Just two decades ago, if somebody prophesized that reality TV would have the lion’s share of airtime on some channels, a job posting for a soothsayer wouldn’t be too far behind. There’s something bizarre about tuning in to watch others do things we’re capable of doing ourselves, not so much the pro sports of this world but the bundling everybody in the same house (Real World) expanded to sitting on sofas (Big Brother) or partying (Jersey Shore), and the arguing that typifies an hour with the Kardashians. Thus, the question present itself – are eSports and the popular forms of entertainment – actual sports themselves? Twitch
What if I told you… that a banner advert on a website isn’t the only way you can market your business online? A recent article on marketingtechnews.net suggests that the way consumers are finding products and services online is changing at a rapid rate. More often than not, the consumer can browse any social media platform, video streaming site, or online article, and could find a form of advertising in each one. A shopper browsing online for new and exciting products or services can do so effortlessly, as they can read their favorite articles, watch their favorite videos, and view images from their favorite bloggers,
1968 was a year widely known for hippie culture, green smoke, free love etc. That year saw San Francisco hosting not just the hippies and free love, but a very significant presentation was held. The author was Doug Engelbart and his presentation became known as “The Mother of All Demos”. Instead of standing at a podium, Mr. Engelbart sat in a custom designed console, where he drove his presentation through the NLS computer residing 30 miles away in his research lab at the Stanford Research Institute. From the remote location, Mr. Engelbart transported images into a large projection screen overhead, flipping seamlessly between his presentation outline
Killer Networking technology is on the rise. Now under the careful guidance of the original founders, the company is focused on increasing their footprint on the market through the motherboard One of mistakes original Killer Networks did was focusing solely on high-end market segment, requiring a $300 investment in what was becoming a commodity technology. We extensively detailed the rebirth of Killer networking products in an interview with Michael Cubbage, co-founder and CEO of Rivet Networks. The new focus of the network technology isn’t competing against existing network NICs and PHYs, but rather to bring a complete solution that can improve the performance over what can
Nvidia SHIELD Android TV console is perhaps the best Android TV device on the market. Ever since its launch a year ago, this Tegra X1-based device gained over 10 upgrades with improvement in specifications and features. With the Google I/O 2016 conference taking place at the Googleplex in Mountain View, CA, Nvidia wanted to make sure their announcements reflect on the strength of Android ecosystem and its capabilities. The Software Upgrade 3.2 brings the support for High Dynamic Range (HDR) TV devices, which are coming to the market later this year. It also now supports YouTube 4K at 60 fps / Hz, which was not the case in the
During the E3 2015 show, we managed to play a beta version of Crytek’s “The Cliff”, a Virtual Reality experience that will play tricks with your senses. This ‘game’ can serve either as a cure of fear of heights, or make you scared of heights to the point where you will no longer look down. 10 months later, Crytek released the final version of the game. The Climb places you in a role of an extreme free solo rock climber, taking on some of most difficult climbs you can imagine. All the in-game locations are inspired by the real world, and they will make you feel like when Tom Cruise climbed the Dead
As a category of motorsport, an all-electric FIA Formula E championship is gaining in popularity. Even though it is only in its second year, the sport made a lot of progress by interacting with the fans and the media in a more open way than any other branch of motorsport. The Formula E organization is taking a full advantage of its collaboration with its technical partners. From offering the races live on YouTube throughout the race day (most of them last for 9hrs+) to replays and highlights shot with HD and 360 ‘virtual reality’ videos, the championship is more attractive than ever. If you want to follow
Measuring power consumption and analyzing performance of mobile devices is a tedious task. Unlike previous measurement devices on the market, Finnish company Basemark managed to develop a tool which is custom tailored to each and every mobile device on market. Basemark’s Power Analysis Tool (PAT) is capable of benchmarking smartphones and tablets, while future might see support for testing the wearable devices (smartwatches, Fitbits etc.) as well. This device is the first hardware product designed by the team that stuck together through the times of being Futuremark, MadOnion.com, then Futuremark again, spun off as Rightware and now operating as Basemark – once more being a company that sets benchmarking standards. Introducting
A 25-year-old Nicolas Vuignier shared an action packed ski video, shot entirely on an Apple iPhone. While the sole “shot by iPhone” idea is not really that new, the quality and making of this video really redefines what is possible. While some will argue this was made by something a bit more professional (high-quality RED anyone?) than a run-off-the-mill production smartphone like this, it seems the video was really shot by a device like, just using the custom lenses. Nicolas Vuignier has shared an incredible video on YouTube showcasing himself skiing down a mountain in Sweden. And we can only be amazed by how well it
Star Wars VII: Force Awakens is arriving in movie theaters across the globe. If you, just like the author of these lines decided to watch the previous movies ahead of watching Episode VII, you might miss something interesting before you go from Episode III to Episode IV, which is older than the author himself. Watch the deleted scenes from previous Star Wars, such as Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. Videos include up to 15 minutes of deleted footage that did not made the cut, and gotta admit – never noticed them before, but they make perfect sense to watch before you go on Episode IV: A
Formula E Championship is gathering steam among new fans and manufacturers. This VR-friendly sport is becoming increasingly popular, and the opportunity to watch 360 degree videos will be enhanced with the Virtual Reality video streams from the cars, as seen in this video below: The circus is meeting for the final time this year in Punta Del Este, Uruguay, and the warm up for the race could not be more exciting. Trulli Racing officially withdrew from the competition, and their place will be taken by none other than – Jaguar. The name Jaguar Racing will appear for the first time since 2004 and their withdrawal
VEVO is mostly known as a YouTube channel that receives over 12 billion views each month (and that’s without all the Facebook freeloaded / pirated videos), carrying over 150,000 music videos. However, what is typically not known to the general public is that Vevo is not a part of YouTube. In fact, the channel is owned by Vevo, Inc., a joint venture of Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group with Abu Dhabi Media and Google itself. Originally, Vevo was funding itself through advertisements before and during its music videos, but the company faced Google’s decision to launch YouTube Music App, and subscription service which technically,
The four ads, titled Beijing, Berlin, Closer and Goals, all have one thing in common – they showcase how an Apple Watch will help transform your daily lives. From getting directions to making sure where and what to see in different towns and cities, to other potentially interesting social interaction related possibilities. Even the tech savvy individuals will be impressed, specially with some health oriented aspects. While some have spurned these ads, titling them not to Apple’s standards, we find them interesting. They promote the options of the product rather well, putting things you can do with it in perspective. This might be a reaction
85 years after its discovery, a space object formerly known as the ‘eight planet in the Solar System’ was finally visited and we can now see how Pluto actually looks like. Even though often short-sighted and ego-driven science organizations officially recognize solar system with seven planets and five dwarf planets, there are further 380 dwarf planets pending – and estimated 7,000 objects more in a violent area known as the Kuiper Belt. This is exactly the goal of NASA’s New Horizons mission, intended to reveal as much as possible. First and foremost, we now know that Pluto is red, not blue or gray, which is what roughly pixelated images
In the entertainment industry, general consensus around “4K” is that the file format is what 720p and 1080i were before Full HD appeared. For the industry, adoption of 8K video format will be the key towards ‘glassless 3D’ concept, as demonstrated by Toshiba, Sharp and Panasonic on CES. While last weeks’ Computex Taipei and next week’s E3 in Los Angeles will be dominated by 1080p (Full HD) and 4K (Ultra HD), we had the privilege of working with display manufacturers on next generation of displays. 8K is poised to become your reality, to be followed by 10K, 12K and even 16K. Your windows to digital
Hackers sympathetic to radical Islamist militants in Iraq briefly gained control over some of the U.S. military’s social media accounts.
It didn’t quite break the Internet, but the video now has more views than YouTube can count.
In an age of where we get these fantastic and whimsical smartphone sizzle videos, HTC satirically breaks down for us what goes into making a sizzle video.
Didn’t get a chance to watch Oculus’ Oculus Connect conference? Well, now you can watch the most important parts of the conference online thanks to Oculus’ own YouTube channel. There are hours and hours of Oculus Connect content below, so be prepared to watch a lot of Oculus Connect, however, a lot of people anticipated John Carmack’s keynote which is over an hour and a half long. There are also keynotes from Oculus’ CEO Brendan Iribe as well as their Oculus Chief Scientist, Michael Abrash. This is all possible thanks to Oculus selling 100,000 developer headsets to over 130 countries and enabling the VR industry.
Update: In a new blog post, Twitch CEO Emmett Shear revealed that Amazon has indeed acquired the game-streaming service. “Today, I’m pleased to announce we’ve been acquired by Amazon. We chose Amazon because they believe in our community, they share our values and long-term vision, and they want to help us get there faster. “We’re keeping most everything the same: our office, our employees, our brand, and most importantly our independence. But with Amazon’s support we’ll have the resources to bring you an even better Twitch.” A month ago Google was ready to buy up Twitch TV for the tune of $1 billion. Now it appears that