Snapchat kicks off online sales of iPhone-connected Spectacles

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 20, 2017

Spectacles, a pair of camera glasses developed and manufactured by Snapchat, are no longer exclusively distributed via the company’s pop-up vending machines, called Snapbots. Today, Spectacles became available for purchase online, CNET reported Monday. Available in three vivid colors and expected to ship in 2-4 weeks, the $130 Google Glass-like accessory is now available online via spectacles.com. Read More

 

YouTube will stop showing 30-second unskippable preroll ads beginning in 2018

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 17, 2017

Google will stop showing users those annoyingly unskippable 30-second preroll ads on YouTube clips. According to an official statement from the search giant given to Campaign, the change is coming in 2018 to give advertisers and agencies time to adjust their plans.

In aiming to provide a better advertising experience for online users, Google has clearly come to the inevitable realization that consumers loathe unskippable ads on YouTube. Read More

 

New Apple ads continue positioning iPad Pro as being better than a computer

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 17, 2017

Apple today published four new ads on its YouTube channel that continue to position its iPad Pro tablet as being better than a computer. The four new commercials, running sixteen seconds each, use the tagline “Real Problems… Answered” and appear to be based on typical PC user tweets.

The videos promote the tablet as a device that’s free of wires, immune to viruses, faster than most laptops and able to run Microsoft Office apps and connect to fast LTE cellular networks.

Give the new ads a quick watch, then meet us in comments. Read More

 

Watch Apple’s latest ads promoting Portrait mode on iPhone 7 Plus

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 17, 2017

Lately, Apple has been amping up its advertising efforts concerning its flagship dual-lens iPhone 7 Plus model, as part of its broader “Shot in iPhone” campaign. Following its “Creek” and “Soul Mate” ads earlier this month which showcased Portrait mode on iPhone 7 Plus and prior commercials highlighting the handset’s enhanced low-light photography features, the company yesterday posted two new ads on its YouTube channel, titled “Boyfriend” and “Profile Picture”. Read More

 

How to disable audio in News Feed videos on Facebook for iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 15, 2017

Videos in your Facebook News Feed used to play silently unless you manually turned sound on. The social network recently changed that behavior so videos that previously played silently now play with audio on, with sound fading in and out as you scroll through your News Feed.

In this step-by-step tutorial, we’ll tell you about a hidden setting that lets you easily force the mobile Facebook app to autoplay all videos in your News Feed with audio off. Read More

 

Facebook shares details about its video-focused Apple TV app, which is coming soon

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 14, 2017

Facebook has officially confirmed through the mouth of its Vice President of Partnerships Dan Rose and via a press release that it’s indeed planning to launch a video-focused Apple TV app soon. The forthcoming app will let users kick back and watch Facebook videos from the couch. Rose has confirmed the development at the Code Media conference in Dana Point, California. The Wall Street Journal was first to report that Facebook was working on an app for set-top boxes back in January. Read More

 

Watch Apple’s Brazilian Carnaval-themed video showcasing Portrait mode on iPhone 7 Plus

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 14, 2017

Following a pair of iPhone 7 Plus ads showcasing the depth of field shooting mode made possible by the dual-lens camera on iPhone 7 Plus, Apple shared another video on its Brazilian YouTube channel

First spotted by local blog Blogdoiphone, the video runs one minute and thirty seconds long and serves as the celebration of the Brazillian Carnaval festivities. Read More

 

Apple Music gaining new TV & Movies section

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 14, 2017

Apple Music appears to be at the heart of the Cupertino company’s strategy for original television shows, with a new section headlined “TV & Movies” being added to desktop iTunes and the Music app on iPhone, iPad and Apple TV, as revealed in the promotional trailer for ”Planet of the Apps”.

As you know, Apple is making a deeper push into producing its own stable of original TV shows, with an unscripted reality TV show called “Planet of the Apps” and a spinoff series based on James Corden’s “Carpool Karaoke” scheduled to air this spring on Apple Music, the company’s subscription music service. Read More

 

Apple’s Carpool Karaoke spinoff is coming in April, watch the second clip now

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 14, 2017

Apple wants original content and its SVP Eddy Cue is in charge of making that happen. Cue sat down last night for an interview with Peter Kafka of Recode, discussing a range of topics at the publication’s Code Media conference.

Ben Winston, one of the producers of Apple’s upcoming Carpool Karaoke spinoff, appeared onstage as a surprise guest and played a new promotional clip for the show—just 24 hours after Apple released the first Carpool Karaoke trailer on YouTube. Read More

 

Amazon launches VoIP and video conferencing service Chime

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 14, 2017

Amazon Web Services, a subsidiary of Amazon, today announced it’s launched Chime, a new Voice over IP (VoIP) and video conferencing platform for iPhone, iPad, Mac, Windows and Android.

Aimed at business users, Chime allows you to host or join virtual meetings, take advantage of content and screen sharing across platforms and more.

Amazon promises noise-cancelling wideband audio and crystal clear high-definition video with the new service. Chime for iPhone is available at no charge from App Store. The Mac client can be downloaded directly from Amazon. Read More

 
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