Timing is everything in comedy, and Viacom's Comedy Central network thinks now is the time to bring digital stand-up content to TV.
In a partnership with the Microsoft console, Comedy Central launched its CC:Stand-Up app on Xbox 360 Tuesday, bringing a library of 6,000 videos from more than 700 comedians straight to television for the first time.
The app is available for people with a paid Xbox Live Gold subscription, which typically costs $5 a month with a one-year commitment, although deals on the membership periodically crop up.
Ben Hurst, Viacom Entertainment Group's vice president of … Read more
Music is Spotify's bread and butter, but starting Monday, its library of stand-up comedy content can't complain that it don't get no respect.
Working with Bedrocket Media Ventures, which runs the Official Comedy channel on YouTube, Spotify rolled out a new app to draw attention to its comedy audio library.
Stand-up material is finding growing traction online. Earlier this month, Viacom's Comedy Central network launched a site selling unlimited streams and downloads of uncut, uncensored stand-up specials for $5 each. The mega media conglomerate is following in the footsteps of Louis C.K., who produced his &… Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Jeff Bakalar goes one-on-one with the Predator himself.
- Cosplay at Comic-Con 2013: colorful, outrageous, and Internet-friendly (pictures).
- Steel yourselves, movie fanboys, for Superman-Batman.
- Get your 3D-printed head ripped off at Comic-Con.
- The 404 Show Sideshow Collectibles booth tour.
Nearly two years ago, before Google Glass was introduced, Francesco Giartosio started work on augmented reality eyeglasses with Gianluigi Tregnaghi, who developed heads-up displays for air force pilots' helmets, and Andrea Tellatin, who worked on the development of the smartwatch I'm Watch. The result is GlassUp, smartphone-connected eyewear that displays e-mails, tweets, Facebook updates, news, and other data as if it's in the air in front of users' eyes, via a low-powered Bluetooth connection.
GlassUp differs from Google Glass in several ways. It is currently a "receive only" device, lacking mechanisms such as voice input to … Read more
Smartphones have pretty much taken over as the default navigation tool for many drivers. However, some locales (including our home state of California) have outright banned smartphone use in the car: no windshield mounts, no dashboard cradles. So, how are you going to get your turn-by-turn directions when looking at your phone is illegal? Today, Garmin announced a new way to interact with its StreetPilot and Navigon smartphone navigation apps: the HUD.
HUD -- short for head-up display -- sits on the dashboard at the base of the windshield, where it projects navigation data upward into the driver's line of sight, either onto a transparent film affixed to the windshield glass or a reflector lens that attaches to the HUD device. Both the film and reflector lens are included with the device.… Read more
For this season's round of giveaways, we'll start it off with the Kindle Paperwhite. After being named "the classic beach device," this thing almost handled itself in the face of turmoil. While the sun, heat, and lava rock were mostly a breeze, the Kindle fell at the hands of the Pacific Ocean. If a lucky new owner can somehow get the thing working again, we'd love to see it live long enough to pump out one more good read.
Wearable tech is becoming a hotbed for innovation, but fitness tech has been the category that's opened people's minds to wearing tech 24-7. So we're taking the Fitbit Flex and the Jawbone Up and throwing them into the Prizefight ring!
The Fitbit Flex is the company's first fitness wristband with Bluetooth syncing. The Jawbone Up brings a unique design that's been fine-tuned after its initial release.
Both of them measure your steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned, and quality of sleep with complementary apps.
Who will cross the finish line first? Will it be the … Read more
It's safe to say that our expectations of the GoPro Mountain Games, and the entirety of Vail, Colorado, were greatly exceeded. If the gorgeous weather, cobblestone streets, and bouldering world championships weren't enough to generate permasmiles, the Rocky Mountains provide a perfect environment for the Always On crew to do their thing. In fact, many of us around the office have determined that the land-locked, rectangular-shaped state of Colorado wields enough awesomeness to give Hawaii a run for its money.