Posts Tagged ‘Yahoo!’

Vizio To Release Connected HDTV With Yahoo TV Widgets And On Demand Services

July 3rd, 2009

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No doubt about it. Yahoo TV Widgets will be THE novelty in this fall HDTV offerings. The latest to join the party is Vizio that will offer a step up over the other HDTV’s with Yahoo TV Widgets as it will also offer On Demand Services like Pandora, Raphsody, Vudu, Netflix and Blockbuster OnDemand.

Yahoo TV Widgets being based off The Yahoo Widget Engine means you being able to get  Flickr, Twitter, Pandora, Last.FM, Facebook, MySpace, etc. All in Widget form.

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The Other interesting bit is that it comes with a Remote Control/ Slide QWERTY Keyboard as the input/pointing device to enjoy the Vizio HDTV.

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Quite a incredible offering  since it is like it having a service like Microsoft Mediaroom built into the TV by default without the need of a Top Box or it being a Media Center Extender. the only question now is if it will truly deliver. My concern is that it needs to be thoroughly tested in order for it to deliver a smooth and quick experience. The last thing you want is having a HDTV with slow loading Widgets ruining the experience.

Vizio releasing Twitter-, Flickr-, Netflix-enabled TV via CrunchGear

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Yahoo Toolbar 8.0 and 2.0 Beta: Catching Up With The Times

June 22nd, 2009

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Yahoo Toolbar 8.0 (IE) and 2.0 Beta (FireFox)  is out and its new. but if you suddenly feel invaded by a Deja Vu looking at this picture:

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It is ok to be. you are not losing your mind. Yahoo Toolbar 8 is indeed familiar. The reason it is so familiar is because it shamelessly copies from IE8 WebSlices, Google Toolbar 8 and MSN Silverlight Toolbar. so there is not much to say about it for you if you are already a IE8 user. but i do give it to them: it looks great. so if you are a Yahoo Fan, you like Yahoo Widgets, this is a must. otherwise don’t bother  with it if you already have IE8 since you can get Yahoo Webslices and Accelerators and replace most of the Toolbar features. but if you are a Firefox user and you like Yahoo it  is worth checking it out. the same if you are in a machine with IE7 and you are not allowed to upgrade it but you are able to install stuff to it.

Yahoo Toolbar 8.0 and 2.0 Beta

via Techcrunch

Yahoo TV Widgets Hands On

June 22nd, 2009

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I bet you had forgotten about them. i almost did since i remember having posted on it way back in august of 2008. even with all the time that has passed. it looks like they are not here just yet but they are a lot closer.  they should debut this fall. only one year and half later than they first got attention.

Quite a Fumble considering that Sony Already shipped something and that it is very likely that Samsung will ship its own version of it for the Korean market as well as LG. even if both and  also Sony end up using Yahoo TV Widgets elsewhere.

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But now can look and read a detailed experience on where the Yahoo TV Widgets experience is right now. as David Katzmaier from CNET got a Video Hands On and a extensive review of them.

A great article and i would say a must read since TV Widgets is a experience for the future if Yahoo and Intel have their way now that the change for Digital is already done and Broadband is finally almost everywhere. so better to be prepared now.

Yahoo TV Widgets hands-on review 

iLike playlist via Friend Connect

January 15th, 2009
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Google Friend Connect is Google’s beginnings of a social infrastructure. Instead of a central location like Myspace or Facebook, Friend connect is spread to the far reaches of the net. In December, it opened to all Websites. That means that anyone with a Google, Yahoo, AIM, or OpenID username and password can sign in on any blog or site hosting a Friend Connect widget.

Friend Connect is also open to developers with the desire to design and build apps that integrate with Friend Connect.

Today, iLike (social music discovery service) announced a “social playlist” gadget utilizing the power of Google Friend Connect.

As the leader in social music discovery, we have used Google’s Friend Connect service to build a “social playlist” gadget, which launched today. This new feature empowers any Web site owner to add a playlist to his/her site. The social hook is that visitors to a participating Web site can “log in” (via Friend Connect) to edit these dynamic playlists by adding or deleting songs.

read entire iLike announcement.

Music has been a central theme in the social sphere since day one. People tend to adopt music related services rather quickly and I don’t think this will be any different. I do hope that the “Audio Police” leave this one alone…but if the recent news about “muting” copyrighted content on YouTube is any indication of future action, can we expect similar issues when the iLike gadget appears on 1 million blogs?

update: Upon further inspection I have noticed that the music is streamed through Rhapsody and they impose a “25 play” limit on non subscribers. (not sure if this is per song or plays per widget) This cripples the reach of this widget dramatically!

Look at the sidebar bottom for the iLike “Social Playlist” gadget widget

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