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Amazon’s New Batch of Pilots Arrive on 10th November

Different streaming services do things differently, like how Netflix releases all of its original original shows in one go. Amazon has its own thing, in that it lets the viewers decide which pilots get ordered to series. Well sort of. It uses viewer feedback to help it make its decisions, rather than simply trying to predict what people want - which is how most TV studios do it. Read More >>

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Lecture at Los Alamos in 1992: ‘The End of the Soviet Union is the End of Who We Thought We Were’

“Do not buy maps, buy stock in companies that print maps,” Dr Paul Goble told a group at Los Alamos National Laboratory in November of 1992. Read More >>

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Big Idiot Drives Into Even Bigger Sinkhole Because He Was Staring at His Phone

There are a lot of reasons not to stare at your phone while you’re driving. A little kid might jump into the road, a car in front of you might have to stop unexpectedly, or a giant fucking sinkhole might swallow the entire road. A man in China learned that last one the hard way recently. Read More >>

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5 Reasons Why Facebook Watch Will Kill YouTube

For over a decade, YouTube has been the king of online video. If you want to watch video content, then it is the only place that matters. Facebook? Maybe if you want send a shaky video of your kid to your parents. Vimeo? Only pretentious film weirdos use that even though it presents videos in functionally the same way as Google’s behemoth. Read More >>

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Time To Say Goodbye Forever To YouTube’s Video Editor

Google is more than happy to put its weaker and less-used services out to pasture. Come September, we'll have another casualty — YouTube's web-based video editor, which made its debut seven years ago. Read More >>

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This AI Will Watch You Study And Can Tell If You’re Not Listening

A school in Paris will be the first to implement a system that studies the faces of students who study remotely using their webcam. The goal is to use artificial intelligence to determine how engaged students are - basically if they are listening or not. Read More >>

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Watch What Happens When an Algorithm Tries to Predict the Next Frame 100,000 Times in a Row

Like an athlete trying to push their body to its extreme limits, artist Damien Henry was curious what would happen if you asked a predictive algorithm to calculate the next frame of video in a sequence, again and again and again, over 100,000 times. Read More >>

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Filmmaker Painstakingly Crafts One of the Best Looks at Mars Ever

Over the course of 12 years, the HiRISE camera has been photographing the Red Planet inch-by-inch from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Around 50,000 still images have been taken and anyone can check out hi-res stereo versions online. A Finnish filmmaker has spent three months converting the photos into a short video that allows us to fly over Mars in spectacular fashion. Read More >>

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How to Make Any Video Play Perfectly on Your Smartphone

Playing videos on a phone or tablet can be frustratingly and difficult, but there are a few tools and apps around to ease the pain. Here’s how to make sure your videos always play smoothly and as intended on your mobile devices. Read More >>

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Facebook— Not a Media Company—Will Bankroll Original Video

Ask Mark Zuckerberg, and he’ll tell you “Facebook is not a media company.” So it’s especially peculiar that the company is now talking to video producers and TV studios about licensing shows, according to a new Recode report. Read More >>

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Netflix Adds Video Preview Thumbnails to its Big Screen Device Listings

Netflix is adding a new interface feature that'll appear when browsing its selections on non-mobile screens, with the streamer about to launch a miniature video preview tool to more accurately portray the events within each presentation. Read More >>

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How to Make Sure Netflix Loads as Fast as Possible

The last thing you want when you settle down to binge-watch Orange is the New Black is buffering or lag on your Netflix video stream. With that in mind, these are the tricks you need to be aware of to minimise the chances of that happening. Most of these tips apply to any video streaming site, so you can reuse them for YouTube too. Read More >>

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How to Save Your Vines Before It’s Too Late

Let’s bow our heads for six seconds of silence: Vine is closing down. The video looping service doesn’t fit in with Twitter’s plans for the future, which means you’re going to have to go elsewhere for your micro-movie-making exploits. Read More >>

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How to Stop Hackers From Spying With Your Webcam

You know a security risk is serious when Mark Zuckerberg starts paying attention. While putting tape over your webcam is one surefire way of making sure no one’s watching you on your webcam, you don’t have to rely on such primitive methods. There are a couple of apps that can do the job for you. Read More >>

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Diver Catches Once in a Lifetime Closeup Footage of a Whale Breach

The ocean’s already fraught with danger, the last thing you need while swimming is a massive humpback whale deciding it wants to leap out of the water a few feet from where you’re treading water. But that’s exactly what happened to Australian photographer Beau Pilgrim, who fortunately got the whole thing on video. Read More >>