Apple’s IPhone 6 Lets Users Ditch Compact Camera By Clip Syndicate It was bound to happen sooner or later: a smartphone would convince people that they no longer needed to carry around a powerful compact camera. The iPhone 6, and the even more photo-friendly iPhone 6 Plus is that tipping point. While on paper the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus cameras don’t appear to have changed much from the version introduced last year with the iPhone 5s, there’s a lot more going on than is apparent from a cursory glance at a spec sheet. ...Read More »
BlackBerry Tries Again With The Porsche Design P’9983 Smartphone By Clip Syndicate Not to be outdone by the new iPhones or Galaxy Notes, BlackBerry is shouting “me too!” with the introduction of a new smartphone. Meet the Porsche Design P’9983, a slightly re-skined and re-worked BlackBerry Q10 with a 3.1-inch touchscreen. However Blackberry threw buyers a bone and upped the storage to 64GB. According to the product page, the P’9983 rocks a slightly redesigned physical keyboard. I’ll let the product page explain: Be instantly recognizable amongst Porsche Design users.

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'Destiny' Rakes In $325 Million, But Reviews Paint Game As Mediocre By Clip Syndicate Destiny, the epic space opera that is part first-person shooter, part massive online game, sold through $325 million worth of games in the five days since it was released, publisher Activision said Wednesday. That number, which represents the number of copies already in consumers hands, is the biggest ever for the launch of a new gaming intellectual property. But it's also surprisingly high considering the game is receiving mediocre reviews from critics across the board. ...Read More »
21 Upset Minecrafters Who Are Shaking Their Pickaxes At Microsoft By Clip Syndicate Stay calm. Put down your pickaxe. Everything is going to be okay. On Monday, Microsoft officially purchased Mojang, the software company behind the popular indie game Minecraft, which has brought countless hours of entertainment for more than 100 million gamers since 2009. Following the news, the gamer community sounded off its complaints, concerns and praises over Twitter. Microsoft probably won't deter diehard Minecrafters from playing, but many think this purchase is pretty blockheaded.

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Busan Market To Launch Talent Agency Presentations By Clip Syndicate In addition to hosting a forum for top East Asian talent agencies to share their management know-how , Busan's upcoming Asian Film Market will give these companies the opportunity to promote their stars. Top regional agencies, including South Korean giants JYP Entertainment and SM Entertainment, will take part in an event dubbed "Star Line-Up" on Oct. ...Read More »
Google Unveils 3 Budget Smartphones For Android One By Clip Syndicate Google announced the first three smartphones that will be part of Android One, the company's initiative to bring affordable Android smartphones to developing markets. Each of the three devices, manufactured by Micromax, Spice and Karbonn, has a 4.5-inch display and will first ship in India. There are more than 1.75 billion smartphone users worldwide, but a huge opportunity still exists for companies like Google to grab the attention of the 5 billion people without mobile devices. ...Read More »
Qualcomm: Snapdragon Makes For More Secure Smartphone Kill Switch By Clip Syndicate Qualcomm says that its Snapdragon processors could be used to power up more secure, final ways of rendering smartphones useless if stolen. The chipmaker says its Snapdragon processors are an important element to creating secure methods of rendering mobile devices bricks if stolen. With kill switch technology installed, a stolen cell phone would be a dead cell phone. ...Read More »
Google Launches Android One, Phones To Be Priced At Around $105 By Clip Syndicate Google Inc launched in India on Monday the first smartphones powered by its Android One operating system, pricing them at around 6,399 rupees ($105) to capture the low-cost segement of the world's fastest growing smartphone market. Google launched the phones in partnership with Indian mobile phone makers Micromax, Karbonn and Spice Mobiles. Google says it plans to expand Android One to Indonesia, Phillippines and other South Asian countries by the end of 2014 and in more countries in 2015.

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How Many Times A Day Do You Check Your Phone? Checky Will Tell You. By Clip Syndicate In today’s hyper-connected world, meditation and relaxation-focused resource Calm gives you a much-needed mental break during the day, and can help you quiet the spinning wheels in your head when it’s time to sleep at night. Now the company is rolling out a second application called Checky, designed more to make you aware of how often you’re using your smartphone. This very basic app simply shows you how many times per day you’ve checked your phone, and maps out where that usage occurred.

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First Wave Of “Affordable” Android One Phones Breaks Cover In India By Clip Syndicate Google has announced the first Android One devices — which are targeting the Indian market, starting at $105. It added that the Android One program will be expanded to Indonesia, the Philippines and South Asia by the end of the year, with more countries to follow in 2015. Android’s global reach is already staggering but Google clearly isn’t content with owning the vast majority of smartphone marketshare. With mobile maker Nokia out of the frame, now it’s been consumed by Microsoft, Google has evidently spotted a new not-so-niche market for Android to own — assuming it can persuade basic mobile phone buyers to opt for a smartphone instead.

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All The Best Looks From London Fashion Week Spring 2015 By Clip Syndicate Yes, across the pond models are currently parading down the runways at shows like Eudon Choi, Bora Aksu and Jean-Pierre Braganza. In the next few days there will be presentations from celebrity-beloved designers such as Tom Ford, Vivienne Westwood, Alice Temperley, Mulberry and many more.

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DirecTV Sees NFL Deal Closing In 2014, AT&T Soon After By Clip Syndicate Like dominos DirecTV set up just to knock over one after the other, the satellite provider expects a key deal with the NFL closing this year and another with AT&T closing soon thereafter. Speaking at a Goldman Sachs media investors conference Friday, Chairman and Chief Executive Mike White said he's "highly confident" that the satellite provider will secure an agreement for its popular Sunday Ticket package of NFL game broadcasts before the end of the year. Following that, he expects the proposed $48.5 billion merger deal with AT&T to close at the end of the first quarter or early in the second quarter of 2015.

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Facebook Tries To Muscle In On YouTube By Clip Syndicate In what may be another signal that Facebook wants to take on YouTube, the company has reached out to some of the Google-owned video site's biggest content producers and encouraged them to test distributing their videos on the social network. Already some YouTube content producers, including Walt Disney's Maker Studios and Collective Digital Studio, have experimented with putting some of their top YouTube series on Facebook.

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VYV Delivers Immersive Video Projections that Entertain Live Audiences Worldwide What do Miley Cyrus, Justin Timberlake, the Eagles, Shakira, and Cirque du Soleil have in common? All have amazed audiences with live shows incorporating dazzling, out-of-this-world video projections made possible by an elite 3D interactive video projection company based in Canada. Spectators stunned by the creativity, artistry, and impact of the projections can thank VYV and its Photon interactive media server, the most powerful real-time video control system available. Powered by high-end NVIDIA(r) Quadro(r) GPUs, Photon systems deliver the accuracy, reliability, and flexibility required for VYV's elaborate multi-projector productions. ...Read More »
Samsung Comes Back Swinging After Apple's Big Day By Clip Syndicate Samsung has refrained from attacking Apple in its recent ads, but the brand has abandoned that approach with a slew of new videos that eviscerate the lineup of new products Apple unveiled on Tuesday. Though Apple may seem the dominant brand, according to the IDC, Samsung's global market share in the smartphone category was 32.3% in the second quarter compared to 13% for Apple. Apple grew 12.4% year over year compared to a 3.9% drop for Samsung.

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BlackBerry May Be Working On A Smartwatch Of Its Own By Clip Syndicate Apple , Motorola and Samsung aren't the only companies with their sights set on wearables. According to CEO John Chen, BlackBerry , the smartphone maker that always seems to be just a little late to the party, may also be close to stepping into the world of wearable tech. Chen told reporters at the Super Mobility Conference in Las Vegas that the Waterloo-based company is currently researching wearable platforms, including smartwatches and smart glasses. ...Read More »
State Attorneys General Probing AT&T Deal For DirecTV By Clip Syndicate According to sources close to the merger probe, the state attorneys general who are working with the U.S. Justice Department to determine whether Comcast's deal to buy Time Warner Cable is legal have expanded their investigation to include AT&T Inc's plans to buy DirecTV. Some two dozen states were already coordinating with the Justice Department to interview critics and proponents of the Comcast merger. ...Read More »
Microsoft Wants To Stream Xbox Games To Your Browser By Clip Syndicate Microsoft is planning games for your PC’s web browser. According to a report from technology news website Neowin , the software company is experimenting with Xbox 360 and Xbox One games that run on Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing network. Sources told Neowin the service could send Xbox games to browsers at 60 frames per second, which is smoother than some native games on the Xbox One, and with full dashboard support — just like consoles. Microsoft won’t be pioneering the streaming market. ...Read More »
BlackBerry Buys Movirtu In Bid To Woo More Corporate Customers By Clip Syndicate BlackBerry said on Thursday it has acquired Movirtu, a provider of virtual identity solutions, as part of its move to continue building out its portfolio of value-added services that cater to the needs of its core base of corporate and government clients. Waterloo, Ontario-based BlackBerry said Movirtu's virtual SIM technology allows an individual to have both a personal and business number on a single mobile device, with separate billing for voice, data and messaging usage on each number. This allows employees to switch between work and personal profiles easily without carrying multiple devices or SIM cards. BlackBerry said the acquisition of Movirtu complements its Secure Work Space, BlackBerry Balance and other offerings, which give many employees the freedom and privacy they want for their personal use while delivering the security and management needed for business use of smartphone devices.

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The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Goes for a Thrill Ride Katarsis Films is in the business of selling smiles. Based in Mexico City, the young, independent production company has been working for the past two years with one of the most well known Mexican theme parks, La Feria Chapultepec Mágico, to produce heart pounding advertisements that thrill its viewers. Katarsis founder, the charismatic Juan Carlos Elias, is as dynamic as the rides themselves, producing, directing, shooting and finishing the ads that Katarsis churns out on a regular basis. To assist him with achieving the right look for these ads, Juan Carlos uses the Blackmagic Cinema Camera, Pocket Cinema Camera and DaVinci Resolve. ...Read More »
T-Mobile Announces Wi-Fi Calling And Texting For Every Customer By Clip Syndicate T-Mobile unveiled a new plan to offer free Wi-Fi calling and texting to every customer. Company CEO John Legere announced the plans during the company's Un-carrier 7.0 event in San Francisco Wednesday. To enable this, every new smartphone sold by T-Mobile will come Wi-Fi-enabled for Wi-Fi calling and texting. Additionally, all of the carrier's existing customers have the ability to trade in their existing device for one of the new Wi-Fi-enabled handsets.

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Microsoft In Talks To Buy 'Minecraft' Maker For $2 Billion, Report Says By Clip Syndicate Microsoft could be in talks to purchase Mojang, the creator of Minecraft, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday night. According to the WSJ source near the investigation, the deal could be valued at nearly $2 billion and could close this week. Minecraft is one of the world's most successful games currently, with more than 50 million copies sold across PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and mobile. The game came to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles last week.

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Assimilate at IBC 2014 By Ko Maruyama Finally a pro player that works on both Mac and PC equally well. If you want to go ad-free (and you should), it's only a $5US purchase ...Read More »
Tim Cook Invokes Steve Jobs' Classic 'One More Thing' For First Time By Clip Syndicate Apple 's late cofounder Steve Jobs was known for ending his public presentations by acting as though the event was over and then saying, One more thing before revealing a new innovation. Apple CEO Tim Cook finally grabbed the Apple mantle of innovation by using the phrase to unveil the Apple Watch on Tuesday. Cook said, "We're not quite finished yet…we have one more thing" drawing applause from the audience, filled with journalists and industry experts who were very well aware of the tribute to Jobs and what it meant for Apple and Cook as the new leader ushering in the company's new era.

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Ray Rice -- DROPPED FROM 'MADDEN 15' By Clip Syndicate EA Sports has a message for Ray Rice -- you're no longer "in the game" ... 'cause he's been DROPPED from " Madden '15 " in the wake of the brutal new elevator video. The video game company just issued a statement saying, "With Ray Rice’s indefinite suspension from the NFL, he will be removed from Madden NFL 15." "The roster change will take place by this Friday." Ray was cut by the Ravens yesterday ... and the NFL has suspended him from the league indefinitely. Game over.

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Mikros Image Standardizes Digital Post Workflows on ASSIMILATE's SCRATCH Software ASSIMILATE announced that Mikros Image has purchased a company-wide site license for ASSIMILATE's SCRATCH finishing software and SCRATCH Lab, an advanced production and VFX dailies tool. Headquartered in Paris, France, and with subsidiaries in Belgium and Montreal, Mikros Image is a major player in the post-production market, offering high-end post services for films, commercials, TV episodes, corporate communications, and video games. Mikros Image also has a partnership with the LA post-production and visual effects company Eight VFX to develop a series of common projects for commercials and feature films. ...Read More »
Vectoraster by LostMinds By Ko Maruyama Vectorizer for the Mac (and iOS) allows you to create fantastic shape based translations of raster artwork or photography with just a few clicks. The great part about this new software is that it is really easy to use. Like any good design software, it?s full of options that will allow you to create unique pieces, even when you?re starting from presets. ...Read More »
Amazon Fire Phone Up For Pre-Order In The U.K. By Clip Syndicate Amazon’s first smartphone, the Fire Phone, is now available on pre-order in the U.K. on carrier O2. The phone will ship to U.K. buyers on September 30. It’s being offered for no upfront cost for customers signing up to for a two-year £33 per month tariff on O2. The U.K. is the first international market to get the phone which went on sale in the US back in July — also as a carrier exclusive, in that case on AT&T. ...Read More »
The Sights And Sounds Of The TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon 2014 By Clip Syndicate The 2014 Disrupt SF Hackathon is here and in full swing. The event is filled with close to a thousand coders, designers, and hacker--all vying for one of the many prizes and awards available from TechCrunch and the event’s sponsors.Most worked through the night and will eventually present their creations on the Disrupt Stage. Tune in to watch the presentations live at 11:00 Pacific Daylight Time, and follow along with the #hackdisrupt hashtag.

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Cam Newton Inactive For Panthers' Opener By Clip Syndicate North Carolina's Cam Newton is inactive for Sunday's season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers because of a hairline fracture in his ribs. He didn't miss a game in his first three NFL seasons. Brandon Williams and defensive end Kony Ealy are Carolina's other inactives. William Gholston, cornerback Rashaan Melvin, safety Bradley McDougald, tackle Kevin Pamphile and guards Rishaw Johnson and Kadeem Edwards are inactive for Tampa Bay.

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Lindsay Lohan -- Accused Of Stealing 'Virtual Closet' App By Clip Syndicate Lindsay Lohan has been accused of stealing before ... but never digitally -- which is exactly what one web developer says LiLo and her brother Michael Jr. have done. Lindsay and MiLo allegedly struck a deal with a tech entrepreneur named Fima Potik to work on his startup called Spotted Friend ... according to the NY Post. The app allows users to see what clothes celebrities have in their closet ... then gives the person a chance to buy the threads -- and the celebs get a cut of the profits LiLo tweeted about Spotted Friend in July 2013 ... but for some reason, the group parted ways -- and last month the Lohans started raising money for a similar app. Now MiLo Jr, Lindsay and their new business partner have reportedly been slapped with a cease and desist ... threatening swift legal action if she doesn't stop. Lilo's lawyer fired back, "Allegations of any impropriety in Lindsay Lohan’s business relationship concerning this Web site are inaccurate and clearly designed to capitalize on her worldwide recognition as a fashion icon.

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Adobe Unveils Major Innovations for Video Technology at IBC 2014 By Clip Syndicate SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE), the leader in creative software, today announced plans to significantly update Adobe Creative Cloud video desktop apps and Adobe Anywhere for video. These new capabilities, coming soon, build on Adobe’s industry-leading integration across video workflows enabling video professionals to create, collaborate and deliver high quality productions across multiple screens. Key updates include powerful new media and project management tools in Ado ...Read More »
Adobe Unveils Major Innovations for Video Technology at IBC 2014 By Clip Syndicate SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE), the leader in creative software, today announced plans to significantly update Adobe Creative Cloud video desktop apps and Adobe Anywhere for video. These new capabilities, coming soon, build on Adobe’s industry-leading integration across video workflows enabling video professionals to create, collaborate and deliver high quality productions across multiple screens. Key updates include powerful new media and project management tools in Ado ...Read More »
Hands-on With Samsung's Gear S Smartwatch: Still Too Big, But Smartest Yet By Clip Syndicate After Samsung announced its Gear S late last month, members of the press finally got their hands on the company's third-generation smartwatch this week at its Unpacked 2 event in New York, Beijing and Berlin. The Gear S, which runs on Samsung's Tizen operating system, is as smart as smartwatches come these days: It has built-in 3G connectivity, so you don't need to wirelessly tether to a nearby smartphone to get emails, calendar alerts or other notifications sent to the device's screen.

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MAXON at IBC By Ko Maruyama IBC is kicking off in Amsterdam on September 11. And with it, starts the annual convention for European broadcasters and digital entertainment content creators. This September date comes on the heels of MAXON's release of R16, their newest version of CINEMA4D. If you're at IBC 2014, you can see R16 presented in person. ...Read More »
Time Warner Cable Employees To Share $416 Million Under Retention Plan By Clip Syndicate Employees of Time Warner Cable will be $416 million richer even if the cable operator's merger with Comcast does not close, a move designed to keep staff from bolting while federal regulators contemplate the deal. A proxy statement, prepared for the shareholders meetings of both companies in October to vote on the merger, also lays out the nearly $81.8 million golden parachute that Time Warner Cable's chairman and chief executive, Robert D. Marcus, would receive. ...Read More »
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