There are tons of things happening in the world of video daily. In this edition of video news, we tell you what to expect from the newest version of the Dropbox mobile application, the latest in display technology on the new MacBook Pro, and check-in on this month’s launch of AirTime.
Fans of cloud-based video storage got some great news last week by getting the added ability to stream video. That’s right; Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich users can update to the latest version of online file-sharing site Dropbox and start streaming video stored in their Dropbox. By simply hitting the Play button next to a video in an accessible Dropbox account, users can sidestep the lengthy video download process and eliminate the storage space burden of video files on a cell phone.
To stream Dropbox video instead of storing it, you’ll need to download the last version of Dropbox to a smartphone running Android 4.0 from the Google Play market. While the update is only available for Android 4.0 users, Apple iOS users (iPhone/iPad) also got a Dropbox update this week that will automatically upload photos and videos over WiFi/data networks to their Dropbox account.
Dropbox video streaming over a cell phone or tablet requires a data connection – either WiFi or a cell phone data network – so be aware of your data usage. Video, after all, is a notorious bandwidth hog. If you’ve got an unlimited data plan, go ahead and stream that video to your heart’s content. If you’re on a tiered data plan, though, you’ll definitely want to switch to a WiFi network to stream video. Otherwise, you could incur additional fees for going over your plan’s data limit.
According to Dropbox, the video file formats .mov, .mp4, and .mv4 are compatible with Dropbox video streaming feature. If you have trouble with these, or find other compatible video formats for Dropbox streaming, let us know in the comments.
THE NEW MACBOOK PRO’S DAZZLING RETINA DISPLAY GARNERS ATTENTION
Apple has designed some impressive top-shelf computers and laptops, but the new MacBook Pro with Retina display has been called “the most beautiful computer we’ve ever made.” Those are the words of Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president, at the introduction of the new MacBook Pro laptop at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) last week in San Francisco. Since then, the new MacBook Pro with its thin profile (it’s just 0.71-inch thick and weighs 4.6 pounds) has been the talk of the tech world. Most of the buzz has been about the upgraded Retina display, packing 5.1-million pixels into a 15.4-inch screen.
So what is a “Retina” display and how does it make a laptop worth $2,199? Apple actually invented and trademarked the term and it describes a screen pixelation ratio so high that the human eye cannot distinguish individual pixels. Apple claims a Retina display screen represents the maximum detail the human retina can process. This Retina display screen technology is also used on the iPhone 4S and the latest iPad (third generation model).
The screen resolution on the new MacBook Pro is 2880×1800, that’s higher definition than your HDTV. You can see the difference between Retina display and regular display on Apple’s website. When watching movies on the laptop, video will be so sharp and detailed that you’ll be able to distinguish individual rocks and crevices on mountains in the background, or individual leaves on the trees.
AIRTIME BRINGS VIDEO CHAT TO FACEBOOK BUT PRIVACY CONCERNS MAR LAUNCH
Another new “next big thing” launched this month received a similar burst of publicity, but quickly stumbled. The video chat platform Airtime, founded by ex-Facebook president Sean Parker and Napster inventor Shawn Fanning, offered a Chatroulette-style video calling service hosted over Facebook. Airtime offers the ability to video chat with your Facebook friends, plus offers a “Talk to Someone” feature that allows you to connect and video chat with strangers who have similar Facebook Likes.
Airtime debuted with a star-studded press conference in New York that featured celebrities like Jim Carrey and Snoop Dogg. Unfortunately, the event also featured a number of embarrassing technical glitches in the live demo of the product, but they had a video demo on hand they played to show off the service.
Are you using Airtime video chat on Facebook, streaming Dropbox videos through Android or are you ready to shell out over $2,000 for the super sharp MacBook Pro with a “Retina” display?