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Bitcoin provides mobile app for live streaming (POV)

http://www.4-traders.com/CHANCELLOR-GROUP-INC-14350606/news/Chancellor-Group-Inc–Bitcoin-Enabled-Mobile-App-for-Wearable-Point-Of-View-POV-Video-Released-to-17568526/

Bitcoin has developed another application, but this time it utilizes Point-Of-View (POV) video to give users the ability to live stream video.  It was released in the Apple App Store, and is free with the option for in app purchases, for exclusive content.

This mobile application will give users the ability to follow someone using a POV video device, such as a GoPro or Google Glass, on their mobile device. It will most likely be utilized by celebrities and sport athletes to provide exciting live streaming video to fans.

While it sounds silly now, it makes sense considering where technology is going, and how user interaction and communication is moving from text to video.  Although, I foresee issues with privacy and the availability of video recording hardware.  This application may have been released too early, and could have bad consequences, especially with security and privacy.

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Blippy application integrates GIFs to chat

Blippy Is Reborn As A Dead Simple Mobile App For Finding Ridiculous Gifs

Blippy is an application that has been remade to give users an easy way to find GIFs and add them to their chat/instant messages.  GIFs are growing in popularity, especially since the rise of video in memes.  Blippy even allows you to add text on top of the GIF so that you can customize it.  Soon users will be able to create their own GIFs from video recordings on their mobile device.

A GIF is a short video that is repeated, and is usually used to describe a situation or feeling, much better than words or a picture can.  These GIFs are usually of low quality, and are from popular movie scenes or youtube videos… etc.  Blippy is taking advantage of what is already popular on the internet, and transitioning it to mobile.  I think Blippy can do much better by allowing more customization to the GIFs, and by making it easy and simple to apply it to current instant messaging.

 

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Shelby.tv creates app for video discovery

Shelby.tv Rises From The Ashes With An iPhone App For Mobile Video Discovery

Shelby.tv used to be a start up that had an application for video discovery, but was then removed and given up on.  Video discovery, about a year ago, did not mean much in terms of social media and mobile application features.  But photos and images began to take off as a way of communicating with other mobile devices.  And in turn, videos are now a primary source of not just entertainment, but communication between mobile application users.  Shelby.tv then decided to put $2.2 million into creating a video discovery application that recommends videos and gives you the ability to share them with your friends through the application or social media.  The recommendations are gathered through your interests, your friends’ interests, and what you have watched in the past.

A neat feature that this application provides is that to watch a new video, you swipe in a direction, and the old video is saved at the point you quit watching.  This sounds like it would take a lot of buffering, but it caches and saves information on your phone to make this possible.

 

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The new era of Video editing applications

http://pandodaily.com/2013/11/08/welcome-to-the-new-era-of-the-video-making-mobile-app/

Video editing on smart phones has been around for a while, but the effectiveness and usability have always been poor.  Until recently, video was too difficult and time consuming to be considered a better option that pictures or text.  But due to the recent trend, of short 6 second videos, created by Vine, society has accepted and thrived on video.  Smart phones now have better video recorders and the network required to send and receive video is more viable.  Even with this, applications are beginning to add new features and customizable options to editing video from the source.  Mobile applications centered around videos face a challenge of taking something that is stereotyped as difficult and professional, and making it user friendly and simple.  A great example of this is Instagram, where nearly anyone can now take photos and add a filter, making them look impressive or skillfully done.  On a different note, now that Vine has broken the awkward video barrier in society, many new applications focused on sharing and editing video are bound to arise, and with that changes in how users utilize their smart phones and communicate, are bound to change as well.

 

 

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Knock iPhone App Wirelessly Unlocks your Mac

A new app called Knock allows users to unlock their computers without a password. For $3.99 Knock allows a Mac to be unlocked just by knocking on a paired iPhone. The two devices connect over Bluetooth LE, allowing a phone to automatically detect when it nears a paired computer. Though the knocking effect can also be achieved by waving an iPhone in the air, Knock suggests just tapping on it through your pants’ pocket, so you never have to pick up the device.

 

http://www.theverge.com/2013/11/5/5069614/knock-iphone-app-wirelessly-unlocks-your-mac

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Coach’s eye Application used to improve soccer players

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/10377051/Ex-professional-footballer-uses-Coachs-Eye-app-to-train-future-stars.html

There is an application called “Coach’s Eye” that is giving soccer coaches the ability to slow down and highlight video taken of players, in order to help them improve and practice technique.  This application uses the camera on a mobile phone or tablet to capture the players movements.  Once video is taken, it can then be edited (in app) by the coach.  A coach can then edit the video to highlight, circle, color, slow down, and pinpoint errors in technique.  The player is able to rewatch the video, and have in app commentary (from the coach) describing ways to fix it.  This is important because most soccer players are visual learners, and having the ability to rewatch videos of themselves will help improve their technique.  This application is just another example of how tablets and smart phones can be used outside of business environments, while mixing entertainment and work.