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You got the camera, now you have to put it to work capturing the things you love. That might be nailing a killer trick, recording your kids growing up, or capturing memories from travels around the world. The more you use your GoPro, the more you realize it is perhaps the most powerful device for recording your life that has ever been made. Sure, smartphones are convenient because they are always in your pockets – but when I watch or share my memories, I want to do so in glorious, high-quality HD video. So to make sure you get the most out of it, here is a short list of must-have accessories to get you started. Certainly, the more of a heavy user you are, you’ll need/want far more; but these will make sure you get started properly with the must-have tools to help get the shot.

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Your GoPro is a serious piece of hardware and it’s not cheap – keep it protected. Pelican is known for bomb-proof cases capable of safely protecting even the most expensive and delicate hardware. They’re dust-proof, water-resistant, they float and you can apparently even drive a car over them (best not to test that though). The 1200 is a near perfect case – it is small, lightweight and easily customizable. While it holds your camera and a variety of accessories, portability comes at a cost – if you have lots of accessories you will quickly run out of space. It is also just a bit too narrow to hold the typical extension pole. While this is sort of a bummer, it is a great place to start based on its price (about $40) and size (even if you have multiple cases, you’ll always want a small one that is highly portable – the 1200 can easily fit in an average backpack). A larger option is the 1400 or 1500, which are a good step up in size.

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If you use your GoPro even just a little bit, you’re absolutely going to need additional batteries. The OEM batteries are expensive though, so you might be thinking twice about spending your hard-earned money on something you already have. Don’t worry, this Wasabi Power kit is the way to go. The batteries are high quality and work just like the OEM versions. However, with this kit you get 2 extra batteries, a dual charger (so you can charge two at a time), as well as a wall adapter and car charge; all for just $30. I can get this whole kit in my Pelican 1200 easily and it doesn’t take up much space at all. Now when I grab my GoPro only to realize that the battery in it is about to die, I’ve got a few backups waiting to go.

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Most GoPro kits come with waterproof housings, but what about when you are shooting video on land – away from water? The Frame mount is a lightweight, skeleton-like housing that keeps the microphones exposed, while providing minimal protection. You get easy access to the battery compartment (pre-Hero4) and no bulk. Additionally, the housing has mounts for things like a tripod or extension pole. While GoPro makes one of these, there are many aftermarket versions that also include things like a lens cover (this is important with this type of housing because the camera is exposed) and are MUCH more affordable.

gpe-10_3_largeGOPOLE EVO FLOATING EXTENSION POLE

This is likely the most important accessory you will have. Camera poles are an important way to stabilize your camera while shooting video. Extension poles mean you can get the camera far enough away from you to shoot yourself without your arm being an obvious element in the shot. Floating poles are key in making sure if you are shooting in/around water that you aren’t going to lose the pole (or, more importantly, your GoPro!) GoPole’s whole line of poles is spectacular. The buoy is fluorescent, so you can easily find it bobbing around in the water. They’re high-quality build makes them reliable and durable. This version even allows your GoPro remote to mount near your hand, which means you don’t have to reach out to control the camera between shots. The downside is that this extension pole, like many of them, is a bit long when collapsed (about 14″). This means it will not fit in your Pelican 1200. I like to keep a small version in the case (like the Bobber) and the extension pole can be strapped or velcro’d to the outside of the case.

Minimalist_Kit_@2xJOBY ACTION KIT

So you’re covered shooting video when you’re holding the camera, but what about when your hands are busy doing something other than holding the camera? A tripod is a real necessity to get those shots where you are the subject, but not the cameraperson. Joby’s Action Kit is a modular system that gives you flexibility and portability. I’ve always loved the Gorillapod because it is a tripod with flexible legs that can grip all sorts of things (e.g. a table edge, a tree branch, etc.), but the new Action Kit enables you to create multiple setups for different situations. You can use a suction mount, the tripod legs or a gooseneck. All these will be critically useful in many situations. It’s a bit pricey, but keep in mind: you don’t have to buy all of them at once; you’ll save on a lot of space by having a modular system (and what good is it if you aren’t always taking these with you); and it is ultimately cheaper than buying these things individually (which will take up far more space).

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You bought the best action-camera on the market and captured the things you love in amazing HD video. Of course that HD video takes up a TON of storage space, so it made its way to your desktop computer, your laptop computer and your external USB hard drives. Some of it might be online, like YouTube, but most of it is probably just sitting on a hard drive somewhere. So does that mean you never want watch it? Heck no! younity makes sure you can stream all that video anytime you want access to it. At the bar with your friends and want to show them that you nailed the trick? Having dinner with family and want to show the kids? Talking to co-workers about how amazing your vacation was? younity puts all the video you’ve ever created at your fingertips, on-demand. It’s your own private streaming service. You can even privately share video with your friends. It’s also free, which is unique for this list. Simply install younity on your computer(s) and it will automatically find all the GoPro video stored on them. Then install it on your iPhone/iPad and conveniently browse your video, search for clips, stream it or share it with friends.

GoPros are amazing and the more we use ours, the more we find we can’t live without it. We also find more and more accessories, apps and services that make our GoPro experience better. If you think we missed anything, make sure you tell us in the comments.


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We have covered this topic in the past but are seeing more and more users continue to have trouble with managing multiple iTunes accounts within their family. As Apple has released new devices they’ve added new features in iTunes like “Family Sharing”. While accessing and sharing iTunes purchased content is something a lot of people care about, the problem continues to grow because it only lets you download your content, but not stream it and not access things like playlists. The holidays, more than any other time of year, always seem to reveal how big this problem is for people - people stock up on new toys, travel to see friends and family and want to bring all their content with them.

Apple’s most recent efforts have included iOS 8′s “Family Sharing” which attempts to solve some of the issues.  You can share (i.e. download) music, movies, photos and apps between family members and even help organize your family calendar. The problems with “Family Sharing” are that its pretty restrictive in its “sharing.” In fact, sharing might be what we want to hear, but it isn’t really what it enables you to do.

First, the “Family Sharing” program only allows you to download content that is purchased with the same credit card. Once that content is purchased you can only download the actual individual song or movie, but not the library or playlist that you might attach it to. So, if you have that one person in your family that’s great at putting together playlists, you wont be able to download/share that. Lastly, each piece of content needs to be downloaded to the device in order to consume it – you still can’t stream anything with iTunes. You’ll be needing the more expensive 128 GB phone in order to store all of that content.

If you’re like most people, your household has a few iTunes accounts and several devices. You often go back and forth between each other’s computers, which results in the purchasing of music, movies, and apps with the other person’s account along with the different credit cards tied to those accounts. Most families don’t seem to mind this, but Apple certainly does lock down purchases so that they are tied to an account; even your “Family Sharing” purchases are tied to a unique account. This creates a real problem when you want to match up the way your family uses its devices to the way you want to purchase and consume your content.

We’ve always thought that one of the less obvious benefits of younity is that it solves this problem easily. When you install younity on multiple computers, it will scan all the iTunes accounts on those computers and unify them onto your iPhone, iPad or iPod. This means that if you buy the new Caribou album on your wife’s laptop, it will be instantly available on your iPhone. And when she buys the movie Gone Girl on our iMac (which uses my Apple ID), it is instantly on her iPad Mini. You don’t have to upload things anywhere, network your devices, drag files to special folders or even add the music to the other iTunes Library. Within seconds, younity discovers the newly downloaded music or movie on one device and it unifies it to your mobile devices. Better yet, it unifies your entire music collection without taking up any of the precious storage on your mobile device – you can stream it on-demand or download what you want for offline use. You can even share it with friends, allowing them to stream it for a short time to watch or listen to your favorite stuff.

Not only does younity unify your iTunes accounts, it also merges the iTunes Libraries. That means all your playlists across all devices and iTunes Libraries are unified within younity. younity makes it so that I can make playlists on any device and instantly have them on my mobile devices.

How can you do this? Easy: install younity on all your computers; then install younity on your iPhone, iPad or iPod. That’s it. It will take younity several minutes to scan each computer (depending on how many files you have), but once that is complete you are good to go. Anytime you buy more music on any computer with younity installed on it, that music will almost instantly be in younity on your mobile devices. You can stream that music to listen to it, download it for offline use (e.g. you’re getting on a plane), and even privately share it with your friends who have younity installed.

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Here at younity we take privacy seriously. It’s one of the main reasons why we decided to facilitate the ability for users to build their very own personal cloud out of their own devices vs. forcing users to upload their data to a public cloud where their data might be at more risk of being comprised. We continue to see privacy and security of user data as an important issue. A recent study by the Centre of International Governance Innovation conducted a survey on “Internet Security and Trust”. In the wake of the Edward Snowden leaks of more than a year ago they found that two-thirds of the 23,376 participants from 24 countries have increased their concerns around online privacy. The complete New York Times Bits Blog article by Ian Austen is below.

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OTTAWA — A survey released on Monday suggests that revelations about government online snooping provided by Edward Snowden did not raise concerns about online privacy to the same degree in the United States as in other countries. But it also indicates that a majority of Americans are worried about the security of personal information.

The online survey of 23,326 people in 24 countries conducted for Centre for International Governance Innovation, a Canadian research group, also found that Americans view the Internet as less vital to their economic, social and political future than other people worldwide.

While the poll found that the information leaked by Mr. Snowden about government online surveillance was well known in the United States, 62 percent of American respondents told Ipsos, a polling firm, that they were more concerned about online privacy now than they were a year ago. By comparison, that worry had increased for 83 percent of respondents in Brazil, India and Nigeria during the same period.

People in Sweden were the most sanguine, with only 46 percent indicating that their privacy worries have increased.

But Americans are nevertheless unhappy with the state of online security. Just 45 percent of American respondents said they thought that the government did “a very good job of making sure the Internet in their country is safe and secure.” Tunisians were the most satisfied, with 82 percent agreeing with that statement while, at the other extreme, only 25 percent of Japanese respondents said that was the case.

Similarly, only 31 percent of Americans agreed that “private information on the Internet is very secure”. Their worries fit not unexpected patterns. The survey found that 76 percent of Americans are concerned about having their bank accounts hacked and 70 percent are worried about personal messages and photographs being accessed or stolen.

But since the data released by Mr. Snowden, only 36 percent of Americans have done anything to improve their online privacy and security, a step taken by 69 percent of respondents from India. A minority of Americans said that they trust either the United States government, the technology industry, the United Nations or an international body of experts to run the Internet.

And while the Internet was an American creation, Americans are comparatively a little less in its thrall than citizens of other nations.

Seventy-seven percent of Americans agreed that affordable Internet access “should be a basic human right.” By contrast, more than 90 percent or more of respondents from China, Tunisia, Nigeria, Indonesia and Egypt supported that sentiment. And just three quarters of Americans, 74 percent, agreed that the Internet was “important for their own economic future and livelihood.” That idea was backed by 90 percent of Chinese respondents and 97 percent of Nigerians.

The survey was released at a meeting in Ottawa about how the Internet should be governed, organized by the Canadian governance center and Britain’s Royal Institute of International Affairs which is usually known as Chatham House.


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The team at younity had its first international outing this week as one of the companies invited to Web Summit’s START Summit. The START Summit is 150 selected/invited companies that represent what the Web Summit organizers feel are the most interesting growth companies in the world. It goes without saying that we were honored to be selected and excited to see what the world’s biggest tech conference had in store for us.

Web Summit is a big deal, not just in Ireland but worldwide – the number of people attending is astounding and the buzz in the air permeates all of Dublin. Folks like Bono and Peter Thiel take to the stage and share their thoughts with attendees excited to see them in person, while companies like younity have a chance to talk to folks from all around the world to share what we are building.

At the end of the day, we were pretty wiped out! Literally hundreds of people came to talk to us and learn more about younity. We barely escaped with our voices, which could only be fully restored by having a few pints after the show ;) Dublin is a city very focused on becoming one of the next major tech centers of the world. younity was given a warm welcome, with lots of interest from companies and research groups in Ireland.

Whether it was discussing trends around the Internet of Things at Trinity College’s Long Room or the welcome party at the House of Guinness or getting to know some awesome folks at other startups like Pley, Trip4Real and Vantage Sports, we had a great time and look forward to our next trip to Ireland. Thanks to Paddy Cosgrave and the whole team at Web Summit.

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In an hour long video, Edward Snowden tells viewers about his path to becoming a whistle blower, why he made the choice and touches on the subject of privacy moving forward. The interview by the New Yorker highlights the new film Citizenfour released at The 52nd New York Film Festival earlier this week. While Snowden notes that services like Facebook and Google have beefed up security, he states that if you care about your privacy, you should stay away from popular consumer Internet services. Dropbox he specifically mentions is “hostile to privacy” because of the way most of “The Cloud” services work today; failing to support encryption of your files entirely.

At younity we care very much about our own privacy, the privacy of our users and have built younity with that in mind. For quite a few of us at younity; we utilize the services Snowden deems as dangerous. We recognize there are privacy concerns around exposing certain types of data but are willing to take those risks as they are offset by the benefits of creating more efficiencies around getting work done or easily keeping friends and family up-to-date with what’s happening in our lives. We would like to hear your thoughts on how you personally manage and balance your privacy online.  


A couple months back weyounity Share, Stream and Chat. Folder sharing. snuck in the ability to share entire folders with friends, family members and co-workers. Now, you can easily share folders containing multiple files; videos, music, photos and documents with whomever you want.  When that user receives a notification from younity stating that you have shared a folder with them, they will be able to view the content on their iPhone or iPad. Just think what the possibilities are. Easily share things like; photos of your child’s birth with your mom, your favorite music with your friend Julie, your favorite movies with a group of your friends, even important work documents with co-workers that you might not want to have permanent access to sensitive files. After sharing you can chat about the files within each particular folder. The users’ you share a folder with will be able to access all the files within the assigned folder but they will not be able to download or re-share the folder with others. Currently the share will last for 7 days before expiring. Let us know your thoughts on the length of the share and if you have recommendations around the options or limitations of sharing a file or a folder. Sharing folders simplifies the sharing of multiple files. In the coming weeks and months we will be releasing more features that extend on the ability to easily share groups of files, so keep an eye out for those announcements. We look forward to hearing your feedback.

 


Now that you’ve installed the younity mobile application from iTunes you may be asking yourself, “What’s next?” or “Why am I not seeing anything in the app?” Well, here’s the answer: There is a second and final step that completes the set up of younity. The next step is to install younity on your Mac or Windows computer by visiting getyounity.com or clicking Step 1 on the right side of the blog while visiting from your computer. Shortly after completing this step you will receive a message on your computer saying, “younity – Scan Complete.” This may take anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes depending on how many files you have stored on your computer. At this point your files will be accessible on your iPhone or iPad and you will be able to take the following action with the app.

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Ever wish you could post a photo that is stored on your computer to Instagram? These days, people shoot lots of pictures with their smartphones, but eventually those photos make their way to a computer. Unfortunately, whether it’s an old smartphone photo, a photo shot with a camera, or some photo scanned from that childhood photo album, publishing these photos to Instagram has never been easy. Workarounds include emailing yourself the photo, then save it to your phone, then post it to Instagram. Others put it in Dropbox, then open the Dropbox app, then save it to your phone, then post it to Instagram. None of this is convenient – you always have to plan ahead. That’s why we built one-click posting of any photo, right to Instagram. How easy is it? It’s this easy:

1) Install younity on your computer(s). It will scan your hard drive (takes 15-30 minutes), including external hard drives if you tell it to, and find all your photos.

2) Install the younity mobile app on your iOS devices, let it download your file metadata (takes 2-3 minutes).

3) Open the younity app and go to the Photos section.

4) Find the photo you want to publish and open it, then select the little icon of the box with the arrow pointing up (lower left of screen).

5) Choose Instagram.

younity lets you browse all the files stored on your computer, PC or Mac, right from you smartphone or tablet. It’s all peer-to-peer, so your content is never stored online and no one has access to it except you. Not only can you post photos to Instagram, but you can easily do the same to Facebook, Flickr, Twitter and other services. You can even open those photos in another app to edit them, like VSCO Cam, Photoshop Express or Lightroom Mobile. You can even print your photos at the nearest printer (WiFi or AirPrint). Best of all, if you want to share something privately, instead of with the whole world, you can share any file with anyone you know – peer-to-peer. They stream the file to their device, but can’t download it or re-share it; and you can un-share it anytime you want.

younity was built so you can have instant, easy access to all the files you have stored on your computers while you are on the go. There’s no uploading, no syncing and no magic folders. It’s totally unlimited

Not only does younity let you browse, stream and share your photos, it does the same for all your music, videos and movies. Check it out for free at www.getyounity.com