NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department says it’s aware of a newly released Islamic State group video showing images of Times Square but says there’s no current or specific threat to the city.
An NYPD spokesman says in a statement issued Wednesday some of the video footage is old but the video reaffirms the message the city remains a top terrorist target. He says the police department will remain vigilant and continue to work with the FBI and the intelligence community.
The NYPD says it will continue to deploy additional counterterrorism teams throughout the city.
Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH’-zee-oh) says the city won’t be intimidated. He says people should continue to live their lives and “enjoy the greatest city in the world.”
Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo (KWOH’-moh) says he has directed state agencies to “enhance their preparedness.”
PARIS (AP) — Surveillance video of Paris shooting indicates 3-person team, leaving suspect unaccounted for.
NEW YORK (AP) — Watching video on a phone or personal computer can sometimes feel less than awesome — not to mention kind of lonely, given the limited viewing angle of the small screen.
There are plenty of ways to get streaming video onto your big living-room screen. Internet-connected “smart” TVs and gaming consoles such as the Xbox or PlayStation can do the trick. But stand-alone devices tend to offer more features and more video services to choose from.
These six leading devices all stream Netflix and YouTube, and most also handle Hulu, PBS and several others. Only Apple TV has iTunes, while only Roku has both Amazon and Google Play. Whichever device you choose, you’ll still need subscriptions to watch most of the 12 services we checked.
TIVO BOLT (starts at $300, plus $15 a month for service after the first year)
The TiVo is first and foremost a digital video recorder, offering many features that cable-company DVRs can’t match.
TiVo recordings have many advantages over streaming services such as Hulu. One tap of the remote skips over the entire commercial break for many prime-time shows. Hulu won’t let you skip commercials at all unless you pay more. TiVo can also play back shows 30 percent faster using its “QuickMode.” Use both, and an hour-long show takes less than 35 minutes.
As a streaming device, though, TiVo is more limited. It offers only four of the 12 leading streaming services we checked — Netflix, Amazon, YouTube and Vudu. Hulu is coming soon. Apps for many specific channels, including HBO and Showtime, are unavailable, nor is baseball’s MLB.TV. TiVo figures you can simply record those channels or use your cable company’s on-demand service, but that doesn’t help if you have only an antenna.
The Bolt offers 75 or 150 hours of recording. A 450-hour TiVo is available for $600, but it’s an older model, without QuickMode or commercial-break skipping.
GOOGLE CHROMECAST ($35)
The Chromecast is an odd hybrid — a gateway to relay streaming video from your laptop, phone or tablet to the TV. Choose a video source — say, the Netflix app or website — and make a few taps to “cast” it to the TV. The Chromecast then picks up the video stream directly.
Chromecast doesn’t work with every video app, but has 10 of the 12 services we looked for; iTunes and Amazon are no-shows, at least from mobile devices. It has no remote; you control playback through your phone or tablet. The Chromecast is cheap, but it’s not as versatile as a stand-alone device.
For music and podcasts, the $35 Chromecast Audio can “cast” to speakers.
NVIDIA SHIELD ANDROID TV ($200)
The Shield’s strength is as a video-game console. It’s fast and powerful, and it has a good selection of converted PC games. The device also supports Nvidia’s GeForce Now streaming-game subscription. Games run on distant servers, yet feel as though they are directly on the Shield.
The Shield uses Google’s Android TV streaming service, which offers eight of our 12 streaming services. There’s no Amazon, iTunes or Watch ESPN app. With Chromecast-like casting, you can get Vudu. You can get ESPN with a Sling TV subscription and app.
The Shield is expensive for a streaming TV device, but it’s cheaper than a game console. It comes with a game controller.
AMAZON FIRE TV ($100)
The Fire TV is a great device for streaming video — especially video from Amazon. Video available as part of Amazon’s Prime loyalty program integrates nicely. For other services, you must launch an app first. The Fire TV has nine of the 12 services checked; it’s missing iTunes, Google Play and Vudu.
The Fire TV is cheap for a full-fledged streaming device. For an even cheaper option, Amazon’s $40 Fire TV Stick has fewer features but runs the same services.
ROKU 4 ($130)
Talk about choice. Roku has nearly 3,000 apps to choose from. If there’s something you’re looking for, however obscure, it’s more likely to be on Roku than any other device. Of the dozen services we looked for, iTunes was the only one missing.
Roku joins TiVo, the Shield and Fire TV in supporting super-sharp video in an emerging format known as ultra-high definition, or 4K. Roku goes further in creating a special app to point you to what little 4K content is out there.
Another nice touch: A button on the Roku will make your remote beep if you lose it.
Roku also offers cheaper options with fewer features, all the way down to its $50 Streaming Stick.
APPLE TV (starts at $149)
The app store on the new Apple TV has a good selection of video services and games. As with Fire TV and Roku, many of these are casual games, not the hardcore games common on the Shield. Apple is the only device with iTunes, although it currently lacks Google Play, Amazon and Vudu from the 12 services on our list.
Although Apple TV isn’t the only gadget here to offer voice search, it does so without interrupting video playback. A slide-up box appears in response to commands for specific titles or actors, as well as general queries for weather, sports or stocks. (Fire TV and the Shield also offer informational voice searches, while Roku is limited to searches for shows and movies.)
Apple TV also offers a range of apps beyond video and games, including Airbnb and Zillow for housing listings and QVC and Gilt for shopping.
Apple still sells its older Apple TV model for $69. That model won’t give you voice search or any apps beyond streaming media.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — If you were going to reinvent MTV for a mobile generation, you’d probably come up with something like YouTube Music. It’s a video-first music service that also plays in the background like you’d expect a music app to do. That sets it apart from other music apps out there, many of which give you a choice of videos or songs, but not interchangeably.
But while YouTube Music offers a lot of interesting features, most of them require a subscription to the new YouTube Red service, which will set you back $10 a month — $13 if you sign up through YouTube’s iPhone app. Without Red, YouTube Music will play ads similar to what you see on YouTube proper, and several other functions won’t work at all. YouTube is offering new users a 14-day free trial to Red, but to continue commercial free, you’ll need to pony up.
YouTube Music is first and foremost a music-video app, albeit one that doesn’t forget that most people will be using it on their phones. For those times you’d rather just listen instead of watching, you can hit a toggle that switches the app to audio-only mode, which turns off the video playback and swaps in a still image. You can even turn off the screen and keep listening while you do something else.
But here’s the first gotcha: Audio-only mode only works for paid subscribers. I also found the audio-only toggle worked far better on a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 than on an iPhone 5, where it introduced a jarring pause.
You can similarly shrink the video to a little strip at the bottom of the app, which keeps it playing in a cropped format while you look for the next video. The app will even keep playing if you switch to other tasks, like checking email — although again only if you’ve paid up for Red.
There are some curious omissions. For instance, there’s no easy way to create a playlist to queue up a bunch of videos in a row. The app does offer “song stations,” which queue up videos from artists related to the one you’re on. You can toggle the range of the resulting mix with options like “less variety,” ”more variety” or “balanced.” I started a station starting with Passenger’s “Let Her Go” and so far I’m pretty happy with the “balanced” playlist it created, which included “Counting Stars” from OneRepublic and “Burn” by Ellie Goulding.
You can also play all of the videos you’ve thumbs-upped, which turns that grouping into a crude sort of playlist.
YouTube Music is far less cluttered than competing services like Apple Music, which has more lists and tabs than you’ll know what to do with. YouTube Music keeps the tabs to three — home, hot (trending videos), and thumbs up (your favorites).
Home offers recommended videos, and it’s easy to find something playable. Your mileage may vary with the “hot” tab; it didn’t do much for me, although I’m usually a bit out of sync with the mainstream.
Finally, there’s one more fun feature, which is called “offline mixtape.” It automatically saves 20 audio-only songs for you based on your tastes, for when you know you’re going to get spotty reception. I wish it saved the videos instead of just the audio, but this will keep the tunes turning in a pinch. Alas, offline mixtapes are disabled in the ad-supported version of YouTube Music.
The app makes Google’s $10-a-month music subscription a lot more attractive. Paying up not only unlocks features in YouTube Music itself, it also gets you ad-free playback on the main YouTube app, access to Google Play Music, and, down the road, some original material from YouTube stars.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett initially told a Columbus police officer he hadn’t been drinking the night he was arrested for impaired driving and asked for a way out because he was the Buckeyes quarterback, according to dash cam video of the arrest released Thursday.
“I’m the quarterback at Ohio State,” Barrett said after he was arrested Oct. 31 following a series of tests for impaired driving that he appeared to do well on. The officer is heard telling Barrett he’d been polite and cooperative.
“There’s nothing you can do?” Barrett asked.
Barrett, 20, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a count of driving while impaired and was sentenced to a three-day driver-intervention program to be completed by Feb. 15. Barrett was also fined $400 and had his license suspended for six months.
Barrett apologized in the courtroom to his family and Ohio State fans in a brief statement. “I’m just truly sorry,” he said at the Tuesday hearing.
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said Barrett came to his home the day of the incident to apologize. Meyer said Barrett told him he did not believe he was impaired.
Barrett was home Oct. 31 relaxing with friends when a “heavily intoxicated” friend stopped by and Barrett decided to drive him home, said Barrett’s attorney, Phil Templeton. Barrett’s sense of responsibility as an Ohio State captain played a part in that decision, Templeton said. A message was left with Templeton about the video.
Barrett apparently left the line formed at a sobriety checkpoint, according to officers who asked him why he did that. He said the line was taking too long, according to the video.
“You back out of line at a checkpoint, you draw attention to yourself,” the officer tells him as he is patted down with his hands on top of the police car.
A moment later, an officer asks if Barrett has been drinking. “Haven’t,” Barrett says.
“Haven’t?” an officer says. “So what I smell isn’t alcohol coming off your breath?” Barrett shakes his head.
Later, after he’s been arrested and had handcuffs placed on him, Barrett says, “Officer, there is nothing you can do? There’s nothing you can do?”
“What I’m going to do — my intention is to not take you to jail,” the officer replies. “That’s about the best I’m going to do for you tonight.”
Barrett is heard swearing once he’s placed into a cruiser. He later tells an officer that fellow quarterback Cardale Jones is coming to give him a ride home.
“We are aware of the video. The events that prompted it have been addressed and we are moving on,” said Ohio State spokesman Jerry Emig.
Barrett is considered the starter heading into the No. 2 Buckeyes’ game at Illinois this Saturday.
Associated Press Writer Ann Sanner contributed to this report. Andrew Welsh-Huggins can be reached on Twitter at https://twitter.com/awhcolumbus. His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/andrew-welsh-huggins
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