These days there are streams of all kinds, showing off different games and all kinds of other things. Sometimes though, expected things happen during the stream, with swatting having become more common recently. However, it’s not every day that someone burns their house down live for the internet, something a Japanese game streamer accidentally did.
Streaming on Nico Nico Douga, a popular Japanese streaming site, the man stopped gaming for a while to show off his smoking skills. Unfortunately for him, his various mistakes with his match lighter ended up creating a fire around the tool. As if that wasn’t bad enough, he threw his lit match into a wastebasket which subsequently ignited spectacularly. By the time he had dealt with the match lighter, the trash bag had been consumed with flames.
Tossing the burning inferno into a corner, he attempts to put out the fire by piling on cardboard, a pretty bad idea given cardboard is a great fire starter. As the fire grew, his escalating attempts to combat the blaze with a futon and buckets of water proved too little too late. In the end, 30% of his home had burned down and both he and 3 relatives including his parents suffered minor injuries.
Even the help of his viewers did not avail him. Nico Nico allows viewers to send a voice message when they donate to the stream. Unfortunately for the streamer, he didn’t react to the warnings from his viewers about the growing blaze in the trash bag till it was too late, did not heed the advice to smother the flames with a futon (he only fanned it), failed to properly remove the trash bag to a better location in the first place.
This incident goes to show that lighting an open flame in a room full of combustibles is a bad idea. That is especially true if you have no proper plan to put out any flames or proper safety equipment like a fire extinguisher. Hopefully, this will serve as a reminder about the dangers of fire, especially if you’re unprepared to deal with it. Luckily no one was seriously injured this time around.
The big show is just a few hours away! AMD plan to unveil their latest and greatest graphics hardware via their live stream. Of course, we know a lot about the new graphics cards already, as leaks have been flooding in left, right, center, top and bottom, but that doesn’t mean that AMD haven’t still got a few surprises for us.
With the AMD Radeon R9 300 series, as well as the very promising AMD Fury and Fury X ranges ready to be launched into the wild, you can be certainly we’ll bring you the latest here at eTeknix.
Of course, if you’ve got the time away from work, you can tune into the live stream yourself later today @ 9am PT / 12pm ET / 5pm BST.
We’ll update this article as the stream continues – Last updated at 18:01 GMT
The Facebook F8 live stream starts in just a few minutes, where we expect to see Mark Zuckerberg reveal the future of VR and we hope, the next iteration, or at least some hardware details on the now Facebook owned Oculus Rift.
Some items were teased at yesterday and you can check out our coverage of the F8 event so far here.
We’re still waiting for the stream to start, but as you can see, there is an Oculus booth at the back, let’s hope we see something very cool from that team!
17:00 – Data centres
Mike Schroepfer, CTO at Facebook has taken to the stage.
Mike started out by discussing how communication has evolved, from the many days it used to take to send a letter around the world, to phones, to how we now share almost everything of our daily lives via social media.
Mike went on to discuss how Facebook are looking to continue scaling their services, building the computers and data centres required to provide the infrastructure for current and future technologies. For example, the four huge data centres that Facebook currently operates. He went on to explain how Facebook have improved efficiency and cost to help scale these services.
17:10 – React
React, Facebook’s open source project, used by many content providers to push content, such as NetFlix. The new version is now fully open source and available to use, officially launching right now. This could be a very powerful tool for developers.
17:11 – Internet
Mike discusses how large parts of the earth don’t have access to internet, how only small areas have 4G, a few more with 3G and again with Edge. Connectivity Labs are looking to solve this problem, satellites, drones and other technologies to help provide access to the world. See the picture of their first prototype drone, which runs on solar power and can provide internet access. Wing span is bigger than a 737 and it weighs more than your average car!
17:15 – AI and Neural Nets
Torch, their open source system for building AI. AI that can detect what is in images is no easy task, but Facebook’s new system using neural nets can detect content in videos, such as identifying which kinds of sports are being played in clips. Of course, it’s not limited to just that and could help curate content without the use of tags. It can also analyse all kinds of data to answer natural form questions, which we’ll explain more shortly.
17:20 – Cats
Mike is discussing how to manage content overload, there’s more data on Facebook than you could reasonably consume. The new AI systems could help better find the things that really matter to you.
17:22 – VR
VR time! They’ve shown a breakdown image of Oculus DK2, let’s hope that something new will be shown in a moment.
An in development game is being shown was being demoed real time using Oculus Rift (no idea which model). The game resolution is clearly higher than DK2.
“You’re going to be able to do this this year in VR” – Mike
17:25 – Crescent Bay Oculus Rift
He’s showing Crescent Bay hardware.
17:28 – More Oculus
Michael Abrash – Chief Scientist, Oculus, has taken to the stage.
“what is real” as said by Morpheus in the movie The Matrix. Something that is close to Michael, as he discusses how we should focus more on the world Reality in the term Virtual Reality.
He went on to say how our own eyes don’t take as much data about our world as there really is, such as the fabled dress that flooded social media recently.
He’s discussing how our brains interpret the world around us, filling in some of the voids the data that our other senses don’t accurately collect from around us and how that can relate to creating a realistic VR experience. If it looks real, how can you tell it’s not?
17:49 – Illusions
A long demo of visual and audio illusions, no doubt to show how reality can be twisted and how you can be made to believe things that are not real.
17:57 – Cresent Bay Resolution and Shipping Soon
5K x 5K resolution would be required for Oculus Rift Crescent Bay to simulate a desktop monitor display resolution at normal viewing distance and 16k x 16x, 200x as many pixels as the current Crescent Bay to simulate or normal vision, so there’s clearly a lot of room for improvement for VR technology.
One billion times more graphics performance in just 33 years!
Facebook have had a video platform for quite a while now, but compared to services like YouTube, I think it’s fair to say that Facebook’s solution sucks. All that is about to change, with a range of new features that are set to pave the way for better, more usable videos for content providers on Facebook and no doubt many of the features will benefit personal users in the long run too.
Content creators can now benefit from improved scheduling and takedown systems, with the added bonus that analytic data is no longer lost when the video is removed, for whatever reasons. You can better restrict your audience, which means more appropriate audience targeting to ensure the right people see the content you created. The file size is now 1.5GB and can run for up to 45 minutes, great for content creates who want to share short stories, possibly even movies and TV shows through the platform.
A new uploading system will allow for multiple uploads, as well as real-time updates on video processing, giving you a better idea of when your content will be ready to publish.
Location sensitive subtitles, publishing directly to tab and even custom thumbnails are certainly welcome features, which should help provide a more user-friendly experience.
You can now also manage the featured videos and playlists, no more random selections as seen by the current format.
The most important aspect, however, is the new Video API embed tool. You can simply pull a HTML embed code and share your video on other sites, such as in the content we create on eTeknix. This means sites may no longer need to rely on YouTube to share their content and it also means that Facebook content reach won’t be limited to the sites news feed.
Michael Huang opened up in the main hall, waiting for Mark Zuckerberg to take to the stage, showing just how far the platform and the event has grown since it first launched back in 2007. There will be nearly 3000 developers, 44 partners and more over the next two days, celebrating the current progress of Facebook and more importantly, discussing the future of the platform. Everyone from Zynga to Trip Advisor will be here, as well as Oculus, automotive companies, mobile companies and a few “stealth brands” that are set to reveal what they’re working on.
The event is a little late to start, seeing as people can’t find their seats, but we’re hearing a lot of rumours flooding in that there will be some very cool stuff on show.
Mark Zuckerberg has just taken to the stage and F8 is now officially under way.
More that 50 billion pieces of content, more than $8 billion paid out to app developers and more than 90% of the top apps in the world are integrated with Facebook. There’s no doubt that the platform is huge, with a more than a billion users around the world. Mark went on to discuss how they’ve continued to improve platform stability over the last year and how they aim to improve even further in the near future. He’s also gone on to discuss how they’ve worked to reduce malware on Facebook, as well how they’ve helped prevent developers requesting more app permissions from your devices than is really need, now said to be down 50% vs last year.
Mark went on to detail the number of users for each of their platforms.
Now preparing to discuss future products and projects for Facebook.
Mark is now discussing VR. How we used to text, how we upload photos, how we have started sharing more videos and soon, how we’ll be sharing Oculus Rift ready Spherical Videos. More information on Spherical Videos here.
Revealed their new Messenger Platform, which will further unify Facebook, sharing and apps, as well as offer you more dynamic ways to keeping in touch with friends and content.
Messenger Business. A new way to contact businesses. Need to get shipping details, complain, get price info, find out store information? I think Facebook just revealed what sounds like a futuristic call center, but where the companies manage their own contact system. This could save you from making awkward calls to companies that you would rather avoid.
Facebook developers are now discussing Parse, development of apps and the Facebook mobile platforms. We’re about to take a short break, but we’ll be back as soon as anything cool is revealed. Keep in mind, this event is on for two days! So we doubt that all the best stuff has been revealed in the first hour.
The Facebook F8 live stream started just a few minutes ago and we’re expecting to hear of many new features from Zuckerberg and his ever growing team.
The opening keynote will kick off in about 15 minutes, where Mark Zuckerberg will be no doubt blowing his own trumpet for a while, before going on to reveal new information with special guests from Whatsapp, live reel, Oculus and more!
We will, of course, be bringing you the latest, but while I advise you grab a drink to check it out, keep in mind that this event is two days long and you can check out the full schedule here.
What I’m most excited about is Oculus, will we get a release date for Oculus Rift? It would certainly be the place to do it, since Zuckerberg is the one writing and cashing the cheques for the company after their purchase of the VR company late last year.
Stay tuned for more updates as we wait for Mark Zuckerberg to take to the stage.