Microsoft's media event on Tuesday evening--the first slot on our E3 2007 agendas (aside from picking up our press badges)--came with the company slogan: "Jump In." It was displayed on signs outside Santa Monica High School's outdoor amphitheater, where the event took place, and on the giant projection screen behind the stage (when the screen wasn't displaying a tag cloud of the Xbox Live usernames of those present). The slogan was even on the access badges that were mailed to us a week in advance, with the admonition that if we didn't have … Read more
A video posted to YouTube in April offers a primer on how to use Google to pilfer music and video files in less time than it takes to download them from a peer-to-peer service.
"I'll be teaching you how to use Google as your own peer-to-peer network," said Jimmy Ruska at the beginning of the clip. Ruska is the 21-year-old who posted the video, according to a report in The Financial Times.
The how-to video focuses on what is known as an "index of" search and shows users how to direct Google's search engine … Read more
Potentially forsaking lazy-day activities like cartoons or bike rides, teens are on the cell phone a whopping 3 hours and 45 minutes a day during the summer, according to a survey released Tuesday by Disney Mobile and research firm Harris Interactive. That amount is up more than an hour from the average time U.S. teens spend text-messaging friends and calling mom during the school year, according to the research.
Technically, Harris' survey refers only to teens and tweens (ages 10 to 17) who own a cell phone in the United States. Research firm JupiterResearch estimates that 24 percent of … Read more
If you've been trying to log onto Netflix this afternoon and been having trouble, it wasn't just you.
At around 2:45 p.m. PDT or so, after 20 minutes of struggling to get onto the site, I tried again and found the message, "The Netflix Web site is temporarily down."
The site said the service would be back up soon, most likely by 3 p.m. PDT. But we shall see.
Update: Netflix now says it will be at least 3:30 p.m. before its service is back up and running.
I rolled into the seaside city of Santa Monica, Calif., home of the E3 Media and Business Summit, this morning after a flight out of New York City that wasn't technically a red-eye, but might as well have been because it was pretty darn early (would you call that a pink-eye?). Let's just say it's a far cry from the conference's former home at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The above photograph shows something that I snapped with my camera while--no kidding--on the way to pick up my press wristband for Sony Computer Entertainment America's … Read more
At last, news that Hollywood studios and file sharers can both celebrate.
Researchers at the NPD Group have found that, contrary to popular belief, far fewer consumers copy, or "rip" DVDs as a means of obtaining movies and TV shows. DVD ripping is far less prevalent than sharing files via peer-to-peer services, according to the report.
"There is an urban myth or feeling," said Russ Crupnick, an NPD senior analyst, "that people are using services such as Netflix to borrow and burn. We're not seeing any evidence of that."
Ripping CDs, which some … Read more
BOSTON, Mass.--Blackboard, an educational software company, announced a social-networking site for students and professors on Tuesday at its BbWorld '07 conference.
Scholar, the social bookmarking site that Blackboard launched in January, works much like Delicious in that people can see links relevant to articles based on their tagged interests. Scholar is centrally hosted by Blackboard and integrates with any schools or users who subscribe to Blackboard applications.
The company is now expanding Scholar into a social-networking site where researchers of even the most obscure topics can find each other.
As in other social-networking sites, there are different levels of &… Read more
Last Friday, in Tokyo, Sony President Ryoji Chubachi gave an interview to Reuters and, in response to a question, said, "At present, we have no plans" to cut the price of the PlayStation 3.
It was a fair statement, despite rumors swirling around that there were indeed going to be price cuts for the PS3, something many saw as a necessary move to staunch ebbing consumer confidence in the company and in its flagship video game console.
Forget Joost, CinemaNow, NewCo., or any of the other companies scurrying to distribute movies and TV shows online. The company offering the best material on the Web right now may be Google Video.
Of course, many of the films and shows found there are bootlegs posted to the site in violation of copyright law. As first reported by CNET News.com, the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) a non-profit group that advocates for integrity and fair play in the public sector, has been reviewing copyright violations at YouTube and Google Video.
It's E3 week, folks, and the video game world is revved up for the latest news, and, it turns out, Sony may have something noteworthy to announce.
According to Newsweek, Sony, at its E3 press conference, may offer up some details on what would be a PlayStation 3 TV show and movie download service.
If it's true, Sony would be catching up to Microsoft, which has offered such downloads since last fall. And it seems to me it had better be true, because even though Sony has said it is dropping the price of the PS3, it needs … Read more