YouTube users can now livestream video at up to 4K resolution. YouTube has supported 4K playback since 2010, but today marks the first time users are able to stream 4K video live.
Today, we’re proud to say that we’re taking 4K video one step further with the launch of 4K live streaming for both 360-degree videos and standard videos.
Supporting this new format will let creators and partners stream incredibly high-resolution video, and let viewers enjoy the clearest picture possible when watching a live stream on 4K-supported devices.
Via YouTube blog.
Today the streaming service Netflix announced a new update that allow users to download and store movies and television shows on mobile devices for offline playback. Netflix made the announcement via its Twitter account and said, “Airplane mode. Road trip mode. Stuck-in-the-subway-for-20-minutes mode. Road Your favorite stories are now available for download any time.”
A new version of the Netflix app is being made available to Android and iOS devices today that supports offline playback. The feature does not cost extra to use. Competing services, such as Amazon Prime Video, have supported offline playback for some time.
More via Netflix.
Instagram announced yesterday two new features for its mobile app that expand how people can share photos and videos on their network.
First, the social network is marking the debut of live video within Instagram Stories. Users can now broadcast live video to their followers through the Stories section of the app.
Followers may opt to receive notifications when people share live video, and live video will be visibly earmarked as such. People will be able to leave comments throughout the video’s duration, but live video is not stored or saved in users’ feeds.
Instagram says live video will be added to the Explore tab, too, allowing people to browse through live video that’s being shared from around the world. In a move to combat Snapchat, Instagram is now allowing users to send disappearing photos and videos through its Direct Message function. Ephemeral media can be sent to individuals as well as groups, and creators will know when their photo/video has been seen and/or screen-captured.
Once the content is viewed by the recipient, it disappears from the recipient’s inbox and cannot be replayed. Instagram says disappearing photos and videos can only be sent to people who follow you. Disappearing content shared with groups will allow members to all see comments and responses. Instagram says the live video tool is rolling out globally over the next few weeks, while the disappearing photo/video feature is reaching all users today. Instagram is free to download from the iTunes App Store.
More via Instagram.
Apple has launched a repair program for the iPhone 6 Plus to fix what has become called touch disease.
Apple has determined that some iPhone 6 Plus devices may exhibit display flickering or Multi-Touch issues after being dropped multiple times on a hard surface and then incurring further stress on the device.
If your iPhone 6 Plus is exhibiting the symptoms noted above, is in working order, and the screen is not cracked or broken, Apple will repair your device for a service price of $149.
Apple will contact customers who may have paid for a service repair related to this issue either through Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider to arrange reimbursement.
A week ago, I finally pulled the trigger and finally decided to transition from Gmail to Fastmail. For some time now, I wanted to have my own custom email at mydomain.com, instead of email@example.com. I want to have control over my email domain name and the flexibility that comes with it. I have been using Gmail for more than 10 years and it has been good to me. I have no issues with all the privacy talk online about Google, simply have nothing to hide on my inbox (hello feds). Just don’t like the idea of Google using my email as a advertising tool, to target ads my way.
To begin with, Fastmail is easy to setup if you follow the instruction correctly, on top of that is easy to use, clean mobile and web interface. Before you sign up, you can try it free for 30 days here.
I wish I had done this sooner, but stubborn people are stubborn. Email is email, and it’s nice to have one less thing to actively worry about managing, so I went ahead and paid for two years upfront. It hasn’t been long, but the spam filtering is far better on Fastmail, and well so is having a support team to contact for fixes. Highly recommended.
We agree on the broad strokes, but the reason I choose to minimize Google’s access to me is that my balance of utility versus ethical comfort is different. Both companies do have flaws, but they’re different flaws, and I tolerate them differently.
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