Look out for pepper-spraying drones in India

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Protesting in India? Pay special mind to pepper-showering drones.

Rowdy forces in the Indian city of Lucknow would be advised to watch out – pepper-splashing drones are headed.

Lucknow police chied Yashasvi Yadav said for this present week that a group of cops has recently completed flight tests of five as of late obtained multi-rotor copters, all of which have been changed to convey the provocative spread.

Addressing news office AFP in a way that recommended Yadav was truly fairly content with his recently gained gear, the police cheid said, “The outcomes were splendid. We have figured out how to work out how to utilize it to unequivocally focus on the crowd in winds and congested regions.”

Yadav portrayed the shower as “extremely viable in mob control,” including that it can be controlled from distinctive statures “to have greatest results.” From what we think about pepper spread, those “most extreme results” will incorporate smeared or impermanent loss of sight, a copying sensation on uncovered zones, and breathing challenges.

The new machines, which convey high-res cams and up to 4.4 pounds (2kg) of splash, every expense around 600,000 rupees ($9,600) and will be prepared for utilization by the begin of May. They can be worked remotely to a separation of around 0.6 miles (1km), Yadav said.

The city, whose populace of a little more than two million makes it India’s eighth biggest, has had what’s coming to it of dissents as of late, some of which have been separated utilizing water cannons. Apparently the pepper spread is a less expensive option for the powers.

We’ve been getting a charge out of some stunning feature footage from quadcopters throughout the most recent year or somewhere in the vicinity, and wondering about a percentage of the fantastic things they can do, yet is this where things turn appalling for the multi-rotor machines?

Pepper splash is a typical piece of a cop’s ordnance, and is normally managed by hand from a little can or bottle. Showering it from an automaton takes the utilization of the operators to an entire new level, in every feeling of the significance. The inquiry is, currently the thought’s out there, will police divisions in different nations soon be setting requests for pepper-showering drones they could call their own?

[Via Yahoo]

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10 Serious Things That Happened on April 1

The list of crazy April Fools’ Day stunts has been well-covered across the Internet, so I thought today we’d flip it a little. Here’s a list of things that actually happened on April 1, but that some people assumed were part of the day’s mischievous festivities.

1. When Marvin Gaye was shot and killed by his father on April 1, 1984, some people figured it was a hoax. Sadly, the public quickly found out that it was all too real.

2. Somewhat similarly, when comedian Mitch Hedberg died while on tour in 2005, many of his fans thought it was another one of his jokes. He died on March 29, actually, but it wasn’t released to news outlets until the 31st, and a lot of newspapers printed the story on April 1st.

3. Back in the day when Sega and Nintendo were bitter rivals, no one would have thought that their hit characters Sonic the Hedgehog and Mario would team up in a game. But that’s exactly what happened when “Sonic and Mario at the Olympics” was announced in 2007. Sega and Nintendo announced it via a joint press release a couple of days prior to April 1, but fans just assumed there was no way it could be true.

4. Google introduced Gmail in 2004. Given Google’s propensity for April Fools Day pranks, plenty of people assumed they were just kidding. At the time, free e-mail with a whole gigabyte of storage was a completely new concept. The following year, they increased it to two gigs.

5. Let this be a lesson to us all: If you want people to take your death seriously, don’t die on April Fools’ Day (to be safe, the days leading up to April 1 should also be avoided). When the media reported the death of King George II of Greece on April 1, 1947, the public largely thought it was fake. But he had really died of arteriosclerosis.


6. Apparently the April 1, 1970, announcement of the AMC Gremlin was too laughable for people to consider real. After all, who would name a car that? And a car expected to compete with the VW bug was just silly. AMC was serious, though, and the Gremlin was produced from 1970-1978.

7. Also in 2003, two rival video game companies merged. Square was the company behind Kingdom Hearts and Final Fantasy (among other games) while Enix had versions of Tomb Raider and Riven (again, among lots of other things). But in truth, the two companies had been discussing and considering the merger for at least three years.

8. I doubt anyone thought this was an April Fools’ joke at the time, but I think it’s worth noting that Apple Computer was founded by Ronald Wayne and the Steves (Jobs and Wozniak) on April 1, 1976. Hmmm….coincidence that Woz was voted off of Dancing with the Stars on the eve of the 33rd anniversary of Apple? OK, it was. And he totally deserved it. He may be a great guy, but his dancing was terrible.

9. On March 31, 1946, officials released a tsunami warning in Hawaii and the Aleutian Islands. Many didn’t take the warnings seriously, but when a tsunami did indeed devastate the next day, 165 people were killed.

10. Another Google incident that wasn’t a prank: in 2007, the company sent an e-mail out to its employees at a NYC office warning that a python was loose in the facilities. Definitely sounds like a prank, I know, but it was true: an engineer kept a ball python named Kaiser in his cube and Kaiser escaped. The e-mail to employees apologized for the awkward timing and assured them that this was no April Fool stunt.

Netflix Goes Live In Australia And New Zealand, Its First Launches In Asia Pacific

Netflix spoke of aggressive international expansion ambitions in January, and a major step towards its two-year globalization plan was taken today when its video-on-demand service went live in Australia and New Zealand.

Those launches are notable for being Netflix’s first moves into Asia Pacific, and it is planning to follow up with an entry into Japan, which is slated for this coming fall.

Customers in Oceania can pay A$8.99 (US$7) per month for standard access to its catalog. HD and 4K quality streams are charged at A$11.99 (US$9.40) and A$14.99 ($11.77) respectively.

Those in Australia will suffer from a somewhat streamlined selection of content, initially at least. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the Australian/New Zealand service offers 220 TV series and 900 movies, compared to 940 TV series and 6,170 movies in the U.S. That’s down to Netflix’s efforts to secure release rights in Australia, which are still in their early stages. There are, however, “several hundred” titles that are unique to the region, and the company has said that it is working to beef up the selection for Australians and New Zealanders.

Asia looks like it will be a major focus for Netflix as it embarks on a quest to reach 200 countries worldwide by 2017. It won’t be without competition in the region, as 2015 has already seen two new video-on-demand companies surface. Operator Singtel partnered with Sony Pictures and Warner Brothers to launch HOOQ in Southeast Asia, while iflix is another newly created competitor with regional aspirations.

Twitch: Loads of personal data at risk

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Popular video game streaming service Twitch on Monday issued a notice on its blog stating that there may have recently been unauthorized access to some user account information.

The company has reset all passwords and stream keys in addition to disconnecting accounts from Twitter and YouTube. Because of this, all users will need to create a new password the next time they log into Twitch. The Amazon-owned company said it’s also a good idea for users to change their passwords at any other site in which they use the same or even a similar password.

Twitch said it would reach out directly to impacted users with additional details. In one such e-mail obtained by Venture Beat, Twitch said credentials that may have been affected include usernames, e-mail addresses, passwords (which were cryptographically protected), the last IP address a user logged in from and any optional information that a user may have provided.

The latter includes first and last name, phone number, physical address and date of birth. Worse yet, limited credit card information (card type, truncated card number and expiration date) may also have been compromised. Twitch said it does not store or process full credit or debit card information so at least the card number is safe (but not much else it seems).

In addition to creating a new password, applicable users will need to reconnect their accounts with Twitter and YouTube. Twitch isn’t saying much more about the attack as of this writing but we’ll keep our ears open for any additional information on the matter.

YouTube now supports 360-degree videos

It may be a tad later than originally anticipated, but YouTube has just added support for 360-degree videos, making the massive video sharing site more useful to owners of VR headsets. Google said it would have the feature ready in “the coming weeks” back in January, and now it’s here on a small selection of videos. More are expected as a new crop of 360-degree cameras make their way on sale this year.

The appeal of 360-degree videos is that you can look around the scene while they’re playing, making action sports videos in particular that much more exciting and interactive. Viewing it on something like Oculus or Google Cardboard lets you simply move your head, as if you were there. You can also view them from YouTube’s Android app (which tracks how you’re holding the device to change what’s on screen), and on YouTube.com. YouTube says it’s working to get it on Apple’ iOS devices, and on other platforms later.

Right now, the number of these types of clips is small, but could increase now that 360-degree camera systems are coming onto the market. That includes Kickstarter phenom Giroptic and its 360cam, which records the action from three different directions, Bublcam (which records from four, 190-degree lenses), and Ricoh’s Theta. Google also says it’s working to get video shot on IC Real Tech’s Allie and Kodak’s SP360 to work smoothly. Videos shot on all these cameras need to go through a special upload process, though YouTube says it’s working on its uploader so that 360-degree video will be identified automatically.

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Here’s an early example of a 360-degree video. You can move around it using the navigation dial in the top left:

The new feature is YouTube’s latest try at expanding how users interact with videos. Last month, it began testing a way to change camera angles during videos, something that requires videomakers to upload and combine multiple clips along the same timeline. This new 360-degree feature is aimed more at action sports rather than concert enthusiasts. Google’s also tying it up with Street View so that people can view geotagged 360-degree videos when browsing Google Maps.

Google Ups Free Music Storage to 50,000 Songs

Whether you stream, download, rip or only listen to podcasts, there’s a good chance you have anywhere from a handful to tens of thousands of MP3s and other songs cluttering a hard drive somewhere. If you’re looking for a good way to back them up without spending a dime, Google Music just got a big boost to its free storage limit. It’s allowing anyone to upload up to 50,000 songs for free, then stream or download them again later. The original limit was 20,000; either that was too little or not enough people signed up, and consequently Google has a bit of extra space on its servers. The price is right and there’s little reason not to take advantage of the upgraded service, especially if you already have a Google account.


All you need to do is head to the Google Music page and sign up, then install the small program that uploads your songs to Google’s servers. You don’t have to pay a dime, though if you want to stream songs you don’t own, you can try out the $10 monthly subscription, which also gives you ad-free access to music videos on YouTube. All your music will still be available on your hard drive, but now you’ll be able to stream it to your phone or laptop, or download it all again if disaster strikes.

—Devin Coldewey

Leak: VLC update will (finally) have Chromecast support

It’s been a long-time coming (well, 7 months, but in tech world that’s forever) but it looks like your favorite jack-of-all-trades video player will finally be able to support Google’s streaming dongle. If the changelog in the Git repo is to be believed, the next update to VLC will finally feature support for Chromecast, something that a lot of people are excited about, even though this was something “promised” (well, sort of) June of last year.

VLC is considered by many to be the go-to video player on your desktop, laptop, or mobile, because it can play almost any format. When they said last year, when Chromecast was still pretty new, that they intended to support the media-streaming dongle, people were eager to have the best of both worlds. But then we waited and waited, and finally thought that the day will never come. But based on the changelog of the upcoming VLC 3.0, the Stream Output part shows that it will finally have a Chromecast output module.


Because VLC is an open-source project, you can easily check on what are their ongoing and future plans when it comes to updating the app. Well, unless they suddenly encounter more problems or they change their mind, then it looks like we can finally expect it in the next few weeks (hopefully not months). Whether or not it will come to Android or iOS first is the question. But it will probably the former, since Google provides APIs for developers.

Just last month, VLC released a preview build for their Android TV app. While it still had a lot of bugs and kinks to work out (it’s in beta mode after all), it looks pretty impressive. Now let’s just wait and see which one will be released first.

By: Ida Torres

VIA: OMG Chrome

Amazon Announces $39 Fire TV Stick for Video Streaming

Amazon Announces $39 Fire TV Stick for Video Streaming


Amazon is finally taking on the Chromecast. This morning it’s introducing the Fire TV Stick, a streaming device that exists entirely in a small dongle that plugs into a TV’s HDMI port. Amazon says the Fire TV Stick offers the “same experience” as the full Fire TV, which was introduced back in April. It can play games, and it’s able to stream from the major services that you’d ask for: HBO GO, Watch ESPN, YouTube, Hulu Plus, Pandora, and, of course, Prime Instant Video. The Stick goes on sale for $39 beginning Nov. 19 and is currently available for preorder. Prime subscribers can get it for $19 for the next two days.

The Fire TV Stick is being advertised directly against the Chromecast, which should be no surprise: the Chromecast is Amazon’s best-selling electronic device right now — and Amazon would be happy to see that replaced with its own device. “Fire TV Stick is the most powerful streaming media stick available,” Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said in a statement. With 8 GB of internal storage and 1 GB of RAM, the Stick has four times the internal storage and twice the memory of the Chromecast. It also has a dual-core processor and dual-band WiFi, neither of which the Chromecast can claim.

The other big benefit to the Fire TV Stick is that it includes a remote (and an interface), whereas you’re stuck controlling the Chromecast entirely through your phone. Amazon is cutting costs here, however: This isn’t the same remote that ships with the Fire TV Stick, which has a microphone on it and lets you perform a voice search. If you want that remote, you’ll have to buy it separately for $29.99.

This article originally appeared on The Verge.

Viber Adds Video Calls to Mobile

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The popular app Viber, which offers free messaging and HD phone calls over Wi-Fi or 3G, is getting a new feature — video calls.

With the latest version of the app, Viber 5.0 for iOS and Android, you can now make video calls from your phone. The feature is also available from the Viber desktop app for Windows, Windows 8, and OS X.

“We’re delighted to bring video calling to mobile,” Viber CEO Talmon Marco, said in a statement. “Now that you can make video calls from your phone as well as on your PC and Mac, you can always talk in the way that’s most convenient for you, wherever you happen to be.”

Besides video calling, the update brings an easier way to manage your contacts. You can now add friends by simply adding their Viber number or scanning a special QR code.

The update also offers a number of OS-specific enhancements, including photo and video message forwarding and easier sticker pack management on iOS. The Android version has a new design, making the app “easier and more fun,” Viber said.

On the desktop, Viber v4.3 has a new and improved design, a fun backgrounds gallery, and other improvements and bug fixes. Meanwhile, Viber for Windows 8 v3.2 brings an updated snap mode with stickers, emoticons, and notifications, an easier way to search contacts, the ability to see online contacts from the home screen, and PNG support for photo messages.

The update comes after Viber in June announced it now has 100 million-plus active users and more than 360 million unique registered users. Viber estimates more than 200 million people are reachable via the platform at any time.

With the latest version of the app, you can now make video calls from your Android or iOS phone.


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