With live streaming offered on many social media sites, becoming a live personality has never been so easy. Today, Instagram is debuting live video for Instagram Stories. Go to the camera for Stories and swipe to "Live." Your followers will know that you are streaming thanks to a "live" button that will appear over your Story icon. Your friends and family will be able to tap on their screen to send you floating hearts and comments.Unlike some other social media sites that offer streaming video, there is no way on Instagram to save videos to view later. That means that if you want to catch a live stream from a certain person, you will have to be clicking on their stream just at the right time. Instagram does say that it will post "Top Live" videos on the Explore page to alert you to a stream that you might want to join.While the feature is rolling out in the U.S. starting today, it might be a few days before all state-side Instagram users can start streaming live. The Facebook-owned … [Read more...] about Instagram Live starts rolling out to U.S. subscribers today
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Update 20 May 2016: In late May another round of layoffs rolled through IBM. Most reports are coming from the United States and Australia, affecting several thousand people, according to Lee Conrad, who collects reports on job cuts at Watching IBM on Facebook. “The lights are turning off in IBM United States,” Conrad says. IBM confirmed that cuts are being made, but gave no numbers. A company spokesperson repeated his previous statement about “aggressively transforming its business” to focus on cognitive and cloud computing and pointed out that the company still has 25,000 openings. Again, IBM has not indicated where in the world those jobs actually are. "If we meet our hiring targets, we expect our employee numbers to be roughly the same at year-end as they were in 2015," the IBM spokesperson said. That statement seems to indicate that as many as 25,000 employees who had jobs at the beginning of 2015 won’t still have them at the end of the year, but … [Read more...] about Update: Reports Coming in of Big IBM Layoffs Underway in the U.S.
During his presidential campaign, Barack Obama promised to put 1 million plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles on U.S. roads by 2015, one of several steps toward energy independence. But getting there, say auto industry analysts, will require a heavy dose of government intervention and, crucially, the rapid construction of a domestic industry to manufacture advanced batteries. U.S. industry groups are pushing strongly for both. Widespread penetration of plug-in cars remains far in the future. A Boston Consulting Group study predicts that under current trends, just 5 percent of new cars sold in the United States in 2020 (roughly 750 000 vehicles) will be plug-ins. Even 1 million plug-ins would still be less than one-half of 1 percent of the entire U.S. vehicle fleet of 250 million, but they would be more than 1000 times as much as the number on U.S. roads today. The biggest impediment to Obama’s goal is an insufficient supply of lithium cells, whose high energy density will enable … [Read more...] about Will Washington Kick-start the U.S. Battery Biz?
Pepper is finally coming to America. Japanese telecommunications giant SoftBank said today that its chatty humanoid robot, unveiled with great fanfare by the company’s founder and CEO Masayoshi Son two years ago, is expected to debut in the North American market later this year. SoftBank also announced that a new developer portal is now available to anyone interested in creating applications for the robot. And tomorrow at Google I/O, SoftBank engineers will take the stage, along with Pepper, to introduce a tool that they hope will entice more developers to build apps for the robot: an SDK for the Android mobile operating system. “We’re so excited to see what the development community can bring on to our platform,” Steve Carlin, vice president of marketing and business development for SoftBank Robotics America, told IEEE Spectrum, adding that “ultimately what is going to really power Pepper is the creativity of this community.” He said the … [Read more...] about SoftBank Prepares Humanoid Robot Pepper’s U.S. Debut, Releases Android SDK
LG Electronics today announced the U.S. availability of the largest plasma display currently in production. The monster 71â€ MW-71PY10 is now available for a whopping $70,000.The MW-71PY10, said LG Electronics, has a resolution of 1920x1080p and incorporates the company’s XD Engine technology which reportedly converts analog signals to near high-definition levels. Features on this beast of a plasma display include HDMI and DVI inputs with HDCP; multiple HD component inputs as well as composite and S-Video, RGB input for PC connectivity; picture in picture, split-zoom and twin-picture for up to a total of nine sub-windows; and 1,200:1 contrast ratio.“The retail launch of the LG 71-inch plasma HDTV monitor underscores our commitment in providing innovative solutions to the premium, high-end consumer electronics industry,” said Robert A. Perry, vice president, consumer electronics sales and channel marketing, LG Electronics U.S.A., Inc, in a statement. … [Read more...] about 71″, $70k Plasma from LG Hits U.S.
In a new report, market research firm Parks Associates forecasts that some 18 million U.S. households will subscribt to FTTx fiber optical services by the year 2011, pushing the technology into the mainstream of broadband access options alongside cable and DSL. Currently, roughly half of U.S. households&mdahs;between 50 and 55 million—are estimated have broadband Internet service of some sort. Recent estimates from Jupiter Research have forecast the U.S. will boast around 80 million broadband households by 2011, which would give fiber technology just over a 20 percent share. “While fiber is a small percentage of total U.S. broadband household subscriptions today, it will achieve a faster growth rate than what DSL and cable did after their inception,” said Chris Roden, research analyst at Parks Associates, in a statement. “Companies like Verizon and AT&T are hoping to match and surpass the broadband offerings from the cable MSOs [Multiple … [Read more...] about U.S. To Have 18 Mln Fiber Homes by 2011?
Lyft has just embarked on the biggest one-day expansion of its ride-sharing service, rolling into more than 50 additional cities across the United States.The major multicity launch took place on Thursday and comes a month after Lyft landed in another 40 cities throughout the country. This means that only two months into 2017, the San Francisco-based company is already close to reaching its year-end target of 100 new cities, a figure that’ll take its total count to around 300. In comparison, Uber is currently estimated to be operating in around 210 cities in the U.S.“In just the first two months of 2017, we’ve introduced Lyft to 94 new cities, thanks in large part to today’s launch,” Lyft’s Jaime Raczka said in a release. “We look forward to continuing this rapid momentum, bringing Lyft’s safe, affordable rides to even more cities this year.”According to its coverage map, the bulk of Lyft’s new locations are in Midwest … [Read more...] about Lyft rolls into 50 more U.S. markets to take the fight to Uber
It’s always nice to see a car company recognize its heritage, and that’s easy to do when said heritage includes iconic muscle cars, or a distinguished racing pedigree. The 1969 Honda N600, the first Honda car sold in the U.S., isn’t the sexiest piece of automotive history, but it’s important nonetheless.The N600 helped launch the shift that saw small Japanese cars successfully challenge the hegemony of gas guzzlers from the Big Three. And now the first of those cars to hit U.S. shores is getting a restoration, which Honda will document in an online video series called Serial One.The car in question is one of just 50 N600s imported to the U.S. during the car’s first year on sale here. It’s now in the hands of Tim Mings, who describes himself as the world’s only full-time Honda N600 mechanic. He’s restored over 1,000 of the cars in his Los Angeles-area shop, and he bought this particular car sight unseen some time ago. … [Read more...] about Honda follows the restoration of the first car it sold in the U.S.
Every television show has an expiration date. While a fantastic series sometimes ends before viewers think it should (hello, Breaking Bad), others linger on well past their best-by date (That ‘70s Show, anyone?) But some simply continued to dish out great storylines, haul in viewers, and enjoy long, successful runs, from start to eventual finish.Most of the longest-running series on TV are news programs: Meet the Press has been running for an impressive 68 years, giving it the title of longest-running show, across all genres, in U.S. history. Today has been going for 64 years (and counting). Late night talk shows also make the grade. The Tonight Show celebrates 61 years on the air, making it the longest-running talk show worldwide. And who can forget the weird world of wrestling. But primetime scripted series have managed to stand the test of time, too.From a show about a lovable dog to a risqué animated series, here are 7 of the longest-running U.S. scripted … [Read more...] about 7 of the longest-running primetime scripted series in U.S. history
Twitter is not happy with the U.S. government. Today, the micro-blogging platform released new transparency reports that show how often Twitter receives requests from governments to share information, often for criminal investigations. Forty-six countries have now asked Twitter to share information, and the company wants to be clear about when it does and doesn’t comply, and how often it is asked. U.S. policy, however, does not allow Twitter to share as much as it would like. To protest, Twitter accompanied this year’s transparency report with a blog post titled “Fighting for more #transparency,” detailing the company’s efforts to release a more in-depth information about the nature of government data requests. Last week, the Justice Department came to an agreement with communications providers about how much they can share regarding national security requests.“In light of ongoing revelations about government surveillance, we’ve taken … [Read more...] about Twitter scolds U.S. government for censoring its transparency reports