a flying saucer studded with lenses, and is intended to capture not only what's going on around the scene, but above and below it, too.

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Microsoft reveals Windows 10’s new wallpaper, a logo made of light

Microsoft reveals Windows 10’s new wallpaper, a logo made of light

With the consumer release of Windows 10 quickly approaching, Microsoft has decided it's time to unveil the new default desktop image that will be shipping with the new operating system, and thus what many users afraid of customization will be looking at for some time. This time, they're going with a classic Windows logo, which hasn't been done since Windows 7's default wallpaper. That's about it, a Windows logo in a pretty blue color. Just kidding. Actually there's a story behind it that Microsoft felt like sharing in a video.

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iBlazr 2 is a wireless adjustable LED flash for your iPhone

iBlazr 2 is a wireless adjustable LED flash for your iPhone

When it comes to a smartphone’s camera, many users side-step the flash — for day time and incognito snaps, it doesn’t serve much purpose. There are times when the built-in flash is needed, though, and in those times it usually proves inadequate, perhaps just strong enough to illuminate nearby subjects but not much else. iBlazr presented a solution to that with its first external smartphone flash by the same name, and now it is back with a refined version called the iBlazr 2.

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Polaroid Cube+ revealed, designed by Ammunition

Polaroid Cube+ revealed, designed by Ammunition

The second generation super-miniature Polaroid Cube+ has been revealed, designed once again by the folks that made Beats By Dre so iconic. The first Polaroid Cube was the first Ammunition team-up with Polaroid. That design was so successful, they decided to come around again for a second edition. Ammunition Group is headed by designer Robert Brunner. Brunner was Apple's Director of Industrial Design back in 1989, succeeded only in 1997 by the man he hired to work on the same design team - Jonathan Ive. Now it's time for another camera.

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Instagram search supercharged with new Explore page

Instagram search supercharged with new Explore page

Instagram has introduced a revamped Explore page and improved search, enabling users to more easily find and explore content uploaded to the service. Instagram says these are “major updates”, and will make it easier for users to find trending content, such as videos of popular recent events. The trends show up in real time, but there are also curated collections based on topic, making it easier to explore what is on the service and narrow down content based on interest.

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Inside the graveyard of the USSR’s space shuttle program

Inside the graveyard of the USSR’s space shuttle program

"It belongs in a museum," we shout, as we scour this collection of photos of the MZK building. This is Site 112A at Baikonur Cosmodrome, Russia's space launch facility - the world's first operational space launch facility, mind you, and the largest. Photographer Ralph Mirebs entered the ruins of a once great piece of space race history earlier this month, and below lies the results of his efforts. Inside this facility are two spacecraft, the second and third in a line that included Russia's answer to NASA's Space Shuttle program.

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NASA collects all of its space photos into single image gallery

NASA collects all of its space photos into single image gallery

If your hobbies include browsing various space photos, NASA has just made your day. The agency has unveiled a huge photo library that features every photo from past to present, totaling up to over 138,000 images. Sources include photos taken by the Hubble, JPL (Jet Propulsion Lab), and missions including Apollo. Called the NASA Images collection, the gallery was built by Luna Imaging, and combines over 70 previous galleries into a single, searchable database.

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Samsung Galaxy S6, Edge, and Active photography gallery

Samsung Galaxy S6, Edge, and Active photography gallery

Today we're having a peek at the photos we've been able to capture with the newest round of Samsung Galaxy S6 devices. As the hardware in each of the Galaxy S6 collection's bodies is the same or so similar it doesn't make a difference device-to-device, we're making no differentiation here between models. The tests are done, the reviews are done, now it's time to see some results. The following gallery of images includes photos taken by the Samsung Galaxy S6, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Active.

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Here are DxO’s ONE iPhone add-on camera samples

Here are DxO’s ONE iPhone add-on camera samples

Snap-on cameras for smartphones aren't new, but DxO's ONE claims to take mobile photography to another level, and it has the samples to prove it. The iPhone add-on, announced earlier today, justifies its not-inconsiderable $599 preorder price with a 1-inch, 20.3-inch sensor, just like Sony's well-esteemed RX100 III, along with a special SuperRAW mode that promises to do for RAW stills what HDR does for JPEGs. Read on for some samples.

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