Thursday, January 31, 2008
As the first worldwide video portal, Tripr.TV (www.tripr.tv) is launching a service in which travelers can easily publish video reviews of hotels. Filmmakers receive a commission when the video results in a booking of the filmed hotel.
Now everyone can easily publish and share videos via Tripr.TV. As soon as other travelers place a booking after watching a video review, the publisher of the film will receive one third of the commission fee. The customary commission rate in the hotel industry varies between 5 and 15 percent per reservation.
The videos are published on the Tripr.TV website as well as on other websites, which will increase the exposure and the income of the published film. Tripr.TV creates a unique virtual marketplace for video content in the travel industry.
Jan Kooman, founder of Tripr.TV: "We are basically a kind of YouTube for the travel industry. Everyone can publish their own videos. Hotels are marked with a flag on Google Maps so you can easily spot in which area a hotel is situated. Because videos are created by the travelers themselves, you will get a good impression of the hotel before making a booking. Moving images are much more realistic than the often outdated pictures of hotels."
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
TripAdvisor Proposes Top Ten Places to Pop the Question
TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel community, today announced the top 10 places in America to propose, according to TripAdvisor travelers and editors.
1. Central Park, New York, New York
2. Grand Canyon, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
3. Kapalua Bay Beach, Maui, Hawaii
4. Napa Valley, Napa, California
5. Niagara Falls, Niagara Falls, New York
6. Christmas Point, Twin Peaks, San Francisco
7. Bellagio Fountains, Las Vegas, Nevada
8. Empire State Building, New York, New York
9. Red Rocks, Sedona, Arizona
10. Mount Aspen, Aspen, Colorado
Planning on traveling to Phoenix this year to watch the Giants and Patriots battle it
out in the Super Bowl? Live in the Phoenix area and want to gather with others to enjoy the big game? DexKnows.com(TM), Dex's comprehensive, feature-rich local search site, is there to help you plan your Super Bowl experience.
With DexKnows.com's Ratings and Reviews, people can read user feedback to discover the best places in Phoenix to help them prepare for and enjoy the game -- whether they're looking for restaurants, bars, sporting goods shops, hotels and more. DexKnows.com Ratings and Reviews include user-generated reviews that help consumers determine whether or not a business scores a touchdown with others. Accompanying one to five star ratings also help people decide whether that local watering hole or pizza parlor is the place to turn to for the game. Users who wish to post ratings and reviews simply create a profile on DexKnows.com and post their comments. Currently there are more than 4,000 ratings and reviews of businesses in Phoenix and the surrounding areas and more than 57,000 nationally.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
WealthClasses TV Introduces Online Videos to Help People Learn Financial Literacy and Self-Improvement on Demand
WealthClasses TV, an online learning company, has officially launched its video-on-demand subscription service offering unlimited access to a wide selection of self-improvement, personal development and financial education videos and audios.
WealthClasses TV offers people the convenience of watching, listening, and learning at their own pace. The information is made available to members to refer to as needed. This repository of knowledge does not require any shelf space and is available to subscribers 24/7.
The programs have been carefully selected to serve both beginners as well as professionals who may be seeking more advanced content. The subjects range from personal development, success & motivation, entrepreneurship, financial literacy, Internet marketing, leadership, sales, and real estate investing.
WealthClasses TV productions is constantly creating high-quality video and audio programming at its TV studio in San Ramon, California. Subscribers will find the website updated regularly with the latest selections to keep them up to date on things that can make a profound difference in their lives.
Monday, January 28, 2008
Broadcom Powers RCA Digital-to-Analog Converter Box in Support of the NTIA's Digital-to-Analog TV Coupon Program
Based on Broadcom Digital TV Technology, the RCA DTA800B is Certified as an NTIA Coupon-Eligible Converter Box that Extends the Lives of Analog-Only TVs in the U.S.
Broadcom Corporation, a leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, today announced that the RCA DTA800B digital-to-analog converter box utilizes a Broadcom(R) digital television (DTV) system-on-a-chip (SoC) solution designed specifically to facilitate the transition from analog-to-digital broadcasting. As part of the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration's (NTIA's) digital-to-analog converthttp://www.blogger.com/img/gl.link.gifer box program, the RCA DTA800B, powered by Broadcom DTV technology, has recently been certified as a "coupon-eligible converter box."
Under the direction of the NTIA, this government program will provide up to two $40 coupons per household towards the purchase of digital-to-analog converter boxes. As a result of this program, consumers with analog TVs that receive their broadcast signals using an antenna can use these converter boxes to receive new interference-free digital TV broadcasts. On February 17, 2009, full-power analog TV broadcasting will
terminate in the U.S. Consumers may call 1-888-CALL-FCC (1-888-225-5322) for more information or apply on-line at www.dtv2009.gov/ApplyCoupon.aspx to receive these coupons.
Monday, January 21, 2008
Time Warner Cable Inc said on Wednesday it is planning a trial to bill high-speed Internet subscribers based on their amount of usage rather than a flat fee, the standard industry practice.
The second largest U.S. cable operator said it will test consumption-based billing with subscribers in Beaumont, Texas later this year as a part of a strategy to help reduce congestion of its network by a minority of consumers who pay the same monthly fee as light users.
The company believes the billing system will impact only heavy users, who account for around 5 percent of all customers but typically use more than half of the total network bandwidth, according to a company spokesman.
Slowing network congestion due to downloading of large media files such as video is a growing problem for Time Warner Cable. The company said the problem will worsen as video downloading becomes more popular.
Friday, January 18, 2008
Real estate website Fizber.com now offers a full line of real estate services covering the complete 'homeownership life cycle,' from buying and selling to packing and moving
Moving to a new home is exciting, but let's face it, it can also get very stressful. How to find a moving company? How much will it cost? Now, thanks to a new partnership
between Movers.com and leading real estate company Fizber.com, those questions can be answered quickly -- and accurately.
Fizber partnership with Movers.com allows sellers and buyers to easily get connected to and obtain free no obligation moving quotes from local movers, long distance movers, international movers, auto transport, self storage and specialty movers.
"We felt this was a valuable service to offer our clients, so we worked with Movers.com to make it happen," explained Julia Foster, Fizber.com PR manager.
Relocation is a fact of American life. More and more families are relocating per year. Home sellers and buyers can now manage moving and relocation process and get moving rates quotes with a click of a mouse.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
V CAST Mobile TV Plays for the First Time on Wireless Phones in Suffolk County and Staten Island; Service Enhanced in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx and Northern New Jersey
Now more Verizon Wireless customers can access broadcast-quality television on select mobile TV-enabled handsets right in their neighborhoods. In a continuing effort to provide its customers with a wide range of multimedia and entertainment options, Verizon Wireless today announced the expansion of V CAST Mobile TV service to include:
-- The greater part of Suffolk County including Lindenhurst, West Islip,
Holbrook, Centereach and from Coram east to Riverhead
-- All of Staten Island
-- Enhanced service in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx
-- Portions of Essex, Union, Passaic and Morris Counties in New Jersey
V CAST Mobile TV was first introduced in Manhattan and limited portions of the surrounding boroughs and New Jersey in May 2007. Additional transmitters, added in September, expanded the service to include Nassau County, greater areas of Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx, as well as Bergen and Hudson counties in New Jersey.
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, including weather reports, when they're taking the bus or train to and from work, waiting at the airport, or killing time while waiting for the kids at school or in doctors' offices.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
by Ken Schachter
In a deal with 49 states aimed at thwarting sexual predators, MySpace said Monday it will tighten its security and privacy standards and step up enforcement of its age minimum of 14.
The deal, announced at a news conference in New York City, calls for MySpace to make profiles of teens aged 14-17 private by default and work to set up an e-mail registry that will let parents block their children from gaining access to MySpace or another social-networking site.
Jeremiah Owyang, an analyst at Forrester Research, said that the move by MySpace, with 110 million users, likely will force competitors to fall into line.
"You can expect others in that market ... to be likely to be very interested and adopt this same type of outreach," he said.
The voluntary agreement with MySpace, a unit of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., is expected to heighten pressure on Facebook and other social-networking sites to adopt more stringent controls as well.
Hemanshu Nigam, chief security officer for MySpace, the No. 1 social networking site, and Fox Interactive Media, called on its competitors to sign on to the agreement.
"It's time to tell the industry: Step up," he said.
The agreement is the product of negotiations that extended for nearly two years, said Tom Corbett, attorney general of Pennsylvania, who noted that eight of the 27 people charged by the state's child predator unit in 2006 were MySpace users.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Taser device has 1GB of music storage and a 50,000 volt bite
Taser International has launched an electronic stun gun with a built-in media player at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The Taser MPH (Music Player Holster) is aimed at joggers and outdoor enthusiasts as a way of combining music and protection. The device is available in a variety of colors, including pink and leopard print.
"Personal protection can be both fashionable and functional," said Rick Smith, founder of Taser International. "The Taser leopard print design provides a personal protection option for women who want fashion with a bite." Tasers fire two darts carrying 50,000 volts into the target and usually knock a human unconscious.
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
2007 Online Holiday Shopping Season Surpasses $29 Billion in Sales, Up 19 Percent Versus Year Ago. (PRNewsFoto/comScore, Inc.)
Monday, December 10 was Heaviest Online Spending Day of the Season with $881 Million
Week Ending December 16 was Heaviest Week of the Season with $4.7 Billion in Spending
comScore, Inc. (Nasdaq: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released its final update of holiday season e-commerce spending for the 2007 holiday season
(November 1 - December 31). $29.2 billion was spent online during the holiday season, marking a 19-percent gain versus the same period last year.
Monday, January 7, 2008
Breakthrough TiVo Innovation Allows Customers to Easily Download Internet Video Automatically to Their Television Sets
TiVo Applies Highly Valued Season Pass Functionality to Web Video Further Demonstrates TiVo's Commitment to Providing a One-Box, One-Stop Destination for all Entertainment and Content Needs
TiVo (Nasdaq: TIVO), the creator of and the leading innovator in television services for digital video recorders (DVRs) today announced TiVo subscribers will soon be able
to easily watch an enormous variety of video content from the web directly on their television sets by applying TiVo's popular Season Pass functionality to web video. With the proliferation of content available online today, consumers have access to thousands of hours of content from well-known networks to special interest videos, but need an easy way to search, discover, and enjoy this entertainment on the TV set.
TiVo users can subscribe to and watch a broad range of content available on Real Simple Syndication ("RSS") feeds, including everything from network nightly newscasts, to vignettes and original content from major networks such as Comedy Central or Discovery, as well as niche interest and hobbyist videos covering areas far more specialized than cable and satellite channels, not to mention new, independently produced media content such as DiggNation and Ask A Ninja. Through this new approach, TiVo elevates web video, making it easily available as part of the personalized and customized TV viewing experience that TiVo provides.
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
The web 2.0 LIVE broadcasting website is giving 12 iPod touches to the most popular broadcasters for the next three months
To kick off 2008 with a bang, blogTV.com (http://www.blogtv.com) has just announced its latest marketing extravaganza: a contest with prizes ranging from the new iPod touch to an incredible TRIP AROUND THE WORLD! All the broadcasters have to do is get as many people into their show as they can. Those broadcasters who have http://www.blogger.com/img/gl.link.gifthe highest amount of concurrent registered viewers in their show (in any given week of the 3 month contest) will win an iPod touch! The overall winner after 3 months will be on their way around the world!
The contest leaders will be featured on the blogTV.com homepage and on the special contest page -- http://www.blogtv.com/Contests/FriendFest