Netflix on iPhones

The new iPhone will be coming out with live video streaming over HTTP, and consequently, the rumor is that Netflix will be available on your iPhone:

The company will soon offer the Watch Instantly video-streaming feature on Apple iPhones and iPod Touch devices and the Nintendo Wii gaming console, according to an industry executive familiar with Netflix’s plans. (Netflix wouldn’t confirm the info, with a rep saying it declines to comment on “rumors or speculation.”)


However, Netflix’s streaming-video feature would probably be restricted to access over local Wi-Fi connections only — not over AT&T’s 3G data network — in the same the way other bandwidth-heavy video apps for the iPhone are limited.


It would be so much cooler if bandwidth wasn’t an issue, and you could watch live streaming movies on your iPhone wherever you traveled. Perhaps cutting video quality would allow streaming without a local Wi-Fi connection, but I honestly still don’t know if AT&T could handle the kind of bandwidth needed.

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Must Needed Firefox Add-Ons Day #3: IE Tab

IETabWant to watch a .wmv file in your browser? Need to know how your blog feels in Internet Explorer? Or what about those pesky ActiveX controls? Don’t worry, this post just may have solved all of your Firefox problems:

Continuing my series of “must needed Firefox add-ons,” today’s add-on is IE Tab, a powerful tool that allows users to open links in an embedded Internet Explorer tab right in Firefox. Yes, this means ActiveX controls as well as IE’s smooth scrolling will now be directly available on Firefox. You can even run a Windows Update via this add-on.

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Linda Douglass Attacking the Internet

Douglass gives us the 411 about information on the Internet:

“So what happens is that because he’s talking to the American people so much, there are people out there with a computer and a lot of free time, and they take a phrase here and there — they simply cherry-pick and put it together, and make it sound like he’s saying something that he didn’t really say.”


I find it fascinating how the Obama administration has time and time again elevated the amount of exposure to issues he should just disregard, like Limbaugh and Gates. He’s also called out the FNC on multiple occasions, and now that more and more people are voicing their opinions against Obamacare, apparently he’s going to send his administration to fight evil-doers on the Internet.

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Palm Pre Ad Fiasco

Many people (especially within the blogging community) have been raising hell about the new Palm Pre TV ads. Evidently, the ads are freaky and scary.

While I couldn’t agree more, a lot of people are fighting back, saying things like:

Palm PreWe weren’t trying to creep people out, but one thing I have learned now in this digital age is people can be as rude as they want as long as they don’t have to look you in the face. The Pre is probably being talked about more than other phones right now because of the marketing and advertising, and that’s a good thing. Could the ads work harder to show exactly how the phone works? Yes, but we knew it would be polarizing people to have a woman not shout at them and tell an interesting story.
–Gary Koepke, co-founder and executive creative director at Modernista, the agency responsible for the Palm Pre’s ad campaign.


But let’s get a few things straight:

  • People are not talking about the phone. They’re talking about the Palm Pre ads, which apparently freak them out.
  • The ads have failed to generate any sort of “good” hype around the product. Again, we’re mostly only talking about the ads, not the phone.
  • After first watching the ad, I was left confused. Sort of a “WTF?!” moment (especially with the ad about reincarnation below the fold). Sure, maybe the ad stands out compared to anything else, but confusion alone is not going to get me to run out and impulsively buy your phone.
  • The ad completely lacked any kind of excitement that would compel me to learn more about the phone.
  • People actually think the Palm Pre girl is a computer simulation.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I absolutely hate seeing good products go down the drain because of bad marketing or a horrible launch. Hopefully, the Palm Pre takes off (and I still don’t think it will anytime soon), because even if you don’t like the product, the iPhone could always use some competition.

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Have 20 iPods? Want To Simultaneously Sync All Of Them?

I give you PARASYNC Dock:

And I must say, this video’s music really makes me feel like I’m looking at cutting-edge technology.

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Michelle Malkin on The View

I swear I’m becoming a bigger fan every day:

From Hot Air:

Most of the questions had to do with whether Bush’s administration wasn’t at least equally corrupt, thereby proving that the bar for Hopenchange is being reset a little bit lower every day. As the boss says, “You know you’ve won the argument when the ladies of the View are reduced to arguing how corrupt they are, and not whether.”

Notice Whoopi running and hiding to the audience at 3:47 (detracting from the topic). Also, is she really wearing an apron?

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Must Needed Firefox Add-Ons Day #2: SiteLauncher

SiteLauncherToday’s add-on is SiteLauncher:

A simple Firefox add-on that gives a highly convenient and clutter-free method to quickly open websites that you need often. One keyboard hotkey makes the “Launcher” panel instantly appear, followed by a single key press to jump to the site you wish to open

Meaning instead of re-typing websites like Google, Youtube, Gmail, or Twitter, you can simply create a keyboard shortcut to that URL (ALT + Shift + the shortcut’s assigned letter is default). You can also assign a hotkey (CTRL + Space Bar is default) to open a menu that appears over your browser. To the right is a screenshot of SiteLauncher in action.

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