1. Hollywood & Vines: Airbnb, the internet service which allows you to rent cool apartments around the world, is crowdsourcing a short film made entirely of Vine videos. You have until tomorrow to share your short film on Twitter for consideration. Anyone whose Vine gets chosen for the final film will receive $100 to spend on Airbnb. The film will then air on Sundance Channel on September 12. Click here for more details about how to participate and/or watch the YouTube video (below), which explains the process:
2. Instagram Aquires Luma: In a sign that Instagram is intent on boosting its video capabilities, the photo sharing app has acquired the video sharing app, Luma, according to Mashable. Instagram first introduced video in June. Luma allowers users to personalize videos by adjusting the brightness, contrast, saturation and exposure. Luma also features high quality filters. Luma announced that it will be shutting down as part of its move to Instagram and advised users to download their videos. We're excited to see the new InstaLuma--or whatever the updated app will be called.
3. New Yahoo Usernames: Did you fill out your Yahoo username wish list last month? Beginning today, you can see if your dream Yahoo username is still available. But don't worry -- even if you don't get one of your top five choices, you can keep tabs on unclaimed usernames via a Watchlist (which will cost you $1.99), which lets you watch up to five usernames for three years. If one of the names becomes available, Yahoo will hold it for you for 14 days. Any guess about the most requested usernames? Yahoo reports that David, Michael, and Alex were the top 3 name requests for men and Maria, Jennifer, and Jessica were the most popular for women.
4. New 'Trailer" for MacBook Pro: Is it a trailer for a new action film or an ad for a MacBook Pro? It seems to be a trailer for the new MacBook Pro. The teaser video, which has been airing in theaters around the country, ends with the line ‘Fall 2013,' when the new MacBook Pro will be released. We can't wait to see who will be starring in the MacBook Pro movie (joking). See the 'trailer' below:
5. Digital Gap: It's hard to believe, but according to a new Pew Research Center report on Broadband, 20% of U.S. adults are still without broadband or smartphones for internet access. And 3% of people in the country still using dial-up connections. Remember those?! Still, 70% of American adults have a high-speed broadband connection at home as of May 2013. “We’ve consistently found that age, education, and household income are among the strongest factors associated with home broadband adoption,” said Kathryn Zickuhr, Research Associate for the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project and lead author of the report. “Many dial-up users cite cost and access as the main reasons they don’t have broadband, but for adults who don’t use the internet at all, a lack of interest is often the main issue.”