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Posting so-called stories to social media is one of the hottest trends right now, though it also means there exists some overlap. That's especially true with Instagram stories and Snapchat stories, two very similar things, though the former is introducing some nifty new tricks that will help it stand apart from the latter. One of those tricks is the use of links.Instagram is testing the ability to add links at the bottom of stories. Verified account holders can access the feature and add clickable URLs to their stories, which appear viewers can access by clicking on "See More" at the bottom or... Read more...
Netflix may soon offer the ability to download movies and TV shows for offline viewing, giving subscribers a way to stay tuned to their favorite content when they're without an Internet connection, such as traveling to remote areas or bring a scary flick to watch at night while camping. It all sounds fun in theory, though in practice, you might not be able to use it. Ted Sarandos, Netflix's chief content officer, said the focus for offline viewing is on developing territories. Subscribers living in the United States, which happens to be the biggest market Netflix serves, may not have access to... Read more...
It's pretty remarkable how popular Snapchat has become. That hasn't gone unnoticed by the tech community at large—Facebook tried on at least two occasions to buy Snapchat, first for a whopping $1 billion then again for a staggering $3 billion, both which were turned down. Now Apple appears to want in on the action, though instead of making a bid for Snapchat, it wants to build its own version.Citing people familiar with Apple's strategy, Bloomberg says the Cupertino outfit wants to develop a video sharing and editing app similar to Snapchat as part of a broader mandate to focus on integrating social... Read more...
As the world's most popular social media platform, Facebook is heavily invested in technologies that amp the experience, one of which is video. You've probably noticed an abundance of notifications for live videos, after which point they become pre-recorded posts. Videos are becoming a central part of Facebook, though Facebook must be careful not to make them intrusive, which it's at risk of doing by expanding its autoplay function.As your scroll through your news feed on Facebook, videos automatically play if you linger long enough for them to load. That's a nifty function—it saves you a click—but... Read more...
Netflix is a pioneer in the streaming video space and helped popularize the concept of watching movies over an Internet connection. Be that as it may, it's fallen a bit behind the technological curve in recent times, at least in terms of not being able to view videos offline like you can with rivals Amazon and Comcast. That's going to change. Industry insider and Penthera Partners COO Dan Taitz says Netflix is busy working implementing the ability for subscribers to download certain content for offline viewing. If true, it wouldn't be a complete surprise, both because the competition is already... Read more...
YouTube has added a new custom blurring tool that will make it easier for video creators to provide anonymity where needed. This is in addition to an existing tool that gives content creators the ability to blur all faces in their video—now you can blur out anything you want in your video, even moving objects. "Whether you want to blur sensitive information such as a license plate or cover up a wardrobe malfunction without reshooting an entire scene, the new Custom Blurring tool will let you blur objects throughout your video, right within YouTube," YouTube stated in a blog post announcing the... Read more...
Pakistan has ended its ban on YouTube that began in 2012 over "Innocence of Muslims," an anti-Islam movie upload that triggered demonstrations and violent protests in various countries, Pakistan among them. Over a dozen people died in protests that took place in Pakistan. The ban was to remain in place until Google allowed government officials to screen for "blasphemous content." Google didn't bend quite as far, though it did assure a senior official in the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority that blasphemous content had been taken down. The company also agreed to field reports for review and,... Read more...
After spending just over nine months in beta, Microsoft is today pushing out its Skype Translator feature to users worldwide. Given the scale of a service like Skype, though, it's going to take a couple of weeks before all users will be able to take advantage of it. We'd assume that those who participated in the preview will have immediate access. Skype Translator is Microsoft's effort to bring people together all over the world, regardless of their language. As it stands today, over 50 written languages are supported as well as 6 spoken languages (English, French, German, Italian, Mandarin, and... Read more...
Could you imagine an Internet without videos? We'd miss out on Batdad's hilarious antics, Kimbo Slice would have never gotten a shot to fight professionally, and Justin Bieber wouldn't be a mega star. Come to think it, maybe it wouldn't be so bad after all, though that's getting off topic. Videos are a major part of the Internet experience, though us mere mortals are easily distracted, much to the chagrin of advertisers. Disney is looking to change that. Through Disney's Accelerator program, the company along with a couple of venture capital firms are investing in a startup called FEM Inc. You've... Read more...
If you've never watched a 360-degree video on YouTube, you should check one out, they're pretty nifty. They're so neat that Google is extending the functionality to advertisers so they can deliver more immersive ads on Chrome and the mobile YouTube app for Android and iOS devices, the company announced in a blog post today. For advertisers wondering why they'd want to go through the bother of making a 360-degree video, Google is quick to point out that existing campaigns that have been testing the feature have been "impressive" so far. Providing some empirical data to the claim, Google says that... Read more...
Vertical videos are proof that we're in over our heads with smartphones. Here we have these wonder pocket-sized gadgets that can capture precious moments like little Johnny getting his first hit in baseball or your sweet niece Sarah reciting the alphabet. Unfortunately, too many of these memories are ruined by holding the phone the wrong way resulting in the dreaded vertical video. Education is the only real solution, but in lieu of teaching everyone, everywhere how to properly shoot a video on their mobile device, Google has made the best of a bad situation by changing how YouTube displays such... Read more...
Google seems pretty excited about showcasing video at 60 frames per second. So excited, in fact, that just over a month after launching 60FPS 1080p (Full HD) and 720p (HD) live video streaming, support for 60FPS video has been added to Google's YouTube app for iOS and Android devices. And of course you can still watch 60FPS video on the desktop, too. Whether or not you want to watch videos at a standard known as High Frame Rate (HFR) is up to you. There have been a handful of films released to theaters in HFR, such as the Hobbit, which was short at 48FPS. While some enjoy the experience of seeing... Read more...
There's been a lot of attention paid to Ultra HD (4K) content, and deservedly so, but bumping up the display resolution isn't the only way to enjoy to better visuals. Just ask Amazon, which today announced that Prime members living in the U.S. can watch the first season of its original series Mozart in the Jungle in high dynamic range (HDR). Mozart in the Jungle is the first series to be made available in HDR, and according to Amazon, you can expect greater contrast to the screen with bright colors, enhanced shadow details, and distinct highlights for a superior viewing experience. Just as HDR... Read more...
Microsoft keeps making changes to Bing that challenge the notion of Google being the go-to destination for web searches. The latest effort by Microsoft is a better video search experience, one that several media sites are already claiming is superior to Google's own YouTube service. That's high praise, considering that YouTube pretty much dominates the online video scene.The design changes to Bing's video search are intended to give web surfers the information they need quicker and more efficiently. When you look up a video, you'll see a bigger size video thumbnail than before, making it easier... Read more...
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