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The Blackbird is a shape-shifting vehicle that can mimic any car

The Blackbird is a shape-shifting vehicle that can mimic any car

What you see here is the Blackbird. It's an electric dune buggy-like vehicle that can be adjusted in numerous way to mimic the driving of any production car. It's made by The Mill, a digital effects studio in London, and in addition to the fully customizable chassis, it's outfitted with 360-degree cameras. This allows it to be filmed while impersonating a specific car, and then CGI magicians use an overlay to turn it into that vehicle.

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BitTorrent Now debuts streaming media apps for iOS, Android, Apple TV

BitTorrent Now debuts streaming media apps for iOS, Android, Apple TV

Following the announcement of BitTorrent Now, a new ad-supported streaming music and video service, an accompanying mobile app has been released, giving users access to content while on the go. BitTorrent Now isn't aiming to compete with the likes of Spotify or Apple Music, but instead will distribute content from independent artists and filmmakers who sign up for the platform. The Android app is available now on Google Play, while iOS and Apple TV versions are "coming soon."

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BitTorrent Now launched, gives content creators 70% profit cut

BitTorrent Now launched, gives content creators 70% profit cut

The folks behind one of the most-used file-downloading systems in the world now has its own "direct to fan global media platform for on-demand video and music." This means that if you considered them any less-than-legitimate a business before with their Torrent-related business, they're coming up in the world. This service has content providers making video and audio available to the masses with "creators receiving 70% of all revenue." That could be a very, very big deal.

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This iPhone camera rig adds pro-audio to your mobile studio

This iPhone camera rig adds pro-audio to your mobile studio

Your smartphone's camera may be up to shooting a Hollywood-rivaling movie, but its microphones probably aren't, but a new camera rig promises to make the most portable studio broadcast-ready. IK Multimedia's iKlip A/V is not only a mount for your phone - or, for that matter, your DSLR camera - but has an integrated microphone preamp with phantom power to improve the sound in your videos.

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Tumblr launches Live Video, but wont host

Tumblr launches Live Video, but wont host

Today Tumblr launched Tumblr Live Video, an initiative that uses other services to do the blog platform's dirty work. Instead of hosting the live video and streaming with Tumblr's servers, Tumblr is simply enacting sharing to Tumblr from a variety of 3rd-party services. So it's not entirely unlike how Twitter doesn't actually do the Live Video bit, they use Periscope.

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Twitter and Vine videos just got a whole lot longer

Twitter and Vine videos just got a whole lot longer

This morning Twitter turned up the juice. In addition to allowing certain celebrities know what followers to follow back, they released some limits on video posting. Posting, that is, videos that are far longer than they used to be, both on Twitter itself and through Vine. Users of all sorts will be able to upload videos with a maximum file size of 512MB and a length of 2-minutes and 20 seconds.

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Tumblr launching live video, too

Tumblr launching live video, too

Not to be left out of the Live Video trend in social networks everywhere, Tumblr has given hint of their launch of the service starting tomorrow. Reports suggest that while Tumblr hasn't released anything official (press releases or the like), they have begun some viral marketing - which is odd, given they are a platform and not a service to be marketed... so to speak. A set of "Live Video on Tumblr" posts have been made on Tumblr via what may or may not be an official Tumblr-made account*. Time will tell. For now, there's Live Video, likely coming this week.

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YouTube star Lonelygirl15 returns 10 years after revolutionizing web series

YouTube star Lonelygirl15 returns 10 years after revolutionizing web series

If you're old enough to remember using MySpace in its prime, you're probably also familiar with the early YouTube sensation of Lonelygirl15. It started off exactly 10 years ago as just an everyday teenager speaking into webcam in a simple format that become known as the "vlog." This was long before everyone knew what "web series" or "going viral" meant. It went on to be revealed as a scripted series, and still survived for two years before fizzling out. But now it's back, with Lonelygirl15 posting her first video in eight years.

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Facebook now allows videos posted in comments

Facebook now allows videos posted in comments

Facebook fans have a new way that they can add comments to posts from friends. As of yesterday, Facebook activated a feature that started at the 50th Hackathon held by the social network. With the new feature in place, users can upload videos into comments and replies on posts. Facebook says that this makes it more engaging and immersive for conversations that folks have.

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Google teases VR bowling, Daydream puzzle

Google teases VR bowling, Daydream puzzle

This morning the folks at Google's Daydream Labs have revealed two new VR experiences that may one day make their way to mobile. While previous teasers that've been released in this way have been centered on an HTC Vive demo experience, it's easy to see how one might end up using the Daydream controller to make these games a reality for mobile devices. For now, we can giggle and cross our fingers.

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‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’ season 8 trailer reveals new guests

‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’ season 8 trailer reveals new guests

Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is heading into its eighth season, and the first trailer for that season has arrived. In it we get a look at some of the comedians who will be joining Seinfeld in season 8, including John Oliver, Jim Gaffigan, Judd Apatow, Lorne Michaels, and Margaret Cho, adding them to the already extensive (and impressive) list of past guests.

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Elon Musk has banned hot tub talks about simulated existence

Elon Musk has banned hot tub talks about simulated existence

There's a chance we're all living in some super advanced simulation, but don't bring the topic up if you ever get the chance to join Elon Musk in a hot tub. Speaking at Recode’s Code Conference 2016, someone asked Musk a philosophical question about whether it’s possible we’re all living in a simulation — and Musk, as you might expect, has been asked this question many, many times. So many times that he had to ban it from the hot tub.

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