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Winter Olympics opening ceremony sees Intel use record 1,218 drones

Winter Olympics opening ceremony sees Intel use record 1,218 drones

The 2018 Winter Olympics kicked-off in Pyeongchang, South Korea yesterday, and like any Olympics event, it began with a big, flashy opening ceremony. This time around it included a light show performance from Intel that used a record-setting 1,218 drones, all flying in sync to create imagery including the interlocking Olympic rings and sports events like snowboarding.

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DJI Olympics no-fly zones will make sneaking an aerial shot difficult

DJI Olympics no-fly zones will make sneaking an aerial shot difficult

DJI is making it difficult for drone owners to fly their UAVs during the 2018 Winter Olympics Games. Such drone use is forbidden during the Games, but that's not likely to stop everyone from trying to sneak a couple aerial shots or videos. Though Olympics security officials have their own plans in place to deal with unwanted consumer drones, DJI is planning to release a software update that will put the brakes on usage near the facilities.

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2018 Winter Olympics 4K HDR coverage will air on Dish Network

2018 Winter Olympics 4K HDR coverage will air on Dish Network

Dish Network customers will have access to 4K High Dynamic Range (HDR) coverage of the upcoming Winter Games in South Korea, the company has announced. The NBCUniversal content will be available in Ultra HD quality to anyone with a TV that supports the resolution, as well as HDR for those watching with a television that supports high dynamic range. Overall, Dish customers will get access to 2,400 hours of content.

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AT&T gives free South Korea roaming during Olympics in jab back at T-Mobile

AT&T gives free South Korea roaming during Olympics in jab back at T-Mobile

AT&T has announced its own perk for customers attending the 2018 Winter Olympics: a free International Day Pass starting on February 1 and lasting through March 20. This announcement follows T-Mobile's own Olympics perk announcement during which time it revealed that customers will get free unlimited high-speed data and calls while in South Korea.

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T-Mobile will give unlimited high-speed data in South Korea during Olympics

T-Mobile will give unlimited high-speed data in South Korea during Olympics

T-Mobile is giving its customers unlimited data in South Korea during the 2018 Winter Games, the carrier has announced. The unlimited data will be free and available anywhere within South Korea (only during the duration of the Games, mind), also being joined by free unlimited calls from the nation back home to the United States.

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Samsung’s official 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics app now available

Samsung’s official 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics app now available

Samsung has launched The Official App of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games, the South Korean company has announced. This app was created in partnership with the IOC -- the International Olympic Committee, that is -- as well as the PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, otherwise known as the POCOG.

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Team USA skiers use VR to train for 2018 Winter Olympics

Team USA skiers use VR to train for 2018 Winter Olympics

The Olympic organization U.S. Ski & Snowboard is working with California-based STRIVR to leverage virtual reality for training athletes. The technology is a key component in helping athletes training for events, giving them "mental access" to courses they will run so that they can learn the terrain, gate positions, turns, and more.

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Galaxy Note 8 PyeongChang 2018 edition connects the Winter Olympics

Galaxy Note 8 PyeongChang 2018 edition connects the Winter Olympics

Once upon a time, smartphones came in black or white colors, and sometimes the greys in between. These days, mobile devices have all sorts of hues, some with kinda funny names (“Kinda Blue”). If you’ve wanted a very white premium phone, like, say, a Galaxy Note 8, you’re pretty much out of luck. That is, unless you’re participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics, where Samsung will be giving out limited edition models of the Galaxy Note 8 to celebrate the PyeonChang 2018 games and, of course, advertise its phone.

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Samsung SmartSuit uses tech to help Olympic athletes train

Samsung SmartSuit uses tech to help Olympic athletes train

Samsung has a SmartSuit to help Winter Olympic athletes train. The SmartSuit is being provided to a pair of Dutch short track racers courtesy of Samsung Netherlands, which developed the wearable in conjunction with coach Jeroen Otter and scientist Bjorn de Laat. As with similar suits we've seen, the Samsung SmartSuit transmits data to the coach's smartphone.

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NBC 2018 Winter Olympics livestream will include 1800 hours of coverage

NBC 2018 Winter Olympics livestream will include 1800 hours of coverage

NBC will livestream more than 1800 hours of Winter Olympics coverage, the network has announced, giving fans access to content over the Internet on whatever device is most convenient. This represents a big increase over past livestreamed Olympics coverage, highlighting the big changes in how the public consumes video content. The coverage won't be available to cord-cutters, though.

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Tokyo 2020 Olympic medals to be made from discarded devices

Tokyo 2020 Olympic medals to be made from discarded devices

Japan is a country known and notorious for its electronics so it probably wouldn’t come as a shock if it has an overabundance of unused gadgets and trinkets. Most of those end up on the trash heap or, worse, collecting dust somewhere in some forgotten box or corner. The Japanese government and the organizers of the 2020 Olympics have a better idea. Why not give those unused electronic devices to them and they will turn one man’s junk into the ultimate treasure: an Olympic medal.

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Sony and Panasonic to debut 8K TVs in time for 2020 Olympics

Sony and Panasonic to debut 8K TVs in time for 2020 Olympics

4K televisions and broadcasts are just barely starting to catch on, but it's already time to start thinking about the next leap forward. At least, that's how Japan feels when it comes time to watch the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Japanese national broadcaster NHK has already stated that it will broadcast the Tokyo Games in 8K (also known as Super Hi-Vision), and now manufacturers Sony and Panasonic will be working together to get 8K-capable TVs on the market by the year 2020.

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