Video Briefly: Apple Vs Spotify, Steampunk Lamp, Best Of Top Gear

Video Briefly: Apple Vs Spotify, Steampunk Lamp, Best Of Top Gear
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Brief video items of note for Lifehacker readers, including: The Top 10 episodes of Top Gear, amazing solar eclicpse compilation, CSIRO RV Investigator.

  • Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation now has a full-length trailer. Watch it here.
  • This week, Kotaku threw a party to celebrate the launch of the survival-horror video game Bloodburne. Earlier, Mark and a reader also got sealed in a coffin. Watch the video here.
  • If you’re feeling wiped after a long work week, try watching these rendered balls rolling around in a bucket of water. It’s surprisingly hypnotic.
  • The makers of the highly anticipated video game Batman: Arkham Knight have released a new gameplay trailer. Watch it here.
  • Ex Machina is an android-flavoured sci-fi flick from the writer of 28 Days Later. If you like sexy/spooky robots it could be your thing.
  • Ahoy’s gaming videos take a look at various aspects of the medium — but mainly cool guns. This week’s episode details the complete history of the minigun in video games. Pew-pew-pew!
  • There was a solar eclipse this week. Here’s a compilation of videos from different locations across our planet and even around the universe.
  • The excellently named Leander Lavendel is a designer with a penchant for Victorian flavoured curios. His latest creation is the “Aetheria Circumducitur”, a Steampunk lamp housed in a spinning brass cage. Click here to see it in action.
  • Even with the government’s dubious stance on science, it hasn’t stopped CSIRO from doing what it does best. The organisation’s recently-commissioned RV Investigator, a purpose-built research ship, set sail last week for the Southern Ocean in a bid to further our understanding of climate change. Here is a time-lapse video of it being built.
  • Created by Jordan Wills, this binary wrist watch uses a microcontroller and blinking LEDs to tell the month, the day, and the time. The wrist band is a rainbow ribbon cable: much more chic than the Apple Watch.
  • This timelapse of Austrian landscapes took two years and about 5TB worth of footage to be completed. The results are stunning.
  • The fifth season of Game Of Thrones is upon us, so Entertainment Weekly sat down with some of the main characters and gave them the near-impossible task of summarising the first four seasons in a few seconds. Here are the results.
  • This week, BBC officially parted ways with Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson following a physical altercation with a producer. Here’s a look back at the ten best episodes of the show.
  • Apple has another big fight on its hands — this time its music streaming. Click here to see how its Beats-powered streaming service is expected to compare to Spotify.