Tech

A New GoPro Camera Exists

by The Editors on September 19, 2020

We’re always pleased for a new GoPro with a higher number because it means the chances of this one being a consistently usable camera are at least hypothetically increased. The new GoPro Hero 9 Black has some great new features (bigger battery, screen on the front) that will make it easier to use in all kinds of situations. And hopefully, this one can survive an in and out of the water trip without the back LCD screen failing. Guess we’ll have to see on that one. (Can you tell we’ve had trouble with every single GoPro we’ve owned?)

[Link: GoPro]

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Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 Trailer

by The Editors on May 12, 2020

Ok, we’re going to admit it. This looks amazing. (And that soundtrack?) We always loved THPS gameplay, and with a complete rebuild, this thing is going to RULE!

The two titles will be sold as one “Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2” package, and will feature every level and pro skater found in the originals — now in glorious 4K, with all of the 3D models and levels recreated from scratch. Also returning is most of the original soundtrack; licensing changes over the years prevent the remake’s soundtrack from being exhaustive, but most of the jams you remember should still be there.

We might even have to pick up a PS4 or borrow one from a kid we know (no mention of Switch support currently). The only bad news? Not out until September 4, 2020!

[Link: TechCrunch]

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Skater XL Coming To Consoles In July

by The Editors on April 4, 2020

All this sheltering in place has us looking forward to pretty much anything good that might happen in the future, and getting a solid new skate game on PS4, XBox, and Nintendo Switch in July is definitely something to look forward to, especially if we’re still locked indoors in four months. Know what we mean?

[Link: Happy Gamer]

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Tony Hawk Pro Skater Documentary Premiere

by The Editors on February 19, 2020

The Tony Hawk Pro Skater documentary Pretending I’m a Superman is premiering at the Mammoth Film Festival on February 29, 2020 at the Minaret Theatre at 4:00 and 5:30 PM. Plus, there is this from the filmmakers:

We will be throwing an after party at the Mammoth Rock n’ Bowl. The Downhill Jam, America’s finest THPS-cover band, will be our special guests for the night. They’ll be playing all of your favorite songs from the Tony Hawk Pro Skater games.

Tickets are $35 to see the movie and a Q&A with cast and crew, and $25 to see the movie in theater two. To get tickets click here.

[Link: Mammoth Film Festival via Hypebeast

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New GoPro Hero8 Must Be Better, Right?

by The Editors on October 1, 2019

We’ve rarely had a GoPro camera that functioned at all, let alone allowed us to bring back epic footage of our action fumbling, however, everyone seems to love these cameras so here’s the latest: the GoPro Hero 8. With each additional GoPro product launch we hope Gopro will release something that we can depend on day in and day out. Who knows, maybe this is finally the one.

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Jamie Brisick & Surfline’s Techno Narcissism

by The Editors on August 29, 2019

Everyone’s favorite surf writer Jamie Brisick is back in the pages of The New Yorker with a story titled Surfing In The Age of the Omnipresent Camera.  It’s about Surfline’s new Sessions app that allows anyone with an Apple Watch to capture a video record of all the waves they surf in front of a Surfline camera. Of course, Brisick uses this piece as an opportunity to give newbs an overview of the last 50 years of professional surfing, his career as a pro surfer, and the history of Surfline itself.

For so many of us surfers, the ocean is where we go to work things out, to heal, to escape. And for it to become all about the photo op cheapens the experience. And, even if the documenting or the posting is not your thing, you’ll inevitably be surrounded by surfers for whom it is. Emerging from the water with these thoughts, I did not have to wait long before the contradictions of modern surfing returned. Up on the roof deck, we went straight for our phones. Gilovich smiled broadly. “Soon we’ll be able to alert you when the conditions are to your exact liking, based on what you’ve rated with five stars,” he said. He went on about algorithms, and a bunch of other tech stuff, but none of us were listening. We were checking out our waves.

It reminded us of that scene in Dave Egger’s book The Circle when the founder of the company rolls out the ubiquitous “seaChange” mini cameras that will allow crowd sourced surveillance on a global level. Secrets are lies. Sharing is caring. Surfing the apocalypse, indeed.

[Link: The New Yorker]

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Tony’s Got A Whole New Game

by The Editors on December 5, 2018

Next week (December 13, 2018) Tony Hawk’s mobile game (created by Maple Media) hits the Apple and Google Play stores. It’s called SkateJam and we don’t really know much aside from what we read on 9 to 5 Mac. Here are a few details:

The action-packed mobile experience, available for pre-order now and free to download worldwide on the App Store® beginning on December 13th, captures the essence of Hawk’s legacy – his unmistakable style, influences, and tricks are prevalent throughout the game. Developed by Maple Media, a Los Angeles-based mobile media, advertising and technology company, Tony Hawk’s Skate Jam will set a new bar for authentic tricks, controls and music in a mobile skate game thanks to Tony himself. The game will also feature, Classic Career Mode, Global Skate Jam tournaments, Street, park and vert skate disciplines and dozens of Birdhouse skateboards to collect.

Sounds like everything we need in an mobile skateboarding game. For more info click the link.

[Link: SkateJam]

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GoPro Stabilizes With The HERO7 Black

by The Editors on September 20, 2018

Hey action camera nerds, GoPro just added a new number to their Hero line (7 it seems) and it does a bunch of cool new stuff that most people will never use, but if you’re into these things then you’re probably going to want to upgrade to the newest one when they become available on September 27, 2018. Or, to a couple of them since it seems GoPro shooters can never have too many of the difficult to use, annoying little boxes of image capturing technology. For all the official details, please follow the jump.

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Ian Cairns is a Clever Buoy

by The Editors on February 27, 2018

Hall of Fame surfer Ian Cairns is working as a brand ambassador for Clever Buoy, an ocean monitoring platform that detects large marin life (a.k.a. sharks) using sonar and acts as an early warning system for surf safety. Might not be a bad idea to have a couple of the water near our favorite beaches. For more info and how you can help make this happen, please follow the jump.

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I-Pod’s New Leica Snow White

by The Editors on February 12, 2018

Iouri Podladtchikov may not be in the Olympics this year, but that hasn’t slowed the launch of his limited edition Leica Q “Snow” any according to a story on The Verge.

Dubbed the Leica Q “Snow,” the camera is decked out in silver anodized aluminum for the top deck, baseplate, and controls. The body of the camera is wrapped in pure white leather that will probably get dirty in the first five seconds after you take it out of the box. The camera also features an aluminum accessory shoe cover, which is apparently a first for a Leica camera. And to round out the color scheme, the Leica Q Snow also comes with a white leather carrying case and strap. . . ‘White – for me, that also means ‘carte blanche’ – it’s up to you. It’s time to get creative’, says Iouri Podladtchikov, who has already published two books of his photography and will soon be opening his own studio.

The camera apparently drops in March for only $5,395. It looks amazing but sadly, is a little out of our price range.

[Link: The Verge]

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