Jun 07

With new player, Real adopts software model of company it had threatened 7 years earlier (Streambox)

New RealPlayer Instantly Downloads Online Video — www.RealPlayer.com

The new RealPlayer has sparked all kinds of deep copyright discussions, but the irony I note in this launch is the similarity of this new capability with that of the StreamBox Ripper. StreamBox Ripper was a product that allowed for the saving of – among others – RealAudio streams. Real threatened Streambox and Streambox backed down, in an early application of DMCA.

That said, RealPlayer was due for an overhaul.

Jun 07

Safari 3 for Windows opens .Mac (dotmac) to Windows

Safari 3 for Windows – Engadget

Apple has decided to take allow Windows user to join the Safari, but this also opens .Mac (dotmac) to Windows users, complete with 60-day trial. It doesn’t, however,  make .Mac more compelling (you can get it all, without the eye candy, from Google for free). This was already guessed at earlier this year.