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4K/UHD Picking Up Steam

4K-labelThe shipment numbers for 4K TVs have begun to look a lot more promising for the manufacturing industry through this year’s 3rd quarter. When compared to last year, sales have risen by 500% over the first three quarters, totalling 6,4 million sets. Korean giant Samsung leads the way, earning a market share of 35%.

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Tumblr Overtakes Instagram As Fastest-Growing Social Platform, Snapchat Is The Fastest-Growing App

Let’s have a look at how social networks are growing, courtesy of Techcrunch. Hint: Tumblr wins.

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With 1.35 billion active monthly users, Facebook continues to be the world’s largest social network by some margin, but  when it comes to picking up new users, it appears to have reached a saturation point. Research out today from the Global Web Index notes that Tumblr’s active user base in the last six months grew by 120%, while Facebook’s grew by only 2%.

And in overall member growth, Pinterest took the lead with 57% growth while Facebook’s member base grew by 6%.

Instagram, LinkedIn,Twitter, YouTube and even Google+ all grew faster than Facebook.

In mobile apps specifically, while Facebook is the largest app today, Snapchat — with an emphasis on teen and 20-something users — is the fastest growing of them all, up 56% this year. It is however followed closely by Facebook Messenger and Instagram — a sign of not just how Facebook’s mobile apps continue to represent the company’s growth drivers, but…

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How YouTube Music Key Will Redefine What We Consider ‘Music’

What is music these days?

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YouTube finally unveiled its subscription music service today, and in some ways it’s very much like existing streaming music services, especially since it comes bundled with Google Play Music All Access. But YouTube Music Key also very much not like other streaming music services, because of the ways in which music is (or rather isn’t) defined on YouTube.

One of the first questions I had about Google Music Key was how the company would define what kind of content from YouTube gets included: Would a home-shot cover of a Black Keys song with 253 views be as ad-free as the official music video for the original? Or was this a private club, designed for the traditionally defined music industry? Turns out, the nature of what Music Key encompasses is somewhat of a moving target, and the limited beta access that will initially gate entry to the service is in part…

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Samsung’s New Smart TV Development Platform Runs On Tizen

Samsung is not going to end fragmentation of Smart TV platforms as it keeps pushing Tizen.

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Samsung is hoping to make it easier for developers to build apps for its smart TV devices. As part of that effort, the consumer electronics giant has decided to enable developers to leverage the Tizen operating system to do so.

Today at the Samsung Developer Conference, Samsung exec Eric Anderson talked up the company’s Tizen-based Smart TV SDK, which will replace the company’s former smart TV developer platform. The SDK is aimed at courting web developers to build apps for smart TVs, but also to enable more cross-platform apps within its ecosystem of devices.

Samsung has been trying to increase developer interest in Tizen for years, placing the Linux-based operating system in a number of its devices. That includes mobile phones like the Samsung Z and its Galaxy Gear watches.

The company touts cross-platform HTML5 and JavaScript support as the main reason for adopting Tizen, which could enable…

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President Obama Calls For A Free And Open Internet, Wants It Reclassified As A Utility

Lame duck president has big plans for free and open internet. Could reclassifying the network as an utility work?

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President Barack Obama has come out in favor of net neutrality in a special website and video announcement wherein he lays out his plan for protecting the freedom and openness of the Internet. In a video and letter, he lays out in no uncertain terms that he believes no cable company or access provider should be able to put limits on access to the Internet.

He says that he’s suggesting that the FCC recognizes access to the Internet as a basic utility, and something that Americans have a basic right to. This means no blocking, no throttling, more transparency and no paid prioritization, Obama writes in his letter, which is quoted in full below.

An open Internet is essential to the American economy, and increasingly to our very way of life. By lowering the cost of launching a new idea, igniting new political movements, and bringing communities closer together, it…

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Germany Rejoice, Roku Is Coming!

Featured Image -- 1836It just won’t be marketed as a Roku Box, but rather as the “Sky Online TV Box”. Roku’s hardware will power Sky’s OTT video offer in Germany, aimed at reaching an audience outside of the realm of cable Pay-TV.

This move by Sky comes on the heels of Netflix’s launch in Germany and is part of Roku’s white label strategy.

Read more at Gigaom.

The Future Of TV Is Online

internet_tv_header_deIn a recent article on wired.com, the author predicts a full shift of TV viewing to online TV. He has data to back up his claim, too: “Researchers tracked 165 online video views and 1.53 billion logins over a year, and they found that total TV viewing over the internet grew by 388 percent in mid-2014 compared to the same time a year earlier—a near-quintupling. And the increase is more than just a few diehards binge-watching: the number of unique viewers well more than doubled, growing 146 percent year-over-year.”

Online TV viewing is no longer a niche populated by tech savvy geeks. Streaming devices are making it easier to access online TV sources on your big screen TV. Add tablets and phablets to the hardware mix, add HBO and CBS to the OTT content source mix and you have a recipe for success.

Read the whole article here.

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