Items tagged with sharing

We're all pretty proud to admit that we've watched Citizen Kane or any other legendary classic, but those late-night cartoons and goofy sob stories? Not so much. Part of the digital economy is sharing. If you've got a product, it's really only to grow so much as folks will talk about it online. Obviously, Netflix stands to gain a lot (new subscribers, keeping existing ones interested, etc.) by having you share your viewing habits with others on social media. But up until this week, that sharing was public by default, which caused many to pause before blasting to the entire world what they were... Read more...
Another week, another app acquisition. A bit ago, Yahoo snapped up Astrid, a task management program. Now, crosstown rival Google is buying Bump. Bump, a cross-platform sharing app, made waves a year or so ago by providing an elegant, secure, and easy way to transfer just about anything from one mobile to another, and even from mobile-to-desktop. In a lot of ways, sharing via Bump was almost magical. It had that "wow factor" baked in, kind of like using Facebook for the first time when the platform was new. Google is now the proud owner of that app, and honestly, it seems like a sensible purchase.... Read more...
Steam has taken the gaming world by storm, and in more ways than one, has shaped how the digital distribution model impacts our lives. Gamers in particular have a lot to appreciate about Steam, but there's been one major point of trouble: sharing. Now, Steam is addressing it, with the introduction of Family Sharing. The service claims that this is a new feature that "allows close friends and family members to share their libraries of Steam games," and it'll support PC, Mac and Linux. The feature will become available next week, in limited beta on Steam, but should roll out more broadly soon after... Read more...
Facebook's search for new sources of revenues continues unabated -- and this time, the company wants to target your own profile phtoos for inclusion in its database. That's a change from the previous system, in which users were only scanned if other people tagged them first. Your own profile photos weren't automatically added to the database in this fashion. According to Facebook, "Tag Suggest is a tool that helps Facebook users tag their friends in photographs more quickly and easily -- something people love to do on Facebook." The problem, of course, is that in the wake of Snowden's NSA unveils,... Read more...
Dropbox is improving once again. The world's favorite cloud-based file sharing and storage service now has looming competition, with SkyDrive, iCloud, Box and soon -- Google Drive -- coming into view. So lately, we've seen the team cranking out many new features. The latest is drag-and-drop, allowing users to simply spot something that they want saved, and using Chrome / Firefox / Safari, upload files by dragging them from your desktop onto the Dropbox website. After Dropbox detects the upload, it’ll work its magic to get your stuff wherever you need it. Something tells us it's only the beginning... Read more...
Video sharing site Vimeo, in a bubbly and whimsical blog post, outlined a slew of new changes to the site, many of which it says were inspired by user requests. The video page received a facelift, and now it features a wider video player, a cleaner interface, and a reorganization of various shortcuts and tools. Browsing is improved, as is the site’s search functionality and uploading experience--for example, uploading multiple files simultaneously is easier to do. Users also have more privacy controls, such as the ability to block other users or hide stats and activity streams, and there... Read more...
File-sharing, that's widely discussed.  But game sharing, not so much.  Basically the focus until now has been on music and movies, but now it seems industry has decided games being shared via P2P also deserve to be addressed. As many as 100 people suspected of illegally sharing computer game files over the internet are to be sued for copyright infringement, it emerged today. A London-based law firm said it would launch legal proceedings on behalf of the computer game publisher Topware Interactive after a woman was fined £16,000 for illegally sharing a pinball-themed game over the... Read more...
MP3 is a lossy format - meaning you lose quality from the original. Because of that fact, wording in a recently passed Italian law may have just made trading MP3 files legal.The law states that music or images that are at "degraded or low resolution" can be distributed on the Internet "for scientific or educational use, and only when such use is not for profit," according to a rough translation.Experts that have reviewed the law told the Italian daily La Repubblica that even though MP3's are not specifically mentioned, the fact that the word degraded is used implies the existence of that format,... Read more...
Minnesota has always been an interesting and often unpredictable state when it comes to politics and law.  That's why a court case against 30 year old Jammie Thomas is certainly worth following.Thomas has been accused of sharing over 1700 songs via Kazaa.  Things get interesting when she, along with numerous other Kazaa users, received a spam message (Wait, isn't that against the TOS?) that warned users of the file-sharing service that they were violating copyright law.  So far this is nothing new, we've all heard this kind of story before.Things get interesting when you talk about... Read more...
If Microsoft can't battle Google, somebody has to step up right?  And in this corner, weighing in at a svelte $64 billion in annual sales - S O N Y !!! "Sony Corp. said on Thursday it will launch a video-sharing site in Japan on Friday, marking the electronics and entertainment firm's first step towards challenging Google Inc.'s YouTube service. News Corp. and NBC Universal said last month they would also launch a free online video site this year, as traditional media firms scramble to keep up with video sharing. Sony also hopes to introduce its service, called... Read more...
 "DVD Jon" is back at it. Already a hero with the Pringles and Jolt Cola hacker community-- at age fifteen, no less -- for unscrambling the DVD Content Scrambling System, Jon Lech Johansen returns at age twenty-two with a way to get around the playback restrictions on Apple Computer's iPod and iTunes music products: Today, songs purchased from Apple's online iTunes Music Store can't be played on portable devices made by other companies. Songs purchased from many other online music stores also won't work on iPods because... Read more...
Hey folks, sorry for the long time between updates, I've had a little trouble with the news posting feature, but it's all sorted out now :) My wireless router just kicked the bucket, so looks like I've got to go to the store tomorrow and get another one... and I should probably also get to work on my X-Mas shopping(have you?). On with the news... X-Micro WLAN 11g Router and PCMCIA Card @ A True Review "Nowadays, it is not uncommon for a home to have more than one computer; whether it be multiple desktops or a laptop thrown in the mix. With multiple computers comes a need to network them. Network... Read more...