Tuesday, December 30, 2014

MC2 Post 1960 Samsung Project Beyond camera to capture 360-degree 3D video





for Gear VR headset


The camera is designed to work with Samsung's upcoming Gear VR headset expected to be available in early December.

Several 360-degree video cameras have been released this year for consumers -- 



 

from the Kodak Pixpro SP360





and Ricoh Theta





 
to the Geonaute,






Giroptic 360cam






and VSN Mobil V.360.



Project Beyond actually looks like a larger version of the Centr camera, a Kickstarter project that didn't reach its funding goal. Samsung's camera is set apart from all of these, though, by capturing in 3D.




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Of Course, even Drones have cameras nowadays 

like this DJI Phantom 2

 



Which you can get from Walmart for about $700.



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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Incoming Storm warning from ABC Megadoppler App

An Alert just came up on my tablet about winter storm head toward the Apple and Lucerne valley  Southern Valley according to my ABC Mega Doppler app on my Nexus 7 tablet. It seems to be coming from Tuesday afternoon to Wednesday afternoon.  Please check your local weather reports for mor definitive Information.

Ernie.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

MC2 Post 1960 Russian rouble in free-fall despite shock 17% rate rise







Russia's rouble went into free-fall in Tuesday trading, falling repeatedly to hit record lows, despite the central bank's dramatic decision to raise interest rates from 10.5% to 17%.

The rate rise was meant to strengthen the currency.

It helped it to 58 to the dollar early on Tuesday, but the dollar at one stage bought as many as 79 roubles.

The rouble has lost more than half its value against the dollar this year, hit by cheaper oil and Western sanctions.


Both of these have weakened the Russian economy.








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As of Sunday...

13 States Have Gas under $2.00


FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Average retail gasoline prices in Fort Wayne have fallen 17.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.40 a gallon on Sunday, December 14 according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 201 gas outlets in Fort Wayne. This compares with the national average that has fallen 8.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.57 a gallon according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com which provides prices for wane.com’s Gas Gauge.

Including the change in gas prices in Fort Wayne during the past week, prices Sunday were 79.3 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 54.1 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 33.2 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 67.0 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.


“By tomorrow, more stations in the U.S. will be charging under $2.50 per gallon than over, a remarkable milestone,” said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst with GasBuddy. “In fact, as of Sunday evening, the number of states that saw at least one station at $1.99 or less had jumped to thirteen from just three a week ago, and included Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, and Virginia.


Link:  http://wane.com/2014/12/15/13-states-now-selling-gas-below-2-00-a-gallon/

 
TinyURL:   http://tinyurl.com/lawtkj3




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Monday, December 15, 2014

MC2BackUp Post 1959 Lets Uber Me a Cab --- Not in Paris


I Need a Cab, an Uber,  Something Quick !!!





France to ban UberPop after taxis go on strike



Interior ministry says Uber's unlicensed drivers pose 

'a real danger' to customers



The French government today signaled that Uber's low-cost service, 

UberPop, will be banned throughout the country as of New Years Day, 

marking the latest in a series of regulatory setbacks for

the company. The news comes as three taxi unions blocked major 


highways around Paris in protest against Uber and the "unfair 

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China's Xiaomi booked $56 million profit in 2013 -filing





(Reuters) - Privately owned Xiaomi Technology Ltd Co [XTC.UL] booked 347.5 million yuan ($56 million) in net profit last year, according to a regulatory filing that showed the world's No.3 smartphone maker grappling razor-thin margins.

The figure casts new light on the growth of a company that reached third place in just four years thanks to handsets lauded for balancing quality and affordability. Only this month did momentum finally stall when a patent challenge in India halted sales.





 



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Ex-LulzSec hacker Hector Monsegur talks family, FBI work



The character of Hector Monsegur, a former LulzSec hacker who went by the nom de guerre "Sabu," is a complicated one.



 





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Sunday, December 14, 2014

MC2BackUp Post 1958 Let's GROSS Out --- The Top 20 Movies OF All Time














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After Watching Marco Polo (a historical series on release 

this weekend on Netflix) and 

Nebraska (also on Netflix),

good Movies are getting harder to find....


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The Bond-Indiana--Die Hard-Bourne and Taken's 

Walk the Earth Like Caine Phenomenon












Even in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kidd they used the catch Phrase that works with all these Relentless Kick-Butt Tier franchises: 

 "Who are those guys?"  or Guy.

And it all began on radio with the Lone Ranger.







 



The Mask Man is to guy Cheer or Criticize 

for the simplification of  'Hero'  in it's current form.







But we always have the "Marvelous"  COMICS.








Back in JULY 2014,  Fox WAS Looking To Purchase Time Warner

Which Could Lead To DC/X-Men Crossover  



 



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Monday, December 8, 2014

MC2BkU Post 1957 DJI Inspire 1 – all new “Hollywood 4K drone”






Drones In Hollywood



From:   http://camerarumors.info




Here are the specs of the 4K camera. It uses a Sony Exmor 1/2.3″ 12MP sensor, likely the same one as featured in the new Go Pro Hero 4 Black edition.




 






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The BLENDER Angle:  Camera Tracking in Blender 3D

Blender 3D Motion Tracking Tutorial
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Friday, December 5, 2014

MC2BackUp Post 1954 Splashdown! Orion Spaceship Aces First Flight Test









CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA's Orion deep-space capsule hit a historic peak during its first robotic test flight on Friday, and then splashed down into the Pacific Ocean for a picture-perfect ending.

On the way down, the cone-shaped spacecraft went through a "trial by fire" during which the heat of atmospheric re-entry rose as high as 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit, or twice the heat of molten lava.

"There is your new spacecraft, America. ... Orion is back on Earth. America has driven a golden spike as it crosses a bridge into the future," NASA spokesman Rob Navias declared as the capsule hit the water, 275 miles west of Baja California, at 11:29 a.m. ET. Recovery ships converged to bring Orion back to shore.









 








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Thursday, December 4, 2014

MC2 Post 1953 The SONY HACK Story Gets Even Worse





Inside Sony Pictures, employees are panicking about 

their hacked personal data


This week’s revelation of a deep, wide-ranging computer hack at Sony Pictures – which brought thousands of executive salaries, Social Security numbers, and other highly confidential documents out into the open – has sent shock waves through Hollywood studios, sparked rumors of North Korean involvement, and opened a FBI investigation. As Sony Pictures executives rushed to contain the leaks and lock down the company’s systems on Tuesday, the studio’s Culver City lot erupted in quiet pandemonium, as employees began to fear that their most private information would be made public.



 





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Starbucks' chief  talks new mobile ordering,

debuting today in Portland




 



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3ds Max and Blender comparisons Using Modifiers...

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Short and Sweet  "How-To" video tutorials:

Show that some of the Things Pricey 3DS Max can do,
Can also be Done in FREE Blender 3D.  

How Cool Is That?

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MC2 Post 1952 Orion Test: Orion Scrubbed for a Day





Orion Mission Scrubbed for 24 Hours

Fill and Drain valve issues.



Link for Live Ustream feed:





Link:  http://www.ustream.tv/embed/6540154?v=3&wmode=direct 




 

See  http://www.nasa.gov/  for more information about the relaunch of Orion.


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Critical Step on Journey to Mars

The launch of Orion’s flight test has been scrubbed for today because of an issue related to fill and drain valves on the Delta IV Heavy rocket that teams could not troubleshoot by the time the launch window expired.

The next launch window opens at 7:05 a.m. Eastern on Friday, Dec. 5.
The un-crewed Orion will orbit 3,600 miles above Earth before splashing down in the Pacific. Orion is being designed to carry astronauts on exploration missions into deep space, including a trip to an asteroid and eventually to Mars.



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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

MC2BackUp Post 1951 A veritable Daisy Chain of TNT News Links





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with Mike Elgan and  Leo's TWIT Nation...

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More Fall-Out from the Sony Pictures LEAK!



 
Sony Pictures Leak shows employees used 
worst passwords ever




From:  http://mashable.com



Everyone is bad at passwords; that's nothing new. But if you're working at a high-profile studio like Sony, perhaps you should choose a better password than "s0ny123" or "password."






 

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Yota Introduces Yotaphone 2, Available in Stores 

This Week



Yota, one of Russia’s leading tech enterprises, has introduced its newest Yotaphone 2 during a special event in Moscow’s Gorky Park, and will start its sales in Europe this week.



MOSCOW, December 2 (Sputnik) — Russia’s leading mobile devices manufacturer, Yota, officially introduced its second generation smartphone, the newest YotaPhone 2, featuring an appealing design, improved technical characteristics, along with its main feature and an e-ink screen on the device’s backside panel. The product will enter the consumer market at a price of roughly 33,000 roubles ($620).






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Luxottica and Intel Take the Fashion/Tech Hookup 

to a Whole New Level


The partnership is the second such foray for Luxottica, after its announcement this year of an agreement to manufacture more fashion-forward frames for Google Glass via their brands Oakley and Ray-Ban. The Intel deal does not mean that Luxottica is breaking up with Google, Mr. Vian said, as it is a different kind of relationship.

“Google Glass is a specific product we are working on,” he said. “With Intel, we are researching new possibilities that can be applied or offered to many brands.”



 

 
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New York Public Library will rent Wi-Fi hotspots 

to people who need it most





The New York Public Library, as well as the Queens Library and the Brooklyn Public Library, will begin renting out 10,000 Wi-Fi hotspots to residents later this month, The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday. A press release provided to Ars by the New York Public library noted that the New York and Brooklyn Public Libraries will rent out the hotspots for six months to a year to residents who don't have broadband and who are enrolled in library programs and adult learning programs.

The Queens Library will lend the mobile hotspots from five of its libraries to anyone with a library card.






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