Just a Holiday heads up for you all. Starting today, Google has added a raft of Disney movies to is YouTube-based movie rental service. Classics like Alice in Wonderland and Winnie the Pooh are available, but new titles like Cars and Pirates of the Caribbean are there too. It appears that Apple’s super-close relationship with Disney wasn’t enough to keep this content from Google.
Early adopters of Google’s new flagship phone, the Galaxy Nexus, were a little concerned when Adobe Flash didn’t come pre-loaded on the device, and was nowhere to be found in the Android Market. With the recent announcement that Adobe was walking away from mobile Flash, many users expected this to be the abrupt end of the line. Now Adobe has explained its position in a more nuanced way than before, and users won’t be left out in the cold just yet.
There are two things you need to know here. First, Google TV is still a thing. Secondly, and perhaps more startling, the long-awaited Honeycomb update is finally official. The Android 3.1 based software will be available next week, and brings a total redesign and access to more service like the Android Market. Is this going to make Google TV into an overnight success a year after introduction?
Google seems to be on the verge of rolling out a new user interface for Gmail that is more in line with the look of the other Google apps. Users that have been using the “Preview” theme will know what to expect. This redesign is going to use sharper lines, more icons, and lots of white-space. There’s more than just the look, but Google might be making some last minute changes; the video announcement was pulled just after going live.
Video may have killed the radio star, but Vdio, the online video equivalent of Rdio, will do battle with Netflix for streaming supremacy. Up until yesterday, Vdio was a secret project headed by Skype creators Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, along with a modest team of heavy hitting players who aren't accustomed to failure, people with experience from Skype, Napster, Microsoft, TV Guide, and Apache. Does Netflix have anything to worry about?
Hackers took control of Sesame Street's YouTube channel on Sunday and replaced videos of kid-friendly puppets with real-life actors engaged in hardcore porn. Security firm Sophos reported on its suddenly appropriately titled "Naked Security" blog that the XXX-rated content was available for around 20 minutes before the channel was pulled for "repeated or severe violations of our Community guidelines."
Google acquired the world’s largest online video streaming site YouTube for $1.65 billion in October 2006. But for some odd reason it has taken five long years for the popular online video platform to allow visitors to sign-in using just their Google accounts. Hit the jump for more.
Raise your hand if you've heard of Epic Meal Time. Great. What about Leo Laporte's This Week in Tech? Excellent. Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog? If most of you geeks aren't raising your hands by now, something's wrong. But that's not what this is about.
And that's why I'm here: I'm not going to point you in the direction of super well-known video shows that you could (really, should) be watching. I'm here to show you some of the slightly less popular gems that might have flown under your Geek Radar for some odd reason. I'll wait while you make the popcorn.
We’ve been hearing for several weeks that Microsoft was close to finalizing content deals that would allow the Xbox game console stream TV. Today Redmond announced the program, and the partner list is impressive. The deal encompasses cable providers like Comcast and Verizon, but some individual stations like Bravo, BBC, and HBO are also on board. However, this isn’t the kind of service that encourages users to cut the cord; there are conditions.
It’s no secret that Microsoft has intentions to make the Xbox 360 a more robust home entertainment device, and the rumors have been that they intend to do that by getting more video content. According to Bloomberg, Redmond is in talks with Comcast and Verizon to get pay TV content on the console. New streaming offerings could be announced as early as next week.