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Sony’s new Action Cam challenges GoPro with 4K, image stabilization

Sony’s new Action Cam challenges GoPro with 4K, image stabilization

Sony has just announced the latest version of its Action Cam, the video camera designed to compete with market leader GoPro's offerings. The new X3000R's main flagship features include 4K video capture and the addition of optical image stabilization, a nice step up from the digital stabilization that's been used in previous Action Cams for years.

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Japanese robotic sumo wrestling is completely autonomous

Japanese robotic sumo wrestling is completely autonomous

If you have ever seen the show "Battlebots" that airs in the US, you know that most of the robots used are set on destroying the competition literally rather than simply pushing them out of the ring. Robot Wars here in the US is also a competition that is as much about the humans who are controlling the robots via remotes as it is about the capabilities of the robots themselves. Japan has a robot sumo wrestling competition that is very different from what we see here in the US.

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Bionic hand made from Keurig Coffee Maker

Bionic hand made from Keurig Coffee Maker

I've seen enough '80s action films to have a dubious disposition on anything bionic or cybernetic. I think we can probably rest assured that a bionic arm made out of a used Keurig coffee maker won't take over the world. A YouTuber called Terminal Cornucopia has created a bionic hand almost entirely out of parts taken from a disassembled Keurig coffee maker and called the hand Hedberg. I don't know why.

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Bright blue fireball caught creeping in Siberia

Bright blue fireball caught creeping in Siberia

Siberia, the home of mysterious giant craters and frequent meteor strikes, has presented the world with yet another mystery: a bright blue fireball hovering over and slowly moving across the ground (or near to it). The individual recording the event believes it to be ball lightening, which is rarely seen and even more rarely caught on video. It doesn't appear any experts have weighed in on the matter yet, however, and the public has some other theories.

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Interactive Dynamic Video could improve AR and eliminate CGI green screen

Interactive Dynamic Video could improve AR and eliminate CGI green screen

MIT researchers from the Computer Science and AI Laboratory are performing research into a new imaging technique called Interactive Dynamic Video or IDV. IDV allows users to reach in and touch objects that they are seeing in a video and could hold great promise for improving augmented reality. IDV uses traditional cameras and algorithms and looks at the tiny, nearly invisible vibrations that an object produces to build video simulations that users can interact with in a virtual environment.

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ABC’s streaming service to offer older shows for free

ABC’s streaming service to offer older shows for free

ABC has relaunched a streaming service that takes a page from Crackle’s book — it offers the network’s older shows for free, as well as a handful of original series. The service is ad-supported rather than requiring a pay TV subscription or monthly payments, which is the case with FOX's new livestreaming service and the vast majority of VOD streaming options like Hulu. The content will be offered under "ABCd."

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Vimeo app update makes purchases available on mobile

Vimeo app update makes purchases available on mobile

Vimeo is a video hosting website known for offering content that skews toward the more artistic side of the medium's spectrum. For this reason, the service attracted a lot of users with high-quality videos, and it soon became a destination for indie movies, short videos, film projects, and such. Over time, the service evolved to offer a for-pay on-demand video store, and now thanks to a recent Android and iOS update, users can access those purchases directly on their phone.

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Streaming video services found in half of U.S. homes

Streaming video services found in half of U.S. homes

Following years of reports about the growing number of cable cutters and those augmenting their traditional television subscription with streaming video, Nielsen has announced a new milestone for SVOD services: they're now found in half of all U.S. households, making them as ubiquitous as the ever-loved DVR. Per its latest ‘Total Audience Report,’ the number of U.S. adults using live television with DVR and watching time-shifted TV has nearly reached the same level as AM/FM radio users.

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Amazon Video adds a bunch of Dolby Vision HDR movies

Amazon Video adds a bunch of Dolby Vision HDR movies

Amazon Video has added support for Dolby Vision HDR content, the company has announced. Service users located in the United States can now watch certain videos in Dolby Vision, assuming their television supports it. This new support joins Amazon’s previously launched UHD high dynamic range content, though depending on who you’re talking to, the Dolby Vision content is usually favored for having higher quality.

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The Blackbird is a shape-shifting vehicle that can mimic any car

The Blackbird is a shape-shifting vehicle that can mimic any car

What you see here is the Blackbird. It's an electric dune buggy-like vehicle that can be adjusted in numerous way to mimic the driving of any production car. It's made by The Mill, a digital effects studio in London, and in addition to the fully customizable chassis, it's outfitted with 360-degree cameras. This allows it to be filmed while impersonating a specific car, and then CGI magicians use an overlay to turn it into that vehicle.

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BitTorrent Now debuts streaming media apps for iOS, Android, Apple TV

BitTorrent Now debuts streaming media apps for iOS, Android, Apple TV

Following the announcement of BitTorrent Now, a new ad-supported streaming music and video service, an accompanying mobile app has been released, giving users access to content while on the go. BitTorrent Now isn't aiming to compete with the likes of Spotify or Apple Music, but instead will distribute content from independent artists and filmmakers who sign up for the platform. The Android app is available now on Google Play, while iOS and Apple TV versions are "coming soon."

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BitTorrent Now launched, gives content creators 70% profit cut

BitTorrent Now launched, gives content creators 70% profit cut

The folks behind one of the most-used file-downloading systems in the world now has its own "direct to fan global media platform for on-demand video and music." This means that if you considered them any less-than-legitimate a business before with their Torrent-related business, they're coming up in the world. This service has content providers making video and audio available to the masses with "creators receiving 70% of all revenue." That could be a very, very big deal.

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