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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.
VSCO, a popular mobile photography app, now includes support for higher-quality RAW image files. The iOS app's support for the format comes after Apple introduced RAW support throughout iOS 10. You must use an iPhone SE, 6s, 6s Plus, 7s, or 7s Plus to use the feature.
Support for HDR on YouTube is now rolling out on Samsung's 2016's televisions. HDR was added to the video sharing platform a month ago, but not all devices support it. At launch, Google's own Chromecast was one of the only ways to watch HDR video content.
Vine isn't going away entirely, though the network side of the app will be disabled. While the hosting side of Vine is shutting down, the app will live on as a camera app, enabling users to continue recording and saving six-second videos. The shutdown was announced in October.
When you come across something impressive or fascinating on Instagram, it'll now be possible to save the content for later viewing in your own collection. The social network has added a bookmark feature that works for photos and videos posted by other users.
Giroptic has introduced a 360-degree photo and video camera for the iPhone that offers support for livestreaming. The company first appeared on the scene in 2014 when it launched a Kickstarter campaign for an independent 360-degree capture device intended for regular consumers.
Live video streaming in Instagram is rolling out to everyone in the United States. The feature differs from what exists on other social networks in that the videos cannot be saved. Once a broadcast is over, the stream disappears and a VOD doesn't exist for sharing or posting.
Facebook has updated its Android app over the past few weeks with the ability to upload videos in HD, a feature that appeared on iOS years ago. It's available in the settings menu right below Facebook's option for HD photo uploads. This is a pretty obvious addition.
4K movies are now available from Google Play Movies. The company says users can order 125 films in 4K right now and more will be added shortly. They're encoded with the Google VP9 codec. You'll pay quite a bit to rent the movies since each is listed for $8.
The most requested feature for Netflix is finally here, downloading shows and movies to watch whenever and wherever you choose. Available now for Android and iOS on tablets and smartphones. Not everything on Netflix can be downloaded, but there is already a growing list of media.