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Google releases new Android video for the young at heart

Posted by wicked March - 1 - 2015 - Sunday Comments Off


With all kinds of new Android powered devices being announced at MWC 2015, like the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge and the HTC One M9, Google has released a new video in their line of be together.not the same. commercials. The new video is titled Android: Young Together and shows how ordinary people of all ages use their devices to stay young at heart.

You can check out the video after the break. Be sure to stick with us at TalkAndroid for more coverage from MWC 2015 to see all the new Android powered devices ready to hit the market.

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VLC for Android gets Android TV support, Chromecast still pending

Posted by wicked February - 27 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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Fans of the VLC media player on Android have been waiting for the app to incorporate support for streaming to Chromecast devices for some time now. Interest ratcheted up earlier this month when some changes in the VLC source code for the upcoming version 3.0 release indicated support for Chromecast was present. VideoLabs has released an update for the app, but it is still not the one everyone was hoping for that would include the casting capability. The good news is that it does include support for Android TV.

According to the apps notes in the Google Play Store, the Android TV support includes the ability to do an audio search using your mobile device. The app also includes a connector so the app can recognize when an Android TV device has completed booting and then send recommendations to the Android TV launcher screen.

While the addition of the Android TV support is nice, this still does not guarantee Android devices will be the first to get casting support for VLC. The iOS or desktop versions of VLC are in the running as well. If you want to grab VLC, hit one of the download links below to see if you can install it on your device.

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HTC RE camera can now stream live on YouTube

Posted by wicked February - 26 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

Do you have dreams of becoming the next YouTube sensation? (and don’t laugh at that dream because some of the YT stars earn millions just for people watching their videos). Well, you don’t need to have a great set-up at home or in a studio to be able to launch a YT show. The HTC RE camera can now stream live videos to the video channel, so you can bring your show to the Internet even while you’re in a mobile setting.

However, it isn’t as simple as just clicking a button on your smartphone and HTC RE cam and then uploading it to YouTube. First of all, your device of course has to work with the action camera for it to actually be able to take videos. Then your smartphone has to be connected to your mobile data and not WiFi, and it has to be either 3G or 4G LTE connectivity. So how fast your video streams depends on how fast your carrier is. Of course your smartphone has to be signed in to your Google/YouTube account to be able to stream it.

You just need to tap the Enable live streaming button, then just follow the instructions that come up on the screen, until you finally see the Done button. When already activated, double check your connections, then switch to video and choose the live streaming checkbox. Don’t forget to make sure that you’re in portrait mode to avoid an awkward screen. Then tap the blue transmit button and you’re good to go. As long as the progress bar is blue, then you know you’re actually live.

You can only stream for 30 minutes and the video quality can only be up to 480p, which may be good enough for some. The live videos will not be saved to your RE camera, but of course, it will be uploaded to your YT account anyways, so no need to have it eat up storage space in your action camera. So, are you now ready to become the new multimillion YouTube star?

VIA: SlashGear

Google Helpouts video assistance service to shut down by April 20

Posted by wicked February - 16 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

Wait, what is Google Helpouts? If that is your reaction to the service that Google will effectually shut down by April this year, then you’ve probably stumbled on to the reason why it’s going away in the first place. The video tutorial service did not catch on as quickly as they expected, despite having several “engaged and loyal contributors” and despite sporting the Google brand.

Launched in 2013 as a way for people to be able to access experts when it comes to learning about things outside their realm of experience, Helpouts was a sort of challenge for users to come out with their own how-tos and video tutorials. The tech giant also wanted people to maximize the capabilities of Hangouts like the video chat, in order to get video tech support on such things like cooking, guitar lessons, medical advice, etc. Unfortunately, this did not really catch on, aside from the fact that it was against stiff competition with its own YouTube and the millions of tutorial lessons available, and even Amazon’s Mayday, which has a steady user base of its own.

The whole system will be shut down by Google by April 20 of this year. But if you’ve contributed content for this or if you want to save your work here, you can use Google Takeouts to download your data until November 1 of this year. The data will be saved under your name as text.

In fact, while you’re on Takeouts saving your Helpouts, why not save some other things as well? We’re not saying that services such as Mail, Calender, Drive, Hangouts, etc will be shutting down anytime soon (God forbid!) but it’s always a good idea to back up stuff, especially the really important ones. Just head on over to Takeouts to find ot how. Too bad there’s no video tutorial from Helpouts to guide you through the process.

VIA: SlashGear

YouTube: More Than Just A Decade Of Cat Videos

Posted by wicked February - 15 - 2015 - Sunday Comments Off


As YouTube celebrated its tenth birthday yesterday it is easy to forget just what YouTube has brought to our lives. The website is not just about adorable cat videos. It is essentially one of the greatest communication tools available to the world today.
After three employees of PayPal left following Ebay’s acquisition of the company, they planned their own start-up.  After facing difficulties finding videos of the Super Bowl and the 2004 tsunami, they settled on a video sharing site. YouTube was launched in the US on February 14 2005, and was bought a year and a half later by Google for $1.65 billion. The first video to be uploaded, entitled “Me at the zoo,”  lasted for just 18 seconds. And while the video’s content was nothing special, it signified something important. This website wasn’t just about high quality professional videos, it was catering to anyone who had something to share. A decade later and the site has over a billion users, is available in 61 different languages and everyday, 300 days worth of footage is uploaded. Something the founders may never have intended in the beginning though, was the freedom and community that developed alongside the site.

In 2012, 8 million people watched Felix Baumgartner jump from space live on the website and today the highlights of that video has 38 million views. This sense of adventure whilst being of a much lower profile is reminiscent of the spirit and community felt about the Apollo 11 landing. With people from around the world being able to follow major events and share these experiences with others. With the videos that brought hope, there were many that also brought despair. For the first time in human history, people have been able to see the effects of disasters both natural and human through the eyes of those effected, from earthquakes, tsunamis and meteors to riots. Survivors of these disasters have been able to reach out to the world and share their pain.

Earlier this year the website arranged for three YouTube creators to interview Barack Obama, president of the United States of America. This interview covered topics submitted by their viewers, giving easier access to the important subject of politics to a generation, who in the words of Obama himself “get turned off by the traditional news shows or the traditional debates”. This ability to share political ideas and offer freedom of expression is one of the reasons the site won a Peabody award in 2009 as a place “that both embodies and promotes democracy”. Political, philosophical and religious ideas from the world over are now available for anyone to view. Creators of content for education have spread across this platform as well with seminars and lessons on just about any topic you could desire to learn about. Lessons side by side with practical demonstrations have made it simple for people to learn new skills and share skills of their own. Individuals have made entire companies based on the idea of teaching through YouTube, and with such accounts as the Khan academy having over 2 million subscribers, it clearly works. Even renowned institutions such as Harvard University offer free distance learning courses through edX with their classes being taught over YouTube.

For consumers, the site has become the perfect platform for demonstrating, reviewing and even taking apart products. A huge number of people will now turn to YouTube reviews before purchasing a product, with the site offering everything from unboxing and benchmarking to damage tests. This was possibly most noticed with the Iphone 6 and what became colloquially known as Bendgate, a search on the site for “Iphone 6 bend test” reveals the top video to have 65 million views, demonstrating just how many people will view these videos about a product they have interest in. Many people have developed successful businesses from the website as well. User PewDiePie who has 35 million subscribers, was last year reported to make up to $8.47 million a year from his channel. He predominantly reviews and plays video games. With plenty more making considerable amounts from their videos. Even record labels make use of advertising with some of them having in-depth strategies for increasing ad revenue from the website.

After all this is said and done, there is still plenty of content for casual viewing with millions of videos covering categories such as music, games, movies and TV shows. In fact all of the videos in the top thirty most watched are music videos.
What do you use YouTube for? Leave a comment below!

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Google publishes new Dunk-A-Thon ad

Posted by wicked February - 12 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off


To promote the launch of a new NBA themed update for its Androidify app, Google has today published a brand new ad over on its Android YouTube channel entitled “Dunk-A-Thon”. In the video, various Droid’s jump around wearing the latest basketball tops whilst taking shots at the hoop. One Droid even uses a cannon to make the drop.

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Sling TV now available for Android devices

Posted by wicked February - 10 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

There will probably come a time in the near future (or some say it’s happening already) when we will be watching more television on our mobile devices, rather than an actual television set. With the popularity of video streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and others, you get to watch the shows you actually want whenever you want it. The latest to be part of this trend is Sling TV, and it’s now available for a host of devices, including Android smartphones and tablets.

Several channels like ESPN, TNT, TBS, Food Network, Cartoon Network, ABC Family, and the Disney Channel are available for live viewing on Sling TV. For just $20 a month, you get to watch all of these as well as other channels included in the package. The great thing about it, aside from the obvious, is that you don’t need to tie yourself with a long-term contract, but just renew it monthly if you’re satisfied with their streaming service.

Aside from these live TV channels and Video On Demand, you can also have access to Maker Studios’ library of original content from over 55,000 independent creators. For now, the channel has short-form videos, but pretty soon, their Polaris+ channel will be launching with long-form programs available exclusively with Sling TV for its first run. For sports fans, aside from the usual ESPN, ESPN2, you will get Sports Extra channels for an additional $5 each month. Some of those included in that package are Universal Sports, beIN Sports, ESPN Goal Line, plus many more channels where you can watch basketball, baseball, football, etc.

Aside from Android devices, Sling TV can also be accessed on Roku, iOS, PC and soon, support for Amazon Fire, Google’s Nexus players, select Samsung TVs and XBox One will also be included. But for your Android smartphones and tablets, you can download the app from the Google Play Store. Sling TV is not available for all regions.


Line TV video channel now available for Line users

Posted by wicked February - 9 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

The competition among the various free messaging apps like Viber, Hangouts, WeChat, etc, is surely heating up, as more and more features are added for every update. Line is not far behind as they’ve officially launched Line TV, a video service that is available within the messaging app itself. Featuring various music videos, dramas and TV shows, it functions more like YouTube’s video channels, rather than a video streaming service that will challenge the likes of Netflix, Huli, Amazon and the likes.

For its initial offering, Line TV has made available various video offerings from Thailand, Japan, and Korea, including the critically-acclaimed Thai teen drama Hormones, and videos from K-pop sensation Super Junior. They are not saying how extensive their video library will be, but they say that there will be three kinds of sourced content for future additions to the channel. They will be paying selected content providers that will be giving them exclusive license to their shows. They will also be featuring older content that will be then revenue-shared with their providers. Finally and eventually, Line will be creating their own content, which will most likely feature their sticker characters that already have their own ads and cartoon series in their kids video service that has been available in Japan.

For now, Line TV is free, but they are still evaluating on how their business model will eventually evolve. There are no banner ads for now, but there are pre-roll advertisements. Since Line has an in-app payment service, chances are they will eventually be using this to monetize the service for premium content later on.

Line TV is available both in-app and through the web as well with With its growing userbase in Asia, the messaging app has also made its foray into other media like music, creating a venture to make music streaming services available in Japan, and later on, worldwide after it has recently acquired MixRadio from Microsoft.

VIA: TechCrunch

Android Wear’s newest trick, playing a full-length movie

Posted by wicked February - 5 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

Apparently, your Android Wear smartwatch can be taught to do cooler tricks – cooler than, say, playing Minecraft or Doom, or even running Windows 95. Once again, smart hacker Corbin Davenport has shown us that there’s a lot of stuff – not necessarily important world-changing stuff – just a lot of stuff that can be done to your Android Wear smartwatch when you have a lot of time on your hands.

“You haven’t watched a movie—until you’ve watched it on your watch,” Davenport proudly proclaims of his newest wild idea, which he shows via YouTube. The demo shows Davenport playing Star Trek: Into Darkness on his Android Wear, which is probably a delightful coincidence as he shows us that Android Wear devices can really go where no smartwatch has gone before (excuse the pun, we couldn’t help it).

It appears the secret to making this madness possible is knowing how and which apps to install into your Android Wear smartwatch. Davenport explains that video-based apps are sure to crash on Android Wear due to the lack of video playback. He also says that the best choice to use for this hack is software-accelerated video players like QQ Player from Google Play. It would also help to eliminate lag and contribute to smooth media playback if the video resolution is relatively small.

Reading the comments section in the YouTube video makes for good entertainment on its own and you might actually be encouraged to do a Davenport on your smartwatch. If you’ve got a lot of time on your hands (and if your Android Wear is covered by a warranty), you might like to give hacking your Android Wear a try. Check out Corbin Davenport’s step-by-step guide here, but remember, you have been warned: To go boldly where no smartwatch has ever gone before can be a risky adventure.

SOURCE: Corbin Davenport’s Youtube

Chinese YouTube Tudou launches 15.6-inch Android tablet

Posted by Tom February - 2 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

The Chinese equivalent of YouTube, Tudou, has launched a large 15.6-inch tablet that will be available at a discounted rate for Tudou subscribers.

The tablet is dedicated to video playback and runs on a Rockchip RK3188 processor and comes with 1GB of RAM and 8GB storage.

It has a 15.6-inch, 1366 x 768 Philips display and will cost 799 yuan (US $128) for Tudou club members  or 999 yuan (US $160) standalone, or finally 1279 yuan (US $207) with a subscription thrown in.

It supports WiFi and OTG for keyboard and mouse functionality.

The Android OS is a heavily modified version and it’s available to preorder in China through Suning.

Via gizchina

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