Sony is pushing its Vaio range of computers as the tool of the creative – and launching Vaio Nation as the place for music and film folk to meet and share ideas.
It’s ironic really. The Orwellian idea of Big Brother had a state dictatorship spying on its citizens, while more recently The Truman Show had one man’s life being broadcast to millions as entertainment, without his knowledge. That’s not how it’s going to work, though. Soon, us proles will be queuing up to stream our daily lives online.
MySpace has just put its new MySpace News service live, so I’ve been playing around with it. The service has been billed as a Digg-killer, but it’s not really – at least, not in its current form. It’s a news-aggregation service with user voting, but with an extra layer of moderation in between the original news sources, and what gets onto the site itself.
Following the terrible shootings at Virginia Tech in the US this week, discussion is already turning to whether poor communication within the university’s campus could have contributed to the scale of the massacre. Could micro-blogging technologies like Twitter help in future? It’s already being suggested as a way to quickly spread urgent security messages through an academic community.
As you’ll know if you read Games Digest’s comparison of the Wii and PS3 web browsers yesterday, the only area in which Wii’s Opera browser struggles is any site using Flash 8 – which includes the videos on MySpace and Bebo. However, one of Opera’s senior technical service consultants says it’s Adobe’s fault for not including Flash 8 in the latest version of its Flash SDK.
Let’s get one thing straight. The internet isn’t killing music, any more than home taping did back in the 1980s. Yes, CD sales are on the slide. Yes, people are still using peer-to-peer download services to trouser free music, despite the threat of legal action from the music industry. And yes, it’s possible that a whole generation of teenagers now believe music isn’t something you pay for.