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Facebook and Vimeo launch 360-degree video hubs: Here’s how to watch

Facebook and Vimeo launch 360-degree video hubs: Here’s how to watch

Those of you with VR headsets have a lot of new content to look forward to, as Facebook and Vimeo are both rolling out 360 content in some capacity today. For Facebook, that functionality is coming specifically to the Gear VR by way of a new app. With Vimeo, on the other hand, we're seeing the site-wide launch of 360 videos in general.

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Google Cloud Video Intelligence API can search for objects within videos

Google Cloud Video Intelligence API can search for objects within videos

Google has detailed new ways it is using artificial intelligence to improve enterprise products, and the most exciting among those details is its new Video Intelligence API. With this new technology, which is currently in a Private Beta according to Google, developers are able to search for specific objects within videos, a feature that could prove useful for surveillance videos, among other things.

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Boston Dynamics’ newest robot is a rollerblading kangaroo

Boston Dynamics’ newest robot is a rollerblading kangaroo

The newest robot from Boston Dynamics rolls on two wheels and has legs like a kangaroo. Or a dog - or any number of other bent-legged creatures who would all look equally wild aboard a pair of one-wheeled shoes. This robot is the latest in a long line of balancing, walking, or otherwise moving robots from the folks at Boston Dynamics.

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Robotic, rolling pile of poo used to record intimate wildlife moments

Robotic, rolling pile of poo used to record intimate wildlife moments

A random robot rolling around the wild would be enough to spook anyone, human or animal, but it could also be a great way to catch intimate and candid moments from the animal kingdom. To get that benefit without the side effect of startling animals, PBS is using an unusual contraption as part of its “Spy In The Wild” series — a rolling pile of dung with a robotic camera nestled inside.

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Watch Siberian tigers take down a flying drone

Watch Siberian tigers take down a flying drone

Drones: they annoy and amuse humans, mostly annoy kangaroos, and apparently greatly intrigue Siberian tigers. A new video shows a pack of such tigers chasing around a flying drone, doing so like big cats trying to catch a laser dot, when one eventually yanks it from the sky. It seems at first the tigers are moving in to swiftly destroy the drone, but their instincts quickly give away to curiosity and, it seems, confusion.

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Lightweight origami shield unfolds quickly to stop bullets

Lightweight origami shield unfolds quickly to stop bullets

Engineers with Brigham Young University have developed a new type of foldable bulletproof shield called the origami shield, and it aims to keep police officers safe from handgun bullets without being too burdensome or difficult to deploy. The shield is made using a dozen layers of Kevlar material, as well as an aluminum-based frame that allows the shield to fold down into a small, compact size. When needed, an officer can open the shield with a single tug.

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YouTube gets machine-generated automatic captions

YouTube gets machine-generated automatic captions

Google first announced captions for its Google Video product way back in 2006, and now it is back with a new related announcement: automatic captions have arrived on YouTube. These captions are machine-generated, something made possible in part by YouTube’s existing caption system and Google’s automatic speech recognition technology. With this feature, a much larger number of videos will gain captions, making them accessible to both the hearing-impaired and those who speak other languages (via machine translation).

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Facebook videos now play sound by default: How to turn it off

Facebook videos now play sound by default: How to turn it off

Facebook's update this week turns Facebook News Feed video sound on by default - so we've got to turn it back off again. While Facebook assures users that they've done testing with sound on by default with the social network's News Feed. They say their testing suggests that feedback for sound on by default was received positively. But JUST in case there's anyone out there who'd rather not hear videos without tapping, we've laid out here how to turn it off.

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Big green fireball caught on video streaking through Midwest sky

Big green fireball caught on video streaking through Midwest sky

A giant fireball streaked across the dark Midwest sky over the United States this past Monday, and was spotted by individuals in multiple states, including Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, and even some as far away as West Virginia. The majority of reports seem to center around Chicago and eastern Wisconsin, though thanks to a couple of dash cams and webcams, everyone gets to have their own look at the event.

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How to download YouTube mobile live streaming video for iPhone or Android

How to download YouTube mobile live streaming video for iPhone or Android

Mobile live streaming to YouTube will soon be enabled for users with the right set of prerequisites. For everyone else, it's like a combination of a waiting game and a gameified battle to the top. Once creators on YouTube are OK'ed by Google, they'll have access to mobile live streaming to the masses.

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Stranger Things 2 Super Bowl trailer reveals Halloween arrival

Stranger Things 2 Super Bowl trailer reveals Halloween arrival

It was pretty obvious that Netflix planned to release a second season of its acclaimed Stranger Things show, and confirmation of such plans came only weeks after the first season’s release. Netflix confirmed the second season would be released in 2017, and now thanks to a brief TV spot aired during the Super Bowl, we know the exact day to expect season two: this upcoming Halloween.

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Watch the U.S. Navy catapult giant trucks into the ocean

Watch the U.S. Navy catapult giant trucks into the ocean

The U.S. Navy is testing the capabilities of its new so-called 'supercarrier' ship, the nearly $13 billion U.S.S. Gerald Ford. Construction began a few years ago, and the ship is now what is known as a pre-commissioning unit; if all goes according to plan, the U.S. Navy will commission the ship in April 2017. Ahead of that, however, the Navy is testing the ship's jet catapult system, doing so using really big trucks.

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