Watch Blue Origin’s Rocket Landing from Vehicle’s POV!

The internet seems to love the videos of the technically amazing Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket launching and landing again and we’ve seen quite a few videos of this and enjoyed them all. However, there’s one more angle you won’t have seen yet, as the team have released a point of view video from the rocket that gives you an awesome new look at the landing.

Blue Origin is led by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who released a Vine of the second landing attempt which took place on January 22nd (video below). The shot was created using a camera which was mounted on the vehicle’s booster. The video (at the bottom of the this page) is only six seconds long, but keep in mind that this is because it was sped up from its normal speed. In the video, you can see New Shepard descend towards the launch pad, then deploy its legs, before landing a perfect propulsive landing technique.

This is an amazing technical achievement that simply cannot be understated. Not only did they launch the rocket into space and land it safely back on Earth, the most recent launch was the very same rocket, showing that their plans for a reusable rocket is making great progress. The project is destined to be a reusable rocket that can take passengers into sub-orbital space, where they’ll experience four minutes of weightlessness and if that’s not cool enough, they’ve got plans for bigger rockets already in the works.

The team is clearly making great progress, and with Space X and Virgin Galactic, to name but a few, all working on pushing new innovations to the world of space travel, the next few years are going to be extremely exciting.

Check out the video of the Blue Origin New Shepard rocket landing below and let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Investors “Universally Negative” on Twitter as Five Executives Leave

With its share price plummeting and five of its top executive leaving the company, future prospects for Twitter have been branded as “universally negative” by investors, Business Insider reports. The departures were confirmed by new CEO Jack Dorsey on Twitter.

Head of Product Kevin Weil, Head of Media Katie Jacobs Stanton, Head of Engineering Alex Roetter, Head of HR Skip Schipper, and Head of Vine Jason Toff have all abandoned ship, the latter to return to work for Google.

Following the news, and reports that Twitter’s share price had dropped further to $17, Bob Peck ar SunTrust said, “Investors we speak with are almost universally negative on Twitter and its prospects.” SunTrust currently rates Twitter shares as ‘buy’.

“While we may not be the sharpest tools in the shed, we don’t see how the departure of the heads of three major business divisions can be viewed as a positive in the middle of an attempted business turnaround,” added Scott Devitt at Stifel, which has also downgraded Twitter from ‘hold’ to ‘buy’.

The appointment of Dorsey as Twitter CEO was hoped to correct the company’s downward spiral – shares have dropped by 50% over the past year – but his short tenure has seen the situation only worsen.

Did Twitter CFO Accidentally Tweet Plan to Buy Bieber Startup?

In what looked like it was meant to be a direct message, Twitter CFO Anthony Noto tweeted on his personal account, “I still think we should buy them. He is on your schedule for Dec 15 or 16 — we will need to sell him. I have a plan.” The tweet was subsequently deleted. Now, CNBC reporter Kristin Cwalinski has determined, thanks to her source, that the “he” in question is actually Justin Bieber, and the “them” Noto showed interested in buying is Shots.

Shots is a smartphone photo app – for iOS and Android – designed to take and share “selfies”. The app also has integrated chat function. But how does Justin Bieber factor into this? Well, the principal investor in the app, used predominantly by females under the age of 24, is the diminutive pop poppet himself, Justin Bieber.

Twitter already owns Vine, the six-second video app, but it user-base has severely diminished since the Facebook-owned Instagram added video functionality to its photo sharing facility.

Source: ars technica

Vine Application Released On Windows Phone Store

Good news for Windows phone users. Vine, the new short video service from Twitter, has finally arrived in its official avatar for Windows Phone. Users with smartphones based on Microsoft’s OS can now tap and hold the screen to create short, looping videos with sound, use camera tools like grid and ghost (which “help you shoot like a pro”) and essentially can put users in the spotlight with the front-facing camera.

The release of Vine on Windows Phone does not come as a surprise as it was one of the new apps announced during Nokia World at the end of October, along with Flipboard, Temple Run 2, FIFA 14, and Instagram. However, Twitter video-blogging app managed to get ahead of Facebook’s Instagram.

Windows Phone users get some exclusive features such as the ability to pin their favorite accounts to the home screen, which allows for easy and quick access to the same. The app page is now live and can be downloaded right away from the Windows Phone Store.

Thank you NextPowerUp and Vine for providing us with this information
Images courtesy of Vine

Vine Reports 40 Million Users, Was 13 Million Just 2 months Ago

Vine seems to be becoming a bit of an internet sensation. Twitter’s Vine video service now boasts over 40 million users, a milestone very few people thought it would ever reach given Instagram’s video service was expected to put pressure on the new social video platform. In a tweet from the official Vine Twitter account they announced:

“We’ve said this before and we’ll say it again: this community – now more than 40 million of you – is amazing. Thank you for inspiring us.”

This means that since its release in January 2013, the social media platform has grown exponentially. Vine was initially announced for iOS only back in January but since its arrival on Android in June Vine has seen an explosion of growth. Who’d of thought that ensuring users limit video clips to six seconds would have been so popular, the severe time constraints on the video lengths have really encouraged some serious creativity in social media.

Do you use the Vine service? What do you think of it?

Image courtesy of Vine

Instragram Adding Video Support

According to a report by Tom Waddington there are mentions of an “Instagram video” service in the code of the Instagram service. This apparently means we will see Facebook unveil the Instagram video service at an event which it has planned for June 20th.

The company has invited members of the press to the event tomorrow but gave no indication of what the event is about. It is believed Facebook is developing the video feature to combat the success of Twitter’s Vine service after that has had massive success and is catching up with Instagram, or even overtaking it in some cases.

According to a second report by AllThingsD the event tomorrow will only be used to launch the new Instagram video platform. Like Vine Instagram videos are expected to be limited in length but it remains to be seen how Facebook will differentiate its offering from Vine and most people are already expecting a mere imitation. Yet since Vine got in their first we could easily see it stay more popular as a video service, though Instagram still has a large user base so could battle through in the end.

Image courtesy of Instagram

Vine Is Now Bigger Than Instagram On iOS and Catching Up On Android

Vine is Twitter’s video service and its popularity is growing rapidly. Unsurprisingly it is has been popular than Instagram on Twitter for quite some time thanks to Twitter natively integrating it into their website yet it is also taking Android and iOS by storm.

On iOS Vine is now the most popular free app (at least it is at the time of writing) and Instagram is languishing down in 15th place. If Vine can maintain this type of popularity on iOS then it bodes well for its Android success as iOS has a huge number of users capable of influencing other Android users.

On Android, at the time of writing, Vine was taking fifth place whilst Instagram was taking fourth place. The two apps have been occasionally swapping back a forward for the past few days now and we should expect to see a more clear difference between the two apps emerge over the coming weeks. Yet Vine isn’t being received that well by users on Android with an average rating of 2.7 and nearly more 1 star ratings than 5 star ratings.

What we all want to know is will Vine still be this popular in say 6-12 months from now? Or will it just be a short-lived social media trend? What do you think?

Image courtesy of Vine