Posts Tagged: new

Tumblr brings Apple’s Live Photos to the web

September 20, 2016   |   filed under Uncategorized

Tumblr today is bringing Live Photos to the web version of its service, while also rolling out tools that will allow other web developers to do the same. The company has released an open source JavaScript library it calls “Laphs” – or Live Anywhere Photos – which lets you support Live Photos on any website. To activate a Live… Read more »

Two million people streamed the NFL on Twitter last night and loved it

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

The NFL just released numbers on last night’s debut of NFL’s Thursday Night Football on Twitter, and they are pretty damn good. More than 2M people watched the game on Twitter, compared to 48M who watched it on TV. The average user also spent 22 minutes watching on Twitter, compared to 25 minutes watching on TV (which is the… Read more »

Amazon adds another Prime benefit: free podcasts from Audible Channels and free audiobooks

September 13, 2016   |   filed under Apps, Community, Conversation, Culture, Interaction, Participation, Technology

Amazon this morning rolled out another perk for subscribers to its Amazon Prime membership program: free access to Audible’s short-form digital programming called Audible Channels, as well as a selection of free audiobooks. Amazon says members will have access to a rotating selection of over 50 audiobooks from Audible’s catalog. That’s similar to how the Kindle Lending Library… Read more »

Twitter launches an Alexa app

September 12, 2016   |   filed under Apps, Community, Culture, Interaction, Participation, Social Media, Technology

Too lazy to read your tweets? Now, Amazon Alexa can just read them to you instead. Yes, that’s right: Twitter today has launched an app for Amazon’s voice platform Alexa, which means you can listen to the latest from Twitter right on your Echo speaker or other Alexa-powered device. The new app can give you general information on… Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »