Archive for September, 2008

Get Answers on your Mobile Phone with Cha Cha

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

When you’re in need for a quick answer, whether you’re trying to settle a trivia bet or you’re in a pinch and you need to find a restaurant that’s open late, there are live-guides ready to assist you on your mobile phone – for free.  That’s right, the mobile answers service, Cha-Cha, uses human guides to answer your questions 24/7.  Simply call 1-800-2ChaCha or text your question to 242242; your question will be routed to a Guide who will return an answer to your phone via text message within a few minutes. 

How it Works 

According to the Cha-Cha website, you can ask anything; check out some examples of questions and answers sorted by category. 

You don’t need an account to use Cha-Cha; however if you choose to create one and register your mobile phone, all of your questions and answers will be saved in your account.  To learn much more, read Cha Cha’s FAQ page

If you are interested in learning who invented the printing press, try calling Cha-Cha; you should learn that Johannes Gutenberg created his printing press in 1440.  However, to learn a bit more about the history of moveable type, you’ll need to find other resources and do some reading (Cha-Cha’s answers can only contain 160 characters). 

Watch and Share Videos with Hulu

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

Many television networks now offer current program episodes on their individual websites, which is a good thing but may leave you weeding through numerous sites to find videos. Additionally, when searching across the Web, it can be a challenge to find T.V. episodes, video clips or movies that are available to users legally. The online video distribution service, Hulu, is like one-stop shopping to find full-length episodes of T.V. shows, both current and classic, as well as full-length movies and video clips. Whether you are curious to find your favorite sitcom from the ‘80s or you are looking for a video clip for a class presentation, Hulu is an invaluable resource for discovering video content on the Web.

Using Hulu

Hulu is a free and legal service that acquires the rights to distribute its videos. All users need to play videos is a Flash 9.0 enabled computer with an Internet connection. One of the unique features of Hulu is the clipping feature that enables users to select a portion of a video to share. Users have the option to share videos via email or embed clips on other Web sites, blogs and social networking pages.