CNN are set to stream its news broadcasts to viewers through the Internet. CNN is set to make its programming available all day, everyday on desktops, iPhones and iPads as well as existing customers who are subscribers to CNN be it through cable, IP or satellite TV. CNN are also launching a new video player that offers simultaneous multi-window HD streams.
The 24-hour streaming will reportedly include both the core station and Headline News. CNN has been providing live streams to iPad users since December but this has only been for major events. Customers who subscribe to either through a provider such as Verizon, Comcast, Cox or Dish will have access to the streamed content. If you're an iPad or iPhone user, hit up the iTunes app store to download the enabling app.
CNN are also re-polishing their online viewing experience by offering up to four live streams of news and events, original video series as well as on-demand video clips with related CNN and HLN show information, both in HD.
Microsoft register both Microsoft-Sony.com and Sony-Microsoft.com, possible acquisition or purely for the LOLs?
I don't know what to do with this, so I'm just going to run with what I have. I saw this posted up and thought I'd share this "breaking story". Microsoft have just registered two new domains, Microsoft-Sony.com and Sony-Microsoft.com. What are they doing? Is this a possible Sony mobile handset coming out powered by Windows Phone 7? Are we seeing a potential "lets put it out there and see the response" from Microsoft? Could we see the end of the great console war between MS and Sony and a possible blend of both consoles?
It's quite strange at the moment, but it's out there, I've reported on it. Let's wait to hear some more concrete info. Your move, Microsoft.
Side note: I find this funny after the whole Call of Duty MW3 website directing to Battlefield 3's website, and now this... what a week!
Ah, passwords. Most people are still surprised to learn that a majority of users continue to use common passwords such as 1234 or their last name. Microsoft know this and hence are beefing up security of their popular web-based e-mail, Hotmail. Microsoft are changing their password policy which will soon forbid the use of particularly common passwords. What this means is anyone who creates a new Hotmail account or changes the password of their existing account won't be able to use obvious passwords like "123456" or "password."
The new security system will block common phrases such as "ilovecats." In the near future, Microsoft could also extend this ban on obvious passwords to existing accounts. If an account is compromised, and that account sends you spam or a fraudulent e-mail, you can report that their account has been compromised. The feature is called "My friend's been hacked!," and this will block their account so the spammer can no longer user it, when your friend tries to log in the next time they'll go through an account recovery process.
I now await every service that uses a password to implement these features. Your move, World.
Google has known for a while that millions of websites registered freely (or very cheaply in bulk) through a Korean company are plagued as malware-hosting sites. The most notorious subdomain full of these types of sites was .co.cc.
Kicking things into spring cleaning mode after rolling out several new products and freshening up existing ones, they knew they'd have a hell of a task on their hands isolating the bad sites from the good, especially when you're talking 11 million of them!
Easiest solution? Block the entire .co.cc subdomain of course, which is exactly what Google has just decided to do. As to how effective this drastic manoeuvre is long term, I can't imagine all that significant in line of the seemingly forever resident global malware war.
Google are on a rampage this week, not only launching their social networking extravaganza Google+ (which is awesome btw) but now a new look Gmail is out and being previewed. The new look is virtually identical to Google+ which helps keep an overall theme for Google and has cut the clutter away and still keep it as a powerhouse e-mail solution. Google have stated it's a Google-wide effort to bring you, the user, an experience that is more focused, elastic and effortless across all of their products.
They've said that they are not going to change everything at once and will work on the upgrades gradually over the next few months which will allow users plenty of time to get used to it and incorporate feedback that will go into the ever-evolving design. Google are starting with two new themes for users to try as a sneak peak of things to come. Currently there's "Preview" and "Preview (Dense)" themes in the Themes tab in Gmail Settings.
The team behind Hotmail have revolutionized their speedy e-mail system, trimming content on their pages to speed up download time and eliminated a network round trip on login for further speed gains. Their goal was to make Hotmail feel instant and they knew by speeding up downloads that it would get close to their goal. But that's not the only thing they had to do, even with today's fast internet, the network is the bottleneck and Hotmail needed to keep their customers from experiencing that latency.
Their approach was to get user data closer to the browser, and when the data is not available on the browser, get it there more efficiency and most of all, without the user noticing. The team also took advantage of the super powerful modern web browsers like Internet Explorer 9 and made them more app-like, by doing more work in the browser and less work on the server.
Google held a media event in San Francisco today where they talked about how they're tackling barriers on mobile, announcing that they're bringing speech recognition and computer vision technology to the desktop and took the next step for Google Instant - Google Pages. Google are right when they say the thirst for knowledge doesn't stop when you get off the computer, it continues on your mobile device. Mobile search traffic has grown 500-percent in two years with mobile search growing at a comparable pace to Google in their early years.
Google reckon that one of the driving forces behind this growth is speech recognition. Voice search doesn't require anything but your voice making it simple as pie to run searches from your mobile device. Today Google teach their English Voice Search system using no less than 230 billion words from real queries so that they can accurately recognize the phrases people are likely to say. As the quality has increased, so has usage; in the past twelve months alone, Voice Search traffic has increased by a whopping 600-percent and every single day people speak more than two years worth of voice into their system.
Bit of a weird one for everyone today! Intel's new Museum of Me is a new way to look at your online social life. Museum of Me creates a virtual museum in which the objects on display are drawn from your Facebook page and the exhibits are things you care about; your friends, photographs, videos, your Facebook wall and things you 'like'. A video preview is below:
If you'd like to visit your own Museum of Me, check it out here.
Damn. I guess this is what happens when you turn down a $6 billion bid from the most successful search engine in the country. Google had announced it will be deploying it's thinly-masked Groupon competitor, dubbed "Google Offers", starting in Portland, Oregon.
Is it me, or is the name itself kind of a stab at Groupon, re: the $6 billion offer to buy the company? Either way, the service will be launched soon, and after Portland will expand to New York City, San Francisco and evidently the greater Bay Area, according to the map in the background of the above photo, which depicts the Oakland/Berkeley region.
Google revealed the service back in January of this year, but you can now sign up at a page that claims it will begin to notify you of deals that offer, minimum, 50% off or more at local businesses. And unlike Groupon, these deals will not, I repeat, not require a minimum number of people to register in order to get the offered deal.
Google has a Help Page to answer basic questions, but little is really known regarding the logistics of the service. I'll put my money on "email-based", but that's really just a shot in the dark.
Telstra have revamped their website in yet another move to get customers to deal online with them more. The move might work as the site is much less text-heavy now and feels slightly less bloated.
Gerd Schenkel, executive director of Telstra Digital says:
You told us our site was too text heavy, confusing and very hard to navigate - you couldn't quickly and easily find what you were looking for, and as a result many visitors had to phone us or go into a store instead...you told us it was really hard to find the basics - such as viewing and paying your bill and checking your email, so we've made these sections much more prominent.
We all know that collectively, we must go through an insane amount of data across the globe through the Internet. Now we have some solid numbers to play with, in 2008 alone the world's servers processed an insane 9.57 zettabytes (ZB) of information. This data even underestimates as it does not include exclusive private servers built by Google, Microsoft and others.
Whichever way you look at it, the number is very difficult to fathom - consider that there are 1000TB's in a Petabyte and then 1000PB's in an Exabyte, with finally, 1000EB's in a single Zettabyte and you'll finally get the picture. I'd like this type of storage at home, thanks.
If you don't recall, Google April Fool's Day pranked the tech community by announcing Gmail Motion. Evidently the members of University of Southern California Institute for Creatie Technology MxR Lab were laughing at Google rather than with them.
USC's ICT MxR lab develops the Flexible Action and Articulated Skeleton Toolkit (FAAST), a Kinect-based motion-recognition system that allows you to develop motion-controlled interfaces for application commands, amongst other things.
The prank was on Google, as the MxR's duplicated Gmail Motion entirely, including all of the ridiculous gestures, using a system they call Software Library Optimizing Obligatory Waving (SLOOW).
Still love that the stamp slapping works.
Good work guys! Video below:
BoB was a huge success for iiNet - it combined the modem, router and home phone and rolled it into a single, stylish device. BoB 2 was announced in February and will now be released in April.
The feature list for the new device is also quite good:
This one is only sort of a joke. Arianna Huffington, infamous Editor-in-Chief of online news site, The Huffington Post, did not pull a single punch today when satirically criticizing the New York Times recent Paywall implementation. Huffington announced in a post today that her news site would now be "offering" digital subscriptions exclusively to New York Times employees (and residents of Winnipeg, but that's another story). Huffington writes that current readers of "HuffPo" that are not Times employees will not be affected.
Biting snippets include the introduction of a "first 6 letters at no charge" plan and content availability depending on what site redirected the Times employee to the Huffington Post:
If you come in through Facebook, you'll be able to access for free all stories involving animals born with extra limbs.
If you come in through Twitter, you'll be able to access for free words that contain more than six letters, but only those that refer to antiquated transportation machines (i.e. "funicular").
If you come in through Google, you'll be able to access stories of criminals who break into people's houses and then do strange things, such as take a shower or eat a snack.
If you come in through Digg, you'll be able to read for free all stories that refer to TV's Erik Estrada.
Huffington also took stabs at Bill Keller...
They almost had me until the guy in the video mimes licking a stamp and placing it on an envelope, where the "envelope" is his lifted knee. And it just gets better from there. Google might be the most infamous April Fool's Day prankster since they began the tradition in April of 2000 with the MentalPlex
Economy passengers flying internationally with Qantas are now able to select where they want to sit when they purchase their tickets online, this comes as an additional $20 cost.
Sophia Connelly, a spokesperson for Qantas has said:
We've had [seat selection] for a while and widened it to include all our customers
There is just something really, really wrong with this video.
GoDaddy CEO Cecil Rhodes- I mean, Bob Parsons, is the new Great White Hunter. He has successfully saved an African village from a terrible, awful elephant that was allegedly destroying their crops, like, every day.
In all fairness to Parsons, the villagers did ask him to help them out, but what's with the video? Like this shot:
Was this really necessary? What's the moral here- you kill one elephant for fun, give it to a village, throw some GoDaddy.com hats on some people and blast the AC-DC?
About an hour ago, Google announced the addition of the "+1" search rating feature, now available through your Google profile. Google is touting the +1 as a way to refine search to be as friendly and familiar, literally, to the user as possible.
Say, for example, you're planning a winter trip to Tahoe, Calif. When you do a search, you may now see a +1 from your slalom-skiing aunt next to the result for a lodge in the area. Or if you're looking for a new pasta recipe, we'll show you +1's from your culinary genius college roommate. And even if none of your friends are baristas or caffeine addicts, we may still show you how many people across the web have +1'd your local coffee shop.
Google users will soon start to see these icons popping up next to search results based on the participation of friends and family in their already existing social connections. Google claims they're going to be implementing +1 "slowly", but if you want to get in on the launch, check out Google's Experimental Search Site for more information.
This is something that is quite close to me, the difference between high FPS and low FPS. I'm an avid 60 fps or more fan and run a triple monitor setup comprising of Alienware AW2310, 120hz screens. It's amazing and I traded my 30" HP LP3065 for it.
The above link shows the difference between a square block bouncing up and down in three FPS settings, 15fps, 30fps and 60fps. 15fps is instantly visible as jerky, 30fps is a little better but 60fps is quite fluid. What I hope is next-gen consoles feature 60fps minimum at 1920x1080 which I am personally confident is easily attainable with current hardware.
Everyone's favorite search engine today adds its 146th interface language: Cherokee. Google has been working with the Cherokee Nation to translate its operating interface to Cherokee as an effort to stave off what could be potential extinction for the now-endangered language. In a press release from the Cherokee Nation's official website, Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chad Smith said,
I believe that efforts like those of Google are essential to keeping our language alive.
The language option is available on one of the drop-down menus on google's home page, and for the select people that don't have a physical Cherokee Keyboard, a digital version is available, made possible by Google's Virtual Keyboard API.
Rumor has it that Google plan to launch their Facebook competition at the next Google I/O which is on May 10 - 11, 2011. There is not much else to know right now apart from it 'may be happening'.
Back in September of 2010, Google CEO Eric Schmidt suggested that a "social layer" was coming to all Google products. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has always been weary of such things saying that a social layer does not cut it, a service needs to be built from the ground up with social in mind.