Two of Hollywood’s biggest production companies want to give Netflix and Hulu a run for their money. Consumers should soon to able to download HD movies and shows directly onto their flash drives to view movies, bypassing traditional online streaming sites.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment have teamed up with digital data companies SanDisk and Western Digital to create an easier, faster and organized way to store entertainment.

“Project Phenix” — yep, that’s how they spell it — will enable movie watchers to store purchased HD content on USB thumb drives. Since it’s on a portable device, you’ll be able to view content without an Internet connection on televisions, PCs, laptops, tablets and game consoles.

“[It] will allow consumers to easily access and store true HD digital content,” said Darcy Antonellis, President, Warner Bros. Technical Operations, in a press release.

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Full 1080p quality HD movies and TV shows, including newly released content, will be available for download, storage and backup on UltraViolet cloud-based storage.

The project took form under the new Secure Content Storage Association (SCSA). The group works to protect vulnerable files online. The association hopes to combat movie piracy by offering copy-protected content via cloud-based storage.

“The vision for this new product is to store, play and back up in the cloud personal and professional content,” said Mike Dunn, President, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. “The device renders content up to 10 times faster than over-the-top internet. We see Project Phenix as a key component of the emerging digital ecosystem.”

Movie watchers can access downloads online or offline in its true Hollywood form, says SCSA members. Watch the video above to find out more about this new way to see movies and T.V. shows at home.

Would you be interested in this movie innovation — carrying around HD movies and shows on a flash drive or portable hard drive? Let us know in the comments.

Image courtesy of Flickr, creativecommoners.

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Microsoft just launched the consumer preview of Windows 8. That means anyone who wants to check out the latest version of Microsoft’s new operating system — unveiled on Wednesday at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona — can download it right now and start scrolling through Metro apps in all of their tiled glory.

How can you get this groundbreaking piece of pre-release software? Just head on over to Microsoft’s site and download. Microsoft has said repeatedly that Windows 8 would run on any machine that can run Windows 7, so theoretically you should be able to install it on your Win7 PC with no problems (of course, be sure to back up all your stuff thoroughly).

Be warned, though: this is pre-release “beta” software — not ready for prime time yet. As we found in our detailed look at the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, the OS still has many bugs, and some of the functionality isn’t fully baked. Most notably on the “under construction” list: OS-level sharing, which right now can only be done with the Mail app.

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However, for those bold enough, using Windows 8 on a touchscreen device or with a traditional mouse and keyboard is a fascinating experience. Many Metro apps, with their full-screen nature, look gorgeous, and Microsoft has built bridges into the OS for connecting with services such as Facebook and Flickr. Of course, the traditional desktop is always just a click or two away.

When will you be able to get the final version of Windows 8? Not till this fall, when Microsoft is expected to release it to the public — along with an nearly identical version of Windows for low-power ARM devices and a big update to Windows Phone that’ll bring it more in line with Windows 8.

Until then, you’ve got this to play with. What do you think of Windows 8? Have your say in the comments, and watch for our Open Thread post later today.


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Bing recently announced some pretty cool new features within their Webmaster Tools, so in this blog post we are going to delve a little deeper to see exactly what these tools are capable of.

The Markup Validator (Beta)

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Found within the ‘Crawl’ tab of BWMT, the Beta Markup tool works in a similar way to the Google rich snippets testing tool extracting the following elements from a specified URL:

  • Microdata
  • Microformats
  • RDFa
  • Schema.org
  • pen Graph

The inclusion of the open graph is a nice touch, and I can see this coming in handy. Upon submitting a URL, we are presented with a neat extract of any featured markup. Let’s use imdb.org as an example:

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However other than extracting elements from a page, there seems to be little actual validation taking place. There are no references to missing elements for example, or whether the mark up could potentially generate a rich snippet.

Let’s take a closer look at a URL with incomplete mark up. In the following example an “fn” field is missing for the hproduct element of a page, causing a flag to be raised within Google’s testing tool:

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However pasting this same URL within the Bing markup validator just produces the below:

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The URL actually being tested here contains hreview-aggregate and extensive use of hreview but there are no references within the Bing Validator, so results are also incomplete.

I really want to like this tool, but I need jam in my Victoria sponge – as this is still in a Beta format, fingers crossed for an update (or perhaps a rename).

Bing Keyword Research Tool

So Bing have finally released their own keyword tool:

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Overview of features:

  • Broad/Exact (select ‘strict’ for exact) match keyword search volumes
  • 6 month data history (you can select any date range within this period)
  • Export data for a max of 100 keywords at a time
  • Filter by country and language
  • History feature to track previous research queries

A very clean and simple to use interface but a shame that the data isn’t yet available via an API as there is going to be quite a bit of heavy lifting if you’re generating a substantial keyword research campaign, but none the less we now have some data to play with from Bing directly.

There are a ton of awesome posts to check out on SEOmoz that go into detail about the keyword research process, so I’m not going to go into great detail here, but with the data available from Bing I would be looking to:

  1. Consolidate data into a single spreadsheet
  2. Obtain current rankings for each keyword in both Bing and Google
  3. Use the Google Adwords API to extract monthly search volume for each keyword
  4. Using Google analytics, marry up keywords and associated traffic
  5. Break down keywords into meaningful categories
  6. Use pivot tables/charts to compile this data for identifying key opportunities (low hanging fruit) in both search engines:
    1. Along one axis display separated search volumes for both Google and Bing, also traffic from analytics
    2. On the other axis display current ranking position in both Google and Bing
    3. Filter this chart by ranking between position 5 and 20.

For illustration purposes here is a quick mock up of how this can be developed:

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The numbers along the bottom reflect specific keywords, but for demonstration purposes these have been labelled as numbers.

Although the keyword data from Bing isn’t yet available within an API, Bing has released an API for the rest of the data within Webmaster Tools (looking forward to having a play around with this).

Look forward to hearing about your experiences using Bing’s latest tools.

Whew! That, my friends was my first ever SEOmoz post. Did I get round to introducing myself? I’m Dan, Senior SEO consultant at SEOgadget. I’d love to know what you think and how you’re using the new features in Bing’s toolset. Until the next time!

 

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With Windows 8, the whole experience of Windows has been reimagined. It’s designed to work on a wide range of devices, from touch-enabled tablets, to laptops, to desktops and all-in-ones. We’ve designed Windows 8 to give you instant access to your apps, your files, and the information you care about most so you can spend less time navigating and more time doing what you actually want to do.You can move between Windows 8 PCs easily and access your files and settings from virtually anywhere. We’ve made touch a first-class experience and navigating with a mouse and keyboard fast and fluid. And just like Windows 7, reliability and security features are built in.

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