Ex-Apple, Samsung executive hired to run Disney's upcoming streaming video app

Back last August, we told you that Disney is planning to compete with Netflix by launching an app that will offer subscribers streaming videos consisting of TV shows and movies. The House of Mouse has a large library of live action and animated content that it can share with users of the app. To head up the new service, Disney apparently wanted someone who has worked with mobile devices and on streaming apps. According to Variety, Disney’s BAMTech Media division will announce the hiring of Kevin Swint to first build, and then run the unit. 

Swint, who will reportedly be given the titles …


LG Aristo 2 for MetroPCS appears in unboxing video ahead of unveiling

LG Aristo 2 is the next budget-friendly smartphone that will hit US carriers in the coming weeks. A picture showing the handset’s sales package was published less than a week ago, so we know a little bit about the device that should be launched by T-Mobile.

Recently, a full unboxing video showing the LG Aristo 2 from all angles appeared on YouTube. Even though it’s certainly an entry-level smartphone, the Aristo 2 features a stylish look thanks to the premium finish.

Apparently, the smartphone will go on sale at MetroPCS as well, though we still don’t …

Duo video calls can now be sent to Android users who haven't installed the app

Ever ask a friend or family member to install Google’s video chat app Duo so that you can stream live video to him/her? No longer is that necessary, thanks to an update pushed out by Google. Duo will now send video chats to those with Android phones who have yet to download the app on to their handset. Like a regular Duo call, the recipient of the video chat sees live video from the caller even before deciding to accept the call. Scrolling up from the phone icon will start the conversation.

Other Duo features are available such as the ability to switch from the front-facing selfie camera …

The Galaxy S9 will have a game-changing camera with variable aperture and 1000fps slow-mo video recording

A newly leaked image of what may very well be the retail box of the Galaxy S9 reveals some interesting info about the flagship’s camera. In line with previous rumors that the Galaxy S9 and S9+ may be capable of recording slow motion video at 1000fps, similarly to the Xperia XZ Premium, the back of the box suggests that the feature will be branded as “Super Slow-mo.”

But alright, ultra slow-mo video recording, we’ve already seen that. What makes the S9’s camera so special? Well, this would be the variable aperture. As noted on the box, the Samsung …

Sony releases official hands-on video to present the Xperia XA2, XA2 Ultra, Xperia L2

A couple of days ago, Sony went official with its brand-new phones — the upper-midrange Xperia XA2 and Xperia XA2 Ultra, and the budget Xperia L2. They are pretty-cool looking handsets, aimed at the traditionalists that like their phone to have that stark, rectangular look that Sony’s been touting for a while now.

The company has just released its own hands-on video for the three handsets. We get nice closeup shots and the specs of the phones reiterated. But it’s a nice, condensed way to get acquainted with the new handsets in case you missed them on entry.

We had our time to check …

Video is flipped upside down on the Skype for Windows Mobile 10 Universal app

Some users of the Skype Universal Windows Platform app for Windows 10 Mobile are noticing that a bug is flipping the image for video calls upside down. One complaint, posted on a community forum, came from a man who used the app on his Lumia 950 XL to call his Wife’s Lumia 950. The couple used the front-facing camera on each of their Windows 10 Mobile powered handsets, and both received the video stream upside down.

Ironically, even though the app is made for the Universal Windows Platform, the PC version of it is not experiencing the same issue. According to some Windows 10 Mobile users, …

New sunglasses can record HD video, snap photos, and stream video live to social media sites

Back in September 2016, Snapchat parent Snap introduced a new product called Spectacles. Basically a cheap pair of sunglasses with an embedded video camera, the device was priced at $129.99 and recorded 10 seconds of video everytime the “record button” was tapped. A maximum of 30 seconds could be recorded and uploaded to social media. Originally sold out of a vending machine that moved from location to location, the company announced last October that in one year it had sold over 150,000 units, 50% more than expected. Once Snapchat started selling them online, sales began to tumble.

Now, …

YouTube star Logan Paul apologises for video depicting an apparent victim of suicide

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YouTube star Logan Paul has issued an apology for posting a video containing footage of an apparent victim of suicide, but it might not be enough for some.

In the now-removed video, the 22-year-old vlogger visited Japan’s Aokigahara forest on the northwestern flank of Mount Fuji. The forest’s name translates to the “Sea of Trees” but is known internationally as the “Suicide Forest,” the site of hundreds of suicides every year.

According to New York Magazine, Paul posted a video to his 15 million YouTube subscribers with the title “We found a dead body in the Japanese Suicide Forest…” that was meant to be the third part of his “Tokyo Adventures,” series. The publisher reports that the video contained footage of a person who had apparently died by suicide, with their face blurred. Read more…

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Apple posts new video tutorial showing you how to use Apple Pay on the iPhone X

When Apple unveiled its tenth anniversary model in September, it was obvious that certain features would require some tweaking due to the replacement of Touch ID with Face ID. One of those features is Apple Pay. With other iPhone models that are compatible with Apple Pay, using the mobile payment service requires a press of the Touch ID button to verify the identity of the person making the payment. With the iPhone X, verifying the user’s identity is done with Face ID.

To show iPhone X owners how this is done, Apple has released a 41 second video titled “Apple Pay-How to pay with …

You can now start a Duo video chat right in the middle of a regular phone call

Google has started rolling out a new feature on its Phone app that allows a Duo video call to be started up in the middle of a regular voice call. If you are using the Google Phone app and you call someone who has Duo installed on their device, you will see a new button added to the Phone app’s in-call list of options. Labeled “Video call” and paired with the Duo icon, pressing this button will disconnect the original phone call and launch the Duo app on both ends of the conversation.

If the recipient of the call isn’t decent, or doesn’t want to be on camera for one reason or another, the …