updated 09:05 pm EDT, Tue May 19, 2009
Top ranking video sites
In brief: A new Apple Lab has been opened at the Cisco Solutions Center in Clearwater, Florida. The lab provides Apple resellers with a location to take employees and customers to provide training and demonstrations on how to implement Apple technology into a variety of businesses. An annoyed customer, Jon Kout, has started a new online petition in hopes of seeing Czech and Slovak localizations added to the upcoming operating system, OS X 10.6, which many believe will be announced at this year's WWDC event. Meanwhile, a report has been released by Neilsen Online which outlines the top ranking video services on the web. Youtube and Hulu were among the top 10, with YouTube controlling 58-percent of streams shown in April.
Tech Data Corporation has announced that its new 450-square-foot Apple Lab, the latest addition to its 6,000-square-foot Cisco Solutions Center, is now open. The center provides a hands-on environment that is used to train employees who will be involved with a variety of computer technologies. The new lab allows Apple resellers to bring individuals to the solutions center and demonstrate how Apple-based options can be used to support the IT needs of small-, medium-, and large-size business environments. A full line of Apple products are on hand, including the iPod, iMac, Mac Mini, Mac Pro, Xserve and Apple TV along with several third-party accessories.
A new petition aims to persuade Apple to include both Czech and Slovak localizations with the upcoming Mac OS X release. The creator of the petition, Jan Kout, has expressed his concern with the missing languages and asks that they be added into Mac OS X 10.6. The petition was started near the end of April and currently has been signed by 1453 individuals. In early June, the petition will be sent to Apple distributors in both the Czech Republic and Slovak Republic and to Apple's international sales contact in Europe.
According to Nielsen Online, YouTube has continued to hold the top rank amongst video Web brands, with over 5 billion total streams in April. Hulu is also experiencing great success, showing the highest growth rate among the top web video services. In April Hulu streamed approximately 373 million videos which represents almost a 500% increase in just one year. The rapid growth has pushed Hulu into the number two spot of top video brands. The company only provide about 4% of the total streams watched, however, while YouTube still holds 58% of that share. Other sites that made the top 10 include Yahoo!, Fox, Nickelodeon Kids, MSN/Windows Live, ABC, MTV, Turner Sports and CNN.