Twitch acquired video indexing platform ClipMine to power new discovery features

Amazon-owned video game streaming site Twitch unveiled that it recently acquired Palo Alto-based video indexing platform ClipMine. The startup’s technology is now being put to use to translate visual information in videos – like objects, text, logos and scenes. ClipMine had originally introduced a platform designed for crowdsourced tagging and annotations. The idea then was…

Netflix’s new trailer for ‘The Punisher’ depicts a concrete killer

Netflix has released a new trailer for ‘The Punisher,’ the spin-off focused on Daredevil villain/ally Frank Castle, portrayed by The Walking Dead’s Joe Bernthal. The trailer is only available via the streaming service right now, but it’s also showing up all over YouTube via third-parties. The Punisher as played by Bernthal was a very well-received…

Android newbie HMD’s Nokia 8 flagship lets you livestream ‘frontbacks’

Rebooting the venerable Nokia smartphone brand has not been a rush job for HMD Global, the Foxconn-backed company set up for the purpose of licensing the Nokia name to try to revive the brand’s fortunes on smartphones. But after starting with basic and mid-tier smartphones, it’s finally outted a flagship Android handset, called the Nokia…

ESPN’s Apple TV app now lets you watch four games at once

ESPN today rolled out a new version of its Apple TV app that introduces the ability to watch four live simultaneous streams which can be displayed on the screen at the same time. The feature takes advantage of Apple TV’s multicasting support. Multiple streams are ideal for live sports. They let viewers keep up with…

Messaging app Line adds livestreaming for group chats

In the latest update to its messaging app, Line has added a livestreaming feature, called Chat Live, which can be used in group or multi-person chats of up to 200 people. The company suggests a variety of uses for the live video feature — such as chatting with friends while livestreaming. The messaging platform, which…

Facebook boosts snubbed Stories Camera with Live, GIF & text sharing

Today Facebook added the ability to go Live, shoot two-second GIFs and share full-screen text posts on colored background from Facebook Camera, which lets you share to Facebook Stories, Direct messaging and News Feed. The features give Facebook Camera near parity with Instagram’s Stories camera. Combining the Camera’s augmented reality face filters with Live could…

Country music goes high tech with 360 videos for its ‘CMA Fest’ broadcast

On Wednesday night ABC will be airing the CMA Music Festival, Nashville’s paean to the boot-scootin’, honky-tonkin’, hoedown throw-down music that the Grand Ole Opry helped build. As part of the celebrations, some of country music’s rising and established stars are going to be streaming in 360 video on YouTube — airing select songs from…

Watch SpaceX’s CRS-12 Dragon resupply rocket launch live right here

SpaceX is launching a Dragon spacecraft using a Falcon 9 rocket on Monday, with a launch window set for 12:31 PM EDT (9:31 PM PDT). The mission is CRS-12, the twelfth commercial resupply mission conducted by SpaceX, which is set to deliver a payload of over 6,400 pounds of supplies and experimental support materials to…

Shonda Rhimes is bringing her award-winning talents to Netflix

Shonda Rhimes is coming to Netflix. The writer/producer whose television empire spans from West Coast hospitals to a scandal-wracked West Wing is joining the Netflix stable of exclusive content. It’s a blow to Rhimes’ longtime distributors at ABC, whose parent company Disney announced earlier this week that they’d be pulling their titles from Netflix’s streaming…

MIT’s AI streaming software aims to stop those video stutters

MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) wants to ensure your streaming video experience stays smooth. A research team led by MIT professor Mohammad Alizadeh has developed an artificial intelligence (dubbed ‘Pensieve’) that can select the best algorithms for ensuring video streams both without interruption, and at the best possible playback quality. The method…