Laughing Giraffe’s new Soundpix app makes your photos talk

A tiny subset of photography apps has slowly emerged from the vast pack on Apple’s app store to offer an alternative multimedia experience, a hybrid of stills and video: Images with sound.

Soundpix, a free app released today by Laughing Giraffe Technologies, gives you the auditory pleasure of your cat’s meow or your kid telling their absent sibling where to go (nicely, of course) without having to view tedious, poorly shot video footage. Soundpix is not the first app out there to embrace this concept. Shuttersong, for example, lets you attach a music file to your image, while AudioSnaps offers a distinctly social network approach.

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Just select when and how long to record and you’re good to go.

For a shooter, Soundpix could not be easier. Just launch the program, and tap on the gear icon. That’s where you’ll set parameters for your sound file. You can record in three-, six-, or nine-second increments before, halfway through, or after your shot. Then aim and fire.

Note too that the halfway setting actually records sound both before and after the image is shot.

Once you have your picture, you can pass it through one of nine filters for a polished look.

The image and sound are compressed into an MP4 multimedia file. The longest duration came out to under 830KB, small enough for emailing and easy sharing to Facebook as well as via SMS and email.

Soundpix does not automatically save photos to the camera roll, but you can choose to share the shot, and the app will pass it to the camera roll as a video file.

Soundpix works with iOS 7 and is available now on the Apple App Store.


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Major League Gaming Snags New VP From Machinima To Further Grow Its Network

Major League Gaming (MLG), one of the oldest e-sports companies out there, picked up a new hire today from Machinima, another well-known gaming content company. Ryan Wyatt will join MLG as its vp of programming.

The hire fits into MLG’s strategy that has seen rapid audience growth, enough even to drive MLG nearly into the black. To date MLG has raised $69 million.

According to MLG, has grown its viewership 60% monthly since launch, growing a total of 1,376% in the first quarter of 2014 alone. That’s actually less surprising than you might imagine, given that MLG launched the online network with a limited set of broadcasters that it quickly worked to expand.

Wyatt, former head of e-sports for Machinima, is actually returning to MLG in this move. He left the company for Machinima three years ago. His role at MLG is simple to get: He’ll work to expand its content, both in-studio and via game streaming personalities. More content, more viewers, and more viewers, more money. That’s the gist of it.

Machinima, which has raised $67.6 million to date, has seen a number of executive changes in the last six months, including the installation of a new president. Wyatt’s impact will be easy to grok: Either’s audience continues to grow quickly, or it doesn’t. If Wyatt can’t keep the new content flowing, it probably won’t.

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Amazon is adding Hulu Plus, Crackle, and Showtime Anytime catalogs into Fire TV’s voice search

Amazon today announced Hulu Plus, Crackle, and Showtime Anytime will be adding support for their full catalogs into Fire TV‘s unified voice search feature “starting this summer.” The trio join Vevo, which supported the feature from the start to let users find videos without any typing. The Fire TV naturally also supports Amazon’s own movie, TV show, and music video selections.

“We’re excited and energized by the momentum we’re seeing with Fire TV,” Amazon Devices Vice President Dave Limp said in a statement. “We’re thrilled to have Hulu Plus, Crackle, and SHOWTIME integrating their full selection of movies and TV shows into Fire TV’s unified voice search.”

Amazon also said “many developers” are working to make their services and games available for Fire TV. The company is promising new selections from Telltale Games, Halfbrick, Pixowl, Disney Interactive, Minority Media, Paradox Interactive, Gaiam, AllRecipes, and Twitch, but wouldn’t say exactly when to expect them.

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Behold, Murdoculous Rift

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Pics of moguls wearing Oculus Rift headsets are the new pics of moguls with rappers. And who better to start the trend than media mogul and avid tweeter Rupert Murdoch?

According to the fantastic Tumblr “Murdoch Here,” Murdoch spent yesterday at NY computer graphics studio Framestore with pals Paul Cheesbrough, former NYC Chancellor of Education Joel Klein and 21st Century Fox chief of staff Natalie Ravitz. 

Posted on “Murdoch Here,” these stunning images are of the 83-year-old Murdoch “Ascending the Wall” in some virtual reality version of “Game of Thrones.”

This is impressive: It was just four years ago that Murdoch gave a talk at a digital technology conference clutching a small stack of papers. 

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Google Analytics Now Lets You Track Web And App Data In A Single View

Here is a small but important update to Google Analytics: Developers can now create a single reporting view that includes both web and app data. Google says this will help businesses that have multiple digital touchpoints for their users (web, mobile apps, other devices) to better understand them.

Until today, Analytics users had to choose between an app view or web view when they created views. Both options provided a slightly different experience.

Now, no matter how users collect their data (whether on the web or from a mobile app), all of the stats can appear in a single view, which should indeed give businesses an easier way to gain insights from their users’ behavior through Google Analytics. This also means that the current web “Visitor” and “Active User” app metrics are now combined in a single “User” metric.

Instead of talking about “Visits” — which really only makes sense on the web — Analytics now refers to “Sessions” across the service. According to Google, this will give you “a clear and consistent way to analyze and refer to all of your Google Analytics data.”

Users who want to keep their web and app metrics separate will have to filter them in their reporting views.

As part of this update, Google’s analytics.js library for web apps now also includes the ability to track the user’s screen name, app name, app version and exception tracking.

These new features will roll out to all Analytics accounts over the next few weeks.

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