Ask the Experts, Episode 2: Streaming and Video Sharing

Next-gen means more than just flashier graphics and better performance. It also means new and innovative features that fall in line with what's popular in gaming culture. Right now, there's nothing bigger than videogame spectating.

What started as a DIY phenomenon is now a worldwide spectacle, where millions of viewers spend time broadcasting, watching, and commenting on live and recorded video game action. To catch up with that trend, the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 both have game DVR functionality built right into their framework, making it easier for gamers to participate.

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Review: Ustream's mobile app is a great way to take your show on the road

Ustream is one of the first live-streaming services and so their iOS app taps into a wealth of resources, broadcasters, and broadcasting tools for efficient live video recording and streaming. The Ustream app is designed to bring as many of the full Web-based tools offered by the service to your phone as possible, and while it isn't as robust as the Web-based tools, the app does a great job of making the most important tools as accessible as possible.

When you open UStream for the first time, you are greeted with numerous menus for browsing the library, from the … Read more

Facebook finally deletes the deleted

The top tech headlines for this photo-fun Friday:

Ustream will soon launch an app that lets you stream live video to your Facebook page. Called BFF (Broadcast for Friends), it'll be available in the coming days on Android and Apple devices.

Facebook has found an answer to the photo deletion issue that Ars Technica uncovered three years ago. The problem: Once you deleted a photo, it could still be found if you had the original URL. But now, Facebook says when you delete a photo it will be gone within 30 days. Ars Technica reported that it saw photos … Read more

Ustream's BFF app live broadcasts to Facebook

Streaming company Ustream announced today that it is bringing live video to Facebook's news feed, according to The Verge.

The streaming will come via a new mobile app called BFF. No, it doesn't stand for Best Friends Forever, it means Broadcast For Friends. The idea is for people to simultaneously record and broadcast on Facebook without having to upload the video first. Apparently, Ustream's goal is that it be simple.

The way the app works is after loading it up, users can choose who in the Facebook world they want to view it, pick a camera filter, … Read more

Viewers opted for the Web over TV to watch Curiosity's landing

More Curiosity fans took to the Web to watch the rover's highly anticipated landing on Mars than those tuning into cable TV.

According to Mashable, more than 3.2 million people viewed the nail-biting descent nicknamed "seven minutes of terror" via Ustream's live streaming platform on Sunday night.

"More people tuned in to watch the NASA Mars landing coverage on Ustream than many of the top cable news networks during Sunday prime time," Ustream spokesman Tony Riggins told Mashable.

The Mars rover settled into Mars' Gale Crater, surviving its white-knuckle plunge in remarkably good … Read more

Ustream outage due to DDoS aimed at citizen journalist

Ustream was hit with a distributed denial-of-service attack today that apparently was designed to interfere with the streaming of video from antigovernment demonstrations in Russia, the CEO of the live streaming site told CNET.

"We are 100 percent confident that they were targeting a specific channel on Ustream of a Russian citizen journalist. This is the third time in the last six months that a specific Russian citizen journalist was directly targeted through this complex and highly adaptive attack," Brad Hunstable, co-founder and CEO of Ustream said in a phone interview from Budapest. "We get DDoS attacks … Read more

Ustream for Android hits milestone, jumps to version 2.0

Ustream for Android has officially been downloaded more than 2.5 million times, and to celebrate the major milestone, its developers have today released an updated version of the app with both new looks and new features. Most noticeably, version 2.0 brings with it a significantly improved interface sporting a darker theme that looks quite a bit sleeker than before. Also, it now supports device rotation to landscape mode, swiping navigation, and enhanced actionbar functionality. Korean language support is another addition, which makes sense in light of Ustream's partnership with Korea Telecom announced late last year.

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Helmet cam maker Contour adds live streaming with Cerevo deal

LAS VEGAS--Helmet-cam maker Contour is teaming with Toyko-based Cerevo to give skiers, cyclists, and others the ability to stream the video they shoot live to the Web.

Contour's top-of-the-line $500 Contour+ will connect with an HDMI cable to Cerevo's $300 LiveShell, a deck of cards-sized gadget, to stream live video to Ustream's Web site. The deal will let the athletes--recreational and professional--show off their coolest tricks or their biggest wipeouts as they happen.

"It's a perfect complement to our Contour+ camera model," Contour Chief Executive Marc Barros said in a statement about the deal, … Read more

iBoobs in Android. No, they're not real.

Links from Monday's episode of Loaded:

Google confirms that it had to remove malicious apps from the Android Market

iBoobs comes to the Android Market two years after being kicked out of Apple's App Store

"The Today Show" relaunches its Web site with more emphasis on video and original Webcasts

A new study shows that technology is having a negative effect on American's sleep habits and overall health

CBS acquires Clicker and brings in the CEO to run CBS Interactive

Charlie Sheen owned the Internet over the weekend with his new Ustream show

Charlie Sheen takes to the live Web, attacks trolls

These days, if you're really interested in winning, you have to rule the Web.

This is something that Charlie Sheen, the rather visible star of the CBS sitcom "Two And a Half Men," seems to have grasped. Even though some question his motivations and even his health.

Earlier this week, Sheen took his mantra of success to Twitter, where he instantly became a prime Twitteratus. He managed to secure hundreds of thousands of followers in just a day. At the time of writing, he is almost up to 2 million.

For Sheen, though, this was just the … Read more