Month: November 2007

NowLive Makes Hosting Your Own Show A Breeze!

What will happen when the entire world has the power to create a live broadcast at anytime from anywhere? That’s the question NowLive CEO and co-founder Kevin Bromber is asking. NowLive is a combination social networking and user-generated broadcasting site that empowers users to host live, interactive talk shows from a regular telephone, Google Talk or Skype. The service helps users without any special broadcasting skills to take to the airwaves. Perfect for marketers, film makers, presenters, as well as, wanna-be dj’s and talk show hosts. Users with a social networking profile on sites such as MySpace or popular blog sites like LiveJournal, Blogger or TypePad can embed their own live talk show directly into their personal profile via the NowLive Talk Show widget. Watch the video to learn more. Check out the show...

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Chinglish: Lost In Translation

We’ve discovered yet another humorous book many of our readers may want to add to their collections. It’s called Chinglish: Lost in Translation (Gibbs Smith), a hysterical photo book loaded with images of so-called Chinglish signs. The author, Oliver Lutz Radtke traveled the provinces of China capturing images of Chinglish signs, bill boards, placards, menus, and documents. Chinglish, for the uninitiated, is an English language slang term, used to describe English interspersed with Chinese language errors common to those Chinese speaking persons who have yet to master English. According to Radtke, “Chinglish is very often funny because of the sometimes scarily direct nature of the new meaning produced by the translation. A ‘deformed man toilet’ in Shanghai or an “anus hospital” is funny because it instantly destroys linguistic euphemisms we Westerners have carefully built up when talking about sensitive topics. Chinglish annihilates these conventions right away. Chinglish is right in your face.” A thoughtfully written forward by Susian Stahle, a Chinese language researchers at Heidleberg University, Institute of Chines Studies, helps explain the reasons why Chinglish exists. We’re glad Radtke took the time to document these images. They may not be around for long, if the Chinese government has anything to say about it. In preparation for the upcoming 2008 Olympic Games, Beijing has harnessed a huge workforce whose job it is to erradicate Chinglish from the capital, and...

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HD Web: Nelly Furtado In High Definition

Take a sneak peek into the future of online video. Showcasing content from a variety of industries, including music, movies, professional sports, games, and news, the HD Web site enables you to watch All Things (Come To An End) the new music video from Nelly Furtado, see an episode of CBS’s CSI or BBC’s Earth, follow top skiers around the world, preview the trailer for an upcoming DVD, and more—all in High Definition...

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The Kindle: Amazon Reinvents The Book

Amazon.com has developed an electronic book reader known as Kindle, which provides a revolutionary electronic-paper display via a sharp, high-resolution screen that looks and reads like real paper. The device is lighter and thinner than a typical paperback; weighs only 10.3 ounces and comes with features traditional books can’t match—adjustable font sizes, a full text search engine, and wireless connectivity via the cellular Whispernet broadband service. This means you can buy books nearly anywhere, whether you are near a wireless hotspot or not (with no extra connection charges or service plans). And, books—88,000 to choose from—can be downloaded quickly, often less than one minute, for less than $10 (most titles). Free sample chapters are available for download to help you decide whether to buy or not. But, Kindle is more than a book reader. It also provides wireless access to U.S. newspapers (The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post), international newspapers (Le Monde, Frankfurter Allgemeine, and The Irish Times), popular magazines (TIME, Atlantic Monthly, and Forbes), blogs (BoingBoing, Slashdot, TechCrunch, ESPN’s Bill Simmons, The Onion, Michelle Malkin, and The Huffington Post), and even Wikipedia. You can even use Kindle to view your own content. Email your Word documents and pictures (.jpg, .GIF, .BMP, .PNG) to Kindle for easy on-the-go viewing. Learn more about...

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The Cat Owner’s Manual: Operating Instructions, Troubleshooting, and Advice on Lifetime Maintenance

It’s not often that we spot excellent technical communication products, especially not while taking our feline pal to the kitty dentist. But that’s exactly what happened on a recent excursion to our local veterinary office. While our domestic short-haired friend was being prepped for plaque removal (not very much fun, according to the cats we interviewed), we discovered two books displayed in the clinic waiting room that we couldn’t pass up. Both tomes are published by aptly-named Quirk Publishing, creator of “irreference” books (Irreverent + Reference = Irreference) and are designed like a product user guides, aimed at helping dog and cat owners take great care of their pets. Cats and dogs are described as “products” that are of a certain “model” and that come with “features”, a “parts list”, a “brand” identity, and whose usage instructions include “warnings”, “cautions” and “expert tips”. The books are loaded with excellent graphic illustrations, well-written prose, and structured much like any “owner’s manual”—only better—much better! The Cat Owner’s Manual: Operating Instructions, Troubleshooting, and Advice on Lifetime Maintenance Authors Dr. David Brunner and Sam Stall open this hysterically useful book by writing: “Welcome to your new cat! Whether or not you just acquired a new cat or are contemplating getting one, congratulations. This product’s value as a companion and source of entertainment is lengendary throughout the world. Favored by everyone from ancient Eqyptian...

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