If you have used Facebook Live via a Desktop or Laptop recently, you may have noticed a new feature that has been a long time coming. You can now share your screen with your viewers without any third-party apps.
The new "Share Screen" button now appears once you enter the Live module on desktop. When you click on the Share Screen option for the first time, a pop up will ask if you want to add the "Facebook Screen Sharing" extension. After that, a module will appear asking if you want to share your entire screen or if you just want to share a specific tab or a specific application.
As far as how it works, you can't insert a video of yourself on the lower corners while you stream your screen, which is a downer. It also doesn't produce the clearest videos, but if you don't stream for a living anyway, the option looks good enough to use whenever you want to share with friends.
While the debate over gun control rages on in the aftermath of the Las Vegas massacre last week, some companies aren't waiting for the rules to change to take action. YouTube, the widely used video streaming app, has decided to ban gun modding tutorials from their site.
According to a YouTube spokesperson, this was an expansion of an existing policy in the wake of the Vegas shooting to prohibit videos that demonstrate "how to convert firearms to make them fire more quickly." The spokesperson said the company has "long had a policy against harmful and dangerous content." That includes videos that are trying to sell or promote firearms, as well as conversion devices and a device called a bump stock.
The issue of bump stocks as taken center stage in the debate for gun control. It has been reported that 12 of the Vegas gunman's riffles were fitted with these devices that turn a semi-automatic weapon into a fully automatic one. The National Rifle Association said recently that it would support a restriction on bump stocks, but that it opposed an outright ban.
While YouTube has revised it's policy and taken efforts to remove the videos in question, a search of the site still nets hundreds of thousands of the videos, although the most recent results do seem to be news reports related to the Vegas shooting.
YouTube reacts when clips are flagged as violating its community guidelines, and its global review team evaluates and removes offending content. To make a dent in the pile of videos it has to remove, YouTube will probably need to rely on its users to proactively flag such media, and that will take time.
When the 2018 NBA All-Star Game tips off in Los Angeles in 2018, it will have a completely different look from the past. The NBA has decided to get rid of the old school East vs West format for a new playground style team up.
Starting with the February 2018 game, the teams will now be determined by the team captains. So instead of going East vs West, it may be something like Team LeBron vs Team Steph.
The voting will work similar to the past games. Each conference will still get 12 participants. Five players from each conference will be selected as starters, with the fan vote being worth 50 percent, player vote worth 25 percent and media vote worth 25 percent. Seven reserves for each team will be picked by each conference's head coaches.
The players who win the fan vote from each conference will be the captains.
The new system will allow for match-ups that we would only see if teammates or rivals moved to a different conference. For example, if Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook were to be picked for opposite teams, we would get a playground style showdown between the former teammates, now rivals.
It also means players from the same team can face off against each other. Instead of just another game with your teammates, we can see Steph Curry and Klay Thompson shoot it out or maybe new Celtics Kyrie Irving and Gordon Haywood go one-on-one. The possibilities hopefully will bring new life into a sometimes stale All-Star experience.
Starters will be picked first, so the 10 players voted would still start, but team they start for will be determined by where the captains pick them.
The timing and details of the All-Star draft have not yet been determined, but it will be before All-Star Weekend. The starters will be announced Jan. 18, the reserves Jan. 23.