We are heading into the last weekend of Summer. Many will hit the open road, while a few of us will stay home and channel our inner grill master. Whatever your plans are for this Labor Day Weekend, remember to pack your GoPro and younity app. Enjoy!
My how times have changed. Remember your first computer? Remember how much storage it had? Probably not much. Nowadays, storage is hardly a limitation and that creates new problems for us all. At younity, we’ve been focused on finding a solution for the growing data fragmentation problem. We want you to have All of your files available on ALL of your devices, ALL of the time.
That’s no small order, since most households now have more than 3 devices and that number is expected to climb to 6+ devices per household in only 1 year! Many of us also have USB hard drives and files uploaded across “the cloud” via Dropbox, GoogleDrive and Flickr to name a few. In fact, most of us now have over 1 terabyte of content spread across several places and devices that don’t communicate with each other. We are excited that many of you are already experiencing younity‘s unification of all of the movies, music, videos and libraries, and streaming these files from your Mac & Windows computers, and Cloud services, directly to your iOS devices, but this is still the beginning – lots more to come in the next 6 months.
A while back, Pingdom put together a great pictorial history of data storage that makes us all marvel at the progress that we have seen on data and cloud storage. The 1024-bit selectron (pictured above), held a whopping 512 bytes in the late 1940s. Enjoy the tour at Pingdom and don’t forget to #getyounity!
We are excited to have been chosen as one of the few global startups that were selected for the 2014 CTIA inaugural class at Super Mobility Week. While we are certainly hoping to be selected as one of the top three startups that will be recognized at the event, we are really looking forward to showcase the younity app to this audience.
The event takes place September 8-11 and we will be one of three companies representing the Los Angeles Area startup community. The other two LA-based companies, Osurv and FreedomPop, look pretty awesome, as do all the other finalists from around the world.
Learn more about the CTIA Startup Lab and view the full list of finalists.
Wish us luck! Thanks.
If you’re like most people, your smartphone has several hundred photos on it, but your computer has tens of thousands. Couple that with the fact that most people actually have more than one computer and it is no secret where most of our photos are stored. What may surprise you, however, is that most of those photos were actually taken with a camera. That’s right, an actual camera – you’ve probably heard of that antiquated thingy that some dude invented almost 200 years ago. While the death of the camera has been greatly exaggerated, Instagram has never made it easy for us to publish our best photos. To do so always required some pain in the ass work-around of getting the photos onto your Camera Roll somehow, then finally opening them up in Instagram. Well no more. younity now allows you to publish any photo, stored on any computer you have, directly to Instagram. With just one click.
One-click photo posting to Facebook, Twitter and Flickr have always been in younity, but now you can do the same thing with Instagram. So the next time you want to #TBT that Instagram photo of you as a kid, the killer photos you shot with your camera or maybe your GoPro, or just some old iPhone photo you had to get off your phone to free up storage, younity’s got you covered. Just open younity, browse to your photo and in one-click you’ve got any photo you’ve ever taken opened in Instagram.
Here’s how it works:
1. Make sure younity is installed on all your computers – it will automatically find all your photos;
2. open younity on your smartphone or tablet, browse to your photo via the Photos view or the Files view (whichever you prefer);
3) select your photo and then click the “Activity View Controller” button (the box with the up arrow coming out of it, in the lower-right of the screen);
4) select the Instagram icon; and
5) resize your photo and select “Done” to open in Instagram.
That’s it. Your photo will now open up in Instagram for you to apply any filters or adjustments, just like normal. Add your comments and hashtags. Don’t forget to #getyounity, so we can spotlight your photos via our social media channels.
Everyone deserves a second chance. To celebrate our recent release of younity that auto-discovers and catalogues your GoPro content, Engadget gave away a younity-loaded iPad Mini and GoPro Hero 3+. The contest was such a huge success, but we felt bad for the tens of thousands of people who wrote in the comments, on our Facebook Page and Twitter that they wanted to win. We wanted to say thanks for all the encouragement and we’re here to give you one more chance at this killer prize pack.
HERE’S THE DEAL:
- Contest starts at 12:00pm EDT, Thursday, August 7, 2014
- Contest ends at 12:00am EDT, Monday, August 11, 2014
- Winner will receive an iPad Mini pre-loaded with younity and a brand spanking new GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition.
- This is a worldwide contest – all you folks in the UK that were bummed with Engadget, we’re looking at you!
- Winner will be picked at random on Monday, August 11, 2014 and contacted via the account information (email, Facebook or Google+) used to create their younity account. If after 48 hours the winner has not confirmed their contact information, we will select another winner. We’ll keep doing this until we get a confirmed winner.
HOW TO ENTER:
1. Install younity on at least 1 iOS device (iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch)
2. Install younity on at least 1 computer (Windows or Mac)
Completing steps 1 AND 2 above will automatically enter you to win.
5 runners-up will receive free younity t-shirts
SERIOUSLY, AN IPAD MINI AND A GOPRO?
GoPros shoot amazing video, but we could never store it on our iPhones or iPads. That is, not until younity let you find it, stream it and share it. We realized that GoPro+iPad+younity was an amazing combination. Even professional filmmakers like Jeremy Pettit (Burton Snowboards, Red Bull Media, ESPN) talked about how big of a deal this is for finding, accessing and sharing video content.
THIS IS AWESOME, WHY ARE YOU GUYS DOING THIS?
Thanks, we love being awesome! But really it’s because we love our GoPros and when we enhanced younity to automatically find/stream/share our video, we wanted to let all our GoPro friends know so they could get even more awesomeness in their life. So now you know – get younity and you can carry around all your GoPro video with you, no matter where you are. (Of course, this is in addition to all your music, photos and other videos!) Check out our GoPro landing page to learn more.
Originally posted on Engadget at: http://www.engadget.com/2014/07/29/engadget-giveaway-ipad-mini-gopro-hero3-younity
Summer has long been the season of vacations, beach outings and BBQs, and that means documenting every possible moment on camera. It helps to have your tunes close at hand, too, in case the party’s about to jump off. The task of copying over playlists and organizing photos in the aftermath can be a pain, but younity’s personal cloud service could help simplify the task. Instead of syncing and storing data on the cloud, it turns all your devices into dedicated media streamers. That means you have centralized access to all of your files, regardless of which gadget they’re on — they just need to be connected to the internet. Younity also added GoPro integration, letting you discover, catalog and instantly share camera content right from your iPhone or iPad. That’s why this week, one lucky Engadget reader will be winning a GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition camera and an iPad mini. All you need to do is head down to the Rafflecopter widget below for up to three chances at winning this adventurous combo courtesy of the folks at younity.
Jeremy Pettit is an award winning director, filmmaker and founder of Northside Productions. He is best known for his action sports films, including the “Pat Moore: Blueprint” series for Red Bull. His clients also include Burton Snowboards, Adidas, Mountain Dew, ESPN and many others.
As a filmmaker, I’m constantly collecting new footage and I rely on access to it. I need to stay on top of what I’ve got for each project that’s in production. My crew collaborates with me to create the finished project and I need to know what they’ve got in the can. And the athletes I shoot are part of this process in many different ways, and they need to know what they’ve shot already as well so that they can build on their footage. Having immediate access to everything we’re getting is key to the end goal, the finished product.
At the same time, the cameras I use produce enormous video files so you can really enjoy what these athletes do on a big screen. This means I usually travel around with quite a few hard drives, catalogs of what’s been shot already for the project. I have to do this while traveling the world on a near continuous basis, and my bags are heavy enough with all my camera gear!
What I’ve found with younity is that it gives me two things. First, I can instantly have access to all my video stored back in my studio, and all I need is my phone to view it all. Any time I want, I can browse through the libraries of footage I’ve produced and review it for any reason – to pitch a new project or double check shots for an existing project. Second, I can securely share it with my crew and the athletes we’re working with.
The biggest advantage to me is being able to securely share content with athletes. Uploading video online is often not an option – this video is my revenue stream and we keep these projects as private as possible until the release dates. If I lose control of it, it’s a disaster for my business. In the past, the only ways athletes could review the footage we shot on a trip was to see it while we were on the shoot or have them fly out to my studio and check it out during the edit once the shooting has wrapped up. With younity, I can share any of my content with them (even if I’m in Alaska and that footage is stored back in Los Angeles) and know it can’t be downloaded or re-shared with anyone else.
About Jeremy Pettit
Jeremy Pettit, founder of Northside Productions, is an award winning director and filmmaker. He is known for his acclaimed production of action sports films, including the “Pat Moore: Blueprint” series for Red Bull Media House and Burton Snowboards last full length film, “13″. His clients include Red Bull, Burton Snowboards, Adidas, Mountain Dew and ESPN, among many others. More about Jeremy and Northside Productions’ work can be seen at www.northsideproductions.tv.
GoPros are awesome little cameras that let us capture our passions in amazing, high definition detail. While the tiny adventure camera can be taken with you anywhere you go, the same can’t be said for its video files – they’re BIG! That is, until now. younity automatically discovers the GoPro video you have across all your computers, builds a catalog of it and puts that on your smartphone and tablet. That means you can take all the GoPro video you’ve ever created with you everywhere you go. No uploading, no syncing, no wondering where all those videos are. Just open younity and browse your own personal Netflix to stream on-demand.
Automatic means that all you have to do is store it on any computer or external hard drive that is connected to your younity account. Within seconds, younity will automatically find that video on its own and create a GoPro “library” for you. It even extracts the first frame of your video so you can readily identify one from another. This lets you easily browse all your GoPro video any time you want, then stream it on-demand to your smartphone/tablet or privately share it with any of your friends, no matter where they are.
Why does this matter? If you shoot even a little bit of video with your GoPro, you’ve got far more content than can be put on any smartphone or tablet and many, many times more than any free online storage account (even after inviting a ton of friends to get that extra free storage). This means that virtually all that video is locked away on one of your computers. That’s no big deal if you want to bring everyone back to your house to see your latest adventure, but most of us share videos over drinks with our friends, dinner with family or in some kind of social setting. younity now lets you access all this video without planning ahead – for FREE.
So the next time someone asks you how the surf trip was or if the snow was actually that good or if you really pulled off that trick, younity’s got you covered.
We’re happy to announce that younity now streams iTunes movies, TV shows and video. This means all the content you bought on iTunes can now be streamed with younity – no downloading or syncing required! We appreciate how much our users love streaming their video with younity, but we’ve been getting a lot of requests to enable streaming of content purchased on iTunes. We totally understand that need – until now, if you wanted to watch the movies you bought on iTunes, you had to sync them from your computer to your phone or download them from iTunes to your phone. Neither of those options are very good. Most of us forget to sync our devices until it is too late (we’re away from our computer). Downloading can take a looooong time, even if you are on a good WiFi network. But the real problem is that our devices often don’t have enough storage for a single movie, let alone a movie library! Streaming has never been an option with iTunes. With today’s update, however, you can stream your entire movie iTunes movie collection on-demand.
So what does this mean? If you have a lot of movies and TV shows that you bought on iTunes, you can now carry around that entire library of content on your phone and stream it whenever you want – no planning ahead required. Want a movie while you’re traveling for work? No problem. Need to pacify the kids so you can finish dinner with your spouse at the restaurant (this is a big use case for my wife and I)? We’ve got you covered. younity has always let you unify and carry around your entire music library and all your non-DRM video, but this feature means that your iTunes purchased content is as free to access as all your other content.
We see our users accessing and sharing video more and more each month. It’s as big a deal to us as it is to you; after all, we’re younity users just like you are. We’re going to keep working on making video a better and better experience. Stay tuned, because we have some really fun features coming out very soon to make video even better.
Keep in mind, iTunes video (but not audio) is encrypted with DRM (digital rights management) and is typically not able to be streamed. So to do this, there are a few things to know: 1) we won’t optimize (transcode) streaming the same way we do with your non-DRM video, this results in a full resolution stream that can be slower than normal video playback; 2) we’ll play your video in your device’s Safari web browser, not within our iOS app; 3) younity will not let you share iTunes purchased video because of DRM; and 4) you might need to get your Apple ID keys onto your device if you’ve never used them for video (this is easy, just read this).
The top father’s day gifts for 2014 will always be the gifts that remind him of the great times that you spent together. Sharing “that special moment,” whether it be through a photo, video or song, will be a great father’s day gift. Your gift of Father’s Day tech doesn’t have to be all about the gadget.
If you are looking for a way to share those special memories this Father’s Day, we’d like to share some ideas that our users have given us. Our favorite idea is the Father’s Day digital album. The lucky dad gets an iPad where the family can share content reminding Dad just how special he is. You can share all of those special photos, videos and songs that remind you of Dad. For a quick refresher, you can scan our article Share Any File, Anytime, With Any Friend.
If your Digital Dad already has his fill of iOS devices, you can use younity to access and view your favorite nostalgia with dad. If the family wants to get in on the action, you can stream the music, pictures and videos to your TV or stereo. younity integrates with Bluetooth and Airplay so that its super easy to sit back and enjoy your memories on your favorite electronics. As a bonus, he’ll enjoy that you’ve taken time to help him learn about his new younity app.
Have a great Father’s Day!
The Entangled Media Team