DigitalOutbox Episode 37
In this episode the team discuss Google and your friends, sitting in a tree, b-u-z-z-i-n-g. Plus, Chris and his jowls.
1:17 – Warner Stops Streaming
– Warner music will not continue to licence free streaming services.
– Not clear whether this affects existing licences with Spotify / Last.fm etc.
– CNET UK report Warner bands include “Arctic Monkeys, My Chemical Romance, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Talib Kweli, Green Day, Biffy Clyro, Marina and the Diamonds, and that nice Michael Bubble. Warners stalwarts Metallica already refuse to stream their music, the grumpy gets.”
– Warner Music want to see subscription models. They don’t like downloads or add supported free services which they see as not returning enough money. They believe a subscription model could reach a far wider audience than downloads… even for people not interested in buying music….
– What? More than a free, ad supported service? He’s deluding himself. As ever, they are looking at the music being listened to and trying to monetize every last bit – not taking into account that people will just not listen if they charge – or just as likely, listen to stolen copies instead – just because to them it’s not worth the money.
4:44 – Google Social Circle
– If you have a Google profile and are logged in, search results form social circle now displayed at bottom of first page of search results
6:34 – Google Buzz
– Google Buzz is a new way to start conversations about the things you find interesting
– Built into gMail
– Key feature #1: Auto-following
– Key feature #2: Rich, fast sharing experience
– Key feature #3: Public and private sharing
– Key feature #4: Inbox integration
– Key feature #5: Just the good stuff
– We focused on building an easy-to-use sharing experience that richly integrates photos, videos and links, and makes it easy to share publicly or privately (so you don’t have to use different tools to share with different audiences).
– Plus, Buzz integrates tightly with your existing Gmail inbox, so you’re sure to see the stuff that matters most as it happens in real time.
– On your phone, Google Buzz is much more than just a small screen version of the desktop experience. Mobile devices add an important component to sharing: location.
– Posts tagged with geographical information have an extra dimension of context — the answer to the question “where were you when you shared this?” can communicate so much. And when viewed in aggregate, the posts about a particular location can paint an extremely rich picture of that place.
– Webapp for android and iphone
– Facebook in gmail or is it more like Friendfeed?
– We’ve relied on other services’ openness in order to build Buzz (you can connect Flickr and Twitter from Buzz in Gmail), and Buzz itself is not designed to be a closed system
– Any item in Buzz can become a conversation.
– We put these Buzz conversations into you Gmail inbox. And if someone comments while you’re looking at it in your inbox, comments come in in realtime.
– Things go to your inbox when people comment on your stuff, or when they comment on your comments.
– Also when someone @replies you – just like Twitter. When you type @ and an initial, you get an autocomplete to see who you want to send it to from your contacts.
– Will be rolled out to gmail users across the world in the next few days
– Google Buzz was presented as a destination site, but a look at its APIs and developer roadmap indicate that it may actually intend to be a platform – the central hub for a world of distributed social networking
– Google Buzz data can be syndicated out to other services using the standard data formats called Atom, Activity Streams, MediaRSS and PubSubHubbub
19:10 – Google Fibre Network
– Up to 1gbps at prices US are used to paying for normal BB
– Are we scared of Google yet 🙂 Google Earth less of an application, more of a mission statement.
20:43 – UK Video Games Sales Drop
– Over-the-counter unit sales of console games were down six per cent compared to 2008’s figure.
– Sales of games for handheld devices dropped a whopping 25 per cent, according to GfK Chart-Track.
– partly due to last year’s 62 per cent drop in PlayStation 2 game sales.
(Yes but you can buy 8 PS2 games at £5 compared to 1 PS3/Xbox360 game at £40. No wonder unit sales are down. Revenue’s still quite healthy – Henry)
– software sales for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 were up last year, while Wii game sales were down about ten per cent on 2008.
– Console sales dipped by 24 per cent between 2008 and 2009.
25:40 – Glitch
– Glitch is a massively-multiplayer game, playable in the browser and built in the spirit of the web.
– The game will launch by the end of 2010
– From co-founder of flickr
– For starters, it’s all one big world. Which means everyone is playing the same game and anyone’s actions have the ability to affect every other player in the game.
27:30 – iMac Fixes
– Production halted
– The Apple Discussions forum on the topic now has some 271 pages (up from 191 a couple weeks ago) of comments/complaints and over 500,000 views (up from 400,000 a few weeks ago). It has more views than all the other threads combined — by far.
31:50 – Opera for iPhone
– to be launched next week
– We plan to reveal Opera Mini for iPhone in an exclusive press and partner preview during the 2010 Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona
32:57 – SeeSaw
– Invites now going out
– TV from BBC, C4, C5
– Limited range, not new progs
– Adverts before watching
– So so quality
– Can’t see why I’d use this over iPlayer or 4OD – less ad’s on 4OD for same content
– Looking to add more content through the year, mulling over subscription model
37:24 – Vodafone does a Ratner
– On twitter says…is fed up of dirty homo’s and is going after beaver
– We’re really sorry. A severe breach of rules by staff in our building, dealing with that internally. Please keep your faith in us.
– I guess not.
– Alternative to VLC
– Crap icon
– Excellent keyboard support
– fast and great file support
– Movist it’s a beautiful, minimal player, with great support for codecs and, most of all, huge room for improvement.
– 4 part series on the internet and web
– First two parts have been excellent
– Catch series on iPlayer
– Web site allows you to view episodes, clips, twitter and flickr feeds, blog – very nice
– Opensource drawing package.
– Cross platform
– SVG files
– forward your individual trip detail confirmation emails to firstname.lastname@example.org and your whole trip, from flight, car hire and hotel details are saved so all the details can be viewed and accessed from one location.
– very useful for frequent flyers/travellers
– TripIt Pro – 30 day free trial, $69 per year
– gain itinerary monitoring and mobile alerts
– track frequent flyer points
– AnyDVD SlySoft (79€)
– Enables copying of copy protected content you own.
– Also enables region free viewing.