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Movies Anywhere officially launches its digital movie-lending feature, ‘Screen Pass’
Sarah Perez

Digital locker service Movies Anywhere is today officially launching its movie-sharing feature dubbed “Screen Pass,” which lets you lend out one of your purchased movies to a friend or family member. The feature was rushed into beta testing this March, followed by a more open public beta trial in April, thanks to increased demand from […]

Fujifilm’s X100V strengthens the case for owning a compact camera
Devin Coldewey

The cameras on our phones are getting good enough that it's becoming hard to justify having a dedicated picture-taking device. Fujifilm's X100 series has always made one of the strongest cases for it, however, and the latest iteration makes it more convincing than ever.

レゲエがユネスコ無形文化遺産に
VOAラーニングイングリッシュ(初級)

ジャマイカの音楽レゲエがユネスコ無形文化遺産に認定されました。レゲエは60年代に始まり、社会的公正や平和、愛を伝えてきました。現在ではパンク・ロックに始まりポップス、R&B、ジャズなどあらゆるジャンルに影響を与えています。

Hasselblad’s new medium format camera is a tiny, beautiful nod to history
Devin Coldewey

While mirrorless cameras accelerate into the future, medium format models are hearkening unto the past — and Hasselblad chief among them. Its new digital back fits lenses going back to the '50s, and the tiny 907X camera body is about as lovely a throwback as one can imagine.

Camera maker Insta360 raises $30M as it eyes 2020 IPO
Rita Liao

Insta360, one of the pioneers in making 360-degree cameras, just raised $30 million in a Series C+ funding round from Chinese investors, including Everest Venture Capital, MG Holdings and Huajin Capital. The Shenzhen-based camera maker declined to disclose its latest valuation. It plans to use the fresh proceeds in research and development, marketing and after-sales services […]

Troy Carter and Suzy Ryoo’s music tech startup Q&A launches software group, Venice Innovation Labs
Jonathan Shieber

Q&A, a startup developing tech for the music industry co-founded by industry insiders Troy Carter (Lady Gaga’s first manager) and Suzy Ryoo (Carter’s longtime collaborator), has launched a new suite of software products through a division called Venice Innovation Labs. The new tools are designed to help record labels beta test songs, manage artists and […]

[Easy English Blog]TikTok
italkyoutalk

We joined TikTok a few weeks ago. Do you know it? It is a video sharing app. People post short (usually 15 second) videos with music. I wondered what kind of videos to post. I decided to post videos of the area of Japan where I live. It is in the countryside, and not many … Continue reading [Easy English Blog]TikTok

Pretty and Bright – True/False Quiz
italkyoutalk

This is a true/false quiz about the I Talk You Talk Press graded reader Pretty and Bright. The pass mark is 80%. Good luck! Click the button below to start the quiz.

Glass rethinks the smartphone camera through an old-school cinema lens
Devin Coldewey

Smartphone cameras have gotten quite good, but it’s getting harder and harder to improve them because we’ve pretty much reached the limit of what’s possible in the space of a cubic centimeter. Glass is a startup looking to fundamentally change how the camera works, using a much bigger sensor and an optical trick from the […]

Work, Roommate and Annoying: SHUT YOUR PIE HOLE! - FML
FMyLife

Today, it was one of those days when my housemates thinks they can bug me every five minutes when I'm trying to work from home. Doing this or talking about that, wrecking my train of thought on complicated work until it's a railyard of disaster. Is it five o'clock yet? FML

5 lessons from ‘Star Wars’ that can transform startup managers’ strategies and tactics
Walter Thompson

'I have a bad feeling about this' are words leaders should live by, because the joke shows awareness and proactivity

Call it a comeback: Turntable.fm raises $7.5M
Brian Heater

Earlier this year, Turntable.fm’s founder Billy Chasen dusted off the old site and resurrected it for the pandemic age. I know I wasn’t the only one feeling a wistful pang of nostalgia for the service during the long, dull days of sheltering in place. And while March 2020 would have been the best time for […]

Love, Money and Awkward: Daddy's little girl - FML
FMyLife

Today, I found out my boyfriend of almost 10 years was/is a Sugar Daddy to a girl I know, for the past 7 months or so. I found out through a mutual friend.. FML

Sony’s new a6600 flagship APS-C camera adds stabilization and over 2x better battery life
Darrell Etherington

Sony announced two new APS-C mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras at a special event in New York today, and the announcements are big news for anyone who’s looking for a small, capable camera that can handle everything from sport shooting to vlogging. The new a6600 flagship takes everything that is great about the a6400 it introduced […]

Overcast makes it easy to turn clips from podcasts into viral clips
Sarah Perez

The popular iOS podcasts app Overcast wants to make it easier for people to share across social media clips from their favorite shows. The feature will likely be well-received by podcasters looking to expand their show’s audience, as they’ve previously been limited to sharing their podcast by way of links or audio-only snippets, for the […]

India’s largest video streaming service, owned by Disney, breaks Safari compatibility to fix security flaw
Manish Singh

Hotstar, India’s largest video streaming service with more than 300 million users, disabled support for Apple’s Safari web browser on Friday to mitigate a security flaw that allowed unauthorized usage of its platform, two sources familiar with the matter told TechCrunch. The incident comes at a time when the streaming service — operated by Star […]

TikTok launches a music distribution platform, SoundOn
Sarah Perez

TikTok has already achieved massive influence in today’s music industry, sending songs that find popularity on the app to the top of the Billboard charts. Now the company is launching its own music marketing and distribution platform, SoundOn, to help more artists get their music heard. The new platform allows artists to upload their music […]

RedCircle’s latest feature makes it easy to tip podcast creators
Anthony Ha

A group of former Uber employees unveiled their podcasting startup RedCircle last week, and now they’re already launching new features — specifically the ability for listeners to make small tip payments to podcasters. RedCircle has created a web-based podcast player of its own, but CEO Michael Kadin (previously an engineering manager at Uber) said the […]

Family and Pranks: You went too far - FML
FMyLife

Today, I tried to prank my brother with the butter floor prank after coming back from work. As a result, my brother stepped out of ER with an arm cast, stitches on his head and a neck collar. FML

Netflix to acquire German visual effects studio behind ‘Stranger Things’ and more
Aisha Malik

Netflix is acquiring Munich-based visual effects studio Scanline VFX for an undisclosed amount. The company expects the deal to close in the first quarter of 2022, subject to regulatory approvals and closing conditions. Scanline has done work on several Netflix originals, including “Stranger Things” and “Cowboy Bebop.” The studio has also provided special effects for […]

がたがたの竹馬こぞう
グリム兄弟

ドワーフの名前を言い当てないと、赤ん坊を取られてしまう -- 「名前を知れば相手を支配できる」という、世界中に見られる名前の神秘性をモチーフとした物語。

The GoPro MAX is the ultimate pocketable travel vlogging camera
Darrell Etherington

GoPro’s first foray into the 360-degree action was the GoPro Fusion, and while it was a strong first offering, the new GoPro MAX ($499) is a very different – and much improved – immersive action camera that has a lot to offer experienced videographers and voices alike. To be sure, the MAX has trade-offs, but […]

Adobe delivers native Photoshop for Apple Silicon Macs and a way to enlarge images without losing detail
Darrell Etherington

Adobe has been moving quickly to update its imaging software to work natively on Apple’s new in-house processors for Macs, starting with the M1-based MacBook Pro and MacBook Air released late last year. After shipping native versions of Lightroom and Camera Raw, it’s now releasing an Apple Silicon-optimized version of Photoshop, which delivers big performance […]

Comedian - FML
FMyLife

Today, I had to explain to my girlfriend that getting on all fours and barking at my penis for fun in the center of a mall is extremely inappropriate. She thinks otherwise, and promises to do it again. FML

Fujifilm’s upcoming X-Pro3 camera has a unique design sure to appeal to film photographers
Darrell Etherington

Fujifilm is teasing its forthcoming X-Pro3, the successor to its popular digital rangefinder mirrorless camera, ahead of its official full introduction on October 23. During its X Summit event going on today, the company showed off the X-Pro3 in detailed images (via Fujirumors), revealing for the first time its innovative new rear display design. The […]

Relatable, Awkward, Fear and Neighbours: Renegade neighbor - FML
FMyLife

Today, I have an egregious delinquent neighbor. She is always using internet and electrical services illegally, but is always getting packages from Amazon. Her packages are always left at my place, as she is so afraid of tax collectors, she won't open the door. She gave my billing address without my consent. FML

Spotify adds a centralized hub to learn more about songwriters
Brian Heater

Royalties aside, songwriters are often unsung heroes of music making. Sure, some — like Carole King and Jimmy Webb — become well-known in their own right, but more often than not, names are relegated to the liner notes. A new feature in Spotify seeks to correct that — or at least offers listeners a way […]

GoPro lays off 200 employees representing 20% of the company
Romain Dillet

Action camera manufacturer GoPro has announced some massive organizational changes at the company. In particular, the company is laying off over 200 employees — it represents a 20% staff reduction. GoPro will shut down some offices altogether. There will be offices in five geographies after the round of layoffs. The company expects to reduce operating expenses […]

Spotify rolls out podcast polls and Q&As to creators and users worldwide
Sarah Perez

Spotify earlier this year began beta testing new features to make podcasts more interactive through the use of listener polls and Q&As. Today, the company says these features will become publicly available to all creators through its podcast creation app, Anchor. To use the new options, creators who publish and distribute using Anchor will be […]

Spotify acquires Podz, a podcast discovery platform
Amanda Silberling

Podcasts are all the rage, but podcast discovery is a challenge. Today, Spotify announced its acquisition of Podz, a startup that’s trying to solve the problem of podcast discovery. “At Spotify, we are investing to build and scale the world’s best (and most personalized) podcast discovery experience,” the company said. “We believe that Podz’ technology […]

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