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Google TV: Review and Features

The search giant, Google has a habit of coming up with new technologies. Google TV is the latest product from the house of Google. Google TV is all set to give competition to Apple TV. Let us take a complete tour of Google TV.

Below are the features of Google TV:

  • Search your television

Now, you can search whatever you want to watch using the Google TV. Just type in whatever you want to watch and Google will get you that. With the help of Google TV, you can flawlessly search the content on the web while watching TV and can access the content just by performing a single click. Also you can easily switch between TV and the web without changing the input mode of your television.

  • The web is now a channel

The search giant Google has loaded the Google TV with a number of features like Google Chrome and Adobe Flash Player 10.1. With these, you can access anything on web, watch your favorite videos, view photos, play games, chat with friends etc.

  • A new world of apps for your TV

When it comes to any Google product, support and applications for that product is unlimited. Google TV comes pre-loaded with applications like Netflix, Twitter, CNBC, Pandora, Napster, NBA Game Time, Amazon Video On Demand and Gallery. Also in near future, applications from the Google Market will work on Google TV.

  • Your phone = remote control

With the Google TV at your place, you can use your Android based mobile phone or your iPhone or multiple iPhones or Android based phones as a remote for Google TV. Apart from this, you can also use your voice to search the Google TV.

  • Fling a video to your television

With Google TV, you can share anything from a website to whatever you are watching or listening to on your phone to your Google TV by just pressing a button.

  • Watch it now

Now with Google TV, you can access over 40,000 shows and movies by subscribing Netflix just for 8.99 or Amazon Video On Demand (shows start at 99 cents!).

  • YouTube perfected for TV

With Google TV you can watch enormous videos on YouTube. Just imagine watching a video related to your favorite content on a 40 inch TV in HD. Apart from this, you can even create new channels on the fly.

  • Watch and browse, simultaneously

Now, with Google TV, you can watch your favorite TV show or your favorite movie and can browse web simultaneously with the great Picture in Picture technology.

  • TV gets a homepage

Always wanted to get your favorite site as your homepage? Now, you can enjoy this facility in your TV as well. You can select your favorite website as your homepage. Sop that whenever you switch on you television, you can get directly go to your favorite TV shows.

  • Find your favorite episode

With Google TV, you can find and watch your favorite TV shows quickly. Google TV has a special page that lets you quickly find and watch any episode no matter whether it is on TV or the web.

  • Create a TV playlist

Got an important work to do and cannot watch your favorite TV show? Now, there is no need to worry. Just send your favorite TV show to Google Queue and you can watch it later. Also you can subscribe to your favorite websites and video podcasts and can add YouTube videos.

  • Record from the search bar

Now enjoy many enhanced TV and DVR features by combining Google TV with your DISH. You can record a show right from the search bar and can search all of your recordings at once.

  • Rock out in your living room

With Google TV you can listen to your favorite music on your home theatre system by creating a personal radio station on the fly with Pandora or listening to any song, any time, with Napster.

  • The ultimate picture frame

With the help of Google TV, you can watch your favorite images on your LCD or LED TVs. You can stream photos from Picasa, Flickr etc on to your TV.

  • Over-the-air updates

With Google TV there is no need to worry about the latest updates. Google TV updates itself automatically, So that means, you will get the latest features and updates for free and that too without any hassle.

Napster and Rhapsody introduce new subscription based music service

To many Apple and iTune users the news that the Subscription-based music service Napster has partnered with Rhapsody to offer services on the App Store will certainly come as good news.

Recently, after the annual Apple conference which has introduced the revamped iTunes which subscription based services are looking forward to getting the niche of the market. It happens so that the current market competition is high in terms of the value of services that are being offered that even rivals like Napster and Rhapsody are pairing up too create.

The iPhone app has gone live yerterday, which has been approved by Apple. Some of the features of the app include:

  • Save songs
  • Albums and Playlists can be played offlin
  • Recommendations for related category of music
  • Automixes

The app is free to download, but requires a Though the app requires Napster and  Mobile Access subscription for $10 a month, the app is free to download.

The current subscription plans introduced by Napster and Rhapsody certainly make them one the biggest subscription based music service in the industry.

Apple is slapped with litigation over iTunes Store, Safari and Mac OS X

There are quite a number of suits that have been filed against Apple and some of them are really curious ones. These suits have named several other companies like Amazon, Microsoft and the like as co-defendendants. Most of these suits are against three of Apples products namely iTunes, Safari and Mac OS X.

The first suit has been filed in a Texas federal district court and states that Apples’ iTune Store infringes on the patent of online music downloads. There is another suit on similar lines that states that Safari, DVD Player, Front Row and Mac OS X has also infringed on several patents which deal with the lengths of the text and data.

The first lawsuit has been filed in Eastern District of Texas by Sharing Sound LLC. They have the patent to a right for the distribution of music products over the internet. However, their claim is that Apple has a provision to download the songs using a unique identifier which links the file to a particular buyer.

What Sharing Sound has to say is that Apple iTunes have infringed upon this particular patent. ITunes on their part access the iTune stores from a custom built WebKit that is built using HTML, CSS and JavaScript. They are no longer using DRM but yet it has information in the file about the original purchases made and this includes Apple ID.

The other companies such as Sony, Microsoft, Rhapsody, Napster and Brilliant Digital Media have also been named in the lawsuit. If you think that Amazon has been left out of the lawsuit then that is not the case. Sharing Sound has also filed a similar kind of patent suit against companies like Netflix, Wal-Mart, Barnes and Nobles and GameStop. The suit is slightly different than the one filed against Apple as it does not include the unique key in the downloaded files. In case Sharing Sound was to win this lawsuit then it will certainly have worldwide ripple effect on the digital music distribution system for the next ten years at least. Although looking at the patent, it is too broad based to be actually put into force.

Looking at another lawsuit that has been filed in Western Texas by Monkey Media which states that some of the features of Mac OS X and Safari are the same as the company’s patent. The founder of MonkeyMedia, Eric Gould is the inventor of these three inventions. These patents deal with different kinds of pieces of data that are displayed using the user control. As the user gets to adjust the smaller pieces of data, only the most important ones are shown.

The MonkeyMedia press release claims that Safari’s RSS feed has features that infringe this particular patent of theirs about the amount of data to be controlled and shown. The lawsuit claims a similar thing for Mac OS X too.

These lawsuits are not really clear about what parts infringe the patents. If this were to be the case then this kind of lawsuit could apply to every DVD player, music downloaded and editing software.

Kazaa

There was a time when Napster and Gnutella were used for file sharing but then came Kazaa. Formerly capitalized as KaZaA. The plus point for Kazaa is that it not only allows its user to share simple files but also videos, television shows, and many other types of digital information. And because of its worthy features, it soon became popular among millions of people as one of the largest file sharing site. But it had to face the same problem as Napster had to face, because many film industries started criticizing it because of its unlimited video sharing feature.

Main idea

Kazaa is a decentralized Internet peer-to-peer file-sharing program owned by Sharman Networks, developed in March 2001 by programmers Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis of the Dutch company Consumer Empowerment. It is a file sharing program, which allows you to download audio, video, images, documents and software files. Kazaa has had problems with people contacting viruses from their software but Kazaa are trying to sort the problem out. Unlike the file-sharing program Napster, this used a centralized server to index files, Kaaza users share files directly from each other’s hard drives. A computer’s owner can decide during Kazaa setup which files on their computer will be available for sharing.

Working Criteria

When a user wants to find files, the user’s ON sends a query with keywords over the TCP connection to its SN. For each match in its database, the SN returns the IP address and metadata corresponding to the match. Each SN also maintains long-lived TCP connections with other SNs, creating an overlay network among the SNs. When a SN receives a query, it may forward the query to one or more of the SNs to which it is connected. A given query will in general visit a small subset of the SNs, and hence will obtain the metadata information of a small subset of all the ONs.The peer-to-peer searches occur through users with fast connections, called Supernodes. Once located, the file is sourced for downloading directly from the user who has it. When a user installs the Kazaa software on his or her computer, it comes coded with a list of supernodes. Every time the user launches the Kazaa application, his or her computer registers with the central server and then chooses from a list of currently active supernodes. When the computer sends out a request for files the user wants to download or upload, the request is funneled through the supernode. The supernode communicates with other supernodes, which in turn connect to regular nodes that in turn connect to even more regular nodes, to fulfill the request until the Time to Live of 7 runs out — this means that the search request will extend seven levels into the network before it stops propagating.

Conclusion

Kazaa is actually a legal program but because of the way it’s used, its developing company and several users have already been sued for copyright violation. Uploading or downloading works protected by copyright without the authority of the copyright owner is an infringement of the copyright owner’s exclusive rights of reproduction and/or distribution. Due to it being used primarily for this purpose, the creators of Kazaa have been sued for being a sort of “enabler” for piracy. Since 2008 there has been a new owner of Kazaa who made unlimited, unrestricted, and safe downloads at a monthly phone bill fee. But Kazaa has a lot of spyware in it which makes it use a bit unsafe.

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