Chances are you won’t be discovered at a drug store counter or the corner pub that showcases local bands, but now you have a better chance at this new website, the City of Fame. Upload your music videos or screen tests and perhaps you will be noticed, not that we think a lot of agents will be hanging on the site. Still, it is a step up from YouTube and MySpace. Registration is free and we wonder, if you make it, will the site ask for a percentage?
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Okay, we gotta hand it to these guys - when you put it like this, I guess Wii really can seem lame. Unfortunately, a lot of games utilize similar mechanics as are found in this parody. However you feel about Nintendo‘s money-making machine, this one is definitely good for a laugh.
Last year we introduced you to the JVC Everio GZ-HD7 Camcorder, now say hello to JVC’s entry into the Flipvideo category. The GZ-MS100 is their first SD-based standard budget cam with one-button upload to YouTube via included Cyberlink software. It can support MPEGs, 2 channel Dolby Digital and JPEG stills. The horizontal device has a Konica Minolta Lens, a 35X optical zoom, Laser Touch Operation, and a 680,000K CMOS sensor. Due out in June, the GZ-MS100 carries a MSRP of $349.00.
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Creative has come up with its own version of the Flipvideo, the Vado. The basic point, press, and shoot pocket video camera can capture up to 2 hours of video with 2x digital zoom. Playback is instant on the 2-inch LCD screen and uploading on YouTube or Photobucket is available when you connect to your PC. Recharge the AA batteries via USB or change out (extras not included) for more time. The price on the Vado, which comes in silver or pink, is $99.00.
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Casio has unveiled its latest EXILIM digital cam, the Zoom EX-Z9. The compact camera features 8.1 megapixels of image res with a 3X optical zoom, a 2.6-inch LCD display, anti-shake DSP and 23 shot modes. Available in your choice of black, silver, pink, or orange, the digicam also has the company’s YouTube capture mode that allows you to record and upload videos in three simple steps. Less expensive than its brother, the EX-S880, the EX-Z9 will be available sometime this month with a $159.99 price.
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Pakistan has decided to block YouTube from its country’s usage because of offensive Islamic content. In fact, its efforts have been blamed for the site’s Sunday two hour blackout. Owner Google claims that it was because of “erroneous internet protocols sourced” from Pakistan Telecom and its PCCW Internet provider. Anyone trying to access the site was diverted to another address. Unfortunately, other countries also felt the effect until YouTube was notified of the circumstances. Pakistan joins Turkey in its censorship, and although Thailand recently lifted its ban, some content is still blocked.
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If you are like me, you’ve been waiting for Apple TV Take 2 to hit for just about a month now. When it was delayed two weeks ago, I stared at my Apple TV in disgust. In it’s current form, it was nothing more than a YouTube viewer, and sometimes, a nice picture screensaver. However, the wait is no more. As part of today’s Tuesday updates, Apple has finally released the Apple TV Take 2 software, and it is available now for download. Aside from a freatly enhanced UI, here are some of the features:
- Movie rentals in both high definition and standard definition
- Flickr photo browsing and slideshows
- .Mac photo gallery browsing and slideshows
- Purchasing of items from iTunes Store from Apple TV
- Browse and view podcasts in iTunes Podcast directory on Apple TV
If you have an Apple TV, fire up Software Update on the device to get the new hotness, and let us know what you think.
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Want an easier answer to forwarding YouTube and other sites’ clips by e-mail? uvLayer claims that with its new application you can “reveal your inner media potential.” Search for your favorite videos to make a collection, put them on a playlist, drag and drop to create your own designer page, then share the sights and sounds with your buds. They can do the same and all of you can leave comments for each other. You have to first download Adobe AIR, but the application works on either Windows XP or Vista or Mac OS X 10.4 or later.
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It was only a question of time. As a hint of things to come, YouTube has made a site available for cell phones. In cooperation with many of the mobile companies, such as LG, Motorola, Nokia, and Sony Ericsson, YouTube Mobile will work with 3G phones that support RTSP. Favorites, videos, channels, and personal accounts can all be accessed. In addition, you can comment, rate videos, or upload from your phone. Here again is an example one less reason to bypass your PC to become a viral video star. By the way, YouTube Mobile Java is also available for free if you live in the U.S. or UK and have a J2ME MIDP2 capable device.
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Another amateur has proven the point that anyone can be discovered on YouTube. Kina Grannis created the “Digg Song” and became an almost instant viral success, so much so that a record company has been in touch with her. Although others have been discovered from the Net, this is the first one that concerns Digg. Perhaps other enterprising musicians will manage to create similar content. How about revamping that old Bread song, “I Want To
Google With You.”
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