my first video making experience

25 Apr

this is the end product! enjoy! (:

technology can only get more advanced

22 Apr

With all that we have learnt about the Internet in the past few weeks, we can safely say that the Internet is here to stay. With technology getting more advanced, we will soon be able to access the Internet almost everywhere, and it will definitely become more interactive as well.

We often use the Internet to watch videos, be it on YouTube or other video streaming sites. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could watch these videos/movies in high definition on a larger screen of, say, 55 inches? This is now possible with Internet TVs.

Sony has recently launched their series of Internet televisions. Here is their marketing commercial:

Sony Internet TV

Features of Sony Internet TVs:

  • Bravia Internet Video and Widgets-allow users to watch online content
  • Skype Ready-allows users to make free video calls over the Internet
  • Built-in WiFi-wireless connection
  • TrackID System-allows users to identify the song playing on TV,and users can even buy the song online immediately
  • Video Search-allows users to get cast and crew information on their favourite shows
  • Media Remote-allows users to control the TV using their phone
  • Remote Keyboard-for easy TV control and text input
  • DLNA-allows users to remotely stream photos, videos and music to the TV

With all the convenience of an Internet TV, don’t you want one too? (But I think it would be better if the TV was touch screen.) I guess in the future we may even have an Internet refrigerator, from which we can order food if supplies in the fridge are running low; or maybe an Internet stove, which we can purchase recipes online and use them while we cook (the concept is not too different from Microsoft Surface).

Microsoft Surface

But perhaps all these are not as “wow” as this:

From the movie-Minority Report

Could there be such a day when technology is so advanced that we will no longer need to use the mouse, and even progress beyond the touch screen technology? Touch screen technology is only scratching the surface on intuitive approaches to interfacing, and there is room for so much more growth in this area. Perhaps many hardware manufacturers will start developing on Clayton Miller’s concept for multi-touch computing, the 10/GUI.

10/GUI

Today, the Internet is used for consuming and creating information. In the future, there could be many other uses, and the possibilities are endless with continuous advancements in technology. How do you think we will use it in the years to come?

Are you addicted to the Internet?

10 Apr

Since this week is free sharing week,I shall post some interesting facts about the Internet:

(Wow! 600 tweets per second-I didn’t think that Twitter was that popular!)

Watch the following video,and see how many memes you could understand…
(The term Internet meme is a phrase used to describe a catchphrase or concept that spreads quickly from person to person via the Internet, much like an esoteric inside joke.)

P.S. If you managed to get all those memes,it’s time you get off the Internet and get out of the house!

e-Journalism: the future of news

2 Apr

The newspaper and radio used to be the main sources of news. With increased use of computers and broadband, web journalism has grown by leaps and bounds. Those who cannot access television, radio and newspapers, keep themselves updated through the e-editions of newspapers. With increase in mobile services, which provides connectivity to the Internet through GPRS, the role of web journalism has become significant.

As the number of smartphone users increase across the globe, accessing news on the Internet while on the move is becoming increasingly popular. This is especially so among youngsters, as a survey reveals.

(More than 10,000 people were questioned for the survey by polling firm Globescan in the UK, US, Brazil, Egypt, Germany, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Russia, and South Korea in March and April 2006.)

Web journalism ranges from amateur works such as blogs to established professionalism such as BBC’s online portal. Some argue that web journalism relies less on the objectivity and reliability of established journalism and more on the immediacy and independence or objection of old media. It is this struggle between old journalism and new journalism has helped drive the evolution of the Internet and online news.

Blogs have hence taken an increasingly prominent role in the world of web journalism.  Blogs are an interactive form of communication which old media has been unable to provide.  Have newspapers lost their connection with readers?  Blogs have taken advantage of a lack of communication between writer and reader.  Voices that have previously been subdued by old media now have an outlet for their views.

Will old media continue to dwindle? In my opinion, web journalism is here to complement old media, as the Internet allows us to know more and have access to more information than before. Web journalism is not forcing traditional journalism to close their doors, but simply adapt.

Change is the only constant.

Internet & Politics–who would’ve thought they could work so well together?

26 Mar

With the Internet, the political scene has changed quite drastically.

“Were it not for the Internet, Barack Obama would not be president. Were it not for the Internet, Barack Obama would not have been the nominee,” said Arianna Huffington, editor in chief of The Huffington Post.

First of all, the Internet provides real possibility of interactivity. Blogs, forums, surveys, forms. All these allow for people to interact, participate, for links among the party or the candidate and their potential voters to be created, for those who participate to get to know similar people, for networks of support to be created, and most importantly, to bring to light the political message to much more people.

By using interactive Web 2.0 tools, Mr. Obama’s campaign changed the way politicians organize supporters, advertise to voters, defend against attacks and communicate with constituents. Mr. Obama’s campaign took advantage of YouTube for free advertising. Mr. Joe Trippi argued that those videos were more effective than television ads because viewers chose to watch them or received them from a friend instead of having their television shows interrupted.

“The campaign’s official stuff they created for YouTube was watched for 14.5 million hours,” Mr. Trippi said. “To buy 14.5 million hours on broadcast TV is $47 million.” That being said, the second point is that the Internet is a cheaper way to run a campaign, and funds saved could be used on other areas.

The Internet also let people repeatedly listen to the candidates’ own words in the face of attacks and restore their faith in the candidates whom they supported. As Reverend Jeremiah Wright’s incendiary words kept surfacing, people could re-watch Mr. Obama’s speech on race. To date, 6.7 million people have watched the 37-minute speech on YouTube.

With the Singapore Election coming up, will our local candidates make use of the Internet in running their campaigns?

i’m a YouTuber,Flickrer and Tumblrer

21 Mar

Multimedia-a word that many of us are probably familiar with. Interactive communication is a key feature of multimedia.

YouTube is one example of a multimedia tool on the Internet. Nowadays, people use YouTube for just about everything. From watching music videos to learning about a particular subject, you can be sure to find something you want on YouTube. Even lecturers are using YouTube to complement their teaching materials in class. Often, using a video to teachUsers can also leave feedback or comments and rate the video by liking/disliking it, thus making it an interactive portal.

The next time you find yourself stuck while doing your math homework, you might want to consult YouTube :p

Another example of a multimedia site is Flickr. Flickr is an image and video hosting website, web services suite, and online community. In addition to being a popular website for users to share and embed personal photographs, the service is widely used by bloggers to host images that they embed in blogs and social media. In other words, Flickr is like a photoblog (or more commonly called photostream) where users can “follow” certain photostreams which they find interesting, and also leave comments. Tumblr is also another site that is getting popular and works just like Flickr. There is even the “Reblog” function which lets you quickly share things you find on Tumblr. Clicking the Reblog button next to any post will create a copy on your blog, and give you a chance to include your own comments. Reblogged posts automatically include attribution to the original poster, so there is no worry about copyrights or stealing of intellectual property.

Perhaps these sites are more widely visited because “a picture speaks a thousand words” and it is easier to browse photostreams than read through pages of blog entries (who really has that much time nowadays?)

don’t fall victim to…

12 Mar

Remember when you first started using the Internet, what did your parents tell you? They probably said something along the lines of “Don’t give your personal information to strangers online.”

Indeed, identity theft is one of the things we have to be cautious about when using the Internet. But other than that, we must also be on our guard against many other scams and fraud, as well as offensive content.

There are 3 common types of Internet scams: Phisher scams, Nigerian scams and Lottery scams.

According to Webopedia Computer Dictionary, phishing is the act of sending an e-mail to a user falsely claiming to be an established legitimate enterprise in an attempt to scam the user into surrendering private information that will be used for identity theft. In order to carry out this trick, the scammers often create a “look-a-like” website that is designed to resemble the target company’s official website. Typically, emails are used as “bait” in order to get the potential victim to visit the bogus website. Be wary of any email that asks you to click on a link and provide sensitive personal information such as banking details. Information submitted on these bogus websites is harvested by the scammers and may then be used to steal funds from the user’s accounts and/or steal the victim’s identity.

The Nigerian scam (or “419” scam) is a kind of advance-fee fraud. You may receive an e-mail that asks for your help to access a large sum of money in a foreign bank account. The message says that youwill get a percentage of the funds in exchange for your help. The “large sum of money” does not actually exist. The messages are an opening gambit designed to draw potential victims deeper into the scam. Those who initiate a dialogue with the scammers by replying to the scam messages will eventually be asked for advance fees supposedly required to allow the deal to proceed. They may also become the victims of identity theft. The scammers use a variety of stories to explain why they need your help to access the funds.

For example:

  • They may claim that political climate or legal issues preclude them from accessing funds in a foreign bank account.
  • They may claim that your last name is the same as that of the deceased person who owned the account and suggest that you act as the Next of Kin of this person in order to gain access to the funds.
  • They may claim that a rich merchant, who has a terminal illness, needs your help to distribute his or her wealth to charity.

Lastly, the lottery scams, as the name suggests, claim that you have won the lottery or a prize because you are the Nth visitor to a website. Those who initiate a dialogue with the scammers by replying to the messages will be first asked to provide a great deal of personal information. Eventually, they will be asked to send money, ostensibly to cover expenses associated with delivery of the supposed “winnings”. They may also become the victims of identity theft.

The best way to protect yourself from such scams is to not respond to these e-mails or click on the links in such e-mails. Also, do not provide any personal information and always contact the company stated in the e-mail if you have any doubts about the veracity of the e-mail.