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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 […]

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 […]

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。

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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。

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Social radio startup Stationhead moves beyond live broadcasts
Anthony Ha

Stationhead, the mobile app that turns its users into streaming radio DJs, got a big upgrade today. Where Stationhead DJs were previously limited to broadcasting live, they can now record their shows, making them available on-demand for anyone to listen later. The idea behind Stationhead is to democratize and recapture the personality of traditional radio […]

Stitcher’s podcasts arrive on Pandora with acquisition’s completion
Sarah Perez

SiriusXM today completed its previously announced $325 million acquisition of podcast platform Stitcher from E.W. Scripps, and has now launched Stitcher’s podcasts on Pandora across all tiers of the streaming service. The deal brings top Stitcher titles to Pandora, including Freakonomics Radio, My Favorite Murder, SuperSoul Conversations from the Oprah Winfrey Network, Office Ladies, Conan […]

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 […]

Spotify confirms it’s testing real-time lyrics synced to music
Sarah Perez

With the launch of iOS 13, Apple added perfectly timed live lyrics to its Apple Music app. Now Spotify may do the same. Several users in international markets are now seeing a similar synced lyrics feature in their Spotify mobile app, where lyrics scroll by in time with the music. The feature is powered by […]

Optical Painters’ Aids
Joe Kissell

A debate raging in the art world involves the claim that Vermeer and other famous painters used optical aids such as a camera obscura to achieve realistic perspectives in their work.

Majelan is a personal podcast player with premium content
Romain Dillet

Meet Majelan, a French startup that wants to make podcasts more accessible. Behind the scene, Majelan is the startup created by former Radio France CEO Mathieu Gallet and Arthur Perticoz. The app is launching today on iOS and Android in the coming days. Given that Gallet was previously at the head of all French public […]

Spotify launches its lightweight listening app Stations in the US
Sarah Perez

Spotify Stations, the streaming service’s lightweight listening app offering easy access to curated playlists, has arrived in the U.S. The app has been considered an experiment by Spotify — and by some others, a Pandora copycat, due to its support for instant music playback at launch. The Stations app is designed for those who want […]

How to get your nice camera set up as a high-quality webcam
Devin Coldewey

Everyone needs a webcam these days, whether for business meetings or the distant socializing accomplished via video calling — but if you’re like most, you’re using the built-in camera on your laptop or some piece of junk from years ago. But if you happen to have a nice big-brand camera, it’s easy to set it […]

[Short Story] Some Mistakes are Lucky
italkyoutalk

Samuel ran towards the train station. He was hot and tired and felt very bad. I don’t want to miss my train. I want to go home and change my clothes and have a beer. He looked at his watch. Two minutes before the train leaves. Can I make it in time? He ran into … Continue reading [Short Story] Some Mistakes are Lucky

Gift guide: Photography accessories for the shutterbug in your life
Devin Coldewey

Looking for some gift ideas for the photographer in your life? Look no further. Though shooters amateur and professional tend to take care of their own needs pretty well, there are plenty of things you can given them that they’ll appreciate. But you might have to be ready to spend a bit — people don’t […]

Anchor expands Record With Friends to make remote podcasting easier across devices
Brian Heater

Admit it, even if you’ve never thought about starting a podcast in your life, these last few weeks of isolation have made you consider the possibility. One of the least harmful knock on effects of the COVID-19 pandemic is undoubtedly going to be the launch of A LOT of podcasts. People are bored, stuck at […]

Riverside.fm launches its video podcasting platform
Anthony Ha

Riverside.fm is a new startup with an easy-to-use platform for recording professional-quality video podcasts. In fact, although the company only recently came out of stealth, it already has a number of high-profile customers including TechCrunch’s parent company Verizon Media and Hillary Clinton, who’s using Riverside.fm to record her new podcast “You and Me Both With […]

Amazon acquires podcast network Wondery
Anthony Ha

Amazon just announced that it’s acquiring Wondery, the network behind podcasts including “Dirty John” and “Dr. Death.” Wondery will become part of Amazon Music, which added support for podcasts (including its own original shows) in September. At the same time, the announcement claims that “nothing will change for listeners” and that the network’s podcasts will continue […]

Artiphon raises $2M round led by Warner Music
Anthony Ha

Artiphon, the startup behind the electronic instrument that it’s dubbed the Instrument 1, has raised $2 million in seed funding. We previously described the Instrument 1 as a symphony, rock band and DJ that you can hold in your hand. It’s a device that allows you to create the sounds of a guitar, violin, bass, […]

Vampires are everywhere - FML
FMyLife

Today, at 1:30 a.m., a big ass bat squeezed its nasty body through the bottom crack of the door. My sweet little Corgi cowered on the bed as the bat flew circles around my head. I'll be moving now. FML

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