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Boxee Announces Dev Challenge Winners

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boxeeThis week’s Boxee event at San Francisco has been pretty successful and Boxee has announced a major update to its Boxee software such as a Windows version of Boxee in testing. At this week’s event, it has also announced the winners for its Dev Challenge and here are the winners below. Congratulations to the following winners and we hope developers can take Boxee to the next level by developing great apps through its API.

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Music:
People’s Choice – DropBoxee by Jon Steinberg
Judges’ Choice – We Are Hunted by Nick Dima

Photos:
People’s Choice – Facebook Photos by Junda Liu
Judges’ Choice – Facebook Photos by Junda Liu

Video:
People’s Choice – BBC Live by Ian Tweedie
Judges’ Choice – OpenCourseWare by Roshan Revankar

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June 25, 2009 at 5:55 am

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Facebook Launches Improved Privacy Control

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facebookMost of you share stuffs like photos, videos and status updates on your Facebook, but up till this point, there was no way to control exactly who can have access to this content. Now Facebook is going a bit further to enable you to set how you can share these content with an updated privacy control which is in beta. Facebook gives a good detailed explanation on this:

You may have some posts you want to share with a wide audience, such as whom you voted for or how great the weather is today. Other times you may have more personal updates like your new phone number or an invitation to join you at your favorite restaurant for dinner that are meant for only close or nearby friends.

If you have access to this beta version, every time you publish content into your stream you are able to control which people can access that specific piece of content. After writing a status, uploading a photo or creating other content from the Publisher, use the lock icon in the lower-right corner of the Publisher to access the drop-down menu. From there, you can then choose to make the post visible to:
Everyone: Anyone, on or off, of Facebook can see it.

  • Friends and Networks: People you have confirmed as friends and people in any school or work networks that you’ve joined can see it.
  • Friends of Friends: Anyone who is friends with a friend of yours can see it.
  • Friends: Only people you have confirmed as friends can see it.
  • Custom: Choose any friend or Friend List to include or exclude from seeing that piece of content.

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Let’s say you want to let everyone know about a video you just watched recently, you can set it to “Everyone” but if you have a photo that you want to share with your friend, you can set it to “Friends” or “Custom” to choose who gets to see it. This updated privacy control lets users have greater control to who have access to stuffs thy share and we really like it a lot.

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June 25, 2009 at 3:34 am

YouTube To Launch New Channels Design

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youtubeYou heard it right — maybe you got tired of the old channel design, so YouTube is launching a channel redesign which has been in beta for quite a while for all users. Starting today, all new accounts will automatically have the new version of channels. And all existing channels will change over to the new design on July 15, so check this date if you want to be the first to see it happening. If you want to try it out before that date, here’s how: Just click on the “Upgrade my channel!” link on your Channel Design page. Meanwhile, you can keep track of the updates at their new dedicated blog. Like it or not — be sure to comment and tell us!!

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June 25, 2009 at 3:09 am

FriendFeed Launches File Sharing

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friendfeedFriendFeed might just be the next great place to share other stuffs other than pictures — from now on you can also post other files such as PDF or a spreadsheet. Here is FriendFeed’s tips on how to share files:

To share files on friendfeed.com, simply click the “Files” link underneath the post box and select which files you want to include. You can also share files by including them as attachments on emails sent to share@friendfeed.com. (Learn more about posting via email.)

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FriendFeed’s file sharing feature might just be another reason for users to use FriendFeed — to share and collaborate. We don’t know how file sharing and social networking might work out to be, but whenever you are sharing something, just think of FriendFeed.

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June 25, 2009 at 2:49 am

Seesmic Desktop 0.3 Now Available To All Users

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seesmic desktopSeesmic Desktop 0.3rc launched last week — now it is on to version 0.3 and they have got it released just a while ago and here are all the many many new features you can expect from this new version, so be sure to check it out and tell us what you think:

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Multi-Account Posting with Smart Account Enabling:
We’ve upgraded the user interface to select which accounts to send posts to, saving you the time and effort it takes to post to each account separately. We’ve also added an option for Smart Account Enabling. With this feature turned on, this will allow Seesmic Desktop to change accounts when messaging your friends based on whom you are replying or direct messaging to. Seesmic will not change the accounts if you do not enable Smart Account.

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Authenticated bit.ly Integration:
You can now use your own bit.ly account when using bit.ly as a shortener for Seesmic Desktop. By simply entering your bit. ly API key, you can now keep track of your URL clicks when sharing your links with your friends and followers.

New Services Panel:
Along with bit.ly, we have set a foundation for managing your accounts for sending images, and be able to set them in our new Services Panel. The Additional Integrated Account Services panel currently includes image services such as Pikchur (where you can set your own account), Posterous, TwitPic, Twitgoo & yfrog (which is currently using your twitter account). More importantly, this allows us to give you more options for integrated accounts with other services that will be coming soon.

Continued UI modifications, enhancements and fixes:

  • We’ve made continued modifications to the Seesmic Desktop user interface saving time when using Seesmic Desktop and space when reading your stream.
  • Some of the enhancements include:
  • Minimizing the message panel until you start entering messages to send
  • Enabling replies in your Facebook friends’ avatar to quickly add comments
  • Inline reminders of what account you are posting from
  • An added “Cancel” button to erase your messages in the message panel
  • Updated scrolling arrows for enhanced browsing
  • Ensuring all replies appear in your integrated timeline
  • and many other additional fixes

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June 25, 2009 at 2:34 am

Tumblr Now Coming To Your TV

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tumblrOK, you knew this was coming — Tumblr was coming to your TV as announced by Boxee but Tumblr has made an official post and its pretty cool on what your TV can do for you for your social networking. Here’s a large picture on what’s on it — music and slideshow. Love it or hate it, comment and tell us!!

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June 25, 2009 at 2:10 am

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Best Day Ever: Boxee Gets A Major Update

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boxeeBoxee is one of the best freeware social media centre out there with social networking features and is cross-platform and works on platforms like Windows, Mac and Linux as well as the Apple TV. With Boxee, you can have access to stuffs like MLB, Netflix, YouTube, Pandora, Flickr, Tumblr, Digg and many more. That is what Boxee is in summary and if you haven’t got Boxee yet or you want to know more, you can get it and read more about it at their site, boxee.tv. This week, at their Boxee event in San Francisco, they have announced many updates to Boxee and here are these updates in summary:

#1 – Boxee for Windows: Well, Boxee has always been Mac and Linux only and now they are releasing a public alpha of boxee for Windows later this year.

#2 – Major League Baseball: Boxee is partnering up with MLB to offer live and on-demand in HD (where available). on top of that, MLB.TV Premium offers DVR functionality to pause and rewind a live game. Could be great for basketball fans.

#3 – New navigation layout: Boxee gets a layout makeover for a more user-friendly navigation.

#4 – Digg: You can now see what’s the latest and most popular videos on Digg. There are also plans on a new feature to enable you to digg stuff directly from Boxee.

#5 – Tumblr: Now you can stream music and view slideshows from Tumblr users you are following.

#6 – Current_: Boxee is partnering up with Current to produce a Current app for Boxee.

#7 – 1080p for Ubuntu running Nvidia: great for Ubuntu users. If you have Nvidia that supports VDPAU you will now be able to play HD videos (up to 1080p) utilizing Nvidia’s hardware acceleration for H264, MPEG2 and VC1.

#8 – Bug fixes: As always, bug fixes are important in an update.

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June 25, 2009 at 1:59 am

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