Netflix Streaming Is Coming to Your Android Phone!!
Netflix has posted two job listings on its website so far this summer, both seeking Android developers. The current listing is titled “Android Video Playback Expert,” and begins, “Netflix is looking for a great engineer to help us build Instant Streaming client implementations on Android devices.”
Netflix is looking for someone with at least 10 years of development experience, who has already implemented video playback in an Android application. It also names two notable pluses: experience with digital rights management (DRM) and “Experience with other mobile application platforms (e.g. iPhone/iPad).” The second of those would seem to imply that Netflix will use its previous work creating Watch Instantly streaming apps for the iPad and iPhone as a basis for the Android app.
Microsoft launches Apple-baiting PC vs. Mac site
Perhaps it was the sight of Justin Long and John Hodgman wafting into the night, dragging their jokes behind them, that made Microsoft feel a little bolder.
Yes, now that the “Get a Mac” campaign seems to have been retired by Apple, Microsoft has launched a touching attempt to reverse some of Apple’s sweet and amusing put-downs.
Microsoft’s new creation is a site called “PC versus Mac”. Yet if you’re looking for a joke or two as you weigh up your options, you will have to search very, very hard. There are no images of bespectacled gray-bearded men in loose Levi’s. There are no stray comments about antennas or fanboys.
The site is a very anodyne affair. Garlanded with an image of a presumably perplexed woman who is, perhaps, worrying whether she is cool enough to buy a Mac, it offers straight comparisons of facts and entirely unbiased opinions.
You might not have been aware, but “Macs might spoil your fun.” Not because they cost so much that you won’t be able to afford a restaurant dinner for the next six months, but because, the site says, “there are some things you simply can’t do out of the box with a Mac like watch, pause, rewind, and record TV like a DVR.”
Macs are just dull, it seems. “You can’t get a Mac that ships with a Blu-ray player, TV tuner, Memory Stick reader, or built-in 3G wireless. You can with PCs running Windows 7.” And just try connecting your Mac with an XBox 360. That’s a lot more difficult than connecting Naomi Campbell to a blood diamond.
The site goes on to offer other areas in which Macs are allegedly inferior: simplicity, working hard, sharing, compatibility (“Macs might not like your PC stuff.” Really? Why would that be?) and choice.
It’s a most edifying presentation. Or it would be if the site was designed to be slightly more engaging than a leaflet advertising a local beauty parlor that came through my Mom’s letter box in 1981.
Microsoft took Apple’s criticism on the chin and in many areas below that for a very long time. Many PC lovers wished that the company would have fought back. However, now that it does, one does get the impression that this is like a mouse sticking its nose out of a very small hole, still fearing there are large feral cats nearby.
Some might find humor in the site’s suggestion that one of the major differences between Macs and PCs is that “Macs can take time to learn.” But this dry presentation might impress those of a nerdy bent rather more than the general public.
They’re emotional, you see. They prefer laughter. Or at least a love story.
Girl quits her job on dry erase board, emails entire office (33 Photos)
We received the following photos last night from a person who works with this girl. Her name is Jenny (not confirmed) – we’re working our contact for Jenny’s last name. Yesterday morning, Jenny quit her job with a (flash)bang by emailing these photos to the entire office, about 20 employees we’re told. Awesome doesn’t begin to describe this office heroine. Check back as we will be updating if we get more details.
Update: It’s a hoax! Confirmed: HOPA Dry Erase Girl Is A Hoax, Identity Revealed – http://techcrunch.com/2010/08/11/elyse-porterfield/
Geek This Week:
Writing schedule FTW!!
Makin’ movies! BTTF spoof. Used Final Cut and Visionlab studios. Got a 9 minute 720p video on a dvd. Doesn’t look as good as HD camcorder via HDMI straight out the receiver but still looks great. Can’t wait to start working on my kung fu movie my friends and i filmed in Maine!
4 Square! Yes, it’s cool.
Geeking out to this net neutrality business. And I don’t like it.
The Geek’s Choice: Gotta pimp my site again like i did on tech tubs! http://www.freesound.org/ for all your free audio sfx needs!
The Geek’s View: Pulse RSS Reader
There are a thousand-and-one ways to read RSS feeds on the go and the iPhone’s app store is no different. From Google Reader to NetNewsWire, there are tons of ways to consume the feeds you want. One app that’s looked to change the game is Pulse. Designed for the iPad, the reader was designed to be graphical and easier to use than traditional text-based interfaces. The demand was so high that an iPhone version was created.
Pulse has a fantastic grid-interface that shows the top three stories from your top three feeds when the app launches. Scrolling down reveals more rows of feeds. To see more of a feed, you just swipe the column left and it scrolls more picture boxes down the line. Tapping on a graphic slides the story up and brings up the text of the article.
The UI of Pulse is very sharp and it’s unlike any RSS reader I’ve ever used. While the first version I tried out was slow on refreshing and locked up at times on my iPhone 3G S, a subsequent update fixed those bugs. Pulse also includes the ability to post a story to Twitter & Facebook or e-mail it out.
If you’re looking for a new way to read your news, check out Pulse. It’s simple to use and highly customizable in its feeds and organization. It’s available for iPad ($1.99), iPhone and Android (both $0.99). You can learn more at http://www.alphonsolabs.com
Feedback & Items of Note:
Congrats to Brad who won a copy of Jedi Junkies!!
Saw the trailer for Jedi Junkies… and excited to know that I know a lot of folk on it LOL
I joined NY jedi a while back, work has since gotten in the way of me doing anything with them, great group of guys after practice they tend to go out for beers (some of them) or dancing (some of them) I miss them, and keep up with what they are doing when ever I can, With the job I have it’s important to keep a hobby I think, and I have an abundance, from toying with Linux, to Music it’s a lot…
ok enough droning on from me hope you guys had fun at the pumpkins show
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