It may seem as if YouTube Live is still a work in progress for Google, and in many ways that continues to be the case. That’s far from being a bad thing, though. Over the course of the past couple of years, YouTube’s live-streaming feature has become available to an increasing number of people on both ends of the camera, by way of different devices and platforms. Soon, with a new open-source project called YouTube WatchMe for Android, the video service is hoping that developers will start integrating its real-time broadcasting capabilities to their apps. Google says the tool is only an experiment right now, but it wouldn’t surprise us to see it become more than that in the not-so-distant future. If you’re interested in digging a little deeper, or contributing your wisdom to the project, be sure to take a gander at the GitHub repository right here.
Google did some talking about the upcoming Google Fit service during Google I/O a few months back. Google Fit is your all-inclusive fitness tracking app from Google that gives you access to your running, walking and cycling data quickly and easily. All you need is the app on your phone and your phone in your pocket. Of course the Fit app is also compatible with all Android Wear devices and the Fit API has been finding its way into other wearables and apps as well.
The new Google Fit app is free and can be installed across all your Android devices so you can easily view and track your progress everywhere. There is even a web portal to keep tabs on things and adjust your goal, height, weight ect. Once you start getting your tracking in order and get moving, the Fit app will track it all and display it in easy to understand graphs and images.
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Earlier today, Taco Bell’s site and social networks went completely dark, making some curios people wonder what the fast food chain had up its sleeve. This time, however, it wasn’t a Doritos-infused taco or a fresh breakfast menu of sorts. Instead, Taco Bell introduced an all-new mobile application, which allows iOS and Android users to place orders and pay directly from their smartphone. But in case this wasn’t enough, the app will let you customize various menu items and, by using location services, pick them up whenever you’re close to your location of choice. Taco Bell says it won’t make the food until customers arrive, this way it will taste just as fresh as they had imagined it — simply put, the popular chain wants everyone to “skip the in-store line like you own the place.” Assuming you can handle the aftermath of a Taco Bell meal, the app is a pretty good idea.
– Mashable Business (@mashbusiness) October 28, 2014
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Everyone likes the warm, fuzzy feeling that comes with donating some of your hard-earned to charity, but sometimes you simply don’t have any change to pop in the bucket. Many of us also have chugger-dodging down to an art form, but now there’s a simple, quick way to give to charity that doesn’t involve a ten-minute lecture. A new app called SnapDonate, available on Android and coming soon to iOS, turns your smartphone’s camera into a “magic lens” capable of identifying the logos of 13,000 UK charities. After you’ve “snapped” a logo, the app then allows you give up to £50 to the charity in question, or save the donation to a to-do list for revisiting when you’ve got some spare dough. The payment can be taken from any PayPal account or bank card, with that part handled by trusted online donations platform JustGiving — a name you’ll recognise all too well if you work in an office full of marathon-loving masochists.
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Algoriddim’s Djay app has come a long way since its Mac-only beginnings in 2006, but after years of Apple exclusivity, Android users are finally welcome to join the party. Djay 2, the current version of the award-winning mobile mixing platform, has finally been ported over to Android (for phones and tablets runing 4.1 or higher) and is available today on Google Play and Amazon’s Appstore for $2.99. Those familiar with the iOS version will find that little has changed after making the jump across the aisle. The app still gives you hands-on scratching and cueing, HD waveforms, Automix, in-app recording, pitch adjustment and on-the-fly effects for the full DJ experience. Spotify integration, which launched last May, is included to give premium account users instant access to its cloud-based library of tunes. And with Spotify’s Match feature, DJs can get intelligent recommendations on what to play next. The app also dips directly into Play Music to let you select from your own locally stored audio files. We took the app for a quick test drive and found that it’s a solid interface, but DJs looking to use MIDI controllers like the Reloop Beatpad for Djay will need a few more cables than their iOS counterparts to get the job done. Join us in the gallery below for a quick look at this new Android version of Djay 2.
Sure, digital tickets allow you to skip the printer before heading to see Gone Girl or Fury, but you still have to get the scan of approval before nabbing the over-priced popcorn. MovieTickets.com’s new system that only requires theater staff to take a look at your phone before letting you in. Using Bytemark’s V3 (visually verifiable virtual ticket) tech, purchases have security features like animated watermarks, touch animations and color changes to keep the counterfeiters at bay. Those features can be changed and concealed from patrons until just before the doors open, and “tearing” the digital version for verification. While a pilot program is expected to start before the year’s end, the V3 systems are already in use for transit options — including the NY Waterway and Chicago’s South Shore line.
There have been plenty of rumors about YouTube starting up a music subscription service, including a confirmation from the Google-owned group in June that it was coming later in the summer (which has obviously come and gone). Tonight we heard another confirmation, this time straight from the mouth of CEO Susan Wojcicki. In an interview at Code/Mobile, the executive said that her team was indeed “working on it” and that this is a near-term goal. While she didn’t get into specifics on the program, which may or may not be called Music Key (according to rumors, that is), she stated that one of the obstacles is figuring out “how to give people options” — likely a way of saying that YouTube is still working out the pricing tiers and what features would be available for each individual plan. And given that the service will supposedly include concert footage and other videos, it may be a bit more complex than what competitors like Spotify offer. It’s not clear when exactly we’ll see this service ready for the public, but this is at least a solid indication that it didn’t just completely vanish, never to be enjoyed by our eyes and ears.
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Forget that upcoming Battlefront game for now — the Star Wars titles that hardcore fans have really been looking for are finally here. Good Old Games has announced official re-releases of X-Wing and TIE Fighter that let you play these legendary space combat games (arguably, the best Star Wars games ever) on a modern PC without resorting to bootleg copies or hacks. They’ll cost $10 each when they arrive on October 28th, and they’re Special Editions that include both the CD-ROM content (SVGA graphics! Voiceovers!) as well as all the expansion packs. If you’ve been waiting two decades to once more recreate the Death Star trench run or blow up a Rebel frigate, your moment has come.
Update: As you may have suspected, GOG posted those game links prematurely — they disappeared shortly after we posted our story. Come back on the 28th and they should work properly.
Facebook is making an update at some point today that will improve how they handle multiple photo uploads to a post. In the pending update you will be able to select multiple images and rearrange their order to tell a better story on your feed. You will be able to write an introduction for the story and add captions to each photo.
When shared, the group of photos will be displayed to your friends in your feed in a photo collage rather than a horizontal group of images. If a friend taps on the collage they can scroll through each image in the order that you set them to get the full story.
The update should be rolling out for Android and iOS starting later today, so keep an eye out for it if you are a big mobile Facebook user.
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