The "checking-in" phenomenon created by FourSquare has since spread into entertainment and now applications like Miso and GetGlue allow users to check-in to things like TV shows, films, sporting events and books.
Like all good ideas that seem to be gaining traction online, Facebook is already allegedly looking to stake its claim on the entertainment check-in.
Over the past few weeks, Facebook has introduced check-in functionality to not only specific locations, but specific events and is now looking at more ways to exploit it. According to Tech Radar, Facebook is looking to team up with broadcasters so that each TV show has its own event on Facebook that users can then check-in to, which enables them to interact with other users whilst they're watching the same show.
Social networks have certainly become a key destination when it comes to talking about shows and live events as they happen, just look at Twitter when a big reality show or sporting event is taking place and it's all anyone seems to be discussing with one another!
There are such huge volumes of people streaming or downloading video content straight from the Internet, it's about time the movie industry realized the potential of releasing films online, and what better platform to partner up with than Facebook.
According to Venture Beat, Facebook users in the US will soon be able to watch films by pressing a "watch now" icon which they can then pay for with Facebook Credits - Facebook's new social currency. They will then be able to "rent" the movie for up to 488 hours and are able to have full control during that time, pausing, rewinding and resuming when they like.
The movies that are being released include Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Inception and Yogi Bear.
Via Venture Beat.
The Oscar folks finally realized that no one just watches the awards show anymore -- our generation of multi-taskers is either online, sending texts, or talking on the phone while watching TV. To keep our attention, they've installed 28 webcams to stream exclsuive backstage content, such as the celebrities mingling at a lobby bar, hair and makeup artists applying a final polish to presenters before they take the stage and awards winners at the post-ceremony celebration at the Governors Ball.
The second-screen experience was actually the idea of Pixar Animation guru John Lasseter, who had pushed the academy to install webcams for years.
The academy and ABC will charge $4.99 for the "All Access" feature, which provides live feeds inside the Kodak Theatre and backstage, as well as at the ball. There is also an iPad and iPhone app for only .99 at the iTunes store.
"The Backstage Pass app is one of the many ways that we are using digital technology to redefine the Oscar experience this year," said Albert Cheng, Disney/ABC Television Group's executive vice president of digital media, in a statement.
Will people pay that much for exclusive Oscar content ? The vote is still out.
Sundance is about the films of course, but after viewing zillions of flicks in one day celebs, writers, and film makers took a break at the GBK suite and loaded up on ...wait for it...hair products.The SH-RD hair line had something for everyone, from under-nourished, parched or just in need of some luxurious care. (Their protein cream is the best for blocking UV rays and preventing environmental damage.$42.00)
We spotted Twilight saga and Breaking Dawn star Chaske Spencer at the GBK suite who picked up some SH-RD Hair care, and told us how he couldn't ski or snowboard or he could lose his job in the Twilight series. (standard in most movie star contracts but tough when you're in Park City.)
Rick Fox and Eliza Dushku also dropped in (pictured) and tried to pretend they weren't a couple, but no one was buying it.
We'll be giving away some of the SH-RD products on Popgadget so check back!
Hollywood is all a twitter this awards season .There are some strange and wonderful rituals that accompany the Golden Globes and the Oscars, including "gifting suites" sometimes called "Hospitality suites" or "style lounges." Aimed to get products into the hands of celebs who might be photographed with the purse, shoe, dress, jewelry, it's also a bonanza for the press, where we preview the new trends, styles and new beauty "inventions." We know, we know, it's a tough job, but..
We hit the two most popular, starting with the Secret Room Events Style Lounge to benefit "To Write Love On Her Arms" at the swanky SLS hotel. (Celebs autographed a git bag which will be auctioned online.)
While loading up on shoes like Holster, a casual jeweled beach wear sandal out of Australia, or Jellypops, a sassy, affordable bootie and shoe line, and fancy hair care such as the Number 4 which boasts "forward-edge technology" and indulging in the manicure and massage treatments, we saw the latest and greatest beauty and style inventions.
For instance, CGear Multimat or sand free mat was very popular. Originally designed as a deployable helimat to eliminate dirt, dust and debris from being kicked up by the helicopters rotors when landing, the inventors then applied the same technology to its' beach mat. It works by allowing the sand to fall through the rug, without coming back up. Genius.
To give you an idea, here is just some of the sponsors gifting Golden Globe nominees at the Secret Events soiree: trips to the Caribbean from Caribbean Living Magazine; FUSIONEXCEL, N3Y Japanese skin care products, La racing X, Elvislaskin, Balensi Spa Inc, Number 4 Hair care, Nubar Cosmetic Products, Lovopoly.com, Smiink Australia "smile & wink bar, Holster Shoes, Cgear Sand-Free, GlyMed Plus, PTL Global Inc NuBra Seamless, Xen-Tan, JellyPop Shoes, Biotivias Celle, Myfaceworks, Sprout Watches, Trentadue Winery, Cailyn Cosmetics From Smile World, Melissa Shoes, EcoLife By Intek ,Passion Parties Inc. and more.
Next, we traveled up the hill (Beverly Hills, that is) to jeweler-to-the-stars Pascal Mouawad's glam pad, who hosted celebs such as Jenny McCarthy, Bachlorette Ali Fedotowsky, Milla Jovovich, and Chad Rogers (Bravo's Million Dollar Listing) among others. As part of the new Nivea "Look Like You Give A Damn" campaign, men enjoyed a complimentary shave while both sexes chose, hair styling by Mika of Gavert Atelier salon,Valerie Beverly Hills make up and eye brow shaping, JOICO Hair Care, and of course the stars debated over couture gowns for the big event Sunday night. (Jenny McCarthy, above, received over 8,000 dollars worth of Pascal Mouawad Diamonds. Nice to be Queen.)
For the Oscars, we'll "gift" our readers with a sweepstakes $5,000 celeb bag, so stay tuned!
Chances are, you or someone you know suffers from severe Hourglass Syndrome. Can you imagine how much more you could get done if you didn't have to wait so long for your computer to catch up with you? Not so long ago, when I worked as an IT consultant during grad school, I used to walk into offices where people would get to work, turn on their computers, then go get breakfast while their computers booted up because they so hated watching that hourglass spin. The average person spends three full days a year waiting for their computers to catch up. Based on what I've seen, it's probably not uncommon for that to be three weeks a year.
Do you want to have three extra days in 2011? Popgadget is teaming up with Intel this holiday season to give someone a complete state-of-the-art tech makeover!
You seen fashion PCs, catwalk-worthy phones, and even haute couture-inspired cars. Now meet the fashion handheld console. A Japan-exclusive, Sony is releasing the “Jill Stuart Sweet Limited Package” a blossum pink PlayStation Portable. This special edition console was created in conjunction with designer Jill Stuart
The limited edition set includes the pastel-colored PSP a pouch with a beaded pearl strap along with a matching pink cleaning cloth. There is also a 4GB Memory Stick Pro Duo all packaged in a cute pink box.
The “Jill Stuart Sweet Limited Package" becomes available on March 4 for $230. Interested gamers should start looking for a good import site.
Even though dating should be about having fun and meeting new people, it's also about finding out if this person is potential mate material. I mean you want to know if the person sitting across from you has had serious run-ins with the law or has picked their nose since age seven. Thanks to this new iPhone and Android app, you might not be able to check about the nose picking habit, but you can get the deets on just about everything else.
Created by information commerce company, Intelius, Date Check does what the company does best, dig up dirt.Date Check is an app that lets users pull up all those juicy secrets that you want to know, but might be too shy to ask on the first or second date. With a flick of the wrist you can find out if a person has a criminal history via the sleeze detector. You can also see if they own real estate, or if they're living with someone -- say a spouse they might have forgotten to mention.
The app is currently available for free on the Android Marketplace and the Apple App Store.
Computer peripheral manufacturer, S&J Co., Ltd, proves that sometimes to get great sound you have to break a few eggs. Their new line of ultra portable speakers are egg-shaped and awesome hence their name, Eggy.
The little speakers pack decent sound thanks to their 2W output and digital amps. They're USB-powered so there's no need to worry about batteries. The coolest thing about these speakers is that the magnetically lock. Once you're done using them, just put them together and you've got a shiny egg that can be easily slipped into a bag or pocket. These speakers would be an awesome peripheral for all those netbooks and laptops out there.
No word yet on price or availability, but they will be showing at this year's CES, so hopefully there will be more information in January.
Via Coolest Gadgets
I haven't had anything Hello Kitty since I was a little girl, but iriver is really making me backtrack on that decision. Their new black Hello Kitty PMP is sleek and stylish enough that I wouldn't feel silly using it public. From the gold-accented bow to the whiskers, I just can't stop looking at it.
Available in 2GB and 4GB versions, the player is still a Japanese exclusive. It come packaged with earbuds and a USB cable. Volume and playback controls are located on the back of Kitty's head. Weighing in at a mere 16g, you just want to take it everywhere. The silicon cases are a cute touch, not only can you dress your Hello Kitty up, it keeps it safe from scratches.
It's set to release in Japan in time for the holidays. No word on when or if its coming stateside, but if you're a Hello Kitty fanatic you might want to look into importing this pretty mama. It's retailing for about $90.