Pay attention, starving novelists. Scribd has begun beta testing an e-commerce platform to sell documents. The site, which already claims 60 million readers and millions of documents, will allow the publishers to set prices and DRM options, and receive 80% of the revenue. Scribd’s objective is to obtain new content and they plan to work on an iPhone app. Prices are currently set from $1.00 for a graphic novel to $5,000.00 for a market research report.
Want to keep track of your fave artists’ new releases? Blyper will do that for you. Sign up at the beta site, insert musicians’ names and they will e- you when each of them has a new single or CD. Decide how often you want to be notified, let your friends know who your picks are and find new artists from others with similar taste. The service is free with online registration.
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If you have been looking forward to Sucker Punch’s inFAMOUS for the PS3, but are yet to make up your mind—I’m about to make it up for you. inFAMOUS, will be bundled with exclusive access to the multiplayer beta for Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. The beta is said to run 6/23 to 6/29, but it’s yet unclear what this means. My best guess, is that the beta codes will be available in the first batch of copies to be released. So, why wait? Be sure to get your copy inFAMOUS once it hits stores May 26th.
It is possible that the next Firefox release, code named Shiretoko, may be a 3.5 instead of 3.1. It is also possible that Beta 3 will not be the last. New features include tab searching via its bar, some minor theme retouches, an “about me” page and the ability to clear more precise history. Firefox’s Mike Beltzner says that the version postponement has not been finalized so we shall see.
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Id Software has done a very good thing by making its Quake Live beta free. You simply register, download a plug-in and let the game begin. The shooter has 40 arenas and 5 game modes from beginner to pro skill levels. You can also practice and compete against automated bot players if you are the shy type or a newbie. The site already reports heavy usage so be patient. Then practice up and you can participate in their free Quakecon, which will be held August 13 through 16 in Dallas.
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Adding to their movie and music downloading/streaming, Amazon has ventured into the video game business. Designed for the casual gamer, the beta Amazon Game Downloads has about 600 titles for $10.00 or less. They are also offering 30 minutes of play before you decide to buy. As a happy aside, you can get 3 freebies through February 10, Jewel Quest II, Build-a-lot and the Scruffs. The only catch is that the offer is only available in the U.S. for now.
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Sony has been trying to play catch up with Xbox Live ever since its inception, and they think they have the answer. The upcoming release of Home is Sony’s attempt to bring a “Live” community to the PS3, but using their own style. The Beta has been out for some time and it seems Sony wants it to be perfect before launching. Today, they have added another 100,000 Beta testers to their program to allow them to enjoy Home, which allows Sony to iron out the bugs. In case you have not been aware, Home is much like Second Life, but with game rooms, trophies and “Homes” for each of its players, where you can interact with one another. It’s nice to see Sony trying to take the initiative and attempt something new for online communities, and the free price point makes it a nice alternative. We’ll still have to wait and see if Home is all Sony claims it can be.
Google announced today that it is launching its new beta browser, named Chrome. Available in more than 100 countries supposedly tomorrow, so far it is only for those with Microsoft Windows. (The company says it is still working on the Mac and Linux versions.) Google’s official blog almost apologized for their comic that discussed the joys of their new browser, saying that they tend to “launch early and iterate” and that the mailroom was a bit hasty letting it out. Be that as it may, it took us long enough to get used to Firefox, so we think we will let the hardcores try it first.
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We first told you about Animasher in May but were cautioned by co-creator Martin Jacobson that we got a little too excited too soon. However, he let us know that the Beta launch is now official. Simply choose pictures, drag and drop, add music and sound effects, and you could be the next Monty Python or JibJab rival.
We understand that the Animasher originated in Sweden when Martin’s programmer friend Samuel wanted to make fun of him online. Nine months later, Animasher was born. It must be some friendship to inspire an entire website, eh?
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We just got word that Apple has released a beta version of iPhone OS 2.1 to developers. Along with the 2.1 firmware, a new version of the iPhone SDK has been seeded as well, but the new SDK can’t be used for submitting applications to the App Store at the moment.
A few new things we are seeing in this version of the software is the addition of a bunch of Core Location features that track the direction you are heading, and the speed you are traveling. Looks like we might see a turn-by-turn GPS app after all on the iPhone 3G.
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