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Huawei uses fun video to tackle own name

Posted by wicked May - 23 - 2015 - Saturday Comments Off

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As an official sponsor of the Arsenal Football Club of the English Premier League, Huawei has some unique access to football, er soccer, players for advertising purposes. The result is a fun video from Huawei’s “School of Pronunciation” that ends with an explanation of how to pronounce the company’s name. Presumably this is to help clear up any confusion as Huawei moves to get in front of a larger audience around the world.

In the video, a character named Gordon Friend from the Future Facing Association of Pundits, or FFAPs, leads a class on how to pronounce a variety of Arsenal player names. He starts out easy enough with a warm-up based on Wilshere and Walcott before moving on to four players who make appearances in the video.

The Arsenal players who show up include Koscielny, Szczesny, Gnabry, and Coquelin. However, only the first three get fun and unique explanations as to how to pronounce their names.

The video ends with an explanation of the pronunciation of Huawei, which we are told is Wah-Way.

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HTC updates Zoe, adds Chromecast support and Clip Sequence UI

Posted by wicked May - 15 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

We honestly believe that HTC is developing a game plan and has already set goals for monetization to increase sales after last month’s revenue went down by 40%. While it is too early, the Taiwanese company is doing everything to bring in more money by releasing both exclusive and non-exclusive HTC apps. HTC hopes to generate revenues with sponsored apps. It’s one of the major goals so don’t be surprised if the company starts launching a slew of new apps at a fast rate or updating the ones already on the Google Play Store.

After launching the HTC Service DLNA app, HTC Creative Labs  released an update to the Zoe video editing and social sharing app. It’s not exclusive to HTC which means other Android users can enjoy this social app that allows another way to create, edit, and share quality videos.

There are many video editing and sharing apps on the Play Store but I don’t know one that allows collaboration with friends. It’s more of remixing the videos but the social part there makes it more special. Your friends can remix what you have done already to make it even better by adding more videos, photos, and adding background music.

Aside from highlighting videos and sending them directly to friends, Zoe allows instant sharing of videos to other social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. As with any other social media apps, you can interact with your contacts by giving and receiving comments and hearts. You can also share videos privately and publicly and upload as many videos as you want. No one’s gonna stop you from sharing so go on, edit, remix, and share.

A new version of Zoe was released earlier today. The app update includes the addition of Clip Sequence UI. It’s incorporated now into the Zoe editor so you can readjust order of the clip, delete, or view them when ready in fullscreen from the user interface. HTC has also added Chromecast support so you can cast a Zoe video from a mobile device to a Chromecast-enabled display.

HTC also added an Upload Retry mechanism. You see, uploading may fail at times and when that happens, you can just try uploading the file again simply by tapping the ‘Retry’ button once you see the alert dialog. You can also upload from the Zoe feed UI directly with a single tap. Feel free to cancel or delete video if you change your mind.

Another important update is the ‘Details page enhancement’. Your video will no longer restart and play from the beginning when you change the orientation during playback.

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Download Zoe from the Google Play Store

OPPO R7 and R7 Plus revealed in new TV ad

Posted by wicked May - 10 - 2015 - Sunday Comments Off

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In China this weekend, OPPO started the official marketing of two new devices scheduled to be announced on May 20th. The OPPO R7 and the OPPO R7+ took centerstage on Chinese television when a couple ads for the devices started airing. 

According to the Chinese Anzhou site, the OPPO R7 is the successor to the OPPO R5 and will come with a 5-inch 1080p HD screen, 3 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage. The device is expected to only be 4.7mm thick, making it one of the thinner smartphones that will be available on the market. At present, it appears the OPPO R7 will come with a retail price of 2,999 yuan ($483 USD).

The R7 Plus is a larger version of the device with a 5.5-inch screen and a built-in fingerprint sensor on its back. For the OPPO R7 Plus, OPPO is not only giving it a large screen, it will get the company’s 2.5D technology that curves the edges of the screen creating the illusion that no bezels are present.


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source: Anzhou
via: GSM Arena

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Satuday Night Live now has Android app for your laughing pleasure

Posted by wicked May - 4 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

One of America’s favorite past times every Saturday is to tune in to Saturday Night Live, whether on network TV or on live streaming, and see what shenanigans the ever-rotating cast and their celebrity host of the week are up to. But what has been lacking was an actual, official app so that you can relive all your favorite sketches, musical numbers, and even videos that weren’t aired for some reason or another. Now, SNL geeks, you have your wish as the official SNL Android app is now available for smartphones and tablets.

With the app, you’ll be able to browse through almost 40 years of classic clips from its golden years (Coneheads, John Belushi era, etc), more recent videos and sketches that have gone viral like Stefon, Andy Samberg and Justin Timberlake shorts, etc. You will be able to search and browse by season or per cast member, and by segment as well (Weekend Update marathon, here we come!). You can also easily swipe from clip to clip in a seamless fashion. The more videos you watch, the “smarter” the app becomes as it learns what makes you laugh, and so it can recommend unwatched clips for you.

The app has a built-in video player where you can easily mark as favorite the clips that you love and share them on Facebook as well. It also comes with special emojis featuring classic SNL characters which you can share on your messaging apps. It’s also heavily promoting the last 2 episodes for this season, their 40th, which will be hosted by Reese Witherspoon and then Louis CK. But because of this app, even during off-season you’ll be able to enjoy all your favorite clips and sketches.

The Saturday Night Live app is available for free on the Google Play Store. However, it is region-locked so Android users outside the US will not be able to access the app and its content (unless you know how to access it through other means).

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New video from Samsung highlights manufacturing of the Galaxy S6 edge

Posted by wicked May - 1 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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Samsung has released a new video showing some of the manufacturing steps used to produce the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge. Samsung notes that production of the device required some engineering firsts, like adding the curve to the Gorilla Glass. Samsung notes that the industry’s hardest glass had to be heated up to 800 degrees Celsius in order to be curved for use on the device. Meanwhile, the “aerospace-grade” aluminum is carved with diamond encrusted tools and the texture of the device is applied using microscopic ceramic grains. Samsung also notes the colors used on the Galaxy S6 edge each have their own custom reflection pattern.

Hit the break to check out the short promo video.

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HTC tries to get creative with Cellami

Posted by wicked April - 25 - 2015 - Saturday Comments Off

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HTC has released a new video that takes aim at Samsung, Apple, and really all other smartphone manufacturers through a spoof of pharmaceutical ads. The ad is for a fictional drug called Cellami which is supposed to help someone suffering from Bi-phonal Displeasure Disorder.

In the ad, HTC takes shots at Samsung by claiming Cellami can also treat SAD, or Samsung Affective Disorder, and at Apple which produces iOS, or Irritable Operating System. Cellami is described as causing a variety of side effects like blue teeth, thumb loss and “oily plastic discharges.” The video is littered with a variety of disclaimers along the bottom of the screen warning against taking it at night, before consuming citrus drinks, or when in the nude amongst others.

To avoid all these bad side effects, HTC says users can just get an HTC One M9. Their device will not only cure all the issues related to Bi-phonal Displeasure Disorder or other maladies, it does so in a safe manner.

Share your thoughts below regarding HTC’s attempt at a spoof video.

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Google releases new Project Loon update video

Posted by wicked April - 19 - 2015 - Sunday Comments Off

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Google’s Project Loon continues development from an audacious goal to use balloons to provide Internet service to areas traditionally un- or under-served to being a reality that provides service to 2 out of 3 Internet users. In their latest video about Project Loon, the Google team talks about how they have been working to ramp up their capabilities for a mass deployment.

Some of the challenges discussed in the video include things like the manufacture and launch of the balloons. When the project first start, producing a working balloon was a long process that frequently involved hunts for leaks. Now, the company is able to produce a functional balloon in a matter of hours. Likewise, Project Loon has improved the launch schedule from one balloon per day to a dozen.

You can check out the full video below on the status of Project Loon.

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source: +Project Loon

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Facebook’s new app Riff lets you collaborate on videos with friends

Posted by wicked April - 2 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

First it was video sharing apps. Then it became ephemeral video sharing. Now, it looks like collaborative video creation and sharing will be the name of the social media video game. Facebook has released the newest app from their Creative Labs. It’s called Riff and its main purpose in life is to get you and your friends to collaborate on interesting and fun videos and then share them with the world.

A few years ago you would need video editing software and for your friends to email or message you their videos, then a few more hours (or even days) for you to stitch them together. But now, you can do all that in just a few minutes (maybe even seconds) with collaborative video apps. Riff makes it even easier as it is connected to your Facebook account so no need to convince other people to join a new social network. It’s also pretty easy to use so that birthday greeting or funny video or viral clip that you’ve always wanted to do is just a few clicks away.

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Start a video that you’ve thought of, put a catchy title that can also serve as the instructions for your friends, and then post them on Riff. Your friends will be able to see it and then add their own take on the topic, and then their friends will also be able to see and add, and so on and so forth. It’s like an elaborate but fun video message chain (but without the threats that you will get bad luck if you don’t do it). You can also look at what other people are doing, and then add your own clip to theirs.

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The folks over at Riff will also be posting some nifty videos which might just inspire and/or challenge you. You can download Riff from the Google Play Store for free.

SOURCE: Facebook

Here are Two Android Alternatives for Meerkat and Periscope

Posted by Kellex March - 26 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

Live streaming random things for a few seconds to a few minutes to Twitter is now all the rage. I don’t know why. I don’t want to know why. And I don’t think you should try to figure out why. It just is. Meerkat and Periscope are dominating lives on the Tweets. It’ll be a dead trend in about 26 hours, so don’t worry. However, during that 26 hours, you may want to participate in the fun. Unfortunately, neither app is available on Android because, well, developers hate Android users. Fortunately, though, Android developers are trying to jump on the trend faster than hypebeasts at a Yeezy Boost launch and have created copycat similar apps. 

Two copycat similar apps that you could potentially take a look at if you really need to stream things live on Twitter to your followers are Tarsii and Stre.am. I can’t say that I have used either, and probably won’t, but they both keep spamming us today because Tim wrote up Periscope (Twitter’s official streaming app) earlier and mentioned the fact that it’s not on Android yet. You see, they are both on Android and they need download counts to increase so they can potentially get bought by Google or Facebook or something. OK, I made that part up, but seriously, they won’t stop spamming us.

Sooooo, long story short – if you want to stream things live to your Twitter followers like Meerkat and Periscope do, here are two options.

Play Links:  Tarsii-live | Stre.am

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YouTube announces support for 360-degree videos

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

Ever heard of those eccentric new video cameras that take 360-degree videos? Well, it looks like we will be seeing a lot of those soon on YouTube as the Google-owned video hosting site has announced that it will be supporting these specific uploads. If you haven’t seen one, we’ll show you one below, but suffice it to say it is a totally different experience when you are able to see all the way around.

These crazy footage will come from bubble lens cameras and those companies who jumped early on 360-degree video, like the Ricoh Theta, the Kodak SP360, Giroptic’s 360cam, VSN V.360, the Bublcam, just to name a few. It will be interesting, because all of these different cameras give a different type of 360-degree view. We hope Youtube will be able to deal with that.

Google has put out a guide for those who want to jump on 360-degree content and upload their current videos. The catch is, you’ll need to write a little bit of code into your video files before they’re uploaded – for now. An automatic, hassle-free process is the goal in the near future, but for now, users will have to either enable the feature OR use a script.

The technology is exciting, especially as a lot of people are jumping on the virtual reality bandwagon these days. Imagine being able to look at these videos in high quality and be able to “look around” using a VR headset. Let’s see if companies like Samsung, LG, and Google Cardboard make this connection soon.

SOURCE: YouTube