Tech Week in Review: Olympic Spoiler Blockers, Microsoft Introduces Outlook.com, People Watch A Lot of YouTube, and More…
Aug 3, 2012, by SMSS
If you’re like me, you have Olympic fever right now, and can’t wait to check out highlights or settle in for gymnastics after a long day at work. Unfortunately, in the social media-driven world we live in (not to mention that London is in a totally different time zone), some the great Olympic moments are shared with the masses before we have a chance to live it for ourselves.
Developer Greg Leuch of Free Art & Technology decided to stop the spoiling and created Olwimpics – which blocks Olympic over shares from ruining your game experience.
The blocker recognizes keywords that might reveal results and winners by covering them with an Olympic-themed bar. You can get Olwimpics for Safari, Firefox, or Chrome.
According to a Mashable report, we watch a lot of silly videos a month – 4 BILLION hours a month in fact. This is up from three billion hours a month in May.
YouTube’ reports that 72 hours of video are uploaded to the site every minute, which means there are ton of people posting silly videos of their pet chinchilla and crossing their fingers it will go viral. Amazon hopes to give competitors such as Netflix and Hulu a run for their money with the launch of their new application – an instant video player for the iPad.
“Watch thousands of titles available from Prime Instant Video at no additional cost with an Amazon Prime membership and over 120,000 videos available from the Amazon Instant Video store by installing the Amazon Instant Video app,” it explains on its app’s information page.
Microsoft just recently introduced Outlook.com – a brand new email service.
“You already know Outlook via the Outlook desktop application-for PCs and Macs-as the world's most popular application for reading email, managing a calendar, and connecting to people. And you may have used the Outlook Web App connected to Exchange Server in your organization. Now, in addition to a desktop application and a service for businesses, we're offering Outlook as a personal email service - Outlook.com,” it explains of their blog. It continues; “Email isn't just about the browser anymore. In fact, email represents 20% of the time we spend on smartphones, and is used extensively on tablets as well as PCs. Outlook is designed cloud first, so all of your mail is always available wherever you are.”
What important events stood out in tech for you this week? I would love to hear what news is important to you.