How to watch and make 360 degree YouTube videos

How to watch and make 360 degree YouTube videos

Google Cardboard lets you experience virtual reality (VR) in a very inexpensive manner. If you use the YouTube Android app along with Cardboard, you can even watch 360 degree videos which are really taking off and providing quite the immersive experience. For those of you on iPhones, YouTube will be supporting it “soon” however there is a third party app called in360Tube which provides that functionality right now.

 

WATCHING 360 DEGREE VIDEOS (NO HEADSET REQUIRED)

You don’t need Cardboard or any other VR headset to watch 360 degree videos. Try opening up https://www.youtube.com/360 in your Google Chrome web browser. Select one of the 360 degree videos. When you press play, you will notice arrows appear in the top left corner or you can click and drag the video screen using your mouse. It is fascinating to be in control of where you are watching during a video. I highly recommend you all try it out.


WATCHING 360 DEGREE VIDEOS USING CARDBOARD

I dislike Facebook’s idea for a new Dislike button

I dislike Facebook’s idea for a new Dislike button

Mark Zuckerburg announced Facebook’s new Dislike button which will be coming soon to a Facebook page near you. I understand what sparked this, it is the awkward moment you have when someone posts some bad news (natural disaster or death of a loved one) and you really don’t want to click “Like”. It just doesn’t seem right. However you want to show your support. Facebook is bringing us a Dislike button to help express empathy rather than disdain for posts.

Unfortunately I feel it could very easily backfire and get into a situation where people use it the wrong way or get the wrong meaning from it. Wouldn’t it be easier to use an emoticon such as a sad face? Not every moment is a good moment, but we don’t want to create more bad moments.

My First Kickstarter Campaign – UberStax!

My First Kickstarter Campaign – UberStax!

I’ve always wanted to try something on the very popular crowdfunding website known as Kickstarter. It’s an amazing way of presenting a fresh idea to a community who are looking to support innovation. This is my first Kickstarter project, and something I’m very excited about!

It’s called überStax, an accessory for anyone playing table top games. Young, old, families, and gamers. After designing numerous prototypes over the course of a year, I created a simple universal piece that snaps together with other pieces, becoming a purposeful ‘rack’ used to place cards, tiles, miniatures, or other game pieces during any gameplay.

Disney Parks Ban Selfie Sticks

Disney Parks Ban Selfie Sticks

Selfie sticks are now prohibited in Disney parks across the US. Disneyland Paris, Hong Kong and other Disney parks around the world are also expected to follow suit.

“We strive to provide a great experience for the entire family, and unfortunately, selfie sticks have become a growing safety concern for both our guests and cast,” said a representative from Disney.

Visitors with selfie sticks will now be asked to temporarily leave the accessory at the entrance. Originally park management planned to prohibit the device on rides only, but some stubborn visitors still managed to sneak them in and take shots while onboard an attraction. 

The Best Meditation Apps

The Best Meditation Apps

When most people think of meditation, they often imagine sitting silently in a lotus position, breathing deeply, and allowing thoughts to come and go. Many are not aware that meditation is a very freeform activity and there’s really no right or wrong way to do it.

Using apps to meditate might seem like a contradiction of some sort, but the truth is you can use anything to help you meditate – whether it’s the sounds of nature or words from a guided meditation app.

Because we take our smartphones pretty much everywhere we go, having a meditation app to help us be more mindful even in the midst of activity is a big game changer for how we spend our daily lives.

If you’d like to try out a meditation app, here are some of the best ones available today: