Video

  • Facebook Acquires QuickFire Networks, A ‘Pied Piper’ For Video

    Facebook Acquires QuickFire Networks, A ‘Pied Piper’ For Video

    Facebook has a acquired QuickFire Networks, a TC Disrupt 2014 Battlefield contestant that built a custom hardware and software platform for reducing video file sizes and upload times. The Wall Street Journal got the news earlier today, with confirmation later arriving on QuickFire’s site. QuickFire’s tech speeds up encoding videos with different profiles for frame rate… Read More

  • Delhi-Based Video Q&A Platform Frankly Raises $600,000 From Matrix Partners

    Delhi-Based Video Q&A Platform Frankly Raises $600,000 From Matrix Partners

    Remember VYou? The video Q&A platform saw more than a million answers posted and raised $3 million in funding before shutting its consumer site down in March 2013 due to lack of user engagement. Now a new startup called Frankly has launched with a similar premise. Currently in beta with a website and apps for Android and iOS, Frankly has secured seed funding of $600,000 from Matrix Partners. Read More

  • BlackBerry Classic | Hands On

    Hands On With The Blackberry Classic

    It’s been a long time coming: Blackberry’s return to its roots. Rather than chasing the pack, Blackberry has brought back exactly what its fans have been wanting in a package that is usable, fun, and solid. But can it save the company? I’m a fan of the $450 Classic and will post a full review on Monday but until then I’ve prepared a brief hands on. I’ve found… Read More

  • Google+ Can Now Automatically Make Your Videos Look Better

    Google+ Can Now Automatically Make Your Videos Look Better

    For almost two years now, Google has been automatically enhancing the photos you upload to Google+; starting today it will do (almost) the same with videos, too. It won’t do this automatically, though. Instead, whenever Google now thinks it can improve a video you upload, a banner will appear in the Google+ web app that asks you if you want to preview the potential changes. You can also… Read More

  • Paltalk Buys Tinychat As Video Messaging Apps Consolidate

    Paltalk Buys Tinychat As Video Messaging Apps Consolidate

    Mega-popular messaging apps like WeChat or WhatsApp today typically boast over half a billion (or even one billion) users, and now we are seeing some consolidation among some of the (slightly) smaller players, specifically on the video messaging front. Video chat service Tinychat has been acquired by Paltalk, another video messaging company that operates a service under its own name… Read More

  • YouTube Is Testing An Autoplay Feature That Streams Suggested Videos Automatically

    YouTube Is Testing An Autoplay Feature That Streams Suggested Videos Automatically

    YouTube, always on the lookout for ways to keep people watching more videos and staying on its site longer, is testing out a new feature that could prove to be a honeypot (or major annoyance!) for casual visitors: video autoplays, where once the video you came to watch ends, instead of defaulting to the usual grid of suggested videos, another video starts up. The feature was flagged to us… Read More

  • The ‘Brief History Of Graphics’ Video Series Is Your Monday Morning Pong Pick-Me-Up

    The ‘Brief History Of Graphics’ Video Series Is Your Monday Morning Pong Pick-Me-Up

    A video series by Stuart Brown of XboxAhoy has created one of the nicest mini-documentaries I’ve watched in a while. The five-part series that looks at computer graphics from Pong to Galaxian to Street Fighter and beyond. The whole series – complete with Brown’s soothing brogue – is a great look at the history of game graphics and the tools that programmers used to… Read More

  • Amazon Moves Closer To A Free, Ad-Supported Video Service

    Amazon Moves Closer To A Free, Ad-Supported Video Service

    Amazon has been gaining ground on Netflix as the most popular video streaming service in the U.S., and now it is planning something that could see it overtake its rival. According to a report in the New York Post, the e-commerce giant is preparing a free video service. Supported by advertising, it would sit alongside — not replace — the company’s existing video… Read More

  • Netflix Will Expand To Australia And New Zealand In March 2015

    Netflix Will Expand To Australia And New Zealand In March 2015

    In its last quarterly earnings video streaming service Netflix teased that it would be soon launching in more countries and today comes confirmation of that: the company will be expanding Down Under, to Australia and New Zealand, in March 2015. “Internet-connected users in Australia and New Zealand will be able to subscribe to Netflix and instantly watch a curated selection of popular… Read More

  • The T Machine Swipes All The Tinders

    The T Machine Swipes All The Tinders

    Human interaction is hard. Humans are weird animals, covered in hair and full of blood and stuff and getting to know one or two for the purposes of procreation or whatever is really hard. But not if you have Tinder! It’s a dating app that lets you pick people based on appearance. But what if you really can’t tell if a human is pretty? That’s a stumper but finally, there’s… Read More

  • Universities Are Schooling Tech Companies In Video

    Universities Are Schooling Tech Companies In Video

    It’s no secret that the ivory towers of academia don’t get much respect from the tech industry. It’s become conventional wisdom that Computer Science degrees are out of date before graduates enter the workforce, and that MBA programs forgo developing practical leadership and entrepreneurship skills in favor of theory and rhetoric. Schools are chronically behind when it comes… Read More

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