GNARBOX 2.0: Back-up and Edit Video On the Fly Sans Laptop or Device

If you’ve ever gotten extremely frustrated over losing a “moment” while transferring footage to your laptop to make room in your card or device, then Gnarbox 2.0 is the perfect solution to your problem. After the original Gnarbox successfully debuted on Kickstarter in 2015, its developers lost no time in creating an improved version based on the feedback from its users. It’s now back on Kickstarter with the campaign already exceeding its funding target.

Backing up files is such a necessary task in the photography and video workflow – when you think about it, there’s no way product without intact files. However, enthusiastic users can miscalculate just how much they can store. Increasing the megapixels or changing the capture output can quickly fill up your drive. Another important thing to consider is that when on the go, conditions are unpredictable (inhospitable actually!) so you need a back-up that is rugged, shockproof, and waterproof.

If you are an occassional user, storage is the least of your worries and you can just focus on shooting indelible Kodak moments. But if you had taken an incredible amount of footage and you have no time to edit or make sense of any of it, you do need the portable Gnarbox! Download your videos while on the go through SD or microSD to this 128 GB (expandable) storage solution without needing your smartphone or laptop. Aside from being the go-to ready device, you can edit photos and even 4K video and export to social media.

One touch backup with Checksum Verification and fast transfers (75MB/s SD to 450MB/s USB-C)to pre-set folder trees makes the once tedious job of backing-up fast and easy.  Data is organized by date and camera. Now selling at $250 at Amazon or through Kickstarter, it is compatible with Android and iOS (not Windows), DSLRs, action cameras and drones. Compatible with Action Cameras, DSLRs, and Drones.

Another way to look at it is to see it as a “standalone” computer with its own editing software. It is connected through Wi-Fi and can be expanded to 1 Terabyte harddrive. Whether you are a hoarder of footage or one who meticulously reviews and deletes everything except the choicest morsels to string together into an amazing video, the Gnarbox has a place in your travel knapsack.

The essence of going on vacay is to unwind and there’s practically no point in bringing a laptop. But for the more demanding who find editing on smartphone tacky, the Gnarbox is a reasonable compromise robust enough to bridge your needs from the field to the studio. It is equipped with tools to:

  • safekeep
  • select
  • sequence and render (with rough cuts and transitions) and
  • showcase on any HDMI enabled screen.

With Adobe Premiere, Lightroom, Dropbox, and LumaFusion integrations this sleek box has become more powerful. It definitely is not a replacement for your favorite editing suite but in the field, it does an amazing job and cuts down the time you eventually spend on editing!

Skygofree: Spying on FB, WhatsApp, Skype and Credit Cards On Your Android

Malware is definitely getting more sinister and Skygofree, said to be in existence since 2014, was reported by Kaspersky as vicious enough to steal messages and take over your phone camera and steal data. The ultimate eavesdropper, Skygofree does not actually read WhatsApp and Facebook encrypted messages but goes around this limitation by capitalizing on Android’s Accessibility Services, something that was created for people with disabilities or limited interaction with the smartphone or tablet.

Kaspersky Lab researchers have uncovered an advanced mobile implant, active since 2014 and designed for targeted cyber-surveillance, possibly as an ‘offensive  security’ product. 

Late last year, it was considered one of the most sophisticated malware affecting Android operating systems because it can link-up infected devices to Wi-Fi networks under the control of the attackers. Unlike in the past when malware was released by cyber attackers, word has it that an Italian company selling surveillance systems developed this malware with root access. Hence, it is capable of reading practically anything on your device’s memory including geolocation, text messages, calendared events, business data, and personal information. It can also take photos, record video and conversations automatically without as much as alerting the owner that anything was remiss. It has better control of infected devices and can record the once impregnable Skype conversations.

Skygofree is a sophisticated, multi-stage spyware that gives attackers full remote control of an infected device.  – Kaspersky

You realize the gravity of the security risk when you realize just how much information you’ve entrusted to your smartphone. You read emails, write notes, store passwords, credit card information and even hold virtual work meetings using your Android.

According to Kaspersky, the malware is spread through landing pages that mimic mobile network operators. Users are then tricked into installing and using the app. If you notice your smartphone is fast draining charge and heating up, it may be infected by Skygofree and other Trojans). Aside from the 48 commands it can execute, it can circumvent battery-saving mechanisms (such as in Huawei) and unobtrusively implant itself as a protected app. A particularly dangerous quality because it remains quietly operating in the background when the screen is off.

How does Skygofree do it? Once installed from fake sites, you will see a notification that may be permutations of this “Dear Customer, we’re updating your configuration and it will be ready as soon as possible”. It sounds official and above-board and doesn’t raise suspicions. However, if you detect something off and want to address this by deleting or uninstalling the app, you are in for a big surprise! The trojan hides the icon in background services where it isn’t easily removed from the system. According to Kaspersky, this self-protection feature affects almost all services. Windows itself could be the next target and this has already started with infiltrating Skype.

Prevent infection by Skygofree by:

  • installing antivirus/anti-malware protection such as  Kaspersky Security for Mobile.
  • being cautious when opening mail from unknown sites
  • not opening attachments
  • downloading only from known sites and
  • turning on Application Control if you are the system administrator.

Shoot panoramic footage with new iPhone camera attachment

Hobbyists and photography connoisseurs would certainly want their hands on this. It’s a lens attachment that can be placed to your iPhone that gives you the ability to shoot panoramic footages.

Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Kogeto Jeff Glasse said, “It captures 360-degree video and then lets you share that video online. You’re capturing in the room – 360 degrees.”

Called the “Dot” it is a $79 add-on to your iPhone and was unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas. Glasse also added that you can have the ability to upload it to Facebook, Twitter or wherever you want to share it.

The Dot attaches to the iPhone’s camera lens and it automatically turns into a 360-degree panoramic image.

The company started distributing the device for the iPhone 4 and the 4S last October. It will be released to the European market by February and is available in Apple Stores in US in two weeks.

The Dot for the Android Samsung Galaxy Nexus is going to be released at the first half of this year.

“We’re bringing this to the consumer market so we can be the plumbing for panoramic video. I believe wholeheartedly in panoramic video. I believe it’s transformative,” said Glasse.

Image source: EnGadget.com

YouTube celebrates one billion views a day

Credit: YouTube

In the third anniversary of its acquisition by Google, YouTube’s CEO announced that it has been streaming a billion videos a day.

“Today, I’m proud to say that we have been serving well over a billion views a day on YouTube. This is great moment in our short history and we owe it all to you,” CEO and co-founder Chad Hurley wrote in the blog.

Hurley also talked about the site’s evolution, from just a site catering to short, armature home videos done by people for fun, to the longer, better-quality videos and even earning profit for videos posted.

“Three years after the acquisition, our platform and our business continue to grow and evolve. We are still committed to the same principles that informed the site early on, but we knows things have changed. As bandwidth has increased, so has our video quality. As we’ve started to see demand for longer, full-length content, we’ve brought more shows and movies to the site. There are now more ways than ever to make and consume content, and more of you are looking to turn your hobby into a real business.”

Aware of the all the competition they have, Hurley also assured its users that they have their hands full in keeping up with the demand for better consumer experience.

“We’re working hard to keep up with the fast pace of technology to bring you everything you would expect from the world’s largest video site: better quality; a full spectrum of choices and tools for users, partners and advertisers; and ways to make the YouTube experience your own anywhere, anytime,” he wrote.

Source: http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/173413/youtube_says_it_streams_1_billion_vids_a_day.html

Online streaming supasses illegal file-sharing

According to a study conducted by Music Ally’s media and technology researches, illegal file-sharing in the UK has fallen big time (yay!).

The study, which was published last Monday, showed that between December 2007 and January 2009, the number of people who regularly file-shared dropped by a quarter. The trend was most pronounced among 14-18 year olds.

It also showed that more and more teens are opting to steaming music and video sites such as YouTube, Spotify, MySpace, among others.

Researchers wrote: “Nearly twice as many 14-18-year-olds (31 per cent) listen to streamed music on their computer every day compared to music fans overall (18 per cent). More fans are regularly sharing burned CDs and Bluetoothing tracks to each other than file-sharing tracks.”

This move towards music and video streaming though has some uhm, negative effects in the internet.

According to Larry Roberts ( the guy who invented – yep – the ARPANet and packet switching), traditional packet-based routing is not built for streaming services which results to poor streaming qualities.

“Keeping up with bandwidth demand has required huge outlays of cash to build an infrastructure that remains underutilised,” he wrote. “To put it another way, we’ve thrown bandwidth at a problem that really requires a computing solution.”

Source:

http://www.businessweek.com/globalbiz/content/jul2009/gb20090713_439306.htm