Posts Tagged ‘internet’

Watch your favorite movies using Netflix

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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. NetflixCurrently, 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.

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Facebook surpasses eBay and Amazon

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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.

Netbooks – Mini Laptops for Internet surfing

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What are Netbooks
Netbooks are the mini version of laptops. These are inexpensive, small and light-weight, thus easy to handle. The initial use of netbooks began in the late 2007 when Asus introduced the Asus Eee PC. However, by late 2008; netbooks became quite popular and now shares an equal market space with laptops. In the short period since their appearance, netbooks have grown in size and features, now converging with new smaller, lighter notebooks.

Basic Specifications of Netbooks
Netbooks are best suited for general computing and net surfing, basically meant to be connected with friends and loved-ones. You can also listen to songs, play videos and share your photos online. Most netbooks in the market today support Wi-Fi and can also be used on mobile telephone networks. Some also include Ethernet and/or modem ports, for broadband or dial-up Internet access respectively.

Netbooks are now available with good enough storage capacity of 160GB with up to 12” display size. Battery life of netbook is considered to be better than traditional laptops. Most netbooks also come up with a camera. Netbooks are now available with good enough storage capacity of 160GB with up to 12” display size. Battery life of netbook is considered to be better than traditional laptops.

Netbooks are also available in many colorful designs to attract the user, but netbooks are basically meant for general or basic computing only. If you want to run heavy applications, then netbook is not a suitable choice for you. Though, netbooks are still in the phase of development, more and more improvements can be expected in the years to come to make this gadget more robust in terms of speed and security.

Google Image Search Redesigned

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Google VP of Search Product and User Experience ‘Marissa Mayer’ told media that the site sees 1 billion page views every day and the number of Image searches are increasing day-by-day. Earlier, Google added ‘Find Similar Images’ feature which lets you search images that are visually similar to the one you selected. Another feature that is gaining popularity is ‘color search’. We have seen increase in search views but still it seems everyone is not utilizing all these features and may not be aware of these great features.

Now, Google redesigned ‘Google Images’ and claiming it to be the largest redesign since 2001. Results are now shown on the screen without text and links; it’s all images that you will see and you can get up to 1,000 images on a single page. Users will be able to see a larger thumbnail preview on the same page. This change is as per the user’s perspective and Google is loved most by Advertisers. To get more advertisers, Google has announced a new ad product that allows you to run your own image as an ad on Image Search. Obviously, users will now see sponsored images and advertisers will get new model for business and Google will receive more love from advertisers. If users will continue to get worth and related images in sponsored results, all will be well for Google.

Google Hotpot – A Local Recommendation Engine for Places

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There is nothing more exciting than to discover new places and moreover it becomes incredible if you have the potential to share it with your friends. Now-a-days, the location based advertising has become a genuine recipe to make hefty revenue and that’s the reason behind the success of location based technologies in recent times.

So, keeping its promise once again, Google, the “Search Engine Giant” has come up with ‘Hotpot’, a local recommendation engine powered by you and your friends.

Hotpot uses data from Google Places and to make it more attractive, it provides the opportunity to make reviews and ratings from you and your friends. A counter is placed to keep track of your recommendations as you rate places via Hotpot. Also, it recommends similar places. It allows you to share those ratings with your friends and view theirs. Hence, the aim behind it is to provide you with more personal, relevant and trustworthy search results for places on Google.

The most attractive feature of this service is that it allows users to create a different profile nickname to separate your Hotpot account from the general Google profile. Once your profile is created, you can add friends to it using your Gmail contact list or from other Google profiles. Though, some users may not like the idea of creating a new nickname and adding friends to it as redundant, it is easily assumable that Google is trying to avoid Buzz-like lapse.

Hotpot has both a web-based and an Android application and probably an iPhone application will also be coming soon. Since Google has been craving to produce something notable in the Geo-location and recommendation area, it has not met with desired results. Earlier, Google Latitude failed to generate much traction among users and further Google gained mixed responses from the users regarding Google Places.

Whether it will possible for Google to compete with Foursquare, Yelp or Facebook Location Services, only time can tell. For now, keep your fingers crossed.

Author Bio: This is a Guest Post by Marc Brown, a personal finance writer. Besides, he also maintains his own personal blog & writes extensively on recent technology.

Internet – Dominance and Globalization

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Years ago, no one ever thought of talking to a person staying abroad using video conferencing or live video. Earlier, postal service was used as a communication medium, followed by telephone, which helped to listen the voice of the dear ones. Everyone was almost satisfied with the invention, but with the advancement in technology and emergence of internet, things started changing and a revolution was waiting to happen.

Suddenly, letters were replaced by e-mails and now web address has become the identity of a person. Everything is now easily accessible via internet. In a way, Internet has almost removed the boundaries by making the whole world a local place. In this video, you will find several statistics of how Internet has globalized the way we live, since past to the near future.

Bharat Berry – A mobile communication service and alternative to BlackBerry services

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An Indian company, ‘ Ltd’ has launched an alternative to Blackberry, known as ‘Bharat Berry‘ to provide a concrete solution for interception of data sent using Blackberry messenger. Service of Bharat Berry works with all BlackBerry® phones and provides all data and communication functionalities you are used to. Bharat BerryRecently, there was a big issue about the online usage and monitoring of BlackBerry phones by the government and now with the launch of Bharat Berry, it will be completely solved.

This service provides more advanced push mail technology on BlackBerry handsets and ensures that the user remains connected to email, calendar and contacts through the servers hosted in India. It also provides over-the-air (OTA) Contact and Calendar backup. Bharat Berry works using it’s very advanced email server known as XGeNPlus and open source technologies.

According to Ajay Data, Founder and CEO of Data Infosys Limited, “the unchecked terrorist activities are the major concern of security agencies, as it can escape detection by using BlackBerry’s coded services. And services of Bharat Berry are the perfect solution to the problem that has left one million Indian BlackBerry phone users in limbo”. The Bharat Berry software can be purchased online and downloaded from the website bharatberry.com.

As per the official statement, “users will be charged Rs 100 ($2 approx.) per month in order to access the services like emails and to ensure access and synchronization of calendar and contacts, users will have to pay Rs 50 ($1 approx.) per month. We will have to wait for quite some time and see how the service of Bharat Berry will emerge in the coming days.

Google revealed AdSense revenue share

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For the first time on Monday, May 24th 2010, Google revealed how it shares the AdSense revenue with the publishers. Google shared the details for two of its AdSense products - ‘AdSense for content’ and ‘AdSense for search’. AdSense for content allows publishers to show ads along with web content and AdSense for search allows publishers to place a custom Google search box on their website. Google allows upto 6 units of ‘AdSense for content’ and 2 units of ‘AdSense for search’ on a single web page.

Publishers of most popular ‘AdSense for content’ earns 68% of revenue share what the advertiser pays to Google, while the ‘AdSense for search’ earns you 51% revenue share. Google offers other products also including AdSense for mobile applications, AdSense for feeds, and AdSense for games, but it has not disclosed the revenue share details for these products as of now.

Though the above share is same globally for most publishers, but the revenue shares can vary for major online publishers with whom Google negotiates individual contracts. As per Neal Mohan, Vice President of Product Management, “The revenue share has remained the same for content and increased for search since the launch of these products. And this is to help you improve the returns from your site while giving you more control and insight into AdSense.”

Read more info on AdSense blog.

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