Sony’s new A6500 and RX100 V cameras are all about speed
Oct06

Sony’s new A6500 and RX100 V cameras are all about speed

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Today at an event in New York City, Sony revealed its latest compact cameras, the A6500 and RX100 V. And they have one thing in common: They’re all about speed. With the A6500 flagship mirrorless, you get a 24.2-megapixel APS-C sensor with 11-fps continuous shooting, which you can fire for about 30 seconds at a time. If you do the math, that should give you a little over 300 frames in a single shutter press. The A6500 also comes with in-body 5-axis image stabilization — a first for an APS-C-sized shooter from Sony — as well as 100-25,600 ISO (52,000 for stills). The RX100 V, meanwhile, captures RAW photos at a ridiculous 24 frames per second. That’s an impressive feat for most digital cameras, let alone one that fits in your jean pocket. Sony’s new high-end point-and-shoot is powered by a 20.1-megapixel 1-inch sensor and an image processor that, according to Sony, handles real-time noise reduction for every picture. Again, the theme of the day is speed, and the RX100 V’s electronic shutter is capable of hitting a max of 1/32,000th of a second. Let’s just say you shouldn’t have any trouble taking pictures of moving subjects. As we’ve come to expect from Sony, both cameras shoot in 4K (3,840 x 2,160), although the footage from the A6500 is scaled down from 6K. In theory, that should give you sharper videos all around, plus the ability to crop frames and not worry about losing quality. The RX100 V, for its part, features a 960-fps high frame rate mode, which gives you up to 80 seconds of super slow motion recordings (40x). Unfortunately, I didn’t have the chance to take sample images from either camera, but we hope to be able to share more on that front in the days to come. For now, I can say that if you’ve ever held an A6000, A6300 or any of the RX100 models, the new cameras won’t feel much different on your hands. They’re lightweight and made out of metal, while the button placement remains largely unchanged. The RX100 V will hit stores this or next month, according to Sony, with pricing set at $1,000. On the other hand, the A6500 is expected to ship in November for $1,400 (body-only). Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Does anyone want to buy Twitter?
Oct06

Does anyone want to buy Twitter?

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. At the end of September, the list of reported potential suitors for Twitter included Apple, Disney, Google and Salesforce. Based on new reports from Recode and CNBC, it sounds like none of those companies are interested in buying the social network at this point. Recode’s sources indicated this week that Google wasn’t preparing to make a bid and that Apple wasn’t likely to do so either. It followed that up with a report that Disney, after exploring a potential proposal, wouldn’t move forward with an official offer. Twitter’s shareholders surely aren’t happy about those big names withdrawing interest as the company’s stock fell 9 percent yesterday. Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff downplayed his company’s interest in Twitter during an interview with CNBC yesterday as well. The chief executive said that while he considers a lot of potential acquisitions, he ultimately decides to pass on most of them. Benioff didn’t comment specifically on Twitter, but noted that “it’s in our interest to look at everything.” According to Reuters, Twitter wants to wrap the sale process by October 27th, the day it’s scheduled to announce its Q3 earnings. That news follows a Bloomberg article that detailed the internal battle at Twitter over the potential sale, including that CEO Jack Dorsey is reportedly holding up the process because he wants the company to remain independent. Twitter does have some untapped potential on top of its social network and newly cemented live video push, but it looks like getting a deal done before the end of the month may be a lot harder than it seemed just a week ago. Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Hit side-scroller 'Axiom Verge' lands on Xbox One
Oct02

Hit side-scroller 'Axiom Verge' lands on Xbox One

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Not surprisingly, Axiom Verge has taken a while to spread across platforms — Thomas Happ designed the entire Metroidvania-style shooter by himself, so even a straightforward port was bound to take a while. At last, though, you don’t have to be picky about where you play. Happ has released a version of Axiom Verge for the Xbox One, making the mind-bending side-scroller available on every modern TV console (the Wii U version arrived on September 1st). So what took so long for this release, especially since it was available on PCs ages ago? According to Happ, it’s a matter of an unexpected switch in developer tools. He’d initially targeted the Xbox 360 a full 7 years ago, and was working with Microsoft’s freely available XNA developer kit… until Microsoft dropped support for XNA. He had to wait until Microsoft supported an open source version of XNA (Monogame) on Xbox One to bring Axiom Verge to the newer hardware. That isn’t much consolation if you’re an Xbox One owner who had to wait a year and a half to see what all the fuss was about, but it does show that the timing wasn’t entirely in the developer’s hands. Source: Microsoft Store, Xbox Wire Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Drone flies as both biplane and helicopter using one propeller
Oct02

Drone flies as both biplane and helicopter using one propeller

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. There are helicopter drones and fixed-wing drones, but creating a hybrid of both is tricky. Even Parrot’s Swing, as clever as it is, needs four propellers and elaborate wings to pull off its stunt. However, TU Delft (with backing from Parrot) has a far more elegant solution. Its DelftAcopter drone doubles as both a fixed-wing aircraft and a helicopter using only one propeller — its tailless biplane design lets it take off and hover vertically, but gracefully turn into a fast-moving airplane (up to 62MPH) at a moment’s notice. It’s an incredibly simple design that makes you wonder why someone hadn’t considered it for drones before. The machine is completely autonomous thanks to GPS, motion sensors and computer vision — it can pick a safe place to land all on its own. The prototype has a relatively long 37-mile range, too, and it can run for an hour on its electric motor. Contrast that with a typical quadcopter drone like DJI’s Phantom 4, which lasts for 28 minutes and tops out at 45MPH. And unlike some drone experiments, TU Delft already has a clear idea of what its vehicle will do. The DelftAcopter would carry medical supplies to and from hard-to-reach places — you could deliver much-needed medicine to a flood zone. It’s not hard to imagine uses in search-and-rescue and recon missions, too. While it’ll likely take a while before you see the robotic biplane enter service (it only just got its first major trial run this week), it’s easy to see this invention saving lives. Source: TU Delft, DelftAcopter Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Ben Heck's Texas Instruments light booster
Oct02

Ben Heck's Texas Instruments light booster

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Even plants like to sleep sometimes. To do that, though, they need one hearty light meal from the sun. Watch how Ben and the team use Texas Instruments‘ MSP430 microcontroller with the ADS7042 light-sensing BoosterPack to control a set of alternating current lighting. The idea is to provide what indoor plants need when the sun can’t provide enough light for food. Ben introduces us to rudimentary electrics on wiring a USA mains plug and using a solid-state relay to turn it on and off. Then he guides through using Code Composer Studio and Energia to compile code for the TI MSP430 and BoosterPack. You can find out more about the build, along with the code to support it, over on the element14 Community. Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Volkswagen's long-distance EV, and more in the week that was
Oct02

Volkswagen's long-distance EV, and more in the week that was

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. This week Elon Musk unveiled his long-awaited plan to establish a self-sustaining city on Mars – and he’s targeting a ticket price of about $100,000 per traveler. Meanwhile, Volkswagen showcased a breakthrough electric car that will cost less and travel further than the Tesla Model 3 and the Chevy Bolt. Aerovelo shattered a world speed record by hitting 89.59 mph in a super-streamlined bicycle, and we spotted a swap-in wheel that turns any bike into an electric vehicle in 60 seconds flat. Big storms contain an immense amount of energy – so one engineer developed an innovative typhoon turbine that could power all of Japan for 50 years. A team of researchers in India unveiled a Solar Power Tree that can light 5 homes with just 4 square feet of land, while California’s Brightsource Energy inked a deal with China to install a massive mirrored solar farm. Elon Musk is planning to launch his next-gen solar roof and Powerwall 2.0 next month, and SunCulture Solar debuted a 100% integrated solar panel that sets up in a snap. Beijing’s smog-fighting vacuum tower. The world’s largest rooftop farm has risen in Brooklyn – and it runs on 100% renewable energy and produces 10 million pesticide-free crops every year. Mycologist Paul Stamets has developed a breakthrough insect-killing fungi that could give Monsanto a run for its money, and a student discovered a way to destroy superbug bacteria without antibiotics. In design and technology news, Daan Roosegaarde built a giant smog sucking vacuum that will clean the air in China, and Adidas lunched the world’s first shoe made almost entirely by robots. And we scoured the shows of the London Design Festival to bring you a first look at 15 brilliant new lamps. Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Disney is reportedly considering a bid for Twitter
Sep26

Disney is reportedly considering a bid for Twitter

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. CNBC reported late last week that Google and Salesforce were interesting in buying Twitter. TechCrunch followed that up with its own report that the list of potential buyers included Microsoft and Verizon. The latest company to be mentioned as a potential suitor is Disney. Bloomberg reports that the company is working with financial advisers on a possible bid for the social network. Details are scarce for now, but Bloomberg says Twitter has started the process of evaluating bids. The move would make a lot of sense for both sides if Disney were to acquire Twitter. Disney’s entertainment portfolio includes Walt Disney Studios, Marvel, Lucasfilm, Pixar and more. It also owns ABC and a majority stake in ESPN with investments in A+E Networks, Vice Media and Hulu. Disney made a $1 billion investment in BAMTech this summer, the arm of Major League Baseball’s Advancement Media division that powers streaming tech for the likes of HBO Now. Disney followed up that news by clarifying that it was working on a “direct-to-consumer” option for ESPN that wouldn’t require cable. As much as Twitter has been pushing video streaming as of late, the combination of the social network and the media company could make quite the pair. In fact, Twitter is already using BAMTech to power its weekly NFL streams. What’s more, Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey is also on the board of Disney. Source: Bloomberg Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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The Philadelphia 76ers just bought a pair of eSports teams
Sep26

The Philadelphia 76ers just bought a pair of eSports teams

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. The Philadelphia 76ers’ ownership group announced on Monday that it has acquired two eSports teams, Team Apex and Team Dignatas, and will merge them into a single organization under the Dignatas banner. The team will compete in League of Legends, Counter Strike: Global Offensive, Overwatch and Heroes of the Storm while the 76ers will handle the day-to-day operations including player recruitment, marketing and sales. This marks the first time that a North American sports franchise has bought into eSports, unlike in Europe where a number of top football clubs — including Vfl Wolfsburg, West Ham United, Manchester City and Valencia CF — all own their own digital sports teams. A few NBA owners like Mark Cuban, Dan Gilbert and Steve Kaplan have invested in teams and leagues, none have flat out bought one. The closest we have to that is retired NBA star Rick Fox, who purchased team Gravity Gaming before renaming it Echo Fox. Via: The Verge Source: NBA Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Google's 4K Chromecast emerges in an image leak
Sep26

Google's 4K Chromecast emerges in an image leak

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Those rumors of a 4K-capable Chromecast dongle just got more substantial. Evan Blass (who has a knack for accurate leaks) has posted an image of what he says is the Chromecast Ultra. The device itself isn’t remarkable — surprise, it’s a puck with an HDMI cable attached. However, it might just say a lot about Google’s plans. To start, its very existence corroborates talk that Google’s October 4th event is about much more than new phones. And notice how it replaces the Chrome logo from earlier Chromecast models with Google’s increasingly ubiquitous “G?” That lines up with the logo seen on the back of the company’s leaked Pixel phones, as well as test versions of Chromecast firmware. Clearly, Google is aiming for more harmonious hardware branding. There’s not much known about what’s inside the Chromecast Ultra, although previous rumors suggested that 4K-friendly hardware might be the only major selling point. You’d have to pay a premium for it, too. The Ultra will supposedly cost $69, or about twice as much as the regular model. That’s chump change next to the cost of a nice 4K set, but it’d show that Google isn’t tied to the notion of Chromecast as a low-cost streaming peripheral. Source: VentureBeat Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Apple will start selling Sonos speakers today
Sep26

Apple will start selling Sonos speakers today

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Sonos still offers one of the best experiences for those who want to keep music in sync throughout their home. But it’s not a brand that everyone knows, and in a place like Best Buy or Target it has to fight a lot of other competitors for shelf space and attention (that’s not the case in its massive NYC retail store, of course). Today, the company’s retail presence is getting a boost thanks to a new partnership with Apple. Starting this afternoon, you’ll be able to buy the Sonos Play:1 and Play:5 speakers on Apple’s website in the US. By October 5th, the speakers will be on sale in 468 Apple retail stores around the world, and they’ll be coming to more markets online in the following weeks. If you buy a Sonos speaker on either Apple’s site or in a store, you’ll also get a gift card that gives you three free months of Apple Music, which naturally will work with your new speakers. That’ll work whether you’re a new subscriber or already paying for the service. Apple will also have demo stations set up showing off how Sonos works in more than 140 of its stores. Given that Sonos isn’t the easiest thing to explain right off the bat, being able to show potential customers just how it works could be a nice boon to the speaker company. With its grander vision of becoming the sound platform of choice for the connected home (the first step of which is Amazon Echo integration), giving buyers more places to both demo its products and buy them should be helpful. The company’s gone through a bit of turmoil this year, but it seems its not ready to fade out just yet. Source: Sonos Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Paid streaming services provide a big boost to the music industry
Sep20

Paid streaming services provide a big boost to the music industry

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Streaming continues to play a bigger role in music industry revenue and now it’s starting to provide some real help offsetting declining album sales in the US. In its mid-year report, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) reports that the industry saw its biggest growth in the first half of 2016 since the 1990s, up 8.1 percent year-over-year to $3.4 billion. In terms of music streaming as a whole, revenue from those services was up 57 percent during the first half of the year and it now makes up 47 percent of the music industry’s total revenue. That’s up from 32 percent of the total revenue this time last year. Streaming was already the biggest money maker for the music industry in the US and now it’s starting to make a real difference in offsetting the decline of album sales. First half revenue from streaming subscriptions hit $1 billion for the first time, showing 112 percent growth. Both physical and digital downloads continue to slide (down 17 percent and 14 percent, respectively), so the streaming boon will need to continue to add customers to make up the difference. RIAA chairman and CEO Cary Sherman took to Medium to explain that while the music industry saw some growth for the first time in more than a decade, the compensation rates from streaming services are still lower than they should be. “Despite the massive consumer demand for music, the damning reality remains that music is fundamentally undervalued,” Sherman said. “Many services rake in billions of dollars for themselves on the backs of music’s popularity but pay only relative pennies for artists and labels.” Sherman also called on Google to do a better job taking down unauthorized material that’s posted to YouTube. The RIAA CEO said that with all or the things that have been achieved in Mountain View, surely the company can do a better job of policing unlicensed songs. Sherman noted that Congressional reform won’t be the only answer to make up the revenue gap. He explained that cooperation between the industry and the companies running streaming services could go a long way to ensure everyone is fairly compensated. The music industry needs to make the most it can out of streaming as album sales continue their decline, so fair compensation will be a hot topic for the foreseeable future. Via: Bloomberg Source: RIAA (PDF), RIAA (Medium) Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Dark Sky's hyperlocal weather app is now available on the web
Sep20

Dark Sky's hyperlocal weather app is now available on the web

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Four-year-old mobile weather app Dark Sky is mostly known for two things: its beautifully rendered radar maps and startlingly accurate hyperlocal weather predictions. The latter was Dark Sky’s killer feature by far, and used your smartphone’s GPS to let you know exactly when and how long you’d get rained on. With notifications like “Heavy rain starting in 12 min.” it can be a lifesaver in rainy regions or places prone to sudden thunderstorms. Now those same features, along with a suite of new maps and visualizations, are available on your desktop via DarkSky.net. Dark Sky’s co-Founder Adam Grossman admits to Wired that the new site is a bit of a promotional effort for Dark Sky’s mobile app, which will set you back $4 on iOS or $3 per year on Android. But the web version adds some powerful new extra features you won’t find in the mobile app, like an optimized layout and the ability to zoom in and explore Dark Sky’s trademark map and globe visualizations in even finer detail. An experimental new feature even allows users to explore microclimate effects so you can check the weather at altitude in the Himalayas or the temperature different at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Naturally, everything is embeddable and there’s an API for third-party developers to play around with. Because the site itself is supported by app sales, it is also blissfully free of advertisements and sensational WEATHER-MAGEDDON headlines. A trip to the homepage presents you with all the current weather data front and center, plus an eight-day forecast that drills down into hour-by-hour temperature and precipitation data. Finally, the web launch follows an updated version of the Dark Sky app for iOS 10, which brings even richer notifications, a lock screen widget and new Apple Watch improvements. Via: Wired Source: DarkSky.net Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Lenovo's sketch-ready Yoga Book ships on October 17th
Sep20

Lenovo's sketch-ready Yoga Book ships on October 17th

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. When we first got our hands on Lenovo’s Yoga Book tablet, we found it to be more than just a Microsoft Surface imitator. The freeform touch field might make typing a bit to get used to, but it’s the ease of drawing on stylus or pen that makes it unique. As pre-orders open today for all models to ship out on October 17th, it remains unclear whether the novelty will be enough for the device to distinguish itself in a tanking tablet market. The Yoga Book certainly has things going for it: At $500 for its Android version and $550 for Windows, it’s cheaper than the baseline iPad Pro and the Surface 3. Having a scribing tablet directly integrated will likely appeal to an artistic demographic more comfortable drawing on a Wacom-style pad than directly on the screen with an Apple Pencil. It even records your stylus sketches when the tablet is asleep, which should boost battery life at the expense of, well, not seeing what you’re writing or drawing. But at the end of the day, the Yoga Book doesn’t have a keyboard. Despite haptic feedback in the pad and autocorrect in the Android version, our reviewer struggled to type accurately, and doubted Lenovo’s claim that it would take about two hours to adapt. If a user’s work depends on quickly and accurately getting words on a page, this might not be the tablet for them. Lenovo is betting big that the physical process of pen-to-pad has secretly been what many tablet users have secretly been missing. We’ll see whether it’s enough to carve market share away from Apple and Microsoft. Source: 9to5 Google Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Google brings natural language search to Drive
Sep20

Google brings natural language search to Drive

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Starting today, Google Drive features Natural Language Processing to make it even easier to find that buried spreadsheet or long-lost docs. Taking a page from its Google Assistant playbook, the search box in Drive now allows for easy, human-oriented search queries like “find my budget spreadsheet from last December” or “show me presentations from Anissa.” In typical Google style, the search bar will translate the query to a more robot-like string (as in: “budget Type:Spreadsheet” in that first example) and present you with autocomplete suggestions before presenting the results. According to Google Drive Product Manager Josh Smith, the natural language processing in Drive will get smarter the more you search. Finally, the Drive team added a couple more often-requested features to the product today, including: autocorrect for misspelled search terms, the ability to split documents into multiple columns and an auto-save feature that creates a copy whenever importing and converting non-Google formats. The new features are live now, although they will be rolling out gradually to all users. Source: Google Blog Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Fence-climbing robot could be priced within your reach
Sep19

Fence-climbing robot could be priced within your reach

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Four-legged, go-anywhere robots aren’t really affordable… not unless you’re willing to spend as much as you would on a used car, anyway. Ghost Robotics, however, thinks it can do better. It’s working on the Ghost Minitaur, a dog-sized quadruped bot that could cost $1,500 or less when it hits mass production. Its direct-drive electric motors both keep the cost down (since the springiness is dictated by software, not hardware) and let it pull off feats that you don’t see in far pricier machines. As Ghost Minitaur can sense contact with objects through the motors themselves, it can not only climb stairs, but scale fences and even open certain kinds of doors. Shades of Jurassic Park‘s velociraptors, anyone? It’s not certain just when costs for the robot will come down to Earth, and you’ll probably need some technical know-how to help it live up to its potential. It’ll likely be more for businesses and governments than everyday users. However, Ghost Robotics sees plenty of potential. The Ghost Minitaur could offer help in search-and-rescue or military operations where aerial drones aren’t practical, or cover rugged terrain on distant planets. Whatever the uses, it’s evident that quadruped robots could soon become relatively commonplace. Via: IEEE Spectrum Source: Ghost Robotics Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Olympus’ OM-D E-M1 Mark II is all about speed
Sep19

Olympus’ OM-D E-M1 Mark II is all about speed

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Olympus is working on a new version of its flagship Micro Four Thirds camera, the OM-D E-M1 Mark II, which sports a high-speed TruePic VIII Image Processor that’s 3.5 times faster than previous editions. The new camera also includes a 20.4 megapixel Live MOS sensor and an electronic shutter, allowing it to take full-resolution images at 60 frames per second in AF and AE lock, and up to 18 frames per second with continuous tracking. Olympus promises the new flagship’s continuous AF tracking performance will be dramatically improved with a new algorithm aimed at following subjects on the move. The OM-D E-M1 Mark II has a new Pro Capture Mode designed to catch split-second moments and a 50 megapixel High Res Shot Mode that apparently rivals the detail captured by full-frame DSLRs. The OM-D E-M1 Mark II also takes 4K video (4096 x 2060) and to help offset camera shake, it uses a 5-Axis Image Stabilization system and electronic stabilization specialized for movies. The camera is weathersealed, dustproof, splashproof and freezeproof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit. Its battery is improved by 37 percent over Olympus’ previous flagship model and the OM-D E-M1 Mark II has dual memory card slots. Source: Olympus Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Google Photos intros smart themed movies and faster sharing
Sep19

Google Photos intros smart themed movies and faster sharing

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Google Photos already makes movies using your photos, but they don’t really have that personal touch. Where’s that Facebook-style ability to automatically create videos around major life events? Relax, it’s here: Google is trotting out a Photos update that introduces smart themed movies. The service now digs through your whole photo collection and creates clips based around concepts, such as your children growing up. In that case, it’ll find high-quality photos of your young ones (no blurry shots, thankfully) and stitch them together to show their progress over the years. Only a few concepts will pop up this week, such as a summer retrospective and a concept for formal events, but there are more “coming soon.” On top of that, it’s now much quicker to share photos and videos with friends. There’s a new in-app share sheet on Android and iOS that focuses on people, rather than third-party apps. You just choose the photos, choose the recipients and fire away. Google Photos users will get a notification, while email and SMS users will get a web link. Frankly, that’s how it should be — you probably care more about who gets that album than where you’re sending it from. Via: The Verge Source: Google Official Blog Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Olympus' PEN E-PL8 is a stylish Micro Four Thirds camera
Sep19

Olympus' PEN E-PL8 is a stylish Micro Four Thirds camera

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. It wasn’t too long ago that Olympus introduced its PEN-F camera, and now the company is following that up with a less expensive retro-looking model. Meet the PEN E-PL8, a Micro Four Thirds shooter with a 16.1-megapixel Live MOS sensor, a new TruePicTM VII sensor, 3-axis image stabilization and an ISO range of 100-25,600. Since it is an entry-level PEN, the E-PL8 doesn’t capture videos in 4K, although you can record 1080p at 24 and 30 fps. You also have WiFi connectivity, which will let you transfer images to a smartphone or tablet through Olympus’ mobile app. It’ll hit stores in October for $550 body-only, or $100 for the kit with a 14-42mm lens. Not bad if you want a stylish, compact camera. Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Google wants to help find your next book to read
Sep19

Google wants to help find your next book to read

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.It doesn’t matter if you’ve got the biggest or best shop in the world if you can’t connect people to the things that they want. It’s an issue that Google is hoping to address in its electronic bookstore with the launch of Discover, a new way to show people stuff they want to read. The service is designed to replace the human booksellers you used to find in Barnes & Noble, offering up recommendations and reviews for stuff you should read. Discover will gain these insights both by analyzing your reading habits, but also by aggregating sources from across the web. You’ll also be told which titles are being praised by NPR and which ones are about to be turned into movies. As part of Discover, Google is launching Google Play Editorial, a platform where readers will find interviews with authors, articles written by their favorite scribes and recommended reading lists from their heroes. Discover launches today as part of the Google Play Books Android app, and will be coming to iOS in the near future. Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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MSI says its VR backpack computer is the lightest yet
Sep12

MSI says its VR backpack computer is the lightest yet

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Remember the virtual reality backpack PC design MSI showed off at Computex just a few months ago? It’s already obsolete. MSI has unveiled the finished product, the VR One, and it looks nothing like the prototype you saw in June. There’s a good reason for that, though: the official hardware is billed as the world’s “lightest and thinnest” VR backpack, weighing a more reasonable 7.9 pounds versus the 10 of before. It won’t be quite so noticeable when you’re spinning around the room, in other words. And that’s not the only improvement — MSI has taken concerns over performance and battery life to heart. The VR One not only gets an upgrade to faster GTX 1070 mobile graphics (on top of an overclocked Core i7 processor), but runs about 50 percent longer than the Computex model at 1.5 hours of VR use. And since there are now dual battery packs, you don’t have to shut down entirely to keep playing. You can hot-swap batteries as much as you like, which is particularly handy if you’re either an avid player or want to share the backpack with others. MSI hasn’t divulged launch details for the VR One, although it had promised that a back-mounted system would be available by the end of the year. It’s reasonable to say this won’t be cheap given both the higher-end parts and VR-specific requirements, such as those gigantic removable batteries. Source: MSI (1), (2) Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Facebook Messenger chatbots now support payments
Sep12

Facebook Messenger chatbots now support payments

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. The latest version of Facebook Messenger adds a new feature to the 30,000 or so chatbots that currently inhabit its platform. Starting today with version 1.2, those Messenger bots can now accept payments directly in the chat without sending users to an external website. The feature was announced today at TechCrunch Disrupt by Facebook’s Messenger chief David Marcus, who noted that the payments system will support most credit cards and payment services including Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Stripe, PayPal and Braintree. From the consumer side, users will see “Buy Now” links popping up in relevant chats. Tapping the link will bring up a quick payment confirmation tab that automatically defaults to whichever credit card a user has tied to their Facebook or Messenger account. The feature is currently available for certain developers as a closed beta, but businesses and devs can still apply to be included in the test run before it rolls out to all developers. In addition to the speedy new payment system, the latest version of the Messenger Platform also allows developers to pull in additional UI elements like quick responses, shipping notifications or flight updates, as well as the ability to make Newsfeed ads point directly to Messenger chats. Finally, there are some new share features that allow users to forward individual chat messages or invite friends to start their own thread with a particular bot. Via: TechCrunch Source: Facebook Newsroom Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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ZTE wants your help bringing crowdsourced ideas to life
Sep12

ZTE wants your help bringing crowdsourced ideas to life

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. When ZTE launched its Project CSX challenge to crowdsource ideas for a mobile device, it was hard not to wonder which of those grandiose visions would make the cut. Well, now we know: ZTE has unveiled the three ideas that made it to phase two of the competition, where people will submit product concepts that translate those ideas to reality. Each of the winners is rather unusual, but just realistic enough that ZTE could put it into production. One is a self-adhesive smartphone that sticks to most any surface, and uses eye tracking to help you scroll through books without touching the screen. There’s also a Power Glove-style wearable that guides you through high-dexterity tasks like playing the piano or typing. Lastly, an augmented reality diving mask would give you digitally enhanced experiences both underwater and on solid ground. You have until September 30th to submit a product concept based on these ideas, and voting will run between October 1st and October 10th. The grand prize voting (which decides what ZTE will build) will take place between October 12th and October 19th. You won’t see a physical product until sometime in 2017, but you now have an inkling of what to expect. Source: ZTE (eye tracking), (glove), (diving mask) Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Ozobot’s Evo is a smarter, more social coding robot
Sep12

Ozobot’s Evo is a smarter, more social coding robot

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Ozobot’s Bit impressed us a few years ago with its simply take on programming education: kids just need to draw lines on a piece of paper or mobile device to program the tiny robot. As they get more comfortable, they can start to program on mobile devices and computers. Now Ozobot is taking a major step forward with the $100 Evo, a new robot that has sensors to interact with its environment, lights, a speaker and social capabilities. Basically, it’s like a tiny Star Wars droid that you can program on your own. While Ozobot’s previous devices were aimed directly at kids, it’s hoping that Evo can break through to high schoolers and even college students, according to founder and CEO Nader Hamda. The new bot has a shot of appealing to older students simply because it can do a lot more than before. It can also explore autonomously and react to changes in the environment — for example, if you blocked it with your hand or picked it up — with a personality of its own, thanks to the addition of lights and sounds. You can remotely control Evo from a new Ozobot app, which is also where you can program it and interact with other Evo owners. The social capabilities are particularly interesting: You can team up with a friend anywhere in the world and mirror your bots movements. You can also build on Evo routines with others, allowing you to go back and forth to design something like an elaborate dance sequence. The company is also trying to build up a small social network of its own by allowing you to chat with friends from its app. In addition to the basic line-based programming that Ozobot originally popularized, you can record actions using the mobile app. You can also program Evo with the OzoBlockly language (based on Google’s Blockly), which lets you build commands with a block-like interface. It’s based on Javascript, so you can think of it as training wheels for proper coding. It’s a better time than ever to get kids into programming; the hard part is figuring out which of the many solutions out there are worth your time. Based on my brief experience with the Evo, it seems more polished than most of the competition. Mostly, that’s because Ozobot has spent the past few years building a name for itself among educators. The company says its previous bots are now in around 2,000 schools, reaching nearly 500,000 kids globally. The Ozobot Evo will be hitting stores on November 1st for $100....

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The best of the rest at IFA 2016
Sep05

The best of the rest at IFA 2016

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Now that we’ve said goodbye to IFA 2016, it’s time to bring you highlights of the most interesting devices at the event. In this particular edition, you’ll find some that aren’t smartphones or wearables. We’re talking virtual reality massage chairs, fridges with built-in tablets, as well as adorable robots and drones. Acer’s ridiculous 21-inch gaming laptop is there too, along with its new convertible Chromebook. But that’s just part of it, so check out the slideshow and think about which items you want the most. We’re live all week from Berlin, Germany, for IFA 2016. Click here to catch up on all the news from the show. Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Rosetta probe belatedly finds the Philae comet lander
Sep05

Rosetta probe belatedly finds the Philae comet lander

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. You have to sympathize with the European Space Agency. It’s less than a month away from crashing its Rosetta probe into its host comet, and it just found the Philae comet lander — you know, the machine the mission team stopped trying to contact back in July. Photos show that the lander get stuck in a dark crack on the comet in a position that prevents it from getting sunlight, revealing exactly why it went to sleep after a mere three days of activity. The ESA has had a general idea of where Philae was, but the low-resolution photos available before now made it hard to pinpoint the machine’s location. It’s a bittersweet discovery when the agency can’t change history. Philae won’t come back to life, and even photos won’t be available for much longer. The ESA is still happy, though. This gives it the “proper context” it was missing for Philae’s fate, and lets the team shift its attention to photographing Rosetta’s eventual crash site. Think of this as a form of closure. Researchers may never get Philae back, but they won’t be left wondering what happened to their pride and joy. Source: ESA Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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Amazon, Apple and Google back Microsoft fight over US gag orders
Sep05

Amazon, Apple and Google back Microsoft fight over US gag orders

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Microsoft isn’t going it alone in its lawsuit fighting gag orders for data requests. Amazon, Apple, Google and Mozilla have contributed to a friend-of-the-court brief supporting Microsoft’s case against the US government over the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, which lets officials bar companies from telling customers when officials want their info. In theory, the brief could sway the court’s decision and have it deem the ECPA a violation of the constitutional right to be informed about searches and seizures. It’s not just tech industry giants contributing, either. Supporters range from oil giant BP through to the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Fox News. Even five former Department of Justice and FBI officials are supporting Microsoft. There’s no guarantee this will work. The Justice Department insists that Microsoft has no grounds for its lawsuit, that there are steps to protect rights and that there’s a “compelling” interest in keeping criminal investigations secretive. However, as with tech companies supporting Apple in its battle against the FBI, the brief is a reminder that any ruling will have an effect on the rights of many people, not just Microsoft’s users. Via: Ars Technica Source: Reuters, Mozilla Blog Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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IFA 2016 showed us how far wearables have come
Sep05

IFA 2016 showed us how far wearables have come

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. The wearables world has come a long way in a very short time, and plenty of companies have had to learn their lessons out in public. The first devices they launched were often far, far too ugly to find mainstream acceptance, but now the fashion and wearables worlds are perfectly aligned. That’s why we’re taking a look at the devices that arrived at this year’s IFA, and comparing it with their more embarrassing predecessors. Think of it like #throwbackthursday, except nobody’s got one of those face-worn retainers you only see in ’80s movies. ASUS’ Zenwatch Like many other early Android Wear pioneers, ASUS thought that it was hip to be square. It made sense, since smartphones have square displays too, not to mention the (then) scarcity of truly-round displays. ASUS trimmed the price to make the Zenwatch cheaper than its rivals, and curved the glass over the face to offer an illusion of greater ergonomics. The end result is a watch that made square faces look reasonably stylish, even if it would only ever cater to a niche. Two years down the road and ASUS has firmly grasped a copy of the fashion watch design playbook and is holding it firmly with both hands. The Zenwatch 3 is packing a rose-gold inlay, a chunky crown and double pushers, making it look less like an Android Wear device and more like a Longines. It’s the sort of watch that goes down well with business types who want to be seen wearing their money on their wrists. Samsung Gear When you look at the first Galaxy Gear you have to ask what Samsung was thinking, even back then. It may have been a refinement of the company’s S9110 telephone watch, but it wasn’t pretty, no sir. Admittedly, it’s a striking piece of gear, with a brutalist design, exposed screws and a humped, 1.9-megapixel camera that juts out of the band rather than the hardware. But when you look at Samsung’s earlier smartwatches, like the SPH-WP10, the Galaxy Gear looks like pure elegance. Just three years stand between the OG Gear and the Gear S3, but they couldn’t be further apart in the looks department. The Gear S3 looks like a regular watch, the sort of ultra-masculine timepiece that you’d see advertised in an in-flight magazine. Like its immediate predecessor, the bezel acts as a control dial, but now it’s been geared so that it doesn’t even look like a watch from the future. In fact, the Gear S3 could convincingly pass for a Rolex diving watch made half a century...

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A tiny space pebble just put a huge dent in an ESA satellite
Sep03

A tiny space pebble just put a huge dent in an ESA satellite

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. The European Space Agency’s Copernicus Sentinel-1A satellite has new 40cm dent on one of its solar wings — and it was caused by a tiny millimetre-size piece of space debris. The impact was discovered with the Sentinal-1A reported a slight power reduction last month. Onboard cameras quickly found the micrometeoroid impact, pictured above. Don’t worry, the ESA says the satellite is fine, but the impact serves as a reminder: at orbital velocity, tiny objects can cause major damage. This is a problem for the Breakthrough Starshot project, which aims to launch a laser powered nanocraft that travels at 1/5th the speed of light. That project hopes to reach the next solar system over in about 20 years. “Erosion of solid surfaces will be a severe problem at these speeds,” says Ian Crawford of Birkbeck, University of London. “It’s possible that the wafersats won’t even be able to complete the journey.” For engineers, this isn’t news — NASA and other space agencies have been combating space derbies for decades — but it does mean that teams need to think of new ways to protect fast moving crafts. The faster a craft goes, the more dangerous tiny objects can be. At the speed Breakthrough Starshot is designed to reach, even microscopic space dust could be dangerous. Source: New Scientist, ESA Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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‘Firewatch’ comes to Xbox One on September 21st with bonus modes
Sep02

‘Firewatch’ comes to Xbox One on September 21st with bonus modes

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter. Campo Santo’s wilderness mystery Firewatch became an instant indie classic when it was released back in February, but only on PC and PS4. The San Francisco-based studio is fixing that gap in its game’s playerbase with an Xbox One launch on September 21st and throwing in a few extras to boot. For their wait, Xbox devotees will get a complete Audio Tour included with the game, which the studio describes as a Director Commentary-cum-Game Dev Workshop-cum scavenger hunt. Sometime down the line they will also get a free-range mode for gamers to explore the full wilderness without any pesky story getting in the way, which the developers say hides a few secrets. While both of those bonuses will eventually be available on all platforms, they’ll be released for players on the Microsoft console first. Via: Xbox Wire Source: Campo Santo blog Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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This mummy’s skull was recreated via 3D printer
Sep02

This mummy’s skull was recreated via 3D printer

Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Using a mummified head found in the collections of the University of Melbourne, scientists were able to reconstruct the skull of a deceased 25-year-old woman from via 3D printer. The head and face, which were brought back to life with forensic science and 3D printing, were determined to have belonged to a woman. The specimen’s been named Meritamun, and the woman likely wasn’t older than 25 years old when she passed away. The fact that she was mummified meant she was someone of high enough stature to warrant such treatment after death. A museum curator originally happened upon the head while performing an audit and sent it in for a CT scan, and that’s where the magic began. Varsha Pilbrow, biological anthropologist at the University of Melbourne, states that the skull looks “well” on the inside and is “actually quite intact.” Still, despite its great condition and the fact that the skull was easily replicated via the results of the CT, its actual origins remain unknown. There’s some speculation, however, over what kind of diseases she could have had as well as dental issues. It’s not explicitly clear how she could have died, but Pilbrow and the rest of the researchers involved in the project may well figure out a glut of additional details about the woman’s death as time goes on. Via: CBS News Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on Twitter.Follow @DailyTechWhip Source: Engadget - Read the full article...

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