Meerkat App Available on Google Play – Game Changer for Live Streaming App!

 

Meerkat Now Available on Android  Follow Kathleen DeCosmo Of Katie Shea Design on Meerkat

  “Meerkat’s Android app, previously available as part of a closed beta program, is now AVAILABLE for all Android users.

With this latest update, Meerkat beat Twitter-owned rival Periscope to Google’s mobile platform. Meerkat was the first to launch on iOS as well — in February 2015 — while Periscope launched under Twitter’s wing in March.” READ MORE HERE

For my viewers who are not familiar with Meerkat:

What is Meerkat??

Meerkat is a new startup that has found a simple and captivating way to capitalize on our societies obsession with Live-Blogs, tweets and Instagramming of every major event. Meerkat, a desktop and (iOS app only right now) rose to popularity these last few weeks especially during the #SXSW15 event is Austin Texas. This new app allows you to easily live-stream video from your phone to Twitter, so your followers can watch and comment in real time..  read more here

Most Meerkat users are aware that the app offers an option to save their video streams on their mobile devices but does not save to YouTube for you.

There is an App available” Katch” that allows you to simplify the process of preserving your memories while passing off the storage and distribution concerns to YouTube’s servers.

By adding “#Katch” to your Meerkat video stream description, you’ll immediately alert Katch, which will then save your video, upload it to YouTube and then send you the link via your Meerkat comments.  read more here

We add  #Katch to our Meerkat Video Titles most of the time to capture our video for posterity.

Meerkat On Android for Everyone May 1st 2015

 

Disclosure **I am a member of  #VZWBuzz Lifestyle Blogger Team.  I am supplied with different devices to use and test..  All opinions are my own. **

Smartphone Devices used: Verizon  #DroidTurbo

Cooking and Katting with Chef Franco Lania

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Chef Franco Lania Cooking and Katting #meerkat Since live streaming Apps Meerkat and Periscope (owned by Twitter) were launched last month they have been highly publicized in the news and online.  Both apps, currently available only on iOS, let you broadcast live video from your smartphone to the app’s other users or to a private group of friends and followers.

***Update** Meerkat App now Available also for Android Smartphone Users!! Meerkat On Android for Everyone May 1st 2015 We introduced Chef Franco Lania to the Meerkat App as the perfect venue for his brand and personality.

“Ever since Meerkat captured the imagination of this year’s SXSW audience, it has become one of the most hotly-discussed new platforms in recent years among marketing industry experts.” “It’s been claimed by many that Meerkat is the biggest SXSW breakout product since Twitter in 2007” read more here

Chef Franco’s enthusiasm and passion for cooking is contagious and can be caught by watching him cook and engage with people. We chose to showcase Chef Franco’s magnanimous personality using the Meerkat App during a cooking session.

Most Meerkat users are aware that the app offers an option to save their video streams on their mobile devices but does not save to YouTube for you. We decided to use the Katch App.

Katch allows you to simplify the process of preserving your memories while passing off the storage and distribution concerns to YouTube’s servers. By adding “#Katch” to your Meerkat video stream description, you’ll immediately alert Katch, which will then save your video, upload it to YouTube and then send you the link via your Meerkat comments.  read more here We added  #Katch to our Meerkat Video Title to capture our video for posterity.

When we reviewed the “Katch Video” we discovered that the last 10 minutes of our saved video was out of sync.  We had lost video view for a few minutes during our meerkat broadcast and that must have disrupted the recording. Chef Franco was able to have the video put back into sync then placed up on YouTube. Chef Franco Lanio Meerkat Cooking YouTube Chef Franco’s Mission is to inspire people that have hit hardships and adversity in their lives using the invigorating energy of cooking. Meet Chef Franco Lania His passion for the kitchen and its potential to heal the soul have made him a grassroots sensation, inspiring culinary professionals and novice foodies alike. The Master Chef has appeared on HTTV and The Food Network, where he served up delicious recipes garnished with his famous joie de vivre.  Now Chef Franco shares his joy of cooking, his recipes, and the story of how he found happiness in the kitchen with people around the world….and how you can do the same.

The following is a three-minute clip from Katie Shea Design’s Meerkat Video summing up Chef Franco Lania’s Cooking Mission: Short clip from Katie Shea Design's Meerkat Video of Chef Franco Lania

Some Cooking Tips from Chef Franco Lania: 

Tip 1: Boil the pasta nice and easy to keep the integrity of the shapes.

Tip 2: Large sweet onions do not make you cry as much.

Tip 3: Remove the onion root before cutting to enable the onion to easily fall apart into half moon shapes. 

Tip 4:  Undercook your pasta by about 3 minutes.This allows the pasta to cook the rest of the way with the other hot ingredients.

You can find the Spring Pea and Pancetta Pasta Mista Here

Pasta Mista Image shot with an iPhone6 VZWBuzz by Katie Shea Design April 2015

While using the Meerkat App to video this cooking session; we used a Verizon WiFi Hotspot since “Live Streaming” devours Wireless Data.

What is a WiFi hotspot?

“Imagine a gadget that’s smaller than a deck of cards, as easy to use as a light switch and powerful enough to provide a super-fast Internet connection to numerous devices. That’s a mobile hotspot, which lets you take Wi-Fi with you. Wi-Fi hotspots—or Verizon Jetpack mobile hotspots—keep multiple Wi-Fi-enabled devices connected to the Verizon 4G LTE network. Unlike a USB modem or wireless modem, which can be used only with your laptop, a mobile hotspot can easily connect your laptop and other Wi-Fi-enabled devices simultaneously.” We keep a sharp eye on  Data usage since the business smartphone has a 2GB plan. By using the Verizon Hotspot we did not consume a chunk of the Data plan for one “Live Streaming” session.

The following image illustrates an example of a possible Verizon Wireless Customer’s Monthly Data Usage:

Katie Shea Design's Possible Data Usage

Please Click on the following image to calculate your Monthly Data Usage:

Verizon Data Usage Calculator

After calculating your estimated Monthly Data Usage stop by Verizon Wireless and check out all the latest Wireless Plans available for your wireless devices.

The scale is tipping in our personal and business lives to a more “Video Usage” world.  Ensuring we have a “Data Plan” that can accommodate our lifestyles and budgets is essential.

A Verizon iPhone6 128GB was used to shoot Katie Shea Design’s images and Meerkat Video in this post.

Disclosure **I am a member of  #VZWBuzz Lifestyle Blogger Team.  I am supplied with different devices to use and test.  All opinions are my own. **

Me and My FiOS Quantum™ Gateway Router

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I have been enjoying my FiOS Quantum Gateway Router for months now.

I live in a multi level home.  We use TVs, smartphones, tablets, PCs and gaming consoles on all three levels of our home.

It used to be if  a device was wireless and not hard wired then the speed of delivery would be diminished.

The speed in which our FiOS Quantum Gateway Router delivers is unprecedented in this “in the moment” Social Media driven culture we live in.

I am happy that I can bring my smartphone or tablet  anywhere in my home and receive lightning speed results especially while live streaming a TV show with My FiOS Mobile App.

We are so excited!!

The FiOS Quantum Gateway Router has 2 new features:

  1. Parental Controls
  2. Guest Wi-Fi capabilities

The updates feature:

Guest Wi-Fi

  • Provide Wi-Fi access to visitors through a unique login and password, chosen by the customer, that is separate from the customer’s own home network.
  • Create a separate, secure WPA2 encrypted network just for guests, allowing Internet access. This is great for visitors and businesses.
  • Simplify connections with a dedicated, single sign-on ID and unique password.

Enhanced Parental Controls for Residential Customers — No More Arguing

  • Manage children’s Internet usage on each device.
  • Establish parental control rules conveniently from the MyFiOS App.
  • Turn Internet access on or off for any device.
  • Set time limits on any device on a daily or weekly basis.

To use these new features on your smartphone Sign into My FiOS Mobile App

My Fios App

My FiOS App ITunes IOS

Verizon My FiOS Google Play

Click here –> How to Find Your Wi-Fi Credentials On Your FiOS TV Menu

1a FiOS Settings Screen

2a  Setup a new Digital Parental control Pin

3a  Activate Parental Control Pin

Verizon Gateway router guest Controls etc..

This FiOS Quantum Gateway Router Video shows How to Set Up Parental Controls on your Gateway Router.

  • Manage internet usage for each device
  • Set daily or weekly time limits on any connected device in your home
  • Establish parental control rules conveniently from the MyFiOS App, whether you’re home on the go

During our Epic Snowstorm here in the NYC area  this past week I was able to pick up my smartphone while in bed and keep current of the storm as the newest information unfolded on the Weather Channel!

6 Watch Weather Channel from Smartphone

I am all set with my FiOS Quantum Gateway Router and My FiOS Mobile App for the next storm heading our way!

** Screenshots of smartphone are from a Droid Turbo provided by Verizon Wireless**

Disclosure: **I am a member of both #LifeOnFiOS and #VZWBuzz  Ambassador Teams–  selected teams of influencers for Verizon FiOS and Verizon Wireless who love the FiOS and Wireless service. Compensation was provided and opinions are, as always my own.