Posts Tagged ‘movies’

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.



Google to Run Games Through YouTube?

December 30, 2009

It looks as though Google might be trying to ease its way into casual gaming with a patent that’s emerged this week detailing plans for building games on top of hosted video.

Word comes from Bnet that Google’s patent, which was filed way back in February of this year but only published now, is simply titled, “Web-Based System for Generation of Interactive Games Based on Digital Videos” and describes a way to add interactive features to a digital video and “in particular to interactive video annotations enabling control of playback locations and creation of interactive games.” It certainly sounds like an interesting idea, and one that would allow for some fairly interesting “Choose Your Own Adventure” projects… if nothing else.


Facebook Releases 2009 Trends

December 22, 2009

Facebook has followed Bing, Google, Twitter and YouTube’s leads by releasing some of the trending data for the last year, and some of the conclusions we might draw from it paint Facebook users in a fairly unfavourable light.

Trending data seems to be all the rage as this year comes to a close, with various different web services practically falling over themselves in an attempt to push out as accurate a statistical breakdown of our lives on the web as possible. If YouTube’s taught us anything, it’s that most of us will watch just about anything, and if Facebook’s list of trends[] for this year teaches us anything, it’s that 2009 was a fairly selfless year.

According to Facebook, the top trending topics this year were:

1. Facebook Applications
2. FML
3. Swine Flu
4. Celebrity Deaths
5. Family
6. Movies
7. Sports
8. Health Care
9. FB
10. Twitter
11. Years
12. Lady Gaga
13. Yard
14. Religion
15. I


Top 10 Illegally Downloaded Movies of 2009

December 21, 2009

While there will always be awards and ceremonies, there are all kinds of ways to see what the top movies of any given year were, not least of which the movies that have been pirated the most.

TorrentFreak has posted a list of the top ten most pirated movies of this year, and while we’ve seen some fairly massive releases over the course of the year, you might be interested to see what did and what didn’t make the big list. So, while the critics are sure to have already decided what the best films of this year were, the list of the top ten most pirated movies is a very democratic one… though those in the movie industry would likely estimate it to be a democracy of thieves.


Danish Anti-Piracy Group Folds

November 9, 2009

In a highly unusual turn of events, a Danish anti-piracy group representing copyright owners in both the music and film industries has announced that it will no longer be pursuing internet pirates.

Pirate Bay

Turbulent times for all involved, it seems...

TorrentFreak is reporting that the group’s decision not to pursue internet file sharers stems from several losses the group incurred in cases against users accused of copyright infringement. The anti-piracy group, appropriately enough named Antipiratgruppen, has said that it will no longer be seeking to have users taken to court due to the difficulty entailed in accumulating evidence against alleged copyright infringers.


250GB PS3 Slim Spotted in the Wild

October 6, 2009

Shots have begun to emerge of a grey-boxed, higher capacity version of Sony’s PlayStation 3 Slim apparently already in shops and ready to be sold on the continent.

PS3 Sony PlayStation 3

Rumours of a high capacity version of Sony’s latest non-portable PlayStation console have been floating around since it emerged shortly after the launch of the PS3 Slim that certain games would be offered as part of a special edition with a 250GB model of the PS3. Naturally those rumours weren’t confirmed too quickly, with sales of the new PS3 hitting 1 million in about twenty days, Sony likely didn’t want to upset the runaway success train. Now though, someone over at Engadget has managed to snap a shot of one at a shop.