Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok, and other social media platforms make it easy to share videos on-the-fly, but sometimes, you record in the wrong format. Thankfully, there’s Auto Reframe, an Adobe Premiere Pro tool that automatically reframes content in different aspect ratios using artificial intelligence. Adobe’s Sensei machine-learning technology analyzes, crops and pans footage for different square, vertical and widescreen versions. Read more for a video and additional information.
Snap officially unveiled Spectacles 3 today, the latest version of their sunglasses, packed with dual HD cameras to empower creativity in 3D. They begin shipping during Fall 2019, and are capable of providing a rich 3D canvas for self-expression as well as a suite of new 3D Effects on Snapchat. This next-generation model comes equipped with two HD cameras to capture Snaps in 3D and also allow you to seamlessly transfer in HD to Memories within Snapchat for new lighting, landscapes, and other magical effects. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
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If you’re constantly on YouTube, then the term mukbang might sound familiar, and for those who don’t know, it’s dreived from muk-ja for “eating” and bang-song for “broadcast” in Korean. It’s either a live-streamed eating show or a pre-recorded one where the host binge-eats on massive quantities of food. W Hotel in Washington, DC is now offering a $285 Sip and Slurp room service package just for that purpose, complete with a microphone and phone stand. Read more for a video and additional information.
An Estonian man either tried to set a new top speed record for a Lexus LS460, or he just really wanted to crash his vehicle, as he managed to hit 161 mph, all the while recording on his smartphone. He started by stepping on the gas of the Lexus to see how rapidly it accelerates off the line, hits 62 mph in six seconds and then tags 161 mph before losing control. The vehicle then slid for about eight seconds, hits the grass and then promptly rolls onto its roof. Read more for the video and additional information.
Grumpy Cat, the famed internet celebrity for her permanent frown, died this week, aged 7. Despite being cared for by top professionals, Grumpy died on Tuesday from complications after a recent urinary tract infection. “Grumpy Cat has helped millions of people smile all around the world – even when times were tough. Her spirit will continue to live on through her fans everywhere,” said the family. Read more for another video and additional information.
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Created by Tadas Maksimovas, the Emotigun is basically a wireless 12V gatling gun that unloads real-life emojis, such as Facebook likes, instead of traditional ammunition. This wooden sling shot of sorts is capable of firing over ten rounds per second using anti-cold rubber bands. Tadas, its creator, dressed as Mark Zuckerberg, and took over 200 Facebook reactions to the face. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Myspace was the largest social networking site in the world from 2005 to 2009, and it once hosted more than 50 million songs from 14 million artists, but it has just lost all of that content today, due to a server migration issue. That’s right, every piece of music uploaded between 2003-15 was lost, which means all links to those tracks no longer work. “As a result of a server migration project, any photos, videos, and audio files you uploaded more than three years ago may no longer be available on or from Myspace. We apologize for the inconvenience and suggest that you retain your back up copies. If you would like more information, please contact our Data Protection Officer, Dr. Jana Jentzsch,” said the company. Read more for a video explaining what happened to everyone’s MySpace friend Tom and additional information.
Is Facebook or Instagram not loading on this Wednesday afternoon? You aren’t alone. There have been outage reports for Facebook, Facebook Messenger and Instagram, across social media networks worldwide. Many decided to post on Twitter with the hashtag #facebookdown to make it a trending topic in the U.S. According to website monitoring service Down Detector, company is experiencing issues across a large portion of the U.S. and Europe as well as less reports from South America and Asia. Read more for a video about Facebook’s privacy plans and for additional information about this outage.
Marc Köhlbrugge launched Expensive.chat as a social experiment, and it’s basically a web-based chat service where every letter typed costs $0.01. This chatroom has somewhat been gamified with a leaderboard showing users who have spent the most money up top. As you scroll through the messages, you’ll realize that most of them are just advertisements for services, and there’s a box at the bottom to post your own. The website accepts Stripe, debit, and credit cards for payment. Read more for a Tweet showing how to get more than your money’s worth.
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JetBlue is offering a chance to win free flights as part of its “All You Can Jet” sweepstakes, but to even have a shot at winning, you’ll have to temporarily delete your Instagram photos. The company says that “with a blank social slate, participants are able to make room for all the destinations and activities they could capture and share using the pass.” To enter the contest, simply create a customized image on Jet Blue’s website by filling in the blank for “All You Can ____” and picking an image to illustrate a place, activity or person you’d like to visit if you win. Read more for a video and additional information.