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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.

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 […]

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 […]

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.



[Easy English Blog]TikTok

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

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 […]

Spotify will invest $100M in content from underrepresented creators, says CEO Daniel Ek
Amanda Silberling

In the latest installment of the Spotify-Rogan saga, CEO Daniel Ek sent out a company memo on Sunday addressing Joe Rogan’s use of harmful racial slurs in past episodes of his podcast. Over 70 of these past episodes have now been removed from Spotify. In the memo, which was published by The Hollywood Reporter, Ek […]

Love, Weird and Awkward: I kissed a girl and I… didn't like it - FML

Today, after I kissed girl last night, who is pretty but who I don't really like, I'm going out with her tonight, and I feel more pissed than happy. FML

If you think Instagram is bad now, you won’t like Zuckerberg’s plans
Amanda Silberling

From meme creators to the Kardashians, Instagram users have been vocal this week that their feeds are too saturated with irrelevant content. As Instagram’s parent company Meta chases TikTok’s astronomical growth in short form video, the app’s chief Adam Mosseri has even gone as far as saying that Instagram’s priority is no longer photos. Plus, […]

Spotify opens up its podcast catalog to third-party apps, but not for streaming
Sarah Perez

Spotify is opening up its podcast catalog to third-party apps. The company this week launched a new version of its Podcast APIs that makes it possible for third-party apps to connect to Spotify in order to manage a user’s podcast library, search its podcast catalog, and fetch detailed information and podcast shows and episodes, the […]

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 […]

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

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

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 […]

YouTube to broadly support the @username format with launch of YouTube handles
Sarah Perez

YouTube is making it easier for creators to direct viewers to their channels. The company today announced “handles,” a new way for creators to identify their channel with an @username format in order to interact with their viewers across YouTube Shorts, channel pages, in video descriptions, in comments, and more. These handles will be made […] YouTube to broadly support the @username format with launch of YouTube handles by Sarah Perez originally published on TechCrunch

Apple Music Sessions launches with country stars Carrie Underwood and Tenille Townes
Lauren Forristal

Apple is introducing a new perk for Apple Music subscribers, Apple Music Sessions, which gives listeners access to exclusive releases in spatial audio that have been recorded in Apple’s music studios around the world. The performances are also filmed, providing subscribers with companion live music videos. The sessions offer musicians the opportunity to recreate hits […]

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, Relatable, Awkward and Break-ups: Calcultated - FML

Today, my girlfriend of two years broke up with me. Over text. While I was on vacation visiting my old grandparents. 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

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

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 […]

Intimacy, Sex, Embarrassing, Awkward and Sextoys: Nothing to be ashamed of - FML

Today, a friend was trying to show me memes on her phone when I noticed she had a few tabs open. I told her she was draining her battery and should close them. She opened them. Two were sex toy store pages. She was so embarrassed that she kicked me out. FML

Public YouTube videos are now eligible to be ‘remixed’ into YouTube Shorts unless creators opt out
Sarah Perez

YouTube’s TikTok competitor known as YouTube Shorts is today launching a new feature, similar to TikTok’s Stitch, that will allow creators to incorporate a short video segment from another user’s YouTube video or Shorts video when creating new Shorts content. The feature is an expansion of YouTube Shorts’ existing “remix” functionality which had previously allowed […]

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 […]

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 […]

Spotify’s latest feature lets you imagine a supergroup consisting of your favorite artists
Aisha Malik

Spotify announced today that it’s launching a new “Supergrouper” in-app feature that lets you create a supergroup consisting of up to five artists. After you create and name your group, Spotify will curate a playlist of songs from the artists you selected. You’ll also get a custom card that will let you share your supergroup […]

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 […]

Family and Pranks: You went too far - FML

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 […]

Weird, Laundry, Awkward and Cops: Private freakout - FML

Today, the neighbors called the cops on us because they heard a series of loud screams. No, no one was being murdered, but my mom found one of my socks in the laundry room. FML