RealPlayer is the indispensable tool for playing postage stamp-sized videos on your PC. The Real Networks software is one media player among many.
The last version of RealPlayer now has the ability to record streaming video, such as that from YouTube, for offline playback. The latest offering, RealPlayer SP, released today as a beta, it also adds the ability to share video through social networking sites such as Facebook, and, more interestingly, to reformat the saved video so that it can be viewed on different number mobile devices.
RealPlayer post a link to the video on its original site, something that can be done in a many other ways. But the transcoding capability could be very useful. The widely used Flash video format doesn’t work on most mobile devices at all.
Converting a video in RealPlayer is simple. You can click on a title in your video library–it can be streaming video you saved with RealPlayer downloaded content form other sources. Then press the “Convert to” button and you are offered a list of devices , which includes iPod/iPhone, various Windows Mobile handsets, BlackBerrys, the T-Mobile Sidekick, the Sony PSP, and the Nokia E71x.
The thing to note is that there is nothing new here because there are many other software solutions that do the same thing. The beauty of the Real approach is that it is easily used by people who don’t know anything, and don’t want to know anything, about codecs, bitrates, and display resolutions.
Various attempts were made to access google.com and Gmail but all went in vain. This unfortunate incident took place at 9 pm local time. However the sites were able to be accessed via proxy servers which gave an indication that the site was blocked by internet sensors.
The blockage came after Google seemingly rejected the China’s order of blocking access to foreign sites through Google.cn, the Chinese based Google site. Google said in a statement:
We have received reports that most users cannot access Google.com in China … We are investigating the matter and hope that the service will be restored soon
People’s Daily and Xinhua the official news agency accused and blamed Google for showing links to pornographic and adult content in the search results. On similar lines, State media highlighted and reported the fact that users were able to search and navigate to foreign sites using google.cn, even after the government threatened during the last week to suspend foreign websites as they failed to stop pornographic links from showing in search results.
As a reaction to government’s threat and criticism, Google removed the buttons on Google.cn that allowed users to choose whether they want to search for local or foreign websites. Still users were able to search for foreign websites on the local Google website.
Another interesting fact to consider is that Google.com handles only about 5% of searches in China. However this blockage is still significant for Google since the search giants have put a lot of effort into entering the Chinese market. On a similar note, advertisers use the Global website of Google to market and advertise their products to the Chinese people. So it also holds a significance in terms of business. Let us hope that both the parties come to a common agreement.
We want to contribute to the growth of these mobile applications, which is why we’re happy to announce our beta launch of AdSense for Mobile Applications. And so saying Adsense has sort of opened gates for a mini revolution of sorts in the mobile applications field. It’s a revolution for not many reasons and it is mini for a whole lot more, nevertheless it is an important step.
Mobile applications have become more and more popular, helping people find music or check bank balances as a result of lower prices, faster network speeds and unlimited data plans mean that people often reach for their cell phone rather than their computer while seeking information.
So by considering all the facts Google has announced the beta launch of AdSense for Mobile Applications. Because advertisers are looking for ways to reach potential customers when they are engaged with mobile content, and application developers are looking for ways to show the best ads to their users. According to Google, they already had a successful trial of this service with a small number of partners, and are excited that they can now offer this solution to a broader group.
AdSense for Mobile Applications will allow developers to earn revenue by displaying text and image ads in their iPhone and Android applications. For the beta launch, Google have created a site where developers can learn more about the AdSense for Mobile Applications program. Advertisers can also learn about the benefits of advertising in mobile applications.
Google is so excited to open up this beta to more developers, and they are also looking forward to offer more new features for mobile advertisers and publishers in upcoming releases.
Well well well, is this hot news or what. It was just yesterday that we informed you guys about the availability of Microsoft Security Essentials Beta for download. Well now the news is that Microsoft has stopped offering the Beta version of its latest security suite for download. This is what was stated at the webpage for Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) in an alert:
Thank you for your interest in joining the Microsoft® Security Essentials Beta. We are not accepting additional participants at this time. Please check back at later a date for possible additional availability.
The Beta was made available to users based in United States, United Kingdom, Israel (English only), China (Simplified Chinese only) and Brazil (Brazilian Portugese only). Only 75,000 lucky users were allowed to get their hands on the Beta version on a first come first serve basis.
The final version of the recently launched security product is expected to arrive in September. From the initial review performed by AV-test.org, things are looking good for the product with codename Morro. Let us see how it performs in the long run.
The new packaging for Windows 7 is Simple, Clean and Easy To Open. As customers told Microsoft and yes they are: simple clean design, easy to open, and reduction of waste.
The design is simple because customers told Microsoft that they liked the big bold Windows logo and how it clearly tells that it’s no other than Windows 7. Customers like larger typefaces to make it easy to read. Customers also like the background colors for each edition that make it easier to differentiate between Windows 7 Home Premium all the way to Windows 7 Ultimate. In their own words, the “clean” design gives off a “fresh” feel.
Microsoft has reduced the number of elements in the package down to three: first is the plastic case, second is the paper sleeve, and a simple Getting Started Guide. The plastic case opens easily like a standard DVD case and it will have a single easy-to-remove seal at the top – and that’s it.
The plastic case protecting the Windows 7 disk is lighter and is recyclable. The packaging itself has a 37% weight reduction and the econometrics score has improved by 50%. Essentially, the packaging is what customers told Microsoft they were most interested in picking up to learn more about Windows 7.
A couple of months back, in the month of April, if I remember correctly, we informed you guys about YouTube testing a new design for its channels. Uptill now there has been no official word or date from YouTube as to when the new channel design will be made available to the general public, however it is believed that it would be released pretty soon. Here is an exhaustive list of all the features that have been implemented so far. These features were implemented and improved thanks to the precious feedback from all those users who were lucky enough to test the new channel design. The exhaustive list of features coming to the channel design include:
- Sort controls sort by most viewed, date added, or highest rated
- Clickable rating stars
- Counts for the number of videos in each section (when in “all” view)
- When playing a video, the video title now links to the non channel video watch page
- View a small number of video comments as well as leave a quick comment. All this can be done by just clicking the comments tab when watching any video
- Font size is now larger when browsing through videos
- You can make the list of your playlists your features content set (like the new White House Channel)
- New share controls underneath the video
- Endless loading circles should now be gone
- No more channels with messed up layouts
- Search box when looking at uploads
- Honors are back
- Video thumbnails are now larger
- More interaction options under the video player
- You can now feature a video by URL
- The subscribe button is yellow again
- You can choose a featured video
- You can link directly to a specific video and a specific playlist on your channel
- You can rearrange boxes on your channel with little arrows
- You can message users
- You can delete recent activity items
- Subscribe button appears when you’re looking at your own channel
- UI improvements
- Tons of bug fixes
Coming to the part as to what are the things that YouTube is currently working on in relation to the YouTube channel design. These are:
- Providing the user with the flexibility of reordering your uploads or lists of playlists.
- Displaying the upload date in the video description
- More and more bug fixes
A big thanks to Chris Crum of WebProNews for coming up with this long list of impressive features.
Motorola and AT&T has announced the latest social messaging slider, named as Motorola Karma QA1. Karma is designed for 24/7 mobile socializing and following multiple conversations.
From the homescreen of Karma you have one-click access to Facebook and MySpace for easy status updates, checking out friend profiles and picture/video uploads. The phone has a slider QWERTY keyboard and a GPS that works with AT&T Navigator. Motorola Karma QA1 will be available on June 28 at select AT&T stores.
Certain features offered in this cell phone are:
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You can keep your favorite social networks close with one-click, home screen access over amazing 3G speed1. You can use Facebook to connect and share with features that allow you to update your status, activities, or post pictures and videos.
You can also keep track of conversations with an all-in-one view of messages and easy scroll navigation1. IM-style texting on the slide-out QWERTY keypad makes it easy to follow the conversation flow from morning until night.
You can locate your friends using on-board aGPS1 that speaks turn-by-turn directions. A high-speed connection1 brings you the info fast, so you can make your fashionably late entrance on time.
Watch and hear this
Media is clearly seen and heard with a vibrant 2.5” display and high-quality speakers. Motorola Karma is designed to be propped on its edge when watching TV shows or movies, so you can easily see the screen and hear crisp audio.
Microsoft has kept its promise and has launched Beta of Microsoft Security Essentials just today. The antivirus and antispyware utility codenamed Morro replaces Windows Live OneCare subscription service. It is a product that is intented to support users of Windows 7 , Vista and XP. Built on Microsoft’s Forefront 2.2 enterprise technologies, Security Essentials has the vision of providing an economical and friendly way to encourage protecting your Windows PC.
Microsoft Security Essentials is available free of cost. Well there might arise an argument that there are antivirus softwares such as AVG and others which are also free. So why Microsoft wants to offers its security suite free of cost. Well Microsoft is in no way competing with commercial or freely available security products. Instead Microsoft Security Essentials is essentially for those persons who do not use and install an antivirus software at all or keep an outdated/expired one. At Microsoft Connect, they stated:
You’re too busy to spend a lot of time worrying about protecting your PC. With Microsoft Security Essentials Beta, you get high-quality protection against viruses and spyware, including Trojans, worms and other malicious software. And best of all, there are no costs or annoying subscriptions to keep track of.
Here are the features that stand out:
- Easy to install
- Easy to use
- Automatic updates and upgrades
- Runs in the background
- Will require your attention only when needed. (No more disturbance caused by needless alerts)
Currently the Beta has been made available to users based in United States, United Kingdom, Israel (English only), China (Simplified Chinese only) and Brazil (Brazilian Portugese only). Presently only 75,000 lucky users will get their hands on the Beta version.
Google alongwith its partners has decided to launch a new site called All for Good. The other entities that partnered with Google include Craigslist Foundation, YouTube, FanFeedr and UCLA. The main purpose behind this site is to provide a platform which would enable volunteers to connect with the charitable organizations in their local communities.
This website assists, helps and guides people in finding and revealing ways in which they can become useful, get involved within their community and do noble deeds. These ways include serving as a mentor or designing a website for a nonprofit. It also allows people to sign in to their Google or Facebook account and share their volunteer activities with others with the means of attracting them to do the same. Paul Rademacher, a software engineer at Google and a tech lead on the project stated the vision behind this project:
By bringing together amazing service opportunities from existing volunteer organizations, we hope to amplify their efforts and share ways to do good across the web.
Rademacher, also informed about the project being open source. His exact words were:
Built as a free, open-source project, the All for Good platform and search API allow the community-at-large — from software developers to community organizers and local activists — to contribute innovations to the site and drive the direction and growth of the platform.
The API related to the All for Good platform allows community organizers and non profit leaders to reach more volunteers. Developers looking to volunteer and build volunteer applications can visit the All for Good Apps page provides examples and various instructions.
In relation to this, YouTube is also launching Video Volunteers a platform aimed at connecting non-profit organizations with video needs and skilled video makers who can help and assist in promoting their causes via video.
All for Good project was part of the Google 20 percent project. In addition to that the search provided on the recently launched site is powered by Google.
One of the many glaring omissions still not featured on the iPhone is support for Flash. Rumors keep circulating that Flash will be coming to the iPhone, but that has failed to happen and unless something big changes this isn’t the year of flash for iPhone fans.
Adobe has announced it will be released the beta version of Flash Player 10 for smartphones in October.
During a recent earnings call, Adobe CEO Shantanu Naraye revealed to investors that a beta version of Flash Player 10 for mobiles will be released in October of this year.
The new Flash player will support Android, Nokia Symbian, Palm Web OS, and Windows Mobile powered devices, notice that OS for iPhone is missing, and is expected to be unveiled at the Adobe MAX conference for developers that is scheduled to take place in October.
“We are bringing Flash Player 10 to smartphone class devices to enable the latest web browsing experience. Multiple partners have already received early version of this release and we expect to release a beta version for developers at our Max conference in October. Google’s Android, Nokia’s Symbian OS, Windows Mobile and the new Palm Web OS will be the first devices to support web browsing with the new Flash player…”
Earlier this year Adobe was planning to bring Flash 10 to the Android platform by the end of 2009. Now Adobe is almost there, as October is not so far.