Posts Tagged ‘video’

How to Stop Auto Playing Videos

Friday, May 6th, 2016

In the larger scheme of things, auto-playing videos are generally a rather minor annoyance … but it’s still cool to know how to stop them.

Many sites throughout the Internet play videos automatically when you visit them. This can be video content that is published on the site or in form of advertisement displayed on the site. In the case of advertisement, most sites mute these videos by default but some are pushing it and turn on audio as well. Most web browsers ship with muting functionality to counter these without you having to hunt the tab where the sound is coming from these days, but muting won’t stop the video from playing.


Facebook Waves Goodbye to Flash Video

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

With both Facebook and Windows dropping Flash, it’s pretty clear that the end of Flash-based video is near.

Facebook announced on December 18, 2015 that it made the decision to switch from a Flash-based video player on Facebook to a HTML5-based media player. The company will use its HTML5 video player “for all Facebook web video surfaces” including videos on news feeds, pages, and in the Facebook embedded video player. Videos embedded directly from other sites, such as YouTube, use the HTML5 video player by default as well on Facebook.


The State of Media Source Extensions in Firefox

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

If you’ve noticed that Firefox has been having problems playing video since the Firefox 36 update, you might want to take a look at this …

Media Source Extensions (MSE) is a specification that enables JavaScript to generate media streams for playback. The most prominent website that requires Media Source Extensions for some functionality is YouTube. If you use the site’s HTML5 player without Media Source Extensions, only some video resolutions are made available. In particular, 720p is the highest quality that is available in this case even if the video itself is also available in 1080p or even 4k.


The Limitations of Google’s Chromecast Device

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Chromecast provides a simple, basic way to play videos from the internet on your TV set (providing that your TV includes an HDMI port.)

I have to admit that I was curious when I first heard about Chromecast and how some people used the device to play Internet or local videos stored on the computer on a television. While I do not watch a lot of TV, I do watch the occasional YouTube video or TV show on the PC. That’s fine most of the time but there are situations where I which I could stream videos from my PC or the Internet directly to the television instead.


How to Disable Auto-Play Videos on Facebook

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Interesting … now if they could only tell me how to disable auto-play videos on news sites.

Facebook introduced a new form of advertisement recently on the site. While it is not enabled for all users yet, it is enabled for you if you have noticed auto-playing videos in your feed recently. According to Facebook, videos  from individuals, some pages, and Summit Entertainment’s content for Divergent start to auto-play on the site at this point in time.


Unseen – A 4096-Bits Encryption Communication Service from Iceland

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Growing levels concern regarding communication privacy issues has given rise to scads of new encrypted email services … Like this one for example:

Quite a few companies and individuals aim to improve communication security. is third service that I have reviewed in the past 24 hour period that promises to improve user communication security and privacy (the other two are ShazzleMail and Telegram). Unlike the two services, Unseen is a complete communication product that combines email, audio and video calling, and chat in a single service.


Firefox to Support Google’s VP9 Codec from Version 28 On

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

The rest of the story is that Firefox will only support the Google video codec until Mozilla finishes its own video codec some time next year …

Mozilla improved Firefox’s support for select audio and video formats recently. For a long time, it did not really matter which codecs a web browser supported and which it did not, thanks to Adobe Flash and the way it handled that stuff. The rise of HTML5 video and audio however dragged along with it codecs that the browser needed to support suddenly to play media files directly.


Microsoft Introduces Us to the Gmail Man

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Wow. Just great; more annoying commercials … cool concept though.

It’s very common for the major technology companies to release video adverts for their products that deride or poke fun at the competition, probably the best example of these are Apple’s excellent parodies of Microsoft’s “I’m a PC” adverts.


Get to Know the Banshee Multi-Media Player

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Here’s an interesting multi-media player for Linux …

If you are a Ubuntu fan, you know the change is coming. As of Ubuntu 11.04, the default media player will migrate from Rhythmbox to Banshee. When I first read this announcement, I have to admit I was a bit disappointed. I was a fan of and knew, in order to stream in Banshee a paid subscription was required. But when I found out that MP3 integration was now built into Banshee, I lost any trepidation.


Royalty-free MPEG Codec Ups the Ante

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Here’s an interesting alternative to WebM/VP8 …

Amongst all the debate about Google’s WebM/VP8 and H.264, a royalty-free MPEG video coding standard has emerged