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GoPro unveils powerful new cameras and an app for viewing 360-degree and VR content

Monday, action camera maker GoPro announced at The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show a pair of powerful new camera rigs in the Omni and Odyssey series alongside a new VR sharing platform and a brand new mobile application which lets you view 360-degree videos and virtual reality content hosted at vr.gopro.com on an iPhone, iPod touch or […]

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Everything You Need to Know from Facebook F8

Facebook just concluded their developer conference called F8 (is it slightly creepy that that spells fate?). During this event Mark Zuckerberg, laid out Facebook’s 10 year plan for world domination roadmap for the company that showed their products like WhatsApp and Instagram all the way to their VR aspirations and their plans to use drones and other means to make sure everyone can access the internet (and their products, of course).

Facebook F8 Roadmap

Since it is a developer event, Facebook kicked things off with some new developer tools.

Login Tools

Facebook announced a few tools for developers to help with logging into their apps. Sort of makes sense considering Facebook is the most popular login service in the world.

First up, there is Account Kit which developers can use to allow their users to login to their apps using their phone number or email. This came after developers told Facebook users wanted to be able to login without needing a Facebook account.

They also announced a new login for users with Facebook accounts, called Anonymous Login. As the name suggests, you’ll have a new Login Anonymously option in addition to the Login with Facebook option we are used to seeing that will allow you to login to an app using Facebook but without sharing any of your personal info and not letting the app post to your Facebook.

In addition to this new option – that I’m not sure why you would ever not select frankly, but maybe I’m missing something – Facebook also announced line by line controls for the normal Facebook Login. You can actually choose which permissions you want to give the app instead of having to allow all of them in one shot.

Sharing Tools

Next up in the developer tools that’ll probably affect you as an end-user is the new sharing-type tools that Facebook announced.

There is a new quote-sharing tool that developers can put on their sites eventually that’ll let users highlight text on the page and it’ll give users the option to directly quote it and share it to Facebook.

Quote Sharing

There’s also a new Save to Facebook button that developers will also be allowed to embed on their sites to have you save articles, yes, like Pocket or Instapaper, but to your Facebook app for reading later. Once of the nice things that might help this get adopted faster than Pocket or Instapaper is the face it doesn’t strip down the site, so publishers (ehem!) can still have their ads on the page and continue to make revenue. At least, until Facebook strips that out and forces them to use their own ad network, called Audience Network.

Messenger

The clear star of this event, though, was definitely Messenger.

Just like Microsoft unveiled at their recent event, Facebook is pushing bots. Now in Messenger, you can talk to specific bots and they’ll deliver information to you via conversational text instead of, say using an app. For example, messaging the CNN bot will have it ask you what topics you are interested in and it will then use that info to tell you about the news from those topics, the 1-800-Flowers bot can help you order flowers to someone, etc.

Facebook Messenger Bots

Again, as I’ve said before, these bot things are going to get interesting and they’re a brand new type of App Store that people like Microsoft and Facebook have opened up to developers to create their own (which, I’m sure will eventually be able to be charged for, which Facebook and Microsoft will then take a percentage of à la every app store).

This new bot platform is now ready for development and is dubbed “Messenger Platform”.

Live Streaming API

Another form of communication that Facebook is betting on is live video. With the release of their live video recently, it makes sense that Facebook announced their new Live Streaming API that’ll allow developers to throw live video up on Facebook. So, you know, expect more soon.

Virtual Reality

Being that Facebook owns the popular Oculus VR company, it was expected that there’d be some Virtual Reality news coming out of this event and Facebook didn’t disappoint in that respect: they launched a camera.

Facebook Surround 360

The new Surround 360 camera is capable of shooting 8K video using 17 lens and costs about $30,000. While that may sound like a lot of money, let me assure you that for that resolution and a 360 degree shooting rig with minimal setup needed, it’s not.

Conclusion

And there you go, a quick recap of the things that Facebook announced at F8 this year. Let me know what you guys think in the comments below and I’ll reply ASAP.

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Refurb Western Digital 2TB USB 3.0 Xbox HDD for $70 + free shipping

WDStore offers its factory-refurbished Western Digital 2TB My Passport X Portable USB 3.0 External Xbox One Hard Drive in Black, model no. WDBCRM0020BBK-NESN, for $69.99 with free shipping. That’s $10 under our mention of a new one in October and the lowest total price we’ve seen. (It’s $28 less than a new one today.) It’s designed for gaming and is compatible with Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Windows. A 6-month Western Digital warranty applies.


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Skylanders SuperChargers Pack w/ Trap Pack for $29.99 + pickup at Best Buy

Best Buy offers the Skylanders SuperChargers Starter Pack for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Wii U, and Xbox 360 bundled with the Skylanders Trap Team Starter Pack for $29.99. Opt for in-store pickup to avoid the $3.98 shipping charge. That’s $13 under the lowest price we could find for these items purchased separately elsewhere. (For further comparison, we saw the SuperChargers pack alone for $40 in January.) The SuperChargers pack includes the video game, Portal of Power, two Skylanders SuperChargers Characters, Skylanders SuperChargers Vehicle, and collection poster. The Trap pack includes the video game, traptanium portal, two Skylanders figures, two traps, poster, two sticker sheets, and two trading cards.

Of note, you can also buy one SuperChargers figure and get a second one for free.


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Tales From the Borderlands Retail Release Date Revealed

The disc collection of all five episodes of Tales From the Borderlands will be digitizing to a GameStop near you on April 26.

The retail edition will be available for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One for $30 USD.

Tales From the Borderlands Episode 5: The Vault of the Traveler was IGN`s pick for adventure game of the year and also home to one of the most epic gaming moments 2015.

IGN’s Marty Silva is a big fan of the series, giving the first episode, Zer0 Sum, an 8.7. He wrote, “You don’t need to be a hardcore Borderlands fan to love Tales From the Borderlands. By exploring the world of the loot-driven shooter trilogy through the lens of a dialogue-heavy adventure game, Telltale has created a fantastic opening to a story rife with humor, interesting characters, powerful decisions, and effective mysteries.”

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Asus Broadwell i5 Dual 16" Flip Touch Laptop for $349 + free shipping

Microsoft Store offers the 5.6-lb. Asus Intel Broadwell Core i5 2.2GHz 15.6″ Flip Convertible Touchscreen Signature Edition Laptop, model no. TP550LA-UH51T, for $349 with free shipping. That’s tied with our mention from last week and the lowest total price we could find by $111. It features an Intel Core Broadwell i5-5200U 2.2GHz dual-core processor, 15.6″ 1366×768 touchscreen LCD with 360-degree flip mode, 4GB RAM, 500GB hard drive, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0, HDMI, 2-cell battery, and Windows 10 Home 64-bit.


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Asus Broadwell i5 Dual 16" Flip Touch Laptop for $349 + free shipping

Microsoft Store offers the 5.6-lb. Asus Intel Broadwell Core i5 2.2GHz 15.6″ Flip Convertible Touchscreen Signature Edition Laptop, model no. TP550LA-UH51T, for $349 with free shipping. That’s tied with our mention from last week and the lowest total price we could find by $111. It features an Intel Core Broadwell i5-5200U 2.2GHz dual-core processor, 15.6″ 1366×768 touchscreen LCD with 360-degree flip mode, 4GB RAM, 500GB hard drive, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0, HDMI, 2-cell battery, and Windows 10 Home 64-bit.


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Disney-funded Littlstar brings immersive 360-degree video to Apple TV

Littlstar teaser 001

A Disney-backed virtual reality company, Littlstar, today launched an app for Apple’s fourth-generation Apple TV box that lets users immerse themselves in a wide range of 360 video content from well-known brands, such as Showtime, Disney, Discovery, Fusion, PBS, Mountain Dew, National Geographic and Red Bull.

The app lets users control the videos’ angles using the Touch surface on the Siri Remote. Just like Littlstar’s other apps on the web, mobile and in virtual reality headsets (like the Samsung Gear VR), their Apple TV app lets your rotate videos in full 360 degrees…. Read the rest of this post here


Disney-funded Littlstar brings immersive 360-degree video to Apple TV” is an article by iDownloadBlog.com.
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