The Rock tells us what he told early doubters in Instagram video for 'The Defiant Ones'

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The Rock might seem like an obvious Hollywood action hero success story now, but even he had moments when the world doubted him, and he shares some of that struggle in a brief Instagram video he posted on Sunday. 

But The Rock isn’t alone, also appearing in the video are NFL star Cam Newton, NBA champion Kevin Durant, and Mashable’s own founder Pete Cashmore, among others. 

They all tell brief parts of their stories of defying the odds to achieve success in a promotional video for the four-part HBO docu-series called The Defiant Ones. When it comes to The Rock, when he met doubt about his prospects in Hollywood, sports, and pro wrestling, he simply said, “Fuck that.” (Remember that steely resolve the next time you see him flash that warm, mainstream-friendly smile.)  Read more…

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New iPhone 8 dummy unit video reportedly provides the "closest look" at Apple's first 5.8-inch handset

Last week, we talked about a couple of photos showing an iPhone 8 dummy unit that might look like the real iPhone 8 that Apple is getting ready to announce sometime later this year. Today, the same iPhone 8 dummy unit showed up in a hands-on video that lets us better envision what Apple’s next big thing could be all about.

Revealed by @OnLeaks (one of the web’s most reliable sources when it comes to leaks and unofficial information) in collaboration with Tiger Mobiles, this iPhone 8 dummy reportedly provides “the closest look yet” at Apple’s upcoming handset.

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HTC video shows how to setup Edge Sense on the HTC U11

The HTC U11, the manufacturer’s current flagship phone, has a new feature that makes it easy to open an app or snap a photograph by simply squeezing the sides of the handset. If you’re a daily Phone Arena reader, you know that this is called Edge Sense. Today, HTC released a video that shows how easy it is to set up Edge Sense. First, you need to select the “squeeze force level,” which is the amount of squeezing that is required to set off the feature. HTC recommends that you squeeze as hard as you can when setting this level. After all, setting this too low will result in many accidental …

New Samsung video promotes select Galaxy S8 and S8+ protective cases

Samsung today released a new video to promote some of the official protective cases that the company has made for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.

In the video, you’ll first discover a Clear View Standing Cover – which, in addition to protecting the dual-curve screen of the Galaxy S8, it lets you control calls, music, and other functions without flipping it open. Plus, of course, this transparent case can also act as an adjustable stand for viewing content in landscape mode.

The second case model shown in the video is an Alcantara Cover – a stylish product with a suede-like finish. …

Elon Musk packs the best of SpaceX's latest landing in 20-second video

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While you were out enjoying the sun and sights here on Earth, SpaceX was busy making history, again. 

On Sunday, SpaceX pulled off its 13th flawless rocket landing, delicately putting the Falcon 9 on the seaborne drone ship called “Just Read the Instructions.” 

And while SpaceX founder Elon Musk knows that every space nerd on the planet was watching in real time, he’s also aware of the power of social media. To that end, Musk posted a high-speed version of the space-to-Earth landing on Instagram. 

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Macron teams up with Schwarzenegger to troll Trump in climate change video

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French president Emmanuel Macron enlisted a high-profile Donald Trump antagonist in his ongoing quest to #MakeThePlanetGreatAgain.

Terminator star and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger met with the French president on June 23 to chat about global warming and the fate of the Paris Climate Agreement. 

To celebrate this meeting of the minds, the two posed for a video selfie and threw some not so subtle shade toward the White House. On June 1, President Donald Trump announced his intent to withdraw the U.S. from this landmark climate treaty, drawing the ire of the global community.  Read more…

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Video from HTC previews some new Edge Sense features

A video released today by HTC reveals some upcoming new capabilities for the Edge Sense feature on the HTC U11. By squeezing both sides of the flagship handset, you can have the phone respond in certain ways. Certain apps can be opened, and photos taken. Based on the new features seen on the video, activating Edge Sense will allow you to zoom in on Google Maps. A similar function will be available for Google Photos. Squeeze in to zoom in on a picture, and squeeze again to return it to the original size.

The new Edge Sense features even extend to the HTC Calendar. While the latter …

Facebook to launch new app aimed at video creators later this year

As part of an update to Mentions that will be released in the coming months, Facebook plans to introduce a new app targeting video creators. Just like Facebook Live, the new app will make its debut inside Mentions later this year.

The announcement was made at the annual online video conference VidCon Friday. The new update will add a new Community tab that will allow video creators to connect with their Facebook, Instagram and Messenger followers much easier.

Also, the app will feature special tools aimed at video makers that will allow them to add intros …

OnePlus 5 fails at 4K video stabilization: comparison vs Apple iPhone 7 Plus

The OnePlus 5 is the new kid on the flagship smartphone block, but how does it do when it comes to 4K video recording? We test its video stabilization (or lack thereof) against the popular Apple iPhone 7 Plus. Keep in mind that the OnePlus 5 lacks optical image stabilization (OIS) and relies on electronic IS only, while the iPhone 7 Plus support both OIS and EIS.

Even the slightest trembling of the hand results in an earthquake-like commotion on screen

And the results are… disappointing. At least for the OnePlus 5 that is. …

Watch ABBYY TextGrabber Pro 6 lift text, phone numbers, links, and addresses straight from video & TV

Digital scanning powerhouse ABBYY’s character recognition app TextGrabber has been an example of “black magic” mobile technology for a long time. If its ability to capture text from written pages failed to entertain you for some reason, check out what has come to the newly released version 6!

TextGrabber is now able to pick up text from live video streams, entirely offline and with support for 61 languages. Of course, we aren’t talking only articles or some sort of long-form literature. Rather, TextGrabber nabs links, phone numbers, addresses (e-mail, www, street), times and dates, and other …