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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...
We always knew that watching videos of cats was good for a few laughs, hence why so many of our work days are interrupted by having to watching "just one more clip." If that sounds familiar, don't beat yourself up over it -- a new study in the journal Computers in Human Behavior suggests that watching videos of cats may also be good for your health. The study pinged nearly 7,000 people and asked them how viewing cat videos affected their moods. Of those surveyed, over a third (36 percent) described themselves as a "cat person" and nearly two-thirds (60 percent) said they have an affinity for both... Read more...
Do you hear that noise? It's a collective nerdgasm emanating from Star Wars fans around the globe at the news that all six Star Wars movies will be available to purchase on Digital HD for the first time ever on April 10, 2015. That's this Friday, folks, so go ahead and start planning an epic Stars Wars weekend filled with hours of movie watching and bonus footage, including never-before-seen content. "Since the debut of the first film nearly 40 years ago, Star Wars has become a worldwide phenomenon with legions of fans from every generation," said Alan Bergman, president, The Walt Disney Studios.... Read more...
Just in case there's a shred of doubt, posting sexually explicit photos or videos of your ex-lover without his or her permission is not okay. The practice, known as revenge porn, is a cowardly way of seeking vengeance for whatever wrong an ex is perceived to have made. And not only is revenge porn in poor taste, it's also becoming increasingly illegal as new laws aim to crack down the behavior.One of them landed Kevin Bollaert, a former revenge porn website owner, an 18-year prison sentence. According to the Pittsburg Post Gazette, the 28-year-old allowed over 10,000 nude and sexually explicit... Read more...
All aboard! Ladies and gentlemen, you may now hop on Vessel, a streaming video website that was previously an invitation-only affair during its beta phase. To kick off the launch of the service, you can enjoy access to the site free for an entire year at no cost, after which the $2.99 per month subscription will kick in, should you decide to stick around. What is Vessel? It's the brainchild of former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar and CTO Richard Tom. The premium service offers viewers early access to the videos and shows produced by prominent short-form creators before they're served up to other sites for... Read more...
YouTube is going where Netflix has gone before by providing kids with a selection of family-friendly content. The new YouTube Kids, which is expected to launch Monday, will feature the likes of Sesame Street and Thomas the Tank Engine. The built-in search engine will guide kids away from problematic search terms and parents will be able to set a timer to end access. But YouTube Kids’ most interesting characteristic isn’t its features: it’s that the service is (at least, initially) available only as an Android app. The Google Play store will soon have new competition for the array of apps that cater... Read more...
Imgur, one of the most popular photo sharing sites on the web and home to countless memes, just made its "Pro" membership tier free for everyone. Prior to the price tag removal, gaining access to the site's handful of Pro tools and perks would run just shy of $3 per month, or at a discounted rate of $24 per year if paid in full. "On Imgur’s first birthday, we announced Imgur Pro, a paid account that gave users the ability to support their favorite image sharer while getting some cool extra features in return. Today, we celebrate Imgur’s sixth year, and we’ve decided that you’re the one... Read more...
GoPro is getting ready to launch its own channel on Roku sometime this spring, the company announced today. The custom-designed streaming channel will deliver on-demand GoPro content to Roku owners while expanding its audience to millions of more viewers. This will make Roku the latest in a growing line of distribution partners that include Xbox, LG, and Virgin America. The GoPro channel will have featured playlists that allows viewers to explore various types of content, everything from "Deep Sea" to "Fully Throttle," the company says. It will also have a Favorite video section where you can access... Read more...
GoPro, the go-to company for hands-free recording of your adventures (at least until Apple joins the fray), has partnered up with Vislink to develop live wireless HD video transmission solutions for the professional broadcast market. The joint collaboration will enable GoPro's Hero4 cameras to broadcast videos in HD via a tiny transmitter. This transmitter will be small enough to be worn or mounted in unique areas to offer viewers a new perspective while they watch their favorite live sports and events. You'll get a first look at its capabilities this winter during several live events, one of which... Read more...
An online music video with a catchy tune and words that you probably can't understand has racked up so many views that it burned up YouTube's hit counter, no joke. That's right, not even YouTube could handle the number of views that Psy's "Gangnam Style" video has received since it was first posted in 2012. We were all so innocent and naive back then that no one predicted the video would go on to amass 2.15 billion views, especially in such a relatively short period of time. But it did. It turns out that YouTube's video counter was never designed to spin like an overclocked fan on a hot summer... Read more...
Apparently what the mobile world needs is another video sharing application similar to Vine and Instagram and all the others that allow you to shoot short clips to share with friends and family. Or maybe it doesn't. Either way, we'll soon find out now that Ocho has graduated out of beta status. What is Ocho? At present, it's an iOS app that lets you create, edit, and share eight-second videos. Ocho is notable in part because it's backed by Mark Cuban, the billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks and star of Shark Tank, a reality TV show in which budding entrepreneurs and inventors pitch their... Read more...
Which do you despise more, advertisements or paying for a service when you've grown accustomed to it being free? Don't feel obligated to answer now, though you should put some thought into the question in case YouTube decides to charge a subscription fee for ad-free access to its streaming video collection. While nothing is yet imminent, there's a good chance it will happen. Susan Wojcicki, a long-time Google executive who took over the company's YouTube operation earlier this year, said that a paid subscription model is currently being worked on, The Wall Street Journal reports. The goal is to... Read more...
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