Monthly Archives: June 2016

NBC will offer 85 hours of VR Olympics programming, courtesy of Samsung

June 30, 2016   |   filed under Apps, Community, Culture, Interaction, Participation, Social Media, Technology, Video

NBC has already hinted at plans to capitalize on the exponential interest surrounding VR by adding the format to its planned wall-to-wall Olympic coverage, but for the first time, the Rio broadcasting network is shedding some real light on how it intends to do so. The plan revolves around Gear VR — exclusively, in fact. Owners… Read more »

Facebook Live grows up with two-person broadcasts and waiting rooms for viewers

June 27, 2016   |   filed under Apps, Conversation, Interaction, Participation, Social Media, Technology, Video

Last Thursday at VidCon Facebook pre-announced three new big product updates for Facebook Live, their live-streaming platform built into Facebook. The platform will soon let you do two-person remote broadcasts, pre-schedule your streams and create a virtual waiting room for viewers and broadcast with MSQRD’s face masks. Broadcast with a friend The first upcoming update is the ability… Read more »

Tumblr to launch live video on Tuesday

June 20, 2016   |   filed under Community, Culture, Interaction, Social Media, Technology, Video

Twitter has Periscope. Amazon has Twitch. Google has YouTube’s live streaming. And Facebook has Facebook Live. Now, Tumblr is getting into live video, too. The company is preparing to launch a new live video feature on its service, beginning tomorrow, which will introduce a series of live broadcasts as well as a user-facing feature that could compete with Facebook Live, among other… Read more »

Pokémon Go could be released by the end of July, Go Plus accessory to cost $35

June 15, 2016   |   filed under Apps, Community, Culture, Interaction, Participation, Social Media, Technology

We already know a good amount about Pokémon Go — the crazy, augmented reality Pokémon game for iOS/Android built by the team behind Ingress. Hell, Techcrunch’s Greg Kumparak has played it! But one thing is still a mystery: the release date. The company has been super quiet about the launch timing, but it seems some details… Read more »

Nameless.tv tries to bring that live TV thrill to online video

June 13, 2016   |   filed under Community, Conversation, Culture, Interaction, Participation, Social Media, Video

Nameless.tv is bringing some of the communal feeling of watching regular TV — you know, the sense that people are watching along with you – to the experience of streaming online videos. “Watching videos alone is boring,” argued CEO Kareem Rahma. The New York-based startup was previously known as NYC.TV, and it was supposed to recapture the… Read more »

Facebook unlocks tilt-viewing of your panoramas with “360 Photos”

June 10, 2016   |   filed under Apps, Community, Culture, Interaction, Participation, Social Media, Technology

No more frustrating zoom-in/zoom-out. Facebook finally made a modern way to view panoramas and VR photos with your phone. Its new feature “360 Photos” rolls out tomorrow on iOS, Android, web, and Gear VR, and it will democratize creation of 360 and VR content. You can see Mark Zuckerberg’s example here from the top of One World Trade Center…. Read more »

Apple’s live photos meet Google’s new app to make your photos less shaky and more awesome

June 8, 2016   |   filed under Apps, Participation, Social Media, Technology, Video

Apple’s Live Photos are, by design, something most people don’t really think about. You just take your still photos as you always would, and iOS automatically captures a bit of footage from before and after the photo was taken and turns it into a little animation. Sometimes these animations are amazing – little coincidental gems that you… Read more »