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Sony brings YouTube to its Internet video device

Posted in Web 2.0 by Nino Marchetti on June 6th, 2008

BRAVIA Internet Video LinkSony topped off its announcements yesterday with word it was bringing new content to its BRAVIA Internet Video Link service. Chief among these is a partnership with popular video Web site YouTube.

Sony said its BRAVIA Internet Video Link device will now let people have access to millions of YouTube videos through connected BRAVIA LCD flat-panels at no additional charge. Models supporting this device include select 2007 and 2008 flat panels.

Segway gets the social on

Posted in Web 2.0 by Nino Marchetti on April 15th, 2008

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Ever feel lonely rolling down the road in your Segway? The company behind the two wheeled people mover platform wants to help you connect with other Segway users locally and globally and has launched a social networking site to help all interact in a global movement of harmony and conversion. Segway Social has been born.

The idea behind Segway Social is to let Segway users have a central place in which they can create profiles, join groups, tag glides, share photos and more in an online community setting. The site is free to join and is also being used as a marketing tool by Segway to educate non-owners about its product.

Yahoo tries to unify mobile social communications

Posted in Web 2.0 by Nino Marchetti on February 12th, 2008

Yahoo oneConnect social communication toolYahoo is bringing to the mobile space a product it feels will make it more convenient to manage your social communications in one place. This product is called Yahoo oneConnect and the company expects it will be available in the second quarter of the year.

Yahoo oneConnect is built around an open architecture which brings together email, instant messaging (IM), text messaging (SMS), and social networks into one central, mobile location. A centrally managed “socially-connected” address book will let one view status updates, photo uploads and the recent activity of contacts across various social networks. This same open design will let one talk across a range of popular online services.

Yahoo kicks off live video streaming

Posted in Web 2.0 by Nino Marchetti on February 8th, 2008

y-live.jpgYahoo last night quietly kicked off a new competitor to YouTube which lets anyone “create their own live video experience.” It is called Y! Live and you can access it for free.

Y! Live is targeted towards people who want to do live video broadcasting. Through it Yahoo sees people, for example, broadcasting live musical performances and interacting with fans with video and chat. The broadcast can be embedded, so viewers don’t have to go to the Y! Live site to view it.

Domino’s lets you stalk your pizza until delivery

Posted in Web 2.0,Websites by Nino Marchetti on January 30th, 2008

dominos-pizza-tracker.jpgWhat’s with the trend lately towards pizza going high tech? First we have Pizza Hut letting you text message your orders and now we have Domino’s getting into it by announcing its recently released pizza ordering tracking service. What’s next – flying pies landing on your front door step?

The Domino’s Pizza Tracker, much to the annoyance of its pizza delivery drivers, will let customers “follow the progress of their order online from the time they click the ‘Place Order’ button or hang up the telephone until the Domino’s delivery expert is knocking on their door.” To keep their drivers though from feeling like job performance is a huge issue (30 minutes or less?) you won’t find GPS trackers in the pizzas – management stated drive times will vary due to several factors, but you’ll at least know the pizza is on the way.

Pizza Hut unveils text message, mobile Web ordering

Posted in Web 2.0 by Nino Marchetti on January 18th, 2008

Pizza Hut Total Mobile AccessIf you happen to be a Pizza Hut fan and just can’t get home fast enough to order it for delivery, you can now text the company so they’ll be waiting with piping hot pizza in hand at your front door. Pizza Hut is calling this new service Total Mobile Access.

Pizza Hut’s Total Mobile Access service lets customers to order pizza from their mobile phones via text messaging or mobile Web. The world’s largest pizza company describes how to use the service: “Customers first log on to pizzahut.com to create their “Pizza Playlist,” a collection of up to four favorite orders…ordering is just a couple steps away either through text or mobile ordering.”

Yahoo rolls out new Yahoo Mail

Posted in News,Web 2.0,Websites,Yahoo by Nino Marchetti on August 27th, 2007

Yahoo releases new version of its Yahoo MailYahoo today put into general availability a new version of its Web-based Yahoo Mail. The online giant said it will also continue to make available the traditional interface many of its users have used for years.

The new Yahoo Mail, said Yahoo, offers new speed and performance enhancements. Highlighted new features include the ability to send free text messages directly to mobile numbers in the US, Canada, India and the Philippines as well as instant message interoperability with Yahoo Messenger and Windows Live Messenger.

Jyve Offers Live Access To People Who Know

Posted in Web 2.0,Websites by Paul Patterson on February 22nd, 2007

Jyve Live Search EngineJyve is a live interactive search engine that allows users to ask questions through a live exchange of instant messages or VoIP calls with experts and professionals.

When you submit a question on Jyve you instantly generate a live message to a list of “experts” from all over the world who are currently online and logged in. Once connected you share information with your chosen expert one-on-one with instant messages or live VoIP calls.

You can ask all the questions you want for free. All that you are asked to do in return is to thank your expert with a good rating and a tip with Jyve’s innovative “tip jar” (if they do a good job of course).

As an expert you can advertise your services in the Jyve Directory and Pro Listings. This is also a good place for “Askers” to quickly …

Dandelife Social Biography Network

Posted in Mashup,Web 2.0,Websites by Paul Patterson on February 17th, 2007

Dandelife Social Biography NetworkDandelife is a social network that allows you to create and share your own personal biography. More specifically, Dandelife is a social biography network build around the telling of your life’s stories.

You can use Dandelife to narrate the important events of your life, the places you’ve been to, and the people you’ve met. Dandelife creates a timeline representation of your life’s events. The events link to the narrative you write which describes the event. View co-founder Kelly Abbott’s Dandelife to see a good example of a biography in action.

Dandelife Timeline

Dandelife integrates with Flickr and Youtube so you can create a mashup of your photos and videos and take it a step further by combining those images and movies with stories about the people, places, things and events in them.

If your life is even remotely interesting you …

Web 2.0 Name Generator

Posted in Lifehacks,Web 2.0,Websites by Paul Patterson on January 22nd, 2007

Web 2.0 Name GeneratorAre you looking for a name for your Web 2.0 company? If so, be sure to check out the Web 2.0 Name Generator over at LightSphere. The Name Generator tool will help you on your quest to find an original name. Be warned – you may need to open your mind a bit.

I’ve been in more than a few brainstorming sessions to try to come up with a domain name and it can be an excruciatingly painful process. Using the tool, I generated a few quick names to see what my options were:

Podpoint, Zoomspace, Oyonti, Tagzoom, Oonoodle, 42type, Zoomfire, Flipcube, Leeva, Zoomtube, Podchat, Lavu, Skiveo, Podware, Babbleworks, Plable

I’m a left-brained kind of guy which means it would be next to impossible for me to come up with something this unique. If anything, the generated names will spark some dormant creativity in …