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Monthly archives for June, 2011

Google adds +1 to search

google 1It seems to be a select roll out at the moment but Google seemed to have added their +1 button to search results allowing you to plus the results for all your friends to see, if any of your friends use +1 which I doubt. The only time you ever see this is if you search the same thing as your friends and the could actually be bothered to +1 it. So pointless and I’m sure it will be gone soon but oh well we thought we would let you know anyway.

TinyGrab’s Grab.by is down

The Simple, Screenshot Sharing service TinyGrab.com is experiencing issues with their short Grab.by domain which is used for the generic screenshot URL as well as image source URL for custom domains too.

The @TinyGrab twitter account tweeted this morning:

[blackbirdpie url=”http://twitter.com/tinygrab/status/85284436891017217″]

However the issue seems to not quite be as simple as the registrar, or even the registry having issues, put simply, it appears to be that the grab.by domain was allowed to expire, and as such the domain has now gone offline.

This goes to show how important it is to pick your domain registrar carefully, and keep on top of your domain renewals! Particularly when 340,000 users depend on the domain’s functioning. Just writing this post not being able to use TinyGrab showed what a pain screenshots used to be!

Hopefully the TinyGrab guys can get this sorted ASAP with their registrar and hopefully any users wondering why it’s down now know, will update this post as we learn more.

Grab Page of Custom Domain:

Every 60 seconds on the web [infographic]

Nyan Cat YouTube Player!

YouTube announced on Twitter the other day that they’ve now got a custom Nyan Cat YouTube Player, and well. It’s awesome. In that geeky meme kind of way!

This is something I know Lewis appreciates a lot!

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Google set to release new photo sharing service “Photovine”?

PhotovineGoogle have recently applied for a trademark in the US for “Photovine”.

I think it’s safe to say that this will be some sort of service involving pictures and has been officially identified as “Communication services, namely, transmission of visual images and data by telecommunications networks, wireless communication networks, the Internet, information services networks and data networks”. So this is obviously a new way of sharing photos over the internet and judging by a further identifications as “Non-downloadable computer software” and “On-line social networking services” it is probably going to involve sharing photos with your friends and your Google account.

So it seems Google is now trying to take some of the market involving Flickr, after all we all know Picasa isn’t exactly a great photo sharing tool so maybe this will see Google enter yet another part of the social networking, lets just hope this works better than buzz.

You can view the original trademark here(United States Patent and Trademark Office)

Kinect SDK leaked – Download now.

Our friends over at Winrumors have managed to get their hands on the Kinect SDK – go download it now and have a play with the tool – Get it here (32 Bit) (64 Bit)Capture

Kinect SDK for Windows to be released this week?

KinectSDKA countdown has appeared on Channel 9 live set to finish at 1800 BST on Thursday is believed to be counting down the release of the announcement of the Kinect SDK due to be released in spring of which the end is quickly approaching. A twitter account @KinectSDKTeam has also be created with only a single tweet to its name.

The Kinect SDK is set to allow Xbox’s popular peripheral to be used with a Windows machine, it is not yet know which versions will be supported but it is understood to be able to bring full functionality to the system giving developers access to not only the IR and RGB cameras but also the voice recognition software which is currently being used by the Xbox 360. It will give developers a Skeletal track tool which will allow them to track the body without having to write their own tracking code. The assumed inclusion of official Kinect drivers will hopefully mean that the current Kinect hacks will be able to utilise one single driver over all the hacks and hopefully make them more responsive and easier for a user to set up.

Join the live event tomorrow to find out more and we will try to keep you updated.

 

Source : Winrumors