Pixcom Centralizes Video Editing Workstations with Matrox Avio KVM Extenders By Ryan Szporer, Matrox Graphics Inc. and Dominic Gagne, Pixcom One of Canada's largest independent production houses, Groupe Pixcom Inc.'s domestic programming has far-reaching appeal, with award-winning television credits across all genres and an international catalog distributed to over 150 countries. With a move to a larger location on the horizon and the desire to continue centralizing workstations and other equipment outside of its video editing studios, Pixcom vetted different KVM extenders and chose the far-reaching, fiber-optic Matrox Avio F120, which enables real-time control up to 10 km (6.2 miles) away from the system. ...Read More »
How China Is Disrupting The Mobile And CE Markets By Clip Syndicate Anyone in the tech industry has heard of Xiaomi and OnePlus by now. Xiaomi has surpassed both Apple and Samsung as the No. 1 smartphone in China, and OnePlus this month announced U.S. pre-orders for its ultra-low-cost, high-quality smartphone OnePlus One, which is winning rave reviews. But there are thousands more phones, tablets, smartwatches, wearables and accessories coming from China into the U.S. market. ...Read More »
Apptopia’s New Service Is A “BuiltWith” For Apps By Clip Syndicate Web developers for a long time have used a site called BuiltWith to determine what technologies power top websites, including what hosts, analytics providers, shopping cart systems, and more run behind-the-scenes of top domains. Now app store data provider Apptopia is doing something similar for mobile applications, by looking at which software development kits are installed in nearly any application live now on the iTunes App Store or Google Play. ...Read More »
AJA Announces Ship Date for the CION Production Camera AJA Video Systems announced that the company has started accepting orders for the new CION production camera, with an anticipated initial ship date by the end of December. CION is both ergonomic and lightweight with unparalleled connectivity, and is capable of shooting at 4K/UltraHD and 2K/HD resolutions direct to Apple ProRes or AJA Raw. For information on where to place orders, please visit http://www.aja.com/en/where-to-buy#wtb-cion for a list of AJA CION resellers. ...Read More »
2016 Toyota Mirai Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car: First Photos From Test Drive By Clip Syndicate The 2016 Toyota Mirai is getting a major launch just before this week's Los Angeles Auto Show. It's clear Toyota considers this a vehicle every bit as seminal as its very first Prius hybrid of 1997. The Prius comparisons came regularly during a day of presentations yesterday, and then again this morning during a one-hour test drive of the new Toyota model. ...Read More »
ipiSoft & Machinima Expo By Ko Maruyama For the third year in a row, iPi Soft , developers of the advanced markerless motion capture software iPi Motion Capture, will serve as a key sponsor to Machinima Expo ,the world?s only virtual machinima film festival. ...Read More »
Samsung to Cut Smartphone Models by up to a Third in 2015 By Clip Syndicate Samsung said on Tuesday the company will stop producing so many models of smartphones and focus on a core set of devices in the new year. The Wall Street Journal reported, Samsung's head of investor relations Robert Yi, speaking to investors in New York, said his company plans to cut the number of smartphone models it produces in 2015 by 25 percent to 30 percent. ...Read More »
Live 3D Streaming and Recording from Monarch HD To expand his teachings to aspiring surgeons and gynecologists all over the world, Dr. Rajesh Modi, Director of the Akola Endoscopy Centre in Maharashtra, India, relies on the Matrox Monarch HD(tm) video streaming and recording appliance combined with the Matrox MC-100 SDI-to-HDMI mini converter to distribute 3D video and audio of his daily surgical procedures and to record them for the facility's record keeping and as future teaching material. Students can view live streams of his gynecologic and endoscopic procedures on www.drmodi.in and by using the mobile app "Dr. Modi." ...Read More »
Are You in a Relationship With Your Smartphone? By Clip Syndicate In an increasingly mobile world, people are spending more time than ever on their phones, but we're not doing as much talking as you might expect. Mobile has become the leading digital platform, with users spending 60% of their digital media time on mobile. Of this time, 52% is spent on app usage — with more than 1.3 million Android apps on the market and 1.2 million apps in the Apple app store, we can do just about anything on our smartphones.

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Designing For Tablets By Joseph Lowery In this segment of the Lynda.com video course Dreamweaver CS6 and Wordpress 3.8: Core Concepts Designing For Tablets shows how to combine the utility of WordPress and the power of Dreamweaver to transition existing websites to the WordPress platform. ...Read More »
The Samsung Gear S Is A Smartphone On Your Wrist By Clip Syndicate Announced back in September, the Samsung Gear S is the South Korean electronics company’s sixth attempt at making a smartwatch. It’s got the specs of a mid-range phone from a few years back and runs Tizen, Samsung’s own operating system. The intended appeal of the Gear S is that it can be used independently from the rest of your devices. Along with Bluetooth Samsung’s newest watch also has radios for Wi-Fi, as well as 2G and 3G cellular connectivity.

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MAXON'S NEWEST By Ko Maruyama Once you learn a piece of 3D software, it?s hard to switch into another piece of software. The language of good 3D design and animation doesn?t change, but the interface and toolset does change when you switch between software packages. However, switching between something your comfortable with and CINEMA4D is even easier now. So making the transition between what you?re using now and R16 doesn?t have to be an On/Off operation. ...Read More »
NOTA Effectors By Ko Maruyama As a motion graphics artist - most of the time you're going to be moving the clones you generate with the CINEMA4D Cloner Object. NOTA Effector is going to make that much easier. NOTA Effector being a standard Module can be used with all Mograph tools as PolyFX, Fracture, Cloner and similar. ...Read More »
FOUND STUDIOS By Ko Maruyama Found Studios recently caught our eye after they teamed up with VCCP to create the Hiscox Insurance commercial projected on the surface of a house. Their recent projection was for the MTV EMAs and is on a much bigger scale, on Glasgow's City Chambers building. ...Read More »
Andy Serkis Reveals 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' Secrets in Blu-ray Extra By Clip Syndicate Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was the summer's blockbuster for the thinking man, tackling issues as broad as what it means to be human and what our place is on the planet. Andy Serkis and director Matt Reeves spent a long time thinking about these issues and open up about the topic in an extra feature that will be available when the film is released in Blu-ray.

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Mario Bros. Pop and Lock for Mercedes-Benz By Clip Syndicate Remember those wacky Japanese Mercedes-Benz car commercials in which Super Mario was reimagined as a hunky human who just so happened to race a new line of GLA-Class cars? Mario has returned, and this time he's brought Princess Peach, Yoshi and Luigi along for the ride. The commercials start out with the characters' beloved video game versions, but soon viewers see what their favorite Nintendo brothers and their friends would look like in the real world. ...Read More »
Blackberry Has no Immediate Plans to Crack 'sensitive' China Market By Clip Syndicate Blackberry Chief Executive John Chen sees Asia as key to reviving the loss-making smartphone maker's fortunes but expanding in the region's biggest market China, where security data concerns are rife, is currently not a priority. ...Read More »
Sony Is Launching Its Own Internet TV Service, PlayStation Vue, In Early 2015 By Clip Syndicate Sony is the latest contender to throw its hat into the content streaming ring after it announced plans for PlayStation Vue, a cloud-based service that includes programming from 75 channels. PlayStation Vue will be able available for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. The TV service, which Sony said will initially be available in an invite-only beta starting in New York this month, will include content from the likes of CBS, Fox, NBCUniversal and others. ...Read More »
Comcast Says Time Warner Deal Going 'full Steam Ahead' By Clip Syndicate Comcast Corporation's merger with Time Warner Cable Incoporated is going "full steam ahead," despite uncertainty around new rules governing net neutrality. That's according to Comcast Chief Executive Officer Brian Roberts, who spoke to reporters on Wednesday. At a Comcast press event in San Francisco, Roberts said the deal, which would create the largest U.S. cable Internet provider, is in its final phases and remains on track to close. Shares in both companies fell sharply on Monday, after President Barack Obama declared that Internet service providers should be regulated like public utilities--touching off protests from cable and telecoms companies.

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Twitter Considers Crafting New Apps, Improving Messaging By Clip Syndicate Twitter is considering creating additional mobile applications beyond its core messaging service and video app, Vine, as it vies with Facebook and other social media for a large and growing smartphone audience. Chief Executive Officer Dick Costolo said at his company's annual investor day on Wednesday that Twitter also planned to add more functions to its private messaging service. Facebook in recent years has taken the approach of creating individual apps for news and messaging, among others.

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Microsoft Releases First Lumia Smartphone Without Nokia Label By Clip Syndicate The Microsoft Lumia 535 made its debut Monday, notable for being the first Lumia handset to lose the Nokia label. Microsoft bought Nokia's phone business in April for $7.2 billion in a deal that allowed the division to continue to produce phones with the Lumia name adorned on them. The deal also allowed Microsoft to keep using the name Nokia on new phones for a brief time, but that brand is being phased out in favor of the name Microsoft Lumia.

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Microsoft Unveils First Lumia Smartphone Without Nokia Name [UPDATE] By Clip Syndicate Microsoft Corp said it would roll out its Lumia 535 smartphone this month with an affordable price tag in its key markets, dropping the Nokia name just months after buying the Finnish company's handset business. Microsoft said in a statement, loaded with its latest Windows Phone 8.1 operating system, the Lumia 535 and Lumia 535 dual SIM will be priced at around 110 euros (about $137) before taxes and subsidies. ...Read More »
Microsoft Drops Nokia Name With Newest Lumia Phone By Clip Syndicate Microsoft has unveiled a cheaper smartphone, costing about $135, as it eyes emerging and other low-cost markets for growth. The new model is the first Lumia smartphone under Microsoft's own brand name. The company has released a few Lumia models since it bought Nokia's phone business this year, but those models still carried the Nokia brand. The Lumia 535 Windows smartphone will have a 5-inch screen, as measured diagonally. It comes with 5-megapixel front and rear cameras, which should snap sharper selfies than typical smartphones.

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Samsung Eyes $3B for Vietnam Smartphone Factory, Report Says By Clip Syndicate After investing $2 billion in a smartphone factory in Vietnam earlier this year, Samsung looks to open another facility. The Samsung Galaxy S5 is among the company's most popular smartphones. Samsung may again be planning to invest billions of dollars in Vietnam to build a new smartphone production plant.

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'Homeland' Coming Back for Another Season on Showtime By Clip Syndicate Homeland may be testing our ability to suspend disbelief these days, but it's still damn good TV. And the latter fact has prompted Showtime to cue up yet another season of the Claire Danes hit. More surprisingly, they also ordered a second season of The Affair , which although critically acclaimed, debuted to a soft 500,000 viewers. ...Read More »
LG G3 Phone to Get Lick of Android Lollipop This Week By Clip Syndicate The latest flavor of Google's mobile operating system will start hitting LG's latest flagship phone this week. But not here in the U-S. LG may be the first major smartphone maker to roll out Android 5-point zero Lollipop. The company said Sunday it will start sending out this new version of Google's mobile operating system to owners of its G3 -- with Poland first on the list. ...Read More »
Samsung Plans More Investment in Vietnam By Clip Syndicate Samsung Electronics said Monday that it would invest up to $3 billion to expand its existing handset manufacturing facilities in Vietnam, part of a push to cut production costs as Chinese competitors eat into the South Korean company’s smartphone profits. Samsung said in a statement that it was finalizing details with Vietnamese authorities, and that it hadn’t yet set a specific timetable or investment size for the deal.

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Microsoft Sees An Intelligent, Mobile-Focused Future Of Productivity By Clip Syndicate At a recent event on its Redmond campus, Microsoft executives explained their views on the future of productivity to a small press cadre. The company’s CEO, Satya Nadella, opened the day’s happenings with an explanation of the company’s core focuses, listing platform work, and productivity itself as two of its chief efforts. ...Read More »
Los Angeles Movie Awards Best Narrative Short Film Stays 'Committed' It's no secret that Hollywood is a tough nut to crack, and every aspiring actress dreams of her big break. But what many don't realize is that there is a rather straightforward way to ensure you land the role you want. One night over dinner Mehran Torgoley and Llana Barron realized that the best way to land a role is to write it yourself, and a few drinks later, the kernel of the idea for "Committed" was born. In the short film, a compassionate nurse in an overcrowded mental hospital in the early 1950s struggles to prove the sanity of a young paraplegic patient. "We decided to shoot with the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K because of its image quality. It's amazing that we were able to get such an incredibly detailed image for such an affordable price." ...Read More »
iPiSoft delivers Version 3 By Ko Maruyama Markerless motion capture is popular for small and large VFX houses, as well as serious hobbyists. iPiSoft brings the capability of quality markerless mocap to everyone with a PC. The software takes advantage of multiple types of cameras, and the new version now supports Kinect2 sensors. ...Read More »
Pinnacle Studio 18 By Ko Maruyama Pinnacle has been around for a long time, and, as the version number implies, Pinnacle Studio has undergone several changes since it was first launched. Pinnacle Studio 18 is a robust consumer editoral system for anyone who is interested in getting into video editing. Moreover, it contains other tools to help create and publish your editorial content. ...Read More »
IPhone 6 Blamed for South Korea's Falling Smartphone Exports By Clip Syndicate According to the country's Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, the release of Apple's iPhone 6 contributed to South Korea's exports of smartphones plummeting by 35.5 percent year-on-year to $1.1 billion. The ministry said Apple's launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, as well as Chinese manufacturers' expansion in the low- to mid-range market, were the main causes of the comprehensive decline. ...Read More »
North West's Wardrobe is Most Likely Better Than Yours By Clip Syndicate Who says you can't wear high fashion in a high chair? Kim Kardashian's daughter North West is already rocking some pretty serious designer duds. And yesterday the proud mom posted an Instagram photo showing three mini Balmain blazers with gold buttons—pint-sized replicas of Balmain jackets that Kardashian owns herself. This isn't the first time that the adorable tot has been gifted couture clothing: Kardashian has posted photos of ensembles from Lanvin, Alexander Wang, Givenchy, Kenzo, Oscar de la Renta and Roberto Cavalli—just to name a few. North seems to be quite the little fashionista: She even attended shows during fashion week in September, tagging along to presentations with Kim and dad Kanye West.

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Splish, Splash, It's the Wireless Speaker Water Bottle By Clip Syndicate Staying hydrated in the modern world is probably easier than it ever has been before and in this case, the Wireless Speaker Water Bottle is exactly what it sounds like: a portable water bottle that has a Bluetooth speaker for a lid. The 11.75-ounce-capacity water bottle can also be used to charge your smartphone or tablet. In order to save the splashes and spills from occurring when rocking out with your water bottle out, there is a real lid to be used when the speaker is removed. ...Read More »
HTC Re Camera is Bold, but Forgets That Image is Everything By Clip Syndicate The $199 HTC Re is supposed to let users get back in the moment when taking pictures by eliminating the distracting viewscreen. However, it's not as good as some high-end smartphone cameras, and dedicated cameras have many more features. The HTC Re app is available on iOS and Android, and can act as a live viewfinder as well as an easy way to offload pics from the Re. It's hard to miss how you capture pics — the silver button is big and prominent.

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Microsoft Gives Away Office 365 Mobile Apps in a Bid for More Users By Clip Syndicate In a significant strategy shift, Microsoft is aiming to maximize users over dollars with its Office franchise, traditionally a cash cow for the company. Microsoft is eliminating the fee to use most functions of its mobile apps for Office 365 — the Web and mobile version of the popular Office software bundle. Until now, people who wanted to create or edit Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, or PowerPoint presentations on iPhones, iPads or Android smartphones had to pay for an Office 365 subscription , which starts at $70 a year for non-business users.

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