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Here’s just some of the amazing creations people have been involved in for 2012 – globally. Kind of renews my hope in humanity…..at least for the next 3 minutes and seven seconds…
Remember when you were young and by young, I mean you grew up in the late 80′s or early 90′s and remember the video game “Rampage.” If you do, get ready to love life again – if you don’t, here is what you missed out on: the game centered around “King Kong” like monsters that destroyed buildings and ate people - that’s it.
Apple released some cool celebrity studded Siri ads over the weekend, one staring Samuel L Jackson and another with quirky Zooey Deschanel. Both ads are unsurprisingly not that interesting and follow the classic Apple: “Normal people doing extraordinary things with their iphones” which is starting to get really old. That said, leave it up to the web to spice up the Samuel L Jackson ad – big time! Both videos are after the break…
So i came across this article about “The Waning Originality of Hollywood” yesterday and while I had always contemplated why it was so hard to find a great film (especially an original Sci-Fi movie) it wasn’t until I got a glimpse of the above info-graph, that it all started to make sense – so yes, info-graphs work. Simply put, Hollywood has been making sequels for the last 20 years because they are too chicken-shit to take risks on new ideas – they have always been “big-business” orientated but the present state of Hollywood studios is “bank-esque”.
The Story of a successful catch. Year: 2010 – Length: 5’20″ – Directors: Jan Bitzer, Ilija Brunck, Csaba Letay. For more information visit polynoid.tv.
By far, one of the best apps in Apple’s ecosystem (iPhone & iPad) has been Flipboard – hands down. For those not really familier with Flipboard, it essentially allows you to aggregate all your favorite content (on the web) into a simple to use flipbook app. Still unsure, check out the video below:
Version 1.8 brings several cool features: 1) The much loved “Cover Stories” feature is now on the iPad version as well – 2) The addition of a third content page for you to place your favorite web information – 3) New full-screen images and typography make for even more beautiful layouts – 4) International Content Guides with hundreds of recommendations for readers in the UK and Ireland, Canada, Australia, France, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Tap on the red ribbon to choose your Content Guide Edition – 5) Pick topics of interest when first using Flipboard, instantly setting up your Flipboard with great stuff to read. Go and get the update – click here.
Mashable has an interesting article about people and their addiction to the internet, which supposedly is around 61% of the population. Mashable based its article on SodaHead’s survey, which polled 602 people on Feb 16th and found out that women were much more likely to be addicted than men, 64% to 55%. SodaHead:
Now, thanks to Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and a handful of other developers, the Internet is on our desks, in our backpacks, in our pockets, and even on our televisions. Naturally, the risk of Internet addiction is up, and some studies have shown it could be as powerful an addiction as substance abuse. We asked the public if they thought they were addicted, and were surprised to see how many respondents admitted to it — especially young people. To find out who else is at risk, take a dive into our Internet addiction infographic…
Apple made $46.33 billion in the Q1 2012 quarter but how much money is that really. Well, @orbuch & @n_quinlan created a site to put that crap-load of cash in perspective. Essentially, it’s viewer submitted equivalents to Apple’s revenue for the quarter, like the example below. If you wanna join in, visit the site by clicking here.
Looks like our favorite video sharing site is in the midst of a massive makeover and from the looks of it, things are looking good. While YourTube’s latest update brought a more minimal approach to the site, it’s still horribly convoluted and while the sharing aspect of it works well, the commenting system is a nightmare (racism,trolling,stupidity,etc). Vimeo, from our first look, seems to have adopted an ultra clean, very modern look (very Apple), with simplicity being the driving force behind the update.
Brand New Browsing Page: Vimeo has moved into a more cinematic look for it’s main browser page, adding a wider (full width) media player, universally known icons for controls and keyboard shortcuts.
Better Browsing: The new video browser will remain completely hidden and out of the way until the viewer wants to access it:
….To access it, click the “More Videos” flag in the upper right corner of any video page, or use the keyboard shortcut “M.” The video browser also provides more ways to discover things you like. Jump to your feed (see below), recently watched videos, watch later list, and more, all from one convenient spot…
Additional changes come to Vimeo’s Upload and Search features, which have needed an overhaul for some time.
Better Uploading: Uploading multiple files has become drop dead simple and Vimeo has added dynamic file detection to eliminate those pesky media format issue – also live thumbnail preview is available.
Advanced Search: Search is a driving force on the web, just ask Google, so Vimeo has added advanced search options:
…We’ve seen a huge increase in people using search to find interesting stuff on Vimeo, so we’ve added ways to get better results. Just click Show Advanced Filters on any search results page, and whether you’re hot on the trail of videos, people, Channels, or something in the forums, we can help you find what you’re looking for….
Vimeo is the midst of a massive update and not only is it a long time coming but it looks like they have some amazing designers working in house. Navigation, services, content and interaction often times isn’t as native as it should be on the web - it’s good to see a company step up and make it’s already breakthrough services even better. Check out all the updates for yourself….
DO YOUR PART! The internet is under attack – the open and free internet that we’ve all grown-up with, is now the target of powerful lobbyists and ignorant/bought government officials. This is no conspiracy theory – this isn’t fiction: This is a very real : very serious problem facing everyone. There are two bills of Legislation in Washington right now: SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act). Both bills were written by lobbyists and sold to congressmen/senators, whom know very little about the ramifications of these bills.
SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act):
The originally proposed bill would allow the U.S. Department of Justice, as well as copyright holders, to seek court orders against websites accused of enabling or facilitating copyright infringement. Depending on who makes the request, the court order could include barring online advertising networks and payment facilitators from doing business with the allegedly infringing website, barring search engines from linking to such sites, and requiring Internet service providers to block access to such sites. The bill would make unauthorized streaming of copyrighted content a crime, with a maximum penalty of five years in prison for ten such infringements within six months. The bill also gives immunity to Internet services that voluntarily take action against websites dedicated to infringement, while making liable for damages any copyright holder who knowingly misrepresents that a website is dedicated to infringement. - Read More…..
PIPA (Protect IP Act):
The bill defines infringement as distribution of illegal copies, counterfeit goods, or anti-digital rights management technology. Infringement exists if “facts or circumstances suggest [the site] is used, primarily as a means for engaging in, enabling, or facilitating the activities described.” The bill says that it does not alter existing substantive trademark or copyright law.
The bill provides for “enhancing enforcement against rogue websites operated and registered overseas” and authorizes the United States Department of Justice to seek a court order in rem against websites dedicated to infringing activities, if through due diligence, an individual owner or operator cannot be located. The bill requires the Attorney General to serve notice to the defendant. Once the court issues an order, it could be served on financial transaction providers, Internet advertising services, Internet service providers, and information location tools to require them to stop financial transactions with the rogue site and remove links to it. The term “information location tool” is borrowed from the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and is understood to refer to search engines but could cover other sites that link to content…. - Read More…….
Hidden inside both pieces of legislation are powerful clauses, wording that will strip civil liberties, freedom of speech, safe harbor protections, business/online commerce and the physical back-bone of the internet – DNS. Action needs to be taken to stop these bills from become laws and everyone needs to participate, this will effect everyone. In a cohesive stance against SOPA & PIPA, hundreds of major companies from all over the world have decided to strike: Google, Yahoo!, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, AOL, LinkedIn, eBay, Mozilla Corporation, Roblox, Reddit, the Wikimedia Foundation and human rights organizations such as Reporters Without Borders, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the ACLU, and Human Rights Watch. For more information regarding the issues, please visit the SopaStrike website here and please pass the word about this very important issue. January 18th, 2012 has been declared a global WEB STRIKE DAY – Join In.
Seems like lobbyists haven’t got the message yet, so they released this gem of propaganda. The ad is solely based on made up information, drumming up fear from un-informed citizens about the “evils” of the internet. When will special interest groups realize that a free internet is now a civil right – one that grants people information, free speech and the ability to converse and protest. Good luck taking that away!
Mashable has put together a cool little history of western typefaces…..of course it’s in the form of an infograph but you can’t have everything. Unlike most history lessons, Mashable’s gem is peppered with interesting tidbits like: “You see approximately 490,000 words every day — and that’s just on the web. If the designers behind those websites are any good, they put a lot of thought into the typefaces they use on each page…” Worth a look.
Amid the complete meltdown Netflix has gone through over the last 3-4 months, some bright spots are starting to emerge….as they continue doing what “Old Netflix” was doing, before it got multiple personality disorder – expand. Today, Netflix announced the addition of MGM content for their upcoming expansion into the UK market but what makes this news especially interesting is the effect this partnership will have on domestic Netflix rival – LoveFilms. Essentially, Netflix & MGM have signed an exclusivity agreement – allowing only Netflix the right to show new MGM movies within a year of their theatrical release. These are the kind of hardline deals Netflix needs to sign in order to break into the LOVEFiLM ruled British market. Welcome back Netflix, we missed the old and better you.
You know what a zettabyte is? Can you comprehend what a zettabyte is…..yea, I failed at that one too. Still, it looks like some people can and by some people, I mean an academic team from UC San Diego, that made it their goal to count yearly global internet traffic. In 1998, the special number they came up with was 9.57 Zettabytes! Hold on, let me go back a little and state that: A zettabyte is equal to 1 billion terabytes or 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes = 10007 = 1021
That was 1998 and…well…..we’re now living in 2011….at least some of us are – so the number is going to be much much higher. In fact, the number was higher in 1998, as private servers, run by giant internet companies were not counted. I’m still waiting for my Seagate Zettabyte FireWire drive! Wanna check out the findings yourself, click here for the PDF.
All the talk has been on Google & Apple as of late, in terms of cloud based audio/video/storage but no one told Amazon that. Today, Amazon unveiled their “Cloud Drive” and “Cloud Player”:
“…Amazon Cloud Drive is your hard drive in the cloud. Store your music, videos, photos, and documents on Amazon’s secure servers. All you need is a web browser to upload, download, and access your files from any computer…”
Details: You open a “Cloud” account with Amazon (Free) and get 5GB for storage to start with, that’s about 1000 songs worth of storage. From there, you can put music, movies, docs or anything else your little heart desires and access it from any computer with web access or you can use Amazon’s Cloud Player (Android) for streaming music to your smart phone. (No mention of video streaming)
Do you buy your music from Amazon? Even better, as Amazon will give you 20GB for free when you buy a full album from their music store! Any music bought through Amazon’s Music Store will be stored automatically in your Cloud Drive, for a secure backup. Did you hear that Apple and Google? You guys better be cooking something good!
Conclusion: Amazon allows anyone to store multiple media types (music/movies/docs/etc) in a private/secure cloud locker for free (5GB limit) and then you can access that data from any web connected computer or stream music from your locker with Amazon’s Android based music app. Want extra storage space – drop some cash and you’re in business. Amazon for the win! Google and Apple, you’ve been put on notice…
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Looks like Mozilla is set to release the next big update to its open source browser (FireFox 4) to the world on March 22, 2011. Damon Sicore, Mozilla’s senior engineering director said:
Firefox 4 RC1 has received a very warm welcome; it’s time to make a decision to ship. As of now, there are no known issues that would stop us from shipping RC1 as final. At the conclusion of our regular 11:30AM triage session on Wednesday, March 16th, release drivers will decide whether to ship RC1 as Firefox 4.
What can we expect from FireFox 4? Well, I’ve been begging for speed, as both Safari and especially Chrome, are ridiculously faster in rendering web content. UI changes have been added: smart tab placement, app specific tabs and an expose-esque tab organizer – sounds good. Also, the addition of WebGL “built in” promises graphics acceleration and makes Mozilla’s FireFox a truly modern browser – so speed will be built in – now let’s have a look.
Days after rumor spread about Microsoft killing all future Zune hardware, Samsung has stepped in and decided to take on Apple’s iPod empire. Sammy announced yesterday two new PMP’s to take on the iPod Touch: the Galaxy S WiFi 4.0 and 5.o – with the major number differentiation being size of the display.
The Galaxy S 4.0 rocks some nice specs: Android 2.2 Froyo (Upgradable), 4-inch touchscreen (WVGA LCD), 1GHz Hummingbird processor, 3.2 MP and also includes a front-facing camera, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity, 8GB, 16GB and 32GB memory capacities and also support for external memory with MicroSD card slot and a 1200mAh battery.
The Galaxy S 5.0 outclasses its younger brother by packing: Android 2.2 Froyo (Upgradable), 1GHz processor, 5-inch touchscreen display (WVGA), 5.0 megapixel with a LED flash, VGA camera on the front for video chatting, FM radio, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, accelerometer, voice recorder.
Bottom line: The specs look great, especially on the 5.0 but one thing Sammy didn’t release – Price! Not that many people, especially younger kids, are going to shell out $250+ for a stand alone device. Yea, you can check your email and play games but this is not a logical choice, nor is the iPod Touch, if pricing starts to rocket north of mobile phone price tags. Sure, you don’t have the monthly contract for 2 years but why not just buy a smart phone outright for $600 and go “Pay As You Go” and you get the best of both worlds? Pricing is everything for the PMP market.
What better way to celebrate SXSW, than by downloading IE9? Ok, so most people would rather drink, dance and be merry, at this years South By South-West conference, in Austin – Texas but Microsoft isn’t letting all this partying go to waste! They have announced that on March 14th, Internet Explorer will be released and will be made available for download – so, for all those waiting – now is your chance.
The update to Microsoft’s flagship browser, couldn’t come soon enough, as it has bleed market share to Firefox, Chrome and Safari but maybe Microsoft will get the last laugh, as the March 14th release date will beat the release of Firefox 4. Additionally, at todays CanSecWest hacking conference, Apple’s Safari browser got completely pwnaged – in 5 seconds!
One bad note for Window’s XP users – you’re out of luck as IE9 will not be supported, which is very weird, especially as XP is still the dominant Windows OS. Oh well, this is your chance to jump to Win7 – it’s worth it.
Seems like this is the week of in app ads – First, Twitter further incorporates its featured or promoted tweets (Dick Bar) and now it looks like Skype is joining in all the fun:
“Today we announce something new – the launch of advertising in Skype, which will appear in the Home tab in Skype starting this week.”
From what we know so far, it looks as though these ads will only be for the desktop client and not for mobile apps, which is somewhat a good move – one Twitter should learn from. Second, Ads will appear in the US, UK and Germany and will initially focused in those markets only – so get ready for your dose of Visa ads, G8 countries. Most importantly, Skype has stated that their ad platform will not be intrusive to the customer’s use of the service – i.e. there won’t be ridiculous pop-up ads, half way through your business call or flashy trailers for Universal Picture’s new movie, while you’re talking to grandma…..or say they say. Want the whole press release – click here.