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Netflix is a service provider for on-demand internet streaming media in the United States, Canada and few other countries. So, whenever you want to watch your favorite movie, just logon to Netflix and enjoy the Netflix movie on your favorite screen like laptop or a projector. Netflix was established in 1997 in California and started its subscription-based digital distribution service in 1999, and by 2009, it had a collection of 100,000 titles of DVDs and offers a flat rate DVD-by-mail in the United States. Currently, Netflix has more than 20 million subscribers and planning to expand its services into the European and Latin America market.
Netflix is the biggest source of North American web traffic which accounts for more than 24 percent of aggregated traffic, as reported by Sandvine. It does not support playback on Linux PCs, but the Linux-based Roku devices and Android operating system which uses the Linux kernel are supported. Netflix offers its Internet video streaming (“Watch Instantly“) of selected titles to computers running Windows or Mac OS X and to compatible devices like Microsoft Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii and Sony PS3 console; Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, Android 2.2 and 2.3 devices, as well as Apple TV and Google TV.
Facebook, after surpassing Google for the most visited website in US, has now become the second largest web company with an estimated valuation of about USD 100 billion, which is greater than eBay or Amazon. Now, the Facebook is placed just after Google. Last year, Facebook surpassed ebay and now in 2011, it surpassed Amazon and continue to grow at a very fast pace. Though, Facebook is not yet public, but based on private-market transactions, Facebook has an estimated value of USD 100 billion.
Within hours of this news, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced the great news. Last year, when it surpassed eBay, Mark Zuckerberg introduced an improved messaging platform to provide users an application that envelopes e-mail, instant messages, Facebook messages and SMS in a single thread. If a user is conversing over Facebook chat, and later switches over to a mobile device, the conversation stays in the same place, except it is being sent through SMS. So, this year we have to see what new is in store for the users.
Is Facebook trying to overtake Google or at least Gmail by launching the latest email service? Well, with the pace facebook is going it may take just couple of years to overtake Google and become the largest web company.
HP TouchPad is a tablet computer designed and developed by one of the major information technology companies, ‘Hewlett-Packard’. HP launched this amazing gadget in July 2011 in some of the countries. Within two months, HP announced that no new hardware will be manufactured and the TouchPad tablet running webOS will be discontinued due to poor sales. After the announcement, the units of available models were sold within hours with substantial price reductions. In the USA, HP tablet was sold in $99 for the 16GB model and $149 for the 32GB model.
The HP TouchPad has the 9.7 inch, 1024×768 pixel, multi-touch capacitive touch screen with 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core APQ8060 processor and the device runs HP webOS. It also supports Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n and Bluetooth. With HP webOS, you can perform multiple tasks and seamlessly switch between multiple applications. On August 30, 2011, HP announced that they will make another production run of the TouchPad tablet. Now, just wait and see what will be the offered price of Touchpad tablet and will it get the better response than earlier.