Second year of recognition brings spotlight on LGBT-themed media
A day after New York City's Stonewall Inn received official landmark status, Apple debuted a curated collection of apps and media in its iOS App Store celebrating the advances the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community has made in recent years, as well as commemorating the 1969 riots at Stonewall that kicked off the modern pride movement. The company has a long history of publicly recognizing gay employees, stretching back to 1986.
An Android based media platform for cable cutters
Over time, it's gotten easier to access downloaded and stream content legitimately. Unfortunately, there's still no one good place to get all of one's entertainment. There are many devices whose only job is making dumb TVs "smart," utilizing apps from the providers we subscribe to. One of those is the Satechi Smart TV Box. We actually like that it uses Android as its operating system, so we are already familiar with how it works, and the apps available for it. Once we got video playing -- when we could play it -- it all looked and sounded great, but we had some issues with it. Learn more in the full review.
Snap Art 4 provides naturalizing art effects for photography
Alien Skin Software today announced its upcoming release of Snap Art 4, an artistic natural media application for photographers. Featuring a redesigned UI and improved speed, Snap Art 4 can render hundreds of styles and media, such as oil paint, pencil sketch, et cetera, to mimic the technique of human artists on a photo image. Emulating brush strokes and drawing lines, its masking tool can bring out extra detail in a photo. Snap Art is compatible for integration with many popular photography editing software tools, such as Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, and Apple Aperature, and can also be launched as a standalone application. Available in November 2013, Snap Art 4 will be priced at $100, with upgrading pricing at $70. Free upgrades will be automatically sent to those who purchased Snap Art 3 from Alien Skin Software in August 2013 or later.
Claims proposed law 'threatens its very existence'
Google has threatened to remove members of the French media from its news and search results if a proposed law goes ahead. Newspaper publishers in the country are pressing for search engines to pay for links to their content, which if adopted in France, is claimed to "threaten (Google's) very existence." Google has complained via a letter to various French ministerial offices against the move.
Cloud library accessible from Mac, PC, iPhone, web
RealNetworks is using CES 2011 to preview a new cloud-centric media library, Unifi. The service tracks all a user's media, from local devices, social media and into the cloud. It catalogs and organizes the content into a single library, supporting search limiters such as media types, devices or tags. The library will track mobile devices, networked data and will eventually track media on Internet TVs and game consoles.
Teases MP3 with AMOLED, 720p, SRS enhancements
Viliv is showing a new media player on its website, the P3 Prime. The site is in Korean with no English language version available, but the images feature a device with 3.7-inch, 480x800 AMOLED touchscreen, and appears to run dual OS Android and Windows CE operating systems. The site hints at 720p video, although it's not known which video formats will be supported.
Companies will establish a set of common standards
Several media companies, including four magazine publishers and News Corp., have organized a joint venture aimed at optimizing content for the upcoming generations of electronic devices, according to The Wall Street Journal. People familiar with the matter suggest the new entity will be announced sometime Tuesday.
Roku's Amazon VOD beta
After previous announcements of Amazon collaborating with Roku to provide Video On Demand video service via the Roku Digital Video Player, the service has now entered a private beta, according to a statement by Roku itself. Expected to show in a 2.0 update, no confirmation has been given in regards to if the update will also include YouTube access, or if the VOD will also be offered in HD. Already streaming video from Netflix, Roku is continuing to expand its media and will offer more than 40,000 movies and TV shows through Amazon.
CorePlayer Flash on iPhone
CorePlayer Mobile may soon bring Flash video capabilities to the iPhone, as a report shows on its website that an iPhone and iPod touch version of the media client is in development, as well as for Google's Android OS. The multi-platform client offers mobile users access to Flash, and many different media types: H.264, MPEG, DivX, WMV, MP3, AAC, OGG, MOV, and ASX, among others. CoreCodec has not said when it will specifically launch the player, with a tag on its site merely stating "Coming Soon!"
AtomicView media manager
AntZero on Monday unveiled AtomicView, a new digital asset manager that allows users to organize, browse, and output images, video, and sound. AtomicView makes active use of a Mac's GPU, providing quick scrolling features, as well as multi-threaded tasks that take advantage of multi-processor and multi-core systems. AntZero says the application fully supports all major media formats, and is selling AtomicView for $150 from its website.