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Canon XA35 and XA30 camcorders utilize HD CMOS PROSensor

Canon XA35 and XA30 camcorders utilize HD CMOS PROSensor

Canon has announced a pair of new digital video cameras that are aimed directly at professional videographers called the XA35 and XA30. Both of the cameras use the new HD CMOS PROSensor. That new sensor makes both cameras portable and capable of capturing high-quality video in low light usage scenarios.

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DIY railgun launches projectiles with 950 pounds of force

DIY railgun launches projectiles with 950 pounds of force

Railguns were once the domain of science fiction and video games, but that has changed over the last few years with the US military working hard on developing railguns for ships and even vehicles. While this sort of weapon is still a ways from being field ready, a geek called Ziggy Zee has built his own man portable railgun from scratch.

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Sony announces end to Beta video cassette and micro MV cassette shipments

Sony announces end to Beta video cassette and micro MV cassette shipments

The 2000s saw their own format war with HD DVD and Blu-ray squaring off and HD DVD dying an early death despite avid supporters of the tech. The same thing happened in the 80s during the infancy of home video. The two formats then were VHS and Beta cassette tapes. Beta tapes were smaller, but in the home video market, VHS won out.

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Facebook AI describes photos to blind users

Facebook AI describes photos to blind users

Facebook has detailed an ongoing effort with its artificial intelligence that enables its software to describe photographs to blind users. CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted a link to the video describing the technology on his own Facebook account yesterday, briefly discussing the feature and Facebook’s work. He said the video inspired him, and that, “Our AI can now look at a photo, figure out what’s in it and help explain it to you.”

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Video: Tickle Me Elmo obliterated by a jet engine

Video: Tickle Me Elmo obliterated by a jet engine

It’s always fun to watch everyday items get pulverized in bizarre, unspeakable ways, and this particular episode of destruction will be even more satisfying for anyone ever subjected to a Tickle Me Elmo doll. The video is exactly what it sounds like: a Tickle Me Elmo doll, the personification of annoyance, is subjected to the unforgiving forces of a jet engine, and the result is nothing short of total destruction.

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Metallica’s first album in 7 years: hear the first notes in-studio

Metallica’s first album in 7 years: hear the first notes in-studio

Today a video has been released by Metallica to celebrate their new website AND show the first tunes from their new album. This album will be released at SOME point in the next few months - they're literally in the studio as of last week recording it. The video you're going to see shows Lars Ulrich talking at length about a bunch of junk, then shows James Hetfield recording some drums - no, vocals - no, maybe some guitar tunes. One way or the other you'll be hearing a few notes.

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Duracell’s Star Wars commercial is better than the prequels

Duracell’s Star Wars commercial is better than the prequels

The video spot you're about to see takes on Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Christmas morning. Therein you'll find the fight for the Republic, as executed by a couple of youngling Jedi wielding some fabulous battery-laden lightsabers. They're using Duracell batteries, of course, as the video was made for Duracell batteries with licensing from Lucasfilm. This story is just one minute long, but it'll thrill, it'll chill, and it'll make you understand the true nature of The Force. With batteries.

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Foo Fighters countdown could mean next Sonic Highways

Foo Fighters countdown could mean next Sonic Highways

The countdown clock on the Foo Fighters' homepage isn't just readied for Halloween. On the contrary - it's set for 24 days from now, hitting zero at Midnight on the 20th of November. At that time, the band headed by Dave Growl could well release a new season of the HBO-centric documentary series Sonic Highways. The logo plate on the website indicates as much. On the other hand, this could be a place for the launch of an EP - the band recently recorded five songs in Austin, after all.

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Bob Ross launches Twitch’s painting channel

Bob Ross launches Twitch’s painting channel

Well, Twitch has officially launched into unknown territories. This week begins the full broadcast of all 403 episodes of The Joy of Painting with Bob Ross. This launch is being done to launch a second Twitch homepage for Twitch Creative. This second homepage will be partnering with Adobe as a launch sponsor, and the page won't necessarily be all about gaming. Instead, this page will be about artists - and maybe we'll see some game developers creating happy little sprites, too, who knows.

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Our own Star Wars The Force Awakens mega-trailer (in chronological order)

Our own Star Wars The Force Awakens mega-trailer (in chronological order)

The following Star Wars The Force Awakens mega-trailer includes every piece of footage from all trailers released thus far. It also includes behind-the-scenes video from the SDCC reel released earlier this year, and a number of photos from Variety Fair, StarWars.com, and presentations at comic book conventions galore - straight from Lucasfilm and Disney. While the video you're about to see comes from public sources only, we must warn you that you will very likely be somewhat spoiled by watching it - in other words, SPOILER ALERT, TURN BACK NOW.

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Shredder makes mincemeat of bulletproof glass

Shredder makes mincemeat of bulletproof glass

Many materials are impossibly durable and hard -- modern metals, carbon fiber, bulletproof glass. Trying to break or otherwise structurally compromise any of those things is not easy, hence their use in all sorts of applications, including security ones. If there's one thing humans are really good at, though, it's destroying stuff, rendering the seemingly indestructible into rubble. Bulletproof glass is no exception.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer 3 released in 4K and Music editions

Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer 3 released in 4K and Music editions

The original "3rd" Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer (otherwise known as the first full-length trailer) has already garnered many millions of views in just over a day. Now Lucasfilm has decided to bestow upon us two new versions of the trailer - one without words, the other in full Ultra HD, aka glorious 4K resolution. These trailers show the same content as before - they're just better for one reason (far higher-definition) or the other (time to bask in the greatness of John Williams' score alone).

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