Monday, December 31, 2007
Leading US colleges are among 100 educational establishments worldwide which are spearheading a new initiative to promote online courses, confirming the growth of education online.
Among the US faculties in the consortium are John Hopkins, Tufts, Notre Dame and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), which has made all of its courses available for free and is getting over one million hits per month on its OpenCourseWare website, allheadlinenews.com reports. Those undertaking the MIT programmes do not, however, get a degree for completing the course, but for an average outlay of $20,000, the classes are considerably cheaper than taking the same programme on campus.
News of the consortium comes after Yale announced it is to allow content from seven of its most popular courses available online. Data from the Sloan Consortium indicates that around 3.5 million US students are currently taking an online course - equivalent to 20 percent of the total college population.
Friday, December 28, 2007
MP3tunes Announces Custom Technology for Wii, Plus More Music for New Year's
The thousands and thousands of people who were lucky enough to unwrap a new Nintendo Wii this holiday season can now play all their digital music through the gaming device with new technology from MP3tunes -- http://www.mp3tunes.com. Developed by Rodney Powers for MP3tunes, owners of the Wii can now use the device's controller to wirelessly stream their personal music collections from their own Music Lockers. Music stored in MP3tunes Music Lockers can also be played on the Sony PlayStation 3, Windows Mobile devices, a variety of Internet radios and more, thanks to the MP3tunes open API (Application Programming Interface).
"The Wii is the latest popular gaming device that, with MP3tunes' technology, actually becomes a home stereo system," commented Michael Robertson, CEO of MP3tunes. "Consumers shouldn't be limited in where or how they enjoy their personal music collections, and we will continue to announce new ways MP3tunes is fulfilling its vision of giving people access to all of their music, anywhere they go." For more details and set-up instructions for the Wii, PS3 and other devices, visit www.mp3tunes.com/wii. To sign-up for a free MP3tunes Music Locker visit www.mp3tunes.com/signup.
Thursday, December 27, 2007
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Thursday, December 20, 2007
MP3tunes Announces New Technology, Plus Free Holiday Music
This holiday's hottest gift, the Sony PlayStation3, has become even hotter with new technology from MP3tunes www.mp3tunes.com -- that turns the gaming device into a home stereo system. Developed by Ade Rutter for MP3tunes, owners of the PS3 can now wirelessly stream their personal music collections from their own MP3tunes Music Locker using the console's controller. Music stored in MP3tunes Mushttp://www.blogger.com/img/gl.link.gific Lockers can also be played on Windows Mobile devices, the Logitech Squeezebox, Chumby and more, thanks to MP3tunes' open API (Application Programming Interface).
"My vision for MP3tunes is that a person's digital music collection will play not just through any web browser but through all their devices," commented Michael Robertson, CEO of MP3tunes. "To help reach our goal, we sponsored a $10,000 contest, challenging the best developers to help us get people's music to every device and service. Full streaming of the Music Locker through the Sony PlayStation3 is just the first of many exciting announcements MP3tunes will be making about how we will deliver our users' music to every popular device they own." For more details and set-up instructions for the PS3 and other devices, visit www.mp3tunes.com/contest. To sign-up for a free MP3tunes Music Locker visit http://www.mp3tunes.com/signup.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Wait times at the airport, doctors' offices and restaurants just got a little bit more interesting for Verizon Wireless customers in Berks County. Verizon Wireless has expanded its V CAST Mobile TV service to the area, giving local residents the ability to watch broadcast-quality television on select mobile TV-enabled handsets. The service has been available in Philadelphia since April.
V CAST Mobile TV features live content and other programming 24 hours a day from well-known entertainment brands including CBS Mobile, Comedy Central, ESPN Mobile TV, Fox Mobile, MTV, NBC 2GO, NBC News2GO, and Nickelodeon. Customers can watch their favorite network TV shows, sports and breaking news when they're taking a break from Christmas shopping, waiting at the airport, killing time between classes, or otherwise looking for time to fill.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
ESPN Mobile TV, CBS Mobile and FOX Mobile to Bring Full-length College Bowl Games to V CAST Mobile TV Phones with MediaFLO USA and Verizon Wireless
On-the-go Fans Can Catch Dozens of Live Bowl Game Match-ups
This holiday season, NCAA football fans will be able to watch live, full-length college bowl games from a variety of broadcast and cable networks on their mobile phones.
Verizon Wireless, the nation's leading wireless provider, and MediaFLO USA, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq:QCOM), have teamed up to bring fans full-length coverage of 24 bowl games, kicking off with ESPN Mobile TV's telecast of the Poinsettia Bowl on December 20 and wrapping up with ESPN's GMAC Bowl on January 6. Coverage of the 2008 bowl games will be provided by ESPN Mobile TV, CBS Mobile and FOX Mobile through V CAST Mobile TV from Verizon Wireless, a service of
V CAST Mobile TV subscribers will have convenient access to some of the season's biggest college football moments right on their phones -- a significant benefit for sports fans traveling during the holidays. ESPN Mobile TV, ESPN's first 24/7 channel for the mobile platform, will provide several highly anticipated, must-see games, including the Alamo Bowl on December 29, which will pit two schools steeped in college football tradition against one another with Penn State taking on Texas A&M, and Alabama head coach Nick Saban will cap off his first year back on the
college sidelines as his Alabama Crimson Tide faces off against the Colorado Buffaloes in the PetroSun Independence Bowl on December 30. Additionally, the Virginia Cavaliers will look to put the clamps on the high-scoring Texas Tech Red Raiders in the Gator Bowl on January 1 on CBS Mobile, and FOX Mobile will broadcast the Cotton Bowl on January 1, pitting Arkansas against Big XII runner-up, the University of Missouri.
Friday, December 14, 2007
Before filling your sleigh with goodies, use these ID theft prevention tips
With the holiday shopping season in full swing, and with the growing threat of ID theft looming, consumers may not know their identities could also be for sale.
The intersection of commerce and cyber-crime could be a bumpy road for shoppers over the next month, so don't let the ID theft grinches steal your holiday cheer this year.
"Wherever there's information about a person, whether it's retained by a retailer, bank, credit bureau or database, there's someone out there who has the ability to steal it," said Dan Clements, spokesman for ID Secure, a sophisticated new tool that uses leading-edge public records, Social Security number and credit card monitoring technology to fight identity theft. "The more difficult you make it for someone to rip you off, the less chance you have of becoming a victim of identity theft. These criminals are not looking for a challenge; they're looking for an opportunity."
ID Secure, a leading-edge public records, Social Security number, credit card and cyber-crime chat room monitoring service, is distributing a useful tip a day from Dec. 7-24 using the "12 Days of Christmas" theme to help protect consumers against the fastest growing crime in America.
With the holiday shopping season in high gear -- retail sales are expected to hit $474.5 billion this year, according to the National Retail Federation, and online shopping soared 37 percent on Cyber-Monday this year -- it is now more important than ever, to take steps to protect your identity.
Before you load up your sleigh with holiday gifts, remember these tips from the experts at ID Secure:
On the sixth day of Christmas my expert reminded me:
1. Shop smart ... When shopping, limit the credit cards you carry and
don't take extras. Leave your Social Security card, birth certificate
and passport at home.
2. Keep receipts ... For post-holiday statements, be sure to examine
every charge on your statement before paying. Your receipts provide a
great cross-reference check and guard against suspicious activity.
3. Protect computer prior to online shopping ... Make sure your security
patch and antivirus software is updated regularly. Consider purchasing
technology that protects against potential viruses that threaten your
identity. Always check for the lock icon on the website's browser
status bar, which signals a secure site that is safe for transactions.
4. Don't write a check ... When considering the gift of money, give cash
or a gift card. If you write a check, make sure that your Social
Security number is NOT on the check.
5. Give the gift of safety ... Buy a cross-cut shredder -- a great line
of defense for would-be ID thieves -- for that special someone on your
list. It is smart to purchase one to protect yourself, too.
6. Strengthen passwords ... Create passwords that will not be easily
cracked by hackers. Use strong passwords with at least eight
characters, including a combination of letters, numbers and symbols
that are easy for you to remember, but difficult for predators to
Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in America, with 27.3 million victims in the past five years, and nearly 20 million in the past two years alone, according to a study from Javelin Strategy & Research. This crime costs more than $56 billion, or $6,383 per victim, annually, and has become so prevalent, that an identity thief strikes on average every 3.5 seconds. In fact, ID theft has now surpassed drug trafficking as the No. 1 crime in America, according to the Justice Department.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
CoolSavings.com Partners with PriceGrabber.com to Provide Consumers with Additional Ways to Save on Shopping Needs
'Tis the season to compare and save. CoolSavings.com the leading online savings destination, announced today that it has partnered with PriceGrabber.com, one of the most trusted and effective online comparison shopping services, to provide CoolSavings.com visitors online retail price comparisons. This service offering is a natural extension for CoolSavings.com -- known as a one-stop shopping destination for savings.
"Our recent holiday spending survey highlighted that consumers turn to online comparison shopping as well as online coupons as a solution to find the best value for their dollar," said Mandy Brown, director, product management at Q Interactive, which owns CoolSavings.com. "CoolSavings.com visitors now have a new option to quickly and easily find the best prices on a comprehensive list of desired products such as electronics, clothing, diapers and toys."
Consumers can try out the new service by clicking on the "Compare Prices" tab at the top of CoolSavings.com's home page. Once inside the Compare Price section www.coolsavings.pricegrabber.com, there are multiple ways to comparison shop.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Spike TV and GameTrailers.com to Launch 'GameTrailers TV With Geoff Keighley' - The Ultimate Hi-Definition Show for Gamers - On-Air and Online
Spike TV and GameTrailers.com (GT), both divisions of Viacom Inc.'s (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B) MTVN Entertainment Group, announced today an unprecedented multi-platform integration with the launch of "GameTrailers TV with Geoff Keighley." This weekly, entertaining and informative magazine-style show for gamers will be available in high- definition on-air and online beginning Friday, January 25, 2008. Produced and created by GameTrailers.com, "GameTrailers TV" marks the first time an MTVN Entertainment Group digital property has fully executed a half-hour show for linear television. Taking Spike TV's "Game Head" to the next level, "GameTrailers TV" will provide viewers with expanded editorial content and an all-new level of interaction online at GameTrailers.com.
"GameTrailers TV" is hosted and executive produced by industry veteran and "Game Head" host Geoff Keighley. Every week, Keighley and co-hosts Amanda MacKay and Daniel Kayser will bring fans the latest scoop on the gaming industry's hottest titles, coolest events and biggest stars, offering the access and insight millions of viewers have come to expect from GameTrailers.com. Featuring a rotation of over 20 timely and relevant segments, "Game Trailers TV" will provide exclusive content catering to
gamers with varying interest levels from the casual gamer to hardcore enthusiasts. Viewers can go online to GameTrailers for more in-depth looks
at topics covered in the show.
Friday, December 7, 2007
During the coming months a range of American airlines will test the use of in-flight internet, it has been reported.
Among the airlines involved are JetBlue, American Airlines, Virgin America and Alaska Airlines. Free email and instant messaging services are to be offered by JetBlue on a trial basis on one of its planes starting Tuesday of next week.
Henry Harteveldt, an analyst with Forrester Research, told the NY Times: "I think 2008 is the year when we will finally start to see in-flight internet access become available, but I suspect the rollout domestically will take place in a very measured way. "In a few years time, if you get on a flight that doesn't have internet access, it will be like walking into a hotel room that doesn't have TV."
Virgin America, American Airlines and Alaska Airlines are set to offer an in-flight internet service which will cost $10 per flight.
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Two-Day Event and Webcast Features Performances by Some of the Biggest
Alternative Rock Bands of the Year
Christmas is just a fewshort weeks away, but fans of rock music are about to get an early gift that will have them rockin' around the computer screen!
AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) announced today that the AT&T blue room (www.attblueroom.com) will give fans around the country exclusive access to the annual KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas event. Based in Los Angeles, the world-famous KROQ is the most listened to and, arguably, the most influential rock station in the country. For more than 15 years, the station has been attracting established and up-and-coming alternative rock bands and singers to perform for fans at its yearly Almost Acoustic Christmas event.
Concert footage and backstage interviews from KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas will be streamed live via AT&T blue room music (www.attblueroom.com/music) on both Saturday, Dec. 8, and Sunday, Dec. 9. The artist lineup includes such bands as:
-- Angels & Airwaves -- Paramore
-- Avenged Sevenfold -- Rise Against
-- Bad Religion -- Serj Tankian
-- Feist -- The Shins
-- Jimmy Eat World -- Spoon
In addition to the live streaming content, select performances also will be archived on blue room enabling fans to relive their favorite performances all holiday season.
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
After soccer superstar and ex-England captain David Beckham visited New Zealand, a range of bizarre souvenirs has come up for bid on the internet.
A half-eaten corn cob is one of the items up for grabs, salvaged from a Nando's restaurant where the LA Galaxy player had dinner. The auction site is also offering a near-empty bottle of Coca-Cola reputedly drunk by the popular athlete. Beckham fans could also bid on a plate, knife and fork used by the player and a single French fry dropped by Golden Balls himself. So far the French fry has attracted a bid of three dollars.
The LA Galaxy midfielder was in New Zealand to play an exhibition match against a local team, Wellington Phoenix. Since joining his new LA-based team, the ex-Real Madrid and Manchester United player has yet to win any trophies, however he has re-emerged in the England squad. However, his presence was not enough to stop England from humiliatingly failing to qualify for the European Championships in 2008.
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Jennifer Love Hewitt has reacted angrily to internet taunts making fun of a picture of her wearing a bikini at the beach.
The curvy actress was caught showing cellulite while frolicking on the beach in Hawaii with her boyfriend Ross McCall. The pictures have been widely shown on the internet and ridiculed. But Hewitt, 28, has said that she is proud of her body and that the cruel jibes contribute to man young girls having bad body images.
She wrote on her website: "To set the record straight, I'm not upset for me, but for all the girls out there that are struggling with their body image. "A size 2 is not fat! Nor will it ever be. And being a size 0 doesn't make you beautiful."
Hewitt went on to urge "all girls with butts, boobs, hips and a waist", to put on bikinis and not be shy.
Broadband National’s new “MDU Module” enables property managers to provide unbiased information and access to Internet, television, digital phone, rental insurance, home security and more
Broadband National, Inc., the leading ecommerce platform promoting digital services and products, today announced a new application focused on the 20 percent of U.S. households that move annually. The new “MDU Module” is a turn-key application that allows owners and management companies of multi-dwelling units (MDUs) to offer residents a seamless process to order services that are typically required when moving into a new apartment or condominium. The company’s MDU Module will provide the millions of Americans living in apartments and other multiple dwelling units with access to the largest selection of services backed by an unbiased, unified comparison and ordering experience.
The announcement comes on the heels of a recent Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Report and Order which makes exclusive deals between network operators and the owners of MDUs illegal. The Broadband National offering addresses this new freedom of choice by enabling owners and managers of MDUs to provide their residents with unbiased information and access to a number of digital services including Internet, cable and satellite television, and digital telephone. Owners and managers will also have the flexibility to customize the module to offer additional services, such as renters’ insurance, security systems, appliance and furniture leases, grocery delivery services and more.
“The MDU Module was designed to help property owners and managers not only remain in compliance with the FCC ruling, but also to streamline their own operations while enabling their residents to conveniently choose the best available services in their area,” said Vinny Olmstead, president and CEO of Broadband National. “The offering truly enables MDU managers to become a trusted, one-stop resource for their residents by leveraging Broadband National’s insight and access to thousands of service options.”
Several top real estate management companies have already selected the Broadband National Module to deliver this new level of convenience to residents at properties across the country. The service is scheduled for general availability in Q1 2008. For more information, contact Mark Weibel at (772) 316-1007.
About Broadband National, Inc.
Broadband National is a leading online ecommerce platform that enables consumer and business users to research, compare, and purchase services such as high speed Internet, television, gaming, VoIP, photo sharing, videos, home security, and more on its proprietary IBIS software. Advertisers such as Comcast, AT&T, D-Link, Panasonic, and DIRECTV use the highly configurable and flexible platform to promote services in a convenient, customer-friendly format. The IBIS platform powers more than 1,000 websites and is also leased to many Fortune 500 companies enabling them to monetize online, call center, and in-store traffic. For more information please visit www.broadbandnational.com.
Monday, December 3, 2007
The head of MI5, Britain's domestic security agency, has issued a warning to companies about China's widespread campaign of espionage on the internet.
Jonathan Evans has accused the People's Liberation Army of spying on companies doing business in China and even stealing data from them to benefit Chinese companies. This incident is believed to be the first time that a government has directly accused the Chinese of dubious internet activities. A summary of a letter from Jonathan Evans sent to various companies that do business in China, read: "The contents of the letter highlight the following: the director-general's concerns about the possible damage to ... business resulting from electronic attack sponsored by Chinese state organizations, and the fact that the attacks are designed to defeat best practice IT security systems."
The Chinese government has yet to react to Mr Evans' allegations. British prime minister Gordon Brown is set to visit China in January of next year.
Today MyStore.com confirmed Julian Lennon, son of Beatles icon John Lennon, is among the group of private investors behind yourStore, LLC. The company owns and operates www.mystore.com, an online marketplace.
"In addition to his monetary investment, Julian has contributed some great ideas to the options MyStore.com offers to musicians and artists who want to resell or self distribute their music and art online. As an independent artist himself, Mr. Lennon was an early user of MyStore.com, setting up his own MyStore and linking it to several places he has a presence online including his MySpace page. We are glad to have him involved. He's been a friend for a long time," stated Todd Meagher, the company's CEO.
MyStore.com is owned by yourStore, LLC (http://www.yourstore.com) which is a virtual real estate company and application service provider offering individuals and businesses with FREE online "retail" space and software usage in the form of personalized web stores located within the company's marketplace http://www.MyStore.com and an e-commerce service provider offering seller support and software services; including web hosting, site design, marketing, fulfillment and inventory and customer management tools. MyStore is not an alternative but rather an additional sales channel that can be either a stand-alone store or integrated as part of other websites like eBay, Craigslist, MySpace, Facebook, Friendster, Amazon or Yahoo. Users simply build a store and start selling. MyStore provides the marketplace
and tools to promote, sell or trade your items and services.