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Ever heard about Media RSS?

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May be not. Media RSS is a media syndication format extension to RSS developed by Yahoo! in 2004. More than a simple technical niche extension, Media RSS is a powerful while easy to implement means of sharing media and in particular photos.

From the insider point of view, support of Media RSS simply consists in adding some <media> tags if a RSS feed already exists.

As you can do with standard RSS feeds, Media RSS feeds help you keeping in touch automatically with the latest posted items of various sites.

Dealing with digital pictures, Frame Channel allows for easily pushing contents of Media RSS feeds to digital photo frames.Media RSS may still not widely available but no doubt that it will gain notoriety as RSS did. As usual, it is a matter of available implementation. Several photo sharing sites such as Photobucket and Smugmug already provide support for Media RSS,  KoffeePhoto photo sharing is the latest to date to announce its support of Media RSS.

Google to launch its Google Chrome browser

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Just a couple of days after the announcement of the reconducted partnership between Mozilla and Google and although the link is not yet active, Google has just announced its soon release of its new open source browser, Google Chrome. Among the sources, Apple’s WebKit and Mozilla’s Firefox.

The Google Chrome download link is to be made active tomorrow, no doubt it will be heavily downloaded and commented.

Mozilla introduces Ubiquity

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Mozilla Labs introduces Ubiquity. While still in a very early stage, Ubiquity is a pretty impressive functional addition to future Firefox. Ubiquity’s goals are to:

  • Empower users to control the web browser with language-based instructions. (With search, users type what they want to find. With Ubiquity, they type what they want to do.)
  • Enable on-demand, user-generated mashups with existing open Web APIs. (In other words, allowing everyone (not just Web developers) to remix the Web so it fits their needs, no matter what page they are on, or what they are doing.)

Better than a long speech, check out the video and test it by yourself.

Let’s hope this will also run with Thunderbird…

Results of the Firefox 3 Download Day 2008

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The buzz seems to have proven its efficiency, Firefox 3 has been downloaded 8.3 million times in first 24 hours. For its first day, Firefox 3 has reach a four percent marketshare of browsers worldwide. Some other figures: 83 terabytes of data was sent out during that time, an average of 4,000 downloads per second with a peak of 17,000 downloads per second, 200 different countries…

Quite a good way to start a new category of records…

July 2nd update: From 18:16 UTC on June 17, 2008 to 18:16 UTC on June 18, 2008, 8,002,530 people downloaded Firefox 3!


Firefox 3 Download Day 2008

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Help set a Firefox 3 world record for the most software downloaded in 24 hours on Download Day! Go to the Download Day Headquarters and pledge to download Firefox 3. The official date for the launch of Firefox 3 will be posted here soon. With your help the Firefox community can go down in history.


Addition of June 15th: The official launch date is set to Tuesday June 17th.

Safari for Windows

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Great news! Safari for Windows!

For those asking what I’m talking about, Safari is the name of Apple’s Web browser. Available only under Apple’s Mac OS X until now and the foundation of Apple’s iPhone.

Such news can not be left without a reaction.

So I’ve downloaded and installed the application. So far, so good. Everything went fine as expected.

But when browsing to some of my favorite sites some major display defects appear. Looks like some defective CSS support… What so ever! This is quite disapointing… Luckily, a simple button allows for bug report to Apple’s development teams… Some bug reports later I switch back to Firefox… Too bad, may be was Safari launched too soon!

Do I need ubiquitous access to my pictures?

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Do I (really) need ubiquitous access to my pictures? Asking this question may sound weird but let’s go into the details.

Not so long ago, your pictures were probably stored in a shoebox, some of them in photo albums. Photo sharing took place when relatives came home or when, back to work, chatting at the coffee machine… Nobody even thought of carrying one’s own photo library at any time or sharing them with anybody down the street.

This has changed in the digital world. As other digitalized media, a picture is not a piece of material any more. A picture now consists of a couple of bytes stored on a local or remote hard drive that can easily be linked to. This has completely changed our relation to the pictures, but did it change our relation to people, to relatives?

We need to consider two kinds of relation to people here. Relation to people I know, and, relation to people I may not know.

Relation to people I know, let’s call them relatives, is based on sharing – sharing emotions, ideas, pictures… But in a managed way – I know who I talk to and with whom I want to share pictures.

Relation to people I may not know is based on discovering. Here, rather than sharing, I may be willing to publish what I want others to know about me, my interests, my ideas, my works, in order to create new relations.

We have here two specific needs. At Koffeeware, we chose to address the relation with relatives first. With relatives, we are on a long term relation and ready to share a lot. An example, your last kid, you don’t want to have to chose which picture to share with them. You want to show them a lot of pictures, more than a lot… And new ones, as often as possible. The digital life also simplifies sharing as it does not require to meet them, we don’t have to wait to share.

More, we think the digital life does not have to impose technologies. Your relatives should be able to watch the pictures using whatever means they like: web pages, mobile phone, personalized home pages, and so on.

Last, thanks to the digital format, pictures are easy to store. A photo sharing solution should also provide a long term storage solution. Because it is good to know the pictures are safe from any failure that may end up in losing them.

This is what we are heading to with recent developments on KoffeePhoto. Not only can you access your pictures from any computer, but you can install a digital frame on your iGoogle or Netvibes personalized home page and you can even access and share your albums while meeting someone in the street using your mobile phone.

So, do I need ubiquitous access to my pictures? True photo sharing requires it.