The BBC today released a new mobile application that will allow it to experiment with transforming BBC content into VR experiences. The app, called BBC Taster VR, comes from the broadcaster’s testing ground for new ideas, Taster, and uses technology from EEVO to publish videos in a VR format. Initially, Taster VR only offers a couple of projects, one of which is 360 video from the popular nature documentary, Planet Earth II.
In the Planet Earth VR story, David Attenborough guides viewers through six of Planet Earth’s most amazing destinations, explains the BBC Taster website. It also allows viewers to choose their own path through the story.
In addition to interactive 360 degree videos, the broadcaster says it will roll out other projects in the future featuring animated VR, dynamic binaural audio, and branching narratives. The latter is an area Netflix recently delved into, as well, with its launch of “choose-your-own-adventure”- style programing on its service. These videos offer a way for viewers to take control over the narrative, and are the sort of experiences that couldn’t have been offered via traditional TV. [MORE]
YouTube TV, Google’s entry in the crowded market of live TV streaming services, is now available in ten more U.S. metros, the company announced this morning. In nine of the ten markets, the service will include the live local feeds from all four major broadcasters – ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC. The ability to watch live television from major broadcasters has been one of YouTube TV’s differentiated features since its debut, as it chose to go forgo nationwide availability in favor of a promise to deliver broadcast channels in the markets it serves.
Initially, the service was available only in top U.S. metros including L.A., New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, and the San Francisco Bay area.
As YouTube Chief Business Officer Robert Kyncl explained in February when the service was first unveiled, the goal is to offer “comprehensive national coverage with ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox all included” on YouTube TV, so users wouldn’t have to miss out on those “can’t miss” live TV moments, he said.
The company in June said at the VidCon industry conference that it would soon triple its footprint with launches in 10 more metros. Those are the same markets that are actually going live today.
This includes: Washington, D.C., Houston, Atlanta, Phoenix, Detroit, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, Charlotte, and Dallas-Fort Worth. [MORE]
According to British anti-bullying organization Ditch The Label’s new annual survey, Instagram is the network of choice for cyberbullies in 2017, with Facebook close behind. This year’s survey collected results from 10,020 people between the ages of 12 and 20, making for a respectably robust data set that sheds some light onto the damaging phenomenon endemic to internet communities.
For the portion of respondents who have experienced cyberbullying, 42 percent report being bullied on Instagram, 37 percent report being bullied on Facebook and 31 percent have been bullied on Snapchat. While 92 percent of young people reported using YouTube, making it the most popular platform in the survey, only 10 percent experienced bullying there. [MORE]
Nintendo just launched a new smartphone app called Nintendo Switch Online. It is a companion app for Nintendo’s latest console and it is now available on iOS and Android for free.
When Nintendo first introduced the Nintendo Switch, the company said that many of the social features for online multiplayer would work through a smartphone app. While it took a few months, the app is now available just a couple of days before the release of Splatoon 2.
With the Nintendo Switch Online app, you’ll be able to connect to your Nintendo account to view your Splatoon stats and see how you stack up against your friends. It’s also going to make it easier to buy optional clothing items for your in-game characters.
More importantly, the app lets you invite your friends and create groups. If they have the app, they’ll receive a notification. But if your friends don’t really like installing new apps, you’ll also be able to send a message on WhatsApp, Messenger, LINE and more. [MORE]
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We've seen a lot of beauty comebacks this year. First, lip gloss was revived from the deep, dark corners of our middle school bathrooms and Claire’s backstock. Same for hair bows. And now, it seems as though another accessory is resurfacing and we bet you won’t guess what it is — or better yet, who’s trying to bring it back around. Enter: teeth jewelry.
Now, to give credit where credit is very much due, this is clearly a minimalist take on gold caps and grills popularized in the ‘80s, largely by the hip hop community. And even in the decades after that, rappers like Paul Wall, Ludacris, and Lil Jon are just a small fraction of the men and women who rocked teeth bling during its rise.(And the history of grills even predates them.)
While only a few celebrities still openly rock the glistening accessory, it seems as though a new, daintier version is making its way around Instagram from stars like Bella Hadid, Hailey Baldwin, Katy Perry, and Rihanna. But let's not forget that they're certainly not the first.
Check out some recent examples in the slides ahead. [MORE]
The name of one country continues to dominate U.S. politics and headlines: Russia.
But, the months-long saga has so many chapters and intertwined characters, it's pretty impossible to keep everything straight at this point. To help keep track of what exactly's going on in Washington D.C. (and Russia), we compiled a timeline of the Russia scandal. In order to fully understand the issue, we have to go all the way back to beginning. Troubling news about potential Russia involvement in the 2016 presidential election first surfaced last summer, and the story's been slowly unfolding since then.
Of course, a lot as has changed since last summer — Donald Trump is now president of the United States and Hillary Clinton is no longer in politics — but the thing that remains the same is everyone still has a lot of unanswered questions about Russia. [MORE]
Matte gray lipstick doesn’t exactly scream breezy summer beauty, but Gigi Hadid didn’t let that tiny detail stop her from breaking boring conventional makeup “rules” this week when she was spotted wearing the unorthodox lip color for a NYC night out — in 95-degree weather, no less.
The offbeat beauty decision wasn’t the only way the model eschewed seasonal trends. In fact, her entire look flipped humidity the metaphorical bird from head to toe, with monochromatic nails to match her lips and a bright blue cotton sweatsuit that makes us feel overheated just looking at it.
Clearly, Gigi didn’t give much consideration to the forecast… or the clock, because her dark sunglasses after sundown are the epitome of DGAF fashion. Her aesthetic choices are further proof of the overarching theme that the best style icons don’t follow trends: They make them. (Or, in this case, totally disregard them, then make new ones that also happen to be loosely based on '90s and '00s looks.) [MORE]
Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington has committed suicide ... TMZ has learned.
Law enforcement sources tell us the singer hanged himself at a private residence in Palos Verdes Estates in L.A. County. His body was discovered Thursday just before 9 AM.
Chester was married with 6 children from 2 wives.
The singer struggled with drugs and alcohol for years. He had said in the past he had considered committing suicide because he had been abused as a child by an older male. [MORE]
Last year, Taylor got reamed out by power couple KimYe because she flagrantly lied about Kanye calling her to ask permission to use a line about her in his song "Famous." She also pulled a dick move by moving on from serious boyfriend Calvin Harris way too quickly. Calvin also dragged her for throwing him under the bus by taking credit for his smash hit "This is What You Came For." And let's not forget Katy Perry coming out with "Swish Swish" to make fun of Taylor mean-girling her.
Actually, let's forget about that. That song sucked. But regardless, Taylor made herself look like the biggest idiot because she started a feud with one of the biggest pop stars over - get this - backup dancers. [MORE]
We've all heard of (and probably tried) the boozy slushie called frosé (frozen rosé). I can only hope this trend dies as fast as the Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino did, or pink hair extensions. Click through for five reasons why you should just skip the blended concoction and just pop a bottle of chilled rosé instead. [MORE]
Chester Bennington, the lead singer of Linkin Park, has died at the age of 41.
Early reports state that he apparently committed suicide by hanging himself at a private home in Palos Verdes Estates in L.A. County, where his body was found on Thursday at 9:00AM.
Throughout his career Bennington struggled with addiction to drugs and alcohol and had previously dealt with suicidal thoughts stemming from being abused as a child.
With the band Linkin Park, Bennington released seven albums and was known for hit tracks like ‘Crawling’, ‘Numb’, ‘Faint’ and ‘In the End’ among others. Linkin Park was the first band to achieve over one billion plays on YouTube.
Bennington leaves behind six children from two wives. [MORE]
Paris Hilton is the easily one of the most innovative entrepreneurs of all time - and yes, we know that's technically a BS trust fund baby career, but she's actually amazing at it! Think about it: before Paris Hilton, who were the only people who got paid to attend parties? Birthday clowns. Bar mitzvah hype guys. Moyles.
So leave it to our girl to come out with an amazing invention: rosé perfume. This is so on trend, what with all the rosé products right now like gummies and...um, deodorant. This is also so on brand for Paris because, well, does she wear anything besides pink, like, ever? [MORE]
Earlier this year, Ellen Allien released her seventh solo LP, ‘Nost’.
Four specially commissioned remixes have now been revealed as part of 'Nost RMXS', with tracks from the LP receiving an overhaul courtesy of Emmanuel Top, ROD, K-Hand and Skudge.
Frenchman Emmanuel Top and K-Hand provide their own edits of ‘Call Me’, while ROD and Skudge take on ‘Mind Journey’.
The 'Nost RMXS' (Part 1) will be released on September 1. [MORE]
For our first date, my husband, Hugh took me to a beautiful, rustic Italian restaurant in New York City. Even though we had only just met, I already knew I liked him. A lot. We were sitting in a cozy booth in the back of the restaurant, drinking red wine. And then, he ordered squid ink pasta. My heart sank a tiny bit. I had been hoping that maybe — maybe! — he was a vegetarian like me.
When our food arrived, he enthusiastically offered me a bite of his squid pasta. I casually declined and went back to my cacio e pepe. It seemed early in the relationship to bring up that I was a vegetarian and I didn’t want to make a thing out of it. I had been veggie long enough to know that people who aren’t vegetarians don’t like hearing about it. Plus, there’s no point in making someone feel bad about what they’re eating — especially when said-someone is a really handsome, funny, smart, grounded person who I was having a lot of fun with. [MORE]