It’s starting to get hard to keep up with these guys. Google has launched a video upload service, open to anyone and everyone, which seems like it will work with the Google Video indexing product.
The upload program lets you submit videos electronically to Google Video, as long as you own the necessary rights (including copyrights, trademarks, rights of publicity, and any other relevant rights for your content). Just sign up for an account and use our upload tool to send your videos to Google. The program is still in beta so you won’t see your videos live on Google Video immediately.
The best part - it looks like if your video gets approved, you can set a fee you would like to charge for others to view it. Obviously Google would get a chunk, but you still get your video out to the masses. Just incredible - imagine what this might do for independent film.
Read More | Google Video FAQ
Google once again brings another tool which aims to better the lives of its users. Google Local is now available for mobile browsers, and its interface is very simple. You enter what you are searching for in the “What” field, and then enter a zip code or city/state combination in the “Where” field. Your search will end up a Google map showing the physical location of all the search results. The project is currently in beta - but isn’t everything else Google does as well?
Read More | Google Mobile Local
It appears that students at universities that use the Internet2 ultra-high speed infrastructure have become targets of both the RIAA and MPAA. The RIAA has even gone so far as to say that they have 405 lawsuits against individuals at 18 different college campuses which they plan to file tomorrow. Those in question have been using a file-sharing application called i2hub, which allows for songs to be downloaded within 20 seconds and movies to be downloaded within five minutes. The MPAA hasn’t started to file any lawsuits yet, but they have made it known that they are watching.
Read More | Wired
Round Two is one of several companies involved in the Mozilla Development Business Ecosystem Group. On Monday, they announced that in about one month they will be releasing at least 4 newly upgraded Firefox extensions:
- FlashGot is the most popular Firefox add-on. FlashGot allows Firefox to function with popular third party download managers.
- Bandwidth Tester allows users to test the speed of their Internet connection.
- SwitchProxy allows users to configure Firefox to function in environments with multiple web proxy servers and lets users surf the Net anonymously.
- ExtensionsMirror.nl is a community web site that offers the largest selection of extensions for Firefox and Mozilla’s Thunderbird.
These new exiting features and more are in development - even an integrated anti-virus is planned.
Read More | eMediaWire
Just one more reason why Google is so awesome – granted this isn’t an official Google page, but it should be. Paul Rademacher has made an application of Google Maps to find a new home using residential listings from Craigslist. Now you can search for a new home, get directions for it and pictures of it from one place. If satellite view was implemented, as stated by Inside Google, that would be awesome.
nVidia has launched their website specific to their SLI products. The website is filled with a wealth of information such as reviews, educational material, and even a section devoted to teach you how to build your very own SLI system. This is a sure bookmark for all the gamers out there. Check it out.
Read More | SLI Zone
Current TV is the $70 million dollar cable channel that is seeking to appease 18-35 year old viewers who have short attention spans. Former United States Veep, Al Gore, unveiled Current TV this week in San Francisco saying that they have no intention of creating a Democratic channel, a liberal channel, or any other sort of political outlet. Gore said Current TV is empowering this generation of young people in their 20s to tell their stories through the dominant medium of our time.
Current TV will feature programming like Current Playlist for music, Current Gigs for jobs, Current Soul for religion and so on. Starting to see the point? The content segments are called “pods” and will range in length from 15 seconds to 5 minutes.
Gore also wants to tie the Internet and television together. One way of doing this is by paying a minimum of $250 for a 1-5 minute segment uploaded by Current TV viewers. This is a pretty cool idea, would we expect anything less from the inventor of the Internet? In a nutshell, Current TV wants to create the kind of TV you want to watch. You can upload segments through Current Studio where they will be screened by staff and possibly voted on over the Internet. They don’t want “fictional narratives” or “experimental films better suited to film fests than TV” either. I mean, how are they gonna sell advertising with that stuff showing?
We were able to mess around with the first product from JellyBarn, the very humorous FoolsJelly interface. For all of you that love to “caption this pic”, this site is for you. Basically, you can view any submissions from other users thus far - or you can create your own. The ones you create can be sent to friends by email, and you can also choose to place it on the FoolsJelly site into their gallery. Here are the features of FoolsJelly:
- Upload your own image for use in two optional postcards to send out via email. You can add text to the postcards in the following ways either by using the cartoon bubble quote, or the “inspiring” poster with a title and subtitle text.
- Reply to the postcard with your own text or by uploading your own image.
- Forward a postcard you received to another person.
- Add your postcard to the gallery and vote for it or other users’ postcards.
- View other users’ postcards via the gallery.
I definitely recommend everyone to check it out - its a nice interface, and can be used for humor or inspiration.
Read More | FoolsJelly
The Voice over IP market just got a little bit bigger. AOL has launched its VoIP service at a promotional rate of $29.99 a month for non-AOL users and $13.99 a month for AOL users. The service includes standard features found in most calling plans such as voicemail, 3-way calling, caller ID, call waiting and call forwarding. AOL’s new VoIP service also includes “advanced AOL features” such as AOL voicemail, AOL call alert and AOLbyPhone. The company is trying to offer competitive prices by bundling some its services with their VoIP package. What stands out in AOL’s package is that they provide enhanced 911 service, which delivers the caller’s address to dispatchers when in case of emergency. This is something other companies have not been able to implement or offer as an included service. AOL is promising to make VoIP easy to install and use just like the rest of its services so that mass-market consumers may take advantage of this technology.
On Friday, April 1, Google announced their “Infinity+1” plan for Gmail accounts. The first day, we lucky Gmail account holders gained about 1MB. The second day, the gains appeared to slow down somewhat. We weren’t holding our breath, considering the announcement was made on April Fool’s Day - and sounded pretty foolish to boot. Here are the details of the Google storage algorithm:
- Gmail is currently rising at 1/1000 MB every 25 seconds
- A 1MB increase takes a little over 6 hours and 56 minutes
- Every day storage increases by 3.456 MB
- By April 1, 2006, Gmail accounts will be up to about 3300MB
- It takes 289 days to increase 1 gigabyte
So is Google really going to just continue to increase storage infinitely? A look at the source code indicates that the madness will end when mailboxes reach 2075 gigs:
That only applies until it reaches 2075 MB. Check the source:
var CP = [
[ 1112331600000, 1025 ],
[ 1112439600000, 2050 ],
[ 1113062400000, 2075 ]
Read More | Wesbran.com
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