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Google I/O 2011 keynotes available on YouTube

Written on May 14, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Google I/O 2011 event which takes place on San Francisco last week May 10-11, has been attended by thousands of people and watch via live streaming by the whole world.

Major Google product / software announcements:

  • Google announces Android 3.1
  • Google TV getting Android 3.1 and Market this summer
  • Google Ice Cream Sandwich coming in Q4 2011 to smartphones and tablets alike
  • Android Market launches movie rentals, thousands of titles available to your PC, phone or tablet
  • Google Music Beta to stream 20,000 songs for free
  • Google partners with OEMs and carriers to guarantee timely Android updates
  • Google announces Android Open Accessory standard, Arduino-based ADK
  • Google announces Android@Home framework for home automation
  • Google clarifies 18 month Android upgrade program, details far from solidified
  • Google adding Netflix, Hulu support, offline Gmail, Calendar and Docs to Chrome OS this summer, prices hardware at $20 per month
  • Google unveils Acer Chromebook: $349, 11.6-inches with 6.5-hour battery
  • Official: Samsung reveals Chrome OS laptop — the Series 5
  • Google teases Samsung-built Chromebox, desktop version of Chrome OS

If you miss the change to watch the event you can now watch the whole event via Youtube, Watch the video after the break.

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Amazon Cloud Player for Web and Android Now Available in US Territories

Written on March 29, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Amazon reaches cloud-nine with Amazon Cloud Player and Amazon Cloud Drive.

Amazon has beaten Google and Apple to the clouds, as the online retail giant launches the Amazon Cloud Player for web and Android devices, along with the Amazon Cloud Drive.

Gone will be the days where music listeners download their music to different computers or phones, as the Amazon Cloud Player plays your kind of tunes anytime, anywhere. Just upload your music (either in AAC or MP3 format) to the your free 5GB Cloud Drive Storage, and you’re all set to play your music with the Cloud Player.

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Film Director Believes Warcraft Movie Could Be First Great Video Game Movie

Written on January 03, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Director of "Moon" and upcoming "Source Code", Duncan Jones, sat down and expressed his thoughts about video games to movies adaptations. Though disappointed with the adaptations made over the past 20 years, he believes that we can still find a spark of light on the upcoming Warcraft movie. And he extremely envies Sam Raimi.

Duncan Jones, director of Moon and the upcoming Source Code is really cynical when it comes to directors claiming that they’re actual gamers, since film making practically takes up a chunk of a person’s life. Not Duncan Jones, though. Despite the life of a director, he still finds the time to play games during late nights.

When asked if he’s skeptical about the future of video game to movie adaptations, he vividly points out the aspects alot of directors missed in the past years:

“I definitely think there is an intangible aspect of video games in the interactivity that a film is never going to capture. But that is not what a game adaptation needs to be. A good game adaptation is where you find the story or the emotional aspect that’s at the heart of a computer game and you replicate that on film. It doesn’t mean you need to have first person perspective or try and capture the mechanics of a game. If you’re going to make a film of a game it’s got to be about the essence of why you, the audience, care what’s going on. There are certain games where that will work, and there are certain games where it doesn’t.”

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