And the beat goes on. As studios continue to lose millions to make a point, many of the writers on strike have taken it out online as we reported earlier. At the very least it can be a sort of therapy. Director/Writer George Hickenlooper has developed a series of short films to show his support. Dubbed “Speechless,” it seems proof that if a writer has to write, they can always skip the middleman. In all, 7 Silcon Valley investors and Hollywood folks have formed companies to create work without studio assistance.
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Britain’s monarch, Queen Elizabeth, has her own YouTube page, known as “The Royal Channel,” of course. It features recent and archival TV clips, as well as many of her speeches to the “little people.” The site has already had over 225,000 hits and has gotten the most hits this week, proof positive once again that if you want to get the word out, the Internet is the place to do it.
Tomorrow she will be posting a new “Queen’s Speech” for 2007 at 3:00 p.m GMT. Until then, you can be content with some of her 1957 Christmas Greetings. And we didn’t even know she was into computers. What’s next, Prince Philip and Camilla on MySpace?
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A new survey conducted by Harris Interactive with 2,455 U.S. adults concluded that about 65% of them have watched a video on YouTube, compared to only 42% last year. Forty two percent of viewers said that they visit the site frequently, a rise of 33% from last year. Forty three percent say they have seen videos on a TV network while less view them on news sites and search engines. Frankly, we are wondering why they even bothered to conduct the survey, and instead should realize that, as the survey also determined, there will be more TV and movie watching online when the networks and studios get a clue.
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It looks like the Writers Strike will keep going for a while, but we have found that you just can’t keep a good writer down. Those from “The Office” produce “The Office is Closed,” and fans, like those for John Stewart and Stephen Colbert, offer pleas to settle. There are even viral spoofs, such as this one by National Lampoon. Our favorite has to be by the writers of The Simpsons, who come out of their animated closet. How ironic that the very medium they are fighting over has in fact become the battlefield.
You can now have the capability of turning your cell phone into a Bluetooth or USB webcam for plugging into your laptop. Warelex’s Mobiola can screen capture you on Skype, Yahoo, YouTube, ICQ, AOL, and other IMs. The cam is compatible with Windows Mobile 5 and 6 devices including Smartphones, several Nokia phones, and some by Sony-Ericsson.The Mobiola is available for a free trial session for a week for up to 5 minutes at a time and is priced between $4.95 and $19.95, depending on your mobile phone.
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It certainly helps to have partners in high places on the Net. Logitech, working with the YouTube Video Toolbox, has decided to offer its one-touch instant uploading for the site with its QuickCam software (version 11.5.) Once your clip is secure, you receive a link to it for distribution to those who are either the subject or object of your humiliation. With all the cameras, software, and now free and simplified connect, you have no excuse not to join up with the YouTube school of infamy. Download it at Logitech, if you already have the urge and proper equipment.
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Another new mini-cam has come out for YouTube fanatics. Aiptek has now released the GO-HD, a five megapixel cam with a 1280 x 720p resolution and 16:9 aspect ratio at 30 fpm using H 264 technology. It also has a 3x zoom with auto-focus and a CMOS sensor. Featuring a 2.4-inch TFT color LSD display, you get instant playback or can connect to your TV, monitor, or PC for viewing. The Go-HD carries an MSRP of $279.99.
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If it says Oprah, it’s got to be good, right? La Winfrey began her own YouTube page this week and debuted it on her show yesterday. Her guests included its creators Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, as well as some top “stars” from the site itself. She even went as far as capturing her own show on her Flipvideo, but we will spare you the results. While she may be excited about her new pet project, we just want to say, “What took you so long?”
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This year is teeming with mini-cameras and the VholdR has become part of the line that is made for those on the go that want their exploits seen online. The cam is only 3.7-inches and weighs merely 4.8 oz. Shooting 640 x 480 footage at 30 fps, it utilizes a microSD card for storage. Its lens has a twin laser alignment and can rotate, and the unit itself is waterproof and shockproof. The VholdR will be up for grabs sometime during the holiday season for $349.99, although the company is encouraging pre-order with a deposit of $50.00. Online retailer Twenty20 Cameras claims that there will be only a limited supply, but we figure that there are plenty of other mini-cams to choose from that we can actually touch before buying.
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The market for point and shoot digital cameras gets crowded. Casio’s Exilim EX-S880 is a standout. The EX-S880 comes in at a diminutive 2.4 x 3.7 x .7 inches and weighs 7 ounces, making it perfect to slip into a pocket or purse for the evening. Despite the small size, the EX-S880 packs 8.1 megapixels, 3x optical zoom and 4x digital zoom, H.264 MPEG 4 video capability, face detection and anti shake technology. Read on to get our full thoughts on the Exilim EX-S880.