Taglocity 2.0: A Better Outlook

taglogoSometimes Outlook is a necessary evil. Personally I prefer Thunderbird if I’m going to be using a desktop client, because it’s less cluttered, not to mention free. Still, when I’m at the office working as a contractor for a professional services firm, Outlook 2007 on Windows XP is the standard email client, so I have to make do.
Making do just got a lot easier thanks to Taglocity 2.0, a plugin which brings some much needed functionality to Microsoft’s Office-based desktop email program.
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Bring Spotlight To The Cloud With Precipitate

If you are a heavy user of either Google Bookmarks or Google Docs, you now have a way of searching your content via the OS X built-in Spotlight tool.

Written by Stuart Morgan and available for free (open source, in fact!), this simple application makes a local copy of your files on your machine that are then imported by Spotlight. Precipitate periodically checks in with the “cloud” and updates the local files to reflect any changes. The developer notes that changes may take up to an hour to be visible in local searches.

If a Spotlight search finds an indexed Google Docs file, it will open it up in your browser with the appropriate Google Docs application, so you are always editing the “cloud” copy.

While making a local copy is not ideal, it does facilitate greater integration into your local workflows and fills a niche where you would otherwise have to use the OS X version of Google Desktop Search (or just operate completely online). While I am not a heavy user of either Google Docs or Bookmarks, this solution may just give me more impetus to go that route. Curious/security-minded readers may also like to know that Precipitate stores the cached documents in ~/Library/Caches/Metadata/Precipitate.

If you use or try Precipitate, drop us a note and if you have alternate ways to locate your cloud data from OS X, let other TAB readers know by posting in the comments!

Firefox 3.0.2 Fixes Security Issues & OS X Bugs

The Mozilla crew have updated Firefox 3 and Firefox 2 to address security vulnerabilities and (in the case of version 3) bugs & usability issues, including fixes for Mac-specific bugs.

Firefox 3 had five security issues including two critical ones that could lead to either memory corruption or privilege escalation. Firefox 2 fixed nine security vulnerabilities, four of which were critical.

OS X users will see fewer problems with keyboard shortcuts, be able to enter Japanese, Korean, Chinese and Indic characters into Flash object text fields and store user profiles on AFP shares.

As I continue to use two browsers regularly (Firefox and Safari), Firefox continues to re-grow on me, especially with its rich extension support. If you do use non-Apple-provided browsers, it is vital that you stay on top of updates as you never know when you will find yourself surfing to a site with malicious content. Firefox makes it almost as simple as Apple’s Software Update by letting you choose between Help → Check for Updates… or setting up automatic update checking under Firefox → Preferences… → Advanced → Update.

If you’ve already upgraded, let other TAB readers know how you fared by dropping a note in the comments!

Vid-Biz: ThePlatform, Funding, ZVUE

ThePlatform to Deliver Video for Three Major Cable Cos.; Comcast-owned video platform to provide video to web sites from Time Warner Cable, Cablevision and Cox Communications. (The Wall Street Journal)

Agent Video Intelligence and MyToons Get Funding; video surveillance company receives $9 million Series B round from 21Ventures; online animation community gets undisclosed second round led by led by Syncom Venture Partners and Barshop Ventures. (Agent Video Intelligence: release; MyToons: release)

ZVUE Restructures eBaums World Deal, Gets $1M; with a potential stock de-listing pressing down on it, the company negotiates to pay eBaum less now with more to come, plus ZVUE CTO lends his company $1 million. (paidContent)

Verizon FiOS to Battle Time Warner Over NYC; Telco gets final approval to offer its TV service in New York, plans to start installing Aug. 1. (The Wall Street Journal)

Justin.tv Passes the 1 Million Registered Users-Mark; company also experienced biggest traffic day this past weekend. Now where’s the revenue? (Justin.tv Blog)

No More TV Journalists? MSNBC.com president says video news gathering now being centered around the web. (Beet.TV)

Linux Version of Boxee Available; open-source set-top box software can now be downloaded for Ubuntu 7.10 and 8.04. (Boxee Blog)

Meet the Pier Screening Judges

Our first NewTeeVee Pier Screening of the year is coming up soon (be sure to get your free ticket before they run out!), and we’ve assembled a great panel of judges for the event.

The theme of the night is “pilots,” as in pilot episodes of web series, and our panelists are coming from different corners of the web video world to provide commentary on what we’ll watch and pick their favorite. A big thank you goes out to them and our sponsors.

Martin Sargent – Host, Revision3’s Internet Superstar
Martin Sargent started working in television in 1998, when he joined ZDTV. Since then he’s created, hosted and produced shows for such networks as TechTV, G4TV, Comedy Central, and USA Network. Now with Revision3, he hosts Internet Superstar and Web Drifter, and develops new programming for the network.

George Strompolos – Content Partnerships Manager, YouTube
George Strompolos is a Content Partnerships Manager at YouTube. He is responsible for establishing partnerships across numerous content verticals, focusing on the entertainment, sports, and web original sectors. George transferred to the YouTube team shortly after the company was acquired by Google and has been instrumental in negotiating many of YouTube’s key partnerships, including My Damn Channel, 60 Frames, Seth MacFarlane, Michael Eisner’s Vuguru, Disney-ABC TV’s Stage 9, Mondo Media, lonelygirl15, and College Humor, among many others. In 2007, George developed the YouTube Partner Program (YPP), which helped democratize YouTube’s business by enabling any YouTube user to apply for a revenue-sharing partnership.

Marie Drennan – Assistant Professor, San Franscisco State University
Marie Drennan teaches interactive media and scriptwriting in the Broadcast & Electronic Communication Arts (BECA) Department at SFSU. The burning academic question underlying all of her courses is: Is the new media democracy a revolution in art by the people, or will it just be Culture Industry 2.0? She also blogs about (mostly) failing at Buddhism and plays drums in an all-girl Kinks cover band, The Minks.

And where would we be without our sponsors for the event:

ON2 Technologies
G-Technology Inc.
Move Networks
DF Splash

Will CES be spoiled by a rotten Apple?

IphonehomescreenbookmarkI’m boarding my plane for CES in a few short minutes, but can’t get one particular thought out of my mind. Last year, Apple completely deflated the CES balloon with the iPhone announcement at the same time as the show. Those in attendence at CES will likely attest: it was as if the Earth stopped spinning for a few minutes at CES and the show was definitely in the shadows as opposed to the forefront.

In 2008, MacWorld is a week after CES, but I still suspect a masterful PR move from Apple this week. Nope, I don’t expect any new hardware announcements as those will be reserved for next week. I said it before, but want to go on record now: I think Apple will provide a killer upgrade to the iPhone this week if at all possible. We’ve already seen a build of the iPhone firmware 1.1.3, but I wonder if we’ve seen all of the features in the final version. I could be way off base here, but that’s my guess… folks buzzing about new iPhone software with at least "one more thing" in it that we’re not yet aware of. Full support for Microsoft Exchange perhaps? Could we see some off-the-cuff comparsion to MIDs with Apple suggesting "hey, that’s nothing new… we’ve had a MID out for quite some time..." Thoughts?

CNET has the ultra-portables

One of the most popular categories of technology at the CES each year is the ultra-portable device category and this year was no exception. OQO announced it’s Model 02 at CES and they were everywhere, the SX-Gen from Seamless Internet was all over the place, Samsung had a bunch of Q1s at a lot of the events, and newcomer Black Diamond was showing off their ruggedized UMPC, the SwitchBack.  C/NET has a short video showcasing all of these devices that is worth a look if you like little things.

CES 2007 impressions and gear review

The big show (CES 2007) has come and gone and I am back home and I have been giving a lot of thought to the gear I took to the show and how it performed in the field.  It is important to realize that this show is mammoth, the main show floor is in the convention center and is acres large.  You could take a day and a half to try and cover all of this floor but it’s not all there is.  There are a lot of exhibits in the Sands Expo which is a cab ride away and then a lot of the press conferences and OEM exibits are in the Venetian Hotel and other similar locations.  There is a lot of walking of course which means you want your gear to be as light as possible but there is also a lot of cab or bus riding from one venue to another so you also want that gear to be as small as possible.  So how did my gear hold up?  Read on after the jump to find out.

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What happens in CES stays in Vegas

Earlier this morning an email from Arnie Berman, a good friend of ours, and chief technology analyst with investment house Cowen & Company had me cracking up. He used the headline “CES ’07: What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas” to describe the big show, which was long on hype, video and short on consumer viability. Just like Katie’s round up from yesterday, Arnie talks about various issues and explains why Wall Street yawned at the Vegas jamboree.

The really big difference between CES ’07 and CES ’05 and ’06: the absence of any unifying, thematic driver – or any trend so obvious that gadget enthusiasts felt compelled to shout “Hallelujah!” and technology investors felt compelled to bid up the shares of the potential beneficiaries of their new found “discovery”.

The sad part of the show, and its highly compressed nature results in most of us missing out some of the interesting stuff.
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