Tech

The Apple iPhone 7 Surf Test

by The Editors on September 22, 2016

NorCal surfer Kai Lenny puts a series of iPhones through a “surf test” to see just how well they hold up. The iPhone 7’s new water capabilities seem to win the day. Maybe it’s finally time to upgrade. . .”Sorry bro, I’m not talking to you, I’m on a call.”

[Link: 9 to 5 Mac]

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GoPro Drones The Cloud With New Hero5

by The Editors on September 19, 2016

GoPro founder Nick Woodman unpacked a drone load of product today (including the company’s long-awaited financial hail mary, the Karma drone) during a press conference at Squaw Valley Resort, California. In addition to the drone, the list includes a new line of Hero5 cameras, and a cloud-based software package designed to make accessing GoPro’s huge files much easier.

“With these new products, we’re delivering on our promise to make it easy to capture and share engaging stories,” said Woodman. “HERO5’s ability to auto-upload photos and videos to a GoPro Plus account dramatically simplifies mobile, on-the-go editing, sharing and enjoyment. This is a game-changing experience that we will continue to build upon.” Woodman adds, “We’re stoked to launch Karma and show how much more it is than a drone. Karma packs Hollywood-caliber aerial, handheld and gear-mounted image stabilization into a backpack for $799. It’s so easy to use, a beginner can have fun straight away.”

While we’re personally sick and tired of our neighbors continually flying their drones over our house (net gun?), this GoPro Karma will certainly integrate well with GoPro’s line of cameras and looks to be great for RC hobbiests.  The move to the cloud is a step in the right direction as GoPro looks to move their business past hardware an into digital services. For the official word from GoPro, please follow the jump.

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Absinthe Films: The App

by The Editors on August 31, 2016

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Absinthe Films is putting their entire 16 film library in the palm of your hand with their new app for iOS and Android. In addition to all the completely remastered films the app also includes /fterForever Premier tour dates, rider segments, rider bios, flipside episodes, wallpaper, and more.

“The timing is good to release the new app, the new website and the first of two /fterForever trailers” said Justin Hostynek, director of Absinthe Films, “This app also shows our commitment to staving off perceived Technophobia for the foreseeable future and modernizing Absinthe Films through progression and mobile technology.”

Yep. Guess this means it’s time to toss out that storage box fill with Absinthe VHS tapes. . . To download the app for iOS click here (the Android app is coming soon). For the official word from Absinthe and app developer Black Sun Productions, follow the jump.

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Syrmo: A Skateboarding Activity Tracker

by The Editors on May 11, 2016

Skaters who also run or ride bikes know of the addictive nature of an app called Strava. Well, now skateboarders can track their own action on a similar app called Syrmo.

With the addition of some tech that mounts underneath your truck (including an accelerometer, gyroscope, and barometer) Syrmo will record the motion of your skateboard and save it on a smartphone app for logging, sharing, comparing and review.

So far, we haven’t seen any action trackers that work well enough to be useful, but maybe this is the one. We look forward to trying it.

[Link: Syrmo]

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Medina’s Really Big Samsung Galaxy Tablet

by The Editors on May 10, 2016

Gabriel Medina never has to be alone in the shallows again thanks to a new smart surfboard from Samsung. Checking email from the lineup has never looked so smooth.

[Link via Surfer Mag]

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GoPro Having A Rough Go

by The Editors on May 9, 2016

gopro_logoNot really sure how things could be worse for GoPro. They’ve announced terrible first quarter results and delayed launching their next big product, the Karma drone, according to a story on The Verge.

[GoPro] saw its revenue drop by 49.5 percent from the same period in 2015, and it swung from a $22 million profit to a $121 million loss. The company also announced that its new drone, the Karma, will be delayed until the winter holiday. It was originally slated to be released in the first half of this year.

Yes, a $121 million loss for the quarter. We’ve never really understood the mass appeal of drones, or of GoPro cameras for that matter, so we guess we don’t find much of this recent news all that surprising. Click here for the official GoPro financials, or here for some of Jeff Harbaugh’s thoughts.

[Link: The Verge]

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Nixon Finally Gets Smart With Android

by The Editors on March 16, 2016

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Today (March 16, 2016), Nixon is at Switzerland’s world famous watch and jewelry expo Baselworld to rollout The Mission, their first ever smartwatch powered by Google’s Android Wear and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 2100 system-on-a-chip. In otherwords, a real-deal Android smartwatch designed specifically with action sports in mind.

The Mission features a suite of custom applications tailored to action sports, as well as industry-leading durability and a category-first 10-ATM (100 meter) water-resistance rating. In addition to the full capabilities of the Android WearTM platform and apps, the smartwatch introduces Nixon’s custom Mission app powered by Surfline and Snocountry. The Mission app places live conditions information at a glance of the wrist and features a custom activity-tracking application developed in partnership with Trace, the leader in action sports activity tracking.

And with built-in GPS, this watch could be a prime  replacement for the Garmin fenix 3 that is currently occupying our wrist. But we won’t be sure about that until we get one to test out for a couple weeks. For the official word from Nixon, please follow the jump.

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Joey Brezinski’s iPhone olloclip Workflow

by The Editors on March 8, 2016

Skateboarder Joey Brezinski has been creating and editing his own video parts for years. Lately, he (like most of us) has been using his iPhone for most of his video work and with that comes the need for other lenses. olloclip has them and Joey uses them. Probably long before he was paid to do it. Check it.

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Garmin Upgrades Snowboarding Smart Watch

by The Editors on February 19, 2016

One of our favorite action sporting GPS smart watches, the Garmin Vivoactive, is getting a nice upgrade this spring with the addition heart-rate monitoring, a completely redesigned case, and built-in snowboard activity tracking. The new watch is called the Garmin Vivoactive HR.

The snowboarding app measures 3-D speed by calculating the speed and distance on an incline versus latitude and longitude. It also provides splits automatically and features Auto Pause, which freezes the timer automatically when users stop or ride the lift.

We like it for the snowboarding app, but not only that, the Vivoactive HR does smart notifications better than most. It allows you to get texts and emails (and even answer your phone) on your wrist without having to dig for your phone and it will run for up to eight days on a single charge. For the official word from Garmin, please follow the jump.

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GoPole Goes Beyond GoPro Cameras

by The Editors on February 9, 2016

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GoPole, our favorite action accessories company, has announced that they’re now offering attachments for smartphones as well as other action cameras.

GoPole is no longer just for your GoPro camera! The Universal adapter (MSRP $12.99) will connect any camera featuring a 1/4 inch-20 tripod connection to any existing GoPole mount. Compatible cameras include Sony Action Cam, Garmin VIRB, Polaroid Cube and more. . . Consumers can also effortlessly capture selfies with their mobile device as well, thanks to the Mobile Clip (MSRP $14.99). This adjustable clip allows users to attach small or large mobile phones, such as the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and Samsung Galaxy S6, to any standard GoPro mount.

All of their stuff works fine with our Garmin  Virb XE already, but this is good news for everyone with a image capturing device. For a complete overview of their new mounts, solar chargers, and more, please follow the jump.

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