Google Play Music expands track storage to 50,000 songs
Google Play Music has received an upgrade to its music storage component, allowing customers to keep more songs on its servers for streaming to computers and mobile devices. The music locker has increased its upper limit of 20,000 tracks to 50,000, double that of the paid iTunes Match service. Despite vastly increasing its storage capacity, the digital locker is still a completely free service.
YouTube Kids app will provide child-friendly curated videos
Google will be launching a version of its YouTube app specifically for younger users tomorrow, as part of a wider initiative to offer services to children. The YouTube Kids app on Android will present children with a curated collection of age-appropriate video clips to stream to a device, with the search company using an interface that is designed to shield the potential users away from content better suited for more mature audiences.
Company will compensate owners who have already paid to repair issues
While many sufferers would call the move years overdue, Apple has now officially launched a repair program to fix MacBook Pro models sold between February 2011 and February 2013 that exhibited issues with distorted video, loss of video, or unexpected restarts. The program will start tomorrow, February 20 in the US and Canada, and on February 27 in other countries, and will repair the machines at no charge. Additionally, owners who have already paid for repairs may be eligible for compensation.
Updated version 2.4.1 currently available to previous buyers only
Multi-format video player VLC for iOS has reappeared in the App Store following its pulling from the store (by its developer) last September. At present, the listing is only available for those who previously owned the software, which allows users on iOS devices to play videos in nearly any format without first converting it to the standard iTunes-supported formats. It was removed from sale due to licensing disagreements among the developers.
Streaming video service Target Ticket shuttering next month
Target is shutting down its video streaming service next month. Target Ticket has already stopped providing rentals, though existing rentals will be viewable until the service shuts down completely on March 7, according to its support pages. The retailer has already made arrangements for its customers to watch movies through CinemaNow from the same account when Ticket closes, with any UltraViolet purchases viewable through other supported video services automatically.
Stream any video, from nearly any original source, to your Apple TV
One of the very handiest things about Apple TV is that with it, you can use your television to watch any video on your Macs -- except you really can't, if you operate outside Apple's garden at all. If that video is in iTunes by hook or by crook, you're all set. If it isn't -- and we know you have some that isn't -- then you need to buy Silver Screen: it will stream any video, of just about any format, to your TV.
Video streaming service enters Cuba after US relaxes trade restrictions
Netflix is continuing its current strategy of fast expansion into new countries, by unexpectedly launching in Cuba. The video streaming service is being made available to residents of the country for the first time, following the recent easing of trade restrictions that have been imposed on Cuba by the United States since 1961, though potential users still have some obstacles in the way between them and watching House of Cards.
RunKeeper adds Spotify integration to iOS app
RunKeeper has added Spotify integration to its iOS app. The fitness app will now offer access to Spotify playlists, created both by the user and by Spotify, and stream music while a workout is underway. Both Spotify and Runkeeper have to be installed on the same device with RunKeeper connected to the Spotify account in order to function, and though it is only on iOS for the moment, a similar update to the Android app may also happen in the future.
CRTC rules data caps can't be used to give an unfair advantage to carriers' own services
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced a decision on Thursday, acting on a complaint regarding data caps and preferred traffic. Wireless carriers Bell Mobility and Videotron both have their own subscription mobile television services, neither of which count towards the data caps written into subscribers' contracts, while competitor's services -- such as Netflix -- do, providing the carriers with incentive to sell larger data plans or favor their own offerings. With today's ruling, that practice must end.
Updated model for 2015 includes 4K Ultra HD, developer edition
The updated model of Dell's Precision M3800 mobile workstation was unveiled at the Sundance Film Festival today. The 15-inch M3800 is designed with ISV-certifications for video editors, graphic designers, and other high-demand users in mind, and is available now from Dell's online store. The new M3800 includes much-requested options, such as a 4K Ultra HD touch display and a new Ubuntu-based developer edition.
Adaptive Bitrate support in HTML5 cited as factor in the switch from Flash
YouTube began testing simultaneous support for both Flash and HTML5 video delivery back in 2010, but Flash has continued to be the default in most cases unless users opted into an HTML5 only beta -- until now. YouTube announced today on their developer blog it will now default to utilizing the HTML5 video tag on certain web browsers.
Video on Twitter allows for clips to be shared without using Vine
Twitter has started to add some features it hinted at last November to its mobile apps. Rolling out slowly, users will be able to send Direct Messages to groups of people for the first time, while those who typically post videos to the micro-blogging service will benefit from being able to upload video clips directly to Twitter from within the app, without using a secondary service.
Second in city will be standalone, offer Shanghai-like cylinder shape
Following in the footsteps of recent murals that "drape" under-construction standalone stores (such as the one that covered the recently-opened Hangzhou store), Apple has created another mural to cover the cylinder-shaped forthcoming Chongqing store, which is set to open this Saturday. The new location, the second for the city, will be the third of five store openings in China promised by the company before the arrival of the New Year on February 19.
Limited device doesn't allow app loading, only for Vudu
Walmart has commenced sales on the Vudu Spark video streamer on its website, in addition to 2,500 stores US-wide. The HDMI dongle is, as expected, a one-feature device intended only to provide streaming content from the Walmart Vudu service powered by a USB port, controlled by a dedicated remote control. Connectivity is through 802.11n Wi-Fi. Resolutions supported include 1080p 60Hz, with the addition of 7.1 surround sound audio.
Videos on Vessel exclusive for 72 hours, offers creators financial incentives
Vessel, a video streaming service set to take on YouTube, has opened itself up to the public in beta. Unlike Google's video site, Vessel aims to offer professional videos from content creators, including web series and TV segments, with users able to pay a subscription price to watch new releases from videographers they follow before anyone else.
A very merry un-holiday to you from CEO Legere, who only curses a little bit
Earlier today, T-Mobile CEO John Legere -- with typical modesty and reserve -- tweeted that he would be using his "soothing voice" to tell the best holiday story of all time. The tweet linked to a video on T-Mobile's YouTube channel -- in which a pipe-sporting Legere, bedecked in a maroon smoking jacket and pink Batman shirt, sits in a big wing-back chair and reads from an oversized story book in front of a roaring fire, with almost none of his characteristic frank language, but still offering a big bag of coal for his competitors.
Quickly and simply convert videos between formats
Before we get into this, Video Converter Pro is currently free for a limited time, so go get it on the Mac App Store now. If you read this one minute too late and the price has gone back up, get it anyway because it is more than worth the usual asking price of $15. Or rather, it is if you need to convert videos, because that's what this just does, without fuss.
Manage all your videos in one speedy and convenient place
We all have more videos than iTunes Store ones, we all have more videos than we can ever remember getting. They're from our digital cameras, they're from our iPhones, they're Vimeo files we wish we could remember how to download again. However we got them, we have them now, we can't find them very easily and they are all clogging up our hard drives. Plus, we have to to somehow remember that this movie will play in iTunes but that one needs the extra VLC video player. Cinematica 2 does a smart job of solving this by giving you one place to see everything it possibly can.
Quick movie editor makes it easy to send video to social media
Try as you might, you're not going to revolutionize how video is edited: whatever application you're using, the process has been roughly the same since we ditched celluloid and razor blades. Equally, you're not likely to easily replace Apple's iMovie for ease of use, nor Adobe Premiere and Final Cut Pro X for high-end professionals. Movavi Video Editor, an editor for Windows that has just made the jump to OS X, definitely aims at being very simple to use -- but it's also intended for the ever-growing number of us who just want to quickly get video out to people.
YouTube adds GIF creation tool to some videos
YouTube has added an animated GIF tool to some of its videos. Spotted by Gizmodo, the tool appears under the Share menu, with users able to select a section of video and create a six-second GIF from the clip, complete with a caption at the top and bottom. So far, the tool has been discovered on some videos created by PBS, but it may appear on other YouTube content in the future.
Ultra HD streams of Amazon originals, Sony Pictures movies offered to Prime subscribers
Amazon has started to make some of its Prime Instant Video content available to view in 4K, later than originally thought and months after major competitor Netflix started offering its Ultra HD streams. The change will allow Prime subscribers to stream a selection of movies and TV shows, including some of Amazon's original productions, as well as offering up 4K movie purchases to all customers.
Vimeo starts accepting 4K-resolution video from Pro subscribers
Vimeo is allowing Vimeo Pro users to upload 4K-resolution videos to the service. GigaOM reports that subscribers of the $200-per-year service can transfer the high-resolution video files to its video-on-demand platform, putting the videos up for sale and download by customers. While downloads are available, Vimeo is not allowing 4K streams to operate yet, with CTO Andrew Pile admitting the lack of device support for the format.
YouTube star courtship by Vessel prompts attempt by Google to keep talent
Google is so keen on keeping its important content creators from moving away from YouTube that it is offering bonuses for staying, a report claims. Prominent YouTube stars and video producers are said to be offered higher payments and additional funding, in exchange for agreeing to a multi-year exclusivity period where content must appear solely on YouTube long before surfacing on rival video services.
Rumor claims free Prime Instant Video-style service launching early next year
Amazon customers wanting to experience Prime Instant Video may soon be able to view some content without subscribing to the Prime delivery service. The retailer will reportedly be launching an advertising-supported video streaming to its online services roster early next year, allowing viewers to watch a selection of movies and TV shows for free.
Milk Video aggregates clips from Vice, Red Bull, Funny or Die
Samsung is adding to the list of apps exclusive to Galaxy smartphones, and taking on established video hosting services like YouTube, with its own video streaming app. Milk Video, following after the Milk Music service, aims to provide access to curated and automatically created playlists aggregated from various content partners.
Camera to accompany Gear VR, captures and streams full high-resolution 3D video
To go along with a release date announcement of the Gear VR Innovator Edition virtual reality (VR) headset, Samsung teased a new ambitious camera project during its developer conference. Project Beyond is a 360-degree camera that captures a true 3D environment, using stereo cameras to mimic the type of view a human would have if they witnessed the scene themselves.
Spoke on Apple Pay-CurrentC 'skirmish,' Apple Watch, Carl Icahn
The Wall Street Journal has now released the full 34-minute interview given by Apple CEO Tim Cook on its web site. In the conversation, Cook discusses Apple products, not-yet-available Apple products like the Apple Watch, the thinking behind Apple Pay, and activist investor Carl Icahn, among other issues. While little that was genuinely new was revealed, Cook again shared his thinking on the interface of television and made some fresh comments on things competitors and allies are doing.
CBS CEO Moonves says the popular paid cable channel is coming to the web in 2015
Consumers considering cutting the cord have yet another reason to dump their cable providers, as CBS announced that a digital subscription version of Showtime is in the works. While there is no definitive date for a service launch, CEO Les Moonves said that the paid web-based video service would be on its way in 2015.
Globe Theater opens video on-demand store for Shakespeare plays
The Globe Theater has launched a streaming service specializing in Shakespeare plays. Available globally, the Globe Player store offers a selection of performances filmed at the London theater, with a seven-day rental priced at approximately £4 ($6.50) and sales including offline viewing priced at £8 ($13) for each of the famous plays, though it also hosts a number of interviews with notable performers which can be viewed at no charge. Currently, the service only works through a web browser, but the service is considering creating mobile apps if the demand warrants it.
Gold-colored Moto 360 spotted on Amazon with matching metal bands
New color options of the Moto 360 are on the way, according to a leak on Amazon. The now-removed listings spotted by Android Police showed a champagne gold Moto 360, combined with matching 18mm and 23mm metal bands, with the existing black and brushed steel versions also shown by the online retailer as being sold with their respective-colored metal straps.
Highly-controllable flash and video light can be interlocked with other units
Originally funded through an IndieGoGo campaign, the Australia-based IC12 has now debuted its 5,000-lumen high-speed portable flash and video light, the LED Light Cube. Built with an interlocking design that allows units to be used in combination, the light offers no recycle time between flashes, and gives photographers a way of shooting with a continuous high-speed flash of up to 1/8000th of a second. The unit is compact enough to be easily portable, and doesn't require external battery packs.
Live streaming in 14 launch cities, 5000 episodes of classic shows available
On the heels of the standalone HBO subscription service, CBS Corporation today announced the launch of CBS All Access, a new digital subscription Video On Demand and Nielsen-measured live streaming service for the CBS Television Network, mainly intended for cord cutters. CBS All Access will offer thousands of episodes from the current season, previous seasons and classic shows on demand, as well as the ability to stream local CBS Television stations live in 14 of the largest US markets at launch.
Re camera brings features like a one-button approach, capacitive touch activation
During HTC's "Double Exposure" event in New York, that mixed elements of fashion together with technology, the company unveiled its entry into the consumer video camera market. The Re Camera, which was the previously rumored to be a sports camera from the company, takes a different approach for consumers by making it easier to pick up a camera and start shooting.
Launches Elements Live portal for online learning, tips and tricks
On Tuesday, Adobe released major upgrades to its two consumer-oriented "Elements" programs -- the image-editing program Photoshop Elements, and the video-editing program Premiere Elements, now both at version 13. In addition, both programs now feature a new help and instruction portal called Elements Live that offers various tips, tricks and tutorials on using the programs. Both programs boast several new features.
Funds provided to popular YouTube creators for more original content
Google is investing more money into original content for YouTube. Building on top of its previous channel creation efforts, where Google paid filmmakers to create channels on the service, the search company will be funding new content from popular YouTube creators, as well as expanding the marketing of the new online shows outside the United States to the UK, France, Germany, and Brazil.
Network appears to have been granted insider access, keeping mum for now
Apple plans on making a "groundbreaking" announcement tomorrow, alongside its introduction of new iPhones and a possible "iWatch," according to ABC News. The network plans to run a post-announcement special segment at 6:30PM in most time zones hosted by its lead anchor David Muir -- who has apparently been given special insider access to the event and what Apple has planned. The teaser trailer infers that Muir will be interviewing Apple executives, possibly including CEO Tim Cook.
Rack-mountable system includes six tuners, hot swappable drives, retains TiVo features
In a world where consumers are witnessing the shrinking size of technology, TiVo decided to offer up a product that goes in the opposite direction. Today, the company unveiled the TiVo Mega, a massive entry into the digital video recorder (DVR) market that gives some users a way to record more than 26,000 hours of television in a single unit.
Home screen icon appears to confirm changes coming to Passbook
A functioning version -- perhaps a genuine finished unit, or a cleverly-disguised Goophone -- of the allegedly forthcoming 4.7-inch iPhone 6 has been demonstrated in brief video clips. Going beyond any previous demo, the unit appears to function normally, is clearly running iOS 8 and is activated. The home screen shows the Health application (briefly demo'd in a different video) and the modified Passbook app icon, which now has a fourth red "stripe" resembling a payment card, seemingly confirming the idea that a mobile payment system will be introduced at the September 9 event.
Drone owner captures new construction, inner and outer retaining walls
Significant progress has been made in the construction of Apple's Campus 2 project since the last set of traffic-reported helicopter pictures were released. A new HD video shot with a GoPro camera attached to a drone plane have flown over the construction site (a legally murky move) and shown detailed images of the outer and inner retaining walls for the future headquarters of the company.
Dre takes time off new movie filming to accept CEO Tim Cook's challenge
Apple employee and Beats CEO Dr. Dre took time out from the filming of a biopic on his original band, entitled Straight Outta Compton, to answer the challenge of Apple CEO Tim Cook and get a bucket of ice water poured on his head as part of a fundraising drive by the ALS Association to fight ALS, or "Lou Gehrig's Disease." The YouTube video, posted to the Beats channel, also features director Gary Gray pouring the water.
VOD changes remove indefinite storage, music being muted due to copyright
Gaming broadcasting service Twitch was quick to issue some changes of its own, a day after the company decided to shut down its original product, Justin.tv. In what the company is calling necessary changes, Twitch will be changing the way it handles video-on-demand (VOD) and the audio within videos. The changes are significant compared to many others the company has made, as Twitch is removing permanent video saves and handing off audio copyright policing to a third party.
Company shutters video service to focus on gaming site, old videos inaccessible
The online streaming video site that spawned Twitch has announced that it is closing down, effective today. Justin.tv, which was launched in 2007 by Justin Kan, Emmett Shear, Michael Seibel and Kyle Vogt, changed its website to a goodbye video and answered some questions about the future of the company and its users. The streaming service was touted as a "life streaming" platform that allowed a look into the everyday lives of the users, and its founders.
Features Beats Pill speakers, Siri in jokey self-congratulatory message
A brief video has been posted by new Apple employee Dr. Dre on the Beats Twitter account that both celebrates and pokes fun at the union of the two companies. The video, which features animated versions of the Beats Pill speakers and the disembodied voice of Siri, will remind some of the "talking car" Chevron advertisements done by Aardman Animation, makers of Wallace & Gromit in its style of animation and light humor between "Mikey" and "Tina."
SnapChat rival's core requirement backtracked, Messenger now allows fullscreen viewing
On Thursday, Facebook updated two of its applications for iOS users: the now-required Messenger chatting program, and its SnapChat-like photo-messaging app Slingshot. The latter's biggest change is the removal of what was previously a puzzling core requirement of the app -- users no longer have to "reply" with a message, photo or video before being allowed to see the message, photo or video sent to them. The now-mandatory Messenger app has been updated to allow full-screen viewing of photos and videos.
Yelp iOS app adds ability to create up to 12-second video clips
Branching out in its ability to offer reviews of local businesses, Yelp has now updated its iOS app to version 8.1, which gives users the option to create a shortly 3-12 second-long video message alongside or in place of written reviews, comments or images. The video option is the only significant new feature, alongside the usual bug fixes and tweaks, and "lives" alongside the photo option -- which can now be toggled between photos and videos. Users can find existing video reviews alongside photos in both the app and on the company's website.
Israeli startup to be a part of Yahoo's cloud team, join research center in Tel Aviv
Yahoo announced last week that it is acquiring the Israel-based video streaming startup RayV for an undisclosed sum. The company will help Yahoo build on its video offerings, giving the company the technology it needs as it looks forward to video content for the future, says the search engine. The deal first made its way across the tech industry as a rumor back in May.
Jury finds Apple did not push app developers into infringing older streaming patent
Apple has scored another legal victory, this time against Israeli firm Emblaze and its charge that Apple induced app developers to infringe Emblaze's US patent on live video streaming. A federal jury found in Friday that Apple was not guilty of requiring any of the seven example apps used in the trial to use Apple's own HLS (HTTP live streaming) protocol, and thus did not foster infringement of the patent. Emblaze, a struggling audio company that had tried to sell the technology many times, is also suing Microsoft in a similar case.
Videographers provided with YouTube Creators mobile app, sound effect library, 60fps video support
Google has added more tools to YouTube, to help creators with their video productions. Presented at Vidcon, YouTube Director of Product Management for Creators Matthew Glotzbach and Vice President of Engineering for Creators Oliver Heckmann showcased upcoming features to the video service, including a new mobile app, and support for 48fps and 60fps video.
Contextual roads, support buildings, previously-unseen fountain among highlights
A new video by 3D mapping firm Technology Integration Services, based on publicly-available information about Apple's forthcoming "spaceship"-shaped Campus 2, has created a 3D video "flyover" of the campus that brings together known and little-featured details to portray the compound as it will look in 2016 when construction is expected to be complete. The video places the campus in context to its surroundings, and shows not just the main office building but the extensive landscaping and support structures.
SnappyTV purchase bolsters Twitter tools for broadcasters
Messages on Twitter could soon include more video clips from television, thanks to an acquisition by the microblogging service. SnappyTV, a start-up primarily offering tools for quickly spreading TV show clips around on social networks, has been bought by Twitter for an unknown amount, and is likely to help the company involve itself more with television broadcasters.