Nothing says more about the release of a new app from a social media giant than technical difficulties or an early released blog post, spoiling the news.
Facebook’s Instagram app is loosening its restraints on video in an attempt to lure younger viewers away from YouTube. The expansion announced Wednesday, dubbed IGTV, will increase Instagram’s video time limit from one minute to 10 minutes for most users.
GTV is launching now as a standalone app for iOS and Android and will also be available in the main Instagram app.
At its heart, IGTV will be both a hub within the existing Instagram app, as well as a new dedicated app that will allow users to watch IGTV videos. These are basically vertical videos produced by some of Instagram’s top creators, and curated based on past viewing behavior of Instagram’s users.
President Donald Trump declared Monday (June 18) that he will move to make a new branch of the military. This branch be focused solely on defending US interest in space.
"I am hereby directing the Department of Defense and Pentagon to immediately begin the process necessary to establish a space force as the sixth branch of the armed forces," Trump said during a meeting of the National Space Council.
"Our destiny beyond the Earth is not only a matter of national identity but a matter of national security," Trump said.
The idea of a "Space Force" isn't new for President Trump. He floated the idea during a March 13th speech detailing his national security strategy. The president described then how he had originally coined the term as a joke, while discussing U.S. government spending and private investment in space.
"We have the Air Force, we'll have the space force," Trump said in March.
In the National Defense Authorization Act, the House Armed Services Committee proposed last June the establishment of a space corps, a new branch of the military that would fall under the command of the Air Force. This branch's relationship to the Air Force would be similar to the Marine Corps' ties to the Navy. The space corps would have an area of responsibility that encompasses the vast expanse outside of the Earth's atmosphere.
At the time, the White House, the Air Force as well as Secretary of Defense James Mattis disapproved of creating a sixth branch of the military.
While the legislation passed the House, the space corps bid did not make it into the final defense authorization bill in November.
The addition of a service branch would be the first in 71 years. The Air Force is the nation's youngest branch and was added shortly after World War II.
In the war for talent, Apple has just scored a major victory. The tech giant and eventual streamer has inked a multiple-year content partnership with Oprah Winfrey.
The former queen of daytime talk will produce original programming for the tech company as it tries to take on Netflix and Amazon in an increasingly crowded content field.
Apple did not specify whether Winfrey would appear in any of the shows, but she is expected to have an on-screen role as a host and interviewer. The company also declined to discuss financial aspects of the deal.
The deal marks one of the first such agreements struck between Apple and a content creator. Companies like Amazon and Netflix have been aggressively pursuing top talent and locking them down with lucrative deals. Perhaps most famously, Netflix signed both Ryan Murphy and Shonda Rhimes to deals valued at more than nine figures each.
Chris Hardwick has been scrubbed from the Nerdist website by Legendary Entertainment after his ex-girlfriend, Chloe Dykstra, appeared to accuse—but did not name—the mogul of sexual and emotional abuse during their three-year relationship.
AMC, which airs Talking With Chris Hardwick, said in a statement Saturday, “While we assess the situation, Talking With Chris Hardwick will not air on AMC, and Chris has decided to step aside from moderating planned AMC and BBC America panels at Comic-Con International in San Diego next month.” NBC, for whom Hardwick hosts The Wall, also released a statement Saturday using very similar language as AMC, characterizing its relationship with Hardwick as “positive” and writing that they take allegations of misconduct “very seriously.”
It looks like WWE 2K19 is on track to be truly "Phenomenal."
According to reports from Pro Wrestling Sheet, 2KSports and the WWE have chose current WWE Champion AJ Styles to grace the cover of WWE 2K19. In addition to the cover star being named, the pre-order DLC is said to be none other than Rowdy Ronda Rousey.
Apparently, both Styles and Rousey were part of a cover reveal commercial shoot this past week in Memphis. You may recall that the WWE did the same thing last year with cover star Seth Rollins and DLC superstar Kurt Angle.
In addition to those names being revealed, it was also reported that WCW/WWE legend Rey Mysterio was also present for the shoot. Mysterio most recently has wrestled for New Japan, but he did take part in both the Royal Rumble and the Greatest Royal Rumble this year.
An official announcement with more game details is expected this coming Monday (June 18).
LONDON (Reuters) - The voice of Stephen Hawking was beamed into space with a message of peace and hope on Friday as the British physicist, who gained international acclaim for his work on black holes, was laid to rest during a service at London's Westminster Abbey.
The wheelchair-bound scientist who died in March aged 76 after a lifetime spent probing the origins of the universe, suffered from motor neurone disease which forced him to use an electronic voice synthesiser.
His ashes were interred between major British scientific figures Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin at the abbey, a 1,000-year-old location made famous worldwide for generations of royal coronations, weddings and funerals.
Members of the public from over 100 countries, selected by a ballot, joined friends and family for the service which included a reading from actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who played Hawking in a 2004 BBC film.
The physicist's voice set to a piece by Greek electronic music composer Vangelis, who created the soundtrack for the 1981 film Chariots of Fire, was sent from the European Space Agency's Cebreros station in Spain.
The sound was beamed towards the nearest black hole, 1A 0620-00, which lives in a binary system with a fairly ordinary orange dwarf star, his daughter Lucy Hawking said in a statement.
"It is a message of peace and hope, about unity and the need for us to live together in harmony on this planet," she said.
"This is a beautiful and symbolic gesture that creates a link between our father's presence on this planet, his wish to go into space and his explorations of the universe in his mind."
Hawking will rest between Newton, who formulated the law of universal gravitation and laid the foundations of modern mathematics and Darwin, whose theory of evolution was one of the most far-reaching scientific breakthroughs of all time.
Interment inside Westminster Abbey is a rarely bestowed honour. The most recent burials of scientists there were those of Ernest Rutherford, a pioneer of nuclear physics, in 1937, and of Joseph John Thomson, who discovered electrons, in 1940.
Around 25,000 people applied to attend the Service of Thanksgiving, according to the Hawking family.
Thursday, the maker of Snapchat introduced Snap Kit, a full-fledged developer kit that allows app makers to bring core features of Snapchat to their apps.
The move is one of the biggest updates Snap has made to its service, which has been resistant to outside developers in the past. But the change is an important one for the company as it struggles with slowing growth under relentless pressure from Facebook.
Snapchat is mindful that a similar move by Facebook more than a decade ago has resulted in the company’s string of controversies over user security and privacy—highlighted by the Cambridge Analytica scandal. To prevent a repeat, Snapchat’s parent company, Snap Inc., said it was taking a number of steps to ensure user data won’t be misappropriated.
Some of the first to make use of these new tools include Pandora, Patreon, Tinder, Eventbrite and Giphy.
For a period of four days in May, about 14 million Facebook users around the world had their default sharing setting for all new posts set to public, the company revealed Thursday.
Normally, if you post something on Facebook, the audience setting of your status update defaults to the one you most recently used. So if you shared something and set it to be seen only by your Facebook friends, your next post will automatically have the same audience setting. For some users while the glitch was active, that didn’t happen.
The posts were clearly marked as public, but users who were used to their privacy settings could have easily overlooked the public designation.
The bug was active while Facebook tested a new feature between May 18 and May 27. The fixes started rolling out on May 22, and Facebook seemed more than willing to stress that while they messed with your privacy settings users were still able, if they noticed, to change their settings back during that time.
The company said it will begin to alert people who were impacted immediately. Obviously, given Facebook’s rocky year of mismanagement of its platform, it’s both a public relations and operational disaster.
With the 20th Anniversary of the NBA2K happening this year, 2KSports wanted to go big with there game. They needed a cover athlete that is as legendary as the game itself, a true NBA icon. Having already used Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant for covers, it only made sense to go for the biggest star in the game, LeBron James.
While this won't be the first time King James has graced the cover of NBA2K, he was on the cover of 2K14, this will be the first time the game will focus on LeBron since it revamped it's My Player mode to a more detailed story line based game. If gamers get the chance to live out the career of King James from high school till present, we may even get a chance to change history. Details on the game modes are scarce at this time, but till we know more, check out the game trailer below.
Walt Disney and 21st Century Fox on Wednesday set July 10 shareholder votes in New York for their $52.4 billion deal, in which Disney would acquire large parts of Fox, including the 20th Century Fox studio, Fox’s entertainment cable networks and its international assets, including its stake in Sky.
The move sets in motion a potential showdown between the California entertainment titan and Comcast for a passel of Fox assets that would aid either company in an ongoing battle to stay competitive in an era when new streaming-video companies like Netflix and Amazon are pulling more of the industry’s strings.