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Watch a girl age decades, almost imperceptibly, in minutes


No spring chicken? Danielle hardly blinks as she ages rapidly.

Screenshot by Tim Hornyak/CNET)

Yesterday I saw a photo of myself from 16 years ago. I was struck by how the years — and all that hair — seem to have slipped away so quickly. It feels like I’ll wake up tomorrow and it’ll be 2030.

By then, of course, we’ll be uploading our minds to our immortal robot clones. But for now, age keeps coming back to haunt us like an annoying Adobe Flash update.

That’s why a new video from filmmaker Anthony Cerniello is so striking. It shows a girl slowly and almost imperceptibly aging decades in about four minutes.

Danielle,” embedded below, was produced with a team of animators and a still photographer, Keith Sirchio.

Set to a somewhat eerie soundtrack by Mark Reveley, it shows a young Asian girl gazing into the camera, only blinking occasionally, as she slowly matures and gets older.

Her face becomes longer, her bone structure more defined, and then her skin and hair show signs of age as she seems to enter the middle years of her life.

Last year, Cerniello attended his friend Danielle’s family reunion. He and Sirchio took portraits of her relatives of all ages with a Hasselblad medium-format camera. After scanning the negatives, they chose those relatives with similar bone structure to create a rough aging continuity.

Animators Nathan Meier and Edmund Earle then knitted the images together seamlessly, with 3D visual-effects artist George Cuddy putting the finishing touches on the remarkable transformation.

“I attempted to create a person in order to emulate the aging process,” Cerniello, a music video and commercial editor, writes on his Vimeo page. “The idea was that something is happening but you can’t see it but you can feel it, like aging itself.”

Check out the results in the video below, and watch it all the way through to get the full effect.

Danielle from Anthony Cerniello on Vimeo.

(Via This is Colossal)

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Blue HTC One to arrive as Best Buy exclusive on September 15th

DNP HTC One in blue

Don’t feel blue if you’ve missed one of the first HTC One units in, well, blue when they started trickling out — it’s officially launching as a Best Buy exclusive on September 15th. What’s more, the oceanic phone will be available on Sprint, ATT and Verizon. On-contract pricing details have yet to be revealed by the carriers, but its full retail price was pegged at $700 when it first showed up on our radar. We guess those who prefer cool blue to glamour red will find out soon enough when the phones pop up at the retailer’s stores, its mobile shops and website.

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Interactive Arcade Fire vid lets you control the effects

Video screenshot by Leslie Katz/CNET)

If you’ve ever wanted to direct a music video, you can (sort of) with a new short interactive film for Arcade Fire that lets you impact the effects with the wave of a mobile device.

Built for the Web, the film, “Just a Reflektor,” features the song “Reflektor,” expected to be the first single released from the band’s new album of the same name. It’s scheduled to debut officially Monday night at a small club in Montreal.

To get into the head-trippy action, just go to Justareflektor.com in a Google Chrome browser and a visit a companion mobile URL for the project via smartphone or
tablet. The film, directed by Vincent Morisset and shot in Jacmel, Haiti, tells the story of Axelle “Ebony” Munezero, a young woman who travels fluidly between her world and ours.

The film relies on visual tracking from your computer’s Webcam and data from your mobile device’s gyroscope and accelerometer. Waving your device in front of your computer as you watch will do things like move light and shadows around the screen; make the main character’s face appear to melt; and cause a vivid kaleidoscope of color to trail behind her as she dances.

Waving your mobile device in front of your browser causes colors to move around the main character.


“We were able to take data from your phone’s location to affect shaders and change the actual look and feel of the video itself,” Google Creative Lab’s Aaron Koblin explains in the making-of video below.

Mousing around can accomplish some of the same tricks.

The film, a little more than seven minutes long, includes all sorts of visual effects, some of which appear as open-source code on the site’s technology section for those who are feeling experimental. At one point, Axelle gazes into a mirror. When she throws it down, it breaks, and your own face appears on the screen in the shattered glass.

“We wanted to play around with not using buttons and not using traditional keyboards and really try to make it more about getting lost in the experience and forgetting what you’re holding,” Koblin says.

Now, it did take me several tries to get a hang of interacting with the film, and I experienced several lost connections with both a smartphone and tablet. Also, my CNET colleague Eric Franklin reported a tired arm after almost four minutes of waving his smartphone in front of his monitor. That said, once you get in the groove, it’s hard not to appreciate the intricately imagined concept here. We’ve come a long, long way since the early days of MTV.

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Vodafone 4G coming to 5 UK cities on September 28th with 4GB of extra data


· All Vodafone Red 4G-ready and Vodafone Red Business 4G-ready customers signing up before the end of October will get an extra 4GB of data per month for the length of their contract

· Existing ultrafast 4G customers will also get the ‘4GBonus’ added to their plan at no extra cost

· Vodafone ultrafast 4G coming to Birmingham, Coventry, Leicester, Nottingham and Sheffield on September 28 as rollout to 98% of UK population continues

Vodafone UK is today giving customers even more reasons to enjoy fantastic sports or music entertainment on ultrafast 4G by boosting the amount of data available with all Vodafone Red 4G-ready plans by 4GB per month for the length of their contract. Vodafone Red 4G-ready brings 4G to life as never before, with sports action including over 150 hours of Premier League football from Sky Sports Mobile TV, or more than 20 million songs from Spotify Premium for music lovers.

Anyone signing up to a SIM only plan or a 12 or 24 month plan, with a new 4G-ready handset included, will get three months unlimited UK data, then double the amount of data available on standard Vodafone Red plans plus an extra 4GB per month for the length of their contract. On top of unlimited calls and texts it’s Vodafone’s best ever value deal. The ‘4GBonus’ offer runs from today until the end of October for new and upgrading customers. Customers who signed up for Vodafone Red 4G-ready plans after they went on sale on August 12 will also receive the additional 4GB of data at no extra cost.

Following the launch of Vodafone ultrafast 4G in London last month, Vodafone also announces today that it will launch 4G services in Birmingham, Coventry, Leicester, Nottingham and Sheffield on September 28. By the end of the year, Vodafone Ultrafast 4G, with speeds typically six times faster than 3G, will also be switched on in Bradford, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle.* Vodafone is targeting indoor 4G coverage across 98% of the UK population by 2015.

Mark Howe, Head of Post Pay Consumer, Vodafone UK, said “With our Vodafone Red 4G-ready plans 4G finally has a purpose and now with the ‘4GBonus’ Vodafone ultrafast 4G is even more compelling. There are a number of hotly anticipated new devices coming out in the Autumn and with the ‘4GBonus’ there are even more reasons for customers to choose Ultrafast 4G from Vodafone.”

Vodafone Red 4G-ready starts at £26 per month for a 12 month SIM-only plan, which now comes with 6GB of data, and £34 per month for a 24 month plan with a handset included, which now comes with 6GB of data. Vodafone Red 4G-ready customers also have a choice of great entertainment from either Sky Sports Mobile TV or Spotify Premium.

Customers choosing Sky Sports Mobile TV will have access to more live football than ever before, including exclusive live coverage of more than 100 matches from the Barclays Premier League, the Sky Bet Football League, UEFA Champions League, the SPFL and La Liga. Vodafone customers choosing Sky Sports Mobile TV can also look forward to the Ashes tour of Australia this winter, Majors golf coverage including the US PGA Championship and Heineken Cup rugby.

Vodafone Red 4G-ready customers choosing Spotify Premium will have more than 20 million songs at their fingertips. Spotify is the largest music streaming service of its kind, offering instant, on-demand access to the world’s music, on the go. Vodafone Red 4G-ready users can discover new music, enjoy playlists curated by their friends, follow their favourite artists and celebrities, or just relax and listen to Spotify radio. Spotify Premium lets music lovers enjoy music however they want – on a smartphone, tablet or through a home entertainment system. Music fans can even listen to their favourite tracks on aeroplanes, thanks to the ‘offline sync’ feature.

Business users who want to enjoy ultrafast 4G and the ability to share their data allowance at no extra cost with Vodafone Red Business 4G-ready, will also receive an extra 4GB of data for the length of their contract. Vodafone Red Business starts from just £21.67 (ex-VAT), for a 12 month SIM-only plan, which now comes with 6GB of data. Customers who signed up for Vodafone Red Business 4G-ready plans after they went on sale on August 12 will also receive the additional 4GB of data at no extra cost.

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Sony PS4 to land in Japan in February

PlayStation 4

The PlayStation 4.


During a press conference in Japan, Sony has announced the release date and price of the Sony PlayStation 4 in Japan. It will start selling on February 22, and go for 39,980 yen (US$400), or 43,980 yen (US$441) with the camera accessory.

This is three months after the US release date of November 15, and November 29 for parts of Europe, including the UK. According to Sony, the February release date makes sure that there’s time for US titles to be localized for the Japan market at launch, and dedicated Japanese titles, too.

There will also be a limited-edition bundle called the
PlayStation 4 First Limited Pack that will go for the same price, but includes a new title called Knack. This edition is available only to customers in Japan, for those who preorder the console.

Read more
of “Sony PS4 to launch on Feb 22 2014 in Japan” at CNET Asia.

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How would you change LG’s Optimus 4X HD?

DNP  LG Optimus 4X HD review runnerup to the quadcore throne

A year is a long time in technology, and reading back through the reviews of LG’s Optimus 4X HD, it’s clear to see a company in transition. Spool forward a few months, and the Optimus G and Nexus 4 has pushed the Korean giant back into the ascendancy. Still, we need to grapple with the 4XHD, which we said had a frustrating camera, underwhelming display and poor battery life. You’ve had several months to toil away at this device now, so it’s time to ask — did we get it right? That’s what How Would You Change is all about.

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