The virtual set technology that's replacing the green screen

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This is a video of a lead compositor from Industrial Light and Magic breaking down the technology they used on The Mandalorian to replace green screens. It’s basically a giant wraparound LED screen displaying CGI backgrounds that respond to the camera’s movement. It’s one of the coolest innovations in the film industry, though not exactly something the average person has access to. I bought 50 TV’s and stacked them all around my living room to try to make one of my own but the results were terrible and now I owe $100k across fifteen different credit cards and it’s stressing me out. I can, however, watch every episode of Breaking Bad at once now so…worth it?

Keep going for the full video, as well another one going into further detail about the technology.

Source: Geekologie – The virtual set technology that’s replacing the green screen

Facebook’s cloud gaming offering focuses on free-to-play mobile games

Facebook is the latest tech giant to follow the likes of Microsoft, Google, and Amazon into the game streaming space. But Facebook’s effort differs from the competition by focusing exclusively on the kind of free-to-play games that are “typically played on mobile devices.”

Facebook VP of Play Jason Rubin lays out the thinking behind this move in a blog post this morning. The company’s new game streaming service won’t be a separate platform, a la Microsoft xCloud, Google Stadia, or Amazon Luna. Instead, streamed titles will be integrated into Facebook’s existing Instant Games platform, which hundreds of millions of players already use to run simple HTML5 games in the News Feed or a separate Gaming tab.

“People will play cloud-streamed games right alongside those playing instant games in HTML5,” Rubin writes. “And if we do our jobs right, you won’t notice how the games are delivered.”

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Source: Ars Technica – Facebook’s cloud gaming offering focuses on free-to-play mobile games

GeForce RTX 30 Mobility Ampere GPU SKUs Allegedly Leak Ahead Of CES 2021 Launch

GeForce RTX 30 Mobility Ampere GPU SKUs Allegedly Leak Ahead Of CES 2021 Launch
Having launched its first round of desktop Ampere GPUs to consumers, NVIDIA’s next move is to do the same on mobile. Well, check that—the next move should be to light a fire under Samsung to produce more 8nm wafers so the GeForce RTX 30 series will be more readily available, then focus on mobile. Skipping right to the latter, a new leak purports

Source: Hot Hardware – GeForce RTX 30 Mobility Ampere GPU SKUs Allegedly Leak Ahead Of CES 2021 Launch

Microsoft Will Forcibly Stop Loading Some URLs in Internet Explorer To Move Users To Edge

Big changes are coming to Internet Explorer. Starting next month, users trying to access certain websites will see IE refuse to load the URL and automatically open the site in Edge instead. From a report: This forced IE-to-Edge behavior is part of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer deprecation plans. Microsoft has been gradually rolling out the feature for testing purposes for some Windows users since the release of Edge 84 this summer. However, with the release of Edge 87, scheduled for next month, Microsoft plans to enable the forced IE-to-Edge action for all IE users.

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Source: Slashdot – Microsoft Will Forcibly Stop Loading Some URLs in Internet Explorer To Move Users To Edge

Is That Gadget Haunted or Just Broken?

Ghosts. They’re said to haunt anything, even electronics. I’m sure the first people who put light bulbs in their homes thought they were being haunted when a power surge made their lamps flicker. But there are enough stories of kids’ toys stuffed away in a closet coming to life, even with the batteries removed, to…

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Source: Gizmodo – Is That Gadget Haunted or Just Broken?

The Best Apps to Download and Archive YouTube Videos

In one of the more bizarre tech gambits in some time, the Recording Industry Association of America has taken the fight against digital piracy to an unexpected level: targeting an open-source program one might use to do something they shouldn’t online, regardless of whether the program can also be used for legal…

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Source: LifeHacker – The Best Apps to Download and Archive YouTube Videos

Apple's Next-Generation AirPods And AirPods Pro Rumored For Early 2021 Debut

Apple's Next-Generation AirPods And AirPods Pro Rumored For Early 2021 Debut
We’ve been hearing quite a bit about next-generation AirPods for the past few months, and the iPhone 12 event came and went with no mention of the wireless headphones. This was definitely disappointing for some, but a new report from Bloomberg suggests that they are still on the way and will arrive just a little later than previously thought.

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Source: Hot Hardware – Apple’s Next-Generation AirPods And AirPods Pro Rumored For Early 2021 Debut

James Bond Film 'No Time To Die' Explored $600 Million Sale To Streaming Services

Apple, Netflix and other streaming services explored the possibility of acquiring “No Time to Die,” the upcoming James Bond movie that was originally slated to debut last April. From a report: The film’s release has been postponed multiple times, with the Daniel Craig vehicle moving back to November before being pushed into 2021 as the number of coronavirus cases kept growing. MGM, the studio behind the film, reportedly lost between $30 million to $50 million due to the delays, insiders said. Bloomberg first reported the discussions, which have been the topic du jour in Hollywood this week. Other studios, such as Paramount and Sony, have raked in tens of millions by selling movies like “Greyhound,” “Coming 2 America” and “Without Remorse” to streaming services while the exhibition sector continues to struggle during the pandemic.

However, multiple insiders at rival studios and companies said that a possible Bond sale was explored overtly, and believe that MGM was at least open to the possibility of unloading their crown jewel for a princely sum. The studio was said to be looking for a deal of roughly $600 million — a price tag that was deemed too rich for two of the free-spending streaming services. A sale of this magnitude would be led exclusively by Kevin Ulrich, the chairman and CEO of MGM’s majority owner Anchorage Capital Group, insiders said.

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Source: Slashdot – James Bond Film ‘No Time To Die’ Explored 0 Million Sale To Streaming Services

MIT tests autonomous 'Roboat' that can carry two passengers

We’ve heard plenty about the potential of autonomous vehicles in recent years, but MIT is thinking about different forms of self-driving transportation. For the last five years, MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) an…

Source: Engadget – MIT tests autonomous ‘Roboat’ that can carry two passengers

You Can Finally Mute WhatsApp Conversations Forever

Every chat service should provide, at minimum, three things: a way to mute conversations so your chatty friends never bother you again, a way to leave conversations without notifying the group that you have, and a way to keep active conversations from popping up at the top of your messages list if you don’t want them…

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Source: LifeHacker – You Can Finally Mute WhatsApp Conversations Forever

LG Adds Noise Cancellation To Its Tone Free Self-Cleaning Wireless Earbuds

LG Adds Noise Cancellation To Its Tone Free Self-Cleaning Wireless Earbuds
Earlier this year, LG took Apple’s AirPods to the cleaners with a set of ‘Tone Free’ earbuds (HBS-FN6) that shipped with a slim and sanitizing “UVnano” case, which uses UV light to zap away germs and bacteria. But unlike the latest AirPods Pro, noise cancellation was not part of the deal. Until now—LG’s newest Tone Free earbuds (HBS-FN7) offer

Source: Hot Hardware – LG Adds Noise Cancellation To Its Tone Free Self-Cleaning Wireless Earbuds

iPhone 12 drop test confirms the new screen helps durability, to an extent

Apple made much ado over the iPhone 12’s more resilient Ceramic Shield screen, but does it really help? The answer is apparently yes, although you probably won’t want to depend on it too heavily. Allstate Protection Plans has conducted drop tests tha…

Source: Engadget – iPhone 12 drop test confirms the new screen helps durability, to an extent

10 Scary Stories to Ensure You Never Sleep Again

Clear your schedule, horror lovers, because the first round of Jezebel’s 2020 scary story contest winners are here! You may need to take a personal day after reading these tales of Ouija boards, paranormal activities, spooky cars, and haunted visitors and their knives. I’m never going to sleep again and now you won’t,…

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Source: Kotaku – 10 Scary Stories to Ensure You Never Sleep Again

Stranger Things Set Pictures Tease an Intriguing New Character

Marvel’s still hunting for writers for its Blade reboot. Tom Holland says work’s begun on the next Spider-Man. Fear the Walking Dead gets procedural in a new clip. A new Mandalorian picture teases a familiar alien race. Plus, what’s in store for The Outpost and Pandora’s returns. To me, my spoilers!

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Source: Gizmodo – Stranger Things Set Pictures Tease an Intriguing New Character

OnePlus Nord N10 5G And Nord N100 Affordable Android Phones Are Actually U.S. Bound

OnePlus Nord N10 5G And Nord N100 Affordable Android Phones Are Actually U.S. Bound
Over the summer, OnePlus introduced its rather intriguing Nord smartphone which offered a mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G 5G chipset, a beautiful 90Hz OLED display, and value pricing (around $499). However, OnePlus did not specifically market the smartphone for the U.S. market, which many saw as a mistake that needed to be rectified. 

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Source: Hot Hardware – OnePlus Nord N10 5G And Nord N100 Affordable Android Phones Are Actually U.S. Bound

Shure's $249 MV7 is a USB/XLR microphone built for podcasters

For many podcasters, Shure’s SM7B just may be the holy grail of microphones. Its first iteration, the SM7, was a beloved radio workhorse that Quincy Jones used to record Michael Jackson’s Thriller. If you’ve ever seen your favorite podcast hosts in a…

Source: Engadget – Shure’s 9 MV7 is a USB/XLR microphone built for podcasters