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YouTube can do live shows streaming now

November 27th, 2008
YouTube Live

YouTube Live

YouTube has been the most popular user generated video site around and even the kids now are using less of Google but searching information with YouTube!

YouTube has recently launched YouTube live channel on 22nd Nov 2008 at http://www.youtube.com/live with a big live concert event, streaming on internet.

Celebrities, Web celebs and major artists, including the mad scientists from the Mythbusters crew, will.i.am, Lisa Nova, Michael Buckley, and Joe Satriani joined the celebrations, and YouTube offered three live streams direct from its Live channel.

Their live video now available at the Live channel could probably be the longest video on YouTube with the duration of 2:06:49!

It has been a long awaited move by many especially YouTube team to be able to run live video streaming.

“Live video is just something that we’ve always wanted to do, we’ve never had the resources to do it correctly, but now with Google, we hope to launch something this year,” answered Chen.

Steve Chen is the co-founder of YouTube.

Now that they have the resources to do it, the million dollar question now is, where or how are they going to monetize the YouTube Live project? They are still trying to figure out slowly how to monetize their user generated video in general at the moment. 🙂

Does this mean the trend is staying at home and watch live concert on computers in the future?

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Google Chrome, new browser on the internet

November 26th, 2008

If you have yet to try out the new browser around, brought to you by Google, it’s still not too late.

Try it out. I’m quite impressed 🙂 Download it here: Google Chrome

Or if you’d like to preview it first, you can learn more from Google Chrome’s website from the ‘Learn about Google Chrome‘ link.

I especially think that their Dynamic Tab feature is cool:

Just drag a tab out from the window and voila, it becomes another window itself. Cool right.

Yeah, but I don’t do that always, I wonder what’s the use of having another window when you can just use as a tab. 😛

Each of the tab is a process in itself, hence it actually takes processing power and memory for each tab as opposed to the IE or Firefox browser.

The advantage of it, is of course the ‘Crash Control’ featured that is mentioned in the official website, whereby when a single tab crashes, you will still keep the others running!

Under the hood, we were able to build the foundation of a browser that runs today’s complex web applications much better . By keeping each tab in an isolated “sandbox”, we were able to prevent one tab from crashing another and provide improved protection from rogue sites. We improved speed and responsiveness across the board. We also built V8, a more powerful JavaScript engine, to power the next generation of web applications that aren’t even possible in today’s browsers.

As more and more web applications are built with AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML), a browser built with Javascript in mind will definately help a lot.

A bit about the team who built Google Chrome.

BusinessWeek: That’s where the Danish farmhouse comes in. Its occupant, Lars Bak, is one of the world’s foremost experts in JavaScript engines — programs that run Java code on a variety of local computers. A slim, 45-year-old Danish computer scientist with close-cropped hair, Bak has spent the last two decades working on so-called “virtual machines” that, like the JavaScript engine in Chrome, execute one program inside another. He holds 18 U.S. patents in the field and spent seven years at Sun, where he developed a high-performance virtual machine that is still used by Sun, Apple, and Hewlett-Packard.

Lars Bak who used to work with Sun U.S. it said, went back to Denmark so that his daughters could be educated in his native country. Realising his talents, Google gave him a call to work on Chrome.

Bak set up shop in an old stable on the property and began hiring local talent. When the team grew larger that the old stable cannot accomodate, they moved to Aarhus University.

The office at Aarhus University doesn’t offer any of the perks that Google is famous for, such as free haircuts and gourmet meals. But living in the Danish countryside and commuting on his bike to a job with one of Silicon Valley’s most successful companies is all the reward he needs, Bak says. 

Quite a nice story there, and Google sure knows where to find great talents to produce the most useful tools for everyone.

Will Google find me? Hehe…..

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Google to shutdown Lively, virtual chatroom

November 26th, 2008

I bet some of you guys never knew that Google had launched its very own virtual chatroom – Google Lively.

It was purportedly launched with much fanfare in July 2008 this year, as a competitor to Second Life.

Unfortunately, Lively has proved to be deadly…. Google has just announced that it will shutdown Google Lively.

Lively no more

After careful consideration, we have decided to shut down Lively.

Since Lively’s launch, we have been delighted to see the creative ways you’ve used the product. We enjoyed hanging out in Jen’s coffee house, and checking out the Brasil Party room. We got a kick out of the YouTube videos in a variety of languages telling stories about your avatars. And we’ve been awed by the elaborate rooms that you’ve constructed, using mosaic tiles and photo gadgets in novel ways.

We will shut down Lively on December 31, 2008. Embedded rooms in blogs and other web pages will continue to show an image, but users will no longer be able to enter Lively rooms and interact.

Between now and the end of the year we encourage you to capture all your hard work by taking videos and screenshots of your rooms. Thank you for sharing this experience with us. We’ve learned a lot about how users interact in rich social environments, and we hope you’ve enjoyed your time with Lively.

Well, before it really shutdown the site, I had better give it a try myself first. It was quite fun, something like Microsoft Comic Chat in the early days of my internet access. Lively had 3d avatar and the whole room or environment can be zoomed-in or zoomed-out. You can have a lot of actions on your avatar like sitting on a sofa, cheers, kick, punch, kiss, hug, dance and many more.

Check out some of the screenshots of my “short encounter” with Google Lively below.

I’m not really a fan in Virtual Chatroom, only during my early days of Internet accessibility when I’ve tried it. It really isn’t that fun to me. How about you? What is so different with Virtual 3d chatroom as compared to using instant messengers?

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