Netflix, the leading Internet movie subscription service, today announced it will expand into Canada this fall offering unlimited movies and TV episodes streamed instantly to TVs and computers for one low monthly fee. The Canadian launch will mark the first availability of Netflix outside the United States.
Canadian Netflix members will be able to instantly watch a broad array of movies and TV episodes right on their TVs via a range of consumer electronics devices capable of streaming from Netflix, as well as watching on PCs and Macs.
In addition to representing its inaugural international market, Canada will also mark the first streaming-only service promoted by Netflix.
At the time of launch, the Netflix Canadian service will be available in English only, but the company said it expects to add French language capability over time.
Canadians interested in Netflix can go to www.netflix.ca and sign up to receive an email from the company when the service launches in Canada this fall.
Gaming has come a long way in the past couple of decades. Heck, we’ve even got games you can play without controllers. Nevertheless, we’ll never forget the timeless weapons we used in the old first person shooter games of the 1990′s, so here’s a graphic that pays tribute to those games and their weapons.
Google has just acquired what looks to be a revolutionary content aggregator for web developers. Metaweb defines it’s service as a hub for web developers and bloggers to “plug in” to great content.
Metaweb has built a smarter, more connected internet by classifying all persons, places and things under a unique ID they call an entity.
This video introduction does a good job explaining the concept and how Metaweb could bring great content to site owners.
I learned of all this at the Official Google blog today and am a little troubled by the tone of the announcement. I have lots of questions.
Will this optimistic outlook of Metaweb as a service to web developers change as they merge into Google?
Will these cool widgets ever see the light of your monitor?
Google has been increasingly adding content alongside search results in recent years. They have already taken over the traffic and attention of numerous industries and niches such as travel arrangements, business listings, definitions, product comparison and even the news.
Now Google hopes to enable a smarter search where people can go beyond text.
Looking for a college? You may search like this in the near future…
[colleges on the west coast with tuition under $30,000]
What’s going on in San Jose tonight?
[events in San Jose]
There is far reaching opportunity for Google to use Metaweb to provide great answers without a user ever leaving their domain. This is what worries me. How much content will they take for themselves and will websites suffer for it with dwindling traffic numbers?
Metaweb’s data is hosted on a separately branded community site called Freebase. I tried to sign up, but registrations are currently closed.
Google does mention that Freebase (all that data from Metaweb) will remain open to the public. So, you should definitely check it out and support the cause. There is also a wiki for Freebase developer tools.
A free and open database for the world’s knowledge sounds like a phenomenal resource for business and web development. I can imagine countless new applications connected to this data and the social web.
Update: The following video is an astounding Freebase search project called Parallax. It is a new way to explore data and integrate it simultaneously from multiple Metaweb data sources.
While I’m still playing the conspiracy theorist (it’s all this UFO buzz), I believe Freebase may cut into web traffic of some individuals and businesses. Google started something similar with Knol a few years ago; I’m not sure how well it’s doing now.
Popular destinations like WikiPedia, IMDB and who knows what else may soon have smart competition with a major home-field advantage.
Regardless of how it turns out, I respect Google for bringing innovative web ideas to fruition. I hope they continue to recognize their users are creating great content and personal answers that deserve to be found.
This summer, the Microsoft Kinect for Xbox 360 will be available for demos all over the country before it arrives in stores on November 4, 2010. The 14-week tour will visit 32 North American Cities beginning with a stop in New York City and ending in Las Vegas, NV at the PBR World Finals. Users will get a sneak peek at the Kinect and will get a trial of the games you can control with your voice and the wave of a hand instead of the traditional game console controller.
Only Kinect for Xbox 360 makes it possible to play in a whole new way by identifying your movement and body position to create a truly immersive entertainment experience. See a ball? Just kick it. Begin a movie by simply saying “Xbox, play,” or browse through a music list with the wave of a hand. With the Kinect Experience Mobile Demo Tour, you can hone your skills before anyone else by playing fun new games, such as “Kinect Sports,” “Kinectimals,” “Kinect Joy Ride” and “Kinect Adventures” and MTV Games’ and Harmonix’s “Dance Central.”
This morning, the Solar Impulse solar-powered aircraft touched down at Payerne air base in Switzerland after its first all-night flight which lasted more that 26 hours. The aircraft, which weighs about 3,500 pounds, reached a maximum speed of 68 knots and a maximum altitude of 8,564 meters above sea level.
This was the first ever all-night flight by a solar-powered aircraft. The energy is collected and stored on 12,000 solar panels on the plane’s wings during the day and is used to power four electric motors. So, what’s next for the Solar Impulse? Circumnavigating the globe in 2010? Maybe.
Researchers in Brazil, a global frontier in deepwater oil exploration, have developed a method for cleaning up offshore oil spills that avoids the use of chemical dispersants and hazardous burn-offs.
Scientists say they can use glycerin, a chemical often used in soap and cosmetics, to collect oil in offshore spills and recover it for later use.
That technology may come in handy for Brazil, which is driving forward with its campaign to tap billions of barrels of deepwater crude despite concern over offshore operations sparked by the massive BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
The process converts glycerin into a powder that when thrown on top of an oil spill turns into a plastic-like substance that absorbs oil.
“It’s a natural phenomenon that takes place to absorb the oil, because both substances are equally hydrophobic so they both flee the water at the same time,” said Fernando Gomes de Souza, a chemistry professor at the Institute of Macromolecules at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.