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Serious about streaming? This could be the best home media server you could ever build

Serious about streaming? This could be the best home media server you could ever build

The folks at Backblaze have released a system they call Storage Pod 6.0, and they've open-sourced the whole works. Their aim is to drive down the cost of creating a data storage server (your own personal cloud) while they improve the reliability and durability of said servers each time they release a new version. Their first model was Storage Pod 1.0, which was launched all the way back in 2009. Back then their costs were $0.11/GB for 67.5TB of storage in a 4U box. Fast forward to 2016 and they've reduced that cost again, significantly.

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Nintendo’s official Star Fox anime comes to YouTube

Nintendo’s official Star Fox anime comes to YouTube

Star Fox Zero, the long-awaited return of Nintendo's fighter jet-piloting space shooter series, is finally being released on the Wii U this week. To mark the occasion, Nintendo produced an anime short that serves as an introduction to the story told in Zero. The best part is that the 15-minute movie, titled Star Fox: The Battle Begins, is available to watch for free on YouTube.

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Deadpool DVD and 4K Blu-ray release detailed

Deadpool DVD and 4K Blu-ray release detailed

The Blu-ray DVD combo-pack as well as the fully massive 4K version of Deadpool are coming on the 10th of May. Today the folks at 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment have suggested that both versions of the film will be released on the 10th of May "with maximum effort" - their words, and Deadpool's. This release of the movie will have so many extra bits and pieces that you'll freak out fully.

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Netflix has 150+ hours of HDR content in the pipeline

Netflix has 150+ hours of HDR content in the pipeline

Netflix is excited about HDR, and it wants you to be excited about it, too. The technology brings better overall video quality — brighter highlights, more detailed dark scenes, and a broader ranger of colors, among other things. While HDR content is available now from various places for your viewing pleasure, it isn’t available in any sort of abundance. That changes soon thanks to Netflix, which has announced plans to add more than 100 hours’ worth of HDR content to its library by this upcoming August.

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Netflix’s un-grandfathering you: here’s what it’s doing with the extra money

Netflix’s un-grandfathering you: here’s what it’s doing with the extra money

We’ve known for a long while that Netflix planned to ‘un-grandfather’ a lot of subscribers into its previously-increased higher monthly price, and the time of reckoning is upon us. In May 2014, Netflix increased the price of its two-streaming HD plan to $9.99/month, an increase of two dollars. Those who already subscribed at the $7.99/month price point would be grandfathered in, though, and remain at that price…until May 2016, a couple weeks from now. In a recent letter to shareholders, Netflix detailed that un-grandfathering and how it's putting your extra two dollars to use.

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Captain America Civil War movie footage released in an Audi Ad

Captain America Civil War movie footage released in an Audi Ad

This afternoon the Audi SQ7 has been shown rolling comfortably in the middle of a scene of the blockbuster film Captain America: Civil War. This footage includes part ad/part movie bits and pieces, flawlessly intertwining the two to the point where you'll question which is which. The video shows Captain America - Steve Rogers himself - running after his best buddy Bucky - otherwise known as The Winter Soldier. Also in the chase is a character new to the Marvel Cinematic Universe - Black Panther.

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YouTube now offers 360-degree video livestreaming

YouTube now offers 360-degree video livestreaming

In February, we heard a rumor that YouTube was working on a feature that would let users livestream 360-degree video. Fast-forward to today, and the service has officially announced the livestreaming option, saying it is “taking immersive video even further” with the new feature. It has been just a tad over one year since YouTube added support for 360-dgree videos, and this marks the latest evolution of that functionality.

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GoPro Omni and GoPro VR highlighted at NAB 2016

GoPro Omni and GoPro VR highlighted at NAB 2016

GoPro announced some new hardware that brings new ways for professionals to shoot 360-degree video earlier this month. One of the new products is called the GoPro Omni, which is a six camera spherical array that is able to capture high-resolution video in all directions at one time that we talked about previously. The Omni has six individual cameras interact with a single primary camera in the array to configure settings and to start and stop recording for all cameras at the same time.

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Instagram ‘Explore’ adds video channels

Instagram ‘Explore’ adds video channels

Instagram has updated Explore with video channels, making it easier for users to find the ones they’re interested in. Most notably, Instagram offers a personalized channel called “Videos You Might Like,” which is exactly what it sounds like — videos suggested for you based on the content you typically view. As well, Instagram is featuring some channels in Explore, aggregating them based on topics.

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This is the worst phone accessory ever made

This is the worst phone accessory ever made

This week a USB power device has been discovered to be absolutely terrible by a device tester by the name of Clive Mitchell. He's in the business of testing things like these, and he's smart about how power works. And how it's not supposed to work. And how a USB device like the one you're going to see should NOT be lighting up a light bulb like you're about to see. This is why we can't have nice (off-brand) things.

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Spot the differences between a real and a fake Galaxy S7

Spot the differences between a real and a fake Galaxy S7

With the massive popularity of the Galaxy S7 smartphone, there are people and manufacturers out there that want to trick people into buying their fake junk phones by making the devices look almost identical to the Galaxy S7. These rip off artists go so far as to fabricate the packaging and the fakes are very convincing.

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Facebook’s Surround 360 camera will cost you $30k

Facebook’s Surround 360 camera will cost you $30k

Another day, another massively expensive 360 (spherical) camera rig you'll never be able to afford as a common citizen. Facebook suggests that this system can be built from camera parts you can buy yourselves, the total cost for the rig reaching somewhere around $30,000. If that's something you're going to be able to toss cash at, you'll be in luck - once you've got the whole system together, you'll be able to use the company's own software to stitch the resulting media you capture together into a single, seamless 3D-360 video. That video will - of course - be easily upload friendly for Facebook immediately after processing.

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