Fully Charged: HTC’s RE camera gets YouTube streaming, Nintendo's Mario crossover with smash mobile game, and Google funding Charlie Hebdo

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HTC RE camera

HTC RE camera

RE camera adds YouTube streaming

HTC’s introduction of an action camera a couple months back seemed a curious new direction for the company, but the RE is starting to show its potential advantages over the market-standard GoPro. Or, at least it will once the latest app update is released for both Android and iOS.

That’s because the updated app will enable the camera to stream live video direct to YouTube via your smartphone’s Wi-Fi or cellular connection - something that isn’t possible so easily (and officially) with the GoPro. Will that send action cam fans flocking towards HTC’s pipe-shaped option? Hard to know, but every little perk helps.

The app update is set to hit Android sometime today, enabling the streaming feature, however iPhone users will have to wait until later this quarter to gain the ability.

[Source: The Verge]

READ MORE: HTC RE hands-on review

Mario will star in Japanese mobile sensation

No, Mario isn’t getting his own mobile game. Instead, one of the biggest mobile games in Japan will be coming to Nintendo 3DS in a Mario-featuring iteration that’s sure to be a smash.

Puzzles & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition merges the Puzzle Quest-esque colour-matching puzzle gameplay of the former with the characters and power-ups of the latter, and it’s set to debut in Japan on 29 April. GungHo’s mobile favorite has millions of downloads outside of Japan, but it’s not quite a household name - so no word yet if this one will make it elsewhere.

[Source: YouTube]

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Google helps fund Charlie Hebdo

Rally to support Charlie Hebdo following terrorist attack

Rally to support Charlie Hebdo following terrorist attack

French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo was struck by a terrorist attack on Wednesday that left eight staff members and four other people dead, along with 11 people injured, apparently in response to controversial cartoons featured by the magazine over the years.

While the gunmen may have wished to silence the publication, the rallying support of worldwide people and companies shocked by the news looks to have done quite the opposite. Remaining staffers say they will publish the paper next week, and thanks to the help of Google and other media companies, Charlie Hebdo will likely reach its largest-ever audience by a wide margin.

The Google-backed Digital Press Fund will provide €250,000 to the magazine to keep it running, and other companies like Le Monde, Radio France, and France Télévisions will also be granting large sums of money as support. Charlie Hebdo staffers plan to run one million copies of the next issue, whereas the usual print run prior to the attack was just 60,000 per week.

(Image of Australian support rally of Charlie Hebdo via user Chtfn on Wikipedia.)

[Source: Guardian]

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