T-Mobile customers turned to messaging apps and social media during the eclipse

So what the heck do you do during a solar eclipse?  Well, if you’re a T-Mobile subscriber you pick up your phone and hit your messaging and social media apps. T-Mobile subscribers in the path of totality during the eclipse, used 4 times the usual amount of data they consume to visit Snapchat. The amount of data used on Twitter by T-Mobile subscribers under the same conditions was up 300%, while Facebook usage was up 260%. The rest of the top six includes Instagram (up 225%), YouTube (up 156%) and Netflix (up 125%).

Overall, T-Mobile data usage in the path …

Google’s Nearby 2.0 releases, enabling offline communication, media sharing, and more

Google last talked at length about their Nearby API (application programming interface) at IO 2017, where its mission statement was detailed. Fast, encrypted, offline, peer-to-peer communication is Nearby’s goal, and today Google opens up the doors for developers to integrate the latest version into their apps. 

Nearby uses a combination of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth LE, and regular Bluetooth to discover and connect to devices that are, well, nearby. Although the Wi-Fi chip is being used, a connection to Wi-Fi or any form of cellular data is not necessary, …

Survey: social media use poses risks to young people's mental health, but can do good as well

You do not have to be an experienced psychologist or scholar to suspect that there is a direct relation between young people’s mental health and the fact that most of them spend a substantial part of their time in social media using their phones, tablets or computers. But is the use of a particular social media platform good or bad for the well-being of teens and young adults? Interesting answers to this question can be found in the report of a recent survey conducted by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) in the UK in early 2017. It appears that social media can …

Is the media misleading you about the Samsung Galaxy S8 display?

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is arguably the best smartphone currently available on the marke; it has the one of the best designs of any phone in history; and, it is certainly the best phone Samsung has ever made. That said, there is one thing that has bugged me in the hype of the launch of the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus — do consumers really understand what they’re getting in the display?

The issue is this: Samsung’s “Infinity Display” is gorgeous, but most places you might look for information about said display will tell you that the device has a Quad HD display …

This week in apps: Uber adds a safety feature, Gorrilaz launch an AR app and Microsoft tries social media


It’s been a busy week: Elon Musk confirmed that the Tesla Semi truck is coming soon, Instagram announced reaching 200 million daily active users on stories and Messenger reached 1.2 billion, so it’s understandable if you missed some of this weeks best apps.

Luckily, we’ve kept up for you. Each week, we round up the latest app news, along with a few of our favorite new and updated products, to keep you in the loop with everything coming to your smartphone.


Here’s what caught our eye this week. If you’re looking for more, make sure to check out the installment. Read more…

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Instagram Direct gets update that allows disappearing media and permanent texts to share a thread

Today, Instagram announced that it is launching what it calls the “New” Instagram Direct.  The feature is used to send threaded messages to individuals or groups. It also allows you to share posts from your Instagram feed as a message. With the update, permanent text messages will combine with disappearing photos and videos into one thread. Previously, the disappearing media were given their own place under the “Direct” tab.

In five months, the number of Instagram users taking advantage of the Direct messaging feature has risen from 300 million to 375 million  Disappearing media …

Google's CBO Schindler blames the media for putting YouTube's video content issue on the front page

In the U.S., the media is getting beat up. Even Google is accusing the press of making a mountain out of a molehill. Firms like AT&T, Verizon and Walmart have been canceling their ads on Google owned YouTube because they have discovered that their spots are being placed before videos with racist and bigoted content. Companies like the nation’s first and second largest carriers do not want to be associated with videos promoting hatred and violence.

Considering that these ads generate a ton of dough for Google, the company had to nip this in the bud. Google’s chief business officer, …

Pandora Media Insider Timothy Westergren Unloads 84,213 Shares

Several analysts have recently commented on the stock. Analysts at FBN Securities reiterated an “outperform” rating on shares of Pandora Media in a research note on Monday. They now have a $ 30.00 price target on the stock, down previously from $ 35.00. Separately, analysts at Topeka Capital Markets reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Pandora Media in a research note on Friday, October 24th.

Finally, analysts at CRT Capital reiterated a “fairly valued” rating on shares of Pandora Media in a research note on Friday, October 24th. They now have a $ 26.00 price target on the stock, down previously from $ 32.00. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have assigned a hold rating and seventeen have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $ 33.15.

Pandora Media traded down 2.58% on Wednesday, hitting $ 19.23. The stock had a trading volume of 8,317,527 shares. Pandora Media has a 52 week low of $ 19.25 and a 52 week high of $ 40.44. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $ 23.85 and its 200-day moving average is $ 25.57. The company’s market cap is $ 3.980 billion.

Pandora Media last announced its earnings results on Thursday, October 23rd. The company reported $ 0.09 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters consensus estimate of $ 0.08 by $ 0.01. The company had revenue of $ 239.60 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $ 236.50 million. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 41.5% on a year-over-year basis. On average, analysts predict that Pandora Media will post $ 0.20 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Pandora Media, Inc, is an Internet radio in the United States.

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In a separate report, Pandora said it was seeking fresh negotiations for a lower music licensing rates from to artists, publishers and record labels in the United States.

In a petition submitted to the US Copyright Royalty Board (CRB), the internet radio service says its statutory rate per stream in the US should be lowered from $ 0.00130 to a rate within the range of $ 0.00110 to $ 0.00129 for the 2016-2020 statutory royalty period.

According to the documents obtained by radio and internet news website RAIN revealed
Pandora’s previously private licensing deal with global record label association Merlin Network, which is allegedly the first of its kind in the industry. Under the deal which was signed in August this year, Pandora’s US unit pays a rate that is less than required by US statue and according to RAIN, is less than half of what royalty collection and distribution association SoundExchange was requesting Pandora and others pay in the future.
Audioboom Group PLC (BOOM.L), which is being poised as a leader in spoken word content, is planning to consolidate its services with Pandora.
Audioboo is an excellent platform for spoken word audio. The platform, designed by Audioboom Group PLC (BOOM.L), has rapidly grown its user database in the United Kingdom, the United States, Latin America and Australia. From just 19 in 2013, the company has increased its channels to over 800 in 2014. Audioboo is set to change the face of audio recording, editing and sharing as how audio consumers know it.

Audioboom is a SaaS based digital social media audio platform enabling the creation, broadcast and consumption of audio across multiple global media outlets. Audioboom works with some of the biggest names in broadcasting across sport, entertainment and current affairs to bring their content to millions of listeners worldwide via Facebook, Twitter and other media platforms.

Audioboom has over 1,700 content partners, including the BBC, Telegraph, Guardian, CBS, Sky Sports, Premier League, Southern Cross Austereo, Reuters, CNBC, Universal and Fox.

Pandora Media Insider Timothy Westergren Unloads 84,213 Shares

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Top 5 Media Converter Mac | Convert Video to Mac OS X (Yosemite/El Capitan)

A talented media converter Mac always plays a great role on your Mac computer since Mac doesn’t as compatible as Windows PC for various formats. For example, AVI files cannot be played on Mac default media player QuickTime has been an issue left over by history. You definitely are in demand to convert to Mac OS(El Capitan included) with the best media converter for Mac.
Still, a big wave of 2016 new smartphones, tablets like iPhone 7/7 plus, Samsung Galaxy S7 etc. will flood to the market. There is no doubt that it will reach a peak of converting videos or movies to latest mobiles. Mac video converters offer an easy way for you to get any video file to play on any device or application you own. Now let’s check the top video converter for Mac.

Top 5 Mac Media Converter to Convert MP4 MKV M2TS HD etc.

1. MacX Video Converter Pro
MacX Video Converter Pro is the best all-in-one video converter for Mac to download, convert, edit and record videos. It has an excellent compatibility of various formats like 4K UHD, MKV, AVCHD, M2TS, MP4, AVI, WMV, MOV, VOB, etc for enjoying in iTunes and QuickTime, editing in Final Cut Pro and iMovie, sharing on YouTube and Facebook, or playing on the latest iPhone 6s/Plus, iPad Mini 4, Android, Galaxy S7, HTC, PS4 etc.
The brand-new Intel QSV hardware acceleration tech ensures the world’s fastest conversion speed, 16X faster than before and no quality loss. Besides, it also enables you download videos and music from 300+ sites and convert YouTube to MP4, MP3 for offline playback.
Rating: five stars
Pros: sleek and user-friendly interface, strong compatibility for 320+ video and 50+ audio codecs
Cons: too expensive when there is no discount

2. Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate for Mac
Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate for Mac have a full range of compatibility, supporting 150+ formats including the newly 4K video formats, standard formats like MOV, MP4, AVI, FLV, MPEG, H.264, H.265 and so on. You can convert any media with this Mac media converter in perfect quality ( even in high-definition or 3D) no missing key frames, redraw issues, or crashes.
Besides, Wondershare Video Converter streams your media files on a PC to a smart TV directly or to a standard TV via media streamers like Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Xbox 360.
Rating: four stars
Pros: convert 30X faster, transfer converted/downloaded files to devices wirelessly, burn DVD
Cons: too expensive

3. WinX HD Video Converter for Mac
You may be more familiar with WinX HD Video Converter. But its Mac version – WinX HD Video Converter for Mac is fully featured Mac HD video converting software, providing Mac user hassle-free HD video conversion solutions. It converts Blu-ray videos, HDTV/HD-camcorders videos, 4K UHD videos, 1080p multi-track HD videos M2TS, MKV, AVCHD, HDTV, BDAV, MPEG-TS, standard AVI, MPEG, TS, FLV, WMV, OGM, MOV and QT videos, supporting diverse device presets like iPad Pro/Air 2, iPhone 6S/6 (Plus), iTunes, Android etc. This Mac video converter perfectly matches the newest Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan.
Rating: four stars
Pros: supporting various formats, easy-to-use interface, fast speed and good quality
Cons: price is too high, complicate to edit files

4. iMedia Converter Deluxe for Mac
iSkysoft iMedia Converter Deluxe for Mac, which is the best all-in-one video converter tool for Mac users on the market, helps you convert videos to any format with simple clicks. To achieve that, you should: Load videos > Edit and Set output format/location > Convert and Share. It converts videos to 150+ video and audio formats and output converted video/audio to any device. And it continues to add new supported formats after the release of new versions! Moreover, it delivers a conversion with 90X faster speed than other common converters. During the conversion, your videos won’t suffer from any quality loss.
Rating: four stars
Pros: goes far beyond simple conversions, download videos and burn DVD
Cons: not much customization on DVD burner menu templates

5. Handbrake
Handbrake is really a wonderful media converter Mac since it’s totally free. As an open source and cross-platform video converter for Mac, it accepts most popular video formats as input and output(supported input formats: MKV, AVI, MP4, TS, M2TS, output container formats: MP4, M4V, MKV). The free media converter for Mac OS X gives us possibility to adjust preset settings, like resolution, bit rate, frame rate, decreasing video quality to compress media file size, trimming, etc. Generally Handbrake works fine as a free media converting software for Mac in converting MP4 to AVI, MKV to MOV, and other widely used formats with acceptable video quality and speed.
Rating: four stars
Pros: free, convert as fast as VLC, high quality reserved
Cons: limited formats supported, unstable, not supported Mac El Capitan

Top 5 media converter Mac are introduced here for a reference of converting video/audio to whatever formats.

Video Ads Hit Flipboard

Flipboard is joining Facebook and Spotify, among others, in embracing video ads on its platform this year.

The four-year-old company, which claims 100 million users, is launching the new ad unit on Monday with eight brands: Sony Pictures, Gucci, Lufthansa, Jack Daniels, Principal Financial Group, Woodford Reserve, Conrad Hotels & Resorts and Chrysler. The ads will be muted by default and won’t be auto-play, as Facebook’s video ads are. Each video ad features a play button that expands to full-screen with audio when a user clicks on it.


There is no mystery behind Flipboard’s move. As the company’s head of advertising, Christine Cook, explained, more people are watching videos on mobile devices, and “video shows strong consumer engagement.”

While digital video ads are still a proportionally small segment of the market, rates are much higher than those for traditional digital ads, like banners. A 2013 report from Credit Suisse estimated the average rate for video ads at around $25 for 1,000 users, which is five or 10 times the rate for banners.

By suppressing auto-play though Flipboard is limiting potential click-throughs. At the same time, it’s running less of a risk of alienating and annoying readers. The company is toeing the line between both by labeling the effort a pilot and launching with a limited number of advertisers, which is the industry’s standard method of adding new ad media.