ESPN Brings WatchESPN Live Video Coverage Into Main iOS App

ESPN today announced an update to its iOS app that will let users stream live sporting events from the separate WatchESPN service directly within the core app, a feature that would previously redirect users to a separate download of WatchESPN. Specifically concerning videos, the ESPN app before today’s update only allowed for short clips and game highlights.

“Offering the convenience of live streaming within one app reinforces the value of the multichannel subscription,” said Sean Breen, Senior Vice President of Affiliate Sales, Disney & ESPN Media Networks. “Even with WatchESPN’s recent record-breaking viewership, we continue to be aggressive in driving awareness to a large scale audience and to incentivize video subscribers to authenticate.”

ESPN representatives promised that logging into the new app will be the same process as before, and users can expect to see a simple „WatchESPN“ tab at the bottom right of the screen. On the iPad, the app will also support multitasking with a picture-in-picture mode that keeps playback rolling even as users leave the app’s homepage.

The company noted that it will be keeping WatchESPN up on the App Store as a solo, „full experience,“ for those who specifically want live streaming capabilities and none of the various other game-tracking features of the base app. To use WatchESPN in any capacity, users have to check for support from their cable provider and then link the two accounts within the app.

ESPN mentioned that the move to consolidate its two popular mobile apps comes after „record-breaking audience viewership“ for its WatchESPN software across all platforms of its availability. September was its most-viewed month ever – excluding months the World Cup took place – with 11 million total viewers on the app that watched 2.2 billion minutes in total of ESPN content.

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ESPN Brings WatchESPN Live Video Coverage Into Main iOS App

ESPN today announced an update to its iOS app that will let users stream live sporting events from the separate WatchESPN service directly within the core app, a feature that would previously redirect users to a separate download of WatchESPN. Specifically concerning videos, the ESPN app before today’s update only allowed for short clips and game highlights.

“Offering the convenience of live streaming within one app reinforces the value of the multichannel subscription,” said Sean Breen, Senior Vice President of Affiliate Sales, Disney & ESPN Media Networks. “Even with WatchESPN’s recent record-breaking viewership, we continue to be aggressive in driving awareness to a large scale audience and to incentivize video subscribers to authenticate.”

ESPN representatives promised that logging into the new app will be the same process as before, and users can expect to see a simple „WatchESPN“ tab at the bottom right of the screen. On the iPad, the app will also support multitasking with a picture-in-picture mode that keeps playback rolling even as users leave the app’s homepage.

The company noted that it will be keeping WatchESPN up on the App Store as a solo, „full experience,“ for those who specifically want live streaming capabilities and none of the various other game-tracking features of the base app. To use WatchESPN in any capacity, users have to check for support from their cable provider and then link the two accounts within the app.

ESPN mentioned that the move to consolidate its two popular mobile apps comes after „record-breaking audience viewership“ for its WatchESPN software across all platforms of its availability. September was its most-viewed month ever – excluding months the World Cup took place – with 11 million total viewers on the app that watched 2.2 billion minutes in total of ESPN content.

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Google unleashes wonderfully nerdy Star Wars Easter egg

As a company staffed by some bona fide geeks (and, hey, we’re not complaining!) Google is undoubtedly excited about the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And what better way to show it than with possibly my favorite Easter egg in Google history? If you haven’t heard about it yet, read on to discover more. […]

(via Cult of Mac – Tech and culture through an Apple lens)


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Google shoots first with Star Wars virtual reality series

Google has teamed up with Disney and Verizon to develop a new virtual reality series in celebration of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The story ties directly into the new movie, and Google Cardboard owners can enjoy it on December 2 — but there’s more to check out today! Alongside the virtual reality series, Disney and Google are launching […]

(via Cult of Mac – Tech and culture through an Apple lens)


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8 new scenes from the latest Star Wars trailer

JJ Abrams has been doing a bad job at keeping his promise not to release anymore trailers until Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit theaters next month. A new trailer debuted online last night for the highly-anticipated movie and while it doesn’t have as many new scenes as the international trailer that dropped a few […]

(via Cult of Mac – Tech and culture through an Apple lens)


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Incredible hack could give Apple Watch ability to detect objects you touch

Apple Watch is great at interacting with other smart devices, but a teach of researchers at Carnegie Mellon’s HCI Institute and Disney Research have discovered a cheap hack that allows your smartwatch to recognize every day (dumb) objects based on their invisible electromagnetic signals. The team developed a $10 chip that can be installed on […]

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Disney Artists Go Hands-On With Upcoming iPad Pro and Apple Pencil

Apple today sent a few iPad Pros over to Disney, where Disney animators were able to use them alongside the Apple Pencil to test out the iPad Pro’s drawing and sketching capabilities in a professional environment.

Disney Story Artist Jeff Ranjo shared a Periscope that demonstrates the iPad Pro in action, and several images of the Disney team’s drawings were shared on Twitter. The Disney team was using a beta version of popular drawing app Procreate, which has been updated to work with the iPad Pro, and an iPad Pro version of Paper by Fiftythree was also shown off.

In the Periscope, Ranjo was impressed with the grip of the iPad Pro’s screen when used with the Pencil, and he also was a fan of the palm rejection features. When drawing on an iPad Pro, the palm of a hand can be rested on the screen, but it’s still responsive to zoom gestures. At the end of the video, which is well worth watching to see the iPad in action, he says „Let’s order a bunch of them.“

Several additional photos were shared by Disney Product Manager Paul Hildebrandt. Disney Story Artist Paul Briggs used the iPad Pro to sketch Olaf from the movie Frozen, while longtime Disney artist Paul Felix drew classic Disney character Mickey Mouse.

Apple’s iPad Pro, Pencil, and Smart Keyboard will launch in November. Apple has not yet provided an exact release date for the new tablet, but recent rumors have suggested it could debut early in the month.



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Former Boeing Executive James Bell Joins Apple’s Board of Directors

Apple today announced that former Boeing chief financial officer and corporate president James Bell has joined Apple’s board of directors. Calling himself an „avid user of Apple products“ with „tremendous respect“ for Apple’s ability to innovate, Bell brings nearly four decades of experience at Boeing to Apple’s board.

“James brings a wealth of global, financial and industrial experience from his successful career at Boeing as corporate president and CFO,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “I am thrilled to welcome him to Apple’s board of directors and I look forward to working with him.”

“We look for outstanding individuals to strengthen our board’s breadth of talent and depth of knowledge, and we are very happy to have identified a fantastic person in James Bell,” said Art Levinson, Apple’s chairman. “I’m confident that he will make many important contributions to Apple.”

Bell becomes the eighth member of Apple’s board of directors, joining CEO Tim Cook, board chairman and former Genentech executive Art Levinson, Al Gore, Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger, Grameen president and CEO Andrea Jung, former Northrop Grumman chairman and CEO Ron Sugar, and BlackRock co-founder Sue Wagner.

(Photo courtesy of JPMorgan Chase)



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