Loaded: Big votes and small notebooksAdobe releases its media player, see what networks jumped on board. Voting is now open for Webby winners. Plus, HP's Mini-Note looks to one up Asus's EEE PC, we take it for a test drive. And, Carphone Warehouse looks to move to the US, find out if the...
^B00:00:01 >> Adobe's Media Player launches. HP's Mini Note is dressed to impress. And Car Phones. Seriously. It's Wednesday, April 9. I'm Natali Del Conte, and it's time to get Loaded. ^M00:00:12 [ Music ] Jumping feet first into the online TV network game is a company that powers most online video on the web, Adobe. Adobe's new Media Player software let's users stream video from major TV networks like CBS, MTV, and PBS. The application also allows users to play locally downloaded content, too. The Adobe Media Player runs on Adobe's AIR technology, so it'll work in web browser as well as a stand-alone application. To get the software, head over to tv.adobe.com. ^M00:00:43 [ Sound effects ] HP wants in on the small and cheap laptop market. The company announced that it will have a mini of its own to compete with the Intel Classmate, the EPC, and the One Laptop per Child. HP's version will come out later this month, and our own Dan Ackerman got a look at it this week. Check it out ^M00:00:59 [ Sound effects ] >> We are taking a look at the HP 2133 Mini Note. This is part of a new category of laptops that we're calling mini notebooks. These are stripped-down, low-cost, low-power laptops. They're great for just web surfing and working in an office, down to basic stuff like that. Now the mini notebook's DNA clearly comes from devices like the ESU's EPC, a super powerfully mini notebook from last year. And you can see that HP has really dressed it up. They've gone from plastic to a magnesium alloy shell, from a seven-inch screen to a nine-inch screen. One of the greatest developments of the mini notebook is actually this super huge keyboard on it. It's almost as big as a full size keyboard. Even though the Mini Note starts $599.00 for an XP version, or $499.00 for the Linux, you do get a lot of cool extras with it. There's a webcam. There's an express card and SD card slot, multiple USB ports. The keyboard is spill proof and even the screen has a scratch resistant coating on it. ^M00:01:56 [ Sound effects ] >> I think this might be my favorite of all the minis on the market right now, because of this heavy pressure, the Ace's EPC has moved up the release date of it's own nine-inch version. It was supposed to launch in June, but now we'll get it sometime in May. I predict I will be buying one of these within the next month or so. Don't really need one, but that's not relevant. ^M00:02:15 [ Sound effects ] Flickr video is finally here, but there is a 90 second limitation on any videos you upload. So my friend, Andrew, in San Francisco was wrong. They are not capitalizing on Jumpcut capabilities just yet. For now, only pro users can add videos to their albums, but anyone can view them. I don't think the timing limitation really is an issue. Most of my candid videos don't exceed 90 seconds anyway. I had some movies of a whirling dervish when I was in Turkey last year. And I wanted to add them to my Istanbul Flickr album, not just put them randomly on YouTube. Now I can add them if I can still find them, that is. They're somewhere on some external hard drive. ^M00:02:50 The Webby Awards are sort of like the Oscars for the Internet. Voting opened on Tuesday for the People's Voice Awards, which let's users vote for their favorite websites in the categories of web and mobile sites, interactive advertising, and online film and video. Voting will be open through May 1, so we stopped to talk to David Michelle-Davies [assumed spelling] to tell us how the ceremonies are shaping up for this year. ^M00:03:11 [ Sound effects ] >> We have the Webby People's Voice Awards. It's going on, actually just started today, so people can go and vote for any of the nominees at webbyawards.com if they want. People get to come and choose what they think is the best. At the same time, we have the Academy, the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, select the nominees. That's people like the inventor of the Internet, [inaudible] surf and David Bowie and Richard Branson. So you really get, like, the experts, then, also, the people from all over the world voting. You know, last year we launched the Film Video Awards I was telling you about. And we're looking things like best editing, and best use of motion graphics and that kind of thing. And, of course, we've expanded the comedy categories. Comedy's always big on the Internet. My favorite category? I love the Best Practices category. This year I think Flickr and Facebook and Yelp, the New York Times, sites that we all kind of like use every day are nominated. It's a really good example of, like, what's the leading edge of the web right now. ^M00:04:00 [ Sound effects ] >> The Webby's are on June 9 and 10 here in New York, and the Loaded crew has been invited to cover it. So be on the lookout for our red carpet debut. ^M00:04:09 [ Sound effects ] Here's a little more solace for HD DVD owners. Wal-Mart is prepared to throw you a bone if you bought an HD DVD player on or after November 1. If you still have your receipt, the company's prepared to give you a full refund. Now who says Wal-Mart never does anything nice for people? ^M00:04:24 [ Sound effects ] Girt Wilder strikes again. This time his anti-Islam movie is responsible for YouTube and MySpace being blocked in Indonesia. The Indonesian Information Ministry has ordered Internet service providers to block sites where Wilder's film appears because it could disturb relations between the faith. The order stands until MySpace or YouTube removes the films. ^M00:04:44 [ Sound effect ] The English mobile phone store, Carphone Warehouse is coming to the US. Despite the unfortunate name, the retail chain is actually number one in mobile phone sales in England. Now, the company is looking to open stand-alone stores in the US as well Kiosks in Best Buy. I'm sure they'll have competitive prices and all, but why wouldn't they change their name here in the US? Maybe because we all know them from being the former employer of the famous Paul Paul? ^M00:05:07 [ Sound effect ] Those are all your headlines for today. I'm Natali Del Conte with CNET TV and you've just been Loaded. ^M00:05:12 [ Music ]