Video Site Viki Adds Blake Krikorian And Dave Goldberg As Its Newest Strategic Investors As It Passes 400M Words In Its Crowdsourced Subtitle Catalog


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Viki, a startup based out of Singapore that is vying to be the “Hulu for the rest of the world” with a combination of premium video supplemented by crowdsourced subtitles, is today announcing two new investors that should play a useful role in achieving that.

Blake Krikorian, founder of Sling Media and now corporate VP at Microsoft overseeing XBox, and Dave Goldberg, CEO of Survey Monkey, are making a strategic investment in the company, already backed by the likes of Andreessen Horowitz and more (it was Marc Andreessen who originally made the intro to Krikorian, while another existing Viki investor, Chamath Palihapitiya of Social + Capital Partnership, was the initial connection to Goldberg), having raised $24.3 million in publicly-disclosed funding.

Razmig Hovaghimian, co-founder and CEO of Viki, says the amount of investment is not being disclosed now, although it will likely be rolled into he the company’s next round…

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Google Launches Google Cast SDK For iOS, Android and Chrome, Lets Developers Stream Their Apps To Chromecast


Google launched its $35 Chromecast device today that allows users to stream their Chrome tabs and videos to their TVs from virtually every popular platform. In addition, Google is also launching the Google Cast SDK for developers on iOS, Android and Chrome, which will allow them to enable their apps to stream right to their users TVs. The new SDK, which is officially in beta (or “preview,” as Google calls it), will be available later today.

The SDK, Google says, will enable interactions between devices and TV. Developers don’t have to build new apps for this platform, the company stressed, but will be able to build on their existing mobile and web apps.


“Our goal is to create an ecosystem of apps and devices,” Google’s Mario Queiroz said in his announcement today. “While the Chromecast device is the first instantiation of Google Cast, we expect the technology to be embedded…

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Meet Helpouts, Google’s Secret Project That Turns Hangouts Into A Commerce Platform


While its roots lie in search, today, Google wears many hats. From self-driving cars and wearable technology to social networking and mobile operating systems, there are few industries where the search and advertising giant has yet to make its presence felt. Lately, however, Google’s expansion has taken a noticeable tack in a more singular direction: e-commerce.

With the outsized success Amazon and eBay have had building online marketplaces that seek to remove the barriers around buying and selling on the web, it was only a matter of time before Google decided to pull its chair up to the e-commerce table. Today, TechCrunch has learned via a tipster that Google has quietly been pursuing its marketplace ambitions under the auspices of a new platform that leverages its increasingly powerful cloud services to power live, real-time commerce.

The product, which has reportedly been named “Helpouts” and is currently being tested internally in…

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Red Hot Dating App Tinder Officially Arrives On Android, Begins Hooking Up With Big Media


The Digital Dating World has seen its fair share of companies come and go over the years, and few have been able to give the usual suspects, like eHarmony, and OkCupid, a run for their respective monies. However, since bursting onto the scene in October of last year, Tinder has been making a play to become the next digital dating giant by focusing on an area where few (if any) of its predecessors have excelled: Your phone.

Drawing on the same addictive formula behind Hot or Not, Tinder allows those in search of a date (or a little casual flirting) to swipe through Facebook-powered profiles of prospective matches, accepting or rejecting based on visual appeal. Sure, it’s a bit superficial, but its game-ified approach to flirting is also more than a little addicting and has taken off among the SnapChat generation, beginning with college campuses.

In fact, since…

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Chrome 29 Beta Brings WebRTC and Web Audio API To Android, Omnibox Improvements, VP9 Support To Desktop


Google today released the first beta version of Chrome 29 for desktop and Android. Most of the major changes in this update are happening on the Android platform, which now supports the Web Audio API for processing and synthesizing audio and WebRTC, the up-and-coming real-time communication API.

On the desktop (Windows, Mac and Linux), today’s update introduces a tweak to Chrome’s omnibox suggestions, which now take the recency of websites visited into account. The desktop version now also supports Google’s VP9 codec for WebM video playback.

midi_web_audi_apiIt’s worth noting that the Web Audio API will currently only work on ARM devices that support NEON optimizations, a way to execute certain instructions on ARM chips that was introduced in the ARM Cortex-A8 processor. To see the Web Audio API in action, take a look at this demo. It should work on the desktop, where Chrome has long…

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Pikmin 3 Is Apparently Selling Well In Japan

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Major japanese retailer and rental chain Tsutaya says that Pikmin 3 is the best-selling game this week in their stores. Taketo Matsuo, Tsutaya’s Director of the Game Rental Planning Group, says that sales of Pikmin 3 are similar to those of New Super Mario Bros U and are helping drive hardware sales at the retail chain. We should get official confirmation on Pikmin 3 and Wii U hardware sales in Japan when we get this week’s Media Create sales figures.

“Pikmin 3, that came out nine years after Pikmin 2, is having a really good start. Sales at Tsutaya are comparable to the release of Super Mario Bros U and have driven greater sales of  Wii U units.”

Thanks, Kallum and Gaminglord

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Google Opens The New Google Maps For Web To Everyone


Remember that shiny new Maps web interface that Google started showing off at I/O back in May? It’s here!

Technically, the new Maps interface has actually been here for a while… assuming you signed up for an invite shortly after it was announced and were able to make it through Google’s invite queue before they opened the floodgates today. (I signed up a few hours after the announcement and just got my invite a week or two ago.)

Need a refresher on what’s new? Here’s the bulk of it:

  • A new, fullscreen interface
  • Maps now uses vector data rather than graphical tiles for faster loading and handling
  • You can now zoom way, way out. As in, out into space. They’ve built in a Google Earth-esque planetary view, assuming you’re on a beefy enough computer running a compatible browser (Chrome or Firefox)
  • Photo Tours that let you explore famous locations…

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Rules of IELTS in creating content anatomy to get social media friendly!


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Recently, businesses are exploring ways to manage their content to get maximum returns on their investments. Content Marketing, is often seen as writing an article having images and videos but not many are considering the broad spectrum. Let us examine how we can exploit maximum returns out of our valuable investments on creating content by following IELTS semantics. Firstly, we will look into the IELTS semantics guidelines for writing and then we will see if it is an appropriate practice for content marketing respectively.

IELTS have criteria on which they gauge article quality and effectiveness:

Task Achievement: In this criterion, they look for the fulfillment of topic. Moreover, they seek whether examples and facts, are provided in the article to validate claim.

Coherence: This law says that, article should be distributed in multiple paragraphs having specific purpose. Namely to illustrate, Introduction, Body and Conclusion Paragraphs. Body paragraph can further subdivide…

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Mario Kart Series Producer Hopes For A New F-Zero Game

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Mario Kart series producer Hideki Konno has revealed that he hopes there will be a new F-Zero game. When asked why Nintendo decided to make Mario Kart 8 instead of a new F-Zero entry, Konno replied by saying the company wants to draw consumers’ attention toward its latest console. “We always have a Mario Kart per console, so we wanted to make a new entry to interest more people further in the new console,” explained Konno. “But I hope that there will be a new F-Zero.”

Mario Kart 8 launches exclusively for Wii U in 2014. While they hope for an announcement of a new F-Zero game for Wii U, fans can get their F-Zero fix by downloading the original F-Zero from the Nintendo eShop. Or they can play Captain Falcon’s Twister Race – a mini-game included in Nintendo Land that’s based on F-Zero.

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As Microsoft Doubles Down On Touch, The Desktop Becomes Even More Of An Afterthought


The Windows 8.1 Preview version has now been out for over a week. One of the highlights of this update is the return of the Start button (but not the Start menu), and after using the new version for a while, it becomes clear that, despite this concession, the old desktop isn’t coming back. All the interesting new stuff in Windows 8.1 is meant for touchscreen devices and is happening on the Metro/Windows 8 side of the operating system. The desktop is now an afterthought for Microsoft.

For business users, Microsoft has added new security features to Windows 8.1 that mostly matter on the desktop, but besides that, none of the more interesting new tools involve the desktop at all. The new Search tool, which is very good, runs in the Windows 8 mode. Xbox Music, with the new radio mode, only exists as a Metro-style app. The same is true…

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Garmin Rolls With The Punches Of Changing Navigation Game With Smartphone HUD For Cars


Garmin built its empire on dedicated GPS devices, but those are obviously facing extinction in the face of smartphones that can replicate their function without requiring an expensive secondary hardware purchase. Today, Garmin announced a device that could help it capitalize on its changing role in the navigation ecosystem, while still allowing it to sell hardware to consumers.

The Garmin HUD is just that, a heads-up-display that sits on your dash and projects a simple set of basic navigation data onto a transparent film affixed to your windshield. This replicates some features found in very expensive and well-appointed luxury cars, and it’s relatively inexpensive at $129.99.

Information displayed on the readout includes current speed, speed limit, an indicator to show when you turn next and the distance to said turn, as well as estimated arrival time. There’s no detailed map or points of interest, which is actually very good in…

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Peter Moore Says The Wii U Is “A Box That’s Out Of Sync” For EA’s Online Future

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ea_logoOutspoken chief operating officer for EA, Peter Moore, is talking about the Wii U – and it’s in a less than favourable light. In an article on Games Industry he said that the Wii U feels like an “offline experience” as a “box that’s out of sync” which is, at the very least, troubling for EA’s future partnership with Nintendo. Currently, EA has no games in development for the Wii U, though they have said that they would develop games if a substantial user base existed. Here’s what Peter Moore had to say on the issue of the Wii U’s online engagement:

“We were there with four games for them [at launch]. It’s been a disappointment when you look at sell-through and, as a company, we have to be very judicious where we deploy our resources. The lack of online engagement that we see on Wii U [is troubling]. It’s so…

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