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Popular TV Shows Get X-Rayed Courtesy of Amazon – Offers Up Movie, TV, Celebrity Content for Kindle Users

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Amazon’s popular X-Ray feature for movies is now compatible with TV shows, the e-commerce giant announced today.

Amazon launched its X-Ray for Movies feature six months ago to allow viewers to access information about the actors appearing on screen with a single tap to their Kindle Fire HD tablets.

Now, Kindle users can access the same information for “the most popular” television shows courtesy of Amazon holding IMDb, a movie, TV and celebrity content information website.

“X-Ray has been one of the most loved features on Kindle Fire HD since it launched last September,” said Amazon Kindle vice-president Peter Larsen. “For people who are passionate about movies and TV, there is no better way to watch than on Kindle Fire HD, which combines an exceptional viewing experience with the unbelievable power of the over 100 million pieces of data in IMDb’s catalog.”

X-Ray for Kindle

X-Ray for Kindle

X-Ray for TV is compatible with the “most popular TV shows from Amazon Instant Video,” many of which are also available as part of Prime Instant Video. They include: Justified, Downton Abbey, The West Wing, Sons of Anarchy, Falling Skies, American Horror Story, Grey’s Anatomy, Doctor Who, The Walking Dead, Lost, Glee, Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones.

Amazon said it is working to expand X-Ray for more television shows, adding viewers can expect compatibility to increase each week.

 

To Use X-Ray:

Browse the videos section on Kindle and choose a movie or TV show that has the ‘Includes X-Ray’ icon.

X-Ray for Kindle

X-Ray for Kindle

Tap the screen to access X-Ray while the chosen video is playing.

• X-Ray will show the cast members in the current scene. Tap on individual cast members for further information.

• Tapping on a cast member pauses playback and shows the person’s biography and filmography. Tap the play button on lower left to resume playback.

IMDb founder and CEO Col Needham said the company plans, eventually, to make make X-Ray available on every movie and TV show.

“For over 20 years we have been cultivating a vast database of movie, TV and celebrity content,” said Needham. “Can’t remember where you’ve seen the actor playing Lord Grantham in Downton Abbey? No problem. Simply tap on the screen and you’ll see a full filmography, where you’ll realize that Hugh Bonneville was also in Notting Hill. We’re excited to make another big step forward today, and we are working hard to add X-Ray to more TV shows and movies in the future.”

X-Ray is available on the latest generation Kindle Fire or Kindle Fire HD or with the Amazon Instant Video app on Wii U.

 

 

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Flipboard Update Lets Users Create Own Magazines – Businesses Can Share Archival Content, Package Collections in Showy Package

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Those who dream of publishing their own magazines can now do so thanks to popular news-reading app Flipboard.

Flipboard has released an update enabling its readers to create magazines with content that interests them using Web content from around the world.

The new Flipboard really has three purposes: to allow readers to fashion their own publication based on hobbies or personal interests that they can share with friends and family; to allow readers to collect articles, data and information to help them in their career or business; or, for publishers, to share archival content, publish collections or package together stories for their clients, customers or readers.

All magazines are public (unless the creator makes it private) which means they can collect an audience, be shared, liked and commented on. Flipboard users can even subscribe to magazines that interest them. When someone interacts with a magazine, the owner will receive a Flipboard notification.

“With more than 50 million users, Flipboard is used every day as a place to catch up on the things you care about,” said Mike McCue, Flipboard CEO in a press release. “But starting now, it’s also a great place to share opinions, save favorite stories, and express your point of view. This is our biggest release ever and one that we think will open an entirely new experience for our readers.”

Flipboard for iPhone

Flipboard for iPhone

Collecting Content

There are two ways to collect content for a magazine: by using the new + button to grab items found in Flipboard or by using the new Flipboard bookmarklet to choose content from the Web.

Using the + Button

To get started tap the ‘+’ button on items within Flipboard, then select ‘create magazine.’ Next, give the magazine a title, add a description and select a category.

Items can still be added even after the magazine is created. Attribution back to the source is preserved for each item added. If the content is from a social network such as Facebook, comments and likes are also reflected.

Using ‘Flip It’ Bookmarklet

The Flip it bookmarklet, which is available at share.flipboard.com, is similar to Pinterest’s ‘Pin it’ button.

In Firefox, make sure the bookmarks bar is visible — go to ‘view/toolbars’ in the Firefox menu and verify there is a check mark beside ‘bookmarks bar.’ Once the bar is visible, drag and drop the ‘Flip It’ button in the bookmarks bar.

To install the button on an iPad or iPhone, click here for instructions.

Managing Magazines

There are several tools that enable users to manage and share their magazines. To change the cover of a magazine, tap and hold an item in the magazine to ‘promote to cover.’ To delete a magazine or make it private, use the ‘edit’ button on the cover of the magazine. Also on the cover is a ‘share’ button so the publication can be shared via e-mail, Facebook or Twitter.

Flipboard for iPad

Flipboard for iPad

Content Search, accessible at the top of each page, “lets readers find anything being shared on Flipboard, with search results laid out in Flipboard’s familiar format — essentially creating a whole new magazine just on that search term,” the press release reads.

“To get inspired or discover new magazines, readers can use Flipboard’s Content Search to find great content by topic, person or #hashtag. By selecting Flipboard’s search results, readers get an instant magazine of everything being shared on Flipboard.”

Magazines by both people and publishers will consistently be featured in Flipboard’s content guide under ‘new & noteworthy’ and ‘by our readers.’

Other features and functions:

(The following is an excerpt of a list from Flipboard)

A tap on the red ribbon opens a new visual content guide that gives readers a view into everything on their Flipboard — showing ‘my magazines’ as well as all of the content they subscribe to on Flipboard under ‘my subscriptions.’  This new view allows readers to rearrange or delete sections by tapping and holding, or quickly switch between section of interest.

• New side bars within magazines surface related magazines and sub-sections of content so it’s easy to find more interesting sources and topics.

• Recommended reading suggestions appear throughout Flipboard. For example, in cover stories the ‘more for you’ module gives readers an easy way to explore a variety of content related to what their friends are saving into magazines and the sources they subscribe to on Flipboard.

• Now integrated with Facebook, people can share content from Flipboard to their timeline and create a Facebook section full of the magazines they are curating and stories they are collecting. 

Flipboard is available for free for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch users at Apple’s App Store or www.AppStore.com/Flipboard. A version for Android is on the way.

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Flipboard Update Lets Users Create Own Magazines

Flipboard Update Lets Users Create Own Magazines – Businesses Can Share Archival Content, Package Collections in Showy Package

Written by: admin Date of published: . Posted in test

Those who dream of publishing their own magazines can now do so thanks to popular news-reading app Flipboard.

Flipboard has released an update enabling its readers to create magazines with content that interests them using Web content from around the world.

The new Flipboard really has three purposes: to allow readers to fashion their own publication based on hobbies or personal interests that they can share with friends and family; to allow readers to collect articles, data and information to help them in their career or business; or, for publishers, to share archival content, publish collections or package together stories for their clients, customers or readers.

All magazines are public (unless the creator makes it private) which means they can collect an audience, be shared, liked and commented on. Flipboard users can even subscribe to magazines that interest them. When someone interacts with a magazine, the owner will receive a Flipboard notification.

“With more than 50 million users, Flipboard is used every day as a place to catch up on the things you care about,” said Mike McCue, Flipboard CEO in a press release. “But starting now, it’s also a great place to share opinions, save favorite stories, and express your point of view. This is our biggest release ever and one that we think will open an entirely new experience for our readers.”

Flipboard for iPhone

Flipboard for iPhone

Collecting Content

There are two ways to collect content for a magazine: by using the new + button to grab items found in Flipboard or by using the new Flipboard bookmarklet to choose content from the Web.

Using the + Button

To get started tap the ‘+’ button on items within Flipboard, then select ‘create magazine.’ Next, give the magazine a title, add a description and select a category.

Items can still be added even after the magazine is created. Attribution back to the source is preserved for each item added. If the content is from a social network such as Facebook, comments and likes are also reflected.

Using ‘Flip It’ Bookmarklet

The Flip it bookmarklet, which is available at share.flipboard.com, is similar to Pinterest’s ‘Pin it’ button.

In Firefox, make sure the bookmarks bar is visible — go to ‘view/toolbars’ in the Firefox menu and verify there is a check mark beside ‘bookmarks bar.’ Once the bar is visible, drag and drop the ‘Flip It’ button in the bookmarks bar.

To install the button on an iPad or iPhone, click here for instructions.

Managing Magazines

There are several tools that enable users to manage and share their magazines. To change the cover of a magazine, tap and hold an item in the magazine to ‘promote to cover.’ To delete a magazine or make it private, use the ‘edit’ button on the cover of the magazine. Also on the cover is a ‘share’ button so the publication can be shared via e-mail, Facebook or Twitter.

Flipboard for iPad

Flipboard for iPad

Content Search, accessible at the top of each page, “lets readers find anything being shared on Flipboard, with search results laid out in Flipboard’s familiar format — essentially creating a whole new magazine just on that search term,” the press release reads.

“To get inspired or discover new magazines, readers can use Flipboard’s Content Search to find great content by topic, person or #hashtag. By selecting Flipboard’s search results, readers get an instant magazine of everything being shared on Flipboard.”

Magazines by both people and publishers will consistently be featured in Flipboard’s content guide under ‘new & noteworthy’ and ‘by our readers.’

Other features and functions:

(The following is an excerpt of a list from Flipboard)

A tap on the red ribbon opens a new visual content guide that gives readers a view into everything on their Flipboard — showing ‘my magazines’ as well as all of the content they subscribe to on Flipboard under ‘my subscriptions.’  This new view allows readers to rearrange or delete sections by tapping and holding, or quickly switch between section of interest.

• New side bars within magazines surface related magazines and sub-sections of content so it’s easy to find more interesting sources and topics.

• Recommended reading suggestions appear throughout Flipboard. For example, in cover stories the ‘more for you’ module gives readers an easy way to explore a variety of content related to what their friends are saving into magazines and the sources they subscribe to on Flipboard.

• Now integrated with Facebook, people can share content from Flipboard to their timeline and create a Facebook section full of the magazines they are curating and stories they are collecting. 

Flipboard is available for free for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch users at Apple’s App Store or www.AppStore.com/Flipboard. A version for Android is on the way.

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Flipboard Update Lets Users Create Own Magazines

Flipboard Update Lets Users Create Own Magazines – Businesses Can Share Archival Content, Package Collections in Showy Package

Written by: admin Date of published: . Posted in test

Those who dream of publishing their own magazines can now do so thanks to popular news-reading app Flipboard.

Flipboard has released an update enabling its readers to create magazines with content that interests them using Web content from around the world.

The new Flipboard really has three purposes: to allow readers to fashion their own publication based on hobbies or personal interests that they can share with friends and family; to allow readers to collect articles, data and information to help them in their career or business; or, for publishers, to share archival content, publish collections or package together stories for their clients, customers or readers.

All magazines are public (unless the creator makes it private) which means they can collect an audience, be shared, liked and commented on. Flipboard users can even subscribe to magazines that interest them. When someone interacts with a magazine, the owner will receive a Flipboard notification.

“With more than 50 million users, Flipboard is used every day as a place to catch up on the things you care about,” said Mike McCue, Flipboard CEO in a press release. “But starting now, it’s also a great place to share opinions, save favorite stories, and express your point of view. This is our biggest release ever and one that we think will open an entirely new experience for our readers.”

Flipboard for iPhone

Flipboard for iPhone

Collecting Content

There are two ways to collect content for a magazine: by using the new + button to grab items found in Flipboard or by using the new Flipboard bookmarklet to choose content from the Web.

Using the + Button

To get started tap the ‘+’ button on items within Flipboard, then select ‘create magazine.’ Next, give the magazine a title, add a description and select a category.

Items can still be added even after the magazine is created. Attribution back to the source is preserved for each item added. If the content is from a social network such as Facebook, comments and likes are also reflected.

Using ‘Flip It’ Bookmarklet

The Flip it bookmarklet, which is available at share.flipboard.com, is similar to Pinterest’s ‘Pin it’ button.

In Firefox, make sure the bookmarks bar is visible — go to ‘view/toolbars’ in the Firefox menu and verify there is a check mark beside ‘bookmarks bar.’ Once the bar is visible, drag and drop the ‘Flip It’ button in the bookmarks bar.

To install the button on an iPad or iPhone, click here for instructions.

Managing Magazines

There are several tools that enable users to manage and share their magazines. To change the cover of a magazine, tap and hold an item in the magazine to ‘promote to cover.’ To delete a magazine or make it private, use the ‘edit’ button on the cover of the magazine. Also on the cover is a ‘share’ button so the publication can be shared via e-mail, Facebook or Twitter.

Flipboard for iPad

Flipboard for iPad

Content Search, accessible at the top of each page, “lets readers find anything being shared on Flipboard, with search results laid out in Flipboard’s familiar format — essentially creating a whole new magazine just on that search term,” the press release reads.

“To get inspired or discover new magazines, readers can use Flipboard’s Content Search to find great content by topic, person or #hashtag. By selecting Flipboard’s search results, readers get an instant magazine of everything being shared on Flipboard.”

Magazines by both people and publishers will consistently be featured in Flipboard’s content guide under ‘new & noteworthy’ and ‘by our readers.’

Other features and functions:

(The following is an excerpt of a list from Flipboard)

A tap on the red ribbon opens a new visual content guide that gives readers a view into everything on their Flipboard — showing ‘my magazines’ as well as all of the content they subscribe to on Flipboard under ‘my subscriptions.’  This new view allows readers to rearrange or delete sections by tapping and holding, or quickly switch between section of interest.

• New side bars within magazines surface related magazines and sub-sections of content so it’s easy to find more interesting sources and topics.

• Recommended reading suggestions appear throughout Flipboard. For example, in cover stories the ‘more for you’ module gives readers an easy way to explore a variety of content related to what their friends are saving into magazines and the sources they subscribe to on Flipboard.

• Now integrated with Facebook, people can share content from Flipboard to their timeline and create a Facebook section full of the magazines they are curating and stories they are collecting. 

Flipboard is available for free for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch users at Apple’s App Store or www.AppStore.com/Flipboard. A version for Android is on the way.

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Technology News Briefs — March 27, 2013

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Google Chooses Glass Explorer Winners

Google has chosen the winners of its Glass Explorer #ifihadglass contest.

The lucky ‘explorers’ — who will have the chance to help “shape the future” of the search engine firm’s wearable computing device Google Glass — will be revealed on Google+ and Twitter over the next few days.

“We could never have imagined such an enthusiastic response! There were so many creative, diverse, and (sometimes) crazy applications. We’ve certainly learned a lot through this whole process and it’s inspiring to hear how much passion there is for Glass,” the Glass team said in a Google+ post.  “Keep a lookout for tweets and G+ posts from @projectglass and +Project Glass  to see if you’ve been invited.”

The Glass Explorer Program, which launched Feb. 20, is a bid to get feedback about the futuristic, titanium-framed spectacles while they are still in development.

“Glass is still in the early stages, so we expect there will be some twists and turns along the way,” the February blog post reads. “While we can’t promise everything will be perfect, we can promise it will be exciting. We’d love to make everyone a Glass Explorer, but we’re starting a bit smaller.”

Using Google+ or Twitter, applicants were asked to explain what they would do if they had Glass. Starting with the hashtag #ifihadglass, the application had to be 50 words or less. Applicants were permitted to include up to five photos and a video clip not exceeding 15 seconds.

Those chosen to be Explorers will be required to pre-order a Glass Explorer Edition for $1,500 plus tax and attend a special pick-up experience, in person, in New York, San Francisco or Los Angeles.

Google Takes on Sweden Over Ungoogleable

Google and Sweden are having a war of words — or, perhaps, a war over a word would be more accurate.

The Swedish Language Council, has omitted the word “ogooglebar” — which translates into ungoogleable — from its list of new words after Google insisted the group respect its trademarks.

Ogooglebar made the council’s annual list of new words in December and, not long after, the search engine firm’s lawyers contacted the council with Google’s objections.

According to Swedish news site Sverigesradio, after “a long e-mail exchange” with Google’s lawyers, the group opted to eliminate the word from its list, because it took “too much time and resources away from other work.”

“Ungoogleable” was to be defined as “that cannot be found on the Web using a search engine.”

According to reports, Google felt the use of its name in the word was unwarranted because not all Internet search associations reflect well on its business.

Hollow Fiber Optic Cables Transfer Data Nearly at Speed of Light

British researchers have created hollow fiber optic cables that can transfer data at 99.7 percent the speed of light.

The new cables nearly eliminate latency as well.

The University of Southampton researchers successfully transferred 73.7 terabits of information per second with the new cables.

“State-of-the-art technology cannot achieve the combined values of loss, bandwidth and mode-coupling characteristics required for high-capacity data transmission,” reads an article by the researchers.

“Here, we report a fundamentally improved hollow-core photonic-bandgap fibre that provides a record combination of low loss and wide bandwidth (160 nm), and use it to transmit 37 × 40 Gbit s−1 channels at a 1.54 µs km−1 faster speed than in a conventional fibre.”

 

 

 

 

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Technology News Briefs — March 27, 2013

Technology News Briefs — March 27, 2013

Written by: admin Date of published: . Posted in test

Google Chooses Glass Explorer Winners

Google has chosen the winners of its Glass Explorer #ifihadglass contest.

The lucky ‘explorers’ — who will have the chance to help “shape the future” of the search engine firm’s wearable computing device Google Glass — will be revealed on Google+ and Twitter over the next few days.

“We could never have imagined such an enthusiastic response! There were so many creative, diverse, and (sometimes) crazy applications. We’ve certainly learned a lot through this whole process and it’s inspiring to hear how much passion there is for Glass,” the Glass team said in a Google+ post.  “Keep a lookout for tweets and G+ posts from @projectglass and +Project Glass  to see if you’ve been invited.”

The Glass Explorer Program, which launched Feb. 20, is a bid to get feedback about the futuristic, titanium-framed spectacles while they are still in development.

“Glass is still in the early stages, so we expect there will be some twists and turns along the way,” the February blog post reads. “While we can’t promise everything will be perfect, we can promise it will be exciting. We’d love to make everyone a Glass Explorer, but we’re starting a bit smaller.”

Using Google+ or Twitter, applicants were asked to explain what they would do if they had Glass. Starting with the hashtag #ifihadglass, the application had to be 50 words or less. Applicants were permitted to include up to five photos and a video clip not exceeding 15 seconds.

Those chosen to be Explorers will be required to pre-order a Glass Explorer Edition for $1,500 plus tax and attend a special pick-up experience, in person, in New York, San Francisco or Los Angeles.

Google Takes on Sweden Over Ungoogleable

Google and Sweden are having a war of words — or, perhaps, a war over a word would be more accurate.

The Swedish Language Council, has omitted the word “ogooglebar” — which translates into ungoogleable — from its list of new words after Google insisted the group respect its trademarks.

Ogooglebar made the council’s annual list of new words in December and, not long after, the search engine firm’s lawyers contacted the council with Google’s objections.

According to Swedish news site Sverigesradio, after “a long e-mail exchange” with Google’s lawyers, the group opted to eliminate the word from its list, because it took “too much time and resources away from other work.”

“Ungoogleable” was to be defined as “that cannot be found on the Web using a search engine.”

According to reports, Google felt the use of its name in the word was unwarranted because not all Internet search associations reflect well on its business.

Hollow Fiber Optic Cables Transfer Data Nearly at Speed of Light

British researchers have created hollow fiber optic cables that can transfer data at 99.7 percent the speed of light.

The new cables nearly eliminate latency as well.

The University of Southampton researchers successfully transferred 73.7 terabits of information per second with the new cables.

“State-of-the-art technology cannot achieve the combined values of loss, bandwidth and mode-coupling characteristics required for high-capacity data transmission,” reads an article by the researchers.

“Here, we report a fundamentally improved hollow-core photonic-bandgap fibre that provides a record combination of low loss and wide bandwidth (160 nm), and use it to transmit 37 × 40 Gbit s−1 channels at a 1.54 µs km−1 faster speed than in a conventional fibre.”

 

 

 

 

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Technology News Briefs — March 27, 2013