April 15, 2013 |
If you long for the days of speckled images and crackling sounds, head to YouTube because it's now letting users relive the era of cassette tapes with a "VHS mode. " The new mode, which will only be around for one day, gives YouTube videos a shaky feel and grainy look -- reminiscent of what the images on a VHS tape would look like after being played too often. At times, the bottom right of the image curves inward, distorting the picture, and if you hit pause, the whole video starts to shake.
December 20, 2012 |
Maker Studios, the digital media company behind some of the most successful channels on YouTube, has raised $36 million in an investment round led by Time Warner Investments and joined by some of the best-known names in the entertainment industry. Other participants include Greycroft Partners; actor Robert Downey Jr.'s investment company, Downey Ventures; British television executive Elisabeth Murdoch; M+C, the investment company of former News Corp. digital chief Jon Miller and Jimmy Yaffe; and "Avatar" producer Jon Landau.
April 22, 2013 |
Google said the latest version of Google Earth will allow users to navigate their way through the 3-D map using hand gestures, giving a strong vote of confidence for Leap Motion's technology. As seen in the video above, users can control Google Earth 7.1 using Leap Motion's "motion-sensor" control, which works like Microsoft's Kinect device for the Xbox 360. Leap Motion is set to begin selling it in stores next month. The San Francisco company last year unveiled the technology in a series of YouTube videos that drew rave reviews.
November 3, 2013 |
The inaugural YouTube Music Awards kicked off Sunday night with a live music video of the song “Afterlife” by Arcade Fire directed by Spike Jonze and starring Greta Gerwig. Gerwig danced with the same awkward Turrets style that was so endearing in "Francis Hah. " She grooved through a fake kitchen and into some fake snowy woods. She danced right up to Arcade Fire, which was performing on a stage at Pier 36 in New York City where the show was being shot. A bunch of kids joined her. A little more than 155,000 viewers watched the stream.
June 27, 2012 |
Google researchers and Stanford scientists have discovered that if you show a large enough computing system millions of images from random YouTube videos for three days, the computer will teach itself to recognize ... cats. That may sound inconsequential at best and downright ridiculous at worst -- but in fact, it is very important. The research shows that if a computer is big enough, and programmed correctly, it can learn to make sense of random, unlabeled data, in just days without any help from humans.
March 12, 2011 |
Google Inc. has launched an online tool that allows users to search for people or provide information about someone who may be missing as a result of the earthquake in Japan. Person Finder, which has been used in previous disasters, is a central database that individuals, governments and aid agencies can tap to find people and gather information about their condition. The 8.9-magnitude earthquake set off a massive tsunami and may have killed hundreds of people. Photos: Scenes from the earthquake Google launched Person Finder after the Haiti earthquake and most recently deployed the tool for the Christchurch earthquake, a 6.3 temblor that struck the New Zealand city Feb. 22. As of midday Friday, more than 7,200 queries had been recorded on Person Finder, which is available in Japanese and English.
August 12, 2013 |
Ever stopped to wonder how many other people might have just Liked a post on Facebook, searched for something on Google or tweeted at the same time as you? There's a website that purportedly shows you what that looks like. One Second on the Internet is a website that visually demonstrates just how busy the Internet may be every single second. PHOTOS: Six things rich tech execs splurge on The site starts by showing that every second a little fewer than 200 votes are cast on Reddit, but as users scroll down, Internet activity becomes far more expansive.
June 26, 2013 |
Marie (Charlotte Lebon) and Thomas (Raphaël Personnaz) are a terrifically attractive French couple until she dumps him - rightfully - after five years because they're no closer to a better apartment, wedding ring or a baby. To get Thomas over his heartbreak, loutish best friend Paul (Jérôme Commandeur) introduces him to "The Stroller Strategy," i.e. buy a baby seat for your car and cruise around picking up vulnerable single mothers. But Thomas doesn't need the prop. A real baby falls - literally - into his hands after its own vulnerable single mother falls down the stairs and has to spend five days in a medically induced coma.