Mel Rosen

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How to Turn a Photo Into a Painting with Photoshop

I recently had the absolute pleasure of meeting and shooting with Mackenzie Johnson! Today I’m going to share how I turned my portrait of her into a …

European mobile networks plan to block ads

A report from the Financial Times today claims that European mobile networks are preparing to block advertising across the Web.<p>According to the story, which cites anonymous sources, the carriers have installed software from Israeli ad-blocking firm Shine in their data centers to block advertising …

TiVo Wants to Totally Change TV — Again

TiVo—remember them?—has plans to imitate Aereo, the live-TV streaming service whose business model was ruled illegal by the Supreme Court. TiVo CEO …

Televisions

'Minecraft' most streamed video game in YouTube's history

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Minecraft" has built a big reputation on YouTube.<p>The video streaming service announced Wednesday that content featuring the virtual brick-building video game has been watched more than any other interactive title in the 10 years since YouTube launched.<p>"There are over 42 million …

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Free mobile plans are coming to the UK in July

Sure, mobile plans are getting cheaper by the day, but what if you could enjoy voice, texts and mobile data without having to pay a penny? That's what mobile carrier FreedomPop will offer when it launches in the UK in July. After finding success in the US and announcing its plans to expand almost a …

Camera51 Arrives on iOS

Camera51, the guided shooting app that debuted on Android last fall, has now made its way, as promised, to iOS.<p>The app helps photographic novices to capture the best possible pictures of any given scene. The object is not only to capture the photo you want but do it without having to resort to …

Facebook Gives Publishers New Tools to Customize Native Ads

Facebook has launched a new standard native mobile ad format. It promises to make it easier for businesses to place their ads inside third-party apps in the Facebook Audience Network, which launched last year.<p>The new native ad templates allow publishers to customize things like the font, ad height, …

Reddit launches a video division to create original content

The AMA is about to get a major upgrade<p>The social news service Reddit has grown to a truly massive size, garnering 170 million monthly visitors and 6.7 billion pages view this January, while maintaining a fairly bare-bones service. It helps elevate obscure material to front page news, but hosts …

Internet

How Guided Search Is Changing Pinterest's Business

Guided Search moved Pinterest beyond its "social scrapbooking" roots.<p>Last week, Pinterest* celebrated the one-year anniversary of Guided Search, a feature that helped move the site beyond its “social scrapbooking” roots.<p>The company says that the search tool increased user queries by 30 percent. …

Living Rooms

Disable banner ads in Skype for Windows

When you're talking with friends, family, or coworkers, the last thing you want to be annoyed by is an advertisement.<p>Before the many updates to Skype post-Microsoft acquisition, simply disabling the promotions options in settings was enough to rid your conversations of unnecessary spam. However, a …

Apps

An Ad-Free Paid Version of YouTube Is Definitely Coming

YouTube said Wednesday it will soon launch a new subscription-based service that will let users watch videos on the website without annoying ads …

Televisions

Moustache creates video to avoid exhibiting in "disappointing" Milan

<b>Milan 2015:</b> French design brand Moustache has created a video displaying its latest collection rather than shipping all of the products to Milan …

Inside the UK's first dedicated eSports arena

The sound of gunfire echoes across the room, followed by an approving roar from the crowd. A five-man team called "Ninjas in Pyjamas" has taken the lead and fans can hardly contain their excitement. Another counter-terrorist suddenly drops to the floor and the noise from the crowd rises again, as …

Halo 5 hits Xbox One on October 27th

<i>Halo 5: Guardians</i> will be released for Xbox One on October 27th. The date comes via a new live-action trailer that you can watch above; it won't tell you much about the game itself, but it appears that things aren't too rosy between Master Chief and new protagonist Jameson Locke. (As a commenter …

Halo

Goodgame Studios quietly becomes one of Germany’s biggest game companies

Chances are you haven’t heard of Goodgame Studios. But the game studio in Hamburg has become one of Germany’s biggest game companies, with more than €202 million, or $220 million, in revenues 2014. The company has more than 245 million users for its online and mobile games like Goodgame Empire. It …

Kamcord Now Lets Users Upload Edited Videos Of Their Mobile Gaming Sessions

Mobile game streaming service Kamcord has begun rolling out a pilot program that lets its top 500 users upload their own edited videos instead of unabridged game sessions.<p>While the current system is incredibly easy to use (which I think contributes to the prevalence of content made by teens full of …

Apps

Curator, Twitter's Answer to Storify, is Now Publicly Open

Earlier this year, Twitter teased Curator, its own media aggregation tool that combines select tweets and vines into an embeddable collection. Today, Curator is now publicly available to media organizations.<p>Those qualified to try out the free service can head to curator.twitter.com and sign in with …

Mobile Messaging Conjures A Commerce Platform

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Tom Hadfield is the founder and chief executive of the mobile buying application, Fetch.</i><p>This week brought two announcements that reflect a seismic shift in the future of mobile messaging: 600 million users of Facebook Messenger will soon be able to order food, buy products and text …

Chatbots

How Zuckerberg Is Feeding His Facebook Conglomerate

It should be pretty clear to everyone now: Facebook is no longer a single social entity out to conquer the world.<p>“Facebook is a family of apps,” Mark Zuckerberg said at the company’s F8 developers conference on Wednesday. A further description might be conglomerate, giant squid or anything else …

Social Media

Storygami's Building a Tool to Add Context to Web Video

<i>Each week we’re profiling one company that has been selected for Boost – our early-stage startup growth program. Catch up with these companies in person</i> at <i>The Next Web Conference Europe on April 23 & 24.</i><p>Video is great for telling stories, but it can’t always tell the <i>whole</i> story. Storygami is on a …

Google Translate gets smarter with language detection, Word Lens

<i>Star Trek</i>'s universal translator is here, and it's on your phone. Google is updating its Translate app on Wednesday, and, as rumored, the new version …

This is Dish's Sling TV: an internet TV service that lets you stream ESPN for $20

The perfect complement to your Netflix subscription is coming this month<p>Internet TV is here. Sony kicked us off in earnest with the launch of PlayStation Vue (which currently remains in limited beta), but Dish is about to make a full-on push into a new TV experience aimed at cord cutters and …

Televisions