Kids who play video games much more than an hour a day may experience behavior problems, a Spanish study suggests. Children who played at least nine hours a week were significantly more likely to have poor conduct than kids who spent less time with video games. Researchers also did MRI scans of a subset of 260 children one year after initial assessments and found gamers had functional brain changes that weren't seen in non-gamers.
Video analytics platform Valossa launched Val.ai
, a platform to help video creators and advertisers figure out what’s going on in video. The platform can do sentiment analyses (person is happy / person is sad / person is confused) and even heart rate analysis based on a HD video stream alone.
Facebook admitted it censored a video posted by activists protesting the Dakota Access pipeline, with the social network blaming the removal on its automated spam filter. The live stream video, posted by media collective Unicorn Riot, showed police arresting around 24 protesters at a Dakota pipeline site. The URL was blocked and other users were unable to share it. The link has since been restored.
Spotify has surpassed 40 million paid subscribers, the company revealed this week. “Compare Spotify’s numbers with the 17 million subscribers that Apple announced for Apple Music just this month during its iPhone 7 event,” 9To5Mac notes. “That’s up 4 million from the 13 million it reported back in April.”
Twitter is launching an app for live-streaming video on Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Microsoft's Xbox One.The new app will feature all the live-streaming available on the social network, including content from Periscope and Vine. The move follows Twitter's decision to stream 10 NFL Thursday night games.
Layer3 TV, a startup pay-TV distributor, is taking the opposite approach by targeting high-end video customers with a big selection of networks sent over the Internet. Even the company’s technicians show up for installations in all-electric BMW i3s. “Concierge cable” is how Layer3 Chief Content Officer Lindsay Gardner described the service. Prices for the service range from about $75 to $120 a month for a premium package that includes more than 200 high-definition channels.
Thursday night’s NFL game between the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills is the first one Twttter will stream, a time to hugely expand its leaky base. Ad packages for the ten Thursday games Twitter has rights to range from $1 to $8 millin, says the Wall Street Journal.
Investors are bullish, but need policy makers to make decisions to upgrade broadband networks that will satisfy new, higher bandwidth needs VR will cause. And that means more spectrum too. Today's devices will need upgrades. That's the word from two major league Washington wonkers, Larry Irving and Jamal Simmons.
Defy, best known for Smosh, raised $70 million in Series B funding and now hopes to increase how much content it puts out, and what kinds. The big content push includes looking to TV. Currently, Defy produces 72 weekly series representing over 1,000 hours of content, per month, reaching 125 million viewers.
The new YouTube channel, "Mystery Solved," consists of Google Nest home surveillance footage. Most of it is funny -- how a riding mower started on its own, and how a car landed up in a neighbor's swimming pool. At least one is more serious -- footage of an apparent thief, who swipes a delivered package from the front door of a home. "Mystery Solved" might be just for fun. It's also a bit of an in-house ad for Google.