Also, Sony wants to release The Interview online, Google+ improves your videos, Reddit Notes $5 million giveaway, and LG trolls pets using televisions.
Your Facebook Year In Review For 2014
I’m already fed up of the Facebook auto-generated “it’s been an awesome year” slideshow of office nights out and ugly children.
— Dave Jones (@WelshGasDoc) December 21, 2014
Facebook is offering all its users a review of the past year. Unlike last year’s much-parodied video-based effort, 2014 is summed up for each individual by way of a montage of best moments, with photos, videos, and status updates organized by month. That is if you’re active enough on Facebook that there are highlights for each and every month.
This is being rolled out slowly, so you may not yet have the option to create your Facebook Year In Review. Mobile users are able to customize their Year In Review to show the content they prefer before sharing it with their Facebook friends, but for some reason the same option isn’t being offered to desktop users. Still, it’s a nice gesture regardless of its limitations.
OK Google Coming To Chromebooks
“OK Google, buy me a Chromebook,” may become an oft-repeated sentence during 2015, as the Windows laptop alternative continues to improve. The latest feature being added to Chrome OS is always-on voice commands triggered by the two simple words that began this paragraph.
Android devices have been capable of conducting Web searches and completing simple tasks via the OK Google voice command for some time, but it’s finally now coming to Chromebooks as well. Already available in the Chrome Dev Channel, this should come to all Chromebooks in the not-too-distant future. Fingers crossed.
Sony Wants To Release The Interview
Despite the fact it’s still at risk of causing a major international crisis, Sony still wants to release The Interview. With a theatrical release unlikely due to movie theater chains refusing to screen the flick, Sony is instead looking at the online options. Unfortunately, it seems to be struggling to find a partner, with Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton revealing:
“There are a number of options open to us, and we have considered those and are considering those. As it stands right now, while there have been a number of suggestions… there has not been one major VOD distributor [or] one major e-commerce site that has stepped forward and said they’re willing to distribute this movie for us… Again we don’t have that direct interface with the American public.”
It isn’t clear from this whether Sony has actively pursued the likes of Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon, or whether it’s waiting for them to approach it with a bag full of cash. Either way, it looks unlikely that we will be seeing The Interview anytime in the near future. Which is set to annoy the Internet more than ever.
Google+ Makes Your Videos Look Better
Google+ has been capable of automatically enhancing your photos for some time, but videos are now being taken care of in the same way. After uploading a video, desktop users will see a banner offering the chance to preview enhancements. The original upload and the enhanced upload will then play in a side-by-side comparison video.
This one-click option is designed to fix any lighting, color, and stability issues. As well as being available for new uploads, it can be applied to any video previously uploaded to Google+ by finding and selecting the Auto Enhance option.
It took Facebook two years to catch up with Google+ in terms of auto-enhancing photos, but we doubt it will take as long to
copy imitate Google in adding video to the mix.
Reddit Gives Away Millions Of Reddit Notes
Reddit has announced plans to give away $5 million in Reddit Notes. Details are rather thin on the ground at this early stage, but we do know that Reddit Notes are a form of digital currency giving 950,000 (of the 6 million active users) a piece of equity in the company. Recipients will be able to “save it or use it to tip, donate, or trade.”
And there’s the rub… less than one-sixth of all registered users will receive Reddit Notes, and they will be doled out on a seemingly random basis. Anyone active on the site prior to Sept. 30, 2014, will be eligible when Reddit Notes are digitally handed out in “the fall of 2015.”
LG Taunts Pets In Order To Sell TVs
And finally, in order to demonstrate the picture quality of its television sets, LG has trolled a selection of innocent household pets. Cats and dogs are both equally taken in by the ultra-realistic video footage shown on the TVs, which is all well and good until they start having flashbacks in their beds years later. Like a stereotypical Vietnam vet. Should we be calling PETA?
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Did Facebook do a good job of reviewing your 2014? Are you considering buying a Chromebook in 2015? Will you watch The Interview if it gets released online for free?
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