NexGTv to Start Services in 140 Countries

NexGTv to Start Services in 140 Countries

Mobile TV application NexGTv said it has begun expansion of its services into 140 countries, and will expand its business in a phased manner.

“We are delighted to go live across the world. Our endeavour is to deliver the best product and streaming experience to our audiences across the globe. NexGTv will be currently targeting its expansion in more than 140 countries through the global billing on its Android app,” NexGTv COO Abhlesh Verma said in a statement.

The Gurgaon-based company has started streaming content in English, Hindi and Tamil. In the first phase, the company plans to expand its offering targeting Indian-origin viewers in the UK, Australia, Canada, and the US.

The company has secured worldwide rights for Rajshree Entertainment, One Network Entertainment, HT Media , Star Entertainment and 9X Media. It also has rights for ‘It’s My City’ series starring Priyanka Chopra.

“In the first phase, NexGTv has already secured the requisite digital rights to screen content beyond Indian borders for more than 11,500 hours of programming from close to 20,000 hours of programming it hosts on the platform,” Verma said.

Besides an Android version of its application, NexGTv will expand its presence to Apple’s iOS. “The company will initially focus on Indian diaspora onto its premium platform and then source local content in the country of presence for wide reach,” NexGTv spokesperson added.

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Tags: Apps, Home Entertainment, India, Internet, NexGTV
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Microsoft Edge Browser to Start Automatically Pausing Flash Content

Microsoft Edge Browser to Start Automatically Pausing Flash Content

Microsoft has announced that much like Apple, Google, and Mozilla, it too is wary of Flash. The company says that it will introduce changes to its new Web browser Edge alongside the Windows 10 Anniversary Update later this year to give users more control over Flash content. The company also noted that it doesn’t see Flash being a part of Edge in the future.

In a blog post, Edge team announced that, by default, the Web browser will pause Flash content such as advertisements and peripheral animations when a user visits such a Flash-rich webpage. The company says that there are plenty of Flash alternatives that a developer can use instead.

The company urges developers to move to “a future where Flash is no longer necessary as a default experience in Microsoft Edge.” The ultimate goal is to adopt newer standards such as RTC and Web Audio. In the coming months, the company says it will work on bringing more Flash control to users.

“Flash has been an integral part of the web for decades, enabling rich content and animations in browsers since before HTML5 was introduced. In modern browsers, Web standards pioneered byMicrosoft, Adobe, Google, Apple, Mozilla, and many others are now enabling sites to exceed those experiences without Flash and with improved performance and security,” the company wrote in a blog post.

Google made a similar announcement for Chrome last year. At the time, the company noted that Flash content was impacting battery and memory hog. “This transition to modern Web standards has benefited users and developers alike. Users experience improved battery life when sites use efficient web standards, lowering both memory and CPU demands. Developers benefit as they are able to create sites that work across all browsers and devices, including mobile devices where Flash may not be available.”

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Tags: Apple, Apps, Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Flash, Google, Microsoft, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla, Safari, Software,Web browser
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Start Your Business Off on the Right Foot With These 10 Tips

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Getting into a new business venture is an incredibly complicated process. So you need to start with the basics and work your way up from there. Below is a collection of some tips from members of the small business community about the basics you need to start your business off on the right foot.

Learn Why Startups Fail

You’re likely already aware of some of the statistics about how often startups fail early on. But what about the reasons behind those failures? To avoid failure in your own startup, take a look at this post by Khawar Zaman on the Technorian blog that includes some of the reasons why startups fail.

Use the “One New Thing” Rule

When coming up with a new business idea, you don’t necessarily need to reinvent the wheel every time. Sometimes you just need to make one change on something that’s already familiar to people, as Douglas McLennan shares in the diacritical bloghere.

Perfect Your Online Marketing Process

Business owners can benefit from blogging for a number of reasons. But you need to come up with a strategy and a process for your blog in order for it to be effective. Benjamin Brandall discusses perfecting the blogging process in this poston the Process Street blog. And BizSugar members discuss the post further here.

Recognize Your Remote Employees

More and more small businesses are utilizing freelancers, contract workers and other remote employees these days. But it’s important to treat these employees well, the way you would with traditional employees. Simone Smith discusses how you can recognize your remote employees in the Hppy blog here.

Learn to Market Your Business

There are countless different ways you can market your business. But there are several basics that should be a part of any marketing plan. In this post on the Hendricks Design Studios blog, Sharese Hendricks shares some of the basics.

Follow Evolving SEO Strategies

Search engine algorithms are changing constantly, and with them, SEO strategies. But if you learn a bit about search engine updates, you may be able to shape your SEO strategies so that they get the best results possible. This post by Garrett Bonistalli in One Thing Marketing includes some information about Google algorithm updates and how they might impact SEO practices.

Handle Your Stress

Stress is an unavoidable part of running a business. But it doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing. If you can learn how to manage stress, as Chris Farmer discussesin this Corporate Coach Group post, you could potentially benefit. BizSugar members also share thoughts on the post here.

Advertise Your Business Using Twitter

Social media can be a huge help to any new business, since it’s a quick and inexpensive way to get the word out about your products or offerings. In a post on her That Kat blog, Kat Simpson shares some ways you can advertise your online store on Twitter.

Optimize Your Facebook Ads

Facebook is also a huge platform for businesses looking to advertise or promote their products or services. And there are ways you can make your Facebook ads more effective without necessarily putting in a lot of extra work. Here in the Social Media Examiner, Carolyn Berk shares some ways you can optimize Facebook ads.

Look Into Nontraditional Financing Options

No longer is there just one way to get your business financed. As Anna Helhoski shares in this CorpNet post, there are several nontraditional financing options you can consider. Members of the BizSugar community also share input on the discussion here.

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Absentia Tesseract VR First Impressions: A Promising Start, but Lots of Room to Improve

Absentia Tesseract VR First Impressions: A Promising Start, but Lots of Room to Improve

The competition for virtual reality headsets is heating up, and there are some clear frontrunners emerging – the Oculus Rift, whose Kickstarter project sparked the fresh wave of interest in the category is going to launch next year, while HTC just clarified that the HTC Vive will be available from April. Sony’s PlayStation VR will also release next year, and on the mobile front, the Samsung Gear VR isalready on sale.

One problem that is shared across all the different gadgets in this space is that they’re all going to be pretty expensive – the Gear VR is the cheapest, at $99 (approximately Rs. 6,600), but it only works with certain high end Samsung phones – which, coupled with the limited exposure to VR means that the technology will remain a niche for some time, particularly in countries like India.

However, there are plenty of new headsets under development as well, including the Tesseract by Absentia, which is tentatively going to be priced at Rs. 12,000 for the HD version, and Rs. 20,000 for a QHD version.

(Also see: HTC Vive First Impressions: Serious Oculus Rift Competition)

The Absentia team brought its headset to Delhi for Comic Con, and we also tried the headset for an extended session the next day.

tesseract_front.jpgHow does the Tesseract measure up when compared to the Vive, Rift, or Gear VR? We’ve used the Rift Dev Kit 2, the Gear VR Innovator Edition, and the first iteration of the Vive – Oculus has shown off updates to the Rift, and HTC will be updating the Vive prototype before the consumer goes on sale in April, so the actual devices you can buy will be a lot better than the models we tried. However, that’s the case with the Tesseract as well, and the team talked to us about some major changes that are expected in the next six months. With that in mind, here are our first impressions of the headset.

First and foremost, the display used is impressive. The QHD screen is crisp and sharp, and the simple lens adjustment made it easier to use this headset while wearing glasses than the other two. There is no screen door effect to speak of – when the image is holding still, you would still need to peer carefully to be able to tell.

In terms of design, the unit felt closer to the Gear VR Innovator edition than the other two – it was light, and once we were strapped in, the weight wasn’t noticeable. This display can be worn comfortably for long periods without any real issues. It uses the standard strap arrangement that the other headsets use, and is connected to your computer with an HDMI and a USB cable. This is all pretty standard, but one big difference is that there is no companion camera to track your movement.

tesseract_lens_correction.jpg(Also see: Oculus Rift Preview – Bringing Reality to the Virtual World)

You can’t walk around in the virtual world and have your actions mapped automatically – you’re still reliant on the controller. There’s no head-tracking either – this was the case with the first generation Rift Development Kit, where you could look around but not lean in. The second Dev Kit added a camera and LED sensors on the body of the headset. This means that you could lean your head forward to take a closer look at something, or flinch away from something. It doesn’t sound like a big change but it really helps with the immersion to be able to do this. That makes sense when you think about it; the ability to look around gives you 2D motion – allowing you to move in and out of the scene as well goes from 2D, to 3D.

The Absentia team says that there is a second inertial motion unit on the headset, which should allow this kind of tracking, but this is still a work in progress; the team tells Gadgets 360 that it will be implementing this feature by early 2016.

Adding support for head tracking (and not just point of view tracking) will go a long way towards improving the immersion with the headset.

tesseract_inside.jpgAccording to the team, it uses a 5.5-inch QHD LCD display, giving a pixel density of 463ppi. Absentia also says that the FOV of the screen is 110-degrees, with a refresh rate of 90Hz. While we could not measure these figures, visually speaking, once the lenses were adjusted to account for the distance from each eye, there were no problems at all. The screen did not flicker, and filled up our entire vision. Once we were wearing headphones, we weren’t looking at a screen, we were inside GTA 5.

Another feature that will be implemented early next year is compatibility with game consoles, starting with the PlayStation 4. The PS4 supports HID controls, and the Absentia team believes that this method can be used to integrate your point-of-view tracking with the PS4, so that the Tesseract can be used with the console, along with PCs.

The lack of cameras to track your movement feels like a major shortfall right now. That would probably not stack very well with a lot of existing content, but it restricts the kind of experiences that are possible with the headset. The most moving part of trying the HTC Vive, for example, was Tilt Brush, a 3D painting app, where you could draw in the air, and walk around the through the art you were creating. You could draw in neon lights, of textures like snowall, on a 3D canvas that you could walk through. It’s a near religious experience and one that won’t be replicable on the Tesseract.

The focus on existing PC games is a double edged sword. On the one hand, it allows the Tesseract to work out of the box with an impressive array of games, which will no doubt help with adoption – the lack of VR content is a big challenge right now. However, it also means that the headset will not be as optimised for pure made for VR experiences, which could lead to a compromised first impression. Of course, we’re still some months away from the Tesseract’s actual launch, and there is plenty of time left for the device to evolve. Oculus founder Palmer Luckey warned in a comment on Reddit that a lot of shitty headsets are coming, and a handful of good ones. From what we’ve seen, the Tesseract has the potential to be one of the good ones, as long as it keeps evolving right now.

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