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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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WhatsApp now handles over 100M calls daily
WhatsApp is celebrating that it is being used for over 100 million calls every day. In a brief notice, the Facebook-owned messaging platform advises the voice-calling feature it rolled out to its users last year now deals with an average of over 1,100 calls initiated per second. Earlier this year, it increased the security of its calls and other messages, by introducing end-to-end encryption on all platforms. http://bit.ly/292HqCX
Adele's '25' album now streaming
Recording artist Adele has "pulled a Kanye" after saying that her current album "25" would not be available for streaming. The seven-month-old record, which has yielded a number of hit singles, is now available for streaming on all the major streaming services, such as Apple Music and Spotify, as of today in most major markets, with worldwide distribution to come. Reportedly, the singer had demanded streaming be limited to paid subscribers -- a condition that has hurt some streamers with artists, who aren't paid royalties for free or trial listens . Apple pays performers its normal royalty rates during its free trial, avoiding the issue -- and having repeated success in both signing up exclusives and placing those exclusives into the top of the charts. http://ti.me/28U7NOu
SanDisk iXpand case has battery, storage
A new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s case from SanDisk appears to be the "holy grail" of accessories: a stylish and protective case that offers both extra storage as well as the option of extra battery power as well. The iXpand Memory case offers either 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of additional storage incorporated into the case, and an optional add-on battery pack (sold separately) adds up to an extra day or more of charge. Through the associated iXpand app, camera photos and videos can be automatically stored on the extra storage, optionally password-protected, The cost for the case is (in order of storage capacity) $60, $100, and $130. The battery pack's release data has not yet been announced, but the add-on should retail for an additional $30. http://bit.ly/291epHu
Fifth Hong Kong store to open June 30
The 46th official Apple store in what the company calls the "Greater China" region will open at 10AM local time in Hong Kong's New Town Plaza in the Sha Tin district on Thursday, June 30, according to a new page on Apple's retail website. Despite slowing growth due to economic turmoil in China, the country is still Apple's fastest-growing market. The new story will be the fifth for Hong Kong, a lucrative market for Apple thanks to the high concentration of wealth there and a thriving "gray" market. Normal store hours for the new store will be 10AM to 10PM every day. http://apple.co/291diaT
Apple Music bug bites very short songs
There appears to be a reproducible bug in the current version of iTunes -- version 12.4.1, running on OS X 10.11.5, both the current non-beta versions of the respective software -- that causes a streamed song to become "stuck" in endless buffering if the streamed item just before this happened was 60 seconds or less in length. The problem appears to stem from code in iTunes that signals the next track to start downloading one minute before the currently-playing track is done, and thus songs shorter than one minute don't trigger the download. Locally-stored music is unaffected by the bug, and the problem does not appear to exist in either the macOS Sierra developer beta or versions of iTunes earlier than 12.4, and does not affect the iOS Music app at all. http://bit.ly/291cN0l
Walmart Pay expands to 15 states
Walmart, one of the key progenitors of the failed CurrentC mobile payment system that was distinguished from Apple Pay by its ability to collect and share customer financial and buying data among its participants, has expanded the soft rollout of its alternative solution "Walmart Pay" to an additional 15 US states following a pilot program in Arkansas and Texas last month. Walmart continues to resist adding Apple Pay. The system, built into the Walmart app for iOS and Android, works with a complicated system of the camera scanning a purchase code at the register, then generating a QR code which is then scanned by the register. The system is available now in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, DC. http://apple.co/28SqZfu
Amazon refreshes entry-level Kindle
Amazon has added a new Kindle to its ebook reader range, one that is thinner and lighter than the previous entry-level model. Offering a six-inch 167-dpi touchscreen display, a doubled 4GB of storage, and an option for a white casing, the new model also adds in the ability to export highlights and notes to an email account as a PDF. Two versions of the all-new Kindle are available, priced at $80 including "Special Offers" and $100 without. http://amzn.to/28Q4c3R