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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.
Instagram's livestreaming option is rolling out to mobile devices around the world. The Live Stories feature first premiered in the US in November 2016, allowing users to begin a livestream in the "Stories" section of the app. Live Stories is found in version 10.0+ of the app.
Vine will close tomorrow, but some of its features are living on. You can still record short videos with the Vine Camera app and Twitter has just implemented automatic looping for clips under 6.5 seconds. Short looping videos will therefore be quite common on the site.
The Obama administration has used virtual reality on multiple occasions and it's turned to the tech again to bid farewell. Working with Facebook's Oculus, the White House has released an 8-minute tour of "The People's House" (White House) narrated by Barack and Michelle Obama.
Google has begun integrating its RAISR machine learning system into online services. RAISR can enhance the appearance of lower-quality images, which means users can reduce their data consumption. The system is being used to alter some Google+ photos.
Hubblo introduced an early version of its Hubblo VR camera at CES. The product uses a unique triangular design with pairs of cameras on three sides. Each camera has a 200-degree fisheye lenses. Live broadcasting is possible with the software's live stitching.
Insta360 has introduced a higher-end 360-degree camera that can record at up to 8K. The Insta360 Pro has a $3,000 price tag and includes six lens modules for capturing video and still photos. Videos can be saved in H.264 or H.265, while photos can be saved in RAW.
Google Daydream VR users can now stream live NBA content if they spend $200 on an NBA League Pass. The streams come from NextVR, which already offers basketball content on the Samsung Gear VR. Live NBA streaming is limited to the US, but others can view on-demand content.
A virtual reality experience to go along with Alien: Covenant will be released, says Twentieth Century Fox, the studio that's behind the film. The "dread-inducing" VR experience will let viewers "discover the true meaning of terror" as they navigate environments.
Periscope, a livestreaming service operated by Twitter, now offers support for 360-degree videos. It has immediately rolled out to "select partners" and the first stream with the feature can be viewed here. An expansion to all users doesn't have a date.
Xiaomi will fully introduce a new action camera at CES, the Yi 4K+. As the name suggests, it's a follow-up to the Yi 4K and it's capable of recording video a 4K and 60 FPS, says Xiaomi. Current action cameras are usually limited to recording at 15 to 30 frames per second.
YouTube content can now be viewed inside Sony's PlayStation VR virtual reality headset. Version 1.09 of the YouTube app adds support for the system and is beginning to roll out to users. Users can view regular videos as well as view 360-degree videos in a more immersive way.
Prisma has received a major update that includes a resolution upgrade, a full-screen camera, a social feed, and a removal of the 1:1 photo constraint. You can now crop photos as you like and the max resolution has doubled, which is a very significant upgrade.