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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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Snapchat adds tap to view feature and more

Snapchat adds tap to view feature and more

Snapchat has updated its mobile app, and with the update comes a change to a commonly used feature: opening snaps and stories. In the past you had to press and hold the screen to view these things — with the update, though, you can just tap to view instead. It might not seem like much, but all that holding was taking up precious milliseconds, and if you’re a frequent Snapchat user the difference will add up. That’s not the biggest feature among the changes, though.

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Periscope adds web replays

Periscope adds web replays

Periscope has quickly been adopted by users far and wide, including by organizations that use it to broadcast presentations and similar entities. The broadcasts happen in real-time, of course, which is great for watching something as it is happening, but isn't so awesome if you happen to hop on after the broadcast has already started. That's where replays come in, with Periscope electing to offer its users a 24-hour period where they could replay the broadcasts after they aired. That feature was just expanded.

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Amazon’s HDR video arrives for Prime subscribers

Amazon’s HDR video arrives for Prime subscribers

Back in April, we heard word that Amazon would be adding HDR video support to Prime Instant Video some time later on in the year, doing so with the promise of improved image quality. The new viewing options would be arriving on its own original shows, but the company had said that it was also working with other entities to bring HDR to other content, too. Fortunately, Amazon didn't make us wait too long for the feature to arrive. Today the company announced that Prime members can watch HDR versions of episodes from its own original shows.

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360fly camera records video for VR

360fly camera records video for VR

360Fly is pining to be the GoPro of 360-degree videos, and with them the nature of watching footage is greatly changed. With an ordinary video, what you see is what you get. With 360-degree video, however, users are able to swipe the footage around to see what was recorded from different angles. The type of video is quickly gaining popularity, and 360fly wants its camera of the same name to be what consumers turn to with their of 360-video recording needs.

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Bing gives its video search a makeover

Bing gives its video search a makeover

Microsoft's underdog search engine, Bing, wants to be your destination for video searching on the Internet, especially music videos. This isn't the 90s when music videos were relegated to television. Music videos are consumed online at a pace that rivals actual songs. Thanks to some new improvements, Bing can help you find the video you're looking for faster, with less junk in the way. Now, Bing's video search results feature larger thumbnails, making the results easier to scan at a glance.

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Golf course on dump trucks is the most exciting golf ever

Golf course on dump trucks is the most exciting golf ever

When I was a kid if I was annoying my grandfather, he wouldn't say a word. He would just turn on golf and my cousins and I would scatter. Golf has to be one of the most boring things in history to watch, and that is considering Rosanne. I'm no golfer, I can’t even play put-put, but I would totally try this new form of golf that uses giant trucks with holes made in the bed.

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Watch Boeing’s vertical Dreamliner take-off from the captain’s chair

Watch Boeing’s vertical Dreamliner take-off from the captain’s chair

At the Paris Air Show, Boeing's 787-9 Dreamliner performed the spectacular feat of a vertical take-off. It turns out that Boeing wasn't just filming the flight from the runway. The cockpit was decked out with cameras and Boeing has assembled the footage to take you on a wild ride. Thanks to an innovative "choose your view" feature that YouTube started testing earlier this year, Boeing has released a "multi-view flying display" that lets you toggle between angles of the same scene without missing a beat.

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Netflix expands audio descriptions, will include Spanish soon

Netflix expands audio descriptions, will include Spanish soon

Netflix recently introduced a new interface that is its first big shakeup in four years, but that wasn’t the end of its changes. This week Netflix has also announced that as part of its effort to improve accessibility for all users, it has expanded the number of audio descriptions it has on the website. This makes it easier for visually impaired users to find content to watch, and was spurred by the company's release of "Daredevil", which kicked up talk about the need.

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YouTube Newswire offers curated videos of important events

YouTube Newswire offers curated videos of important events

YouTube has decided to take advantage of the large number of videos showing important events that are uploaded to its service, and it is doing so through its newly announced “YouTube Newswire”. YouTube Newswire is a new hub of sorts for videos of "emerging news events" taken by the eyewitnesses who are there when it happens. Such a hub is being done in partnership with Storyful, which will be taking care of the curation end of things. For viewers, this simply provides a new way to sort through the videos and find ones related to weather, news, and politics.

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