Netflix Plans World Domination, Facebook Improves Search Options [Tech News Digest]
Also, President Obama learns to code, Google releases Android Studio 1.0, using copyrighted music on YouTube videos, and 3D-printing The Imperial March.
Netflix Makes Plans To Expand Everywhere
That sad sad moment when you watch over a season of things on Netflix in a day. ????????????
— Mr. Nocturnal (@Arkansas_Guy) December 9, 2014
Netflix is determined to expand outwards from its base in the United States until its streaming service is available in every country around the world. So says Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos, who recently spelled out the company’s longterm ambitions during the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference.
Sarandos said, “Within five years, we’d love to see the product be completely global, available everywhere in the world.” Netflix is already available in many countries across three continents, with the previously announced launch in Australia and New Zealand in 2015 making the total number higher than 50.
According to Quartz, one way Netflix will achieve this goal is through original content, with the company planning to make 20 new series (or seasons of existing series) each and every year. And because Netflix makes its money from subscriptions rather than advertising, ratings are far less likely to lead to the cancellation of your favorite show. Arrested development fans rejoice.
Search For Individual Facebook Posts
Good prank: log into someone’s Facebook and post a lame status update. Better prank: log into someone Facebook and ‘like’ every ad you see.
— Alyx Gorman (@AlyxG) December 9, 2014
Facebook is rolling out a major improvement to its search options, letting you search for individual posts as well as people and pages. While you have always been able to search for people you may know — allowing your number of Facebook friends to grow exponentially — you can now find particular status updates or events from the past using the same technique.
It should be noted — and Facebook seems very keen to make this point — that searches of this nature are limited to posts from people in your network. Which prevents anyone you’re not friends with on Facebook using this to delve into your past. The new feature is rolling out to users on desktop and iOS, with the changes coming to Android and other platforms in the future.
President Obama Learns To Code
Create Apps With Android Studio 1.0
Google has released Android Studio 1.0, the first stable release of this toolkit for Android app developers. Anyone still using the Eclipse IDE to build Android apps is now being encouraged to switch to using Android Studio, with Google offering a migration path to aid the process.
YouTube Helps You Use Copyrighted Music
Previously, anyone using copyrighted music in a video had to wait until the video was published before learning its fate; record labels could choose to block the video entirely, mute the audio, or run ads against it and share in the revenue.
Now, content creators can use YouTube’s Content ID system to check the fate of their video before they upload it, saving hours of waiting to be potentially frustrated.
The Imperial March On A 3D Printer
And finally, just in time for Star Wars: The Force Awakens , we have The Imperial March as played on a 3D printer. While this song is unlikely to feature in the new Star Wars movie given that [Spoiler Alert] Darth Vader is dead, it’s still cool to see and hear it played on a 3D printer.
3D printers aren’t alone in being able to play music, as we found out when we looked at making music with tech hardware . Floppy drives, scanners, printers, old computers, modems, and oscilloscopes can all be used in this way. [H/T 3DPrint.com]
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