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Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Amazing Flip Feature We'll Never See

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home News" @ 04:00 PM

http://pogue.blogs.nytimes.com/2011...th-of-the-flip/

"But there's a second part of the tragedy, too, something that nobody knows. That new Flip that the product manager showed me was astonishing. It was called FlipLive, and it added one powerful new feature to the standard Flip: live broadcasting to the Internet. That is, when you're in a Wi-Fi hot spot, the entire world can see what you're filming. You can post a link to Twitter or Facebook, or send an e-mail link to friends. Anyone who clicks the link can see what you're seeing, in real time-thousands of people at once."

Oh Flip, we hardly knew ye. The feature that David Pogue describes above would have been insanely cool to have on a pocket camera - and now we'll never see it...at least until someone else (Sony, Kodak, etc.) develops the same feature into their cameras.


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Cisco Kills the Flip Camera

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home News" @ 12:53 PM

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/news...es-the-flip.ars

"Don't look now, but the Flip camera is officially dead. Cisco announced Tuesday morning that it is killing off the line of pocketable video cameras in order to refocus the company around home networking and video. The news was a surprise to even Flip critics, leaving everyone wondering why Cisco bothered to buy Pure Digital (the Flip's former parent company) for $590 million just two years ago."

This is a shame, but it wasn't hard to see it coming - it never made a lick of sense to me for Cisco to purchase Pure Digital, the creators of this product. Cisco had no heart for this type of consumer business. Flip cameras essentially defined this part of the technology space starting a few years ago: they were small, easy to use, had great battery life, sufficient storage, and were perfect for simple videos. The coming of smartphones with HD video capture capabilities put a crimp in the sales of these devices, though I still feel there's a lot they can offer. I have two such devices in my possession right now - a Flip Mino HD and a Sony Bloggie - and both last a long time on a charge, are simple to use, and can be left within easy reach for capturing special moments. My cell phone on the other hand is often in my home office, or jacket, and not typically within reach. For most people though, capturing a video with their phone - then immediately uploading it - is the winning combination and why these devices weren't going to be in every home.


Thursday, October 21, 2010

Windows Live Sync/Foldershare Service Ending March 31st, 2011

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home News" @ 04:30 PM

http://mesh.live.com

"You're receiving this message because you installed Windows Live Sync (previously known as FolderShare) for Windows or Mac. On March 31, 2011, Windows Live Sync will stop working. After March 31, this program will no longer sync your files between your computers and you won't be able to access your files remotely from sync.live.com. Please read below for actions we recommend you take. With the new release of Windows Live services, we've made a series of changes and improvements across the products. We realize they will have an impact on you and we want to make that as easy as possible for you. We thank you for your continued support of Windows Live."

Like it or not, using the above-mentioned products is going to be impossible by March 2011. It's nice that the team is leaving the service in place that long; my hope is that by the time March 2011 rolls around, there will be another update for Live Mesh that will make it pain-free to use. The final release was better than the beta in terms of performance, but not by much - I still routinely get Windows Defender start failures on a reboot, and if I stop Live Mesh from starting at reboot I get no such errors. Large libraries can grind even a powerful system to a halt for hours - or days - and on the flip side, even relatively small updates (100 files, 500 MB) can take hours.

Is anyone aware of a similar sync program? The catch I've seen is that many of them - SugarSync, Dropbox - place things in the cloud as well as local PCs. All I want is the data on my PCs, not in the cloud. I want to push around 77 GB worth of data, but I don't want any of it in the cloud. Ideas?


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