Welcome back to Playdate, where Engadget runs through the latest games while broadcasting them live on Twitch. If you're feeling a bit of déjà vu that's entirely natural; you have been here before. Whereas JXE Streams was our awkwardly named show while we figured out what was going to happen with streaming moving forward, well, we've figured out what we're doing with streaming moving forward. Mostly. Hence us going back to the moniker we started with last year. Think of this as a vote of confidence from us that we're moving toward consistency and normalcy for our broadcasts. It's a good thing!
Tags: beta, callofdutyblackops3, cryengine, EverybodysGoneToTheRapture, gaming, giveaway, hd, hdpostcross, playdate, PlayStation, ps4, sony, streaming, thechineseroom, twitch
Everybody loves a good animated GIF but they're just such a pain to create from a mobile device. Or rather, they were a pain to create on mobile devices now that Giphy's new mobile camera app is available. The Giphy Cam is a free iOS app that allows users to create and share animated gifs as easily they do overproduced shots of their lunches.
Tags: android, animatedgifs, apple, camera, cameraroll, effects, filters, gifs, giphy, giphycam, google, ios, mobilepostcross, photography, sfx
There's no shortage of WiFi-networked speakers for consumers, but Yamaha wants to bring its own solution and products to the market. Enter MusicCast, the audio manufacturer's version of Google Cast or Apple Airplay, which lets you use an app to wirelessly play music across multiple devices in a home (or office) -- so long as they're all connected to the same WiFi network. Of course, this isn't only designed to be a competitor to Google or Apple's technology, with Sonos being another main player in the space. But Yamaha hopes to stand out by offering MusicCast on more than just speakers. According to the company, its High-Fidelity-ready tech will also work with streaming services, internet radio apps and Bluetooth devices, as well as external sources like set-top boxes, sound bars and Blu-ray players.Slideshow-313638
Tags: Airplay, AppleAirplay, GoogleCast, hdpostcross, MusicCast, MusicStreaming, StreamingMusic, Yamaha
DIRECTV has launched a new 4K set-top that makes it possible to view the satcaster’s 4K content on virtually every 4K set in the market. Read the story »
Sky Movies is to add a restart feature to Sky Movies as part of a new update to Sky+ that begins its rollout today. Read the story »
Kudelski has posted revenues of CHF425 million (€395 million) for the first half of the year, or 6.2% more than in the same period in 2014. Read the story »
Vodafone customers can now use the services of the smart TV portal offered by German provider NetRange including video-on-demand and apps. Read the story »
UPC Romania is looking into the possibility of outsourcing its technical field activities. Read the story »
German commercial free-to-air TV channel ProSieben Maxx has launched on DTT in federal state North-Rhine Westphalia. Read the story »
The Belgrade-based broadcaster Studio B has been sold to the marketing agency Maxim media. Read the story »
Danish cable network YouSee is to switch off its remaining analogue channels – seven years after the country’s terrestrial network made the switch to digital. Read the story »
The last update for Sky+HD boxes was all about keepings the kids entertained, so it's only fair that the next give parents a few ideas of what to watch when the munchkins are all tucked up. Rolling out to set-top boxes from today (though it might take a few weeks to land on yours), the third Sky+ update this year is specifically aimed at Sky Movies customers. As part of continued efforts to make Sky+ more like Netflix and other streaming services by focusing on the discovery as much as the content, the new "More Like This" feature recommends other flicks based on your current selection.
Tags: hdpostcross, sky, sky+, sky+hd, skymovies, skyplus
In a rare instance of following Microsoft's lead this generation, Sony is opening up a beta program for its game console firmware updates. If you want to help test the next patch all you need to do is fill out an application, own a PlayStation 4 and wait. A post on the PlayStation Blog notes that the beta starts early next month and further details about what it includes will hit by then. Here's to hoping that unlike the Xbox Dashboard Preview Program this won't require near-constant updates every time you turn your console on. Now, if only Sony would take another cue from Redmond and actually lock down some exclusive games...
Source: PlayStation Blog
Tags: beta, firmware, gaming, hd, hdpostcross, playstation, playstation4, ps4, sony, update, xbox, XboxDashboard
Back when Valve and JJ Abrams' Bad Robot production company announced a partnership involving games and film projects it came as a complete surprise. That theme continues with the duo's first collaboration: a mode for Team Fortress 2 combining soccer, hockey and basketball dubbed "PASS Time." It's only in beta as of now (a concept that Bad Robot found immensely intriguing, apparently) though. The official game description is as follows:
"RED and BLU face off in an epic battle to score more goals than their opponents. Coordinated passing, aerial shots, interceptions, team-based formations and plays, defensive lines and the like make for strategically chaotic play."
Source: Team Fortress
Tags: badrobot, basketball, beta, football, gaming, hd, hdpostcross, jjabrams, mod, passtime, pcgaming, soccer, teamfortress, teamfortress2, valve