Verizon customers have long been familiar with Motorola smartphones, whether they are Motorola branded or part of the carrier’s DROID line. Outside of that, there were also customers willing to purchase unlocked phones directly from Motorola that might find their way to other carriers. This year Motorola opted to pursue a wider distribution strategy by […]
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Vizio has been adding streaming apps to its smart TVs these past few weeks, including Netflix and Amazon Video. The latest addition to its streaming apps collection? Google Play Movies & TV. The company is making the app available on its high-end…
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How Soccer Players Are Getting Smarter On the Field With Brain-Training Video Games Tom Taylor, Sports Illustrated Athletes are employing all kinds of tech during training to gain a competitive edge while tracking progress. Sports Illustrated tell…
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Google's standalone video chat app, Duo, came out last August. Since then, the company has added some nifty features, like voice-only calling to help avoid awkward bedhead conversations. Google has just added a call-log feature to Duo, making it poss…
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Instagram's ephemeral Stories has been around for less than a year, but it's already beaten Snapchat at its own game. Today, the photo-sharing network is taking yet another swing at its rival with a new feature that lets you reply to Stories with a p…
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Last week brought news that BMW has spent $ 5.8 billion developing electric vehicles and is streamlining its products to pay for it (getting by with fewer than the current 100 different steering wheels, for example). As part of that enormous shift in…
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If you’ve checked out our YouTube channel in recent weeks, you probably noticed something is different. We’re in the process of overhauling our video strategy under Kent Oki’s lead. That’s why the videos are really solid these days. Now we’re seeking an assistant video editor to contribute when needed. We want you to focus on […]
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It’s not much of a secret that HTC is working on hardware gestures for its upcoming HTC U 11 flagship device, including a way to squeeze the sides of the phone to interact with it. It’s a very cool concept, but I think it’s safe to say we’re all interested in actually seeing it in […]
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Omni-Wearables’ FaceShot active sunglasses include a built-in video camera that docks into one of the arms. The camera can be activated simply be flipping it outward to begin filming the action around you.
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The HTC U Ultra is technically HTC’s first premium phone for 2017, even it’s a little disappointing on paper. It’s still high end, but we just didn’t love the price point. HTC’s had some decent sales to counteract that, though. It may not be enough to sway you away from that shiny new Galaxy S8, […]
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In this video, the European Space Agency takes us from outer space to Earth, depicting the exponentially worsening space debris problem along the way. Without a solution, humanity may soon find space travel impossible.
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A few days ago a low quality render surfaced that appeared to show the forthcoming Motorola Moto Z2 Force and earlier today news surfaced that the device may not be a Verizon exclusive. New renders and a video reveal much more detail about the device and although the overall device is similar to last year’s […]
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The Jelly is the self-proclaimed smallest 4G smartphone in the world, offering decent specs and 4G connectivity with just a 2.45-inch LCD display and a very wallet-friendly price tag. The phone is set to launch on Kickstarter soon, so you can’t order one for yourself just yet. In the meantime, we got our hands on […]
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Lenovo’s Moto G5 Plus is set to be one of the best mid-range phones of the year. If you’re wanting to get an advance look at it. be sure to join us for a full unboxing after the break. The device itself went up for pre-order in the US just a couple of days ago. […]
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A huge milestone for YouTube was just revealed. If you’re like any of us at Talk Android, you watch a lot of video on YouTube throughout the week. Millions of other people do as well. So it’s not surprising to find out that 1 billion hours of video are being watched on the service every […]
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Panasonic recently introduced a program for monitoring your heart rate — with just software and a video camera. The program analyzes changes minute in the skin from a video camera or even a webcam.
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In an effort to compete with other messaging services, Open Whisper System’s Signal — a secure chat service known for its commitment to privacy — now lets users make encrypted video calls.
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We've seen VR video theaters for Oculus and PlayStation VR, and now HTC has an upgrade in that department. Vive Video supports all kinds of media: 2D, 3D, 180-degree or full 360-degree, with options to make the environment as much of a realistic thea…
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Have you been wondering whether the Gear S3 is worth picking up or not? Our very own Justin Herrick unboxed the latest smartwatch from Samsung. See what he thinks after the break. There’s a raft of new features that come with the Gear S3 that make it all that more better than its predecessor, the […]
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Messaging app Line has launched a group video chat feature, where you and up to 200 of your friends can all chat together. Obviously, there won’t be 200 tiny windows on the screen though, and the view is restricted to four. And yes, there are face filters.
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OnePlus, which is no stranger to crazy marketing stunts, has shot an unboxing video for the new OnePlus 3T smartphone in an environment that suit’s the new phone’s extra speed. Where? The cockpit of a fighter jet flying at 700mph.
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The Nokia Moonraker, Nokia’s smartwatch that was shelved after Microsoft bought the company’s mobile division in 2014, has been shown off in a new leaked video. The video shows the device showing notifications, emails, messages, and so on.
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360 video is coming to wearables — the Orbi Prime is a pair of sunglasses capable of recording 360 video using four built-in cameras. Previous camera glasses have had mixed results, but the Indiegogo campaign is already halfway to their goal.
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Diversity is our nation’s strength, yet in America today, we are seeing new levels of fear and misunderstanding. It’s never been more important to sit down and listen to each other — hear each other’s stories, learn about what it’s like to walk in someone else’s shoes, and remember what makes us unique and what we all have in common.
That’s why we launched our YouTube Creators for Change program back in September, an initiative dedicated to amplifying the voices of YouTube role models who are tackling division and hate by creating videos that share stories of hope, connection and understanding. Today we’re introducing our latest initiative in this program: a new partnership with StoryCorps, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to recording and archiving oral stories from all Americans.
Through this new collaboration, we’re teaming up with StoryCorps to help start a national conversation about identity and belonging in America, beginning with a production program at the YouTube Spaces in L.A. and N.Y. in December. At these Spaces, we will create custom-built sets that look and feel like the iconic StoryCorps recording booths where participating creators will help extend StoryCorps recordings to video. These creators will be able to come in with a friend, loved one or person they respect to talk about their experiences in our country as it stands today – both the good and bad.
As part of YouTube Creators for Change, we’re also proud to support the StoryCorps’ campaign #WhoWeAre, created in partnership with Upworthy. The #WhoWeAre series features animated stories of everyday Americans selected from the StoryCorps archive that help us remember our best selves.
We hope these conversations will inspire people around the country to reflect and share their own personal stories about who they are and who they want to be. We’re thrilled to be working with StoryCorps on bringing their approach to listening and recognizing our shared humanity to video, and can’t wait to share more on our work together in the coming months.
Juniper Downs, Head of Public Policy for YouTube, recently watched #WhoWeAre.
Ready for Google to announce the Pixel (Sailfish) and Pixel XL (Marlin)? We are! There are just a couple of things we’d like to see Google implement for its upcoming phones expected to replace the long-tenured Nexus line. Our Joshua Chopy, the new Talk Android video creator, put together a video highlighting what we’d like […]
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If you’re considering purchasing the Alcatel Idol 4S, you’ll probably want to see what all comes in the packaging for the device. When it was announced, Alcatel mentioned that it would ship with an extra virtual reality headset in the box, so you can get a first-hand look at just how those VR goggles look […]
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Ever wondered what your dog or cat is up to during the day? PawsCam will help you get an answer — it’s basically a wearable action cam for your pet
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Verizon and Lenovo will be holding an event later this week when they are expected to announce pricing and release details for the Moto Z DROID Edition and the Moto Z Force DROID Edition. Buyers looking for the latest flagship from Lenovo will no doubt be interested in those details despite the disappointment that the […]
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A sub-$ 9,000 3D bioprinter set to make its debut later this year, the Aether 1, makes some very bold claims for itself — including its ability to outperform rivals with price tags in excess of $ 250,000.
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Whether it’s for entertainment, indulging a passion, or discovering something new, more people are turning to YouTube to watch video. In fact, growth in watch time on YouTube is up at least 50 percent year-over-year.1 Now, more than ever, businesses can connect with their customers through video advertising on YouTube.
But we know that creating a video ad can be challenging. To make it easier for every business— from a dog walker to a barber shop owner—to get started with advertising on YouTube, we’re launching the YouTube Director suite of products. Three products that make video ads more accessible to businesses.
Make a video ad right from your phone
With the free YouTube Director for business app (available for iPhone today in the U.S. and Canada) anyone can create a video ad for their business quickly and easily—right from their phone. No editing experience required. People like Woody Lovell Jr., owner of the The Barber Shop Club in Los Angeles, are already seeing positive results with YouTube Director.
Woody shot and edited a video ad by himself, uploaded it to YouTube, and worked with an AdWords expert to run a campaign. As a result, Woody’s business saw a significant increase in potential customers being able to remember and recognize his ad.2
We challenged five business owners—including Woody—to create a video ad in 20 minutes or less. Watch what happened and download the app to give it a try.
Get a professional to make your video ad
In select U.S. cities, we’re also offering YouTube Director onsite, a service that sends a professional filmmaker to shoot and edit a video ad for free whenever a business spends at least $ 150 to advertise on YouTube. YouTube Director onsite is available in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington D.C.—and coming to more cities soon.
Is your business an app? We can create a video ad for you too
YouTube Director automated video creates a video ad automatically from existing assets like logos and app screenshots in the App Store or Google Play Store, and is available globally. Reach out to a Google expert (1-855-500-2756) for more information.
No matter what kind of business you’re in, getting started with advertising on YouTube just became a whole lot easier. We can’t wait to see what you make. Happy filming.
Max Goldman, Product Manager, YouTube Director, recently watched “YouTube Director Video Challenge.”
1 Google Data, 2016
2 Woody’s YouTube Director video ad for The Barber Shop Club drove a 73 percent increase in ad recall among target customers on YouTube, and a 56 percent lift in brand awareness (AdWords Brand Lift Study, June 2016)
The Blocks modular smartwatch is one of the most exciting wearables coming this year, and now we’ve got the chance to see it in action, complete with a revised design and strap, in a new video.
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By now, you've certainly heard about Facebook's live video push. As the company continues to revise the live-streaming feature, new tools are being added on the regular. TechCrunch reports that the social network will soon let viewers skip straight t…
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Android users have had access to VR mode on YouTube for a while now, but iOS users have been left out — until now, that is. Google has finally updated the YouTube iOS app to offer VR mode, for use with Google Cardboard.
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After months of being able to share 360 degree videos, the chance to share 360 degree still photos on Facebook is almost here. Plus, a new button will let you quickly view them on your Gear VR headset.
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Blue Origin has released a few videos of its New Shephard rocket landings, but this one’s a little different. The team behind the reusable launch system recently attached a camera to the rocket itself and filmed New Shepard’s rapid return to Earth.
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Ordinarily you wouldn’t want to get too close to a rocket launch, as it’d likely result in your demise. A new 360-degree video, however, offers the next best experience, allowing you to stand on a launch pad as a 22-story rocket blasts off.
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No, it's not the most exciting iPhone release, but the new SE still has a clear purpose: At $ 399, it's Apple's most affordable handset yet. Meanwhile, its 4-inch screen is likely to appeal to nostalgics who miss smaller iPhones. Indeed, the SE is nig…
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Interested in seeing Samsung’s Multi Window functionality in action? We’ve got a full hands on video demonstrating the split-screen mode on the Galaxy s7, showing off how easy it is to watch videos while keeping up with social media or composing a text message.
The Multi Window works pretty similarly to how it did on the older Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6, so if you’ve used a Samsung phone from 2015 you’ll be very familiar with this.
Check out the video below to see it for yourself.
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Though Samsung's new Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are both great phones — each earned a score of 90 — it's the Edge that's improved the most over the past year. Whereas the S6 Edge's curved screen felt like a gimmick (albeit a gorgeous one), this year's m…
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What's the point of live video if you don't watch it when it's, you know, live? That's the reasoning behind a new shift in Facebook's algorithm that'll push live video streams to the top of your News Feed. This comes a few days after Facebook announc…
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When T-Mobile announced their Binge On promotion for video streaming, they didn’t quite mention how video streams would be “optimized” on their network. This created some frustration between T-Mobile and YouTube, and rightfully so, since YouTube isn’t even part of the Binge On program. To clarify some things, the Electronic Frontier Foundation ran some tests to see how video was being throttled/optimized and came to some interesting conclusions.
Regardless of whether or not a video stream is counting against your data cap, if a customer has opted into Binge On, video streams are capped at 1.5Mbps. Opting out of Binge On completely removes that optimization, and the EFF saw video streams reaching 5Mbps, which is a pretty big jump. Oddly enough, those speeds were also capped for video downloads, which means T-Mobile is actually paying attention to the types of files that are being downloaded on their network and adjusting speeds accordingly.
Whether your want to call this optimization or throttling, it’s still a major pain point when the network and phones should be capable of delivering 1080p video streams without a hitch. This network optimization is happening regardless of whether or not the network is congested at the time, which is another sticky catch to the unlimited video streaming.
It makes sense that T-Mobile would have to do something to avoid blowing up their network with tons of customers streaming video, but it’s unfortunate that this kind of thing isn’t completely apparent up front.
If you’re interested in the full testing methodology, you can find the results at the links below.
via: Ars Technica
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Acer has announced the CXV2 Chromebox, a video conference solution that supports up to 15 conference members across various devices.
Unveiling the CXV2 this week, Acer has revealed that the product boots up in less than 10 seconds, also said to be ‘easy to set up and manage’. Discussing the Chromebox via a press release, the group has said this is the latest addition to Acer’s portfolio of Chrome OS products, which includes Chromebooks, Chromeboxes and Chromebases.
In a press release, Acer added:
“According to data from Gartner, Acer Group is currently the world’s leading Chromebook brand with over 34% market share for the first three quarters of 2015.”
The CXV2 Chromebox is powered by an i7 processor and Intel HD graphics, arriving with a high-quality camera, remote control, microphone and speaker.
Acer’s on-board Chromebox camera supports up to Full HD 1080p resolution, we’re told, which is good news for businesses looking for a crisp picture during video calls. It’s also equipped with autofocus and automatic low-light correction, working in harmony with the omni-directional microphone.
When it comes to security, Acer has promised a ‘simple and secure’ user experience, thanks to the fact that the CXV2 automatically updates itself every six weeks to ensure the latest security features are running as they should. On top of that, all the data on the Chromebox is encrypted, Acer has confirmed.
At the time of writing, there’s no word on when or where the Chromebox will become available. We’re also yet to hear of a price for the new gadget. We’ll keep you posted.
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YouTube has accused T-Mobile of throttling all video traffic on its new Binge On program, which waivers data usage in exchange for lower-quality video. YouTube is currently the only major video provider unaffiliated with the program.
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We still have no idea what GoPro’s upcoming quadcopter will look like but its flying stability and gimbal look to be sorted. The company has just posted a video shot using its prototype machine, and the captured silky-smooth footage looks awesome.
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Skype announced a new feature for its chat and messaging services on Tuesday that will allow users to incorporate short, Gif-like video clips into their conversations. The company is calling these new visual hybrids "Mojis" (le sigh). Just as Gmail…
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Sometime this week, Verizon should be announcing a new video streaming service that will be targeted at millennials. The service, known as Go90, will call upon viewers to turn their phones 90 degrees in order to start watching television shows. G090 will not have any advertisements, instead generating revenue from advertisements.
Both live and on-demand programming will be available through G090. The content, however, will not include everything that a television network has to offer. Select shows from Comedy Central, Discovery, ESPN, NFL Network, and Food Network are offered in addition to online series from AwesomenessTV, Machinima, Tastemade, and Vice. Having ESPN’s programming offered is probably the most surprising; however, Verizon negotiated mobile rights for individual shows with its partners rather than going for an all-in-one deal. The live programming will primarily come from NFL games and concerts.
The New York Times explains Verizon’s decision in not associating the Big Red brand with Go90:
Executives made a conscious decision not to include the word Verizon when choosing a name for the new service, in part to appeal to as broad an audience as possible. That is important as Verizon seeks to bolster its mobile ad business and deliver to advertisers big audiences that watch premium content. Go90 also could serve as a marketing tool to attract new customers to Verizon’s wireless service.
Verizon’s Marni M. Walden pointed to G090’s target market, people ages 18-34, watching 70% viewing on mobile before any other form factor to prove that there is an “enormous opportunity.” The company wants viewers to talk about Go90 on social media. Because that’s exactly what millennials do, right?
Since this video streaming service is ad-supported, viewers will not have to be Verizon customers.
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In the last ten years, we’ve witnessed many of the biggest and most important news stories unfold on YouTube. From the Green Revolution, Arab Spring and protests in Ferguson, to the Charlie Hebdo attacks and earthquake in Nepal, user-generated video has provided a unique and visceral perspective on what’s happening in the world around us. It’s almost impossible to turn on the news during a breaking event without seeing raw video uploaded by a YouTube user somewhere across the globe.
Today, more than 5 million hours of news video is watched on YouTube every day, and the role of the eyewitness has never had a more vital place in the newsgathering process. We live in a world where anyone can bear witness to what is happening around them and share it with a global audience, and YouTube has become a primary home for this powerful, first-person documentary footage.
That is why we’re excited to announce three new initiatives to support the discovery and verification of eyewitness news video on YouTube:
We’re proud of the role that YouTube and its creators have and continue to play in the ever-changing, ever-expanding news and information ecosystem, and we hope that these new projects will empower more journalists to use powerful eyewitness video easily and responsibly.
Posted by Olivia Ma, Head of Strategy and Operations, News Lab at Google