YouTube to offer live streaming platform

By on September 13, 2010 at 3:34 PM.

YouTube to offer live streaming platform

Late yesterday, Google announced that streaming-video company YouTube would “begin a limited trial of a new live streaming platform in conjunction with four of our partners: Howcast, Next New Networks, Rocketboom and Young Hollywood.” As the press release explains:

This new platform integrates live streaming directly into YouTube channels; all broadcasters need is a webcam or external USB/FireWire camera. Included in the test is a “Live Comments” module which lets you engage with the broadcaster and the broader YouTube community. For the purpose of the trial, this offering will only be available today and tomorrow. Based on the results of this initial test, we’ll evaluate rolling out the platform more broadly to our partners worldwide.

There are several live broadcasts going on as we type. Check out the concept by hitting the read link and let us know what you think. More →

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Apple adds "Try Before You Buy" to App Store… sort of

By on August 6, 2010 at 6:30 PM.

Apple adds "Try Before You Buy" to App Store… sort of

We were surprised to see the heading “Try Before You Buy” when browsing the Apple App Store on one of our iPhones, but after a bit more investigation… we stopped being surprised. The new try before you buy feature is actually a collection of applications that have both a “lite” and paid version available in the App Store. If a developer makes an application that is paid-only, like TomTom Navigation for example, there is no way to try that $40 application without buying it. Hopefully, Apple gets around to implementing a real try before you buy type system sooner rather than later.

[Via Pocket-lint]

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Nokia’s first LTE modem now available; lifespan projected to be slightly longer than N810 WiMAX Edition

By on September 7, 2009 at 12:07 PM.

Nokia’s first LTE modem now available; lifespan projected to be slightly longer than N810 WiMAX Edition

Having theoretically learned something from the N810 WiMAX Edition debacle, Nokia now seems to be letting the market dictate where wireless technology is headed as opposed to trying to cut competition off at the pass. The result: a focus on future-ready products as opposed to tablets no one wants with a broadband connectivity option no one has. This morning Nokia announced the successful trials and partner availability of its RD-3 internet modem. The RD-3 is a modem component that supports an array of GSM/EDGE, WCDMA/HSPA and of course LTE bands, making it an ideal development tool for network vendors, OEMs and operators. Nokia, paving the way for LTE development and adoption… We like it.

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Wicked WordPress app launches for BlackBerry

By on July 27, 2009 at 2:43 PM.

Wicked WordPress app launches for BlackBerry

There’s no getting around it — WordPress applications for the BlackBerry don’t exist. Well, there are a small few, but they’re so bad that they’re not even worth mentioning. The first one actually worth a write-up, though, is ScreamingToaster’s Wicked WordPress application. We’ve been using it on and off for a little over a month and like the way the app functions. It’s the first application which has a decent enough GUI to be considered friendly and it’s loaded with great features like post creation, post viewing, comment viewing/moderation, photo integration, GPS integration, and more.

ScreamingToaster also really listens to feedback which is refreshing. They customized the entire photo attachment dialog and options settings just based on our feedback alone. If you’re a WordPress junkie and don’t feel like waiting until WordPress’ own application is usable, give Wicked WordPress a go with a 14 day free trial. Just know that if you like the app, you have to get over the full price of $30/year. Yeah, a year.

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Even a pirate has his price (and apparently it's not much); Pirate Bay sold

By on June 30, 2009 at 10:46 AM.

Even a pirate has his price (and apparently it's not much); Pirate Bay sold

First, the short version: The Pirate Bay has been acquired by Global Gaming Factory X AB for $7.7 million. Now the even shorter version: WTF?! We don’t know where to start with this one. The ridiculously low acquisition price? The fact that this politically active, anti-establishment, controversial, torrent-loving site was acquired at all? A blog post on the site this morning states:

The profits from the sale will go into a foundation that is going to help with projects about freedom of speech, freedom of information and the openess [SIC] of the nets.

Fair enough. The deal is expected to be completed in August and whatever the case, expect The Pirate Bay to undergo some pretty big changes moving forward. If you’re a pirate, expect The Pirate Bay also to become infinitely less useful moving forward. Apparently those legal fees add up pretty fast.

[Via The Pirate Bay]

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Pirate Bay trial comes to a close; four defendants found guilty

By on April 17, 2009 at 9:33 AM.

Pirate Bay trial comes to a close; four defendants found guilty

Today is a bad day to be a pirate. Early this morning, a verdict was reached in the trial of four men associated with The Pirate Bay, charged with assisting in making copyrighted content available. That verdict: Guilty of violating copyright law. TorrentFreak has been covering the trial since the beginning and those of you following along will know that the convictions aren’t exactly a surprise. We don’t want to call these men martyrs but things looked bleak for the four men from the start. This marks a huge victory for the music and movie industries in their ongoing efforts to deter people from sharing copyrighted content, and may also serve as a warning of sorts to those who facilitate illegal sharing. The four men — Pirate Bay founders Peter Sunde, Frederik Neij and Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, and financier Carl Lundstrom — were each sentenced to one year in prison and ordered to pay fines equaling $905,000 USD per defendant. All four men will likely file for appeals. On a sadly ironic note, the four men apparently learned of the verdict well before it was announced by the Swedish court — according to Peter Sunde’s lawyer, the court leaked the verdict to a journalist who informed Sunde of the conviction an hour before it was made public.

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Rumblings resurface regarding lack of App Store trials

By on February 8, 2009 at 11:29 AM.

Rumblings resurface regarding lack of App Store trials

It’s hard to fault a product that has been as successful as Apple’s App Store. Sales are through the roof, just about every major competitor has already copied the concept or at least plans to and perhaps most importantly, iPhone and iPod Touch users love it. As is often the case however, Apple seems to get a kick out of taking two steps forward while taking one step back. iPhone: Brilliantly usable and attractive UI, nice and functional, likely still the best touch experience on the market… but it completely lacks a plethora of basic and essential functionality. App Store: Likely the best mobile app distribution platform in the industry, wonderfully simple UI with great navigation, terrific organization with simple search functionality… but there is no way for a typical user to trial an App before buying it.

Apple fans are once again beginning to voice concerns over the lack of demo / trial versions and odds are pretty good these complaints will fall on deaf ears. Apple apparently sees its policy allowing developers to add “lite” versions of apps to the App Store as a viable solution and this stance isn’t likely to budge any time soon. The truth of course, is that lite versions are the worst possible answer. Forcing developers to maintain two active versions of the same app is ridiculous at best, especially when the concept of a software trial is about as old as Betty White. Why not just create a self destruct timer mechanism?

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