Declaring digital sales a success, rock veterans Nine Inch Nails have released another online album, The Slip. Unlike their last album, this one is totally free, and, according to front man Trent Reznor, is a thank-you to the band's fans.
If you're an iPod owner searching for a way to share tunes, there's no shortage of iPod speakers from which to choose. The problem is distinguishing them from one another, and one of the easiest ways is to look for something with a unique or innovative design. Creative Labs manages to do both with the TravelSound i80 for iPod Nano, an ultracompact speaker that sells for $80 and gets surprisingly loud. It's only compatible with the third-generation iPod Nanos and it doesn't sound great, but it's cute and travel-friendly, so it's still a solid … Read more
Today on the Real Deal podcast, Tom and I interviewed Colette Vogele, attorney, Fellow at Stanford's Center for Internet and Society, and host of the Rules for the Revolution podcast. We started to cover the concept of copyright from the perspective of the content producer separately from that of the consumer, but found that the line between the two is increasingly fuzzy. We all consume content. But with digital technologies, almost every one of us also produces, copies, or otherwise mangles the content that we are consuming.
We talked with Vogele about this, and went over not just the … Read more
Adobe Systems thinks we can do better with the quality of digital video images. It is also developing a way to search on the audio within video clips.
At the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show 2008 in Las Vegas this week, Adobe will announce a joint initiative to develop a specification that it hopes will eventually lead to a file format for higher image quality.
The effort is called CinemaDNG, named after the DNG (Digital Negative) raw digital still image format designed by Adobe. The company is working with others in the industry including camera makers and software developers, … Read more
The Web enables anyone to communicate with the masses, even serial killers.
Charles Manson, convicted murderer and leader of the infamous Manson Family, has released the digital album One Mind over the Web.
Manson, who ordered the deaths of actress Sharon Tate and seven others including Tate's unborn son, has issued the album under the Creative Commons license, which means anyone can listen or copy it as long as they don't use it for commercial purposes.
It's doubtful that anyone would want to buy Manson's music. Indeed, one of the reasons that Manson sent his minions … Read more
Creative Commons, the nonprofit dedicated to reforming copyright in the digital age, said Tuesday it has received a $4 million grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
The money will bolster Creative Commons' five-year financial plan, which has also seen support or pledges of support from Google, Mozilla, Red Hat, and the Omidyar Network.
Out of the $4 million from the Hewlett Foundation, $2.5 million will go to the main Creative Commons organization over the next five years, and the remaining $1.5 million will go to its CCLearn education project.
Meanwhile, Lawrence Lessig, the organization's founder, … Read more
Yahoo targets women with 'Shine' http://www.news.com/8301-10784_3-9905786-7.html http://www.calacanis.com/2008/03/31/ content-owners-should-drop-yahoo-for-google/
Dignan: Yahoo brings media sense to the table http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/?p=8329
Vista eventually goes down in pwn to own http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/technology/2008/03/29/ pwn_to_own_vista_finally_falls_when_adobe_flash_is_installed.html… Read more
If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.
Good advice if you're Creative and Goliath is a fruit-branded company from Cupertino. So adding more sauce to the Apple pie is yet another third-party accessory, albeit a decent-looking effort, hot out of Sim Wong Hoo's wonder emporium. First glimpsed at CES 2008 back in January, Creative's TravelSound i80 speaker for the iPod nano (3rd Generation) is an extension of the i50 for the shuffle (2nd Generation). If you liked the latter, you'll probably like the former since Creative's roots are after all rooted in audio. Think … Read more
Victor Keegan asks a poignant question in The Guardian:...[I]s there anything we can do to encourage the recent success of our creative industries - which now account for 7.3 percent of GDP [in the United Kingdom]... - or should we just lie back and let luck take its course? Creative industries - embracing Harry Potter, galleries, plays, advertising, publishing, television, computer games and so forth - are becoming vital for the growth of the economy with manufacturing in decline and the financial services industry suffering turbulence from which it may not fully recover.
Unfortunately, he largely comes to the wrong conclusions about how to bolster such creativity. Keegan argues that broadband and increased math and engineering emphasis in schools may well do the trick, but this is misguided.
The fastest road to a more vibrant creative class is to foster laws that protect people's native creativity. What sort of laws? Look at Silicon Valley.… Read more
It's a leap-day special: Creative is clearing out refurbished Zen V players for $19.99 shipped. Don't expect any color or capacity choices: This is the 1GB model in white with orange accents (pretty sharp-looking, I think).
There's nothing terribly fancy about this player--no FM tuner or expansion slot, for instance--but it does support music-subscription services. It also allows for line-in recordings, which I suppose is pretty fancy. Perfect little player for the gym, especially if you add the armband (on sale for $9.99). Don't wait: The deal expires today.