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Video shot for virtual reality headsets is taking a leap forward today, with announcements from two different companies for two slightly different reasons. GoPro revealed the cost of its Omni VR capture rig, as well as launched its own app for 360-degree videos, while YouTube is expanding its existing support for 360-degree videos by allowing video creators who use its service to stream the all-directional video format to other users from today.
GoPro is planning to get its cameras used in more areas, not just for recording activities and sports events, by launching a new scheme to try and encourage more companies to try using them. The GoPro Developer Program is the camera producer's attempt to make it easier to use GoPros in various applications, both in the creation of software that interfaces with the imaging devices, and in terms of hardware to mount them as part of another product.
Danny Coster, a long-serving member of Apple's design team who has been with the company almost as long as design chief Sir Jonathan Ive, has departed the company to join GoPro as Vice President of Design. Coster, who has been with Apple since 1993, is widely credited along with Ive and co-founder Steve Jobs as being one of the primary hands shaping the iconic original iMac, and has his name on dozens of design patents belonging to the company. He is the first team member to leave in recent memory, and the first since Richard Howarth was announced as taking over day-to-day design team operations from Ive.
Action camera manufacturer GoPro is acquiring a pair of companies that produce mobile apps for editing video while on the move. The agreements to purchase Stupeflix and Vemony will cost GoPro a total of $105 million, which will give it video editing apps Replay and Splice in return, allowing the camera maker to expand its mobile capabilities by introducing new functions not currently available within the company's own mobile apps.
Periscope, the Twitter-owned livestreaming service, has updated its iOS app to work with a number of GoPro cameras capable of wireless connectivity. Owners of the GoPro Hero4 Black or Silver can now use their action camera for the live video broadcast, giving users an alternative to the iPhone's camera, as well as the ability to switch between the two different video sources mid-broadcast within the app.
DJI is making its drones more useful for industrial and safety-related purposes, by working with FLIR Systems to add a thermal imaging option to its camera range. The Zenmuse XT is a thermal camera designed for use with drones, one that is able to capture footage showing areas with high or low temperatures, making it useful in search and rescue operations, fire fighting, and for quickly inspecting crops on a farm.
GoPro has launched a new entry-level version of its action camera, which provides many of the functions expected from the rest of its range but at a lower price. The Hero+ takes a similar form to the existing Hero camera, but the manufacturer has added Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity to the device, giving users the ability to frame up their shots and remotely monitor what the camera is recording via the GoPro app and the Smart Remote.
For the last few weeks, our own MacNN Deals has been giving you the chance to own a new GoPro action camera worth $400 in a giveaway, but you now only have until tomorrow to enter. One lucky winner will get the Hero4 Session, GoPro's smallest video camera that's 50 percent smaller and 40 percent lighter than other Hero4 devices, but is still able to record high quality video of outdoor sports and other intensive activities.
Our own MacNN Deals store is giving you the chance to own a new action camera worth $400 in a giveaway. One lucky winner will receive the GoPro Hero4 Session, the company's smallest video camera that's 50 percent smaller and 40 percent lighter than other Hero4 devices, but is still able to record high quality video of outdoor sports and other intensive activities.
The latest competition from our own MacNN Deals page is giving you the opportunity to film yourself while performing outdoor activities using the GoPro Hero 4 Session, worth $400. Launched just last month, the compact sports camera is 50 percent smaller and 40 percent lighter than its Hero4 stablemates, but is still able to record high quality video in extreme situations.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE