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23% off DJI Phantom FC40 Drone

Posted by wicked August - 27 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Considering some aerial shots for your next video project? The DJI Phantom FC40 Drone is just what you need to get started. Lightweight, compact and easy to maneuver, this quadrotor drone packs its own 720p camera to capture gorgeous HD quality video, while remaining airborne for up to 15 minutes over a distance of 100 meters, and adds a whole new dimension to your film project.

The Phantom can be operated with the included 5.8GHz remote control, or with your Android smartphone via WiFi for full control and a live streaming video feed while recording. It’s perfect for shooting adventure experiences, real estate overviews, sporting events, or even a fun outdoor moment with friends and family.

Land the Phantom FC40 Drone here at the Android Authority Deals Store for only $499, with free shipping included (within the continental US). That’s 23% off the sticker price — and Android Authority readers can
get an additional $35 off with the code: PHANTOM35. Grab this offer before it takes off!

Top features

  • Built-In Smart Camera – 2.4G camera shoots 720p/30fps HD video. Live camera feed via Wi-Fi up to 980 feet away.
  • Ready To Fly Design – Minimal GPS setup required, excellent for beginners.
  • Remote Control Unit – 5.8GHz remote control that operates up to 1640 feet away.
  • Failsafe Autopilot – Automatic GPS-based “go home” landing feature.

Go here to view the Phantom FC40′s full product specs.

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Samsung releases teaser video for September 3rd event

Posted by wicked August - 22 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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Emphasizing the importance of handwriting, especially in childhood development, Samsung has released a new teaser video for their Unpacked event scheduled for September 3rd. Closing with the question “Ready to note?” the video shares absolutely nothing about the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 which is expected to be announced at the event. Instead, Samsung spends time noting the benefits of writing and claims that was the reason for the introduction of the S Pen in the original Galaxy Note device.

Hit the break to check out the video and then let us know in the comments how well you think Samsung’s marketing folks did with the spot.

Click here to view the embedded video.

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HTC Zoe hands-on: an attempt at a new kind of sharing

Posted by wicked August - 14 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

As part of its attempt to expand its reach beyond its own hardware and software products, HTC is releasing its Zoe app for the whole world to see and use. But more than just a fancy way to stitch up photos together into a memorable video reel, HTC is pushing Zoe to become something much more: a social networking platform for sharing such reels, but with a spin on “collaborative editing”.

The premise of HTC Zoe is quite simple. You select a few photos from your gallery, pick out a theme that determines the visual effects and filters used for the video clip, and in case you’re not satisfied with the music that comes with the theme, pick out your own tune. You have the option to mix and match different parts and shuffle, but not manually reorder, photos. You then tap on the small icon on the upper right corner of the screen to push your brand new Zoe clip to your own feed.

But Zoe’s highlight, it’s selling feature, and probably a point of confusion is in it is unique “Remixes”. In theory, you will be able to take someone else’s Zoe, mix in your own clips and sounds, and push them back up on the network for others to do the same. Be warned, though, that, naturally, others will also have the ability to remix Zoe’s that you posted as well. This results in a rather unique flavor of collaboration, less like editing a single document and more like building a never-ending train of montages.

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The app itself is quite straightforward though it can be easy to get lost in it sometimes. It is like a mix of Facebook and Twitter, HTC style. You have a Zoe Feed where you see your Zoe’s and other people’s Zoe’s, a Discover section for finding other people and their Zoe’s, as well as pages for community members you follow and those who follow you. Most of your time, however, will most likely be spent making Zoe’s. Here you have a dedicate screen all for weaving your next masterpiece, with sections like Themes and Music just a swipe away. The app brings over the Sense 6 aesthetic from HTC to whatever device you’re on, a visual language that matches Google’s own Material Design to some extent.

As for device compatibility, HTC is starting out small, which isn’t surprising for its first foray outside of its comfort zone. For the initial beta, devices running Android 4.4 are theoretically supported, but the official list is limited to a few, particularly those running HTC’s own Sense 6 UI, the Samsung Galaxy S5, Galaxy S 4, and Galaxy Note 3, the LG G2 and G Pro 2, and the Nexus 5. Of course, HTC plans to expand that roster quickly, though the Android 4.4 requirement will likely stand throughout.

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The biggest question about HTC Zoe is “why?”, or rather “what for?”. Imagine attending a concert or a family gathering, with everyone and anyone bringing their own camera or smartphone and getting their own unique angle of those memorable moments. Imagine being able to stitch them up together, with each clip reflecting not just the photographer’s unique vantage point but also their personalities. There are indeed many video clip sharing social networks today and the list just keeps on growing. Zoe, however, brings a fresh new concept to the table, focusing on an even deeper community dynamic than most social networks can give you. HTC envisions Zoe to be not just a photo or video sharing service but also a literal “zoetrope”, a real “life turning” experience for people whose memories and lives get shared.

DOWNLOAD: Play Store

HTC Zoe will be launched this week for non-HTC Android smartphones

Posted by wicked August - 13 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

As it continues to struggle in the smartphone market, not having the power to overcome leaders like Samsung and Apple, HTC tries to turn to another business channel as they launch their new business unit, HTC Creative Labs. The first product from this new venture will be launched later this week. It’s a short video app called Zoe and while it looks promising, it would be competing in an already crowded video app market.

HTC Creative Labs is made up of around 260 engineers and designers from different HTC offices from Seattle (where they are based) to San Francisco and Taipei. The purpose is to focus on software development not just for HTC smartphones but for other Android devices as well, like for competitors Samsung, LG, Sony, etc. This is already a “third act’ for the Taiwanese OEM, according to Creative Labs head Drew Bamford. They started out in creating hardware for Compaq and Palm until they eventually shifted to manufacturing phones in 2006.

The first product from the software group is the short video app called Zoe. It has already been in existence for the past couple of years, but only for HTC devices. This time around, it will be ready for other Android-powered gadgets. The idea is to choose up to 16 pictures or video clips from your phone, choose a theme and the background music and then it will create a 30-second video from all of these media. Your friends can also collaborate on the videos by adding their own images or videos or remixing the videos of other users.

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However, it is not that simple to make a breakthrough in this market, as Instagram and Vine are only the big-time success stories so far. There are a lot of other apps which are aiming to take a piece of the pie, and Zoe would have to be more outstanding in order to make a name for itself. More than making a profit, HTC is looking at Zoe to also become a social media hub where people will share and discover videos created from the app. But the beta software right now still has lot of limitations, like not being able to choose the order of the images and videos in the clip. It also has limited granular control as well as requiring higher specs for it to work. So let’s wait and see what else HTC Creative Labs can come up with.

SOURCE: Re/Code
VIA: SlashGear

DIY bone conducting headphones, history and science of sound in under five minutes

Posted by Tom August - 1 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

YouTube user Tinkernut shows how to build your own DIY bone conducting headphones and learn the history and science of speakers in a video that lasts just four and a half  minutes.

Bone conducting headphones are a hot topic at the moment – impress your friends with your own set.

Check out the video here. If you build one, let us know how it went in the DIY section of the MP4Nation forum.

Via lifehacker

Xperia Z2′s New Movie Creator creates 30-second videos

Posted by wicked July - 30 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Don’t you just wish sometimes that the photos and videos stored in your mobile device would just go and make a short film about themselves, without you having to lift many fingers? Well, if you own a Sony Xperia Z2 (or planning to buy one), then that option is now available with the New Movie Creator app, which will automatically create 30-second videos based on the media in your smartphone.

It works simply enough, just like Google+’s Auto Awesome Movie mode. The app will take a look at your photo and video timeline (only those stored in your Z2 of course) and then based on the dates on which they were taken, it will assemble a short film, complete with music and transitions. The time period varies; it can create photos from one day, three days or a week. Once it has finished making your 30-second masterpiece, it will notify you that it’s ready for viewing.

The New Movie Creator also gives you the chance to minimally edit the finished product. You can delete those unwanted photos that make you look fat, edit the music that seems out of place for the photos included and change the text included in the video. There’s no indication however that it will allow you to add photos that you want included. Once you’re satisfied that the short film is perfect as it is, you can then export the film to your device or share it with your friends on different social networks.

New Movie Creator can be downloaded OTA in a 9.9MB file through the Update Center. Just make sure that before you start using the app, you don’t have photos or videos that are NSFW or might be considered “damaging” and of course, carefully review the 30-second film before sending it out to the Internet, which never forgets.

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SOURCE: Xperia

Live on Youtube app updated, more Xperia devices supported

Posted by wicked July - 29 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

We talked about this cool app a while back, which allows Sony Xperia device users – in actuality, it was initially just for the current flagship, the Sony Xperia Z2 – to broadcast live video over their Youtube channel. An update for the “Live on Youtube” app has just rolled out from Sony, and we’re getting news that more devices are supported.

The standard requirement is still that the app will only run on devices running Android 4.4 Kitkat, and that the user needs to have a Youtube channel (for very obvious reasons). But the device roster has been updated to include the Sony Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1 Compact (a late addition to the changelog) and the Xperia ZL2. Now users for these three other Sony devices can do their own webcasts straight from their phones.

The app works by taking 15 minutes of the video feed from the Xperia devices’ cameras – very capable cameras at that – and broadcasts it live on the user’s Youtube account. There are two modes of the app – the public one where you can share the feed’s link on social networks so that the whole world (well, potentially) would be able to see your video. You can also use the private feed and just pick the people you want to share the feed with, maybe just to members of your family.

The rest of the update, according to Sony, are just minor bug fixes and performance enhancements. We still need to remind users that the caveat to this app is that they will need to turn on the “live feature” setting on their Youtube account for the app to work. There are also countries and places where Youtube is not available, and there is also a restriction on the usage of the app in Germany.

VIA: Xperia Blog

Popcorn Time’s Android app now has Chromecast support

Posted by wicked July - 15 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Did you ever wish that you could watch the torrents you’ve been “acquiring” on a larger screen but were too lazy to burn it onto a disk or they were too big to save in a flash drive. Well, the folks over at the Popcorn Time team have heard your coach potato prayers and have announced that their Android app has been updated and now includes Chromecast support!

Yes, you heard that right, they’re probably making sure that no one who owns an Android device and a Chromecast dongle will ever get up from their couch right? Popcorn Time is a beloved app and service by users and a sworn enemy of TV and film studios. In simple words, Popcorn Time streams videos from torrents in real time. Think of it as a Netflix for your torrents, with no need to download the videos anymore. And we all know that there is a huge issue regarding the legality (or lack thereof) of videos that are uploaded to torrent sites, so this latest update from Popcorn Time should be scary for media producers.

But if you’re just a consumer who’s not that particular with the legalities of the videos that you’re watching, then this is a dream come true. Aside from the Chromecast support, the Android Beta 2.0 also now has automatic updates and faster streaming for movies and TV shows (but also depending on your Internet connection). It also now has a native UI, several bug fixes, and even more devices supported.

So if you have Chromecast dongle, better download the Popcorn Time Beta 2.0 app now. Just don’ blame us if you never go out of the house anymore and you lose all social contact in the next few days.

SOURCE: Popcorn Time

All sessions from Google I/O 2014 now available online

Posted by wicked July - 15 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

If you missed the Google I/O Developers Conference this year, or if you were keeping track online and missed some of the sessions – do not fret, the next best thing is here. Google has made all 73 sessions of Google I/O 2014 available – including the tech-laden keynote led by Google head honcho for Android Sundar Pichai and a few more top names at Google.

The keynote, as you may have heard, was where Google made waves in the tech industry by announcing Android L – the latest version of the open source OS that should hit the streets later this year. Android L has now been released with a developer preview for the Nexus 5 and 7 devices, and it has been nitpicked, observed and tweaked ad nauseam. A bunch of apps, themes, and APKs – including a version backported to work on the Nexus 4 – have come out available for those who want an advanced experience of the new OS.

Google I/O 2014 was also where they came out with Android Wear, a new line of wearable devices that Google is banking on to expand Android’s reach. A number of manufacturers have latched on to the new idea and have created their own devices to go under the “Android Wear” line.

If you really don’t have the time to watch all 73 sessions – and while we suggest that you do make time for at least some of them – then there is this minute-and-a-half video to compensate for your lack of time. Although, I would imagine that upon watching the short reel, you’d probably want to go ahead and watch some of the sessions yourself. You have been warned. Watch the short video below, and then jump to all the videos at the source link.

SOURCE: Google

5 free HD video players for Android you should try

Posted by wicked July - 4 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

With the proliferation of high definition video – whether streaming or in file form – available for Android devices, and with the ever-improving video performance and higher video resolutions being shipped with handsets and tablets, one would now start to understand the need of a great media player application that will be able to handle such content. Given that the stock Android players that come together with your new devices would probably be able to handle most of the file types out there, it would be unbecoming of any user to not look around the Google Play Store and see the multitude of options – free options at that! – available. So we took it upon ourselves to give you our top 5 free HD video apps.

Moboplayer

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Any respectable discussion about free media players will honestly not be complete without mentioning Moboplayer, as it has been one of the most popular free media players out there for quite a bit of time now. MoboPlayer supports a lot of the video file formats that are rampant in the Internet, including ones that your device might not normally support, this through a feature called software decoding. The player itself also supports multiple audio tracks, subtitles – even multiple onscreen subtitles, and media streaming to media and home entertainment servers. The player takes some time in opening HD video files – especially 1080p ones – but it is rarely more than 3 seconds. With our Samsung Galaxy S3 Alpha (SC-03E) test bed – 4.8-inch 1280×720 screen, 1.6Ghz Exynos processor, Mali-400MP graphics, 2GB RAM – there was no visible lag opening a 1080p MP4 file.

It is available free the Google Play Store, with ad support.

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MX Player

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One of the more substantial free media players out there, great for general purpose video viewing, is MX Player. Using this app, you get a feeling that the developers chose to put in just that right balance between ease-of-use and robust features. The video viewer itself is sleek and logical, and the app supports most popular formats. For better format support, there is a codec download available, both from the developers, or you may choose to use any other codecs out there. There are gestures galore, and pinch-to-zoom. You have access to subtitle options, aspect ratio control and other stuff just from the main screen, while a lot more tweaks can be discovered in the settings menu. No lagging on this one as well, the software and hardware decoding holds up well. And since this is a free version, there will be ads, but the experience was altogether unobtrusive and tolerable.

Download from Google Play Store here.

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Vplayer

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Vplayer is a simple approach to a media playing. It lacks the bells and whistles of most premium players and even like Moboplayer and MX Player, but if you want a straight up video player, this is one of the “lighter” media players out there. It supports the common file formats, and then some. Vplayer will also detect all your folders that contain video files and display them in folder view, but there are no ways of filtering or organizing your content. One of the cool things about Vplayer is that it lets you copy and paste links out of Youtube and Vimeo and play them on Vplayer.

Download free from Google Play.

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DicePlayer

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DicePlayer is another feature filled player that leverages on a streamlined and uncluttered viewing window, with some straight up features available. When viewing your movie, the controls for view lock, playback speed controller, audio track and subtitle support, and aspect ratio adjustment is immediately available. DicePlayer even has controls for subtitle sync calibration, for those times when annoying subtitles are just not synced with your movie file. Finally, Dice Network playback support allows users to push their device-based media to media servers and home networks over Samba filesharing, FTP, and other such processes.

Download free over Google Play.

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Our last media player on this list is definitely not the least of them all, as the BSPlayer is a solid all around media app as well. Robust to the core, BSPayer offers software and hardware decoding in what seems to be a pretty uncluttered viewing pane – and we do realize that an uncluttered and simple viewing pane is one of our main considerations in a video player. One of the major selling points for the BSPlayer is that it lets you customize the interface to your liking with a variety of skins available. The app has support for subtitles, even built-in subtitles in video container files such as MKVs. As an added feature, the BSPlayer can even automatically find subtitles for your files online – very neat. The BSPlayer also has a “pop-out viewer” where you can keep your video on top of any app you may be running at the moment. As with everything here, it is available for free download and install over at the Google Play Store.

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One last app that is probably worthy of mention outside of this list is the VLC Media Player Beta for Android. The downloadable app, even in its beta stage, is still very much usable with your device, and like its desktop version, it can pretty much play whatever file format you throw at it. The app is far from perfect, and being in the beta stage, it has a number of bugs and lags in most cases playing 720 and 1080p files. But in its defense, the team behind it keeps improving the program towards perfection until it finally decides to release it as a full pledged app.

This list is not by any means a comprehensive list, just the ones we like. Tells us what you guys like over at the comments section.

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