Web

Discovery reinvents itself for the Internet with TestTube

testtubeOn first glance, the math of Television Company + Science wouldn’t necessarily add up to “Online network of all-original content.” But Discovery Communications’ TestTube – what the company described as a “digital video network” launching with 15 short-form series with more in development – is actually less of a gamble than it may seem.

The network’s announcement follows the company’s purchase of Internet television production company Revision3 last year in a deal estimated to be worth $30 to $40 million. As part of the buyout, Discovery seeks to leverage that studio’s appeal to a younger (and potentially more affluent) audience. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Discovery’s Chief Digital Officer JB Perrette said the service is catered to today’s generation. “If you had to think about what Discovery would look like if you invented it today for the millennial generation, TestTube is that image.”

And that image is on the saucier side of things. Amongst TestTube’s launch line up is a new home for Laci Green’s “Sex+”, an existing Web series in which Green discusses issues connected with sex and sexuality. Other shows include “Pick Your Poison” (literally a series in which the effects of different poisons on the human body are investigated), “Shots of Awe” (“Where science, philosophy and inspiration addiction collide,” according to the official tagline), and “Stuff Mom Never Told You,” in which host Cristen Conger “gets down to the business of being a woman and all the stuff mom never told you about bodies, boys, the female brain and more.”

In addition to the new series, TestTube will also use existing Discovery hosts and properties, including the DNews channel. Similarly, Tory Balleci of “Mythbusters” will be given his own show, “Blow It Up,” to launch later this summer. With a title like that, we can only hope that it’s just a series of shots – preferably in slow motion, of course – of various objects being blown up; no actual details about the series have been released as yet, however.

The target audience for TestTube – which will be available via TestTube.com, Revision3’s mobile site and apps, and most media streaming devices like the Apple TV, Roku, and Xbox – is the all-important 18-34 age demographic, according to reports

“This is another step in our mission to be the #1 nonfiction video and media company on all screens,” Perrette says in the official announcement of the launch. “We’ve doubled our original online video output this year, and are growing new audiences with TestTube and other digital networks that are creating great content that entertains and engages.”

TestTube is already available to view online. Hopefully, slow motion explosions will follow shortly.

Product Review

Gate’s Smart Lock is locked and loaded but ultimately lacks important basics

In a world of video cameras and doorbells comes the Gate Smart Lock, a lock with a video camera embedded. It’s a great idea, but lacks some crucial functionality to make it a top-notch product.
Home Theater

From the Roku Ultra to the Fire TV Cube, these are the best streaming devices

There are more options for media streamers than ever, so it’s more difficult to pick the best option. But that’s why we're here. Our curated list of the best streaming devices will get you online in no time.
Photography

Starting your very own vlog? Here are the best cameras to buy

Any camera that shoots video can be used to vlog, but a few models stand out from the crowd thanks to superior image quality, ergonomics, and usability. When it comes to putting your life on YouTube, here are the best cameras for the job.
Photography

From 4K powerhouses to tiny action cams, here are the best video cameras

Although not as popular as they once were, dedicated video cameras still have their benefits. From travel vlogging to home movies to recording your kid's little league game, here are the best video cameras you can buy right now.
Computing

How to easily record your laptop screen with apps you already have

Learning how to record your computer screen shouldn't be a challenge. Lucky for you, our comprehensive guide lays out how to do so using a host of methods, including both free and premium utilities, in both MacOS and Windows 10.
Computing

Tired of paying? Here are 4 ways to use Microsoft Office for free

Many of us need to use Office apps from time to time -- but we may not want or need to pay for a constant subscription. Fortunately, there are ways to get those services without paying. Here's how to get Microsoft Office for free.
Mobile

Apple Maps boosts Flyover locations, indoor mall maps, and more

In a boost for Apple Maps, the tech company has recently added more than 50 new locations for Flyover, the feature that offers spectacular 3D photo views of particular cities and famous landmarks around the world.
Computing

Will Chrome remain our favorite web browser with the arrival of newest version?

Choosing a web browser for surfing the web can be tough with all the great options available. Here we pit the latest versions of Chrome, Opera, Firefox, Edge, and Vivaldi against one another to find the best browsers for most users.
Computing

Tired of paying a monthly fee for Word? The best Microsoft Office alternatives

Looking for a competent word processor that isn't Microsoft Word? Thankfully, the best alternatives to Microsoft Office offer robust features, expansive compatibility, and an all-too-familiar aesthetic. Here are our favorites.
Computing

Miss AIM? These are the best desktop chat clients to use today

Desktop chat clients are far from dead. In fact, they're currently enjoying something of a renaissance. So, which one should you be using? We take a peek at the best chat clients for teams, gamers and mainstream web surfers.
Computing

Make a GIF of your favorite YouTube video with these great tools

Making a GIF from a YouTube video is easier today than ever, but choosing the right tool for the job isn't always so simple. In this guide, we'll teach you how to make a GIF from a YouTube video with our two favorite online tools.
Mobile

Google has found a clever way to make your search history more useful

Google has found a clever way to make more use of your search history by showing links to pages you've visited before. Ideal for repeat searches for the same page, the links show up on cards at the top of mobile search results.
Smart Home

Booth babes, banned sex toys, and other mishaps at CES 2019

From female sex toys bans, to fake Tesla/robot collision stories, there was some weird stuff going on at CES 2019 this year. Here are some of the biggest mishaps and flubs at the world's biggest tech show.
Web

Shutdown makes dozens of .gov websites insecure due to expired TLS certificates

The US government shutdown is causing trouble in internet security. As the shutdown enters day 22, dozens of government websites have been rendered insecure or inaccessible due to expired transport layer security (TLS) certificates.