GoPro’s new 360-degree camera will let you shoot first and pick images later

GoPro is finally sharing more details about the consumer 360-degree camera that CEO Nick Woodman teased way back at CES 2016. It’s called the GoPro Fusion, and it will shoot up to 5.2K video at 30 frames per second — good enough to just squeeze past the 4K capability of the new Samsung Gear 360 and the Nikon KeyMission 360. An early sample video provided by GoPro (seen below) shows the Fusion could compete with them on quality, too.

GoPro didn’t share any further specs or pricing information, saying only that the camera “will see a limited commercial release by the end of 2017.” In fact, Fusion will be available this summer, but only to “brands, agencies, content professionals” as part of a pilot program. That’s potentially frustrating,…

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HTC slashes price of U Ultra in super early sale

HTC, the company that once rivaled Samsung for the adulation of Android smartphone fans, has sunk to the role of a discount player. Its new flagship device, the U Ultra, launched only last month, but it’s already subject to a $ 150 discount this week, which takes it from its unreasonable $ 749 sticker price to a more palatable $ 599. Even at a fifth less, the U Ultra is hard to recommend, owing to its peculiar mix of bad ideas and poor execution.

Other phones in HTC’s range are getting even bigger cuts during this week-long Easter sale on HTC.com. The One A9, for example, is getting a full $ 300 off, while the HTC 10 gets $ 200 off, and the HTC Bolt is $ 150 cheaper than usual and is bundled with a free clear case. Evidently, HTC is doing a…

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Microsoft has already patched the NSA’s leaked Windows hacks

Microsoft says it has already patched the Windows exploits released by the Shadow Brokers group. The hacking tools, likely originating from the NSA, were released online yesterday, and Microsoft was able to test and confirm patches are already available for all currently supported versions of Windows. That does mean that older Windows XP or Windows Vista systems could still be vulnerable to three of the exploits released, but it’s unlikely that Microsoft will supply patches for these older versions of Windows as they’re already unsupported.

Microsoft’s response comes hours after unnecessary fear from several security researchers, including one who advised Windows users to turn off their machines for the weekend. Even NSA whistleblower…

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Nintendo sold more copies of Zelda for Switch than actual Switch consoles

It’s no surprise that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is the best-selling game on the Nintendo Switch. But managing to sell more copies than consoles that can actually play it? That’s what just happened in the US — Nintendo just announced that it sold 906,000 Switch consoles in March along with 925,000 copies of Breath of the Wild.

The Wii U version moved almost 460,000 units on top of that, making for total sales of over 1.3 million. Breath of the Wild is now the fastest-selling Nintendo launch title of all time and the fastest-selling Legend of Zelda game ever. Nintendo says it thinks the Switch attach rate of more than 100 percent might be down to people that bought a limited edition version to collect and a regular version…

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Samsung posts a gallery of frustratingly inconclusive Galaxy S8 photos

All indications are that Samsung’s incoming Galaxy S8 flagship phone will keep more or less the same camera as the outgoing Galaxy S7 series. But a year is a long time to leave camera engineers idle, and we can be sure that Samsung’s imaging team has tinkered with its processing to try and squeeze out some extra performance and image quality. They have a new automatic HDR mode, for a start, which sounds an awful lot like the auto-HDR that Google keeps on by default on its Pixel device. So, even without markedly different hardware, Samsung’s 2017 phone camera is still a fascinating piece of equipment to explore.

I’m left feeling frustrated, however, by Samsung’s teasing image gallery released this week, featuring shots taken with the S8….

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The endgame for cameras is having no camera at all

I’ve been reading about Gcam, the Google X project that was first sparked by the need for a tiny camera to fit inside Google Glass, before evolving to power the world-beating camera of the Google Pixel. Gcam embodies an atypical approach to photography in seeking to find software solutions for what have traditionally between hardware problems. Well, others have tried, but those have always seemed like inchoate gimmicks, so I guess the unprecedented thing about Gcam is that it actually works. But the most exciting thing is what it portends.

I think we’ll one day be able to capture images without any photographic equipment at all.

Now I know this sounds preposterous, but I don’t think it’s any more so than the internet or human flight…

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