49ers mailbag: Who could replace Goodwin as deep threat?

first_imgSANTA CLARA –Time for a fan mailbag to usher in the 49ers’ first “Game Week.” OK, that’s a misnomer. But it sounds better than “Exhibition Opener Week At Regular-Season Prices!”Are you happy the ‘9ers aren’t on Hard Knocks like my Raiders? Avoid the circus or would you have hoped for the extra #content? (@Domatron5)Wouldn’t we all just prefer a reality show on Jimmy Garoppolo and his three brothers? Even the Kardashians would blush. Kidding, it’s not happening. The 49ers do produce a quality, …last_img

Apple’s iPhone 5S Camera Shoots To Kill: Big Aperture, Burst Mode And More

first_img5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Tags:#Apple#iPhone#mobile photography#photography taylor hatmaker 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…center_img Related Posts 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… On the heels of the debut of the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C, Apple has just announced a cadre of new camera features that should keep the iPhone 5S as king of the hill for months to come. The new iPhone 5S camera packs a five-element custom Apple lens with an aperture of f/2.2—an improvement over the iPhone 5’s already impressive f/2.4 glass. The camera will feature a sensor that is 15% larger than that of its predecessor. When it comes to cameras, Apple gets image quality: improving sensor size and aperture is the real way to evolve a camera—not megapixels. Apple will also introduce auto image stabilization, which is a boon for those of us with not quite steady hands. And Apple claims that the speedy new A7 chip will yields autofocus that’s twice as fast.On the video side, the iPhone 5S can capture 720p HD at 120 frames per second. The new “slo-mo” feature can slow that footage down to a 120 frames-per-second crawl. While it’s no Phantom—the ultra high end video cameras famous for their slow motion skills—it’s a fun addition for anyone who shoots and shares video.The new iPhone camera features span both the hardware and software side of things, but the hardware is the real prize here, since we had a preview of the new photography software when iOS 7 was announced earlier this year. In iOS 7, mobile photogs can put the iPhone 5S’s hardware specs through their paces with some nifty new features. Beyond a flatter visual redesign to match the overall Ive-vibe, iOS 7 features an Instagram-inspired photo filters and even a mode to shoot square shots from the get-go. The totally overhauled iOS 7 camera app offers 15-zone autofocus matrix metering, “True Tone” flash for color correcting blown-out flash shots and a 10 frames-per-second burst mode, activated by holding down the shutter button. The iOS 7 camera can also take multiple images and choose the best of them or combine them for a better-balanced shot, similar to the idea of HDR or image bracketing. With the multiple image burst mode, the device actually decides which image it thinks is best—not unlike the “Highlights” feature in Google+, which picks your best image for you (and is often right).Won’t be gunning for the iPhone 5S in that delightful champagne gold? Don’t worry—the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S will all share in the photography software upgrades baked into iOS 7.last_img read more

Inspiring the next generation of content creators

first_imgRelated Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Follow the Puckcenter_img The arrival of virtual reality means we now stand at the cusp of a shift in how media will be created, shared and consumed. The immersive and interactive nature of VR promises to go far beyond today’s video content designed for two dimensional displays and ushers in an entirely new era for creators and how they can interact with their fans. In VR, content creators won’t just have viewers, they’ll have participants with them in experiences that go beyond the confines of today’s flat screens.Traditionally, on video platforms like Twitch and YouTube content creators and streamers have used webcams and screen capture to create compelling content for their communities. Live-streaming and recording gameplay via video recreate the social experience of sitting next to a friend and talking with them while they’re playing a game on a computer screen. VR changes this framework by allowing content creators to literally step inside the game and send out content, effectively turning virtual spaces into real spaces.This isn’t only for a far future being dreamed of by VR aficionados; you can see glimpses of this future today. Recently, the creative geniuses at Hyper RPG pitched us an out-of-the-box concept for a new weekly show filmed in VR for the Twitch audience.See also: What we’ve learned about VR ads after millions of impressionsInspired by a demo of VREAL working with Bossa Studios’ wacky VR game “Surgeon Simulator: Experience Reality,” Zac Eubank and the Hyper RPG team came up with the concept for ER VR, a competitive surgery show complete with a panel of judges and weekly special guests. Using our platform tools, Hyper RPG is able to place multiple camera operators inside each level of Surgeon Simulator, creating a unique way of experiencing the game from different perspectives during competitive (and hilarious) play, and integrating those views into their Twitch broadcast.This tweet from Lucas Eubank captures the virtual camera rig that the Hyper RPG team have created in just one level of the game.The additional of VR-based camera rigs effectively turns the entire Surgeon Simulator game into a sound stage, enabling creators like HyperRPG to build entirely new streaming experiences filmed in VR and broadcast to today’s 2D audience. The show airs weekly on Fridays at 4:30pm PST at http://www.twitch.tv/hyperrpg.Here’s an example of the mix of video and VR content that the Twitch audience sees during ER VR live show.Because the talented team at Hyper RPG already have extensive production skills, they can directly transfer that experience to VR to create compelling content using a new set of tools. A virtual camera in VR on a virtual stage works very much like a video camera in a physical studio. But VR takes it beyond what can be achieved in the physical realm. Because the game sessions are captured as native VR streams–a VR bubble in time, if you will–a producer can rewind the stream and film the same event multiple times from different camera angles, in order to capture the perfect shot or get just the right angle when a guest reacts to something in VR in an entertaining way.Sharing VR content in 2D is just the first step in this evolution. Soon we’ll see what it’s like for their viewers to watch from their own perspectives within their own VR headsets.VR enables content creators to invite their audience to literally step inside the game with them and experience gameplay and experiences in ways that were never before possible. With the viewer’s perspective unlocked and unbounded, content creators have an unprecedented amount of creative freedom and this grants them the ability to do what they do best: entertain.Left by the wayside will be the need for controlled experiences where streamers dictate focus, perspective, and camera movements. The viewer’s background, perspective, and actions color the experience, making it infinitely repeatable and unique in every instance of consumption. The Observer Effect as applied to entertainment media if you will.With unbounded opportunities for creative expression, and rapidly evolving definitions of participant, viewer and even media itself, entertainment stands on the precipice of a new golden age where we once again redefine our relationships with media, each other, and society at large.Todd Hooper is the founder and CEO of VREAL, the first platform for VR game streaming and discovery. Armed with social streaming, VREAL helps developers build a great community around their games, empowers streamers to broadcast VR games, and enables viewers to enjoy streams in full VR. Todd is an experienced entrepreneur, having founded and operated multiple companies in the enterprise and entertainment markets. He started developing video games in assembly code as a teenager. Prior to VREAL, Todd was VP Online Services at Unity, leading their initiative to revolutionize the way games developers create and connect with an audience.This article is part of our Virtual Reality series. You can download a high-resolution version of the landscape featuring 431 companies here Todd Hooper Tags:#content creation#featured#hyper RPG#Internet of Things#IoT#top#virtual reality#VR#VREAL last_img read more

Five students run over by truck

first_imgFive school students were killed and four grievously injured when a truck ran over them on NH 16 in Bhadrak district on Thursday.Four of the five victims were girls. The students were returning from Ranital High School when the accident occurred. The injured were taken to Bhadrak district hospital.By the time locals rushed to the spot, the driver and the helper of the truck had already fled. Angry locals set the truck on fire.Expressing grief over the accident, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced an ex gratia of ₹2 lakh each to the family of the deceased.last_img

Unruly mob disrupted visit to my constituency: former Tripura CM Manik Sarkar

first_imgFormer Chief Minister and leader of the Opposition in the Tripura State Assembly Manik Sarkar alleged that an unruly mob disrupted his visit to Dhanpur, his assembly constituency on Thursday. He demanded lawful action against the perpetrators who are targeting the opposition rank and file across the State.Mr. Sarkar said several people raised slogans and attempted to block his movement at Dhanpur. “Not that that all of them (protestors) exhibited muscle, but some were unruly,” Mr. Sarkar said.However, he said adequate security arrangements were in place in the area to facilitate his visit. “But I advised them [police] not to apply force against those who disrupted my movement,” the former CM stated.Dhanpur is located in Sepahijala district, about 48 km south of Agartala.CPI(M) sources said Manik Sarkar was to visit a party office in Dhanpur which was recently attacked and take stock of the situation.The ruling BJP denied that its cadres were linked with the incident. Party spokesperson Nabendu Bhattacharjee said the locals could have expressed their anger against their MLA (Manik Sarkar) for some reasons.last_img read more

Kunjarani Devi shocked by CWG mess

first_imgWeightlifter Kunjarani Devi has slammed the shoddy work for the Commonwealth Games (CWG), saying the level of under-preparedness had shocked her.”I wonder why we failed to deliver. I have never such under-preparedness ever in my life,” Kunjarani told Headlines Today, adding that she was ashamed of what was going on.The ace weightlifter said the CWG mess will affect India’s chances to bid for sporting events. “I don’t think we’ll get any big event, such as the Olympics, in the future,” she said.Kunjarani said she had come to the Games Village in August but wasn’t allowed to enter the premises.last_img