Since Microsoft announced HoloLens, I’ve been fantasizing about how it could inspire new business, improve old businesses, and generally make our lives better. Because I have neither the means nor the business acumen to make these fantasies into realities, I present them to you, brilliant readers, who can do with them what you will. Just remember me, when you’re rolling in your swimming pool full of augmented reality gold.
GoPro has a huge lead over its competition these days — we found out just how big when we pitted the best action cameras against each other last fall. Now, a new firmware update is about to widen the gap even further. Set to release in February, the update will add the ability to record 720p footage at 240 frames per second — 10 times slower than the standard framerate — to the Hero 4 Black, GoPro's 4K action camera. Gizmodo got an early version of the update and shot some footage with it at and around the X-Games last weekend. The results are a mixed bag. Basically any action looks awesome slowed down this much, but the wide field of view that GoPros are known for gets narrowed to just 65 degrees and the quality isn't as clear at the maximum 720p resolution. It's better than it was before when the maximum resolution was 480p, but it's still not great — even iPhones can shoot 720p video at this framerate.
Filming is already underway for the next Steve Jobs biopic, though today Universal detailed its casting choices for the main characters of the film, which are (of course) based on real people. The studio also confirmed, via SlashFilm, what writer Aaron Sorkin had previously detailed from his screenplay (which is based on Walter Isaacson's authorized biography of Jobs), saying the film will take place at "three iconic product launches," culminating in the debut of the first iMac in 1998.
YouTube launched its music platform late last yearto little fanfare, offering all you can eat music for $7.99/month on the site, with no ads.
The first teaser trailer for Chronicle director Josh Trank's take on The Fantastic Four is finally out, and it looks amazing. Here we see the cast show off their new powers, and it already looks significantly better than Fox's first outing with the property a decade ago.