Keepsy, the Menlo Park, Calif.-based startup, has launched its first product, “Instant Album,” a way to order physical scrapbooks made from Instagram photo albums. Keepsy’s just the latest in a spate of new startups focused on preserving what people publish online in a more tangible format.
Amazon is launching a Kindle lending program for libraries, and while there are some interesting features included, the plan raises questions about who controls the content in these books, and what happens if Amazon or its publishers change their minds about the terms of the deal.
Just when you thought the iPad might be able to breathe some life back into the failing print industry, the industry itself seems dead set on making sure that doesn’t happen. Well, certain parties within the industry at least, like maybe News Corp. for instance, if a recent report appearing in the Wall Street Journal about planned iPad subscription pricing is any indication.
The report, which, you’ll remember, appeared in the WSJ itself, cited “a person familiar with the matter” as the source of the information that the Journal would be charging $17.99 per month for iPad subscribers when the device launches next month. No, that’s not a typo where I accidentally switched “per month” for “per year.” Read More about Wall Street Journal to Charge $17.99 a Month for iPad Subscriptions
One of the strongest pieces of evidence in support of the existence of an Apple (s aapl) tablet has come into question today. Reports that Condé Nast, publisher of many magazine titles, including The New Yorker and Vogue, was preparing a digital format specifically for the Apple tablet may have overstated the case.
Instead, it looks like Condé Nast and others, including Hearst and Time Inc., are banding together to produce a digital distribution joint venture, which will likely resemble an iTunes store for the magazine industry. The store is apparently being designed with multiple platforms in mind, and is not being specifically targeted at a tablet device from Apple, which may or may not actually exist. Read More about Magazine Publishers’ Plans May Not Be Tablet-Specific
Like many of you, most recorded footage of my youth was on those archaic black plastic things called VHS tapes. As the rest of society moves into the digital age, I’m facing a battle of preserving my childhood memories on something a little more robust and modern than 800 feet of mylar tape. With many video capturing solutions on the market, I settled on a new product by Elgato, called Video Capture.
As new formats for recording video footage come to market, the quality of these mediums greatly improves. Since the VHS system is considered “analog” and is composed of interlaced video, converting to a digital solution requires some special equipment. These breakout boxes work by allowing you to connect your device via some type of connector (depending on the quality of the box) and to your Mac via USB or FireWire.
Since we’re using the breakout box as an intermediary and there are three devices in the chain, there is a potential for less than stellar quality due to any number of reasons: the breakout box in particular, the video tape you’re capturing from, or the VCR deck itself. Considering most of these devices are in the same price range, they are probably all comparable in quality. (Though as you will read on the Internet, everyone has a different opinion as to which one is the best.) Read More about Elgato Video Capture
When I’d originally written about the introduction of the new 15″ MacBook Pro on Monday, I was curious as to if the newly featured SD card slot would support even newer SDHC cards. A little research later, I learned that the MacBook Pro does support this standard and has a few more tricks up its sleeve. So what’s all the buzz about the SD card slot?
Comics being sold via iTunes is not, in itself, new. You can currently pick up versions of “The Watchmen” and the excellent Image title “Invincible,” but this marks comic book powerhouse Marvel’s (s mvl) entry into the fray, and it’s bringing something special to the table, in pre-releasing some issues on iTunes before their print alter-egos hit the stands. No word yet on pricing, but it will probably be comparable to what’s already currently available to buy.
One downside of comics publishing in iTunes is that they’re always motion comics. The “camera” sort of pans and zooms around the panels from the print page, and questionable voice over work reads the captions and speech bubble content. For me, at least in my experience to date, this has to be my least favorite means of experiencing comics, by far. It feels cramped, and sort of like storytime in preschool. I feel like having a nap on the floor when I’m done.
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Mogreet Signs Fox Searchlight; mobile greeting company will allow users to send video messages featuring clips from Juno and Napoleon Dynamite. (VentureBeat)
Confusion in the Digital TV Air; Consumers Union survey finds 90 percent of the country is aware of the upcoming switch, but 25 percent think it requires subscribing to cable or satellite and 41 percent think every TV needs a converter box — even those already connected to cable or satellite. (The New York Times) Despite this confusion, however, the Nevada Broadcasters Association declared its recent digital TV test a success, though the call center set up for response was overwhelmed. (Broadcasting & Cable)
Octopuses Like HDTV; Australian researchers suspect that the eyes of the eight-armed sea creatures are too sophisticated for the 24-frame-per-second rate of standard-def TV. Seriously. (Sydney Morning Herald)
Slow Going for Consumer Electronics Sales; inventories of goods like TVs are piling up and could force price pressure, which would put the squeeze on lesser-known brands. (BusinessWeek)
iTunes Offers 99-cent TV Episodes; for a limited time, get episodes from the current seasons of Fringe, Numb3rs and the CSI Franchise (sorry, octopuses, offer is for standard-def shows only). (Reel Pop Blog)
In recent years, the Mac has become a device capable of acting as a very powerful media center. iTunes, Front Row, and OS X in general, provide a plethora of features which justify the Mac as a living room device.
That said, one vital piece is missing as a standard: watching and recording live TV on your Mac. There is a wide variety of hardware and software which allow you to watch TV, and this post will cover some of the options available to you.
There are several different TV receivers available for the Mac. They all connect via USB, plug into an antenna socket (some include small, portable antennas), and are bundled with a piece of software. Many offer slightly different additional features which meet the specific needs of different users.
The most widely known company producing Mac tuners is Elgato. They develop a range of ‘EyeTV’ devices, and also the widely acclaimed EyeTV Software. The main competitors to Elgato consist of Pinnacle and Miglia. Interestingly, the majority of TV products are aimed at the non-U.S. international market. I’ll note which devices are international and which are U.S. compatible below.
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