Friday 5: Amazon Chime, Facebook, Flipboard,'s Ping Pong, and Signal

In this week's Friday 5, Amazon unleashes a Skype competitor, Facebook integrates real-time weather info, Flipboard gets an overhaul, introduces a video messenger called Ping Pong, and encrypted messenger Signal gets support (in beta) for video calls.

Amazon Chime

Amazon surprised us this week with Chime (Android, iOS, Windows, Mac), an online meeting platform like Skype that uses the Amazon Web Services cloud to connect users. Like Skype, Chime has videoconferencing, teleconferencing, direct... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: Friday 5 , video , Facebook , iPhone apps , Android apps , Amazon

How to watch the presidential inauguration

If you want to watch the presidential inauguration this Friday, you have a choice: Try to get to Washington, DC, in time to catch Donald J. Trump's festivities, or stay at home, make a cup of tea, and stream the event live.

The swearing-in ceremony happens Friday, January 20, promptly at noon ET, but many news organizations will start their live streams early. CBSN (CBS News' online news service), for example, plans to begin coverage at 7 am ET on... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: video

Movie Maker for Windows alternatives

About Windows Movie Maker

Windows Movie Maker is a free digital-video editing tool that's designed to be easy to use. Microsoft stopped making new versions in 2012, but you can still download Movie Maker from the Microsoft site. Movie Maker is compatible with Windows 7 and Windows 10; however, Microsoft does not provide technical support for Windows Movie Maker when it's... Read More »

Topics: Video Editing Software , Video Software

Tags: video , editor

Video players: Choosing the best

About video players

Web browsers can stream video and audio, but a dedicated video player is ideal for viewing a file that's already on your computer. Video players (aka media players) can handle most audio and video file types, though you may have difficulty playing Blu-ray discs.

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Topics: Video Software , Video Players

Tags: video

Get started with Media Player Classic

About Media Player Classic

Media Player Classic is a program for Windows that plays a wide variety of video and audio files. It began as an official off-shoot of Windows Media Player. The current version is called Media Player Classic - Home Cinema, or MPC-HC for short.

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Topics: Video Software , Video Players

Tags: video , Media

Best ways to play a DVD on Windows and Mac

About DVD player software

Streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Video have made DVDs and Blu-rays a lot less popular than they used to be. But if you still enjoy playing DVDs and want to watch on your desktop or laptop, you certainly can. Your options depend on your operating system and computer maker.

Note: If... Read More »

Topics: Video Software , DVD Software

Tags: video , DVD

Best free (or cheap) media players for every device

About media players

Media players are standalone apps that play music or videos located on your device. Some of them can also stream content from the Internet or from another device on your local network.

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Topics: Video Software , Video Players

Tags: video , Media

Get Amazon Prime Video for $9 a month

Internet retail giant Amazon announced yesterday that its Amazon Prime Video streaming service will be available separately from Amazon Prime itself, for $9 per month, starting today. (Annual subscribers must be logged out to see the new offer page.) That's a dollar less than a monthly Netflix subscription.

Amazon also announced a month-to-month option for Prime, at $11 per month. Annual subscriptions are still available for $99 per year, with all the previous features, including the video streaming service.

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Topics: Windows Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: video , streaming , Amazon

2015 trends: The video-streaming revolution

For a number of years, the Internet, games, and apps have been eroding the amount of time people spend watching TV, or at least watching TV on a TV. Live sports remains strong, with the Super Bowl still producing record viewership numbers every year. But everything else has taken a hit as more people cut the cord or choose to watch shows and videos online, on streaming sites, and in apps. In fact, 2015 marked the first time that apps beat TV on time spent:... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: video , streaming

9 moviemaking apps

Do you picture yourself as an iPhone filmmaker, an Android auteur? In awards season, we sit back and critique other people's films, and if those Golden Globes and Oscar nominees have inspired or irritated you -- or if you simply want to level up from shooting home videos -- take a shot at making your own movie. We've scouted nine affordable, time-saving, feature-rich apps to help you script, storyboard, shoot, and edit.


A good movie starts with a good script.... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: video , Windows software