Tag: Media

Tech

Lyft brings on team from livestreaming company Kamcord

Lyft today announced that it has hired the majority of employees from Kamcord, a company that plans to sunset its products for livestreaming and social media. Lyft did not acquire Kamcord or its livestreaming tech, but as part of the deal, 12 of Kamcord’s 15 employees will join the ride-hailing company, a Lyft spokesperson told…

Tech

Vimeo now supports HDR videos

Video-streaming company Vimeo has announced that it now supports high dynamic range (HDR) content. HDR, for the uninitiated, is a technique used to enhance the contrast of colors, making shadows and highlights more distinctive — blacks appear blacker, and whites appear whiter. It’s ultimately about making videos appear more lifelike, as they are more in…

Tech

Crisp CEO believes we can beat online hate speech, terrorist content, and fake news

Social media has become darker, uglier, and meaner in recent years. It may be wrecking our mental health, destroying our politics, and tearing at the social fabric. Adam Hildreth, founder and CEO of social media risk management firm Crisp, believes it doesn’t have to be that way. Hildreth argues that the tools exist to save…

Deals

Amazon Waved Its Discount Wand Over This Harry Potter Special Edition Box Set

Just like magic, all seven Harry Potter books in paperback  are down to the lowest price they’ve been since Prime Day, just $44. This is a special edition box set which means these books have new cover art. Typically priced around $60, this set would make a wonderful gift . Read more… Read full post…

Culture & Gaming

Unity and Lionsgate find horror film’s VR ad can get your blood flowing

Unity Technologies and film studio Lionsgate have created a virtual reality advertisement for the launch of the Jigsaw horror film, and an analysis shows that, no surprise, a horror VR experience can really rattle your emotions. Unity created a VR experience to serve as an advertisement for the film, which debuted in late October. It…

Mobile

Sprint adds free Hulu service to its Unlimited Freedom plan

 As had been rumored this week, Hulu and Sprint today announced that Hulu’s service will now come bundled with Sprint’s unlimited wireless plan. Starting on November 17, both new and existing customers of the Sprint Unlimited Freedom plan will gain access to Hulu’s Limited Commercials service – the on-demand TV streaming service offering access to…

Cloud

Skype loses Belgian court appeal over failure to share data on messages and calls

(Reuters) — Microsoft’s online communication service Skype lost an appeal in Belgium after it failed to comply with a court request to share data from messages and calls. The case bears similarities to the privacy dispute between the U.S. Justice Department and Microsoft over whether prosecutors should get access to emails stored on company servers…

Start Ups

With $70M from Alphabet, UnitedMasters replaces record labels

 The records labels are obsolete. They haven’t kept up as music evolved from selling CDs to streaming songs to promote concert tickets and merchandise. Labels were meant to help artists generate albums, fame, and money. But now anyone can record themselves and no “buys” music. So today that requires being a technology company, combining analytics…

Mobile

Amazon brings Echo, Alexa, and Prime Music to Canada

Amazon has announced that it’s finally launching its voice-controlled Echo speakers in Canada. The Echo Dot, Echo, and Echo Plus are open for preorder today for $70, $130, and $200, respectively, though early orders will qualify for up to $30 off the sticker price. Amazon said that it expects the devices to start shipping on…