YouTube’s 60 frames per second video feature, Snapchat’s recent update and more of the latest digital news.
YouTube Can Now Play Videos at 60 Frames per Second
After years of only being able to play videos at 30 frames per second, YouTube is raising the bar on playback standards with its new 60 FPS capability. This feature has been highly anticipated since June and is currently only compatible with certain browsers. EA Sports is one of the initial brands to release 60 FPS videos on YouTube.
Snapchat Is In Partnership Talks with Buzzfeed, Time, Others
Snapchat is taking another step in monetizing its popular photo-sharing platform. According to Digiday, Snapchat is working with media brands like ESPN, BuzzFeed, Spotify, CNN and more to launch a content section called Discover. Discover will provide users with news articles, music and videos created by large media brands. Sources say that the hosted stories will not have a time limit, but will still have a shelf life on the app to encourage ongoing traffic to the application.
Red Hot Labs Launches Toro to Make Mobile-ad Buying Easy on Facebook
In an effort to make it easier for mobile app and game developers to buy ads on Facebook, Red Hot Labs has announced their newest application, Toro. The app sets up targeting, split-tests the creative ads to figure out which are most effective, and optimizes between best-performing campaigns. Toro provides marketers with the data they need to make easier and smarter Facebook Mobile ad purchases.
Twitter Takes Another Teeny Tiny Step Toward Becoming Facebook
This week, Twitter debuted a tweak to its website design that many are calling another step in the “Facebookification” of Twitter. The “Compose new Tweet” box, which formerly lived on the left rail, now lives at the top of the page right above the timeline and asks “What’s happening?”. This is just the latest example of social networks attempting to create one streamlined digital experience.
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Adobe’s open-source text editor Brackets has reached version 1.0, a major milestone for the solution which has seen 45 releases in its three-year history, fulfilling Adobe’s promise to release early and often.
Adobe also unveiled a preview version of Extract for Brackets, a new Creative Cloud comp-to-code service that speeds up the process of pulling design data like colors, fonts and measurement information from a PSD and turning it into CSS. Designers can also extract layers as images, use information from the PSD to define preprocessor variables and retrieve dimensions between objects.
Extract for Brackets (preview) can be downloaded as a standalone extension from the Brackets Extension Registry or included with Brackets 1.0 in a bundle that’s immediately available as a free download from Brackets.io.
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jQuery Face Detection Plugin detects faces on images, videos and canvases to get theirs coordinates. It tracks a face and outputs the coordinate positions of the face model as an array. We believe that face recognition will open up a ton of possibilities in how we interact not just with each other.
Requirements: jQuery Framework
License: License Free
Professional Web Icons for Your Websites and Applications
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It’s now possible to plan an entire evening out just by using Google Maps. By adding third-party app integration to Maps, it’s no longer necessary to jump around different applications to plan and execute a social outing.
On Wednesday, the company announced a handful of updates to Google Maps that include a redesign that aligns with its “material design,” philosophy in Android 5.0 Lollipop, which the company began rolling out on Monday. (Google also recently announced updates to its Google Play Music streaming service, its Calendar app, and introduced Inbox, a new email application—all with the fresh new look.)
With Explore, the Foursquare-like feature Google unveiled in July, people can get suggestions and reviews about things to do in the area, and now, with OpenTable integration in the U.S., people can make a restaurant reservation right in the app.
Google announced Uber integration in May—now, it’s adding a bit more information to the transit options in Maps. People with Uber installed can find out just how long an Uber trip will take, along with a fare estimate. When they tap on the Uber option, it will automatically pull up the app so they can request a ride.
The revamped Google Maps is available on iOS and Andorid.
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Apple’s Photo Library for iCloud has so far relied on syncing with photos and videos taken with iDevices, but that may change soon. As noted by MacRumors, the beta for iCloud.com now allows users to upload photos they’ve taken with devices other than their Apple products to the cloud, which immediately makes the service a more attractive method of storing photos.
You’ll find the option to upload your photos right next to your name in the upper right on the beta site. (See image below.) The service is currently limited somewhat, although that could change by the time Apple rolls it out to the wider user base. At present, the beta service only allows users to upload photos in the ever-dependable .JPG file format, but not in more specialized formats such as .PNG. And you can forget about uploading movies for now, too, as .MOV and .MP4 files don’t exist as far as the uploader’s concerned.
Technically, of course, the iCloud Photo Library is still in beta itself. The service, which allows iOS and Mac users to view and download all their photos and videos they take with Apple devices regardless of which Apple device they’re using, didn’t even officially appear until the release of iOS 8.1. Currently you can only view the images through iOS and through iCloud.com, but the Mac will gain native support one the Mac Photos app launches sometime in the near-ish future.
When will non-beta users get to chance to upload their own photos? There’s no way to tell how long the testing will last. But if anything, the news presents a genuine reason for users to consider upgrading to Apple’s premium iCloud storage plans, which start at an agreeable $0.99 per month for 20GB and go all the way to $19.99 per month for 1TB.
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