May 22, 2006 |
Navio Systems Inc. of Cupertino, Calif., will launch an online commerce system today that could expand consumer options for obtaining and using digital downloads, from games to songs to videos. The start-up company's software and services platform is sold to content providers such as music and movie companies, allowing them to sell consumers the rights to a piece of content rather than the individual downloads, or digital files, themselves.
August 23, 2007 |
First was lonelygirl15, a fictionalized series of confessional video blogs on YouTube made by an actress posing as a home-schooled girl. Then came "Prom Queen," a Web teen soap opera backed by former Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Michael Eisner. Now there's "Afterworld," an online animated series about a man who wakes up to find most of the world's population has vanished.
January 17, 2007 |
The duo behind the blockbuster Internet applications Skype and Kazaa think they have the secret to online video: Make it more like TV. Joost (pronounced "juiced") seeks to merge the best features of Internet file-sharing technology -- such as its ability to deliver content efficiently -- with a television-like viewing experience.
October 1, 2008 |
Over the last half-decade, enterprising Web auteurs have created -- and we're ballparking, but this feels right -- hundreds of original Internet TV series. There are production companies that churn them out, websites that warehouse them, and vast armies of amateurs who own a camera and aren't afraid to use it. But from that crowded landscape of Web TV shows, who among us can name more than, we don't know, two? Even the standouts -- "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog," "Pink," "You Suck at Photoshop" -- fade quick: When an entire season of a Web show adds up to fewer minutes than one episode of "True Blood," the chance to make a lasting impression is fleeting indeed.
December 16, 2007 |
A decade after the Internet's Big Bang, the online cosmos is expanding as fast as ever. Much more so than a year ago, we can now download or stream many of our favorite movies, most of the TV shows we didn't TiVo, and just about any song you want (Music lovers: I'm exaggerating for effect. Thanks). Larger, higher-resolution online video players are emerging. It won't be long before we think back bemusedly on how many clips we watched on that fuzzy miniature YouTube screen. Remember?
November 11, 2007 |
What's wrong with this picture? On the first night of November, a group of about 15 professors, graduate students and film school alumni half-filled USC's tiny Ron Howard Theater. They came for a sneak preview of the much-anticipated Web series "quarterlife," an event hosted by the show's co-writer and director, Marshall Herskovitz. "Quarterlife" is about kids a few years out of college trying to find their way in the real world.
August 22, 2002 |
Expanding on a pilot program begun more than a year ago, Starbucks Corp. introduced a $50 monthly plan that will allow high-speed wireless access to the Internet from 1,200 coffeehouses. By year's end, 2,000 restaurants, or about a third of the Seattle chain's total, will offer access using the Wi-Fi protocol and shared space on powerful T1 lines from the VoiceStream Wireless subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom.
October 3, 2000
Scholastic Inc. has launched a half-hour Internet-radio program aimed at providing information of interest to schoolteachers. "Teacher Radio," which premiered Monday, is available Monday through Thursday (with the audio feed available any time that day) via http://www.scholastic.com.
September 6, 1996 |
Online calculators Ever wonder how much mortgage you can afford or how much you'd need to save to send the kids to an Ivy League college? Most people don't know how to figure the answers themselves, so many pay professional financial planners hundreds of dollars to do the math for them. But thanks to the wonders of computers and the Internet, there's help for those who want to do it alone. The American Bankers Assn.
October 6, 2002 |
Marriott International Inc. has expanded a program that provides high-speed Internet access and unlimited local and long-distance phone calls within the U.S. to its guests for $9.95 per day. The "Wired for Business" plan, offered last year at eight hotels across the country (including the San Diego Marina Marriott, Oakland City Center Marriott and Anaheim Marriott), is now at 30 Marriott-operated and franchised hotels in Washington, D.C.