• HTC and Dassault Systèmes unveil plan to bring virtual reality to the enterprise

    HTC and Dassault Systèmes unveil plan to bring virtual reality to the enterprise

    From Oculus to Samsung, Facebook, to Huawei and beyond, there’s little question that virtual reality (VR) is the big breakout trend of 2016.The Taiwanese tech titan has partnered with Dassault Systèmes, a France-based software company that builds 3D design and virtual reality tools.
  • Opera bakes a free, unlimited VPN directly into its desktop browser

    Opera bakes a free, unlimited VPN directly into its desktop browser

    Norway-based technology company Opera Software is introducing a free virtual private network (VPN) feature to its desktop browser, making it the first of the major browser operators to build a VPN directly into the software.The two companies kinda integrated back in September with version 32 of the Opera browser, but users were prompted to install the SurfEasy extension.
  • Canadian Netflix users complain as access to U.S. service blocked

    Canadian Netflix users complain as access to U.S. service blocked

    TORONTO (By Ethan Lou for Reuters) — Some Canadian Netflix Inc users cried foul on Wednesday after the video-streaming giant appeared to have made good on its pledge to block access for customers using unauthorized services to view more varied American content.As a result, some subscribers use proxies or servers that facilitate access to Internet content not available locally.
  • Google News starts using Accelerated Mobile Pages on Android, iOS, and the Web

    Google News starts using Accelerated Mobile Pages on Android, iOS, and the Web

    Now the feature is coming to Google News on Android, iOS, and the Web.Within the regular News stream, AMPlified articles are labelled with the AMP lightning bolt icon.
  • AOL acquires VR content studio Ryot to bring immersive video to the Huffington Post

    AOL acquires VR content studio Ryot to bring immersive video to the Huffington Post

    Founded in 2012, Ryot touts itself as an “immersive media company linking content to action.And to do so, it creates 360-degree videos and VR experiences around the likes of Syria or the destruction caused by the Nepal earthquake.
  • Netflix’s huge global push needs a local touch

    Netflix’s huge global push needs a local touch

    (Reuters) – Netflix is thinking global but needs to act more local to realize its full potential, analysts said after the company’s subscriber forecasts came up short of expectations.” “The reductions reflect heightened seasonality and lower incremental adoption, as local content and marketing are being phased in more slowly than previously anticipated,” Hargreaves wrote in a note to clients.
  • The Foo Show is already exploring the future of virtual media

    The Foo Show is already exploring the future of virtual media

    But it’s also already changing virtual reality — and it could give us one of our first cyber stars.The Foo Show is a new virtual reality series that is going to kick into full, weekly production this summer, and it has me convinced that gaming isn’t the only form of entertainment that will thrive on this new platform.
  • 3 reasons why Netflix could eventually offer downloads for offline access

    3 reasons why Netflix could eventually offer downloads for offline access

    The video-streaming giant has never shied away from the question — it has previously stated in no uncertain terms that Netflix will never offer offline access.In short, Netflix may simply have to offer offline access if it’s to encourage some countries to embrace it.
  • Netflix promises 100 hours of HDR programming by August, more by 2017

    Netflix promises 100 hours of HDR programming by August, more by 2017

    Indeed, the company has revealed that it will add more than 100 hours of HDR programming by August, with another 50 hours worth of shows to come before the year is out.For the uninitiated, HDR improves the contrast of colors within a video, making shadows and highlights more distinctive — so whites appear whiter and blacks appear blacker.
  • Kony and Cognizant join forces to drive new class of mobile enterprise solutions

    Kony and Cognizant join forces to drive new class of mobile enterprise solutions

    Together, Companies Will Deliver Expertise in Enterprise Mobility Solutions and Digital Transformation at Scale Kony and Cognizant (NASDAQ:CTSH) today announced they will jointly develop and deliver solutions spanning enterprise mobile applications, mobile app design, and mobile back-end services to enhance business process efficiencies and security.Clients will have access to a robust mobile middleware back-end service, Cognizant’s Digital Fabric, based on Kony’s MobileFabric™ for enterprise-grade mobile services.
  • Vimeo woos developers with white-listed API access program

    Vimeo woos developers with white-listed API access program

    With the Vimeo Integration Partners (VIP) program, the New York-based firm is looking to push Vimeo front and center by making it easier for creators to edit, review, store, and distribute their video-based content.While the company has already provided API access to developers wishing to integrate with Vimeo, the new VIP program provides “white-listed” access to Vimeo, meaning members can not only enable their users to publish videos and related data directly to Vimeo; they can also pull in content from Vimeo and publish it to their own services.
  • Ohio woman charged after livestreaming friend’s rape on Twitter’s Periscope

    Ohio woman charged after livestreaming friend’s rape on Twitter’s Periscope

    According to a report by NPR, prosecutors charged Marina Lonina with kidnapping, rape, sexual battery and distributing child pornography.Those prosecutors claim she used Twitter’s Periscope to livestream the rape of a 17-year-old.
  • Onkyo and others chase Apple’s Beats in the high-resolution audio market

    Onkyo and others chase Apple’s Beats in the high-resolution audio market

    Alongside are banks of dedicated digital audio players (DAPs), with an entire wall of the expo showcasing the king of DAPs: iriver.“Now, people are interested in $3,000 players,” says James Lee, Astell & Kern’s vice president.
  • Facebook now lets developers add its Save button to any website

    Facebook now lets developers add its Save button to any website

    At its F8 developer conference in San Francisco today, Facebook today is announcing that for the first time it’s making its “Save to Facebook” button — for adding content to a list of things to look at later — available for use on websites other than its own.The company has been allowing publishers and retailers to test out the feature on their sites, Facebook product manager Eddie O’Neil told VentureBeat in an interview.
  • WordPress.com bloggers can now include share buttons for WhatsApp, Telegram, and Skype

    WordPress.com bloggers can now include share buttons for WhatsApp, Telegram, and Skype

    Omnipresent publishing platform WordPress.Indeed, WhatsApp passed one billion users earlier this year, while mobile messaging counterpart Telegram sailed past 100 million.
  • Google Play Music gets podcast support on Android and the Web

    Google Play Music gets podcast support on Android and the Web

    As promised, Google today added podcast support to Google Play Music.The new functionality is available today in Google Play Music for Android (grab the latest version from Google Play) and on the Web.
  • Ubisoft’s The Division spent more on ads than any other game in March

    Ubisoft’s The Division spent more on ads than any other game in March

    Still pushing The Division and Far Cry: Primal, the game publisher spent heavily on spots during airings of The Walking Dead, NBA basketball, and SportsCenter.Promoting primarily MLB: The Show and Uncharted, Sony ran four spots nearly 1,000 times over the past month.
  • Vine now lets you automatically play all videos in a channel

    Vine now lets you automatically play all videos in a channel

    This “watch” button appears next to the follow button on a channel and performs the same functionality as the “Play All” button that YouTube offers.Apps like Vine, Snapchat, and even Facebook have invested an effort into getting you to watch more videos, and one solution is this “watch” button.
  • Naughty America tries to get VR porn just right

    Naughty America tries to get VR porn just right

    But Ian Paul, chief information officer for porn site Naughty America, told me in an interview that it’s actually pretty hard to get the first-person camera angle just right in a VR porn video.-based Naughty America started releasing VR versions of its videos last July, and it has 40 scenes available now.
  • Facebook opens its Messenger platform to chatbots

    Facebook opens its Messenger platform to chatbots

    Some of the bots Facebook users can access are 1-800 Flowers, Hipmunk, CNN, eBay, Disney, Staples, Shopify, Salesforce, HealthTap, OwnersListens, and more.” Is this new form of customer service going to stick for brands eager to tap into the massive audience on Facebook Messenger?