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Netflix Tests Rewind; iPhone Turning Point; IMAX Out of VR; Tiny Gimbal Review
 

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December 14 · Issue #125 · View online
Tech stories that matter, Gadget Quests, nerd pursuits, and other things you ought to know.

Netflix Tests Rewind; iPhone Turning Point; IMAX Out of VR; Tiny Gimbal Review

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Micro Binge. Instant replay is a great feature for pro-sports referees and sports fans who want to relive a moment on their own streaming platforms. But would it be useful for “Stranger Things” or “All the Boys I’ve Loved Before”? Netflix says, “Maybe.” The streaming giant has confirmed that it’s testing out just such a feature for what it thinks are particularly memorable moments. Personally, I don’t get it. Even going back to my TiVo days, I wasn’t constantly replaying plot twists on “ER.” I don’t expect this test feature to make it to the big leagues.
Netflix may let you instantly rewatch must-see scenes - CNET
Apple turning point. Even though Apple’s iPhone is not the best-selling phone in the world, it has an outsized cache no other smartphone manufacturer can match. However, a convergence of design and capabilities (and some other struggles) is making it harder and harder for Apple and the iPhone to stand out. I see that trend continuing as the Golden Age of the iPhone slips away.
The Golden Age of the iPhone Is Ending – The Upgrade – Medium
Virtually gone. Imax just learned something I think most virtual reality industry watchers have known for some time: VR is primarily a personal and at-home experience. The company announced earlier this week that it’s shuttering its IMAX VR experiment, which was basically pop-up shops filled with VR headgear and IMAX-sponsored content that fit inside the headsets. IMAX got some positive response, but the numbers were never there. I think people would rather experience VR in the comfort of their living room. Plus, what sense does it make to squeeze giant IMAX-sized content into a pair of tiny screens that only mimic the monster-screen experience?
Imax Is Exiting the VR Space, Closing Its 3 Remaining VR Centers in Q1 – Variety
Pro video. I shoot a decent amount of video with my iPhone. For some of it, I place the iPhone on a tripod. However. sometimes I have to shoot on the go and, even though I try to hold my hand and arm steady, the resulting video can be bumpy and make the viewer nauseated. I’ve used gimbals, which keep the phone still even as my hand moved, but they’re heavy and bulky. Enter the $349 DJI Osmo Pocket. It’s the world’s smallest 3-axis gimbal. It has a built-in camera, shoots smooth video and is a lot of fun to use. Check out my video for more details.
DJI Osmo Pocket Review!
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