Category Archives: Video

Vice has raised $450M ahead of a potential IPO

 Vice Media has raised $450M in new funding from private-equity firm TPG, with a deal valuing the media company around $5.7 billion post-money. Shane Smith, co-founder and CEO of Vice was just on CNBC answering questions about the funding and Vice’s plans to eventually become a public company. While remaining cryptic, Smith did note that this raise is “what we would do if we were… Read More

Ars enters VR and destroys multiple starships in Star Trek: Bridge Crew

Ars plays Star Trek: Bridge Crew (video link)

Ars and Star Trek go together, as the great philosopher once said, like peas and carrots. You won’t find a dorkier bunch of editors assembled in any one place on the entire Internet—and that’s why playing Star Trek: Bridge Crew was such an easy fit.

The VR title, originally announced almost a year ago and now available for everyone, was a big hit here in the Ars Orbiting HQ. Even before the game's final release, we found ourselves seated in the bridge of the Federation starship USS Aegis, ready to make the Alpha Quadrant great again—even if we had to kill a few Klingons to do it. Hopefully more than a few, in fact!

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Gillmor Gang: Abstraction of Justice

Gillmor Gang Artcard The Gillmor Gang — Doc Searls, Denis Pombriant, Keith Teare, Frank Radice, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, June 16, 2017. The Gang finally talks coins and chains, and too much of nothing is revealed. @stevegillmor, @dsearls, @kteare, @fradice, DenisPombriant @tinagillmor + G3: Wholistic with Mary Hodder, Elisa Camahort Page, Halley Suitt Tucker, Kristie Wells, and Tina Chase Gillmor Read More

Musical.ly gets into original content with new shows from Viacom, NBCU & Hearst

 Lip-syncing social network Musical.ly is getting into original content, thanks to new deals with Viacom, NBCU and Hearst, which will bring short-form video series to the app. However, unlike the original videos found on Snapchat – an app that’s often the next step up for the tween-age Musical.ly audience – these shows are designed to be interactive. That is, the shows… Read More

Plex can now play local video files on Android, no media server required

 Personal media player software maker Plex says it’s now easier for mobile users on Android to play any video file saved on their device within its app. The move will enable it to better challenge VLC, an app users have historically turned to in order play a wider variety of video file formats. The new feature is entering a public beta today, and will support local playback of a number… Read More

Gillmor Gang: Emotional Healing

Gillmor Gang Artcard The Gillmor Gang — Keith Teare, Doc Searls, Denis Pombriant, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, June 9, 2017. Denis Pombriant joins the Keith Gang for a vigorous rubdown of fake views and Comey smackdown of the Obstructor in Chief. +Doc’s biting tracking indictment and Apple’s Safari fix for adtech fatigue. Google ? @stevegillmor, @dsearls, @DenisPombriant, @kteare… Read More

When it comes to Xbox, the X could probably stand for NetfliX

Back when Microsoft first unveiled the Xbox One in May of 2013, the company took a lot of flak for focusing on TV and other media streaming uses for the box instead of talking primarily about games. An in-depth Ars Technica analysis of Xbox Live users, though, shows just how much time Xbox owners are spending watching video on their consoles, potentially explaining why Microsoft thought video was so important out of the gate.

Netflix is by far the most-used individual app in the Xbox ecosystem, according to our data, making up about 19 percent of all usage time we could measure across both the Xbox One and Xbox 360 during our September 2016 through February 2017 sampling period (read the introductory piece for details and caveats about our data collection methods). YouTube is also a favorite for Xbox owners, representing a further 7.6 percent of all usage. All told, these two apps account for more than a quarter of all the Xbox time we could measure.

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Optoma announces a 4k projector for $1,999

 4k projectors are finally becoming affordable. Optoma today announced the pricing for its first line of 4k projectors. The UHD60 is $1,999 and the UHD65 is $2,499, making these two models the least expensive 4k projectors available. You can send thank you notes to Texas Instruments. Optoma unveiled this line of 4k projectors earlier this year at CES. These projectors use a new 4k UHD DLP chip… Read More

Leaked App Store entry suggests Apple will launch a file-management app for iOS

 A leak spotted on the eve of Apple’s WWDC event suggests that the company is preparing to revamp the way iPhone owners manage and store files on their phone. That’s according to a new app placeholder unearthed by developer Steve Stroughton Smith which hints at a new ‘Files’ app for iOS coming soon. A major feature would almost certainly ship within the iOS 11 software… Read More

Rheo, a personalized video app from ex-Apple product vets, launches on iOS and the web

 On YouTube, you have to either know what it is you watch to watch and seek it out, or you can click through the site’s suggestions of popular or trending content. A startup called Rheo, founded by ex-Apple product veterans, has a different take on video discovery. Instead of browsing by genre, publisher or chart position, viewers can browse by mood. That is, you can seek out videos to… Read More