Qik supports Blackberry for live video

Funny, I couldn’t Qik this video. Why? It was embargoed until tonight. So, I used a Flip camera instead of my Nokia phone.

But Qik is moving fast to support the most handsets out there.

For the people who don’t know what Qik does it lets you broadcast live video from your cell phone.

Anyway, a whole team of Russians made this because it’s hard to get video access on a Blackberry. In the video you meet the team behind Qik.

Want to read up on the moves instead of watch a video? Here are some others who’ve written about this news:

TechCrunch.
VentureBeat.
NewTeeVee.
ArsTechnica.
ReadWriteWeb.
WebWare.

And, of course, you can talk more about Qik on FriendFeed.

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I love the Web

I’m tired of being depressed about the economy and the news.

I was reading my feeds and realized I love the Web. I learn so much, have so many cool apps (thanks Google for Google Earth on my iPhone). Am challenged so often (nine days of politics left). Meet so many cool people (last week 25 of them showed up at a Tweetup in Austin that we organized in just a few hours). Get access to so many cool things and experiences (I’m trying to plan our China trip out and am already overwhelmed with people wanting to take Rocky and me on tours and dinners and such).

This week I’m going to try to do something good every day for someone else. Hey, tomorrow Ford is lending me a car. Anyone want a ride somewhere? How about we work an afternoon in the food bank?

What in technology is making you happy? We need more happiness. Talking to executives about the economy is making me grumpy and I’ve learned that the only way out of this funk is to give of myself to causes bigger than myself.

Anyway, thank you to everyone who brings me an interesting item in Google Reader or Twitter or FriendFeed or Techmeme or here. Hopefully someday I’ll get to thank you personally for making my life more interesting and me more informed, more entertained, more connected.

PracticeFusion brings Web 2.0 to doctor's offices

Ryan Howard, CEO of PracticeFusion.com, showed me how they are transforming doctors offices with its Web service. Half a million doctors are on board already. Saves money and is free for doctors, while competitive systems are tens of thousands of dollars. Interesting look inside his business and how he’ll make money. Interesting for the rest of us to see where our medical records might be stored in the future.

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My first Qik from my iPhone

Yesterday I visited Qik.com’s headquarters and they loaded a very early version of their iPhone streaming video app onto my iPhone. Here’s the first video I did with it.

Note that this is NOT a jailbroken iPhone, but they needed to do some magic to build me an app that’ll only run on my iPhone. I don’t know when it’ll be submitted to Apple as an official application. But for now I’m having fun trying it out.

CEO of Healthline talks economy, politics, and privacy

A couple of weeks ago I wrote that one of the ways to build a recession-resistant company is to be in the healthcare market since people will still need their healthcare. Yesterday I ran into the CEO of Healthline, West Shell, and had a 15-minute conversation with him. This is a dramatically big web company. Crunchbase says it has 4.2 million unique visitors a month. So, getting his point of view on anything is interesting, but hearing his view on the economy at this time is even more interesting (he is seeing an effect even on his company, so my advice that healthcare will be recession resistant might not have been that good, although he says they are setup very well to thrive long term).

By the way, this is a video I did on Maryam’s new Flip camera. Nice quality for a low-price camcorder.

He also tells me about the recent Health 2.0 conference, the efforts of Google and Microsoft in the healthcare market, privacy of your health records, among other things, including what he thinks Barack Obama will be able to get done in healthcare if he’s elected President.

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Cloud Computing Price War to come?

Rackspace today announced they are purchasing Jungle Disk and Slice Host in an event that’s going on now.

What does this mean?

Rackspace is competing with Amazon’s Web services. Microsoft is expected to launch other similar services next week at its PDC event. Rackspace will announce several new services both today and over the next few months.

Rackspace’s employees tell me they are making their services open so that their customers can leave and go to other company’s services.

Who is Jungle Disk? They are a service that’s wholly on Amazon’s Web services right now and offer their customers backup and storage. You pay per gigabyte per month to back up your hard drive. They will announce new storage services and will give their customers a choice of using either Rackspace data centers or Amazon’s. Or both. Now you will have access to your data even if Amazon’s servers are unavailable for some reason.

Who is Slice Host? They have thousands of VPS Hosting customers who are mostly web developers who want access to super fast and super reliable cloud services. They compete pretty directly with Amazon’s EC2 services.

More as I live blog the event, keep refreshing to see more over the next hour, or watch the live event.

Earlier this year I got a tour of Rackspace’s new headquarters and met several of its leaders in a video.

DISCLAIMER: Rackspace is one of the sponsors of my blog and FastCompany.tv.

UPDATES: They just announced that Mosso, Rackspace’s cloud services, will be renamed “Cloud Sites.”

We’ll do more live blogging on FriendFeed here because that lets me interact with people a lot faster than my blog does.

Economic optimism

There’s a TON of funding events that have gotten announced over the past few days. I’m tracking those here. Today I’m at a Rackspace event where they are announcing some more optimistic news — more on that later but there are a ton of bloggers who’ll be at the event so I’m sure it’ll be all over TechMeme later too. Not to mention that the event will be broadcast on live video too. It’s not all doom and gloom out there, although I’ve been tracking layoffs on that same link too.