Hot on the heels of two high-profile announcements for bandwidth-hogging cameras, SanDisk unveils an Extreme Pro SD card ready for both of them. With a rated burst write speed of 250MB/sec, it's equipped for continuous shooting at maximum speed with the Fujifilm X-T1, and its U3 classification of 30MB/sec sustained transfer makes it suitable for 8-bit 4K video recording with the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4. If you're looking for a speedy download solution to match, SanDisk is also offering a USB 3, UHS-II drive, the appropriately named SanDisk Extreme PRO SD UHS-II Card Reader/Writer.
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The US video game market appears to be stuck in a holding pattern. While there weren't any significant declines in consumer spending in 2013, there wasn't any noteworthy growth either.
New research published Tuesday by The NPD Group shows that users in the US spent $15.39 billion on video games -- which is nothing to shake a stick at, but it's only 1 percent more than spending in 2012.
Breaking down the numbers, gamers spent a total of $6.34 billion on new physical video and PC game software, $1.83 billion on used and rental … Read more
The news that Goat Simulator will become a real playable video game is another grand instance of a glorified joke becoming reality, much like when ThinkGeek's April Fools tauntaun sleeping bag became an actual product due to popular demand.
Goat Simulator roared onto the scene a few days ago with a trailer that racked up more than 2 million views on YouTube and left people clamoring for a playable version of the game full of head butts, tongue-wagging trampoline jumps, and gravity-defying leaps.… Read more
This week, to celebrate turning 10, Facebook rolled out a sentimental campaign that automatically created videos for each user, based on photos and posts from the account, called Look back. My Facebook feed has been full of these videos all week.
The only problem with Look Back is that the photos aren't always that flattering or representative of what some users feel best represents their personal Facebook experience. Or, you know, maybe an ex or three are shown in the video.
When it first launched, Facebook didn't allow users to edit the videos, but as of today that'… Read more
For the Sochi Olympics, NBC will plow head first into streaming nearly every moment of the games over the Internet, but still stops short of giving everything to everyone.
The broadcast network NBC and its partners -- distributors like cable and satellite providers and tech companies like Adobe and iStreamPlanet -- have embraced the concept of bringing as much as they can online. What we're getting this year: nearly every moment of competition and more curated video on the Web; easier sign-on and more pay-TV providers on board to let their customers watch online; and more supported devices and … Read more
Bungie, the development house behind the Halo franchise, might have a hugely successful follow-up ready to go this year, said Activision CEO Bobby Kotick.
Speaking to investors in an earnings call on Thursday, Kotick said that he believes Destiny, Bungie's new franchise, could be his company's "next billion dollar franchise." The high expectations continued, as Kotick said that he believes "Destiny will become the bestselling new video game [franchise] in history" when it hits store shelves later this year.
Bungie has had an odd history. The company created the Halo franchise and was quickly … Read more
Ten years ago most people would caution someone from entertaining a long-distance relationship -- they're almost always doomed to fail. When significant others can't see each other the heart can grow cold.
However, new research shows Skype could be lessening long-distance relationships' bad outcomes. Microsoft's Idea Lab conducted a survey of Skypers in the US and UK in January and found that 96 percent of respondents said the video call service gives them a closer connection to their far-away loved one.
It's not only about a closer connection, however, because one could argue a phone call … Read more
Facebook has been with us for a decade now, forever redefining the meaning of "social" in the process. With all the tributes and looking back going on, we came across one parody of Facebook's own "A Look Back" feature that seems to capture what the social network is really all about -- hilariously inappropriate and not really safe-for-work photos.
Perhaps most disturbingly, I recognized at least one of these crude images from having also shared it on my own Facebook photo stream at one point. I refuse to tell you which one. … Read more