Microsoft unleashed its Soapbox Web video platform to the unwashed masses yesterday, taking the service out of private beta. We covered Microsoft Soapbox in September. The service has a clean and simple layout, and manages to keep both the MSN moniker and the often-clunky Windows Live Login (formerly .NET Passport). What baffles me about this is that despite having access to all your personal information, Soapbox won't parse your Windows Live ID to fill in simple profile information like your name and location, unless you've recently gone through and updated it since opening a Hotmail account in the … Read more
As popular social-networking and video-sharing sites continue to gain popularity, a new class of start-ups is attempting to cash in on the bonanza.
Several companies that debuted at Demo '07 showed off slick new applications that are ready-made to take advantage of the content and audiences of successful sites like YouTube, MySpace.com, Facebook and others. Web apps like Panjea, Vuvox and Share2Me enable users to re-share media content that's already been uploaded on the Net.
Though building a company based on a single feature usually is not a wise idea, VCs are all over this stuff, shelling out … Read more
XMG Image launched its public beta yesterday. The photo hosting and editing service gives you 200MB of free storage, with a bigger pro plan on the way. XMG Image offers the standard fare of individual and batch photo uploading, but adds extensive album and tag creation and management. There's also customized sharing for forums, Web sites, and blogs.
What differentiates XMG Image from other photo hosting sites is its use of new Web technologies like Ajax. Ajax pop-up dialogs are quickly overtaking regular old pop-up messages on sites, and XMG is no exception as nearly all the command options … Read more
Part social network and part 3D virtual world, Kaneva also throws in a dash of YouTube, with media sharing for pictures and Flash video. I received news of the service today, but Kaneva has been kicking about since late 2004. Essentially you begin with a standard social-network profile, then earn prestige points to work your way up a site leaderboard until you're invited to join the 3D social world, which launched its beta in April of last year.
Points are given as rewards for adding content to your profile and interacting with other Keneva members. Once you join the … Read more
As our own David Carnoy predicted, and as News.com reported, Kodak announced a new line of inkjet printers yesterday at a lavish press event in Studio 8H at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City. All three models are all-in-one printers, meaning they include built-in flatbed scanners--and in the case of the flagship model EasyShare 5500, a fax machine, too. Kodak is billing them all as six-ink printers, though they function as four-ink printers when producing color photos; the other two inks are a nonphoto-black and a clear, protective coating.
Kodak is making a big deal over the price … Read more
PreClick announced its photo-messaging service last week at the Demo conference. The free app, called Instant Photo Messenger (or IPM) lets you share photos with others using a simple drag-and-drop interface. On the receiving end, users with the IPM software installed get a taskbar notification letting them know photos have been sent their way. They can then view the shots without leaving the program.
IPM doubles as an e-mail program of sorts, letting you send photo messages to any e-mail address. You also have a contact list, as you would on any other instant-messenging client. Contacts are added automatically after … Read more
Embeddable video is getting pretty cool. Static preview images seem to be a thing of the past. Blinkx, which is showcasing its service today at Demo 2007, is announcing a new widget called 'Blinkx It' that crawls your blog or Web site to deliver contextual video content. Think of it as Google Ad Sense with videos and no advertising. For example, clicking the 'Blinkx It' widget below will bring up videos related to News.com stories:
This is nice and unobtrusive, but the results aren't necessarily pertinent. In most cases, I was unable to get a smattering of relevant … Read more
Share2Me is essentially a button for forwarding any content to MySpace, AIM, and a number of e-mail services.
Aimed at 15-to-24 year olds, Share2Me is a logo that sits on your browser (just Firefox for now, Internet Explorer is next). Should you stumble upon a YouTube video or Flickr photo that just MUST be plastered onto your MySpace profile, click the Share2Me logo button and choose whether you want the content forwarded in a MySpace message, as a comment on another's page, or simply on your own MySpace profile. Content also can be sent to any Gmail, Yahoo Mail, … Read more
The series of tubes is rife with rich content, but a few companies are finding ways to let us print it on demand.
Do you skip right to the blank-inside greeting cards like I do? It's not just that I hate the contrived sentiments preselected for me, but I want the power to customize. Ink2 could be a good option for extreme customization.
Any content you find on the Web is game. Choose an image, slap it on a card, calendar, or postcard. Fiddle with the layout, pick your text, font, color, size, style, and position. Add a photo … Read more
Instead of clogging up a MySpace page with multiple video boxes, Panjea.TV hopes users will opt to build their own channel.
The Panjea people are billing it as a kind of self-produced MTV, where you pick videos from your favorite artists and put them in a single window that you can update whenever and from wherever.
Depending on the awesomeness of your channel, other users could decide to embed your channel on their own site, or create a channel themselves.