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LINE launches SnapMovie video making and editing app

Posted by wicked September - 19 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

LINE is already one of the most popular messaging apps in the world, but they have not been sitting idly on their laurels. One of the newest products that they’ve launched the past months is a movie making and editing feature that has made wanna-be mobile filmmakers happy. Well now, they will be even happier as SnapMovie is a separate app altogether, bringing more features to make the mobile moviemaking experience well, a snap.

If you’re not one of those who took advantage of the built-in feature previously, SnapMovie is pretty easy to use. All you have to do is to tap the round green button on your screen and it will start recording. If you feel like changing the scene or making some adjustments to what you’re taking a video of, you can pause it then just continue when you’ve moved to where you want to. When you want to edit the video, just tap the next button . And since most of who’ll be using this probably aren’t professional filmmakers, you’ll be needing the help of filters and the app offers 9 different ones, like “romantic”, “vintage”, and “toy”.

You will also be able to add titles and text to your videos by using the “insert text” option where you will also be able to choose the font and style of your title cards. And of course, what’s a video without the perfect background music? However, your choices are limited to 10 different melodies only, so you better make sure what you’re shooting has the necessary music to accompany it among your limited options. Of course, the normal sharing options are there, because what good are videos if you can’t share them with the world?

Even if you have a separate app for it already, you can still use the SnapMovie feature within LINE, in case you would still prefer to do so. But if you need the stand-alone app, you can download it for free from the Google Play Store.

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Google to enable offline YouTube video playback in India

Posted by wicked September - 15 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off


In conjunction with the announcement of Android One smartphones in India today, Google announced a change to the YouTube app for customers in that country. The YouTube app for Android smartphones will be able to download videos when a customer is on a WiFi connection and then they can be watched later when no connection is available. According to Google this new feature will be “a great benefit for times with a slow connection or rewatching videos without using up the data plan.”

Since the Android One series of smartphones is targeted at lower price-points for a market like India, it makes sense for Google to try something like this to help Indian consumers avoid additional data charges or having to upgrade to plans with large or unlimited data caps. We will have to wait to see if Google makes this feature available for markets outside of India. This could probably benefit users around the globe, especially those moving to data plans with caps as carriers increasingly move away from unlimited data. Users who find themselves in locations or situations where any kind of connection is spotty at best would probably appreciate the ability to store videos on their device for later viewing. Users currently have to rely on a variety of different tools to achieve this, so having the capability native to the app would make things much easier.

source: TheNextWeb

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Create videos for Instagram with new Magisto update

Posted by wicked September - 11 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Ever since short (and we mean really short) videos started becoming popular on social media, there has been a glut of apps catering to this need to post 15-second “masterpieces” online. Vine, Instagram, and even Facebook have gotten in on the action. The popular video editor and creator Magisto has joined the fray as their latest update now allows you to create videos that can be posted on image sharing giant Instagram.

You don’t need to have a film degree to be able to make videos on Magistro. In fact, you only need three steps. First, you can choose which photos and videos you want to include in your montage. Then you can choose a theme or genre that will match the mood of your video. Finally, you need a soundtrack to make it even cooler, more dramatic or funnier. Then the app will automatically create the video for you.

Since Instagram only allows 15 seconds for its videos (an eternity compared to Vine’s 6 seconds), then that’s the length that Magistro will create for you. Once it’s done, you can quickly share it on IG and other social networks if you prefer. Last week’s update for Magistro also added a “Surprise Me” feature that lets the app create a “surprise” video for you based on pictures or videos that you’ve taken recently.

Of course if you have any talent or capability for actually editing videos, you would prefer to use an app that gives you more freedom than this. But if you would just like to have a simple video and let the app do all the work for you, you can try out Magistro and the best news is it’s for free from the Google Play Store.


Netflix Post-Play now available for Chromecast in US,Canada

Posted by wicked September - 10 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

When Netflix introduced the Post-Play feature to its Android apps a few months ago, it brought watching streaming videos to another level. It also further established binge-watching as one of America’s favourite hobbies. But US and Canada viewers were unable to enjoy this on their Chromecast, until now that is, as Netflix announced it has finally arrived in North America.

Netflix subscribers with the Google Chromecast dongle can now watch one video after another with their Android devices that support Post-Play. It is a feature that automatically queues up the next episode of a TV show that you’re watching. If it’s a movie that you’re streaming, it will offer you three recommended titles based on the genre or type of film you’re watching. The credits of the current video you’re watching are minimized, with the next video or options shown on your screen. If you don’t respond within 15 seconds, it will automatically play the queued video.

This is pretty good feature to have if you have a lot of time on your hands and would like to watch the entire final season of Breaking Bad. But if you promised yourself you’ll just watch one more episode of Orange Is The New Black, then it will badly tempt you to watch more unless you have the discipline to press stop (which you totally can if you really wanted to).

To start enjoying (dreading) this feature, you need to make sure your Netflix Android app is updated from the Google Play Store. Then you can cast the app through your Chromecast and binge the night (and morning) away.

SOURCE: Netflix

Firefox for Android Beta now lets you cast videos from websites

Posted by wicked September - 8 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

It’s not just downloaded videos or those that you get from subscription streaming services like Netflix that you sometimes want to show on a second screen, most likely a TV screen. Sometimes, you see something on your web browser that you think would be better seen on a larger screen. Firefox for Android Beta is now road-testing a new feature that will let you do just that, cast videos through your Roku or Chromecast onto another screen.

For example, you’re on your favourite sports site like ESPN or Fox Sports and you’d like to play that baseball highlights show streaming on their site. If it is a video that can be cast, there will be a “send to” indicator on the playback controls. When you click it, it will have a list of available streaming media devices, including hopefully, your Chromecast or Roku. If you have the latter, you need to add the Firefox channel to your channel list.

In Firefox’s URL bar, there will also appear a “send to” indicator, just in case you need reminding that it is possible. Once you’ve started casting and playing the video, you can also control whether you pause, play or close it through the Media Control Bar on the browser, located at the bottom of the screen of your smartphone or tablet. As long as the video is still playing, and even if you open a new tab while it is ongoing, the Media Control Bar will still be there.

As long as the video format on the website is supported by the video casting device you’re using, then Firefox assures that there will not be a problem. While some sites hide and customize the HTML5 video controls, meaning the “send to” indicator might not be easily seen, start playing the video on the site and the URL bar should show that indicator which will send your video through the device available. If you don’t have Firefox for Android Beta yet, you can get it for free through the Google Play Store.

SOURCE: Mozilla

23% off DJI Phantom FC40 Drone

Posted by wicked August - 27 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Considering some aerial shots for your next video project? The DJI Phantom FC40 Drone is just what you need to get started. Lightweight, compact and easy to maneuver, this quadrotor drone packs its own 720p camera to capture gorgeous HD quality video, while remaining airborne for up to 15 minutes over a distance of 100 meters, and adds a whole new dimension to your film project.

The Phantom can be operated with the included 5.8GHz remote control, or with your Android smartphone via WiFi for full control and a live streaming video feed while recording. It’s perfect for shooting adventure experiences, real estate overviews, sporting events, or even a fun outdoor moment with friends and family.

Land the Phantom FC40 Drone here at the Android Authority Deals Store for only $499, with free shipping included (within the continental US). That’s 23% off the sticker price — and Android Authority readers can
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Samsung releases teaser video for September 3rd event

Posted by wicked August - 22 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off


Emphasizing the importance of handwriting, especially in childhood development, Samsung has released a new teaser video for their Unpacked event scheduled for September 3rd. Closing with the question “Ready to note?” the video shares absolutely nothing about the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 which is expected to be announced at the event. Instead, Samsung spends time noting the benefits of writing and claims that was the reason for the introduction of the S Pen in the original Galaxy Note device.

Hit the break to check out the video and then let us know in the comments how well you think Samsung’s marketing folks did with the spot.

Click here to view the embedded video.

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HTC Zoe hands-on: an attempt at a new kind of sharing

Posted by wicked August - 14 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

As part of its attempt to expand its reach beyond its own hardware and software products, HTC is releasing its Zoe app for the whole world to see and use. But more than just a fancy way to stitch up photos together into a memorable video reel, HTC is pushing Zoe to become something much more: a social networking platform for sharing such reels, but with a spin on “collaborative editing”.

The premise of HTC Zoe is quite simple. You select a few photos from your gallery, pick out a theme that determines the visual effects and filters used for the video clip, and in case you’re not satisfied with the music that comes with the theme, pick out your own tune. You have the option to mix and match different parts and shuffle, but not manually reorder, photos. You then tap on the small icon on the upper right corner of the screen to push your brand new Zoe clip to your own feed.

But Zoe’s highlight, it’s selling feature, and probably a point of confusion is in it is unique “Remixes”. In theory, you will be able to take someone else’s Zoe, mix in your own clips and sounds, and push them back up on the network for others to do the same. Be warned, though, that, naturally, others will also have the ability to remix Zoe’s that you posted as well. This results in a rather unique flavor of collaboration, less like editing a single document and more like building a never-ending train of montages.


The app itself is quite straightforward though it can be easy to get lost in it sometimes. It is like a mix of Facebook and Twitter, HTC style. You have a Zoe Feed where you see your Zoe’s and other people’s Zoe’s, a Discover section for finding other people and their Zoe’s, as well as pages for community members you follow and those who follow you. Most of your time, however, will most likely be spent making Zoe’s. Here you have a dedicate screen all for weaving your next masterpiece, with sections like Themes and Music just a swipe away. The app brings over the Sense 6 aesthetic from HTC to whatever device you’re on, a visual language that matches Google’s own Material Design to some extent.

As for device compatibility, HTC is starting out small, which isn’t surprising for its first foray outside of its comfort zone. For the initial beta, devices running Android 4.4 are theoretically supported, but the official list is limited to a few, particularly those running HTC’s own Sense 6 UI, the Samsung Galaxy S5, Galaxy S 4, and Galaxy Note 3, the LG G2 and G Pro 2, and the Nexus 5. Of course, HTC plans to expand that roster quickly, though the Android 4.4 requirement will likely stand throughout.


The biggest question about HTC Zoe is “why?”, or rather “what for?”. Imagine attending a concert or a family gathering, with everyone and anyone bringing their own camera or smartphone and getting their own unique angle of those memorable moments. Imagine being able to stitch them up together, with each clip reflecting not just the photographer’s unique vantage point but also their personalities. There are indeed many video clip sharing social networks today and the list just keeps on growing. Zoe, however, brings a fresh new concept to the table, focusing on an even deeper community dynamic than most social networks can give you. HTC envisions Zoe to be not just a photo or video sharing service but also a literal “zoetrope”, a real “life turning” experience for people whose memories and lives get shared.

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HTC Zoe will be launched this week for non-HTC Android smartphones

Posted by wicked August - 13 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

As it continues to struggle in the smartphone market, not having the power to overcome leaders like Samsung and Apple, HTC tries to turn to another business channel as they launch their new business unit, HTC Creative Labs. The first product from this new venture will be launched later this week. It’s a short video app called Zoe and while it looks promising, it would be competing in an already crowded video app market.

HTC Creative Labs is made up of around 260 engineers and designers from different HTC offices from Seattle (where they are based) to San Francisco and Taipei. The purpose is to focus on software development not just for HTC smartphones but for other Android devices as well, like for competitors Samsung, LG, Sony, etc. This is already a “third act’ for the Taiwanese OEM, according to Creative Labs head Drew Bamford. They started out in creating hardware for Compaq and Palm until they eventually shifted to manufacturing phones in 2006.

The first product from the software group is the short video app called Zoe. It has already been in existence for the past couple of years, but only for HTC devices. This time around, it will be ready for other Android-powered gadgets. The idea is to choose up to 16 pictures or video clips from your phone, choose a theme and the background music and then it will create a 30-second video from all of these media. Your friends can also collaborate on the videos by adding their own images or videos or remixing the videos of other users.

HTC Zoe on One M8

However, it is not that simple to make a breakthrough in this market, as Instagram and Vine are only the big-time success stories so far. There are a lot of other apps which are aiming to take a piece of the pie, and Zoe would have to be more outstanding in order to make a name for itself. More than making a profit, HTC is looking at Zoe to also become a social media hub where people will share and discover videos created from the app. But the beta software right now still has lot of limitations, like not being able to choose the order of the images and videos in the clip. It also has limited granular control as well as requiring higher specs for it to work. So let’s wait and see what else HTC Creative Labs can come up with.

VIA: SlashGear

DIY bone conducting headphones, history and science of sound in under five minutes

Posted by Tom August - 1 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

YouTube user Tinkernut shows how to build your own DIY bone conducting headphones and learn the history and science of speakers in a video that lasts just four and a half  minutes.

Bone conducting headphones are a hot topic at the moment – impress your friends with your own set.

Check out the video here. If you build one, let us know how it went in the DIY section of the MP4Nation forum.

Via lifehacker

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