What I’m looking at on the internet

Facebook is now offering anti-virus software from McAfee, Norton and Microsoft to its users via the Facebook AV Marketplace. Photo credit: PC Mag

My how time flys by! It’s hard to believe that I’ve been blogging for an entire semester now.

Seeing how this will be my last ‘official’ blog, I thought it would be fun to share some interesting things I’ve found on the web the past few days to give you an idea of what my browsing habits are like.

Here we go!

This really awesome concept video from 1994 shows a tablet computer that can read newspapers just like an iPad, but no one had any idea what an iPad was back then.

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Preview: Upcoming tech events summer 2012

VidCon, a huge annual video conference featuring YouTube stars like Phillip DeFranco, will take place in Anaheim, CA from June 28-30. Photo credit: VidCon

As the semester wraps up here at Purdue, it’s a good time to preview all of the awesome tech events that will be taking place over the summer.

There are likely to be more events added to the summer schedule at Purdue, so be sure to check the Purdue Newsroom for updates.

A great site to check for events on the national/international level is tech enthusiast site CNET.

Here are some of the events that are happening around the Purdue/Lafayette area:

  • April 28: 3rd Annual Purdue electronic vehicle Grand Prix takes place at 1 p.m. at the Purdue Grand Prix track (Free and open to the public)
  • May 12: 2nd Purdue Collegiate evGrandPrix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

If you’re not around the Lafayette area, here are some of the large-scale events to look out for this summer:

  • April 26 – 27: TheNextWeb Conference will be taking place in Amsterdam. Events include a hack battle, speakers from prominent companies like YouTube and Reddit, and info about new tech start-ups.
  • June 28-30: 3rd Annual VidCon 2012 in the Anaheim, Calif. Convention Center. Huge video conference to meet and greet with YouTube stars like LiveLavaLive, MeekaKitty and Nanalew. Full list of guests on VidCon website.

What tech events are you looking forward to the most?

Microsoft Executive sings her resignation on YouTube

Former Microsoft executive Karen Cheng decided to leave the company in style by singing her resignation in a video that was posted to her YouTube channel.

A project manager from tech giant Microsoft decided to go out in style by singing her resignation in a video that was posted to YouTube.

Executive Karen X. Cheng, posted the video to her YouTube account on April 16.

Cheng is moving to another company called Exec, which is a new company that was started by the creator of the popular broadcasting site, Justin.tvaccording to TechCrunch.

The video is very creative but I had mixed feelings as I was watching her sing about all of the things that she worked on while she worked at Microsoft.

There is an element of sadness because it can be sad to leave your job, but I was also laughing a little as I was watching, because the lyrics are quite clever, and she smiled a lot as she was singing.

For your viewing pleasure, here is the video:

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SourceFed: the awesome new YouTube channel

SourcedFed is a YouTube channel created under YouTube's $100 million dollar investment to create original content for the site. Photo credit: Tumblr

If you’re not up to speed on YouTube news, they recently decided to pump $100 million dollars into creating  new channels of original content for the website.

One of my new favorite channels from that multimillion dollar investment is called SourceFed.

SourceFed is essentially a video series on YouTube that delivers short video clips about newsy-type topics ranging from politicians to dinosaurs.

It’s sort of like a short version of The Colbert Report for YouTube.

Or as SourceFed describes their channel:

“everything that should and shouldn’t matter to you explained and broken apart by people who vomit words.”

Their flagship show is called 20 Minutes or Less, and it’s all kinds of awesome.

Why?

SourceFed is based on a blog of the same name by Phillip DeFranco, who is one of the biggest celebrities on YouTube. His show, The Phillip Defranco Show, is equally hilarious as well. I watch his show on a daily basis. [Edit: I should note that Philly D’s show is not family friendly (it contains explicit language), but SourceFed keeps it clean – for the most part.]

The writing for 20 Minutes or Less is really great.

The editing is fast paced, the hosts for SourceFed, which include Phillip DeFrancoJoe Beretta, Lee NewtonElliot Morgan, and Kevin Brueck do a really good job keeping the topics interesting with snarky commentary and using a lot of humor throughout the show.

What do you think about YouTube’s investment in original content? Do you watch any YouTube shows on a regular basis?

Here’s an episode of 20 Minutes or Less from last week where the hosts learn that a new species of dinosaur was discovered.

Facebook is buying Instagram for $1 billion

Facebook acquired the popular photo sharing app Instagram today for a price of $1 billion. Photo credit: CBS news.com

1 billion dollars – that’s how much Facebook announced today that it’s going to shell out to buy Instagram, the free photo sharing application for mobile devices.

If you’re not familiar, Instagram is a really cool program that allows users to create some awesome looking photos without much effort.

You just launch the app, take a photo, and apply one of the frames/filters to the photo – that’s it. I’ve seen some really great looking photos on Instagram.

Here’s an example of what a photo looks like after applying one of the filters using Instagram:

A photo I took using Instagram of my family's cat, preacher.

Another thing that makes Facebook’s acquisition very interesting is that Instagram recently launched on the Android platform – it was previously only available to Apple device owners.

Instagram has been seeing huge growth lately, gaining around 30 million users this year alone, especially since they launched the Android variant of their app.

According to Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, all 13 employees at Instagram will be joining Facebook, but Instagram will continue to be an independent entity. That puts the employees’ individual value at about $77 million per person, in case you were wondering.

Zuckerberg also mentioned that a much easier way to share photos with Facebook from within Instagram is in the works for the future.

What are your thoughts about Facebook buying Instagram? Will they make it better?

The Hunger Games needs a more restrictive rating in the UK, say experts and parents

The Hunger Games film contains too much violence for its current rating in the UK, according to some experts and parents. Photo credit: Starpulse.com

Experts and Parents in the UK want the restrictive rating for the Hunger Games movie to be raised to a no-one under-15-admitted policy.

The UK has a different rating system than the U.S. has. Instead of ratings, as we call them in the U.S., they have certificates.

The current certificate for the Hunger Games is 12 A – meaning that no one under the age of 12 will be admitted to the film, unless they are accompanied to the film by an adult who is at least 18.

Experts want the film to be raised to a certificate of 15 because of the violent content of the movie.

The film was originally given a certificate of 15, but after the producers agreed to make a 7 second cut of brutality and bloodshed, it was lowered to a 12 A.

According to the Daily Mail, a British tabloid newspaper, one expert warned that:

“children who see the controversial film are at risk of having its disturbing scenes ‘hard-wired’ into their brains.”

I haven’t seen the film yet, but I hope to sometime soon. I have heard from many people, including my girlfriend, that the books are very violent.

I’m curious to see how much of that they transferred into the film.

What do you think about the movie rating systems? Are they too harsh? How helpful are they?

I’d love to know what you think! Please leave me a comment or vote in the poll!