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Archive for January, 2009

YouTube On TV Via PS3 and Wii

Friday, January 16th, 2009

This might just give me a reason to get the internet browser on my Wii once I move into a new home. I would love to be able to watch my favourite “Let’s Play” video makers in the comfort of my living room!

clipped from www.informationweek.com

YouTube Comes To TVs Through Sony PS3, Nintendo Wii

One way YouTube is making itself more TV-friendly is by including an auto-play option that lets viewers watch related videos in sequence, without the interaction required on a computer.

YouTube on Thursday announced the launch of YouTube for Television, a section of the site with a new user interface designed for easier viewing on TV screens.

Initially, YouTube on Television (www.youtube.com/tv) is available as a beta test through Sony (NYSE: SNE) PS3 and Nintendo Wii game consoles, in 22 countries and in 12 languages. Additional devices are likely to be added in the future.

YouTube’s aim in providing APIs for developers is “YouTube on any screen, any time,” as the company puts it.
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Friday, January 16th, 2009
I want it.

clipped from www.kittyhell.com

Domo Kun + Hello Kitty: Domokitty

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Review on Google Chrome

Friday, January 16th, 2009

Even though I knew it would cause my desktop computer to have a heart-attack (which it did) I decided to try out Google’s browser that is currently in open beta testing. Here’s what I told Google about my experience after I had to uninstall it…

Google Chrome seems to slow down my desktop PC too much for it to be of use, but I am looking forward to using Google Chrome on my laptop and any computers I purchase in the future.

The only negative comment I have about the browser is that it is currently missing many of the features I use in Firefox, such as a Delicious toolbar and Clipmarks. I look forward to seeing how Google is able to impliment these add-ons as the browser progresses.

Overall, I am one extremely thrilled customer. Great work. =)

So, as you can see, I really enjoyed the little time I had fiddling with Google’s newest toy. The customer feedback from other users has also been very positive, aside from the draw back that I already commented on (more on what other people are saying in a bit).

Some info about Google Chrome:

Google Chrome is an open source web browser developed by Google and is based on the WebKit layout engine and application framework. The public release of the open beta version was on December 11, 2008 for Windows, with the Mac and Linux versions currently in development. The main focuses of the browser are security, speed, stability, keeping a basic interface, usage tracking, and eventually 3rd party add-ons.

Key Features:

- Will periodically download updates of two blacklists (one for phishing and one for malware), and will warn you if you attempt to visit a “harmful” website.

- Uses a “sandbox” for every tab you’re using, so each tab is run independently in the browser. This means that if one app crashes it won’t slow down the entire browser or cause it to crash.

- Using the private browsing feature called Incognito mode” prevents the browser from storing any history information or cookies from the websites visited.

- The address bar can be used for web search, web browser history, and of course an address bar. The bar will make suggestions as you type and is explained as “one unified box [to serve] all your browsing needs”. There are also some simple tips and tricks that allow you to make extremely good use out of the bar, such as converting one measurement to another by typing in “7 kilometers in miles” or “9 km in m”, or solving a math equation by typing “6 - 3″, and you’ll see the answer appear in the drop-down list.

- Set multiple tabs as your home page so that those tabs open each time you load up the browser.

- Shows your most visited sites on the main page when opening a new tab.

- Can be set to open the last session’s tabs automatically.

- Can use web apps without opening your browser by creating a shortcut on your desktop.

- Can drag tabs out of the browser to create new windows, gather multiple tabs into one window, or rearrange tabs.

- Fast bookmarking by clicking the star icon at the left edge of the address bar.

What people are saying about Google Chrome:

From what I have read so far, people are enjoying the simple, clutter-free look of the browser’s UI and also love the fast paced speed. They are disappointed by the lack of support for their commonly used add-ons, but understand that this is because the browser is currently in its open beta faze and is also fairly new. It looks like there will be many eyes watching how the browser develops as it leaves open beta because it may become a big competitor with Firefox and Internet Explorer.

Check out the Google Chrome website.

Hello Kitty Online Updates

Friday, January 16th, 2009

Yesterday there was a new post on the official HKO Blog announcing some new features being added to the game!

The first new feature is a 1024×768 resolution that allows you to have significantly larger field of view than the old 800×600 resolution so that you may see more of the surrounding area and allow you to see what’s going on in the virtual world while you’re viewing your character info or quest log. For those that would prefer to keep the old resolution of 800×600, it will still be available. Check out the difference between the two resolutions below and be sure to also check out this video!

800X600 screenshot

1024X768 screenshot

The second new feature is the ability to move windows so you can reposition windows anywhere on the screen. This feature will solve the problem of overlapping windows too!

Last, but not least, a keyword filter has been added in an attempt to prevent unacceptable behavior in the game. This filter should instantly block offensive words from appearing in public and private chat and will be updated regularly.

In their closing statement, Sanrio stated that they will keep us posted on the other new things they are working on as they move toward the open beta and “a greatly improved Hello Kitty Online“. Very exciting!

Hello Kitty Phone: KittyC90

Friday, January 16th, 2009

I don’t know how fun it would be to speak on, but it looks pretty cute! I think it’s neat that it has handwriting recognition.

clipped from www.pmptoday.com

Hello Kitty Phone Surfaces: the KittyC90


The KittyC90 phone is pink and shaped as a Hello Kitty head with a 2-inch LCD on the back that supports handwriting recognition. It better have handwriting recognition because I don’t think the five flower-shaped buttons below the screen and the two on both sides could handle texting. The Hello Kitty phone plays MP3 and videos, it is equipped with a camera and FM tuner and preloaded with 2 games. It comes with a pouch and a handbag, all with a Hello Kitty theme. It’s really would’ve been the perfect Christmas present for many girls around the world and cheap, too, at $142.



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Thursday, January 8th, 2009

Turn your digital camera into a camera with wi-fi!

clipped from www.pcworld.com

SD Card with Wi-Fi capability allows you to transfer photos wirelessly from a digital camera to your computer and to one of several online sharing sites.

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