Posts Categorized: Community

Parachut is the perfect photography gear club for indecisive photographers

July 7, 2016   |   filed under Community, Participation, Technology

It is frequently said that photography is a more expensive hobby than a recreational drug habit. Whether that’s true or not Haje Jan Kamps of TechCrunch wouldn’t know (he’s only ever suffered one of those two afflictions), but Parachut, launching in beta today, is here to alleviate the burden a little bit with a subscription library service for photography… Read more »

Twitter starts its live coverage of Wimbledon today

July 7, 2016   |   filed under Community, Culture, Interaction, Participation, Technology, Video

It seems Twitter decided to do a soft launch of its sports live-streaming tool today, but you should save the link. Seriously, because it’s not easy to find. The company began streaming Wimbledon, with coverage beginning on day 9, with the men’s quarterfinals. But tennis fans who also happen to be Twitter users were left in the dark about the new feature…. Read more »

Self-driving delivery robots are taking their roots in Europe

July 6, 2016   |   filed under Community, Culture, Interaction, Participation, Technology

Airborne drone delivery is still more PR than public reality, but wheeled, self-driving delivery bots could be trundling down a sidewalk near you sooner than you think. London-based Starship Technologies, which counts Skype co-founders Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis among its founding team, is launching a broad testing phase of its autonomous delivery bots in parts of the… Read more »

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 »

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 »

Infinite Arcade Makes It Simple to Build Your Own Videogames

April 22, 2016   |   filed under Apps, Community, Interaction, Participation, Technology

Harkening back to an age where kids in the early 80’s could build their own video games, the new Infinite Arcade (out April 28) revolves around constructing worlds. The app lets you choose from a handful of templates, from pinball to pong to runner games, and customize just about anything within them. Players begin by choosing a setting (desert, cave, candy… Read more »