Spherical video software will help GoPro produce content for VR headsets
GoPro, the action camera manufacturer, is joining other manufacturers in the virtual reality market, by acquiring French startup Kolor. Specializing in spherical media, namely 360-degree videos and the associated software, the Kolor purchase will help provide GoPro with a way of creating content for the slowly-growing VR headset market and content stores.
Prosumer 3D Robotics Solo can manage drone flight while pilot controls camera
A new drone from 3D Robotics aims to steal the thunder of DJI's recent launch, with a simple-to-fly aircraft that adds something new to the in-flight videography market. The Solo is a prosumer drone that offers a number of functions that other high-end drones provide, but it is claimed to be the first to have complete control over the settings of mountable GoPro cameras.
Partnership between GoPro, Vislink creates transmitter for live TV broadcast use
GoPro will soon be providing broadcasters a way to use its camera line during live television broadcasts, while consumers will gain some extra features on their own devices in a future firmware update. A partnership with Vislink has produced a compact transmitter that can be connected to GoPro cameras, providing a live HD video feed from the action cameras.
Reports initially claimed patent was Apple invention
The reassignment of a Kodak-held remote control camera system patent to Apple has been blamed for a 12.17 percent drop in GoPro shares on Tuesday. The patent is credited to three people -- Keith Stoll Karn, Marc Krolczyk, and Kazuhiro Joza -- who reassigned it to Kodak in 2012. Apple acquired a variety of Kodak patents that year, however, as part of one of two consortiums that raced to snap up some of the bankrupt imaging company's intellectual property.
Report claims GoPro drones could cost between $500 and $1,000
GoPro may be supplementing its action camera range with a line of low-cost drones for consumers and business use, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. Report sources claim the camera company is developing the multi-rotor flying machines and is planning to ship them for between $500 and $1,000, in order to let sports enthusiasts take advantage of drone photography.
Improved frame rates across new GoPro collection, Hero4 Silver includes touchscreen
GoPro has launched its first new additions to its action camera line after filing its IPO. The Hero4 range follows on from the Hero3+ collection, with the Black and Silver editions offering functionality better suited towards professional applications, while a new entry-level Hero is a budget-priced version for those wanting a cheap waterproof camera.
Cheaper alternative to GoPro 3 delivers good picture, but lacks shock resistance
Since the introduction of the GoPro, numerous action cams have come out of the woodwork to tackle the consumer need for camcorders that can take a beating. Even though they existed prior to what's now the staple camera on the market, the small-form HD cams have now become the target to shoot for. DXG has entered the market with the IronX 5G9V HD action cam, bringing a number of accessories and a lower price to compete with the GoPro. But is the IronX worth $350, or is that money better spent towards a GoPro 3? Find out in our review.
Free iOS app and iPhone 4 or greater required for remote control
The BMW Group Technology Office and GoPro have announced the first mass-produced integration of a GoPro camera with an automobile's on-board infotainment system. In BMW Group vehicles equipped with the BMW Apps or MINI Connected option, a GoPro camera may now be configured and controlled using BMW's iDrive controller and high-resolution screen. The updated GoPro App is now available for free in the iTunes Store.
GoPro revenue in 2013 shows 87-percent improvement on previous year
GoPro is preparing to go public, by filing an initial public offering (IPO) with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Initially revealed in plans in February, the S-1 document filed by the action camera manufacturer reveals it is looking to raise $100 million in the IPO, and will be listed on NASDAQ using the ticker symbol GPRO, though the exact timing and how may shares will be available to buy are unknown.
Samsung Chromebook 2 now available for pre-sale purchase
Today marks the official pre-sale availability of Samsung's Chromebook 2, as was initially announced last month. The new models are available in 11.6- and 13.3-inch screen sizes, and improve upon the original Chromebook with faster performance and longer battery life. The 13.3-inch model features a Full HD (1920x1080) resolution, and the 11.6-inch model uses a 1366x768 resolution. Pre-sale pricing of the 11.6-inch Chromebook 2 is $320, and the 13-inch model at $400, with shipping beginning at the end of April.
Draft IPO from sports camera producer remains confidential
Action camera manufacturer GoPro has filed plans for an initial public offering (IPO) with the Securities and Exchanges Commission, the company has revealed. The confidential submission on Friday, accompanied by a short press release announcing it, is one of the first major steps for the company to shift from being a privately-held business and into a publicly-held version.
Canadian telecom company announces unlimited US data, talk and text
Wind Mobile, a Canadian mobile phone service provider, has announced the launch of its Unlimited US Data, Talk and Text plan add-on. Providing Canadian customers with unlimited phone usage across the border, Wind's add-on will be available for $15 per month. The first Canadian wireless company to provide this feature, smartphone users can utilize their phones while travelling without being subject to per use roaming charges. Wind's Unlimited Data, Talk and Text add-on will become available February 3, 2014.
New GoPro action camera smaller, lighter than Hero3
GoPro has made a number of improvements to its action camera line, and has introduced the Hero3+. Offering a 20-percent smaller and lighter design than its predecessor and 30-percent more battery life, the Hero3+ boasts a new lens arrangement and new video capture modes, along with even more mounts and accessories.
Purchase raises GoPro valuation to over $2 billion
Foxconn has bought an almost 9-percent stake in sports camera maker GoPro. The Taiwanese electronics giant agreed to pay $200 million for the shares, which will see Foxconn founder and CEO Terry Gou join the GoPro board. The purchase gives GoPro a valuation of around $2.25 billion, based on Foxcon's ownership of 8.88-percent of the company.
Android users finally get GoPro app for controlling HD Hero2 with Wi-Fi
Android-device owning wielders of the Wi-Fi connected GoPro Hero point-of-view cameras can now enjoy the same benefits as their iOS device-toting counterparts, as GoPro has launched an Android app (free, Google Play). Through the app, users can control their HD Hero 2 cameras equipped with the optional Wi-Fi BacPac only at this point. It's not compatible with the original HD Hero while the new Hero3: Black Edition will get support in December while the Hero 3 White and Silver will be supported later in November.
GoPro unveils the Hero3, a tiny, 4K-capable sports camera
GoPro has taken the wraps of its Wi-Fi-enabled Hero3sports camera. As the promotional video embedded highlights, depending on model, the new wearable device supports video resolutions up to 4K, or 4 times the resolution of 1080p. The Hero3 is also 30 percent smaller and 25 percent lighter than the model it replaces.
Control GoPro camera with iOS app
Yunasoft has released a new version of Awesome Calendar that allows users to view a full weeks schedule, including appointments and weather forecasts for each day. In addition to daily temperature highs and lows, the updated weather feature includes wind, humidity, visible distance, sunset/sunrsie time, and atmospheric pressure for the next five days. The update also features a new feature that lets users see what happened historically on the same day for the past five years. Calendar Awesome can be purchased in the App Store for $5
GoPro Dive housing now available for pre-order
GoPro has just announced that its Dive Housing is now available for pre-order. Compatible with all GoPro HD cameras, the housing is waterproof up to 197 feet (60m). The flat glass lens is said to offer sharpness and no vignetting effect.
Free GoPro firmware available this summer
At NAB 2012 today,Technicolor and GoPro revealed the new GoPro Protune firmware update, integrating the CineStyle color profile into the popular HD Hero2 Camera line. The firmware update, which will be available for free this summer, adds both 24 frames per second recording and a new 35 Mbps recording data rate.
GoPro HD Hero 2 out at $299, older Heros drop
GoPro on Monday rolled out its latest active lifestyle camera, the HD Hero 2. Its lens promises to be twice as sharp as the original and it gets a number of other enhancements. The Hero 2 can shoot ten 11-megapixel photos in one second with a time lapse feature that will capture an image every 0.5, one, two, 10, 30, and 60 seconds.
GoPro shipws 3D Hero accessory for $100
GoPro on Monday released an add-on for its 1080p HD Hero camera. Called the 3D Hero System, it attaches to the 1080p camera to create a system capable of recording 3D images. Included is a polycarbonate, waterproof housing that holds the newly formed device that uses a single shutter button to control both cameras.
BacPac charger/battery doubles record time
GoPro has launched the Battery BacPac for its 1080p HD Hero camera. The Battery BacPac can act as a standalone battery charger for HD Hero batteries or attach to the camera. When attached, the BacPac extends video and time-lapse photo record times of the HD Hero camera to over 5 hours.
GoPro ships $80 LCD accessory for 1080p cameras
GoPro, maker of the Hero series of wearable cameras, has now announced the release of the LCD BacPac add-on. It attaches to the back on GoPro 1080p cameras and will allow users to view what they're shooting without guessing. GoPro is calling the LCD screen the first in a line of expansion modules for the cameras.
GoPro intros $180 HD Hero 960 action camera
Action camera maker GoPro has released the HD Hero 960 bundle, its most affordable to date. Unlike the company's flagship 1080p HD Hero, which costs $300, the new device is priced at $180. What buyers give up is resolution, as it's now capped at 1280x960, and no Hero Bus expansion port, so users can't connect external displays or batteries.