Chase Melvin

Chase Melvin

Chase Melvin is a writer and native New Yorker. He graduated from LIU Brooklyn where he spent 3 years as the News and Photo Editor of the Seawanhaka Press newspaper before spending time as a Web-based technology writer for Newsday.

Extreme adventurer Dean Potter BASE jumps off Swiss mountain, takes dog for the ride

Extreme climber Dean Potter loves BASE jumping and his dog, so he brought his pet for a glide on his wing-suit after jumping off a Swiss mountain from 13,000 feet.

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After a shipwreck and 2 years undersea, the photos on this camera still survived

Two years ago, a Canadian man became shipwrecked and lost his digital camera at sea. Miraculously, the camera was recently recovered with its memory card intact, and is now back in the hands of its owner.

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Tech meets fashion: NewViewWear is clothing that comes with custom wearable camera

New York-based NewViewWear looks to launch a line of smart apparel, which includes a versatile camera that shoots HD video and 5-megapixel stills. The camera has a dedicated pocket in the clothes, but can be removed and used on its own.

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Instagram joins Facebook, Twitter, YouTube on Iran’s banned list, no one is surprised

An Iranian court order adds Instagram to a growing list of banned social media apps, which includes Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, due to "privacy issues." However, many high-level leaders continue to use social media for their own purposes.

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Google considers dipping its toes into home security with Dropcam acquisition

Nest Labs, a division of Google, has an interest in moving into home security by buying Dropcam, a home monitoring service that streams video via a Wi-Fi connection.

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Canon rumored to give select photographers 7D Mark II prototypes at Brazil World Cup

An updated version of Canon's popular 7D DSLR could be on the way, according to rumor sites. New claims suggest Canon will give select photographers prototypes of camera at the World Cup tournament in Brazil, with an official debut at Photokina.

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What happens when your old Polaroid runs out of film? Mod it to use Fujifilm’s instead

In this short video, professional photographer Alastair Bird demonstrates that analog instant photography is still alive as he uses a modified Polaroid camera to capture images.

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Dropbox adds Bubbli 3D tech to its growing list of photo app acquisitions

Dropbox adds to its list of acquired photo apps with the purchase of Bubbli, a 3D imaging app that creates unique 360-degree panoramic photos called "bubbles."

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360cam puts new spin (and bright idea) on growing panoramic camera market

A French company called Giroptic looks to put a fresh spin on panoramic cameras with the rugged 360cam. It shoots 1080p video and images with a 360-degree view, supports the Oculus Rift VR system, and can plug into a light socket.

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Google+ Stories automatically creates slideshows of your greatest photo, video hits

Google Stories is a new tool that automatically creates personalized slideshows out of your photos and videos. Stories includes maps of places you've visited, and you can share the link with friends and family instantly.

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Readyaction body mounts turn any smartphone or tablet into a POV camera

The Readyaction mounts attach a smartphone or tablet device to your body, turning your mobile device into a POV camera. It allows you to shoot action videos without having to invest in a dedicated action camera.

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N.Y. Times photographer creates backpack that wirelessly streams images back to newsroom

Josh Haner discovered TV journalists had the ability to live stream content wirelessly, so he created a backpack that allows photographers to do the same. With a Linux-based computer and four cellular modems onboard, Haner could send images immediately to the…

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Nikon explains how fluorine coating of new 400mm lens helps protect glass

Nikon has released a short video explaining its new fluorine coating, which is able to repel all types of dirt and moisture from lenses like the new Nikkor 400mm f/2.8 lens.

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Booq Boa Flow Graphite bag gives roving photographers more storage, protection

Booq's updated Boa Flow Graphite camera bag offers the roving photographer more storage and safety than its predecessor. The bag accommodates a DSLR, lenses, mobile devices, and a notebook up to 17 inches.

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Anyone photographing subjects against a white backdrop may violate Amazon patent

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office awarded Amazon with the "Studio Arrangement" patent, which describes the technique of shooting subjects against a white backdrop. The problem is, photographers of all skill levels already do this, so it isn't truly new.

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