Media

  • Amazon’s ‘Write On’ Crowd-Publishing Platform Opens To All

    Amazon’s ‘Write On’ Crowd-Publishing Platform Opens To All

    Amazon has a new crowd-publishing platform called Write On, which is a direct competitor to Wattpad, the social network with self-publishing authors offering up their content for free, and working together with the community to incorporate feedback into their ongoing work. The Amazon version launched last October as an invite-only beta, but now it’s a full-fledged product available to… Read More

  • One Small Step For Unbundling, One Big Leap For HBO

    One Small Step For Unbundling, One Big Leap For HBO

    This week HBO finally announced the arrival of HBO Now, a streaming over-the-top access pass to HBO content for $14.99 a month. It will debut exclusively on the Apple TV for a three-month period (the first of which will be free to new users) and then expand to other platforms. And after years of anticipation, debate and scrutiny, the process of unbundling the cable package has finally begun in… Read More

  • Netflix Gaffe Subtweet By AT&T Angered This #Brand

    Netflix Gaffe Subtweet By AT&T Angered This #Brand

    Here’s how bad our nation’s net neutrality discussion has become: The #brands are now taking part. This is not a positive development. To rewind: Netflix CFO David Wells said something that, as reported, incensed nearly everyone alive, regardless of their take on net neutrality regulations: “Were we pleased it pushed to Title II? Probably not. […] We were hoping… Read More

  • HBO’s New Streaming Service, HBO Now, Exclusive To Apple At Launch

    HBO’s New Streaming Service, HBO Now, Exclusive To Apple At Launch

    Though today’s Apple event is largely focused on the reveal of the new Apple Watch, the company also announced updates to its Apple TV platform to kick off the day – something that had been rumored to be in the works for some time. Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed earlier reports that HBO’s new standalone streaming service called HBO Now is going to be available on Apple TV… Read More

  • News Corp Buys Indian Tech Media Company VCCircle

    News Corp Buys Indian Tech Media Company VCCircle

    News Corp is continuing its focus on India after it announced a deal to buy tech and startup-focused media company VCCircle. Read More

  • Apple’s Streaming Music Service Will Debut In June

    Apple’s Streaming Music Service Will Debut In June

    Apple’s streaming music service, which will be a totally overhauled version of Beats but with iTunes branding and tighter integration with Apple’s own devices and software, will make its official debut in June, likely at WWDC. A source with knowledge of the company’s current plans tells TechCrunch June 8 is the target launch date, at least for an official… Read More

  • HBO GO Arrives On PS4 Today

    HBO GO Arrives On PS4 Today

    Just ahead of the April 12 premiere of one of its more popular shows, Game of Thrones, HBO announced this morning that its streaming service HBO GO is now available on the PlayStation 4. The new application, which has been available on the PS3 for nearly a year, will be made available to PS4 owners as of today, the company says. Read More

  • BriefMe Launches Socially-Ranked News App In Latest Entrant In Front Page Revolution

    BriefMe Launches Socially-Ranked News App In Latest Entrant In Front Page Revolution

    Primacy is the most important decision facing news editors on a daily basis. What stories do they want to bring attention to? Newspapers can showcase their best content by placing it on the front page, above the fold. Television news programs can place it on the chyron at the bottom of the screen, boldly demanding the attention of viewers. And websites showcase their important stories with… Read More

  • Orange Is The New Black Returns To Netflix On June 12

    Orange Is The New Black Returns To Netflix On June 12

    Orange Is The New Black (or OITNB for those of us in the know) is returning to a screen near you on June 12, according to Netflix. The Netflix original program, which is going into its third season, has been a smash hit with consumers and critics alike with more than one Golden Globes nomination this year (but sadly, no wins). Turning up the heat! New originals coming this summer from… Read More

  • You Can Now Embed Twitter Video On Your Website

    You Can Now Embed Twitter Video On Your Website

    Twitter has launched an embedding feature for Twitter-hosted videos, letting you put any movies shot using its native video capture and publishing tool on your site, complete with an embed button on Twitter’s on website. Clicking the “Embed Video” option in the “…” expanded options menu from a tweet featuring a native Twitter video will expose a snippet of… Read More

  • Apple Brings Photos App To The OS X Public Beta Program

    Apple Brings Photos App To The OS X Public Beta Program

    Apple has launched the preview software of its upcoming Photos app for OS X in the public beta channel, using its new AppleSeed program that invites members of the general public to test Apple’s major software releases before they become more widely available. The Photos app debuted in the Developer Preview version of OS X back at the beginning of February, and we provided an early look… Read More

  • How Cards Are Quietly Transforming The Web

    How Cards Are Quietly Transforming The Web

    Nearly three hours a day. That’s the average amount of time you and I spent on our phones every day in 2014. Our dependency on mobile devices for information has forced the design of the web to change. Netizens have come to expect mobile content is optimized in a way that brings them exactly what they are looking for front and center. Read More

  • Beauty By Design: The Intersection Of Data And Digital Art

    Beauty By Design: The Intersection Of Data And Digital Art

    It’s only through parallel creative exploration that the broader ramifications of open data can be clarified and communicated, both in terms of the value of the art itself and also what it can reveal about our increasingly complex lives. Read More

  • Wattpad Offers A Dedicated Sexy Stories App To Ride The ’50 Shades’ Wave

    Wattpad Offers A Dedicated Sexy Stories App To Ride The ’50 Shades’ Wave

    If you like your erotica like you like your restaurant recommendations, (crowdsourced and free), then Wattpad has an app for you: It’s called After Dark, and it’s a free app that curates content from Wattpad’s social network for readers and writers that specifically offer titillation and romance. After Dark’s stories are divided by category to help fans find the… Read More

  • The Web: Headliner Or TV’s Supporting Actor?

    The Web: Headliner Or TV’s Supporting Actor?

    Super Bowl XLIX was the most watched television show in U.S. history. It was also the most socialized Super Bowl ever measured, with 265 million Facebook posts, likes, and comments, and more than 28 million global tweets. Today’s TV viewer doesn’t just watch TV anymore — they scroll through Twitter and Facebook in real time, watch YouTube Videos, send Snapchats, and pin… Read More

  • Google Play Music Increases Cloud Storage Limit To 50,000 Songs

    Google Play Music Increases Cloud Storage Limit To 50,000 Songs

    Google has bumped the storage limit for its locker service for Google Play Music from 20,000 to 50,000 songs, giving users more than double the capacity to store their own collection in the cloud, over and above the extensive streaming library that makes up Google Play Music’s own category. The extended library allowance is a free upgrade for users, meaning people get the additional… Read More

  • Netflix Expands Its Kids’ Lineup With Five New Shows, Including An “Inspector Gadget” Reboot

    Netflix Expands Its Kids’ Lineup With Five New Shows, Including An “Inspector Gadget” Reboot

    Netflix this morning announced it’s preparing to expand its lineup of original and exclusive programs aimed at children with an order of five new kids’ shows, including remakes of well-loved classics like Inspector Gadget and Danger Mouse. While children today may not be familiar with these titles themselves, their Gen X and millennials parents likely are – and… Read More

  • Perceptiv’s SHIFT Turns Drones Into Smart Dollies For Filmmakers

    Perceptiv’s SHIFT Turns Drones Into Smart Dollies For Filmmakers

    Drone tech is exciting and full of potential, but few companies are focusing on tech that provides benefits drone users can enjoy now, without spending a fortune or managing an architectural firm or large-scale agricultural concern. Perceptiv Labs, a YC Winter 2015 cohort startup with a founding team out of Waterloo’s top-flight robotics engineering department, is offering high-flying… Read More

  • Plex Gets A Discovery-Focused Overhaul On Roku Devices

    Plex Gets A Discovery-Focused Overhaul On Roku Devices

    Media management software Plex is making big strides after eking out a niche for itself as an app beloved by a dedicated but specialized audience for years. The app now has presence on two of the three major modern home consoles, and its debut on those platforms included a re-thinking of its approach to content discovery. A new version of the app coming today for Roku continues the work… Read More

  • The First Books From Amazon’s Crowdsourced Publishing Platform Arrive March 3

    The First Books From Amazon’s Crowdsourced Publishing Platform Arrive March 3

    Amazon has been using reader feedback to find and publish new titles via Kindle Press, using the Kindle Scout program it introduced back in October of last year. The Scout platform uses votes from readers to select what books get published, and those which receive the most favorable response are provided 5-year renewable contracts for digital publication rights, $1,500 advance and 50… Read More