Streaming video may be what Netflix is best known for, but now the company also offers a tool for checking the speed of your personal internet connection.You don t have to be a Netflix member to use the website, nor does it throw any ads at you.You literally just go to the website and wait for it to quickly report its findings.When you re experiencing streaming issues, fast.com allows you to check the download speeds you re getting from your Internet service provider, wrote David Fullagar, Netflix s vice president of content delivery architecture, in a blog post published today.While they re certainly useful, the company s motives in launching them are likely not 100 percent altruistic.Plus, the tool may inspire users to opt for faster internet, which would in turn improve their streaming experience — and thus their Netflix satisfaction.
The map automatically pulls up a notable livestream that has a bunch of viewers, and also shows where a video is being watched using threads that connect a video visually with dots on the locations of its viewers.Called Facebook's 'Live Map,' it's simple and straight forward to use -- pull it up and click on a blue dot.Hover over it, and you'll get a small window as well as threads connecting other viewer's locations so you can get an idea of where people are watching.The left-side pane shows a primary video — at this very moment, it s a Cosmo editor getting her first tattoo, if you re curious — as well as some other options below it that, when clicked on, will bring up the video.It seems like the high-end of live viewers are topping out in the high-thousands, with the top video in the pane having about 8.5k viewers.It's exactly what it sounds like -- a way to watch or broadcast live videos on Facebook's platform much like you'd find on Periscope.
Credit: Derek WalterIf you re not one of the lucky few who gets to attend Google I/O this week, don't despair.The keynote will be streamed live, and we were kind enough to embed the video stream below.If you want to really get crazy, you can slap on a pair of Cardboard goggles as the event will be shot in 360-degree video.Many of the other events and developer sessions will be live streamed from the official I/O site.Sessions include What s New in Android, Introducing Project Tango Area Learning, and Android Auto: The Road Ahead.Better yet, Greenbot is on the ground here at the Shoreline Amphitheatre, so follow us here and on Twitter to get live updates throughout Google I/O.
The AK T1's inputs include microSD, USB, optical and auxiliary, plus streaming over Ethernet, Wi-Fi and BluetoothThis article was first published in the June 2016 issue of WIRED magazine.Its first all-in-one home media system now lets you share the sound by integrating its 24-bit/8-192kHz audiophile-quality sample rate into a 100cm-tall speaker tower.The six speakers are driven by a hybrid amplifier system.An analogue amp delivers crisp highs to the tweeters; a rich midrange and deep bass for the subwoofers comes courtesy of a digital system.£2,499The 6.2kg bar is 100 x 13.1 x 12.5cm, and was created by Torsten Valeur, who has been designing Bang and Olufsen products since 1997A pair of centrally placed four-inch bass drivers coupled with a three-quarter-inch tweeter on either end give this characteristically stylish Bang & Olufsen all-in-one system a balanced but room-filling sound.Integrated streaming services including Spotify, Deezer and TuneIn can be controlled from the device's touchscreen, the remote or the BeoMusic app.
View photosMoreXiaomi-mi-boxChinese tech juggernaut Xiaomi may be best known for making high-quality smartphones like the new Mi 5 and selling them at low prices, but the company has made it very clear it wants to become a household electronics giant that can rumble with the likes of Samsung and Apple on a global scale.The Mi Box runs Android TV 6.0 and and is positioned to compete directly with the Apple TV, Fire TV and other set-top boxes.Xiaomi's streaming box supports 4K playback, like the Fire TV, but it does it one better with HDR High Dynamic Range for picture quality with more colors, higher brightness and increased contrast.The set-top box has access to a full range of apps available in the Google Play store including YouTube, Netflix, Vudu and more."This is a significant milestone for Xiaomi and I am really excited to be working closely with Google to bring such a great product to our fans in the US.I believe US consumers will truly enjoy the Android TV experience on Mi Box, which brings stunning 4K HDR video and a wide variety of content to your living room," Xiaomi vice president of international Hugo Barra said in a press release.
It's one of the last big football matches of the 2015-16 season, and carries added intrigue as Liverpool look to stop Sevilla from winning its third European cup final on the trot.Related: How to live stream the Google I/O 2016 keynote – including in VRWant to watch the match?As BT Sport secured the rights to both the Champion's League and Europa League to the tune of nearly £1 billion, the match is only being shown on TV on BT Sport Europe and BT Sport Ultra HD – so you won't be able to tune in if you've just got a basic BT Sport package.Coverage starts at 6:30pm UK time ahead of a 7:45pm kick-off.As it's available to stream via YouTube, that also means that you can easily tune in from your mobile device if need be – just follow the same link and pray for decent Wi-Fi or 4G coverage.WATCH: We explain the easiest ways to improve your Wi-Fi signalHave you jumped over to BT Sport or are you sticking with Sky?
Kayvon Beykpour, founder and CEO of Periscope.That can-do attitude, combined with his photogenic looks and personable style, have helped turn Beykpour into one of the tech industry s more visible figures, appearing recently on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, hanging out backstage at The Daily Show with host Trevor Noah and invited to visit the White House live streamed by Beykpour, of course.Facebook is pouring its massive resources into live video, turning to high-profile celebrities such as Arnold Schwarzenegger and Vin Diesel to help popularise the concept and show up in news feeds.This is a market rivals such as YouNow and Stre.am have been pursuing.Periscope needs to focus on the future , says Mansbach.That is so far from the truth, Beykpour says, whipping open his app and counting the pins on a global map in the app showing where broadcasts are currently taking place.
While it still beats commercials, few things kill a good Netflix binge like constant buffering.To help prevent streaming on sub-par connections - or possibly just so customers stop blaming Netflix for poor service when it's actually an ISP's fault - the company has created a brand new website devoted to seeing just how fast your internet really is.While the site is minimalist in design, its results appear to be as accurate as other internet speedometers, like speedtest.net.Netflix's reasoning is that it intends Fast.com to be a simple and easy tool to measure download speeds - the only metric that really impacts streaming movies and TV.Fast.com isn't the only tool Netflix's developed to keep users in charge of their data.Earlier this month, the streaming service added controls to its mobile apps so viewers don't gouge their cellular data plan when watching House of Cards on the go.
Drake is the new king of Spotify, having toppled fellow Canadian popster Justin Bieber for the most all-time plays ever on the service this week.The rapper, who just released his latest smash record Views late last month, hit the new record despite the fact that his new album is an Apple Music exclusive — one which also set the all time record for most plays in a debut week.Still, Bieber is no slouch with more than 3.176 billion individual plays compared to Drake s 3.21 billion.Spotify has been racking up massive numbers for big pop artists for years, with over twenty musicians that have now broken the billion-play mark on the service.So far, the competition doesn t seem to have hurt the service much.If Drake is able to continue building steam — even with his latest release missing from Spotify — that indicates plays will probably never stagnate much, even for artists who have moved on from the Swedish media giant with new releases.
The creator of the BitTorrent protocol would like to remind the world once again that its main reason for existing isn't so you can steal all the Batmans and most of the pornography off the internet -- it has proper, serious, real-world applications too.To wit, it has revealed BitTorrent Live, a method of allowing everyone to leverage the distributed sharing method to live-stream whatever video game they're playing or whichever patch of fresh paint is drying, using a P2P solution the developer says might lessen some of the lag that interrupts other live video streaming options.The announcement has details of a free tier of programming that includes such delights as Clubbing TV and Filmbox Arthouse, with plenty of premium options also in the pipeline.The makers say that "subscription based, ad supported, and Pay Per View premium tiers" should also appear at some point in the future, should people notice its existence in such a quantity to make it all worthwhile for the content makers of the world to bother setting up the relevant torrents.BitTorrent Live via Ars Want more updates from Gizmodo UK?Make sure to check out our @GizmodoUK Twitter feed, and our Facebook page.
View photosMoreThe Netflix logo is shown in this illustration photograph in Encinitas, California October 14, 2014.REUTERS/Mike Blake/File PhotoBRUSSELS Reuters - Online video streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime will be required to devote at least a fifth of their catalogs to European content under proposals set to be announced next week.On-demand services will have to ensure they have at least a 20 percent share of European works in their catalog and ensure their "prominence", according to a draft of the proposed Audiovisual Media Services Directive seen by Reuters.The Commission wants to avoid forum-shopping whereby companies set up in countries with light financial obligations, such as Luxembourg and the Netherlands.Subscription services like Netflix and Amazon should consider only one thing when placing content on their platforms: what their viewers want to watch."The new proposal will also make video-sharing platforms such as YouTube impose stricter age barriers for minors to protect them from harmful content.
Or does Zyxel s corporate focus make for consumer tech that s too unwieldy for most users?On the back of the router are four gigabit LAN ports, and a gigabit WAN port.This is nice, but the lack of USB 3.0 compatibility is a little bit disappointing from a router otherwise so focused on speed.The sidewalk in front of the house, bathed in signals from the neighbors, was weak compared to other routers we ve tested.These results mirrored the Nighthawk X4S almost perfectly, and suggest real-world bandwidth is more likely to be limited by the devices you re using than anything else.Just plug the cable from your modem into the yellow WAN port, then plug another computer into a LAN port, and finally plug it into the power supply.
Credit: ThinkStockForget that bass; in the digital world, it s all about that bandwidth.On wireless devices, the speeds can be greatly reduced when further away from the wireless router or if there s interference from neighboring Wi-Fi networks, other wireless devices, or appliances that can cause interference such as microwave ovens, which produce tremendous amounts of noise in the 2.4GHz frequency spectrum while operating .Their hardware can be managed via a free online account.and it supports wireless mesh-networking technology that makes it easier to broaden your Wi-Fi coverage.Secondly, you could consider prioritizing any critical devices you d like to have higher priority.This Netgear WNR2000 802.11n router has QoS pre-configured for a limited number of applications, but you must configure your own rules for anything the manufacturer didn t think of.
Credit: ThinkStockForget that bass; in the digital world, it s all about that bandwidth.On wireless devices, the speeds can be greatly reduced when further away from the wireless router or if there s interference from neighboring Wi-Fi networks, other wireless devices, or appliances that can cause interference such as microwave ovens, which produce tremendous amounts of noise in the 2.4GHz frequency spectrum while operating .Their hardware can be managed via a free online account.and it supports wireless mesh-networking technology that makes it easier to broaden your Wi-Fi coverage.Secondly, you could consider prioritizing any critical devices you d like to have higher priority.This Netgear WNR2000 802.11n router has QoS pre-configured for a limited number of applications, but you must configure your own rules for anything the manufacturer didn t think of.
But at Google I/O 2016, the Chinese hardware maker had a surprise for the American market: a 4K-ready Android TV-based set-top box for all your video streaming and gaming needs.Xiaomi says its Mi Box will be capable of running 4K UHD video at 60fps and supporting HDR10, a standard for high dynamic range playback that promises better contrast and color.YouTube, Netflix and Amazon have already announced that their streaming platforms will support it soon.The company has been known to deliver high-quality products at reasonable prices in markets like India and China.In China, its set-top boxes work with the company s own streaming service that offers a range of locally produced shows and movies.At present, it doesn t have a lot of competition to worry about – only a handful of brands like Google s own Nexus label, Sony, Sharp, Razer and Nvidia currently offer Android TV-based devices.
Little blue dots mark the spots where people are currently streaming video live; larger, pulsing blue dots show the most popular feeds.For instance, Tonga-born Kali Kanongata accidentally live-streamed the full 45-minute birth of his son from California to hundreds of thousands of viewers around the world, although he initially thought it was just his family and friends in Tonga.When Kanongata became suspicious the video was more public than he had thought, he said he did consider stopping the view but then chose to keep going.It's a new Facebook feature that lets you broadcast video from your phone or webcam liveTo use it, just go to your status update box or "write post" on someone's wall and choose the Live Video optionHow to make your video livestream privateWhen you start to stream video, a grey toggle button appears as you are titling your live video before you actually go live.If it says "Public" as on my app above , that means your feed will show up on the world map and anyone can tune in to watch and comment.As people get better cameras in their phones that can take better pictures and video, we've sought more and more to make video a well-supported part of Facebook, he said.
Earlier this month, both Hulu and YouTube announced plans within days of each other to launch live-streaming internet TV services in 2017.While this might have seemed an odd move for YouTube, it almost seemed a given for Hulu, given that three of the companies expected to be licensing content to the new service — Walt Disney Co., 21st Century Fox, and Comcast s NBCUniversal — are also co-owners of the streamer.Iger generally seemed positive about all aspects of Hulu s upcoming pay-TV service, saying that it will keep legacy distributors more honest.This doesn t only relate to the deals distributors make with companies like Disney and others, but also keeping their user interfaces up to date and competitive with future offerings from newer competitors.The latter could mean a serious blow for Netflix, which licenses a huge swath series from Disney s Marvel properties, including current series like Daredevil and Jessica Jones and future series like Luke Cage and Iron Fist, but also is the exclusive U.S. licensee of future properties in Disney s new Star Wars universe.We don t stop, we don t pause, it doesn t cause us to do anything different, he said, adding that If you re running a company like this, you can t possibly run it with a great focus on quarterly results.
At its F8 developer conference, the company unveiled a number of new features for Facebook Live, including reactions, comment replay and filters.It certainly beats waiting around for people to begin streaming stuff in your news feed, and gives you a chance to discover what s going in places you re interested in.The feature has been around for the past month, but it s now easier to find on Facebook s desktop site.To use it, find the Live Video link under Apps in the the left navigation bar on your Facebook timeline.In April, the company said it had activated Facebook Live in 60 countries, so there should likely be plenty of content for you to flit through – as random as the streams may turn out to be.We ve contacted Facebook for an ETA of a global rollout and will update this post if there s a response.
This standalone audio app offers a searchable achieve of streaming comedy for fans of chortling, guffawing, and snorting.The mission is two-fold.Thirty years ago, comedy album sales made up 20% of total record sales.The standalone app is launching this summer and will feature 400 comedians and allow a way for up-and-comers to upload their comedy at will.There will be an ad-supported free version of the service and for $7.99 a month you can sign up for Front Row Seating with more content and no ads.Comedian Lewis Black told him he wanted in immediately.
Netflix has launched Fast.com, a website designed to "help you see how fast your internet connection is".The site will show users if their ISP is throttling the streaming service by slowing down connections at peak times."We all want a faster, better internet, yet internet speeds vary greatly and can be affected by other users on your network or congestion with your internet service provider," said David Fullagar, Netflix's VP of content delivery, in a blog post."When you're experiencing streaming issues, fast.com allows you to check the download speeds you're getting from your ISP."It differs from Netflix's existing ISP Speed Index, which is a "measure of prime time Netflix performance on particular ISPs", rather than a measure of personal internet performance."Fast.com is another tool consumers can use for greater insight and control of their internet service," said Fullagar.
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