Posts Tagged ‘video’

Viral Video: Country Music 2013 — Trucks, Girls in Trucks, Drinking in Trucks With Girls

December 26, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Entertainment Weekly’s Grady Smith made a fantastic video compilation, garnering close to two million views on Google’s YouTube by delivering a very good point about the state of country music in 2013: As he noted: “I was inspired to make this supercut after posting my 10 Best Country Albums of 2013 list for EW. A few commenters told me that my choices weren’t mainstream enough, and I thought, ‘Well, yeah, because so much of what’s on the radio these days sounds exactly the same!’ So I decided to make a video to prove my point. I hope country fans will stop settling for this derivative junk. I love a dumb party song every once in a while (including some of these!), but when they’re the only flavor available, they get old very, very fast. Here’s to better music in 2014.” As a huge country music fan, Grady’s got that right:

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Vivoom Shoots Mobile Video With Movie and TV-Like Effects

December 26, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

So you think you haven’t seen enough social video apps for your iPhone or iPad? Well then, today is your lucky day. There’s a new app out today called Vivoom. While you can think of it as similar in concept to other apps like Instagram video and Twitter’s Vine, this one is a little different in that it gives you access to visual effects that have been used on lots of movies and TV shows over the last 15 years or so. The company behind it is GenArts, a big supplier of visual effects software to TV and motion picture studios, including Disney, HBO and ESPN. Shoot your video, and then you can add visual effects that you’ve seen in use on big and small screen. All the rendering is done in the cloud. New effects are being added all the time without any need to download an update to the app. Today for example, a new one called “Beauty” makes it easy to remove blemishes and wrinkles from your subject’s skin. Another called “Skinny” helps them appear a little thinner. The “Sketch” and “Zap” effects are shown in the picture above. The app, available for iOS devices, was created with help from KerrisMedia, the app development and marketing firm created by Richard Kerris, a former CTO at Lucasfilm and the longtime head of developer relations at Nokia and Palm before that . The firm’s first client was the Rolling Stones. While the effects are a nice touch, to say that Vivoom is entering a crowded field is putting it charitably.

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A Christmas Message From Edward Snowden: "Asking Is Always Cheaper Than Spying" (Video)

December 25, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden appeared on Britain’s Channel 4 to deliver a “alternative” Christmas message to the world. “A child born today will grow up with no conception of privacy at all,” said the man who blew the lid off the government’s controversial spying programs. “They’ll never know what it means to have a private moment to themselves, an unrecorded, unanalyzed thought.” Too true, in this reasonable argument for privacy. As he also noted, if the government “really wants to know how we feel, asking is always cheaper than spying.” Another good point, though given the day, let’s be clear that Santa has been using a magic snowball to naughty-or-nice monitor us at no cost for centuries now. Watch:

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Once Again — Ho Ho, the Drone Mistletoe (Video)

December 24, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

This is still worth posting to make sure everyone does not miss it. The Mistletoe Drone. In San Francisco, of course. (To be clear, these adorkable drones are lulling us into a jolly sense of security before they attack.) Enough said:

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Xbox Digs Into History of Atari, ‘E.T. the Video Game’ for New Docuseries

December 19, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Xbox is digging deep into the video game industry’s past as it prepares to launch its first slate of shows on its consoles in the very near future. Filmmakers Simon Chinn (“Searching for Sugar Man” and “Man on Fire”) and Jonathan Chinn (“30 Days” and “American High”) will produce the yet-to-be titled documentary series through... Read more

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Not the Singles Lady — Apple Says Beyoncé Album Breaks Record

December 16, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Apple said the new self-titled album from music superstar Beyoncé had sold 828,773 copies since it was released exclusively by the iTunes Store three days ago. The company said that made it the fastest-selling album ever on the music-selling site. U.S. album sales totaled 617,213 for a work that included 14 new songs and 17 videos.

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Amazon Really, Really Wants to Sell More Kindle Fire HDX Tablets

December 15, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Amazon seems to be selling a lot of its newest Kindle Fire tablets*. But it would like to sell many more .  So here’s Jeff Bezos’ newest pitch : Buy a Kindle Fire HDX tablet today, and we’ll give you nine months to finish paying for it. Amazon started pushing its installment plan program this weekend, by splashing the offer on its home page. The basics: It is letting customers pay for its $229 Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch tablet , or its $379 8.9-inch version , in four-part installment plans. Customers shell out 25 percent of the purchase price – plus tax and shipping charges –  when they buy the gadget, and then spread out the remaining three payments in 90-day increments. There aren’t a lot of catches with the offer — for instance, Amazon isn’t adding any interest charges to its installment plan. But there is one interesting twist spelled out in the relatively fine print: If you don’t cough up the rest of the money, Amazon may semi-brick your tablet: “our remedies will include the right to deregister your Kindle Fire HDX device, which will block your ability to access Amazon content from your Kindle Fire HDX device.” Amazon rolled out its HDX line  earlier this fall. The tablets feature extras like a “Mayday” button which connects users with live support staff, and the ability to download some of the movies and TV shows offered on Amazon’s Prime Instant Video streaming service. The gadgets are supposed to compete with Google’s top-end Nexus tablets and Apple’s iPads, though Walt Mossberg says they’re not there yet . And now, an excellent movie about installment plans: *Though, of course, we have no idea what “a lot” means .

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Meet the Robot Mule Google is Now Making for the Marines

December 14, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Yesterday Google announced, via the New York Times , that it had bought Boston Dynamics, a robotics company that specializes in amazing machines that walk and run. Boston Dynamics does a lot of work for the U.S. military, and while Google tells the Times it does “not plan to move toward becoming a military contractor on its own,” it is going to keep working on its existing contracts. Which means Google is now the company behind Legged Squad Support System , a robotic mule built for the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). No need for me to keep typing when you can watch this video the U.S. Marines have made of LS3 going through its paces: Do you like watching videos about amazing robots? Does the idea of watching those videos become even more intriguing when you know that Google is now the company that owns the tech behind those amazing robots? Then today is your lucky day, because Boston Dynamics has 21 videos up on its YouTube page. A quick highlight tour: Here’s a Boston Dynamics “Cheetah” robot running at more than 28 miles an hour: Here’s the “Wild Cat”, which can 16 miles an hour, but isn’t confined to a treadmill: Here’s the “Petman”, designed to “test the performance of protective clothing designed for hazardous environments”. And here’s a “weaponized” version of Boston Dynamics’ “Big Dog”: [Images: DARPA ]

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Beastie Boys Countersue Toy Company Over Viral Video

December 11, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The Beastie Boys have filed a counterclaim against GoldieBlox, the toy company which scored a viral video hit with a parody of the group’s song “Girls” but later sought a court judgment that their video was a fair use. In fact, the music group cited a number of other instances where the toy company has... Read more

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HP’s Whitman Emphasizes Enterprises, but Says PCs Aren’t Dead Yet Either

December 11, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Hewlett-Packard is holding the European iteration of its Discover event in Barcelona this week and it got under way today. The big news was the announcement of a new cloud management platform based on the open source OpenStack operating system that’s meant to help customers bridge the gap between running their own private clouds and operating in the public cloud. But perhaps the more important news was a tactical declaration by CEO Meg Whitman in an interview with CNBC, which you can see below. In it, Whitman declared that despite a market for personal computers that’s never been worse, that business isn’t dead yet. Additionally she said HP intends to be more aggressive on price. “If we can have the best solutions at the best price, that’s the intention,” she said. HP has in recent months been finding itself engaged in a tougher-than-usual pricing battle on the PC front with Lenovo and on the server front with a newly private Dell . It’s a slightly different tone from previous months, when Whitman has said that HP might forgo business in certain cases where it can’t make a sufficient margin or where it “doesn’t make sense.” You can see her remarks in full below

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