Accessibility expert and former BS employee Svetlana Kouznetsova gave a TEDx presentation on video captions and why they are important not only for deaf people but for the medium in general. Continue reading
Category Archives: Video
The End of Flash
Adobe made an announcement last week that it will stop updating and distributing its Flash plugin at the end of 2020. This has been a long time coming.
Years ago the late Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs chose not to add support for the plugin to Apple’s mobile devices. He explained it in his open letter back then. He said that Flash was created during the PC era, but in mobile era of low power devices, touch interfaces and open web standards Flash falls short.
Major web browsers have begun moving away from Flash as well.
You can read more about it here.
Beatles movie gets NYC premiere
We are extra proud of our ongoing work for Steven Van Zandt‘s Rock and Roll Forever Foundation – most especially the fabulous TeachRock.org site and it’s amazing free and deep curriculum. And on Thursday evening, September 15th, the Foundation will host the New York City premiere of Ron Howard’s new Beatle documentary, Eight Days A Week: The Touring Years!
This exclusive event is also a fundraiser for the Foundation and its great programs – so go to their site and buy tickets or make a donation. Join the crowd next week for the reception and premiere showing!
Putting the VR in Vroom
Kudos to our client Vroom who yesterday rolled out a new way for their customers to shop their inventory of cars – using virtual reality! This groundbreaking new way of browsing vehicles – and even taking virtual test drives – will initially be rolled out in Vroom’s showrooms in Houston and Dallas, in the heart of Texas, but you can see where the future is headed…
Microsoft buys LinkedIn
Looks like Microsoft is taking another go at “social networking,” this time by acquiring LinkedIn. This is huge. It’s especially a good deal for Microsoft. LinkedIn has over 400 million users worldwide and close to 10 million job postings.
Google I/O 2016: A quick summary
The good folks at Engadget have distilled down 2+ hours of new product announcements from this week’s Google I/O to a manageable 12 minutes. There’s some really interesting new stuff coming soon with Google Home, Google VR, and Android N. Check out the time-saving summary video below:
Viv: AI on the fly
Disrupt NY 2016 is underway this week and there’s plenty of interesting stuff emerging from the buzz. One of the coolest things we are hearing about is Viv.
Dag Kittlaus, CEO and co-founder of Siri, presented Viv – a project he’s been working on behind the scenes for some time now. As he demonstrates in his presentation – video below – Viv may be the next step in the evolution of what he terms “conversational commerce.” Viv can conduct virtually any transaction with very few voice prompts – even relatively complex requests.
We have really loved watching Microsoft come to embrace more and more aspects of the open source community – and now Windows 10 is getting a Linux command line!
Microsoft’s Scott Hanselman goes into some depth about bringing Bash into Windows on his blog:
AWS pushes into gaming
This week Amazon Web Services made a big push into the world of multiplayer gaming. With the side-by-side releases of Amazon Lumberyard and GameLift, AWS wants to be the one stop that multiplayer AAA game developers need. And what we are seeing is pretty cool!
A wireless broadband revolution?
An upheaval of sorts may be underway in a classic revolutionary setting. This Friday in Boston – hot bed of the American Revolution – newcomer Starry is set to roll out its broadband wireless Internet service, Starry Internet. You know that Comcast and the rest of the big wired-broadband ISPs are going to be watching closely.