You’ve probably seen them in a ton of hands-on videos already (including some very nice ones from our Josh Vergara), but if you still can’t get enough of the new Galaxy S5 and its accompanying wearables, Samsung has got you covered.
These two videos published today do a nice job of explaining the main features of Samsung’s new flagship and two new wearables. From the fingerprint sensor embedded inside the home button, to the ISOCELL camera sensor that should make possible some great shots even in low-light conditions, and the ultra battery saving mode, the Galaxy S5 does offer several good reasons for upgrading. As long as you’re okay with iterative design, in both hardware and software, that is.
For a closer look at the Galaxy S5 and the new Gears, check out our extensive coverage from last week at MWC:
The NFL has joined the WWE in giving sports (or sports entertainment, in the latter case) fans a chance to watch their favorite athletes at any time, anywhere.
NFL Now will bring personalized football content to all smartphones, tablets, computers, and Xbox Ones for free starting this summer. Well, almost every device, the NFL announcement makes it sound like the service is only available on Verizon phones in the U.S. It’s available on any carrier outside the U.S., though.
The idea of the service is that players will be able to select their favorite team, the players on their fantasy team, and what sort of videos they like and dislike to get the best possible football media experience.
The personalization aspect means you won’t have to wade through all of the video content the NFL produces to get just what you want. You won’t have to sift through all the Dolphins highlights (because let’s face it, there really aren’t any) just to get to the Jets highlights and analysis. And the ability to select fantasy players means you can easily get all the Danny Woodhead stats and videos you want without looking at anything else from the Chargers.
Like the WWE Network, NFL Now will have a huge catalog of video content to choose from at any time. The sheer vole of content including news, analysis, and highlights means you probably won’t run out of content on the free service easily.
Unlike WWE’s service, however, the NFL won’t let users watch live events on NFL Now. While WWE will give its fans access to every PPV event for a month, there’s no option to use NFL Now to watch games like on your phone.
There is a paid version of NFL Now called NFL Now Plus, but there’s no details as to what the extra money will get you. Maybe it strips out the ads? Gillette is one of the launch partners for NFL Now, so expect lots of shaving bade ads on the service, unless there’s a chance to get rid of them.
Even with the limitations, NFL Now sounds like a great app for football fans. Will you try it when it comes out later this year?
You see an amazing moment caught on iPhone video… in portrait instead of landscape. Sigh. You watch an unforgettable scene unfold before your eyes… sideways. Ugh. You see the most beautiful memory imaginable… that’s so crooked it looks like it’s sliding off the edge of the world. Rage. If you know someone who absolutely, positively just can’t get their videos right, grab their phones, punch Horizon into the App Store, and have them buy it and use it. Yes, the greater the angle of rotation it has to fix, the lower the resolution of the video will turn out, but that’s the price that has to be paid to straighten it out.
Because friends don’t let friends screw up their movies.
Hsinchu, Taiwan – The camera on smart phones, getting more and more advanced by the day, has replaced other regular digital cameras to be the portable camera and video recorder of modern users. When you want to share what you take with your friends, you can use WhatsApp or Line to send photos, although the photo resolution is usually reduced. However, when it comes to sending videos, it’s not that easy. Recording with a common 8 mega-pixel camera produces about 70-80 MB in file size per minute. A clip of 5 minutes would need 300 to 400 MB – usually too big to send out using email. YouTube or Dropbox might be a solution, but it’s too cumbersome to use for most users. Now, eXpress2U can solve this problem for you. No matter how much video you take, you can transfer them out on your own.
Wenjoy Technologies, an Taiwan-based App software development company which previously released well-known apps that have been download for a combined total of million times – like “OrganiDoc” and “Organic Doc HD” for integrating cloud storage; “xDownload” for downloading videos anytime and anywhere; “shake2u” for Bluetooth/WiFi file sharing upon shaking mobile phones, has again launched a real-time file sharing app on the mobile platform – eXpress2U (X2U).
The major difference between eXpress2U and other general messaging apps (like WhatsApp, Line, WeChat) is that most messaging apps are chiefly for sending text and there are usually various restrictions on sending video. For example, Line only allows up to 1.5 minutes in video length, and the video is compressed. WhatsApp or WeChat has no limit on video length, but the video is highly compressed 70:1 or 80:1. Watching it on the small screen of the phone might be alright, but the resolution is less than acceptable if viewed on retina display or a PC/TV. Of course you might want to upload the video to YouTube, but your friends would only be able to view it on line and cannot save it to his own computer or mobile phone. For some people, Dropbox or Google Drive’s file sharing capabilities comes to mind. However, it’s usually too complicated for most users to use either file sharing or to send the link for the file. With eXpress2U, the phone number of the other party is all you need to send a file instantly. You can also see if the other party has started to download the file or if the download has finished.
Another powerful feature of X2U are brand new security mechanisms for protection. Generally, after a user sends out a file via email or other means, there is no way to control the spreading. X2U particularly adds in file protection mechanisms – be it either a file or a photo, you can choose “no protection,” “read-only protection,” “limited time reading” or “delete after reading.” “Read-only protection” means the receiver can only read the file within X2U, and cannot transfer the file to another app to edit, send via email, upload to a computer, or save the picture to Photo Album. “Limited time reading” sets a period of time after which the photo or file will be automatically destroyed, so that you can be worry-free about the information being further disclosed when you transfer confidential files. Importantly, unlike Dropbox or email, X2U never leaves any backup on the server and the files are encrypted in the whole process of transfer, allowing more security.
With X2U, the same mobile phone number can be used to register multiple iPhone or iPad devices. You can conveniently choose to use any of the registered devices to accept or transfer a file. As more and more users have multiple iPhone’s and iPad’s, there can be inconvenience when you need to transfer files among your own devices. X2U offers a considerate solution – simply install X2U on all devices and use the same phone number to register, you can transfer among the devices easily and the data flow is free of charge. Wenjoy Technologies has always been providing a variety of solutions for documents and files on the mobile platform. This time, with the new eXpress2U services, there is a complimentary capacity of 30 MB for trial usage. Receiving files is totally free. From now on, there are no worries about sending video files to friends. You can record as much as you want.
* iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
* Requires iOS 4.3 or later
* 11.7 MB
Pricing and Availability:
eXpress2U 1.3.0 is Free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Utilities category.
Wenjoy Technologies, a mobile technology expert from Taiwan, has long been pursuing innovation to bring the convenience of mobile applications for users to enjoy. Based on the motto of &quot;Enjoying technology anywhere&quot;, Wenjoy is committed to developing more mobile apps to release creativity wherever your mobile device takes you. Copyright (C) 2013 Wenjoy Technologies Inc. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.
At IFA 2013, we got to see the wares of a multitude of vendors, from large and powerful players like Samsung, to numerous underdogs, the companies fighting for the long tail of the Android industry.
While you wouldn’t think of HP as an underdog in most circumstances, when it comes to Android devices, the storied American company is very much a minor league player. Does that mean that its products aren’t worth out time? Of course not.
We got to spend a little time with HP’s latest Android products at the Pepcom Digital Focus event in Berlin and Josh recorded a couple of quick look videos starring the HP Slate X2 convertible tablet and the HP Slate 21 All-in-One.
The HP Slate X2 features a Full HD IPS display and is powered by Nvidia’s powerful new Tegra 4 processor. We found the interface smooth as silk and the fact that HP opted for stock Android is a big bonus. The Slate X2 is obviously sold as a productivity device, which is visible in its understated design but also in the presence of a keyboard attachment. The keyboard contains a battery of its own and provides a few extra connectivity options. Overall, from our limited time with the accessory, we find it pretty useful, especially since it includes a trackpad.
Check out our hands-on video:
The HP Slate 21 is one of the more unique Android devices that we’ve seen at IFA 2013 – a 21-inch Full HD Android-powered All-In-One PC. While it’s debatable how ready Android is for use on PCs, the Slate 21 may be an attractive option for those looking for a simple, powerful PC that can tap into the Android ecosystem. The Slate 21 is powered by a Tegra 4 chip, and, as you can see below, it’s adequately fast. One of the best use cases for this AiO could be gaming, especially since the Slate 21 supports TegraZone games and Bluetooth controllers.
And here’s our video:
Are you impressed with HP’s Android products? If not, why not?
Amsterdam, Netherlands – Today AssistiveWare(R) is thrilled to announce Pictello(TM) 2.0, a new release of its popular visual storytelling app for iOS. Leading the list of new features is video support and story sharing via AirDrop with iOS 7. Now kids using Pictello 2.0 can enhance their visual stories and talking photo albums with short video clips using the built-in camera on their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch or choose a video already available in their camera roll. Once complete they have one more way to share their Pictello stories with others using AirDrop, no wi-fi access needed!
“What I love about Pictello is that it has opened a whole new world to some of our students,” said Mary Pitt, Special Education Teacher at Black Mountain School. “We found a lot of creativity coming out of them that we actually didn’t realize was there showing the individuality of our students.”
Watch “Pictello Video: All their stories” showing boys at Black Mountain School in Australia using Pictello to create stories expressing their ingenuity and storytelling skills.
Pictello offers a fun way for people of all ages to create and share talking photo albums and stories. Localized in English, Spanish, French, German, Turkish and Dutch, Pictello users can tell their stories in a voice that is both age appropriate and natural sounding choosing from over 92 voices in 27 languages, including genuine Text to Speech children’s voices for American English, British English, Australian English and German. All voices, including amusing character voices, are available free of charge and can be downloaded from within the Pictello app.
Stories can be shared with friends, family, teachers, classmates, etc. via free Pictello Sharing Server, as PDF files via email or iTunes File Sharing, and now via AirDrop.
“We love that Pictello enables people all around the world to create and tell fun, engaging and imaginative stories,” said Cathy Kingeter, AssistiveWare Vice President of Marketing and Communications. “Adding support for video clips expands their story making capability in an entirely new dimension”.
Pictello 2.0 saves both photos and videos taken within the app to the device’s camera roll for quick and easy access in other apps. Also new is the ability to pause while recording audio in Expert Mode and support for iOS 7.
AssistiveWare is also the creator of, Proloquo2Go(R), an award-winning Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) application for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 5.1 or later
* 302 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Pictello 2.0 is available for purchase exclusively on the App Store in the Education category for .99 (US), .99 (AU), Euro16.99 (EU) and GBP13.49 (UK). Prices vary in other countries. Pictello 2.0 is a free update to existing customers.
AssistiveWare(R), a leading innovator of assistive technology software for iOS and Mac OS X with over 125,000 customers worldwide, is committed to collaborating with the global community to make a difference in peoples lives. The company’s flagship product, Proloquo2Go(R), is an award-winning Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) application for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch that provides a voice for people who have difficulty speaking or cannot speak at all. Founded in 2000, AssistiveWare was the first company to deliver universal access to Mac OS X with its award-winning KeyStrokes(TM) on-screen keyboard and the first to create genuine children’s Text to Speech voices together with Acapela Group. Focused on its vision to empower people through innovative technology, AssistiveWare offers a wide-range of assistive technology products and services. All Material and Software (C) Copyright 2013 AssistiveWare B.V. All Rights Reserved. All other trademarks and trade names are the property of their respective owners.
Did you like the Robert Downey Jr. and the Humongous Tinfoil Catamaran? If you were watching carefully there is a scene in the 2 minute version of the Here’s To Change video with lots of cubes stacked on top of each other and a little event going on in each one. HTC, the Happy Telephone Company as they videos like to say, has now released nine new videos showing what is happening in those cubes. Each video is just seven seconds long and each one depicts something that can be described with using the letters H, T and C.
Hairdresser Teaching Calculus
Hairy Taekwondo Coach
Hands That Clap
Happy Taco Cart
Harpoon Through Cheese
Hawaiian Tickle Ceremony
Horror Theater Curmudgeon
Hot Tempered Cheerleaders
Hungarian Tuba Concert
The company has also uploaded 7 second versions of some of the scenes from the full Here’s To Change video:
Here’s To Change
Hot Tea Catapult
Hipster Troll Carwash
Humongous Tinfoil Catamaran
That’s thirteen in total… Go have a look and please let us know which is your favorite by leaving a comment below.
Earlier today Adobe announced that they were axing their old Creative Suite apps and going all-in on Creative Cloud. As part of that initiative, they’ve released a series of videos starting with the one above that tries to dispel common myths associated with Creative Cloud. Others address how Creative Cloud will help various professionals, like designers, web pros, and video editors, as well showcasing some of the new features and technologies coming our way this June in apps like Photoshop CC. And I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out the incredibly Mac-centric nature of the videos. But then, who could blame them? Here’s what we’ve got…
Photoshop CC includes a new Smart Sharpen, new upsampling, re-editable rounded rectangles (yes!) and multiple path editing, better matched Mac and Windows anti-aliasing, and 3D engine for painting on models and flattened textures.
The designers video talks about various apps like Photoshop and Illustrator, as well as Muse, and shows off Kuler for iPhone being used to capture color palettes while you’re out and about. Illustrator gets new character-based font manipulations, as well as TypeKit access. InDesign 64bit support will help with large files, and its more consistent interface will help with cross-Cloud suite familiarity. Muse will let clients make minor design changes in the browser, and parallax support will let you make trendy websites like the cool kids made last year.
Video editors can get started with Adobe Story Plus, where you can write scripts collaboratively, set shooting schedules, and get ready for production. Premiere can link Story Plus dialog with the spoken words from ingested video. Adobe Premiere Pro is making it easier to switch platforms with key remapping and project import. After Effects is getting Photoshop-like refined edge tolls for rotoscoping. There’s also better third party integration for 3D objects. The new color grading options are also now available in After Effects, and all settings sync via the Creative Cloud.
I’ve been a Creative Cloud user since the service launched, and I like it quite a bit. There does seem to be way to many separate apps — I started drifting and eventually lost consciousness as they rattled off all of them — and a lot of round-tripping involved in the workflows, but I’ll save final judgement on that until they ship.
In the meantime, watch the videos that interest you and let me know, will you be going to the Cloud? And if so, which features make it most compelling for you?
We had a crazy week at our temporary NYC HQ office doing a bunch of prep work for #TM13 (more on that in my next From the Editor’s Desk post).
After going day and night for five days straight, we finished the work week off Friday afternoon with a portrait session for everybody from the team who was on location. Above is one of the photos taken, featuring what I refer to as my Future Member of the BlackBerry Board of Directors look. I also think of it as clean cut Kevin.
With Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference — WWDC 2013 — selling out in under 2 minutes, Apple has published a shot news blurb on their News and Announcements for Developers hoping to assuage the disappointment of those who couldn’t score a ticket by reiterating that videos will be coming quickly this year, and that Tech Talks will once again be following in the fall.
Thank you for your unprecedented interest in WWDC.
Enthusiasm for WWDC 2013 has been incredible, with tickets selling out in record time. For those who can’t join us in San Francisco, you can still take advantage of great WWDC content, as we’ll be posting videos of all our sessions during the conference. We’ll also be hitting the road this fall with Tech Talks in a city near you. Hope to see you there.
Tech Talk tickets have traditionally gone to developers who didn’t attend WWDC, so no big surprise there. Videos have likewise been coming more quickly in recent years than previous years, though this year certainly looks to be even quicker still.
If you missed out on a WWDC ticket, does any of this make you feel any better? Would even live streams of the sessions and a major increase in the amount of evangelists and Tech Talks make any difference?