It shouldn’t have worked, but I streamed an episode of Last Week Tonight, a Twitch broadcast of Fallout 4, the premiere episode of Aziz Ansari’s Master of None and Meow the Jewels all at once, all on airplane WiFi. In-flight WiFi giant Gogo demoed its next-gen version of mile-high connectivity, 2Ku, above the overcast November skies of Gary, Indiana, bragging 98 percent coverage around the world (the poles don’t play nicely with airborne internet) at peak speeds of 70 Mbps. The reality is transfers much slower than that on a plane with roughly 25 journalists, business folks and Gogo staff all doing the same as me: trying to break the internet for about an hour.
Building new hardware has become increasingly easier thanks to the rise of 3D printing and the quick prototyping that’s now possible thanks to devices like the Arduino, Raspberry Pi and LittleBits. With Nvidia dropping the Jetson TX1’s machine-learning firepower into the mix, small companies and makers will be able to quickly put together smarter devices that have some of the same abilities that are creeping into our cars.
Anyone who has even the slightest amount of contact with the internet is familiar with the scenario: An email or actual piece of mail arrives from a company who apparently handles some part of your connected life. The letter calmly identifies its author as a company you do business with, either by choice or by default. It blandly informs you that there has been a security incident in as little detail as possible. You have already heard about it on the news. It was probably a month ago and in more detail than in the letter currently staring back at you. Then the company’s mass-missive assures you, “We take your security seriously.”
Time Warner might soon be joining NBCUniversal (Comcast), Fox and Disney as a co-owner of Hulu, the Wall Street Journal reports. The streaming site is said to be in discussions to sell Time Warner a stake of itself, a deal that would value it upwards of $5 billion. While talks aren’t final yet, sources say the deal would likely involve Hulu’s existing co-owners reducing their stakes in the site for an equal 25 percent split, down from 33 percent each. Having another media parent could give Hulu the muscle to better compete with Netflix. If it goes through, Time Warner will invest cash and give Hulu access to more of its content library. The news isn’t too surprising — we’ve been hearing since 2013 that Time Warner was interested in Hulu. And it simply makes sense, given that it has the backing of America’s other cable giants.
Source: Wall Street Journal
Apple’s latest flagship handsets, the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, are the first to include the ability to take Live Photos. A Live Photo is a combination of up to a three-second .mov file and a still .jpg file that is taken automatically when you press the shutter button in your iPhone 6s or 6s Plus camera app. It grabs up to 1.5 seconds of 960×720 video before and 1.5 seconds of video after you tap the shutter button.
The camera app on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus automatically starts recording the moment you open the app. Then, after you tap the shutter button, it saves only that 1.5 seconds beforehand and discards the rest.
That means, if you open your camera app and leave it open for a few minutes, your iPhone will be recording video the whole time. However, once you tap that shutter button, everything recorded prior to 1.5 seconds beforehand will be deleted.
To help you get the most of Live Photos, we’ve put together this guide for how to get the best Live Photos, and what to do with them afterward.
How to Take a Live Photo
Most iPhone 6s and 6s Plus devices have Live Photos on by default. However, there have been cases where the feature is off.
- Open the Camera app on your iPhone.
- Tap the Live Photos icon in the center-top of the screen between HDR and the timer. It looks like a set of concentric circles.
- You will know when Live Photos is on when the icon is highlighted in yellow.
- The word “Live” will also appear at the top of the screen. This label will remain on until 1.5 seconds after you tap the shutter button. It signifies that the video recording is complete.
Your Live Photo is automatically stored in your Photos app, just like traditional photos are for non-iPhone 6s or 6s Plus users. However, when you use 3D Touch on the screen, they come to life.
If you’ve previously used YouTube as a music streaming app on your phone, you would’ve probably recognized that it was not really suitable to do so. Namely, due to blocked content and the inability to close the app and use your phone for other things.
Google has likely noticed that mobile streaming is becoming ever more popular in the competitive market. With this, they credited the music industry and community for the massive support and growth on YouTube, and announced a YouTube app that creates a specialized music environment engineered specifically for non-stop listening.
“ But we want to do even more to support artists and all the fans who turn to YouTube to discover music, so we’re making the experience even better with a brand new YouTube Music app. With YouTube Music, you’ll get a completely new type of experience, designed to make discovering music on YouTube easier than ever.“
Teasing the user interface, they mentioned how it will function like a normal music player. You’ll have the standard tabs with different playlists and titles, while incorporating the online streaming into it.
“The app also gives you complete access to one of the richest music catalogs on earth. You’ll be able to quickly find music videos, tracks, artists and albums, but you’ll also see all the remixes, covers, lyric videos and concert footage that YouTube has to offer“
And finally, after announcing YouTube Red, they’ll also be incorporating this premium membership into the new Music App. No adverts, offline listening and the ability to switch between audio only or video and audio are just some of the perks available.
What are your thoughts on Google’s recent activities?
Source: Official YouTube Blog
Millions of songs are stored on YouTube and listened to by more than one billion people worldwide. Through YouTube, Google has paid north of $3 billion to the music industry. Now, Google wants to do even more to support the music industry by providing users with a dedicated place for discovering music.
Welcome to YouTube Music.
YouTube Music is a single place for tracks, music videos, artists, albums, remixes, covers, lyric videos, and concert footage to be displayed. This is all within an ad-free environment.
The official app features a simple design, focusing on three areas to benefit users. The Home and Trending tabs show recommended and custom stations in addition to what other users are enjoying. People normally associate YouTube with video, but YouTube Music allows music streaming to be done in the background or without ever loading a video. Music can be streamed offline, too.
YouTube Music costs $9.99 per month, but Google is currently offering a 14-day trial with no credit card required. Subscribers are also able to use Play Music and YouTube Red at no extra charge. Google is basically giving access to all three premium services for $9.99 per month. Confused about anything? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Google is launching streaming services that are so similar, making it difficult to understand which is the right one for you. But at least now a single monthly fee encompasses all three of these services. And, of course, you can pay nothing and continue using the existing free YouTube app.
For now, only people in the United States with Android and iOS devices can use YouTube Music.
Come comment on this article: YouTube Music launches in the United States
SwiftKey believes that v6.0, which has been in public beta for the last few weeks, is ready for primetime. The keyboard replacement is giving users new features, languages, and customization options. SwiftKey also has thirty-four new themes that were not previously offered in the beta.
- Double-Word Prediction adds a new dimension to the predictions you see, predicting your next two words at once and helping type faster than ever
- A redesign of the emoji panel, making it more accessible and speedy
- A complete overhaul of the settings menu in the style of Material Design to make it easier to fine tune and customize your keyboard
- 5 new languages: Yoruba, Igbo, Zulu, Xhosa & Breton
And check out SwiftKey’s blog post on the six new theme packs.
Come comment on this article: SwiftKey 6 is here for everyone with double-word prediction and customization
Google today posted two new commercials on Android’s YouTube page highlighting Play Music and the Google app.
The first of the two demonstrates Play Music and how advanced its music discovery is. Play Music has come a long way since its initial launch, and now Google is demonstrating how quick and easy it is to find the music you love with Google Now.
The second commercial shows off the wonders of the Google app and how easy it is to find information at the tap of a button. For example, the man using the Google app asks “Ok Google, what’s the name of this park?” Using location information, the Google app responds, “Brimstone Head Park.”
Google Now is obviously the technology behind both of these applications. It’s truly impressive how Google has been able to create a quality virtual assistant and use it within the services we all know and love. Of course, Google Now still has a long way to go. Despite its excellent performance in both commercials, it’s not always on its A-game. After all, there are all sorts of factors to take into account, such as your carrier, your current signal, if location services is working or not, and so on.
Maybe one day it’ll be just perfect.
Come comment on this article: Here are new Android ads featuring Play Music and the Google app
You read that correctly. It’s called Survival Billboard, and to be clear, it’s a marketing campaign for Rise of the Tomb Raider‘s launch in the UK — but it’s so strange (and slightly sadistic) that it’s worth a mention. Eight people volunteered to stand on a billboard in London and be subjected to a series of extreme weather conditions, as chosen by people voting online. So far, the contestants have endured snow, wind, rain and heat, and they’ve been up there for just a few hours. One contestant has already been eliminated, meaning seven remain at time of publication. The last person standing wins a trip to exotic locations around the world. If you tune in (and vote to torture these people, you monster), be warned that the ad breaks (aside from the giant billboard) are lengthy and full of Tomb Raider cutscenes. That may be a small price to pay to be a digital weather god for a little while.
Source: Survival Billboard