EU regulators to decide on Facebook, WhatsApp deal by Oct. 3

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By Foo Yun Chee - BRUSSELS (Reuters) EU antitrust regulators are asking Facebook's rivals and telecoms operators whether the world No. 1 online social network's proposed $19 billion bid for mobile messaging startup WhatsApp will lead to price hikes and curb innovation. The move came after … [Read more...]

Google tests airborne drones to deliver goods

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By Alexei Oreskovic - SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) Google Inc is developing airborne drones capable of flying on their own and delivering anything from candy to medicine, the Internet company said on Thursday. The effort, which Google calls Project Wing, marks the company's latest expansion beyond … [Read more...]

New Apple iPhone to have ‘mobile wallet’ function – Bloomberg

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(Reuters) Apple Inc plans to enable its next iPhone to become a mobile wallet by allowing owners to securely make mobile payments in a store with the touch of a finger, Bloomberg said on Sunday, citing a person familiar with the situation. The agreement includes participation by Visa Inc., … [Read more...]

Nikon Releases Huge Firmware Update for the D4S

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New file system for greater capacities part of vs. C1.10 By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Today suddenly became firmware Friday, as Nikon and two other DSLR manufacturers released firmware updates for their top-of-the line DSLRs. The Nikon D4s and a few other Nikon models enjoy six new and … [Read more...]

Resellers Offering Instant Rebate On Blackmagic Production Camera 4K

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by Jeremiah Hall (doddleNEWS) Interested in Blackmagic Design's 4K Production camera? From now until Sept. 5, 2014, there is a $500 instant rebate. This effectively drops the price from $2995 down to $2495. However, there is a caveat. Like the sale on the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera over the … [Read more...]

David Fincher Shoots Gone Girl In 6K

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RED EPIC DRAGON requires a mammoth amount of through-put By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) After enjoying an Emmy award and two whirlwind seasons of Netflix's original series House of Cards, producer-director David Fincher is setting his sights back on features, and he's using the RED EPIC … [Read more...]

Shane Hurlbut Looks Back On Filming Act Of Valor

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Movie shot on DSLRs with real bullets is a valuable case study By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Speaking at an Adobe event on tips and tricks, Cinematographer Shane Hurlbut took a look back recently on the film Act of Valor, which he shot using the Canon 5D Mk. II almost exclusively. The film was … [Read more...]

Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve 11 – A Review: Part 1

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By Jeremiah Hall (doddleNEWS) Let's take a look at Blackmagic Design's new version of DaVinci Resolve. The color-grading software is now a non-linear editor. When I would hear about Blackmagic Design a few years ago, my first thought was really good signal converters and capture technology … [Read more...]

Camera Hack Unlocks 4K in Sony F5

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) It's been said that there really isn't a dime's worth of difference between the Sony F5 and Sony F55 other than the fact that the F55 has 4K enabled on it, while the F5 is hobbled to do only 1080p. But a cinematographer claims to have unlocked 4K in the F5 without the … [Read more...]

New iPhones expected at September 9 Apple event

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) Apple Inc invited media to a "special event" in its hometown of Cupertino, California, on Sept. 9, when the iPhone maker is expected to unveil the latest versions of its best-selling smartphones. Apple's typically cryptic invitation read: "Wish we could say more." It came … [Read more...]

doddleTALKS Tech: A Feature in Your Pocket

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Devin Lawrence and Mark LaFleur become the first to shoot a feature on the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. Join host James DeRuvo as he gets a behind the scenes look at "Sympathy Said The Shark," on this episode of doddleTALKS Tech.   … [Read more...]

Judge rejects Apple bid for injunction against Samsung

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By Dan Levine - SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) A U.S. judge rejected Apple Inc's latest bid for a permanent injunction against Samsung Electronics Co Ltd in another sign of the diminishing impact of the smartphone patent wars. Apple won a $120 million jury verdict against Samsung earlier this year over … [Read more...]

Metabones Speedbooster Kicks Panasonic GH4 Into High Gear

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Transforms camera into a 4K Super 35 Hot Rod By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) If you've been following all the Metabones stories here on doddleNEWS, you know that the Speedbooster can not only add a stop or two to your camera's speed, but it also can pack a lot more real estate onto your camera … [Read more...]

Shane Hurlbut Takes His Act On The Road

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Illumination Experience to Teach Filmmakers the art of lighting By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) With the success of Vince LaForet's Directing Motion Tour, it looks like more filmmakers are poised to get into the game and take their act on the road. Cinematographer Shane Hurlbut, ASC, for … [Read more...]

What is BitTorrent and How Can Filmmakers Take Advantage of It for Distribution?

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It's not just for piracy anymore By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Recently, the file sharing protocol known as "BitTorrent" passed ten million users worldwide. Now before you think that's ten million pirates working together all around the world to kill Hollywood, that's not necessarily what's … [Read more...]

Kleiner to invest in messaging startup Snapchat at near-$10 billion valuation – report

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) Venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byer has agreed to invest in fast-growing messaging startup Snapchat at a valuation close to $10 billion (6.04 billion pounds), the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, citing people with knowledge of the matter. The … [Read more...]

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