Twitter for Apple TV Gains Support for Live 360 Degree Video and Periscope Global Map

Originally Posted By: https://www.macrumors.com/2017/05/24/twitter-apple-tv-live-360-degree-video-support/ Twitter <a href=”https://twitter.com/Twitter/status/867432000109424640/photo/1″>today updated</a> its app for the <a href=”https://www.macrumors.com/roundup/apple-tv/”>Apple TV</a>, introducing support for live 360 degree videos, making it the first Apple TV app to support such a feature.
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Following the update, Apple TV users can watch live 360 degree videos directly on their television sets, navigating through the scene with the <a href=”https://www.macrumors.com/roundup/siri/”>Siri</a> remote. The new version of the Twitter app for Apple TV also includes support for the Periscope Global Map, letting users find user-created Periscope content from around the world.
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Much of Twitter’s television content comes from its content deals, but there is also a wealth of user-generated video sourced from Periscope that can be watched within the Twitter for Apple TV app.
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Along with an update to its Apple TV app, Twitter has also updated its iOS app. As noted by <em><a href=”https://techcrunch.com/2017/05/24/twitter-for-apple-tv-adds-live-360-degree-video-and-periscopes-global-map/”>TechCrunch</a></em>, the iOS update offers up new settings to connect a Twitter account stored on an iOS device to the Apple TV, letting users view their Twitter account on the Apple TV.
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There’s one other Twitter update, which includes support for <a href=”https://twitter.com/Twitter/status/867432000109424640/photo/1″>Emoji 5.0</a>. <a href=”https://emojipedia.org/emojipedia/5.0/”>Emoji 5.0</a> was released in March and includes emoji like grinning face with star eyes, vomiting face, face with raised eyebrow, elf, mermaid, zombie, giraffe, pretzel, and more. While Twitter has implemented support for the new emoji, Apple has not, so these characters are only visible when using Twitter for web.
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DJI Reveals $500 Miniature-Sized Personal Drone ‘DJI Spark’ With Gesture Controls

Originally Posted By: https://www.macrumors.com/2017/05/24/dji-spark-drone-gesture-controls/ At its “#SeizeTheMoment” event in New York City today, drone maker DJI <a href=”http://www.dji.com/newsroom/news/dji-launches-spark-the-easy-and-fun-camera-drone-for-everyone”>announced</a> its newest device, called the <a href=”http://www.dji.com/spark”>DJI Spark</a>. The company said that the new drone is its “smallest, smartest, and simplest” drone to date, and was built to capture moments on the go that bulkier drones might miss out on.
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The drone lifts from the palm of the user’s hands and can be controlled through hand gestures, without the need of a smartphone. Following an initial launch, Spark enters Gesture Mode which lets users move the drone in any direction by guiding it with their hand, while waving will push it back ten feet, and creating a square with your fingers will capture a photo. To call it back, users just have to wave their arms over their head, then place their palm out so it can rest.
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The company designed the drone to be light, weighing about 10.6 ounces, so it can be carried around easily on a daily basis, with a total flight time of 16 minutes. Interchangeable batteries and a micro-USB port allow easy recharging in the field, as well. Additionally, the company aimed to make Spark more personalized than its previous products, with color options coming in Alpine White, Sky Blue, Meadow Green, Lava Red, and Sunrise Yellow.
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<blockquote>”Controlling a camera drone with hand movements alone is a major step towards making aerial technology an intuitive part of everyone’s daily life, from work and adventure to moments with friends and family,” said Paul Pan, Senior Product Manager at DJI. “Spark’s revolutionary new interface lets you effortlessly extend your point of view to the air, making it easier than ever to capture and share the world from new perspectives.”</blockquote> When users want to get a little more control, Spark can connect to an iPhone app and be flown as far as 109 yards away from the user. An optional remote control accessory allows the drone to be flown as far as 1.24 miles away. In the app, users can enable the QuickShot Intelligent Flight feature, which follows a subject for around one minute and then automatically edits the footage down to ten seconds so it can be easily shared on social media.
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Spark houses a camera with a 1/2.3″ CMOS sensor that captures 12 megapixel photos and records stabilized 1080p videos at 30fps. Some technology found in previous DJI drones has also been added in Spark, including intelligent flight modes like TapFly and ActiveTrack. The company has also introduced entirely new shooting modes, including a horizontal and vertical panoramic mode, and a depth of field “ShallowFocus” mode.
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To ensure flight safety, Spark has dual GPS and GLONASS sensors, a 3D sensing system to detect obstacles up to 16 feet away, and a vision positioning system with a range of up to 98 feet. With a sufficient GPS signal, Spark will return to the point that it launched if its battery begins running low or if the pilot taps the Return to Home button. Integration with the company’s geofencing warning system also gives pilots a heads up when a potential flight area might be an anti-drone zone.
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DJI is opening up <a href=”http://store.dji.com/product/spark?site=brandsite&from=buy_now_bar”>pre-orders for Spark</a> today at $499, which includes the drone, a battery, a USB charger, and three pairs of propellers. The company is also selling a Spark Fly More Combo, which includes a drone, two batteries, four pairs of propellers, a remote controller, propeller guards, a charging hub, a shoulder bag, and all necessary cables, for $699. The drone is expected to begin shipping in June.<br/><br/><div class=”linkback”>Tag: <a href=”https://www.macrumors.com/roundup/dji/”>DJI</a> </div><br/><a href=”https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/dji-spark-drone-gesture-controls.2047040/”>Discuss this article</a> in our forums<br/><br/><div class=”feedflare”>
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Garmin Announces ‘VIRB 360’ Camera With iPhone-Compatible Mobile Editing and AR/VR Support

Originally Posted By: https://www.macrumors.com/2017/05/24/garmin-virb-360-camera/

Garmin today announced a new 360-degree camera called the “VIRB 360,” which is compatible with a connected iOS app that allows users to edit, stabilize, share, live stream, and add data overlays to videos. The $799.99 compact camera itself captures video up to 5.7K at 30fps, and has a quad microphone set up so audio is captured from every direction as users record content.

The VIRB 360 is waterproof up to around 30 feet, and works with Garmin’s mounts as well as other standard camera mounts and attachments, and the company said it can shoot more than one hour on a single charge. The device’s screen was specifically designed to be read in the sun, so users can easily find the camera’s battery level, storage, mode, and connectivity indicators anywhere outdoors.

The device ensures that videos won’t be shaky as well, thanks to 4K spherical stabilization that automatically smooths out quick movements and vibrations so users don’t have to worry about keeping the VIRB 360 steady when recording. The in-camera stitching feature — which automatically combines video captured by the device’s dual lenses — captures video in a resolution of up to 4K/30fps.

“The VIRB 360 lets you relive personal experiences and share them with your friends – from a different point of view, every single time,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. “VIRB 360 owners will no longer need to worry about trying to capture the perfect angle or setting up the perfect shot. The camera’s easy-to-use feature set will make even the most inexperienced users look like experts.”

In addition to videos, the camera can take auto-stitched, 360-degree, 15 megapixel spherical photos with modes including single capture, burst shot, and time lapse. All of the content that the VIRB 360 creates is compatible with most virtual reality headsets, so users can relive their own footage in VR. There’s also an augmented reality feature that includes various data overlays — barometer, elevation, GPS, etc. — placed on top of a video.

Users will be able to control the camera through voice commands that tell the device when to start or stop recording, switch capture modes, or even remember a specific moment in a video so it can be easily discovered later. The VIRB 360’s voice control system is awakened by the statement, “OK Garmin.”

The VIRB Mobile app [Direct Link], as well as the desktop-based VIRB Edit software, lets users edit, stabilize, share, and add data overlays into videos. Once an iOS or Android device is connected, it can be used as a remote control for the camera with live 360 degree video feeds appearing on the smartphone, or users can even instantly view the content live in VR with compatible headsets. Live streaming to YouTube and Facebook is available only on iOS devices.

Garmin hasn’t announced a specific launch date yet, but the company confirmed that the VIRB 360 camera will debut sometime in June, costing $799.99. More information about the camera can be discovered on Garmin’s website here.

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Apple Releases Revised Version of iTunes 12.6.1

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Originally Posted By: https://www.macrumors.com/2017/05/23/apple-revised-itunes-12-6-1-update/ Apple today released an updated and revised version of iTunes 12.6.1, which was originally released alongside the macOS Sierra 10.12.5 update on Monday, May 15.

The new version of iTunes is 12.6.1.27, while the previous version was 12.6.1.25. It’s not clear why Apple has released a new minor update to iTunes 12.6.1, but it presumably includes some unspecified bug fix.

According to the release notes, the update “includes minor app and performance improvements.” These are the same generic release notes that were included in the first iTunes 12.6.1 release.

The new version of iTunes 12.6.1 can be downloaded for free using the Software Update function in the Mac App Store.

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