Instagram’s Hyperlapse app makes mundane videos more fun to watch. But without being tied to Instagram itself, the app may struggle to make a dent in public consciousness. Read more »
The Netflix competitor launched by Canada’s cable companies was built by designers who previously mocked up a different kind of Netflix app. Read more »
Some argue that the rise of the internet has destroyed — or severely crippled — journalism, but all it has really done is disrupted traditional mass-media business models. Journalism itself has never been healthier, and new players are finding new models Read more »
Plenty of apps are adding Chromecast support these days, but two of them are worth singling out: NPR added the ability to cast audio to the iOS and Android versions of its new NPR One app, which the broadcaster launched just a month ago as a new way to consume public radio content. ABC added casting to the iOS and Android versions of its Watch ABC app, which offers pay TV subscribers access to full episodes of TV shows like Scandal and Modern Family. And there’s good news for Apple TV owners as well, as the Watch ABC iOS app now also supports AirPlay.
Instagram’s latest filter isn’t about color or light — it’s about time. You can now create image stabilized videos with Hyperlapse, a standalone app for shooting timelapse videos. Read more »
Many journalists probably see Reddit as an internet sideshow filled with nerds discussing video games, but GM Erik Martin makes the point that it’s also a great way to find people who care about the stories journalists are writing about, and that’s a useful resource Read more »
Gracenote’s new CEO used to be one of Gracenote’s customers at the transactional video service M-Go. Read more »
Google was supposed to buy Twitch earlier this summer, but Amazon has snapped up the video game streaming service for $970 million in cash. Read more »
San Francisco-based IoT startup Aether Things is now ready to ship its connected loudspeaker after initially delaying shipments in July. The Cone, as the speaker is called, is for now only available to paying subscribers of Rdio’s music service, but there’s a twist: Rdio subscribers will get $5 off their Cone for every month they’ve paid for the music service, up to a total of $180 of discounts off the $400 sticker price of a Cone. There’s still no word yet on when Aether’s Cone will support additional services, or ship to folks not subscribing to Rdio.
TiVo is cutting the cord for its latest DVR, which only works with over-the-air antennas. But will high monthly service fees give cord cutters a sticker shock? Read more »
Just as it does for the code behind software, opening up the data behind news stories and other forms of journalism has a number of benefits, including the fact that it’s easier to detect and fix errors — and it’s easier for others to expand and re-use the data Read more »
Want to watch the U.S. Open away from the TV? Then check out our guide for all the links. Read more »
This is neat: A new free Android app called Viddit makes it possible to beam videos found on Reddit straight to any Chromecast-equipped TV. The app, which doesn’t require any type of registration, casts a continuous stream of videos from any Subreddit, with the ability to skip videos through a simple right-swipe. The developers of the app have said that they want to add the ability to log in with your Reddit account and automatically access your subscribed Subreddits in the near future.
Microsoft wants to give Windows Phone users a way to mirror their phone screen to the TV with a new dongle that just popped up in the FCC’s database. Read more »
Journalist and documentary film-maker Nonny de la Pena is using the three-dimensional virtual world technology behind the Oculus Rift headset to create immersive journalistic experiences based on major news events Read more »
Netflix has seen its traffic grow “at an incredible rate” since launching in the UK two years ago, according to local ISP Plusnet, whose Senior Product Specialist Dave Tomlinson detailed Netflix’s traffic patterns in a blog post Thursday. YouTube video streams still amount for more overall traffic on Plusnet’s network, according to Tomlinson, but Netflix sees a much higher spike in the afternoon and evening. That’s a good sign for Netflix’s international expansion: The streaming service is set to launch in six additional European countries next month.
Every second there are ten pairs of people on Spotify who start listening to the same song within a tenth of a second of each other — whether it’s obscure Norwegian black metal or the latest Enrique Iglesias song. As part of Spotify’s new Media Artist in Residence program, Kyle McDonald visualized the pairs in a project called Serendipity. By using d3.js, Storm and Spotify’s API, McDonald constructed a fast moving map around the world showing that music tastes may be quite local (only within miles of each other) or across several timezones. While McDonald said via Twitter that the real-time version is only in Spotify’s office, the one for the public on the web is still pretty interesting to watch. And be sure to have your headphones in — the songs change as the map moves.
Users of the ad-supported movie streaming site SnagFilms can now cast videos to their TVs, thanks to their use of the popular JW Player video player. Read more »
The Huffington Post has sparked a backlash by partnering with Beacon Reader to crowdfund a reporting fellowship in Ferguson, Mo. — but the project is actually a smart way to experiment with a new journalism-financing tool and create relationships with readers in the process Read more »
Media companies like BuzzFeed, NowThis News and Fusion are increasingly creating content that is designed to live on other apps and services rather than just including links to their websites. This promiscuous approach to media is a smart strategy in an increasingly crowded environment Read more »
This is pretty cool: A few Netflix engineers integrated the streaming service’s connected TV app with Hue connected light bulbs from Philips to change the colors of your living room light based on the movie you’re watching. This is similar to a recent SyFy experiment with Sharknado, but in Netflix’s implementation, the light color even changes while you navigate through Netflix’s TV app queue. The integration was done as part of Netflix’s most recent hack day, where other teams built an Oculus Rift UI, a command line Netflix app and a mini player Chrome extension to binge while you’re working. Sadly, all of those hacks are internal, and may never become part of any actual products.
Want to stop paying $100 for TV a month, but still have access to live television from networks like ABC and CBS? This new antenna promises a cheap fix. Read more »
Netflix’s prison drama Orange is the New Black is resonating with file sharers worldwide, but the streaming company is still trailing traditional broadcasters when it comes to piracy levels. Read more »
Many media outlets have figured out that they need to focus on mobile, but for the most part their apps fail to take advantage of the smartphone’s potential, and if they aren’t careful Google will get there before they do Read more »
No, you are not crazy. Chrome really did start to auto-play all those YouTube videos, at least for some users. Here’s how to fix it. Read more »
Part of BuzzFeed’s challenge as it evolves into a major media entity is to somehow marry its experimental nature with its broader journalistic ambitions, and the deletion of thousands of old articles is a symbol of the tension between those two things Read more »
An Android Police report has shored up earlier suggestions regarding the service’s branding. Read more »
TCL and Hisense are starting to sell their Roku-powered smart TVs. One key difference from the name-brand competition: the new Roku TVs are very cheap. Read more »
Chromecast, meet… Matchstick? The Firefox-OS powered streaming stick may have finally gotten a name, while Mozilla’s Firefox browser is starting to officially support Chromecast. Read more »
Here’s something your cable DVR won’t offer any time soon: Simple.tv now lets you give your friends and family access to your recorded shows and movies. Read more »
Nearly 1,200 German, Austrian and Swiss authors have signed a letter protesting Amazon’s actions in Germany against book publisher Bonnier. Read more »
In Born Reading, Jason Boog offers concrete tips on how to get better at reading — and using technology — with your child. Read more »
BuzzFeed has come under fire for deleting thousands of old articles, which founder Jonah Peretti says didn’t live up to the kinds of standards the site wants to adhere to now. Should the company be criticized for doing this because it’s a journalistic no-no, or congratulated for evolving? Read more »
The YouTube app on your television may be getting a makeover: Google has updated the interface for its YouTube App for TV to reduce the number of clicks needed to get around menus armed only with a remote control. The update has already rolled out to Microsoft’s Xbox One, and will head to other streaming devices “in the following weeks.” The new interface relocates subscriptions to channels and videos to a menu on the left hand side, like on the web, and it also puts a search bar on the top of the default home page. You can check out a preview of the interface in your browser here.
Gawker founder Nick Denton has said that the Kinja commenting platform is a key part of the future of his media empire, but a group of his writers took to the Jezebel blog to complain that it makes it easier for commenters to post abusive messages Read more »
BuzzFeed has closed a new financing round led by Andreessen Horowitz that values the company at close to a billion dollars. But can founder Jonah Peretti make BuzzFeed a globe-spanning media entity without losing the new-media DNA that got it to where it is? Read more »
Hachette Book Group CEO Michael Pietsch spoke out Sunday, saying that “Amazon is seeking a lot more profit and even more market share, at the expense of authors, bricks and mortar bookstores, and ourselves.” Read more »
As Amazon and Hachette’s contract battle continues, a letter in support of Hachette will run in the New York Times this weekend, signed by more than 900 authors. In response, Amazon posted a letter of its own Friday. Read more »
The way my daughters watch what used to be called TV is fascinating: it happens anywhere, it’s YouTube and Vine and Twitch shows about playing Minecraft, and it’s all driven by the social community around those programs Read more »
Sportscaster ESPN is getting ready to shut down its public API. ESPN’s API team announced this week that it won’t be issuing any new API keys going forward, and that all previously issued API keys are going to be revoked in early December. The move will help the company to “better align engineering resources with the growing demand to develop core ESPN products,” the team said in a blog post. ESPN isn’t the only media company that recently decided to pull the plug on a public API: Netflix announced two months ago that it will shutter its public API in November.