Monthly Archives: August 2016

New York subway is offering free ebooks (and Wi-Fi) for your commute

August 31, 2016   |   filed under Community, Conversation, Culture, Interaction, Participation, Technology

In an effort to highlight its upcoming launch of more in-train Wi-Fi (not to be confused with in-train cricket attacks), the New York MTA, Transit Wireless, and publishing powerhouse Penguin Random House are getting together to release ebooks and articles timed to your commute. This project mirrors a product launched in London last year. As The Digital… Read more »

HBO’s new Westworld trailer shows AI ethical questions made flesh

August 29, 2016   |   filed under Community, Conversation, Culture, Participation, Social Media, Technology, Video

HBO has what looks like an expansive new epic TV series on the way, only this time it’s swapping fantasy, swords and castles for androids, AI and western duds. Westworld is a new sci-fi series coming to the cable network beginning in October, based on the Michael Crichton film from 1973. In the original, a… Read more »

Google now lets you explore U.S. National Parks via 360-degree virtual tours

August 25, 2016   |   filed under Apps, Community, Culture, Interaction, Participation, Social Media, Technology, Uncategorized, Video

Exploring the world is something that’s always been a bit of a luxury for those who can afford to travel, but technology is changing that. With VR and 360-degree videos, you can now immerse yourself in virtual environments that give you a real sense of what a place is like, without actually being there. Google has… Read more »

YouTube gets a new TV app

August 24, 2016   |   filed under Apps, Culture, Interaction, Social Media, Technology, Video

With more people than ever cutting the cord, watching via smart TVs, and turning to streaming media players like Roku and others, YouTube decided it was time to update is TV application to be easier to use on the big screen. A new version of the application rolling out now will feature a different look and improved organization of… Read more »

Facebook is building its own Steam-style desktop gaming platform with Unity

August 19, 2016   |   filed under Apps, Community, Interaction, Participation, Social Media, Technology, Video

Facebook may try to compete with Steam, or at least win back revenue lost when casual gaming shifted to mobile. Today Facebook formally announced it’s working with game engine Unity to build a dedicated, downloadable desktop gaming platform, plus it’s broadening the Facebook.com experience for gamers. Both will allow publishers to offer their iOS and Android games on desktop… Read more »

Uber’s first self-driving cars will start picking up passengers this month

August 18, 2016   |   filed under Community, Conversation, Culture, Interaction, Social Media, Technology

It’s been a while since news broke in early 2015 that Uber was working on self-driving cars. Earlier this year, the company openly admitted it was testing cars in Pittsburgh, but we haven’t heard much more over the last 18 months. With Google, the self-driving car leader, slowly making progress with its autonomous cars, you’d be forgiven for thinking… Read more »

Instagram adds an Events channel to show you the best videos from concerts and sporting events

August 17, 2016   |   filed under Apps, Community, Culture, Interaction, Participation, Social Media

Over the past year Instagram has been working to reinvigorate the Explore tab, which is the app’s place for showing content personalized for you. What started as a simple algorithm to determine photos you may enjoy seeing has evolved into a full-fledged discovery platform to show you photos and videos that will want to make you spend… Read more »

Twitter reportedly in talks with Apple to bring its app and NFL games to Apple TV

August 16, 2016   |   filed under Apps, Community, Interaction, Participation, Social Media, Technology, Video

The New York Times reported yesterday that the Twitter app may be coming to Apple TV — and with it, Twitter’s live streaming content. If the two companies reach a deal by fall, Apple TV users could potentially watch Twitter’s live coverage of NFL games on their screens, since a deal between Twitter and the NFL to live stream the games… Read more »

Snapchat lets the people have Geostickers

August 2, 2016   |   filed under Apps, Community, Conversation, Culture, Interaction, Participation, Social Media, Technology

Everyone loves stickers. Snapchat must be on to us because the company just launched Geostickers, a new feature that lets users send city specific stickers in snaps and messages. There are 15 stickers available in San Francisco as of now and we expect more to come. The adorable caricatures delightfully mock tech culture, jab at rising rents, and highlight local landmarks. In… Read more »