Archive | January, 2012

The Latest Final Cut Pro X Update Brings the Features Pro Editors Have Been Demanding

31 Jan

The Latest Final Cut Pro X Update Brings the Features Pro Editors Have Been Demanding.

Final Cut Pro X received a shiny new update today, outfitted with support for multicam editing and support for external broadcast monitors. But most importantly is support for a new third-party plugin which lets editors import their sessions from legacy version of Final Cut Pro. Something users had long lamented.

According to PC Mag, the new $10 plug-in, names 7toX, will take your old FCP sessions in the .EDL format and convert it to a compatible XML file, which Apple stands firmly behind.

Key to the app’s development, according to {Apple exec Richard Townhill], was the new plug-in API. “We wanted to make sure that we were building APIs for Final Cut Pro X that were richer and more powerful than what we had in previous releases. We’ve actually got a faster growing ecosystem than we’ve ever had before.”

The update is free and available now, along with 7toX. Now will you fanatics quit with the sobbing? [PC Mag]

Facebook to File IPO @ $10 Billion for a Total Valuation of $100 Billion – NEXT WEEK!

27 Jan

It’s finally happening! Facebook is going public and filing for its IPO at around $10 BILLION–the most expensive tech IPO in history, yielding a total valuation of $100 BILLION.

To put that in reference, Google’s 2005 IPO was a mere $2 billion.

Here’s more from Mashable‘s Facebook to File for IPO Next Week [REPORT].

The long-awaited tech IPO of the year — perhaps of the decade — is on. Facebook will file its paperwork for an Initial Public Offering on Wednesday, according to a report from theWall Street Journal.

If it comes to pass, this will be the largest tech IPO in history, yielding around $10 billion for the social network. The next-largest tech IPO is Infineon, a German company that raised $5.9 billion in 2000. Google’s 2005 IPO, as big a deal as it was, didn’t even reach the $2 billion mark.

SEE ALSO: Everything You Need to Know About Facebook’s $100 Billion IPO

Details are scarce, Facebook isn’t commenting, and the WSJ’s source is unnamed. But the Journal has a track record on such stories that is hard to dispute. The $10 billion share offering would yield the company a total valuation of $100 billion, the paper says, which is right in line with where we expected it to be.

Facebook halted its trading in secondary markets for three days earlier this week — the strongest signal yet that an IPO is coming soon.

An upcoming share offering would also explain why Facebook has been so keen to get its product offerings in place. This week the company announced it would be rolling out its new profile template, Timeline, to all users, at a speed that left us scratching our heads. Last week it revealed 60 apps that are tightly integrated into Timeline, and announced a process for developers to create more Timeline apps.

If and when Facebook does file its S-1 paperwork, it will be forced to enter a “quiet period” — without product announcements, interviews or any other public statements.

SEE ALSO: How Does Facebook Compare to the World’s Biggest IPOs?

The WSJ also reports that Wall Street giant Morgan Stanley will manage the offering, and that Goldman Sachs will be “intimately involved.” That’s a blow for Goldman, which managed a billion-dollar private share offering for Facebook this time last year.

Are you excited about Facebook finally going IPO, or will being a public company change it for the worse? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Microsoft To Ditch “Microsoft Points”? Oh, Please Let It Be True.

24 Jan

For anyone who’s somehow managed to avoid Microsoft’s silly-ass points system, here’s the idea: instead of buying content with, you know, money, you buy content with Microsoft Points. Points… which you buy with money.

Imagine you’ve gone to the store, and you want to buy 3 pineapples. You take them to the counter, and the guy at the register says “Great! That’ll be 7 bloo-blops.”

“What? I don’t have any bloo-blops. I only have dollars. Can I just give you dollars?”

“No. You have to give me bloo-blops. Fortunately, I have this pack of 10 bloo-blops right here.”

“..But I thought you said I only needed 7 bloo-blops?”

“You do. But I only sell them in packs of 10. Don’t worry! You’ll have 3 bloo-blops left over to buy anything you want!”

“Oh, okay. What can I buy with 3 bloo-blops?”

“Nothing.”

See? Garbage.

 

Microsoft To Ditch “Microsoft Points”? Oh, Please Let It Be True. (TechCrunch)

Wordio: From the Internet to Your Ears

19 Jan

From the Internet to your ears: Student entrepreneurs are hearing success with ‘Wordio’ smartphone app / Featured Stories – FSU.com.

If you haven’t heard of Wordio yet, give it a few months.

That’s the hope of a group of nine Florida State University students who created a new smartphone application that will transform written content on the Web into audio form, allowing users to listen to their favorite articles while driving, exercising or simply relaxing.

The students, whose areas of study range from information technology to entrepreneurship, were the recipients of a grand prize worth around $20,000 from the inaugural “Start-Up Tally” entrepreneurship contest for their innovative business plan.

Wordio, according to the group’s sleek website, “aims to bring every text article on the Web to your ears.”

Wordio’s team members meet with FSU’s College of Business Assistant in Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneur in Residence Ron Frazier regularly to discuss ideas.

Troy Sultan, CEO of Wordio, began using audio books and found that he consumed much more content using the technology than with traditional reading. The added bonus of being able to complete small tasks while gaining knowledge by listening to a book got Sultan thinking: How can we do this for the Web?

For Sultan, who holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing and entrepreneurship from Florida State and is now pursuing a second bachelor’s degree in computer science, entrepreneurship runs in his blood. The son of two entrepreneurs, the ambitious student wanted to find his own way to improve the way the world is doing something, and voilà — Wordio was born.

“We all want to make the space we live in more efficient, and in (Wordio’s) case, we want to make a content consumption process more efficient,” Sultan said.

Video: FSU students start up careers as entrepreneurs

A group of Florida State University student-entrepreneurs make their business idea a reality. Wordio is an application for mobile devices capable of turning any online text into voice, and it goes live in just a few short weeks. (Dec 7, 2011)

Wordio has impressed one expert in the entrepreneurial field, Florida State’s College of Business Assistant in Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneur in Residence Ron Frazier.

“I’ve already noticed that the students working on Wordio are very high energy,” Frazier said. “They are all taking a full course load while managing a business, and quite frankly, I can’t figure out how they do it.”

Using the College of Business’ Student Business Incubatorspace, the group meets regularly to continue to develop the Wordio application.

Pascal Wagner, a third-year senior double-majoring in information technology and management information systems, said using the incubator space couldn’t be more beneficial.

“Although learning information in class is great, it’s really cool to actually make business decisions based on personal experiences,” he said.

Wordio will next compete in the Intel Innovators competition, which, if the team is victorious, will add $100,000 to its budget. To help Wordio win this competition, visit the business’ Facebook page to learn more.

In addition, Wordio is actively seeking volunteers to test its beta model. To sign up to be one of the first to experience this cutting-edge software, visit Wordio’s website.

Tallahassee, Fl–1/19/2012

It seems the response for any problem these days is, “Don’t worry, there’s an app for that.” Well two FSU students found something there wasn’t an app for, and developed it themselves.

In a world where multi-tasking rules, Troy Sultan is king. Out of an office on Florida State’s campus, he’s developed an innovative app called Wordio. Essentially it turns the web and any other text into an audio book.

“Wordio transforms written content on the web to audio instantly allowing you to listen to your favorite articles while driving, exercising or simply relaxing,” said Sultan.

It’s a moment many people are familiar with. You’re running late to that meeting or exam and you just needed a few more minutes to look over your notes but you can’t read and walk at the same time. Well, Wordio’s got you covered.

“This is the age of multi-tasking. Not to mention the web is exponentially becoming saturated with more and more content than people could possibly consume. So our goal is to allow people to consume more content than they would have if we didn’t exist,” said Sultan.

So say you wanted the content on this page read to you. Done. Plus, the Wordio technology will filter out any “noise” like ads or pop-ups.

And if you ever dreamed of having your Sunday paper read to you? Well now you can say…”There’s an app for that.”

The app is still in the development phase. Currently the minds behind Wordio are leading in a Facebook contest hosted by Intel. If they win, they’ll be awarded 100 grand. That money will help get the app to you sooner. So if you want this technology, check out Wordio on Facebook.

http://www.facebook.com/wordio

Use todoTweet to create To-Do lists with your Twitter account!

18 Jan

Use todoTweet to create To-Do lists with your Twitter account!

Just tweet any task with hashtag #todo, and todoTweet automatically creates a task management To-Do list just for you!

It can also find all the hashtags (like #shopping, #fitness, etc.) on your Twitter and allow you to easily create, sort, and organize all your tasks quickly and easily.

Check it out! Made by high school students as well!

todoTweet Into Video from Vimeo on Vimeo.

todoTweet – The twitter task manager.

A Refrigerator That Helps You Diet? LG Unveils High-Tech Smart Appliances

17 Jan

A Refrigerator That Helps You Diet? LG Unveils High-Tech Smart Appliances

LG’s new SmartFridge at CES lets you know what’s in your fridge, where it’s located, and when it’s going to expire right on your smartphone! Even when you’re shopping for groceries and can’t remember what you need to buy.

As you input what items you put into your shopping cart, LG populates the nutritional value of each item for dieting.

Furthermore, when you’re ready to cook something, just send the recipe to your SmartOven, and your oven will automatically set to the right temperature and time.

Get your kitchen ready for LG. Hit the jump for Mashable’s video.

 

A Refrigerator That Helps You Diet? LG Unveils High-Tech Smart Appliances.

Kindle Now Allowing You to Upload Your PDFs to Your Kindle Device via “Send to Kindle”

12 Jan

Kindle Just Turned Into an Instapaper for Your Files.

Now Amazon’s making it easier to send non-book files to your Kindle.

Send to Kindle is a new plugin that lets you send a file right to your Kindle right from the Print menu. You can also store stuff in your Kindle Library to download later, which is nice if you don’t want to spam hundreds of files onto your reader, but want access to your junk. Mac support is coming, but for it’s just for Windows.

And so, technology has infiltrated our toilets.

12 Jan

 

Check out the video at the source link below… this is actually at CES 2012.

Cyberdyne systems… coming out of our toilets?

The Greatest Toilet Seat I've Ever Seen

The Greatest Toilet Seat I’ve Ever Seen.

Google Just Made Bing the Best Search Engine

12 Jan

Ok, so maybe it’s not true that you need to switch from Google to Bing if you’re a big Googler like I am, but recently, Google started prioritizing Google Plus search results over actual search results. With few people actually on Google +, why would you actually want to see those few people’s trending topics? If anything, wouldn’t you want to see Facebook’s trending topics as search results?

Well, Microsoft has that option to prioritize your Facebook’s friends’ links and posts.

Although, this may be great for search engine optimization (post something to Google Plus and then have it come up as the top result for someone’s else Google query), will this actually destroy Google and cause people to switch to Bing for more relevant and efficient results?

I actually wrote a lengthy final paper on this for one of my grad school classes (Hi-Tech Entrepreneurship with Dr. Yongseok Jang)…and it looks like my prediction may be coming true. (My Dec. 15, 2011 G+ post: “I’m starting to see some serious value in Google Plus. SEO for posts go straight to the top of google searches. May be the way G+ stays alive.” – https://plus.google.com/104130596638112501766/posts/H2csj1MJpCa)

Time will tell which search engine people will use. Until then, what are you sticking with and why? Google, and its potential for your own SEO, or Microsoft’s much-improved Bing? Will you start using Google Plus as a result of this?

Leave a comment below.

Source: Google Just Made Bing the Best Search Engine. (Gizmodo)

Google Just Made Bing the Best Search Engine

I just switched the default search engine in my browser from Google to Bing. And if you care about working efficiently, or getting the right results when you search, then maybe you should too. Don’t laugh!

Google changed the way search works this week. It deeply integrated Google+ into search results. It’s ostensibly meant to deliver more personalized results. But it pulls those personalized results largely from Google services—Google+, Picasa, YouTube. Search for a restaurant, and instead of its Yelp page, the top result might be someone you know discussing it on Google Plus. Over at SearchEngineland, Danny Sullivan has compiled a series of damning examples of the ways Google’s new interface promotes Plus over relevancy. Long story short: It’s a huge step backwards.

A lot of people are crying foul, and even “anti-trust.” Sure, it does seem pretty transparently designed to drive traffic and users to Google Plus, and to make Google Plus brand pages the go-to place for a company’s social media presence. And it’s true that results from Facebook and Twitter in particular have been noticeably kicked down.

But I didn’t switch for political reasons, or as an act of protest. I don’t care if Google hurts Twitter or Facebook—or even Friendster for that matter. Boo-hoo. I only care if it hurts me. And this does. Google broke itself.

For years, Google Search has been the highest quality web product I’ve ever used. It has remained consistently essential as an information-delivery mechanism. I typically hit it hundreds of times a day—on my phone, tablet, laptop and desktop. But with one update it wiped out all those years of loyalty and goodwill it had built up. Sure, I can opt out of social results with a click—but as with all things I don’t want to have to opt out. I don’t want to have to make that extra click. I want to enter a query, and have the most relevant results returned to me as quickly as possible. (And if Google genuinely doesn’t think it’s a big deal for people to take the extra step oft opting out, why has it focused so relentlessly on optimizing speed for so many years?)

The great thing is, of course, you can just switch. Hit up your browser preferences, and swap your default to Bing. I know, I know, but yes I’m serious. Sure, Bing had a rocky start. But if you haven’t seen it recently it’s worth another look. It has a super clean interface. It’s fast. Andoperators work the way you expect them to. Best of all it’s relevant.

In short, it’s a lot like Google. Not the Google of today, but the Google you fell in love with, the one that put your search results above its financial ones. The Google that delivered.

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