Comedy Team Uses Only The Prius Backup Camera to Create Movie

I don’t know why nobody has come up with this idea earlier, or maybe they have and just realised how stupid it was. And while it is kinda stupid, it’s also quite impressive and funny at the same time. So what is? Well, someone actually went along to use just the Back-Up camera in their Toyota Prius to make a feature film. At least, that is what it appears like, but I don’t think that it is entirely true.

The Mommy Sketch Comedy group of Los Angeles, CA released a new YouTube video that appears to be a behind the scenes of the first feature film shot entirely on Prius backup camera. I do however think that the video is all we get in this regards, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t funny to watch. It might even give someone the idea to do just that for real. After all, we have seen films created entirely with iPhone’s and other similar gadgets, so why not a Prius Back-Up camera.

The Mommy Sketch group consists of Andrew Heder as a writer, director and improviser and Ryan Kelly as a writer, director, editor, and improviser. Other than this sparse info, the group doesn’t provide much information on themselves. The do have more videos around, but they aren’t that many yet. The group appears to be relatively new with the YouTube channel just about a half-year-old.

The 6 minute behind the scenes video will teach you how to frame your shots from the backseat, how to deal with a crew member suffering from a donut-induced coma, and how to avoid running your cast over. All relevant skills to have, at least in this case. I won’t spoil more of it before you watch it except to say, I hope you don’t have a fear of directors wearing scarfs.

Google Announces Cloud Source Repositories

Working on a project is difficult, working on a project with multiple people is difficult, working on a project with multiple people, in multiple locations and with multiple devices is difficult. What I’m saying is working on something is difficult, anyone that’s ever programmed can attest to this. People often use things like Github, Microsoft’s Azura cloud or Amazons web service to keep your work up to date, this means that if you (or a friend) made a change to your work everyone would have access to the newly created work without any difficulty.

Google is going to try become a part of this market, with the announcement of its latest service, Cloud Source Repositories. The service is currently in beta and hopes to become a go-to for group projects and people who enjoy coding. In its description Google has stated that it will have a private Git repository, which will not only integrate and work with a majority of the existing tools but will also feature a high level of encryption, making sure that your files are secure and for your eyes only. With access to the Google Cloud Platform, and later in the year a new API launcher and a new cloud debugger, the system looks to provide you with all the tools you take for granted while guaranteeing you access to Google’s knowledge and support for your projects.

Do you use a cloud repository for your work? If so would you be tempted to try out Google’s new service or are you happy with your current one?

Thank you TechSpot for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Google.

The E3 Hype Begins as First Banners Go Up

There is still a little over a week until E3 kicks off and the preparations are running at full speed. The first banners have gone up over the LA Convention Center and the hyping can begin.

This year it is Nathan Drake and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End that takes the spot across the main entrance, but that wasn’t the only banner that has gone up.

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End isn’t scheduled for a release until at least spring 2016, but with a banner like that we can be sure that Sony will have some great trailers for us, if not more. It’s going to be big.

Uncharted 4 wasn’t the only banner that got up, more can be found around the Convention Center. Twitter is full of pictures and some of the ones already up are BattleBorn and Batman Arkham Knight.

It wouldn’t be an E3 event without the yearly Assassin’s Creed banner. Ubisoft made quite the large banner for the latest Assassin’s Creed game and they shouldn’t be any doubt that they too have early trailers with them to showcase the press and fans.

If you should have some downtime today and not know what to do, look through them on Twitter and have a laugh at the comments. There are quite a few good ones, especially about the Assassin’s Creed banner such as “Assassin’s Creed 2015 Rushed Game Edition” or “‘I’m pretty sure there’s been an AC banner in that spot since before I started in the industry”.

Thank you VG247 for providing us with this information

Jawbone UP3 to Finally Ship Beginning April 20th

Jawbone announced today on its blog that the UP3 would finally start to ship out starting April 20th to those who had pre-ordered. In case you were unaware, the UP3 was supposed to be ready for Christmas 2014 but ran into manufacturing problems.

The new fitness and activity tracker was announced last year for Christmas 2014 availability. As production started to ramp up it became evident that there were problems with the manufacturing as the samples were having issues with water resistance. Now that the production issues have been fixed they are currently in mass production. With the pre-orders starting to ship on April 20th we can look forward to seeing these in stores shortly after that.

Samsung Losing its Lead in China Smartphone Market

Thanks to Chinese website t.qianzhan, we’ve learned that the kings Samsung are almost being dethroned. Since opening up their sales in China back in 2002, Samsung smart phone market share has seen a significant decline in recent years. Currently sitting at 13.5% of the market share, Chinese-Domestic brand Millet has almost caught up with a rating of 10.8% and Lenovo is close on it’s heels with 10.7%.

We’ve been reporting of the Chinese smart phone market being in some hot water. Sony’s sales have drastically plummeted and the Chinese public have shown that they are starting to lean towards the cheaper domestic made offerings, rather than shelling out the money for the big company offerings. As according to China’s mobile phone market quality monitoring report 2014, here’s what the second quarter of phone sales looked like:

  • Samsung 13.5% (Dropping from 15.4% in Q1)
  • Millet 10.8%
  • Lenovo 10.7%
  • Huawei 8.3%
  • Apple 6.9%

Although Samsung is still sitting at the top, they’re on a steady decline – dropping 1.9% from Q1 to Q2 alone. Samsung’s original market dominance is said to be due to their wide range of phone offerings – trying to supply many different models suitable for consumers of various pay grades and needs. However, this adds a premium cost to their whole product line, especially when they’re the number two spender in the world for research and development, as we reported yesterday.

Apparently their constant release of copious smartphone models has been causing a large amount of friction in local Samsung offices, constantly trying to compete with Chinese-Domestic brands like Millet but being frustratingly unable to do so due to the locals low-overhead and domestic dominance. We will continue to report on the seemingly-broken Chinese smart phone market as the story develops.

Image courtesy of TechMac

Pebble to Push new Modular Smart Watch in 2015

2015 will see smart watch manufacturer Pebble release their next generation highly customizable product choices. Not only will they reportedly contain the ability to be strapped to your wrists via a plastic, metal case or leather strap – but advanced customization options are ticking in the pipeline.

Pebble was introduced to the world thanks to a Kickstarter campaign reaching great success, ensuring they could begin pitting their best against the plethora of smart watch offerings by multi-billion dollar tech companies such as Apple, Samsung, ASUS and LG.

Following the high-profile release of Apple’s first smart watch, Pebble have decided to entice customers to their brand by providing alternatives in styling, features and operation to these big-name competitors. The next models of Pebble watches will feature many secret developments in design and application, but unfortunately it’s very hard to get information out of them at this stage as to any specifics.

The most popular rumor is that of Pebble releasing modular smart watches, giving users the ability to do things such as change their wrist bands on-the-run and utilize different watch faces. It’s a smart concept as it then creates a product to suit many different users needs. Imagine a watch that you can dress up for a job interview, then simply change the fact and strap for a dance in a dingy nightclub.

At this stage there isn’t any more information available to us, including no set release date or pricing structure – we will report as the story develops here on eTeknix.

Image courtesy of Chiphell

Ice Bucket Challenge helps ALS Wikipedia Page Views Grow 18-fold

We’ve been covering quite a lot of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge recently – from Destiny’s Ghost taking up the call, to some very heart wrenching and moving videos.

However, the question is quite often asked on social media by many – what is this actually doing for ALS awareness? Well, thanks to the Wikimedia Foundation, we’ve learned that the ALS Wikipedia page (English) has been viewed 2.89 million times in August alone, compared to a relatively small 163,000 per month on average in the first half of 2014. This means the page views have gone up 18 times their previous numbers.

Thus far, over $100 million has been raised for the ALS Association since the viral challenge hit our news feeds and with this latest Wikipedia news, it’s showing that not only is the challenge a way for some people to show off their best wet t-shirt bods and gain some internet ‘likes’ – there is actually a purpose behind this and it’s quite possibly working.

Have you completed the ice bucket challenge? Did you donate? Have you learned anything? We’re keen to hear from you – so let us know.

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Facebook Officially Aquires LiveRail – a Video Ad Tech Startup

LiveRail is a service that helps brands that want to purchase online video ads and place them with publishers. Founded in 2007 and servicing up to 7 billion ads per month, this 170 person start-up will be working with Facebook as of Monday.

Facebook announced they would purchase LiveRail on June the 6th without disclosing the full amount. As we’ve just learned thanks to Tech Crunch, this figure is now set at $400m-$500m – the exact number is still unknown.

What does this mean for general users? Facebook can now LiveRail’s  expertise their expertise to better target video advertisements that run in our news feeds and help acquire more advertisers.

Interestingly, Twitter had also very recently announced its own video advertisement product (promoted videos). This move by Facebook can be seen as a quick move to stay in front of the crowd. There is said to be a big move from traditional TV advertisements to a more digital  medium – these recent acquisitions by both companies will likely see large profits in the near future.

What’s your opinion on Facebooks current marketing in our news feeds? Do you find it too intrusive or do you accept is as part of using a ‘free service’?

Image courtesy of Video Ink

Take A Blast Back To The Past With Google BBS

For a number of us tech heads, we all like to take a trip back to the good ol’ days of dial up internet and reminisce on how things used to be. Whilst many sites – such as Google – can into the world much later than the 80’s some people wonder what things would have been like back then. Well fear not as Google has been ported to the old BBS style courtesy of the guys over at masswerk.at.

It is worth noting that this is not an official page from Google themselves, but instead a third-party creation that ports Google into the style of the 80’s desktop. Whilst there is no real function of this page and when compared to today’s standards is a millions miles away from the layout, it is a great tool in some respects for teaching the children of today what computing in the past was like.

It’s simple & fun and I’m sure there is a likely hood you’ll spend a good amount of time having fun with the image search. Do you remember what things were like back then? Can you think of any other sites that would be interesting to see in an 80’s format? Let us know below.

Source: masswerk