Today, Facebook launched their newest product, Facebook Places, on their Facebook Live channel.
Places helps users share where they are, where their friends are, and to discover new places around them. With features like notifications when friends are near and integration with partners such as Gowalla, Foursquare, Yelp and Booyah, the product provides a whole new layer to the experience of sharing places.
The Facebook Live channel, with Livestream as its official live streaming partner, serves as the central online space to hear Facebook announcements, watch press events, take part in live chats with Facebook engineers & special guests and to watch the annual f8 developer conference. It also incorporates Facebook’s real-time Live Feed technology to facilitate interactions between the viewing audience and the speaker.
Livestream CEO Max Haot had this to say regarding the launch of Facebook Live:
“We are proud to be the official live streaming partner for Facebook Live and to help Facebook extend its events at Facebook HQ to the broader online community.”
To learn more about Places, click through to watch the replay of Facebook’s announcement now.
Starting June 7, Internet Week invites all interested companies and organizations to participate. Like the Web itself, Internet Week is open: anyone can throw events citywide. Over 100 events, ranging from parties and meetups to executive breakfasts and conferences will be hosted throughout NYC.
From the official headquarter space in Chelsea, to the official hotel, The Standard, in the Meatpacking District, to the many crowd-sourced events held citywide, this space will be both a place for attendees to meet, greet, and get a little work done, as well as hosting arts, technology, media and entertainment exhibitions and social events.
Events include the Microsoft Expression Studio 4 launch, workshops on user experience sells and social media, and a World Cup 2010 Kickoff party & tweetup. No organization is too big or too small to be included.
Experience open access for all live at http://livestream.com/internetweekny.
Yesterday we debuted a new live streaming application, built specifically for the Facebook F8 conference (held yesterday in San Fancisco). The event was an incredible success and we’re proud to announce the Facebook partnership. Now that the dust has settled we’d like to take you through a few of the product features in more detail.
1. Support for iPad & iPhone via HTML5
The entire F8 application can be viewed on iPad as well as on your desktop computer using HTML5 versions of the Livestream Player. While live, the streams were also available to iPhone, Android and Blackberry users via our mobile website.
2. Six Simultaneous Live Streams
As well as the primary keynote stream, users are able to watch any of four ‘Breakout Sessions’ as well as a live roaming camera hosted by Randy Zucherberg. Realtime thumbnails for each stream are available throughout the application for content discovery.
3. Roaming Camera powered by Livestream Livepack
Mobile live streaming is made possible using the Livestream Livepack, an elegant backpack solution for reliable high bandwidth mobile broadcast. Find out more about Livepack here.
4. Live-blogging from mobile devices
The F8 team are able to update live-blogs on each of the streams directly from their iPhones to keep viewers in the know. In addition, we made it possible for viewers to watch one stream while reading the live-blog of another.
5. Ask a Question
During the event viewers were able to ask questions from within the Livestream application directly to people being interviewed on the roaming camera. Randi Zucherberg could read and filter these questions directly on her iPad.
iMap® Weather Radio is Designed to Save Lives by Combining the Power of a Weather Radio with the Precision and Convenience of a Smartphone
Austin, TX (PRWEB) April 7, 2010 — Helping to save lives and protect property during severe weather events and other natural hazards, weather leader Weather Decision Technologies, Inc., (WDT) is launching a new nationwide alerting program for iPhone in partnership with local broadcasters across the United States.
The alerting program, dubbed the Integrated Multimedia Alerting Program (IMAP) is designed to provide consumers with precise alerts for their location and up to four other locations delivered to their mobile devices. The solution also delivers real-time streaming video from local television stations, live audio feeds from local radio stations, and spoken warnings from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Weather Service (NWS).
“NOAA wants its alerts to be widely available through multiple methods to enhance personal safety and security for the general population,” said Chris Maier, National Warning Coordination Meteorologist for NOAA’s National Weather Service. “Enabling mobile users to access timely alerts from NOAA ensures this critical information gets to those in harm’s way.”
“The IMAP network offers local media companies the ability to convert their audience’s mobile devices into a next-generation ‘weather radio’, featuring video, verbal, and/or textual severe weather early warnings,” said Mark Taylor, Senior Vice President, Interactive Media of WDT. “The location-sensitive platform allows local television and radio broadcasters to provide breaking news for the precise location of mobile device users and to deliver those broadcasts immediately, in times of impending danger.”
WDT is showcasing the IMAP platform at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) annual convention in Las Vegas, April 12-15, 2010. This IMAP platform provides a direct alerting connection between the United States’ broadcasting companies and iPhone users, allowing local meteorologists to provide real-time streaming video to smartphones during the weather events that affect them.
By joining the IMAP Network which provides sophisticated location-based services and pinpoint accuracy for any given severe weather alert, local media broadcasters may participate in providing a unique, co-branded service to consumers in their demographic market area (DMA). This allows them to extend their brand to iPhones and ultimately iPads and other mobile devices, and deliver important weather information via video or audio during times of hazardous weather.
By downloading the iMap Weather Radio application from mobile stores, weather alerts are automatically delivered directly to mobile devices and synchronized with branded, local media severe weather programming, providing a 360 degree multimedia view of any given alert event. In its initial implementation, local media company members of the IMAP Network are able to leverage the IMAP platform to create their own branded iPhone applications, which may be marketed within their own DMA’s as an integral part of the service broadcasters provide, tied to the seamless, nationwide IMAP network. The iMap Weather Radio application for iPhone also provides an Interactive iMap, showing the location of the user relative to warnings and radar echoes.
WDT is partnering with Livestream, the leader in live stream video technology for live streaming videos of local media content. “We look forward to helping local broadcasters integrate their live weather content with WDT’s ground breaking mobile weather applications,” said Max Haot, Chief Executive Officer of Livestream. “Livestream’s unique live streaming capabilities to iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry and easy to install turn-key encoder makes it an easy choice for their broadcast partners,” said Haot.