Clicker: A One-Stop Shop For Online Video (1000 Invites)

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#news#Video Services#web Related Posts Finding specific online videos from TV networks and independent producers can often be a daunting challenge. Some TV shows are on Hulu, some can only be found as paid downloads on iTunes or Amazon and some are only available for streaming on the network’s and producer’s own sites. Clicker wants to change this by making it easier to find shows from TV networks, music videos, and web videos from across the Internet. Clicker is currently in private beta and only available in the US. The company gave us 1000 invites for our readers. Read on to find out how you can get yours.Clicker aggregates over 300,000 episodes from over 1,200 networks, as well as 50,000 music videos and thousands of movies. Features and User InterfaceThere are, of course, already numerous video search engines like blinkx or Truveo. Few of these make it as easy as Clicker to find the videos you are looking for, however. With auto-completed searches, a smart categorization system and well designed search results page, finding the right video on Clicker is a snap. Whenever possible, Clicker uses video embeds to play videos right on its own page, though if a show can’t be embedded, Clicker will point to other sources. It’s important to point out that while most of these videos are available for free, Clicker also indexes shows that are only available for paid downloads and streams on services like iTunes or Amazon. Clicker also indexes shows from Netflix – though you need to be a Netflix subscriber to stream these.A very useful feature on Clicker is that users can subscribe to shows and build up a personal library of shows and playlists. Every episode page gives users the option to add this episode to the playlist or to subscribe to the complete series. Clicker also keeps a record of all the shows a user has watched already. All of these features are nice and useful, but the area where Clicker really shines is in how it presents the search results and how easy it is to browse the site and discover shows. Taming the Wild West of Online VideoWith its focus on indexing high-quality videos and making it easy to find them, Clicker manages to stand out from its competition. Earlier this week, Clicker added Blake Krikorian, the founder of Sling Media to its board of directors, whose experience in this market will definitely be a boon for the company.As Clicker’s CEO Jim Lanzone told us earlier today, online video is still going through its Wild West phase. Thanks to services like Clicker, it’s now getting a lot easier to find and play online videos without having to search through dozens of sites.InvitesClicker gave us 1000 invites. Simply click here, sign up, and you are ready to go. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting frederic lardinois 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

AWS vs. VMware vs. OpenStack: And The Cloud Winner Is…

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Tags:#Amazon#AWS#cloudstack#Eucalyptus#OpenStack#VMware As much as we don’t like markets being dominated by a single vendor, it’s almost as bad to try to choose between a chaotic mix of vendors. That’s the current state of the cloud market, and it’s giving some prospective buyers fits. For public cloud, Amazon is the early leader, but within the enterprise…? It’s not so clear.The major cloud vendors admit as much. In a recent Quora thread, executives from Eucalyptus, VMware and more debate who leads the Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud market. Answer? It depends.AWS vs. VMware vs. OpenStack?Eucalyptus CEO Marten Mickos starts it off, answering the question of “In the IaaS cloud market, who will win between AWS, VMware and OpenStack?” with:All three camps have their respective strengths. VMware is the undisputed leader in virtualization and more broadly in on-premise infrastructure software. So far they have little to show when it comes to public clouds. OpenStack has huge popularity and the backing of legacy IT vendors. They are fighting the public cloud and the private cloud battle at the same time. Amazon Web Services are overwhelming leaders in public cloud, an industry that is growing fast. AWS hasn’t done much with large enterprises or on-premise environments. They do have Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), Direct Connect (DC), and the partnership with Eucalyptus.But it’s not as if these vendors are operating in a vacuum. As VMware cloud executive Matthew Lodge notes, both AWS and VMware bring existing fan bases (he calls them “power bases”) to the cloud party. VMware has an enviable foothold with enterprise IT and AWS owns developers. OpenStack, as Lodge points out, has “undoubted enthusiasm around the project from vendors and early users” but “no strong power base” and still lacks many public clouds built on its technology, and has been particularly slow to gain traction in Europe. Cloud Apples vs. Cloud OrangesWhich, of course, is a reminder that at times we’re comparing cloud apples and cloud oranges here.IaaS architect Jason Heiss hones in on this, posing a mock rhetorical question – “In the housing market, who will win between Century 21, Home Depot and a lumber mill?” – and then stressing that each of these cloud providers is “selling different things to different people,” concluding “They’ll likely all ‘win,’ in the sense that cloud adoption is still nascent in many companies.”I’m not sure that I agree that all will win, even in Heiss’ sense. While the cloud a growing market with lots of room for “winners,” enterprises are going to settle on a few vendors, not many. VMware has the “power base” with enterprises, and AWS has the same with developers. Eucalyptus ties the enterprise into the power of AWS through its API, and OpenStack has a great deal of momentum from vendors who want it to succeed against incumbent power bases.In other words, this game is nowhere near over, and it may be too soon to pick a winner.Can Any One Vendor Win The Cloud?And even when we do pick a winner, are we picking a winner in enterprise cloud deployments, public cloud deployments, hybrid cloud deployments, deployments of public clouds built on one’s cloud technology, or something else altogether? Defining the market matters, and at present it’s not clear that there’s any useful way to describe the overall “cloud market” as a coherent thing that any one vendor could possibly win.So when you read that OpenStack has upended the private cloud market, or read a blow-by-blow account of who’s winning between CloudStack or OpenStack, a healthy dose of skepticism may be in order. Not of the analyses, which are often quite good, but rather of the very idea that any particular vendor could win this amorphous market we call “cloud.”Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Related Posts center_img Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… Matt Asay How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloudlast_img read more

Odisha rolls out plan to reduce snakebite deaths

first_imgWith snakebites emerging as the leading cause of natural disaster deaths in Odisha, the State government has decided to ensure deployment of doctors at primary health centres in snakebite-prone areas and make ambulances available for swift transfer of patients to hospitals.As many as 1,716 people lost their lives due to snakebites during the past three years. The number of casualties due to snakebite, highest among all disasters, accounts for about 37% of the total disaster deaths (4,689) during the period.“We have asked the Health and Family Welfare Department to ensure availability of medical officers at primary health centres in snakebite-prone areas. Besides, required number of 108 ambulances will be made available in blocks for shifting snakebite patients to the nearest health institution,” said Bishnupada Sethi, Managing Director of the Odisha State Disaster Management Authority.The State government is working on a plan to bring all snakebite victims to the nearest health institution at the earliest for medical examination and administering anti-venom. Highest deaths The highest of 164 deaths has been reported from Balasore district, followed by 147 in Ganjam and 145 in both Keonjhar and Mayurbhanj during the period.last_img read more

Day 1 wrap-up: NTL 2018 & Elite 8

first_imgThe first day of play of National Touch League 2018 and Elite 8 was a beauty. Participants took the revised game touchdown turnaround format in their stride and played some superb touch football.And in the spirit of International Women’s Day, we were celebrating the fact that 58 of the 123 teams were either Women’s or Mixed – with a total of 812 female players.Speaking of awesome women, in the Women’s 27’s, NQ remains undefeated, as do the Cobras in the Women’s 35’s and the Hornets in the Women’s 40’s.Another division we want to give a big shout-out to is the new addition – Men’s 60’s. The Scorpions did particularly well in that division, coming out on top after day one.The Men’s T League has a wealth of strong contenders, with the CQ Bulls, Sunshine Coast, the ACT Raiders and Sharks all undefeated.The Men’s 30’s is another particularly competitive division, with the Sharks, Scorpions and Hornets undefeated on day one.In the Men’s 40’s, the Scorpions came out on top, and in the Men’s 45’s the Cobras and Sunshine Coast didn’t lose a game.In Senior Mixed, Tasmania prevailed, and three teams in the Mixed Opens – the Sharks, Rebels and Cobras – remain undefeated.In Elite 8, Queensland teams are at the top of the Men’s and Women’s ladders by the end of day one: the Women’s Titans and Men’s Cowboys. That’s despite the fact that the star try scorers for the Elite 8 tournament came from other teams – Ashleigh Quinlan for the Rebels (8 touchdowns throughout the day) and Tommy Quinlivan from the Broncos (7 touchdowns).The other top try scorers for the day were Serena Albert, with 8 touchdowns for the Rebels in the Mixed Opens, Braydon Hegarty, with 8 for the CQ Bulls in the Men’s T League… And the player who made the most tries for the day – Troy Nichols, who made 9 for the Sharks in the Men’s 30’s.We’re looking forward to seeing how the action unfolds tomorrow! Catch up on Thursday’s Field 1 games at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEfkB8ylEJ8 and watch tomorrow (Friday’s) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WsFEEAPHB0.last_img read more