Xbox 360 Scores Exclusive Netflix Movie Streaming, PS3 Cries Blue Tears [NetFlix]

Those Microsoft rascals have scored a big one: The Xbox 360 is now the only game console that will get Netflix video streaming. No Sony PlayStation 3, no Nintendo Wii, no Atari 2600. That’s what the Xbox Update page says:

Netflix Partnership

This exclusive partnership offers you the ability to instantly stream movies and TV episodes from Netflix to the television via Xbox 360. Xbox 360 will be the only game console to offer this movie-watching experience, available to Xbox LIVE Gold members who are also Netflix unlimited plan subscribers**, at no additional cost.

From the Netflix Web site, simply add movies and TV episodes to your instant Queue, which will appear automatically on the TV screen via Xbox 360. Once selected, movies will begin playing in as little as 30 seconds. In addition to instantly streaming Netflix movies to the TV, Xbox LIVE Gold members can browse and rate movies, fast-forward, pause and rewind, all using either their Xbox 360 Controller or Universal remote.

Oh Sony, Sony. That has to hurt. A little. In the inside. [Xbox via Endgadget]

Those Microsoft rascals have scored a big one: The Xbox 360 is now the only game console that will get Netflix video streaming. No Sony PlayStation 3, no Nintendo Wii, no Atari 2600. That’s what the Xbox Update page says:

Netflix Partnership

This exclusive partnership offers you the ability to instantly stream movies and TV episodes from Netflix to the television via Xbox 360. Xbox 360 will be the only game console to offer this movie-watching experience, available to Xbox LIVE Gold members who are also Netflix unlimited plan subscribers**, at no additional cost.

From the Netflix Web site, simply add movies and TV episodes to your instant Queue, which will appear automatically on the TV screen via Xbox 360. Once selected, movies will begin playing in as little as 30 seconds. In addition to instantly streaming Netflix movies to the TV, Xbox LIVE Gold members can browse and rate movies, fast-forward, pause and rewind, all using either their Xbox 360 Controller or Universal remote.

Oh Sony, Sony. That has to hurt. A little. In the inside. [Xbox via Endgadget]





Google Web Elements

Google Map ElementGoogle have just released a new service called Web Elements which allow users to cut-and-paste Google applications into their websites or blogs. The elements include real-time news, calendars, presentations, spreadsheets, YouTube vide…

Google Map Element

Google have just released a new service called Web Elements which allow users to cut-and-paste Google applications into their websites or blogs. The elements include real-time news, calendars, presentations, spreadsheets, YouTube videos and a simple Google Map.

To use the Google Map element you just need to define a location, choose a size and map type and add a marker title. The map element is very simple to use and is a great way to create a very simple interactive map.

If you want to create a slightly more complicated map Google also have a Get Maps web page. This page shows you how to grab the embed code from the main Google Maps site, how to create a My Map and how to add driving directions to your business website.

Via: Official Google Blog: New tools for Google Services for Websites

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Burn Any Video File Type To Play on A DVD Player

Instead of watching video files on your PC it be nice to have a disc to pop into any player to watch from other locations.  Today we take a look at DVD Flick…a free and Open Source DVD authoring tool used to make a playable DVD from several different video file formats.

Installing DVD Flick

Installation is a quick and easy process following the install wizard.

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After installation you will get a welcome screen that will allow you to read through their guides, website, and forums.

2 Welcome

Using DVD Flick

Here we will demonstrate making a quick DVD using three differently formatted videos.  The first thing we’ll do is add a new title or video clip(s) to the project.

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You can either browse for them in Explorer or simply drag and drop into the project window.  Notice we are using three video formats with AVI, WMV, and FLV.

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Now in the project area you can start authoring the DVD by moving clips, editing titles, etc.

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There are some cool menus you can choose from to customize into the DVD creation.

DVD Menu

Once you choose a menu you can preview how it will look.

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It allows you to customize settings from basically every aspect of the DVD including Audio, Video, Burning and general settings.

Project Settings

Projects are saved with a .dfproj file extension which may look odd later if DVD Flick is not associated with them.

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Click on the Burn DVD button when ready and you’ll be shown a progress screen with an extra cool bonus.

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Click on the “Entertain me” button while the DVD is burning and you can play a version of Tetris.

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It uses ImgBurn technology to execute the DVD burning process and it pops up while the actual burning takes place.

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When everything has finished you should see something similar to the picture below provided there were no errors.

Finished

DVD Flick is easy to use and light on system resources and includes just the right amount of features for the home DVD Author.  If you are low on cash this is a very good free alternative to a commercial application such as Nero. 

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Instead of watching video files on your PC it be nice to have a disc to pop into any player to watch from other locations.  Today we take a look at DVD Flick…a free and Open Source DVD authoring tool used to make a playable DVD from several different video file formats.

Installing DVD Flick

Installation is a quick and easy process following the install wizard.

1nstall

After installation you will get a welcome screen that will allow you to read through their guides, website, and forums.

2 Welcome

Using DVD Flick

Here we will demonstrate making a quick DVD using three differently formatted videos.  The first thing we’ll do is add a new title or video clip(s) to the project.

3 add title

You can either browse for them in Explorer or simply drag and drop into the project window.  Notice we are using three video formats with AVI, WMV, and FLV.

NEW

Now in the project area you can start authoring the DVD by moving clips, editing titles, etc.

NewFull

There are some cool menus you can choose from to customize into the DVD creation.

DVD Menu

Once you choose a menu you can preview how it will look.

preview menu

It allows you to customize settings from basically every aspect of the DVD including Audio, Video, Burning and general settings.

Project Settings

Projects are saved with a .dfproj file extension which may look odd later if DVD Flick is not associated with them.

saved project

Click on the Burn DVD button when ready and you’ll be shown a progress screen with an extra cool bonus.

progress

Click on the “Entertain me” button while the DVD is burning and you can play a version of Tetris.

tetris

It uses ImgBurn technology to execute the DVD burning process and it pops up while the actual burning takes place.

imgburn2

When everything has finished you should see something similar to the picture below provided there were no errors.

Finished

DVD Flick is easy to use and light on system resources and includes just the right amount of features for the home DVD Author.  If you are low on cash this is a very good free alternative to a commercial application such as Nero. 

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Download DVD Flick 

Read the Full List of Supported Audio & Video Formats

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YouTube video duck shooters fined, banned

Three Saskatchewan men charged after a YouTube video showed ducklings being shot illegally were handed hefty fines Monday, as well as a three-year ban on acquiring hunting licences.

Three Saskatchewan men charged after a YouTube video showed ducklings being shot illegally were handed hefty fines Monday, as well as a three-year ban on acquiring hunting licences.

Facebook buys FriendFeed

By Tim Conneally, Betanews

Popular social networking site Facebook has bought FriendFeed.com, and will be taking its entire staff aboard, the companies announced this afternoon.

“Since I first tried FriendFeed, I’ve admired their team for creating such a simple and elegant service for people to share information,” said Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO.

While the small 12-person team will become Facebook employees and the four founders (all ex-Google employees) will assume executive positions at the social network, where FriendFeed users will go is not as clear cut.”

“FriendFeed.com will continue to operate normally for the time being,” The FriendFeed blog today says. “We’re still figuring out our longer-term plans for the product with the Facebook team.”

Facebook already uses a number of FriendFeed’s popular features, but one of the main advantages of FriendFeed is that its feeds show up in real time, where Facebook’s status updates must be refreshed.

Copyright Betanews, Inc. 2009

By Tim Conneally, Betanews

Popular social networking site Facebook has bought FriendFeed.com, and will be taking its entire staff aboard, the companies announced this afternoon.

“Since I first tried FriendFeed, I’ve admired their team for creating such a simple and elegant service for people to share information,” said Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO.

While the small 12-person team will become Facebook employees and the four founders (all ex-Google employees) will assume executive positions at the social network, where FriendFeed users will go is not as clear cut.”

“FriendFeed.com will continue to operate normally for the time being,” The FriendFeed blog today says. “We’re still figuring out our longer-term plans for the product with the Facebook team.”

Facebook already uses a number of FriendFeed’s popular features, but one of the main advantages of FriendFeed is that its feeds show up in real time, where Facebook’s status updates must be refreshed.

Copyright Betanews, Inc. 2009



Stream Media To Other Computers on a Home Network with Windows 7

Windows Media Player 12 which is included with Windows 7 allows you to easily turn your machine into a media server to stream music, movies, and pictures to other computers and devices on your home network.  Today we will show you how to set up streaming and how to use it.

Enable Streaming

To start streaming media from your Windows 7 machine you’ll need to turn it on by opening Media Player and under the Library section click on Stream then click Turn on media streaming.

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Now just click the button to turn on media streaming.  Alternately you can bypass WMP and open Control Panel \ All Control Panel Items \ Network and Sharing Center \ Media streaming options then click on the button to turn on media streaming and press OK.

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Now you’ll see what devices are connected to the network and can select which computer or media device have access to the media. 

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You can also customize the streaming settings by selecting what will be shared and also notice the parental ratings control.

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Setup Windows Media Player

Now that we have streaming media enabled it is time to take a look at what to look for in WMP.  On another computer on the network open Windows Media Player and under Library you will see “Other Libraries” and the available libraries of Music, Video, and Pictures available for streaming.

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This is a very cool new feature that can allow you to have one computer with a lot of disk capacity to run as your media server.  Then have computers containing less space connect and enjoy all the media they want even netbooks…Neat!

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Windows Media Player 12 which is included with Windows 7 allows you to easily turn your machine into a media server to stream music, movies, and pictures to other computers and devices on your home network.  Today we will show you how to set up streaming and how to use it.

Enable Streaming

To start streaming media from your Windows 7 machine you’ll need to turn it on by opening Media Player and under the Library section click on Stream then click Turn on media streaming.

turnon

Now just click the button to turn on media streaming.  Alternately you can bypass WMP and open Control Panel \ All Control Panel Items \ Network and Sharing Center \ Media streaming options then click on the button to turn on media streaming and press OK.

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Now you’ll see what devices are connected to the network and can select which computer or media device have access to the media. 

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You can also customize the streaming settings by selecting what will be shared and also notice the parental ratings control.

custom

Setup Windows Media Player

Now that we have streaming media enabled it is time to take a look at what to look for in WMP.  On another computer on the network open Windows Media Player and under Library you will see “Other Libraries” and the available libraries of Music, Video, and Pictures available for streaming.

sshot-1 

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This is a very cool new feature that can allow you to have one computer with a lot of disk capacity to run as your media server.  Then have computers containing less space connect and enjoy all the media they want even netbooks…Neat!

Similar Articles Featured Wiki Articles
Latest Software Reviews Quick Linux Tips
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Blackhawks star accused of robbing cabbie

Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane and his cousin, James M. Kane, were arrested around 5 a.m. ET Sunday, accused of assaulting a Buffalo, N.Y., taxi driver and failing to pay their fare.

Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane and his cousin, James M. Kane, were arrested around 5 a.m. ET Sunday, accused of assaulting a Buffalo, N.Y., taxi driver and failing to pay their fare.

New York mid-air crash kills 9

A small plane and a sightseeing helicopter carrying Italian tourists collided over the Hudson River between New York City and Hoboken, N.J., on Saturday, killing all nine people aboard the two aircraft.

A small plane and a sightseeing helicopter carrying Italian tourists collided over the Hudson River between New York City and Hoboken, N.J., on Saturday, killing all nine people aboard the two aircraft.

NHL wants Balsillie out of mix for Coyotes

The NHL has asked a bankruptcy judge to throw out Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie’s bid to buy the Phoenix Coyotes based on the league’s overwhelming rejection of him as a potential owner.

The NHL has asked a bankruptcy judge to throw out Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie’s bid to buy the Phoenix Coyotes based on the league’s overwhelming rejection of him as a potential owner.

GM gets to dump its polluted sites

When General Motors emerged from bankruptcy, it was freed of obligations for polluted properties that will require millions of dollars to clean up. GM’s unusual, government-engineered bankruptcy allowed the Detroit automaker to emerge as a new company — and shed billions in liabilities, including claims that governments had against GM for polluting

When General Motors emerged from bankruptcy, it was freed of obligations for polluted properties that will require millions of dollars to clean up. GM’s unusual, government-engineered bankruptcy allowed the Detroit automaker to emerge as a new company — and shed billions in liabilities, including claims that governments had against GM for polluting

Fleury eyes NHL return

Yes, the rumours are true.

Theoren Fleury really does want to make a comeback in the National Hockey League.

The Flames legend confirmed to the Herald's George Johnson Friday night that he wants to give it one more shot.

“I honestly don’t give a s–t what people think of me. I don’t. People say I should get a life? Hey, worry about your own lives. This is mine. When you’ve gone through the 12 stages of Alcoholics Anoymous, you realize that you’ve got to be okay with yourself. I am.

“I’ve come to the realization that 50 per cent of the people like me, and 50 per cent don’t. Guess what, I’m hanging out with the 50 per cent who do.

“I’m a busy guy. I’m not doing this because I have nothing else in my life. I do public speaking. I work with native people. With the Dream Centre. I’m doing this partly because I didn’t go out the way I wanted to. And partly because I’ve watched this for five years and believe in my heart that there’s still a place for me.’’

 

To read the full story, check out Saturday's Herald.

Yes, the rumours are true.

Theoren Fleury really does want to make a comeback in the National Hockey League.

The Flames legend confirmed to the Herald's George Johnson Friday night that he wants to give it one more shot.

“I honestly don’t give a s–t what people think of me. I don’t. People say I should get a life? Hey, worry about your own lives. This is mine. When you’ve gone through the 12 stages of Alcoholics Anoymous, you realize that you’ve got to be okay with yourself. I am.

“I’ve come to the realization that 50 per cent of the people like me, and 50 per cent don’t. Guess what, I’m hanging out with the 50 per cent who do.

“I’m a busy guy. I’m not doing this because I have nothing else in my life. I do public speaking. I work with native people. With the Dream Centre. I’m doing this partly because I didn’t go out the way I wanted to. And partly because I’ve watched this for five years and believe in my heart that there’s still a place for me.’’

 

To read the full story, check out Saturday's Herald.