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YouTube app brings remote control to Apple devices (Original)

The latest update to the YouTube app for Apple devices allows users to play and control videos and add to a playlist on a compatible television. In some ways similar to the Apple AirPlay feature, the Send to TV capability was previously provided as part of the YouTube Android app. Support for pairing the second screen with a large shared screen is becoming increasingly broadly adopted and promises to change the way in which we interact with the television.

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Can Viber keep up the pace and remain free? (Original)

Questions about the cost of VoIP apps

A regular user of free mobile messaging apps like WhatApps or calls like Viber should be asking the same questions. Are these services actually free? For how long can they keep their business running without making me pay?


The free messaging app ecosystem has exploded in the last to years, with different organisations offering the same thing using specific branding. If WhatsApp is the most recognisable of them all, newcomers on the space are pushing innovation boundaries, at least on the user experience front. See Line's example: backed by reputable Korean blue-chip Naver, the core texting and voice app tries to monetise the service offering premium emoticon and sticker packs, gifting, as well as cross promotion of games and casual apps for its teenage-focused market.

This is the take from a fairly new free messenger that just reached 100 million users. The more veteran Viber, synonymous of free calls on cellular data and WiFi, is also trying to capitalise its 160 million user base and introduce the service in the competitive Asian markets. In a recent interview, Viber CEO Talmon Marco hinted that the introduction of stickers could be an avenue to explore in-app purchases, an option to be considered in future versions.…

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Can Viber keep up the pace and remain free? (Original)

Questions about the cost of VoIP apps

A regular user of free mobile messaging apps like WhatApps or calls like Viber should be asking the same questions. Are these services actually free? For how long can they keep their business running without making me pay?

The free messaging app ecosystem has exploded in the last to years, with different organisations offering the same thing using specific branding. If WhatsApp is the most recognisable of them all, newcomers on the space are pushing innovation boundaries, at least on the user experience front. See Line's example: backed by reputable Korean blue-chip Naver, the core texting and voice app tries to monetise the service offering premium emoticon and sticker packs, gifting, as well as cross promotion of games and casual apps for its teenage-focused market.

This is the take from a fairly new free messenger that just reached 100 million users. The more veteran Viber, synonymous of free calls on cellular data and WiFi, is also trying to capitalise its 160 million user base and introduce the service in the competitive Asian markets. In a recent interview, Viber CEO Talmon Marco hinted that the introduction of stickers could be an avenue to explore in-app purchases, an option to be considered in future versions.…

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UHDTV terrestrial test transmissions (Original)

At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Abertis Telecom is demonstrating Ultra High Definition Television over a digital terrestrial television network using the DVB-T2 standard. Meanwhile in America, a broadcaster in Baltimore is replacing its transmissions in the ATSC system overnight to trial the second-generation standard.

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Skype and Messenger Coming Together: The Next Chapter (Original)

Skype is known around the world for helping people stay close whenever they’re apart.  It makes us proud that more than 280 million people choose Skype to connect with their loved ones and colleagues every month.

We love the opportunity to help more people laugh, gossip, share stories or just spend time together.  That’s why we’re excited about welcoming Windows Live Messenger users to Skype. Last November, we announced that Messenger and Skype are coming together with the option to sign in with a Microsoft account.

We want everyone who uses Messenger to have a positive experience. Upgrading to Skype can help you communicate in flexible ways, and be connected on more devices and platforms including Windows, Mac, iOS, Windows Phone, Android and soon Blackberry.

The upgrade from Messenger to Skype on Windows desktop will start on April 8*. The process will take a few weeks to complete. We’ll start the upgrades with our English language clients, and finish up with Brazilian Portuguese on April 30 or later.

Skype offers many features Messenger users know and love such as emoticons, group instant messaging, and screen sharing, and we think you will discover many other advantages of using Skype:

  • Instant message conversation history
  • The ability to edit and remove instant messages
  • Being able to share files and contact information
  • Video calling and instant messaging with Facebook friends
  • Group video calling

We’re continuing to share ways Messenger users can learn more about Skype, like this tutorial of a Messenger user getting to know how to use Skype including its instant messaging experience.…

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Netflix January ISP Rankings (Original)


Below are the January Netflix rankings for US Internet service providers (ISPs).

Our more than 33 million members view over 1 billion hours of TV shows and movies streaming from Netflix per month. We use the data associated with the streaming experience of our members to compare ISPs and give you insight into which ISPs deliver the best Netflix experience.

Note: These ratings reflect the average performance of all Netflix streams on each ISP's network. The average is well below the peak performance due to many factors including home Wi-Fi, the variety of devices our members use, and the variety of encodes we use to deliver the TV shows and movies we carry. Those factors cancel out when comparing across ISPs, so these relative rankings are a good indicator of the consistent performance typically experienced across all users on an ISP network.

Joris

Joris Evers is director of corporate communications at Netflix 

Netflix US ISP Rankings for January 2013


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See No Evil, Hear No Evil – Tips for Audio and Video Quality (Original)

As this is my first post of 2013, let me wish you all the best for the year ahead. 2012 was an exciting year here at Skype and we’re planning on bringing you even more great stuff in 2013.

I’d like to finish what I started in December with one more set of audio and video tips for getting the best quality out of your Skype calls.

How I learned to stop worrying and love the mute button

This one is really more of a habit to get into rather than a tip. I’ve got a headset with a mute button on it, which I highly recommend in case you missed my blog on hardware tips, but if you don’t have one you can also use the mute button in Skype.
Don’t you hate it when you say something awkward because you forgot you were on a conference call? Or when your mom asks if you have any laundry to do when you’re trying to be cool on a call with your crush? Or when you’re talking to someone, they start typing and it sounds like the Norse god of thunder has joined in the conversation?
I know it’s a bit of a pain to get used to, but once you’re in the habit of muting yourself when you’re not speaking the benefits will speak for themselves.…

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