Brightcove, an upstart in Internet Protocol TV, on Thursday plans to offer a free public preview of commercial tools for delivering video over the Internet. The move follows months of invitation-only tests of the service with commercial partners, such as the New York Times and Reuters; and it marks Brightcove's readiness to lure new content creators to the fold as rivals including Google, Yahoo and Veoh Networks vie for similar customers.
Still, Brightcove will restrict free access to its video delivery tools, maintaining a premium on some advertising services for now, according to a company spokeswoman.
Founded by former Macromedia CTO Jeremy Allaire, Brightcove has created a suite of services for media companies and others that want to present or sell TV programs and other videos on the Web. It also lets companies syndicate their video to other sites.
Asus has big plans for its Eee PC S101. Details on the premium Netbook were leaked on Monday , and Wednesday Asus officially unveiled its slimmest, sleekest Netbook yet at an odd event in Taiwan .
According to DigiTimes , Asus expects the S101 to account for 10 percent of Eee PCs it ships by the end of the year. That would seem to be an impressive number, given that the S101 costs double that of the original Eee PC and that Asus seems to introduce a new Eee PC model every other week. In fact, Asus will reportedly introduce two new Eee PC models, which will fall between the Eee PC 1000 series and the S101.
One last tidbit: DigiTimes reports that Asus expects to overtake Lenovo in global shipments next year, while leaping over Dell in China in 2009. At last count , Asus was eighth in laptop market share, three spots behind Lenovo.
I'm awaiting response from Asus on pricing and U.S. availability for the Eee PC S101. I will update this post with that information as soon as I get it. Until then, I will say that it's been widely reported that the S101 will be priced as follows:
Windows XP, 16GB SSD: $699 Linux, 32GB SSD: $699 Linux, 64GB SSD: $799
Update: Asus confirmed the above pricing, but it will not sell the two Linux-based models in the U.S. The Windows-based S101 will hit the U.S. on November 1 and will feature a 16GB solid-state drive and a 16GB SD card, plus 20GB of online storage.
Amazon.com has a new online grocery service for Seattle residents called Amazon Fresh . Users can pick from an selection of grocery items and have them delivered to their home, or one of the local "pickup centers." The home delivery options come in two flavors--a predawn delivery in a temperature-controlled crate, and a scheduled in-person delivery within a one-hour time slot of your choice. The service is in part the next step to Amazon's "Food and Grocery" section , which contains nearly everything except foods that require refrigeration.
Online grocery shopping is not a new phenomenon. Several services offer regional grocery deliveries, including FreshDirect , SimonDelivers , PinkDot , PeaPod , and the long-defunct Webvan .
Amazon Fresh is currently limited to the Seattle area, and by invitation only. To get an invitation, you can use this request form .
One of the nice things about using a notebook is that if there's a sudden power outage, you won't instantly lose your work. Desktop users aren't so lucky, which is why it's essential to plug everything into a battery backup . If the lights go out, you'll still have a few minutes in which to save your work and power down the machine safely.
Best Buy has a CyberPower battery backup on sale for $29.99 . It includes six wide-spaced outlets, all of them surge-protected and three of them powered by the battery. The 240-watt backup promises between 8 and 20 minutes of runtime, depending on the power demands of your hardware. It also has a pair of phone/fax/modem ports to keep that gear from getting fried. CyberPower even backs your equipment with a $35,000 warranty. Battery backups can cost a pretty penny; here's your chance to get one on the cheap.A technology writer for more than 15 years, Rick Broida is a regular contributor to CNET and the author of more than a dozen books, including How to Do Everything with Your Palm Powered Handheld . He writes The Cheapskate for the CNET Blog Network, and is not an employee of CNET. Disclosure .
One of the most requested features for the iPhone is the ability to tether the phone to feed 3G or EDGE network data to your computer. That feature was briefly a reality Thursday, thanks to Nullriver's NetShare application. MacRumors reports that, priced at $9.99, the application seems to have, somehow, slipped below Apple's radar, but was pulled down after about 20 minutes of availability in the App Store.
The application basically turns your iPhone into a portable Wi-Fi hotspot, giving all of your Wi-Fi-enabled devices internet, wherever you have a cell signal. There are similar solutions available for iPhone users who have jailbroken their handsets, but they are significantly more complicated than Nullriver's offering, and since they require a hacked phone, don't hold mainstream appeal.
Briefly available, NetShare allowed iPhone users to take advantage of tethering their 3G and EDGE connections to their computers. Wireless carriers have almost always been opposed to tethering smartphones with unlimited data plans. Many telcos even state in your contract that if you tether your phone, you may be responsible for additional fees associated with the data that you use. Of course, for an additional cost, you can tether some phones, such as a Blackberry, but Apple's iPhone doesn't offer legitimate tethering at any cost.
Those of us who were not quick enough to grab the app while it was available on the App Store seem to be out of luck for now. Links to the application now pop up with an error message that reads, "The item you've requested is not currently available in the US store." It's not exactly clear what happened with NetShare, how it slipped through the cracks, or why it was pulled. The app may have accidentally gotten through in the avalanche of new applications that are being added to the store, however it seems unlikely that someone at Apple would have signed off on this app, not knowing what it did. It would appear that either Apple, AT&T, or both had cleared the application, then quickly reconsidered. Apple has not yet responded to a request for a comment on the issue.
Certain biofuels, though eco-friendly, have a reputation for gumming up engine parts, which affect vehicle performance and ultimately reduce engine life. So the idea of a bio-based motor oil makes some of us a little nervous. But one Bay Area-based company is hawking a green, biodegradable motor oil that it says will protect engines as well as name-brand, petroleum-based oil.
G-Oil, made by Green Earth Technologies, is made by converting tallow -- that's saturated cow fat to you and me -- into a high-value unsaturated oil, which is less likely to clog up engine parts. The resulting motor oil, according to the label, can be used in naturally-aspirated engines, as well as turbocharged and super-charged diesel and gasoline engines. In addition, the packaging is 100 percent recyclable, and the labels are printed on biodegradable paper with soy ink.
The company says the used oil is non-toxic and can be disposed of at home, but it must first be mixed with another of the company's products, called G-disposoil. The second compound breaks the oil into smaller molecules, which can be eaten by microorganisms found in the soil. However, there is no mention of whether other hazardous chemicals might be picked up by the oil during its lifespan inside the engine.
There isn't much information yet on how to buy G-oil, although the company recently showed off its products at the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo in Las Vegas.We love the idea of the product, if all claims turn out to be true. But those of us with newer, high-performance cars might just want to wait around a bit for someone else to be the guinea pig.
Related link: Green Earth Technology
With just four weeks to go until Election Day , John McCain and Barack Obama met again Tuesday night in the second of three presidential debates.
The White House hopefuls covered familiar ground on topics ranging from the economy and the government's financial rescue plan to how to handle complex foreign policy hot spots, including Pakistan, Iraq, and Iran.
On the tech front, not much was said in the debate, which followed a town-hall format, though McCain suggested that he has considered former eBay CEO Meg Whitman as a potential Secretary of the Treasury . Whitman got second billing, though--McCain first named Warren Buffett as a fine choice for that office. Obama allowed that he likes Buffett's economic savvy, too.
For a recap and analysis of Tuesday's debate, check out the Debate Webcast presented here from Katie Couric and the CBS News political team. The CBS Webcast features questions submitted from Web users before and during the debate.