Instagram has released a new set of tools made for determining the users’ age. If you claim that you’re over 18, you will have to provide the platform with a video selfie so that AI can take a good look at you. Alternatively, you may also be asked to submit a photo of your personal ID or have adult friends vouch that you are, indeed, older than 18.
Vertical videos seem to be the future, whether we like it or not. It all started with Instagram and Snapchat, and even Arri and Samsung have joined the trend. However, the arguments against it are still strong and the debate between vertical and horizontal video seems never-ending at this point. But, a brilliant comic from xkcd seems to have the ultimate solution!
So, Samsung has gone and done it. They’ve singlehandedly destroyed the “You don’t watch TV vertically do you? So, why do you shoot video vertically?” argument. Yes, they’ve announced a vertical TV. And it costs $1,600 (not $16,000 as some sources are reporting).
Instagram may be starting to change as we know it. Going from the platform of quick posts and instant gratification and branching out into long-form video content. At least, according to the Wall Street Journal. Yes, hour-long vertical videos. It’s a strange prospect, but as Engadget suggests, it’s not outside the bounds of reason.
Facebook has been putting a big focus on video content recently, and as they own Instagram, it’s a natural potential progression. And it’s a lot more advertising revenue for Facebook (which they need, given the number of people ditching Facebook-owned platforms lately).
You know we are not big fans of vertical videos, and up until lately, google were not a big fan of this either, noting camera users to flip the phone when shooting vertical video.
They also ‘made’ the youtube app play vertical video on roughly half the screen. I am not sure if this was a bug or a feature, but it is about to change.
Android Police reports that google are finally caving in and the new version of mobile youtube (Android | iOS) will enable playing a vertical youtube on a full screen when the phone is held vertically.
If you use an Android device (or just read photo and tech blog) there was no way to avoid hearing about Google’s blitz into the Camera app realm with their new Google Camera. The camera has many new features (like adaptive lens blur, Photo spheres and others).
Interestedly, it looks like Google also declared a war on vertical video (also known as VSS or vertical video syndrome).
When you switch into video more the camera app will provide a ‘gentle’ reminder in the form of a ‘please rotate’ icon. This icon should alert you on the fact that you are not shooting horizontally as any educated photographer should be shooting.[Read More…]