Digital video camera / MP3 player hybrid has balls


Have you ever wanted a tiny digital video camera, that’s about the size of a ping-pong ball, with built in MP3 player? No, me neither, but that doesn’t seem to have stopped the DVR Camball getting through the focus groups.

It’s a brave device. Perhaps something a film maker might call “avante-garde”, and what the rest of us would call “weird”. And for some reason they decided to make it spherical too…

YouTube announces live video will be offered by end of 2008

In the video above (courtesy of the lovely Sarah Meyers from Pop17), the rumour about YouTube offering live video is confirmed, by none other than YouTube co-founder Steve Chen himself.

Chen claims it will happen in “2008. We’ll do it this year” and that “live video is just something that we’ve always wanted to do, we’ve never had the resources to do it correctly, but now with Google, we hope to actually do it this year.”

With YouTube to offer live video later in the year, that puts a lot of pressure on live-streaming platforms, such as Justin.TV, Ustream…

Broadcast from your blog with Selfcast's new widget

selfcast.jpgP2P broadcasting service Selfcast has launched a new widget, allowing people to embed their channel in any blog or social networking profile.

It takes the form of a badge that’s available in three sizes: a button, static video image or full-size media player. Selfcast suggests that it could be used by bands to broadcast live gigs on their MySpace profiles, or local councils to embed planning meetings on their website.

2007 Tech Trends No. 7: Lifecasting


In 2006, YouTube became an internet sensation, as thousands of savvy users realised they could grasp their 15 minutes of fame online, armed only with a good idea and a digital camera / webcam / mobile phone. Sure, there’s loads of rubbish on YouTube, but there’s also some killer vids that wouldn’t have been allowed anywhere near a ‘professional’ TV studio.