Posts Tagged ‘digital content’

YouTube Gets a Makeover

January 22, 2010

It seems that YouTube is already moving on its revisions to the service, announced two days ago, in an attempt to give the whole site a more unified look and feel.

The YouTube blog has been a hive of activity over the past few days, between announcements that we’d see the service revamped and the announcement that it would be offering movies from independent filmmakers for rental. Still, it seems as though the biggest change so far has been to the video page (that is to say, the video that anyone using the service might currently be viewing). The whole aim of the redesign seems to have been to emphasise the content being delivered, which is fairly evident.

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Kindle Charts Dominated by Free Books

December 30, 2009

Alongside other ebook readers, Amazon’s Kindle service can provide some really interesting broad-spectrum data on what people want from ebooks. It turns out, most people want them for free.

It might seem a touch obvious, but Cnet is reporting that the majority of bestsellers on Amazon’s Kindle service are ones that are offered for free. The only problem is that it paints the ebook business as one in which publishers will be hard pressed to turn a profit; if customers aren’t willing to shell out their hard earned cash for a digital version of a book you could comfortably sell for over €10, then ebooks start to look like a dodgy prospect for publishers.

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YouTube Direct to Solicit “Citizen Journalists”

November 17, 2009

YouTube has announced a new project to help connect people who happen to film something of news events with journalists who might want to use that footage in a news-context. It’s called YouTube Direct.

According to the YouTube Blog post about the new service, its development was motivated by the fact that a significant amount of the footage we see from elections, earthquakes, fires and other natural disasters comes from people just pulling out a phone or a camera and hitting the record button.

According to the folks at YouTube, the new service allows for “media organisations to request, review and rebroadcast YouTube clips directly from YouTube users.” The aim seems to be to provide more access to content for those assembling new stories, which should mean that we see more and more video clips starting to crop up in our web-based news.

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Modern Warfare 2 Stays Locked on Steam

November 11, 2009

Users who have bought Modern Warfare 2 via Steam are seeing some fuss about just when their game will be playable. Initial word had been that the game would release on Thursday, but last night that date changed to November 13th, putting release on Friday.

Steam Logo

While the world and it’s mother was out helping the latest installment in the Call of Duty series on its road to breaking records, many PC gamers opted for the digital distribution route, choosing to download the game via Valve’s Steam service. Now though, it seems that those who opted to download the game via Steam, despite having the full game sitting on their drive already, can’t actually play it until Thursday.

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Skype Founders to Launch Music Service

November 9, 2009

Skype’s founders, Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, have put their not inconsiderable weight behind a new venture into the online music service sector called Rdio.

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TechCrunch has put its nose to the ground and managed to ferret out some very interesting details indeed about the current state of the Skype founders’ new project, not least of which the fact that a LinkedIn search reveals just one staff member in the form of Malthe Sigurdsson, former Creative Director for Skype.

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