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Today's Web search engines are driven primarily by searching for text keywords. This works fairly well when what you are searching for is words; but it fails pretty miserably when you are searching for video. Video search is almost entirely dependent on someone taking the time to manually (and accurately) add text tags to videos to make them searchable. This is all about to change, however, if VideoSurf's claims are true: The company says it has developed a way to visually search videos for it content: "VideoSurf is a computer vision search engine that has created a new way for users to easily find, discover and watch the videos from across the Web. Founded in 2006 by leading experts in computer... Read more...
People close to the situation have been reporting that HBO content could finally be making its way to iTunes:“The HBO insiders said that the new service would be launched and announced simultaneously, most likely in a week or two.Details of the agreement are not yet known, but it is clear that HBO was able to secure better terms from Apple than other content providers, they said.”We’re not sure what better terms might be, but we’re assuming that it is a break from the $1.99 price structure. As we reported before NBC Universal recently started testing the iTunes waters again with a revised price structure and now it seems that others are following suit.Now if only somebody could convince HBO to... Read more...
Lost in the news at CES about another Sony product (Blu-ray) was the announcement of a deal between Sony and DivX which will allow onlnie retailers to serve up DivX files (legally) and also for those files to be played on DivX-Certified devices. The timing, of course, couldn't be better as PS3 Firmware 2.10 was just released with DivX support. "This milestone agreement lays the foundation for Sony to offer high quality video content in the DivX format to its retail partners for playback on next-generation DivX Certified devices," said Kevin Hell, CEO of DivX, Inc. "Consumers want the flexibility and choice to enjoy high-quality video content from a range of retailers across a variety of devices.... Read more...
Just as the New York Times recently gave up on charging for its premium content, so apparently will the Wall Street Journal."We are studying it and we expect to make that free," Murdoch was quoted by the Associated Press as he spoke to a group of investors in Australia. He said that "instead of having one million (subscribers)," the company will receive readers "in every corner of the earth."Murdoch is banking that a free model for WSJ.com, which recently announced that it had topped the 1 million-subscriber mark, will send readership skyrocketing and that advertisers will then flock to the site. Online "journals" (no pun intended) haven't been able to make a go of subscribed content, and it... Read more...
Call it "Hot Coffee" take two, for Take Two games.  You may recall the "Hot Coffee" mod that exposed, er. sexual content in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas?  This isn't quite as successful, but some of the AO content that was hidden rather than removed from Manhunt 2 has been unlocked.In "Manhunt 2," the player takes the role of a man who escapes from an insane asylum and goes on a killing spree.Take-Two edited parts of the game, including blurring some of the most gruesome killing scenes, to get the less restrictive rating.Hackers defeated that blurring on the version of the game for Sony Corp.'s PlayStation Portable. The game is also available for the PlayStation 2 and Nintendo Wii... Read more...
On August 31st, NBC Universal said it would not be renewing its contract with iTunes, after a dispute over pricing.   Later that day, Apple said it would drop NBCU content prior to the fall season - and prior to the expiration of the contract.   NBCU didn't waste any time, as today in a joint announcement NBC Universal and Amazon.com announced NBC television shows will be available on Amazon Unbox. Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) and NBC Universal today announced that a wealth of quality TV content from NBC Universal is now available on Amazon Unbox (https://unbox.amazon.com), Amazon.com's digital video download service. Amazon Unbox and NBC Universal are offering customers a variety... Read more...
Bethesda has released some new content for their top selling game, adding a new faction with some new quests, a few extras enemies, and some new items. The Elders Scrolls: Oblivion - Knights of the Nine costs $9.99, a little more than Bethesda's previous content releases, and can be downloaded in multiple languages from here. "A fallen King has been unchained from the darkness of Oblivion to seek vengeance upon the Gods who banished him. Only a champion pure of heart can vanquish the evil that has been released upon the land. You must heed the call, reclaim the lost relics of the Divine Crusader, and return the Nine to glory. New dungeons,... Read more...
Online video sites such as YouTube, Google Video, and SoapBox, with their seemingly endless supply of free videos to download, have exploded in popularity since their creation. Like the rest of the internet though, there's plenty of questionable content that's been appearing on those sites, sparking debate as to whether or not the site owners should be responsible for the content. At the moment, Google is facing numerous lawsuits in Europe over its service, and Reuters is reporting on an Italian investigation over one particular video. "In the US, sites like Google Video, SoapBox, and YouTube are generally protected by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which grants "safe harbor" to... Read more...
In a surprise move, internet video sensation, Youtube, has struck content deals with 3 additional record labels to stream video/music content.  Universal Music, Sony BMG, and CBS join Time Warner (who signed a deal back in September) in this venture.  This news comes as a kind of shock considering it was just recently Universal was considering legal action against YouTube for the flagrant misuse of copyrighted material.  There is no word on how or if todays announcement would affect the possible purchase of YouTube by such companies as Google. YouTube is valued for the vast number of viewers it has managed to attract, in much the same way social-networking site MySpace,... Read more...
Back in March of 2005, Google was hit with a lawsuit by french news agency "Agence France Presse". AFP claimed copyright infringement over Google's use of their content with Google's own news service. Though Google agreed to stop, they apparently haven't called it quits just yet. "A lawyer for Google declined to comment, while a Google spokesman couldn't immediately explain why AFP links and content are still appearing on Google News. An AFP official in its North America headquarters in Washington, DC referred questions to its lawyer, who didn't immediately reply to a comment request."... Read more...
If you're craving for more Oblivion (XBox 360) content, you may or may not be happy to know that Bethesda has released a new quest which can be purchased for 150 with their online service. Bethesda has been trying out the pay for content concept since Oblivion's release, and has been met with a fair amount of criticism. "Now that the Orrery is functional, you are given special powers based on the phases of the moon. Make sure it is night time and activate the control panel. A message will appear stating that you now have a new power. Powers are accessed from the Greater Power section of your spell menu."  ... Read more...
Intel, Yahoo! Announce Strategic Agreement Delivering Content to Intel(R)Viiv™ technology-based PCs, TV Screens in the Home CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, LAS VEGAS – January 6, 2006 – Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ: YHOO), a leading global Internet company, and Intel Corporation today announced a joint effort to deliver compelling digital entertainment services to consumers on media devices with Intel(R) Viiv™ technology. Yahoo! will create customized Intel Viiv technology verified services, including music, photos and personalized video content, for consumers to enjoy on their televisions, personal computers, laptops and handheld screens, both in the home and on the go. In the coming... Read more...
Hey folks, just checking in to drop off the news, and let you know that Andrew has reviewed the Dell Inspiron XPS Gen 2 notebook, gamers looking for a mobile beast should give this one a look. Enjoy the news, good night! Dell Inspiron XPS Gen 2 - Gaming and Performance Andrew Ku "Consider this: a few years ago there were a handful of names making true blue notebook gaming rigs, i.e. Alienware, albeit in small quantities. But as the gaming generation grows, so does the interest in these powerful systems. So, it really comes as no surprised to us to see Dell and HP joining the fray. The difference is that Dell has really gone after the "enthusiast" gamer, rather than the casual "once... Read more...
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