Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Showyou for iOS debuts as a Flipboard for videos

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Remixation, the company behind video startup Vodpod, has a new iOS app focused on the social component of online video. It’s a frontend to the Vodpod.com service where one million users have shared videos from 20,000 different video sites. An engaging user interface sets apart the app from the crop of content aggregating programs on the App Store. It’s a Flipboard for videos, writes TechCrunch.

Indeed, a nicely laid out and customizable grid collects clips your friends share on a bunch of social networks, including Facebook and Twitter. Or, you can get started by streaming clips from YouTube, TED and Vimeo, excluding licensed content. It’s a fun way of checking out clips from your friends in one place and it supports AirPlay so you can beam them to your TV set via an Apple TV. The complete list of features plus a cool promo video right after the break.



In addition to the aforementioned capabilities, the app has a feed where you can watch and talk about videos with your friends on Showyou, as well as find and follow people. You also get notifications when your contacts share new clips or comment on your videos.

You can also like a video (in Showyou’s terminology, “thank” a friend for sharing it) and share interesting clips you stumble upon while browsing the web by sending an email to share@showyou.com.

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Add Mozy to your list of cloud lockers for iOS

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I don’t get it, why all the fuss about cloud lockers from Apple and Google? In Amazon’s case, it’s just a hard drive in a datacenter that stores your data and streams your media files – and they don’t even have an iOS client. Big deal.

I’ve been using Dropbox for over two years, which is the ultimate cloud locker if you ask me. MobileMe subscribers can also stream video clips and music (sans cover artwork and song metadata) from their cloud locker to iOS devices using the iDisk app.

Today, another player jumps in – one that you might already use for backup. Mozy, the Cloud backup specialists now have an iOS app.

“With Mozy’s mobile apps, you’ll be able to access your backup files from your iPhone, iPad or Android device,” a blog post reads. It works with both paid and free home accounts (business accounts aren’t yet supported). The free Mozy for iOS app packs in some cool features.

The program lets you browse and search for cloud files from your iPhone, iPod and iPad. Sharing files via in-app email is supported. Photos can be downloaded to your device in full resolution (unlike the Dropbox app) or shared via email or Facebook. I rely on cloud lockers to store my iPhone camera images in the cloud so they automatically sync to my desktop computers. Who needs cloud iTunes, anyway?



Even though Dropbox is currently the most popular cross-platform consumer cloud storage solution, Mozy has been gaining traction lately as well. Subsidiary of EMC Corporation and operated by VMware, the Mozy service works on Windows and Mac machines to continuously or manually back up your local folders. Unlike Dropbox, Mozy also has a professional cloud storage offering for businesses that comes with server and network drive support for both Windows and Mac and greater support features. Both Dropbox and Mozy for home users offer two gigabytes of cloud storage free of charge, with more available as an additional purchase.





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Office for Mac 2011 Service Pack 1 now available

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Just as Microsoft promised last week, the first major service pack for Office for Mac 2011 is now available. Go to any Office application on your Mac and choose Check for Updates from the Help menu or grab a standalone installer from the Office for Mac website. The 246MB download “fixes critical issues and also helps to improve security,” the release notes say.

Also, it includes fixes for “vulnerabilities that an attacker can use to overwrite the contents of your computer’s memory with malicious code.” It will also improve the speed and stability. There are several new features as well…




New features and enhancements include support for Exchange based server-side rules and editing of existing messages in Outlook.

You can also redirect the message to a person with the replies delivered to the original sender in Outlook and resend the message.

The much-needed calendar syncing is another welcome addition.

It works between Outlook for Mac and any service or device that supports Apple’s Sync Services, including the iPhone and iPad.

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Mid-drag gestures and microgestures appear in Apple patents: Star, Crossbar, Ohm, Scoop and more

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Apple CEO Steve Jobs explains the pinch zoom gesture to the Macworld audience at the January 2007 iPhone introduction in San Francisco.

PatentlyApple has uncovered a bunch of multitouch related patents from Apple recently published by the US Patent and Trademark Office. First of all, Apple has been awarded key patents related to multitouch gesturing on both mobile devices and desktops. More interesting than that is the news that the company is thinking how to simplify multitouch gestures in order to make them more natural and memorable.

It involves a little help from input devices like the Magic Trackpad and notable gesture modification motions, mid-drag gestures and microgestures within gestures that would make possible new user interface enhancements, such as a Spaces-like feature for iPad envisioned in another Apple patent. The documents describe a bunch of new gestures with excruciating detail. New finger moves come with crazy names, like Ohm and Wiggle (multiple short movements with sharp changes in an arbitrary direction). They involve drawing familiar shapes with your finger, like stars, arrows, circle, crossbar, the infinity sign and other.

In the big picture, Apple states that their newly proposed methods and interfaces will reduce the cognitive burden on a user while saving battery life. If we’re lucky, we may even get to see some of these new gestures playing out in various demo’s at this year’s WWDC keynote.
And because mid-drag gestures allow for faster use of user interfaces, they consequentially conserve power, too.



Apple was toying with new multitasking gestures (swipe to switch running apps, claw for the multitasking bar) in the first iOS 4 beta only to scrap them in subsequent betas. Registered developers can still unlock multitasking gestures by marking their iPad “for development” using the SDK tools. There are also unsanctioned apps for jailbroken devices that unlock new gestures. The fact Apple left the door open is a clear signal that new ways of interaction are being worked on, they’re just nor ready for prime time yet. It’s just not something you wanna rush out because multitouch gestures – once remembered – stick into mind and therefore should be carefully conceived like it was second nature for users.





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64-Bit Final Cut Pro X: $299, available in June

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After a lot of hype, Apple did release a new version of Final Cut Pro, Version ‘X’, tonight at Supermeet at NAB in Las Vegas. It will be priced at an astounding $299 and be available in June in the Mac App Store.

“Something as revolutionary as the first version of FCP when introduced in 1999″, it is rebuilt from the ground up, 64-bit, and will fully utilize all cores of all processors.

“Fully color-managed Final Cut based on colorsync.” “Resolution-independent playback system” Up to 4K formats. To be able to deliver that, “we’re leveraging Grand Central Dispath.” You can use all 8-cores. Background rendering built into application.

Update: The Loop has three screenshots of Final Cut Pro X provided by Apple.

Some other notes from Photography Bay:


10:14: “Fully color-managed Final Cut based on colorsync.” “Resolution-independent playback system” Up to 4K formats. To be able to deliver that, “we’re leveraging Grand Central Dispath.” You can use all 8-cores. Background rendering built into application.

10:16: No more waiting for ingest. Media is ready for editing even before ingest is completed. On the way in, media can be analyzed for stabilization. Deal with rolling shutter on the way in.

10:17 People detection. Shot detection. It will find medium shots, CU shots, etc. on the way in. Automatic non-destructive color balance as it is being ingested.

10:18: Automatic audio clean up on the way. Options to rid hum, rumble, etc. on the way in.

10:19: Range-based keywording. You can select ranges inside your clip and apply keywords to those ranges instead of just keywording the clip. No subclipping necessary.

10:21: Smart collections: Categorizes things like media types (audio, stills), how many people are in shots and how those shots are framed. Smart collections looks very iMovie-ish.

10:23: Clip connections. Primary audio and video are locked synced together. There’s no way to accidentally knock it out of sync. Same types of relationships can be established with secondary audio clips that are maintained through the editing process.

10:24: Magnetic timeline. If you slide a clip down the timeline, long clips (i.e., secondary audio) won’t collide with other clips. The other clips will drop down to a new drag and nothing is pushed out of sync.

10:27: Compound clips. You can combine multiple clips into a single clip to make sequence easier to understand. Everything that is associated with compound clips is still accessible, but moves together with later edits.

10:30: Inline precision editor. You can double-click on the seam b/w 2 clips and the timeline opens up to show what’s outside the handles.

10:32: Auditioning. How to compare edits and effects… During the organization process, you can throw effects or b-roll into timeline. Non-destructive….

10:33: Randy Ubillos, Chief Architect, Video Applications on stage. Demo FCP X live now. Beta version. “We hope it behaves.”
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