Category Archives: Apps & Devices

YouTube starts delivering ‘breaking news’ on its homepage across platforms

Breaking news may initially seem to be a bit of an unusual direction for the site, but as Google works on courting publishers through special programs with AMP, it may be interesting to see how YouTube treats partnerships with 24-hour broadcast news publishers who already put a lot of content on the site. – Lucas Matney, TechCrunch http://ift.tt/2ve5BGo
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Walmart’s Vudu video streaming service is coming to Apple TV on August 22nd

The service offers more than 100,000 titles that can be rented or purchased and also supports UltraViolet, a digital cloud locker for video that has become the entertainment industry standard. Vudu also allows customers to convert over 8,000 movies from disc to digital by scanning a film’s barcode, allows purchased titles to be shared multiple times without additional charge, and offers 4k support. – Dani Deahl, The Verge http://ift.tt/2uGSpyu

MIT’s AI streaming software aims to stop those video stutters

MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) wants to ensure your streaming video experience stays smooth. A research team led by MIT professor Mohammad Alizadeh has developed an artificial intelligence (dubbed ‘Pensieve’) that can select the best algorithms for ensuring video streams both without interruption, and at the best possible playback quality. – Darrell Etherington, TechCrunch http://tcrn.ch/2w6vwEh

Vizio TVs add the Google Play video app

The app features film and shows from Google’s 200 partner global distributors and recently began offering 4K movies to take advantage of your ultra HD display. If you have a Vizio VIA+ or D-Series, keep an eye on the home screen for the app icon, download it when it becomes available and check out the stuff not on your other streaming services. – Mariella Moon, Engadget http://engt.co/2uP5Rvn
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