Twitter today (Feb. 17) announced that you'll soon be seeing tweets for local businesses, even though you don't follow them. In April, 2010, Twitter brought out "promoted tweets," those targeted items that appear on someone's Twitter stream, at the top of searches (like ads on Google) and also at the top of the most-popular "hashtag" topics list. (Hey, Twitter has to pay the bills somehow.) These have generally been for big companies that can afford them. But Twitter is now starting to sign up local small businesses and small Internet retailers. People may not think to sign up for a local bakery, and they may not even know the place exists. But if it pops up because Twitter knows a person's location and what they like — perhaps they follow cupcake bloggers — maybe it will provide something valuable. Companies can start signing up now in a trial program. But it won't go widespread till later this year, according to Twitter. This story was provided by TechNewsDaily, … [Read more...] about Local Businesses to Enter Your Twitter Stream
Wish there were a Windows version of the Chromebook? If you're looking for the ultra-portability and budget-friendly price of the Chromebook, but need a strictly Windows device, HP is here to deliver with the 14-inch (35.6 centimeters), cloud-based HP Stream. Dubbed a "Chromebook killer," the HP Stream is a cloud-connected Windows PC that combines the familiarity of the Windows operating system with the convenience of cloud-based computing. Could it be the next laptop your business is looking for? Cloud-connected Windows PC[Chromebook: Top 5 Business Features] Design The HP Stream is a thin, lightweight, fanless laptop that's built for on-the-go computing. It features an HD 14-inch, 1366 x 768-pixel display, and comes in at just 0.7 inches (1.8 cm) thick and weighs 3.8 pounds (1.7 kg). Ports include a USB 3.0 port, a USB 2.0, HDMI and a headphone jack. The HP Stream will also be available in three colors — Modern Silver, Neon Purple and Grass Green. Power and performance The HP … [Read more...] about HP Stream: Is It Good for Business?
HP's new Stream 13 is one of the better budget Windows laptops you can buy. The 13-inch (33 centimeters) notebook delivers good performance, a high-quality keyboard and a colorful, attractive design, all for just $230. That puts this device in the same ballpark as a Chromebook, one of the super-affordable notebooks that run on Google's lightweight Chrome OS operating system. But the Stream 13 runs on Windows, making it a more versatile machine for serious business users. The device does have some downsides, including a dim display and short battery life. Check out a full review of the HP Stream 13 at our sister site, Laptop Mag, or read on to see how this device stacks up as a business PC. Pros Value: The Stream 13 has a lot to offer for just $230. It comes with a 2.16-GHz Intel Celeron processor, which provides relatively snappy performance for a budget machine. It also includes a 13-inch display, three USB ports and a comfortable keyboard. That makes the Stream … [Read more...] about HP Stream 13: Is it Good for Business?
Microsoft recently announced the rollout of Microsoft Stream, a business-focused video management service aimed at providing organizations with a secure place to upload and share videos. If you're a current user of Office 365 Video, or simply interested in what Microsoft Stream can offer your company, this FAQ should help. Microsoft Stream was created to replace Office 365 Video, but the two products will exist together before Stream eventually subsumes Office 365 Video. Microsoft says the phased transition period from Office 365 Video to Microsoft Stream will begin in the second half of the 2017 calendar year, which means it's just started. When Microsoft is ready to move your organization to their newer video service they will contact you through the Office 365 Admin center and walk you through the process. All your videos, channels and permissions will be maintained, so you won't lose … [Read more...] about Microsoft Stream: What Businesses Need to Know
When it comes to streaming online media, consumers generally have two choices: They can watch for free and deal with frequent commercial interruptions, or pay for an ad-free experience. While this premium direct-to-consumer model is commonplace for television and movie streaming services like Netflix and Hulu Plus, the live-events market has yet to catch up. Musician and actor Jared Leto wanted to change traditional ad-supported steaming for live events. The 30 Seconds to Mars front man recently launched a beta version of VyRT, a Web streaming service designed to provide the "best online concert experience" for viewers and a great live webcasting experience for artists. The idea for VyRT came from the frustrating experiences Leto and his band faced in streaming their own live events in the past. "Our experience with live streaming anything has been pretty horrible," Leto said in a video interview for AOL's "Acting Disruptive" series. "We had to put up with advertising and sponsorship … [Read more...] about A New Webcasting Experience: Jared Leto Launches Live Streaming Service
The much-awaited Real Player 11 that can rip streaming videos and lets you burn videos including YouTube clips to DVD is now available here.BUT, you need to get Real Player 11 Plus in order to burn your videos into DVD. That costs ~$5/month.No worries, here’s our popular trick to burn Youtube to DVD. Doesn’t cost a penny and can be used for any video sharing sites. … [Read more...] about Download Real Player 11, Rip Streaming Videos from YouTube
The one big reason why I prefer Blip.tv over YouTube is that the former preserves the quality of the original video. On the other hand, YouTube automatically resizes the video clips (to 320×240) and also reduces the quality during the encoding process.But here’s some interesting news for content producers as well as YouTube viewers – when a video is upload onto YouTube servers, it is encoded into low-res Flash video but at the same time, YouTube also stores the original video clip in its native resolution.YouTube is now testing a new video player that detects your internet connection speed and stream higher quality video if your prefer so. According to Webware, high-quality YouTube video clips will be available to everyone within three months.Considering that all popular TV show episodes, movie trailers and music videos are already present on YouTube, this move from Google could bring delight to millions who have replaced their TV sets with the YouTube player.Related: … [Read more...] about New YouTube Player To Stream Better Quality Videos
Google Media Center is a free Windows-only software that lets you stream photos, videos and music from the computer on to your TV.This requires a Universal Plug and Play compatible device like an Xbox or Playstation gaming console, set-top box or a photo frame like the Kodak EasyShare.Google Media Server will auto-discover any UPnP device that’s connected to your computer. You can also pick content (like desktop folders, Picasa photo galleries, etc) that should become available to that device.Here’s a screenshot of Google Media Center admin panel that is available as a Google Desktop gadget. (You therefore need Google Desktop to install Google Media Server.) Google Media Server – also check out the Google Desktop blog. In case you get an opportunity to test Google Media Server, do share your feedback in the comments. … [Read more...] about Google Media Server Streams Content from Computer to the TV
Online video broadcasting services like Ustream.tv, Mogulus, Justin.tv or Qik.com have made it possible for anyone to stream live video over the internet for free. Just connect your web cam (or DV camera) to the computer or switch on the video camera of your cell phone and you are all set to broadcast live video on the web.Now there’s a new live streaming solution in town called Procaster that goes beyond webcam video and lets you broadcast your desktop screen activity live on the Internet. Video gamers may also enjoy using Procaster as it supports game-casting so you can even live stream your video game sessions to anyone in the world for free.To get started, you need to download Procaster – it’s currently available for Windows though a Mac version is also in the works. Now run the Procaster application and choose whether you to want to stream webcam video or your desktop screen or a video game that you may be currently playing on the computer. Live screencasting is … [Read more...] about Live Screencasting – Stream Your Desktop over the Internet with Procaster
Would you like to record streaming music from Internet radio stations like Pandora or iTunes? Are you looking for a simple way to save the audio from a live webinar that’s playing on your computer? Or maybe you are trying to capture the background sounds of your favorite video game.Here’s an extremely easy and inexpensive method that will let you record any sound coming from your computer speakers. There’s no complex configuration required and all you need is Audacity, a popular audio editing software (freeware) and some common computer cables. The steps are similar for both Windows and Mac computers.Step 1. Get the Software Cables You’ll need a pair of headphones that you already have, a stereo audio cable (3.5mm male to male) and a jack splitter (3.5mm male to two 3.5mm female splitter). With the splitter, you can connect two headphones to your iPhone or iPod and thus both you and your friend can listen to music at the same time.Step 2: Connect the cables to … [Read more...] about How to Record Streaming Audio with Audacity