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Every Facebook user is now able to livestream in 360-degrees, though the feature is still only going to be used by a few given the need for a special camera. Live 360 is useful for those with devices like the Gear 360 or, on the professional end, Nokia's Ozo.
At today's Galaxy S8 event, Samsung introduced an updated Gear 360 camera. The new model comes with support for iOS devices and it can also shoot in 4K. It has a new design that'll make it easier for people to hold the camera, though that could contribute to shakier streams.
Google is working on a new photo application built around social editing and sharing, reports TechCrunch. The new app will let groups edit photos together and organize them in collections. Google has confirmed it's working on the service, but it says it's only a test.
Twitter has come out with a livestreaming API that'll build upon the network's current livestreaming capabilities. The new Periscope Producer API lets broadcasters use professional cameras and editing software for their streams. Videos can be shared from Periscope on Twitter.
Apple is exploring multiple augmented reality features that could be included with the next iPhone, reports Bloomberg. The company has "hundreds of engineers" working on AR tech, among which are some individuals from Microsoft's HoloLens team and Facebook's Oculus.
Guetzli is a new open-source algorithm from Google that's able to reduce the size of JPEG image files by 35%. The algorithm encodes files in a way that uses less space and it's able to "approximate color perception and visual masking in a more thorough and detailed way."
Facebook has come out with its first app dedicated to virtual reality. The new Facebook 360 app is initially available for the Gear VR and it can be downloaded from the Oculus Store. It provides access to 360-degree photo and video content from the network.
Flickr has received an update that includes the ability for users to search the site based on visual similarity. This should make it easier to find the exact kind of picture you're looking for. Images are matched using deep neural networks, which aren't quite perfect.
Adobe Lightroom's camera on mobile devices is now able to capture RAW HDR photos, at least on higher-end phones. The feature works by combining three RAW images, which can provide "greatly increased dynamic range" compared to normal mobile phone photos.
Amazon is working on its own competitor to Nest. Available on the company's servers is an image of a home security camera that has two mics at its top as well as what appear to be infrared sensors. The camera has a simple white exterior and movable base.
Snap, the maker of Snapchat, may be looking at other camera products that'll go beyond its Spectacle glasses. The New York Times claims the company is working on a drone that can be used for recording videos and taking pictures presumably for Snapchat.
Ricoh is adding more features to its camera line with a new model capable of streaming 360-degree content in 2K at 30 fps. The new Ricoh R Developer Kit has launched and preorders are now being accepted. It can stream up to 24 hours when you're using an AC power adapter.
Huawei has unveiled its own portable 360-degree camera that can be attached to smartphones. The Honor VR Camera was created through a partnership with Insta360. Huawei will launch the product internationally, but other details haven't been shared. It supports livestreaming.
Meitu, a Chinese selfie app and phone company, has introduced a new handset, the T8, that comes with AI-based software capable of enhancing your selfies. The phone offers a front-facing camera with optical image stabilization. It also has dual-pixel phase detection.
You can now pick up Snapchat's video and photo-capture glasses, known as Spectacles, online in the United States. Finding a vending machine that offers them is no longer necessary. The Spectacles have been listed for $130 and can be purchased in black, coral, or teal.
Oppo has teased new camera technology ahead of MWC 2017. It isn't releasing details or even teasing much in the way of full devices, but it has referenced something known as the "5x project." The company says that project will offer tech that offers far superior images.
Logitech has taken webcam streaming up a notch. The company has a new webcam, the Brio 4K Pro, that offers 4K with HDR support and overall quality improvements. RightLight is included with the model to improve low-light performance. The Brio offers Windows Hello support.
A version of the BBC's Planet Earth II is headed to Snapchat. Six mini-episodes from the documentary series will premiere on the network beginning February 17, a day before the series' BBC America launch. The episodes are exclusive to users in the US.
Facebook's image recognition AI is now part of the network's search feature, enabling people to browse for photos based on their content. Any keyword that describes the kind of photo you're looking for can be used, although a descriptor like "pizza" works better than "scary."
Razer has acquired Nextbit, a startup known for its cloud-centric Robin smartphone. The Robin received over $1.3 million on Kickstarter and was marketed as a handset that would "never run out of storage" due to its cloud utilization. Now it'll operate under Razer.