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  • Google now lets you explore U.S. National Parks via 360-degree virtual tours
    Screen Shot 2016-08-25 at 10.25.52 AM Exploring the world is something that’s always been a bit of a luxury for those who can afford to travel, but technology is changing that. With VR and 360-degree videos, you can now immerse yourself in virtual environments that give you a real sense of what a place is like, without actually being there. Google has been taking advantage of things like VR field trips and virtual reality… Read More

  • BuzzFeed names Todd Levy as its new CTO
    buzzfeed shutterstock BuzzFeed has a new chief technology officer — Todd Levy, who was already serving as the vice president of engineering. Levy joined the company through the acquisition of startup Torando Labs in 2014. As part of the deal, he was tasked with creating a new data engineering team at BuzzFeed. “It is without hyperbole when I say that [Levy] has revolutionized the way we architect… Read More

  • President Obama has his virtual reality debut in new Felix & Paul experience
    13996017_1673996762920188_1330340565_n With just a few months left in his term, President Obama is still trying out some cool, new stuff. Through the Ages: President Obama Celebrates America’s National Parks is a virtual reality project marking the centennial anniversary of the National Park Service. The experience, which was actually a production National Geographic, Felix & Paul Studios and Oculus, is the first… Read More

  • The biggest threat facing connected autonomous vehicles is cybersecurity
    LINES SHAPES CAR Connected, autonomous vehicles are around the corner. Many of the most innovative and deep-pocketed companies in the world are racing to bring them to market — and for good reason: the economic and social gains they will generate will be tremendous. But any transformative technology creates new challenges and risks in addition to benefits. This is no exception. Read More

  • UberEATs couriers planning London ?strike? over pay
    Chilango - 640x640 Seemingly emboldened by the temporary success of Deliveroo “riders” who held a series of protests in London over proposed changes to the formula by which they are paid, couriers working for rival on-demand food delivery service UberEATs are planning a “strike” of their own in the U.K. capital city. Read More

  • Anglr is Fitbit for fishing
    Screen Shot 2016-08-25 at 9.26.23 AM As an avid non-fisher it’s hard for me to quite grasp the depths of depravity associated with a fishing trip. Waking up at 4am? Swinging a pole at some water? Drinking beers all morning in a hot boat? Catching and eating a squirming live thing? Not for me. The folks at Anglr want to change my mind. Their product, the Anglr Tracker, is an activity tracker for fishing. You attach it to… Read More

  • Amazon releases auto buying research tool
    Screen Shot 2016-08-25 at 9.40.22 AM Shopping for a car? You might want to do your research on Amazon. The ecommerce giant just announced and that’s as impressive as it is comprehensive. It’s one of the most complete vehicle research tools I’ve seen. The service does not let shoppers purchase cars, but rather is just a comparison and research tool. Due to auto dealer rules… Read More

  • DJI upgrades its 4k handheld gimbal camera with zoom lens, motion timelapse
    OSMO+ rear - with phone DJI just announced an upgraded version of its lovely Osmo camera. Called the Osmo Plus, this model offers key features not found on the original Osmo such as zoom, motion timelapse and an improved stabilization system. Like the original, which is still available, the Osmo Plus gives shooters a stabilized camera system thanks to the 3-axle gimbal system. It’s  similar to the gimbals used… Read More

  • Apple may be building a Snapchat-like video app
    iphone-6-plus-camera After a failed attempt to go social with Ping in 2010, Apple may have a renewed sense of excitement over the social space, according to a report from Bloomberg. Sources told Bloomberg that Apple is working on a video recording/editing app that would be similar in functionality to Snapchat, though there’s no mention of disappearing or self-destructing content in the report. Instead, the… Read More

  • WhatsApp plans to let businesses on to its service before the end of the year
    Logo of WhatsApp, the popular messaging service bought by Facebook for USD $19 billion, seen on a smartphone February 20, 2014 in New York.   Facebook's deal for the red-hot mobile messaging service WhatsApp is a savvy strategic move for the world's biggest social network, even if the price tag is staggeringly high, analysts say. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA        (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images) WhatsApp will finally take a step to becoming a platform after the Facebook-owned company revealed it will begin to integrate businesses services into its app before the end of this year. Read More

  • Xiaomi packs a massive battery and deca-core processor into a $135 phone
    Redmi Note 4_01 Xiaomi’s numbers have been slipping some of late in its native China, but the company’s still announcing handsets at a healthy clip. A month after debuting the Redmi Pro, a high-end take on its budget line, the company is eyeing a rock bottom price point with its latest offering. With a starting price of 899 yuan ($135), the Redmi Note 4 still manages to offer some key upgrades… Read More

  • ThingThing iOS keyboard app adds meeting invites to woo Sunrise users
    ThingThing meeting invite feature Productivity focused third party iOS keyboard app ThingThing is hoping to woo fans of the Sunrise calendar by adding a meeting invite feature — following the latter’s kiss-of-death acquisition by Microsoft last year. Read More

  • Olympic GIF ban flip-flop shows once again that Twitter can?t manage its users
    twitter-olympics Here’s a fresh example to show that Twitter, a ten-year-old company that has been public for the last three, retains the propensity to act like a newborn when it comes to its users. Read More

  • Canon presents strong case with the EOS 5D Mark IV?s 34MP sensor and 4K
    hr-5d-markiv-ef24-105-top-cl-1 One of the most beloved camera series out there, the Canon EOS Mark 5D was due for a refresh. Announced today, Mark IV of the EOS 5D brings a 30.4 megapixel full frame sensor with 4K video capability, so this is truly an elite camera. Some of the specifications that have come to our attention include a full-frame 30.4 megapixel CMOS sensor with ISO range 100–32,000; still expandable up… Read More

  • Fujifilm debuts improved X-A3 mirrorless and fast, weather-proof 23mm lens
    Fuji xa3 It’s a good day for photographers who favor the Fujifilm system. The camera company announced an update to its X-A series mirrorless cameras and solid new lens today. Read More

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