iTunes has registered more than 5 billion song downloads hitherto and has also emerged as the most frequented online movie store in the world. The increasing popularity of digital distribution channels like iTunes points to the end of the storage-media era - perhaps good riddance.
Apple Ceo Steve Jobs, who himself is a digital distribution champion, must be happy with the fact that iTunes is pioneering the digital distribution revolution. Movie buffs are renting and purchasing 50,000 films every single day from iTunes to go with the amazing feat of 5 billion song downloads.iTunes is Apple's golden goose and Steve Jobs, by the look of it, the fabled King Midas.
If you're looking for a ridiculously easy way to put together that
kick-ass video footage you made last night on your Iphone, mix in some
music, basic transitions and titles, and upload to MySpace, YouTube,
post to your Website or email to your pals, VideoThang version 2.0 may
be just the thang you crave.
VideoThang is a 20mb download for Windows-based PCs.
Calling itself the world’s simplest media editor, VT handles a wide
variety of video filetypes including wmv, avi, mov and mpg (without
making you figure out how to convert them) which can also be cropped with
ease using start and stop markers. Upload a bunch of jpgs for a
slideshow, access your Webcam or pull in media from Facebook.
Resequence all the clips and transitions with a drag and drop. Add in
an mp3 soundtrack, preview and you're done.
For superfast video mixing and assembly, this free multimedia editor and supporting online community is hard to complain about.
Owning the performance crown isn't enough; Nvidia wants to rule the mainstream, too. The GPU maker's highly popular G92 core has nearly defined the term 'bang-for-buck,' and Nvidia plans to tweak the core one more time to steal some thunder away from AMD's upcoming Radeon HD 4850. The new 9800 GTX+ will shrink the G92 core from 65nm to 55nm, and push the core, shader, and memory clockspeeds to 738MHz, 1836MHz, and 1000MHz respectively. The new card will retail at $249. And if that wasn't enough, the original 9800 GTX will drop down to $199. In other words, game on, AMD.
Netherlands-based Scoofers.com claims that it can provide more relevant search results by filtering in the popularity of links (what Scoofers calls 'expert knowledge') posted on sites like Digg, StumbleUpon and del.icio.us with Google's Custom Search Engine service.
Scoofers founder Jeroen Maljers writes in the company blog that thousands of websites have been refined and labeled for easy sorting -- including top level categories "Travel", " Electronics", "Party and dining" and "Fashion Shopping" to allow users to better focus their searches.
Type in "PC upgrade", for example, and Scoofers will allow a user to refine the results to the category of 'magazine' , but also (oddly) provide a filter 'For singles' and 'For teens'.
But with some awkward phrases and typos, Scoofers feels like it needs a little more time in the oven.
If you're planning on purchasing a new PC with XP preinstalled, do it before the end of the month. June 30th marks Microsoft's end-of-availability deadline for XP, but some OEMs plan to still ship PCs with the aging OS by taking advantage of downgrade rights built into Vista's Business and Ultimate flavors. However, buyers of Dell's Vostro line of desktops and notebooks will pay a $20 to $50 premium for the downgrade compared to just sticking it out with Vista. This begs the question, how deep (in your wallet) is your devotion to XP?
Script kiddies, move over. Now there's a toolkit that can turn any executable file into a worm, and it's so easy "even a caveman could do it." Find out what makes this new malware creation kit so scary, where it might have originated - and why.
The Register.co.uk website ('Biting the hand that feeds IT') isn't just an industry gadfly: concealed beneath its British-accented snark is a lot of useful news – including this report about a new malware-creation tool that's point-and-click easy.
Firefox fans were bristling with enthusiasm on Tuesday, June 17, and with good reason -- it was Firefox Download Day. Two days later, Mozilla is already reaping the rewards. According to analysis conducted by StatCounter,
usage of Firefox 3 skyrocketed from 7.8% of total Firefox users to
18.9%. Meanwhile, Internet Explorer felt the pressure of Firefox 3's
newly expanded girth, dropping from 56.3% market share to 55.4%, while
Firefox moved up to a cool, breezy 36%. So let's give it up for
Mozilla. Their creative marketing strategy has certainly earned them
some applause and a pint of Guinness -- a joke which I totally did not
steal from the press release.
Ace corporate raider Carl Icahn - who has been vigorously pressing upon Yahoo’s board for a deal with Microsoft - has launched his blog The Icahn Report. He might use his blog to announce his course of action in the Microsoft-Yahoo takeover saga.
Although his blog doesn't currently feature anything regarding his on-going proxy battle with Yahoo, it does have fervid posts like "Corporate Democracy is a Myth" with Carl Icahn stamped all over them. Only time - and perhaps his blog - will tell whether he still favors a deal with Microsoft or is statisfied with the recent deal between Yahoo and Google.