DT Daily: Samsung’s Milk Video, videogame politics, tech ‘fashionables’

Today on DT Daily: Samsung takes aim at YouTube, a politician calls out a video game, and is jewelry the key to taking wearables mainstream? 

Earlier this year, Samsung introduced Milk Music, a free streaming music service for folks with Galaxy smartphones. Now, Samsung has taken the next step with Milk Video.

Milk Video only works on a range of Galaxy phones and phablets, and Samsung has signed on a clutch of content providers, including Vice, Red Bull, College Humor, Funny or Die and a bunch more. Samsung says some exclusive original content is also planned. At the moment, Milk Video is free and ad-free, but how long that lasts remains to be seen. You’ll need a Galaxy S3 smartyphone or better to use Milk Video, and the app is available now in the Google Play store.

You’d think that a videogame allowing players to participate in historical events from 200 years ago would be pretty benign politically, but with the latest version of Assassin’s Creed, that’s apparently not the case. A former French minister says he thinks the latest version of the popular game, called Assassin’s Creed Unity, is right wing propaganda aimed at the French government and promotes “a hatred of the republic.”

Seeing how the game takes place during the height of the bloody French Revolution, we suppose a connection could be made, but really now, it’s just a video game.

You might remember the new MICA wearable from Intel we showcased recently. It’s in the form of a fashionable bracelet and it’s being marketed to women. We’ve also recently covered these earrings, which tracks health parameters, and this connected ring.

That brings us to the Plumora, another fashionable bracelet that pairs to your phone to give you discreet notifications through vibration and some LED lights. It’s not ground-breaking tech, but along with other jewelry and fashion-forward wearables, we definitely see it as part of a trend. Is the path forward for wearables essentially for them to be almost invisible or built into fashionable accessories? It sure seems like it, and we’re glad to see it.

No one wants to be that person with their nose in their phone all the time, and outside of the geek-sphere, not many folks seem willing to sport geeky glasses or clunky smartwatches. So we’re keeping an eye on what we’ll call “fashionables,” and if they can help people keep their eyes off screens and on the road, sidewalk or their loved ones, we’re all for it. And it doesn’t hurt if it looks good as well.

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