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Hauppauge just introduced a new HD video streamer. The StreamEez hub (not yet pictured) connects to an HD camera and will live-stream events such as concerts, church masses, or other kinds of congregations. The video is compressed thanks to a built-in H.264 encoder that then allows it to stream on sites such as Ustream and Justin.tv.
Ustream has chosen to celebrate 2.5 million downloads of its Android app by planning to release the Ustream 2.0 app later this week. The current version is available (free, Google Play), and those who already have it will be prompted for an update. It most significantly brings a new option to disable the ads within the free app by buying a premium membership ($4 per month) available from the company's website or from the app itself. A recent study suggested banner ads drain battery life by up to twice as much as those from a paid apps, making an upgrade more efficient.
Ustream has released a new version of its iOS app, v2.1. The title is now a universal binary, sporting a new iPad-native interface with more simultaneous on-screen options, as well as a larger video playback area. Although the iPad 1 is supported, the app's full functions are only available on the iPad 2, which has cameras allowing people to host broadcasts as well as view them.
YouTube wrapped up its week by making YouTube Live a permanent fixture of its service. The once test-only service will now always be available and both show whichever shows are live now as well as allow marking events on the calendar to watch later. Subscriptions here work to notify viewers of streams that are coming up, not just once they've been posted.
Apple's future plans for MobileMe could involve more than just the media locker, a source rumored on Wednesday. The company would center it on a unified profile page that would merge social networks with media services. Among the plans caught by Cult of Mac would be status updates, including Foursquare-style location check-ins; it would not only host photos and videos but even offer live video streaming like Ustream or Qik.
Twitter today switched on its promised integration of in-line media playback. The feature now enables iTunes previews on Twitter from those sharing links as well as from 19 other partners, including others previously limited to native apps. Instagram will leave its iOS app for the first time and show photos shared with Twitter sharing turned on.
The FCC today proposed major changes to 911 that would bring smartphones and other devices into the mix. Officials suggested allowing text messaging but also live video streaming, automatic alarm or medical sensors and other data services that have previously been off-limits. Using these could save lives, the agency said, as incidents like the Virginia Tech shootings showed that many younger witnesses have tried to use messaging first and weren't stopping to consider voice.
Yahoo's Americas mobile VP David Katz in a discussion today promised that it would bring a version of Yahoo Messenger with 3G or 4G video chat to smartphones. Those with an iPhone 4 as well as Android phones with front cameras, such as the Samsung Epic 4G or T-Mobile's new myTouch, will have the option of a two-way chat regardless of which network they use. It uses the same transmission format as the desktop app and should let owners make video chats between mobile and the desktop.
Twitter tonight held a special event to give an early look at the new Twitter. The new page draws directly from the design of the iPad app and makes content show automatically in a second pane rather than popping out a new window. Photo hosts like Flickr, TwitPic and Yfrog, as well as video hosts like Ustream and YouTube, will have their content embedded in a format that's more helpful both to computers and to tablets like the iPad.
YouTube this morning made its live streaming plans official with word that it would start trials. The approach works through a user's existing YouTube channel and follows the same approach as a service like Justin.tv, Qik or Ustream: users need only a FireWire or USB video camera and have access to live comments for any ongoing show. It's not stated but is implied that finished shows will be archived as regular YouTube clips.