It's in a private beta, but our friend Jean-Michel was kind enough to share the pointer with us all. Anyone's seen an online review comparing this engine with the one from Google ? from Copernic ? with Apple's Spotlight ?
Some of you might have noticed it on my LinkedIn profile (somewhere at the end ;): one of the things I do to give something back to the community is to sit on the Advisory Board of EPITECH, a great French technical school, a sister school of my engineering school alma mater, EPITA.
Apart of a splendid focus on building the right skills in computer science, of fostering very interesting projects (including taking over the the Videolan project from Ecole Centrale de Paris, or building a from-scratch real-time OS), EPITECH is looking into developping international mindsets for its students.
The latest development is that EPITECH has now signed 3 student exchange deals with top 10 Chinese universities. As a result, starting from this november, 50 students from EPITECH are going to China to study for 1 year: they are going to live with Chinese people, attend Chinese classes (taught in English though) with Chinese students, etc. This is a first, as normally foreign students just attend Western-style courses in special classes in China with little or no mingling with the local people.
Here the Chinese press release of the agreement signed with Dalian. Other topics we discussed last week was ongoing education for adults & professionals, and also how to improve the business acumen of students.
Have a look on Epitech's site. It's really an interesting and innovative school. Comments and suggestions are welcome: our next Board is in October.
Too bad... I was starting to get used to iPodder: somehow someone forgot to add the option to NOT load iPooder at boot time. And I can tell you, it takes away about 45-60 seconds when I boot up. Way too much: just uninstalled it, after testing iTunes 4.9 (the latest version that includes podcast features as well). Anyway, iPodder would automatically download MP3s from RSS feeds and add them to my library on iTunes. Now it's built in...
Somehow, this tells me that the big guys don't really need to buy up the smaller guys... Let them invent a category, build a user base (ie. educate the market), and then build on them. It might work for many companies where the value proposition is not as compelling as the brand value propositon. My favourite example? Skype. Even if yahoo! or MS or Google launch a similar service, I'd keep Skype...
Just got the email below in my inbox. It's great, I loved Google's Keyhole, I guess I'll like their new name ;). And I'm starting a new category on Maps...
Today, we are announcing some exciting news. We are releasing a public
beta of Google Earth (free), Google Earth Plus, and Google Earth Pro.
As a Keyhole LT/NV subscriber, you receive access to Google Earth
Plus, the upgraded version of the software.
Why Google Earth Plus?
Google Earth Plus features built in Google search, driving directions,
and 3D buildings in 38 US cities. Additionally, Google Earth Plus
includes these new features:
[lots of stuff]
We hope you'll enjoy Google Earth Plus. We are also happy to announce that we are automatically extending your subscription, set to expire on 6/3/07, for one additional year free of charge.
The Google Video service has just released a new player, based on the great French piece of code: VLC. From this online review:
Google Video search
looks at metadata encoded with the video. Chane said many videos were
also submitted with transcripts and annotations that are time-coded,
allowing playback to begin at the point where your search terms are
located in clips. If your search terms appear in multiple locations,
results will display thumbnail stills and snippets from those
locations, as well.
At this point, there is
no categorization, directory-type structure or any other information
that lets you know what kind of video content is available—you just
have to search and hope for the best. To be fair, the same is true for
most other video search services, such as Yahoo Video, though Yahoo does offer an advanced video search that gives you more control over your results.
Chane said that Google
plans to continue to add content, and will also make the Google Video
Viewer available for other platforms sometime soon.
Google also plans to
offer the ability for content owners to charge a fee for users to view
video. Google will take a small portion of the fee to defray its costs.
Chane did not say when Google plans to implment this pay-per-view
feature, though it's likely to use the online payment system that Google is developing.
It will be
interesting to see whether the Google Video Viewer is adopted in a
widespread fashion. If so, it could establish a new standard platform
for playing video on the web—content providers could offer video that
would play directly in a browser window, and that content could be
hosted anywhere, not just on Google's servers.
This reminds me of the services of another startup I've started mentionning recently ,). Just scroll down or check the right bar ;)
Last week, in France, a new VOD startup (La Banque Audiovisuelle) announced its new service, vodeo.tv, and a business-angel round of 2,5m€. Another company I know of might be announcing something nice also. Earlier last week, I talked about Marc Andresseen being involved with 24HL, a - it seems - video blogging tool. And the list could go on and on: vimeo, akimbo, prodigem, gofish, google video, shift.tv, cybertelly, archive.org, ourmedia.org, mobuzz.tv, orb, dave.tv, actlab.tv, brightcove, youtube, pooxi, mefedia, etc.
Don't you think that after the huge hype about text (blogs), currently about audio (podcasting), the next big thing is video (vlogging and videocasting ?). I do...
Has anyone tried / implement a service with Media Portal ? If yes, please leave me a comment, I'm very interested in learning from your experience. Excerpt from their site:
MediaPortal turns your PC in a very advanced
Multi-Media Center / HTPC.
It allows you to listen to your favorite music
& radio, watch your video's and DVD's, view,
schedule and record live TV and much more. You
get Media Portal for free/nothing/nada/nopes
and best of all it is opensource. This means anyone
can help developing Media Portal or tweak it for
their own needs!
Folks, meet Nabaztag: it's a nice rabbit, connected to a number of services using a Wi-Fi connection. And it changes colors, beeps and moves its ears to announce good and bad news. Another product from Violet.