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Online Movies and TV Shows a Big Hit

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Online Movies and TV Shows a Big Hit

According to a recent study from Parks Associate and the Broadband, Communications, and Entertainment Bundles, viewership of online full-length content doubled over the last year. Households continue to watch more movies and even move television programs as catching up on missed shows or finding better times to watch programs through online portals has become increasingly popular.

The numbers are astounding if you are still connected to the Internet through a dial-up connection or are not participating in the content viewing that is happening. But 25 million US homes are watching television content through their broadband connections on their computers. While 20 millions US homes are watching movies in the same fashion. The aliens from Hulu.com commercials have taken over the world.

FeelingFlu.com Sponsors H1N1 Online Chat

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FeelingFlu.com Sponsors H1N1 Online Chat

Medical Professionals will be providing straight forward answers to anyone that joins an online chat November 5th hosted by FeelingFlu.com. Dr Allan Greene will be answering questions during the “Get the Facts about Swine Flu” chat tomorrow. With many worried that they are unable to get the vaccine and still wanting to protect themselves and their families, this chat is designed to provide the answers.

Dr Greene, a pediatrician, wants to dispel the false rumors that have circulated on the Internet. From what causes the flu to how it spreads and the symptoms of the N1H1 virus. He plans to discuss who to protect yourself from the virus, what to do if someone in your family contracts the flu, and containing the spread of the flu; all during his chat on the 5th.

Taking Online Dating to a New Level with Clicck

Taking Online Dating to a New Level with Clicck

On October 11, Clicck technology brought a whole way to find compatible singles to the online community. Using facial recognition software, singles can now select certain facial features that they prefer and then search current online profiles for individuals with similar facial features. The user tags an online photo and is prompted to tell the software why they prefer the photo. These preferences are stored and used during future searches.

The company strived to bring this technology online as an alternative to the popular eHarmony model which matches individuals on personality and character traits and not to such a large extent on physical attributes. If you visit the Clicck site you will notice that their primary audience is the gay community. But the company plans to expand to include all groups.

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PandaLabs Releases Numbers for Virus Victims

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PandaLabs Releases Numbers for Virus Victims

Panda Security’s malware analysis have releases information about new rouge-ware programs that appear to be antivirus applications but actually hijack your computer and steal your data files. Cyber criminals are using viruses to hijack your computer (ransom-ware) until you purchase their “anti-viral” software which unlocks the system for normal use again according to the security firm.

Total Security 2009 is the anti-viral/ransom-ware application that is being sold to release the systems. It costs victims $79.95 as a one time fee with an additional tech support plan available. PandaLabs is now releasing the serial numbers that Total Security 2009 sells to victims and has also released a video describing the scam. They have also released a report on the lucrative business of rouge-ware.

 

DealTaker.com Jumps the Gun on Black Friday

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DealTaker.com Jumps the Gun on Black Friday

DealTaker.com, a coupon and shopping deal site, has begun the holiday shopping season early with their listing ad of Black Friday deals. The company is optimistic about the holiday shopping season with the economy recovering and personal incomes improving over the recent months. Today marks 50 days to the famous shopping day after Thanksgiving, so it’s a great time to start advertising.

Shopping codes and a countdown counter add to the excitement the website is creating around the start of the holiday shopping period. The also features deals from over 2,000 merchants and tips from nearly 1/4 of a million users. At times the forums get a little aggressive with helpful information for shopping which has led to some merchants to ask for material to be removed. So keep in touch will other bargain hunters this season as you shop for your family and loved ones.

New Sony PlayStation Portable Available Today

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New Sony PlayStation Portable Available Today

For all those waiting for the new Sony PlayStation Portable, today is the day of the latest release. The go system is available in North American for $249. The new go system is designed to not only provide the best gaming experience available in a portable device but to also offer many entertainment options.

All the new UMD games will also be available for the PSPgo. Gran Turismo and MotoStorm are two of the new available right away for the device. PixelJunk Monsters Deluxe is available from the Network Exclusives. Plus minis (bit-size games), UMD legacy titles, PSone Classics, and Videos. Over 2,000 movies and over 13,000 television shows are now available to be watched on the device.

 

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FanCast.com Reaches Out On New TV Schedules

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FanCast.com Reaches Out On New TV Schedules

Fancast.com has all the programming and extras you could want now that the fall schedule is coming out on television here in North America. And the company is turning up their marketing efforts to get out the word about their 10,000 hours of online television programming in addition to their extra features like chats, blogs, photos, directories and more. Fancast goes up against Hulu this season which had a big push over the past 6 months to gain new viewers. Fancast feels they offer a great mix of features and television online for fans to catch the episodes they missed last night.

Starting today they have recaps of popular shows like NCIS, CSI: Miami, Glee, How I met your Mother, and Gilligan’s Island. CBS is a content partner with the site which explains the number of shows from CBS that find their way to Fancast.com. Take a look at the site today and keep your eyes open for their new ads appearing offline everywhere.

Promoting your Site with RSS Feeds

Promoting your Site with RSS Feeds

Getting readers for your blog is something that many are seeking to do now-a-days with blogging being so popular. One way to get consistent readers is through the use of an RSS feed. Readers subscript to your RSS feed and view the content through an external reader without having to visit your blog unless they want to read similar articles or comment on an article.

Google Reader is a very popular online RSS reader that many use today to group and read RSS feeds from all over the Internet. Google will also suggest additional RSS feeds to read based upon your current selection of feeds. If you want to have access to hundreds of articles a day on a certain topic without having to navigate to all those sites, RSS readers are an excellent time saver and information sharing mechanism.

Chitika Does Research on iPhone Users

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Chitika Does Research on iPhone Users

Chitika is a popular online advertising network which just today released an advertising report on mobile vs online internet usage. What they found after analyzing close to 100 million ad click throws is that mobile users are less like by about 50% to visit an advertisement than individuals surfer the net on a personal computer or laptop.

One of the reasons for this difference in advertising interest may be the nature of the use of mobile devices. Smart phones are often used for doing quick searches while other forms of Internet usage encourage browsing and shopping. Another interesting point is the iPhone users are the least likely to click on ads. You can see the complete report here.

Cars.com Releases Their Best and Worst Cars of the Decade

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Cars.com Releases Their Best and Worst Cars of the Decade

Cars.com released today their list of worst cars of the 2000s and they also put together their most-improved car list for the same period. Great information for anyone looking to purchase a used car that wants to avoid buying a lemon or for anyone looking to purchase a new car that wants one of the best automobiles available.

The worst list starts with the Pontiac Aztec, all the Daewoos, and the Isuzu VehiCROSS. A surprise worst automobile is the Jaguar X-type which was a major disappointment for a fairly decent manufacturer. Jaguar moved into the lower end market and couldn’t produce a decent automobile. Topping the list of worst of 2000s is the SmartForTwo. Major complaints include the reduce passenger space, the manual transmission and dangerous roll-over possibilities. Take a look at both lists today for some really good entertainment.

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