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Founders and Development of Qik
Ramu Sunkara is the CEO of Qik, Inc. He received his Master of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin and his Master of Business Administration from Boston College. Sunkara started as the lead architect at Digital. He was the Vice President of Real-Time Communications and Collaboration Products at oracle. He was also the Vice President of e-Business Suite at Oracle. Sunkara was also the Senior Director of Grid Computing Products at Oracle. He is currently the Co-Founder and CEO of Qik, Inc. Sunkara has also authored 16 US patents on software architecture.
The Purpose of Qik
Qik is a technology that has many purposes and is being used every day throughout the world. Qik allows you to stream your live videos straight to the internet. In a matter of seconds, people are able to see you live. This technology provides an inexpensive way to capture events, instead of investing in a costly video camera. During a live stream, internet viewers can interact with you by sending in text chat messages that are displayed in real-time on the handset. This allows viewers to feel more involved in filmed events and to interact with the person filming by asking questions and making comments or suggestions. You can stay contacted with distant family and friends. If you have grandparents that live out of town, you could take a video of your daughter's birthday party and stream it to Qik for them to see right away. They will be "attending" the event even though they are thousands of miles away. If you go on vacation, you could use Qik to post one of your exciting adventures for all of your friends to view. Companies are using Qik to advertise their products and for letting consumers know about new resources. Many people use Qik for interviews and to broadcast news. It is a great way to broadcast live breaking news. Educators could incorporate Qik videos into different lessons. These are just a few ways of how Qik is used; you can use it for whatever you want. You can view other people's videos and even participate in a live chat. This technology enables you to share moments of your life with others. The developers have made Qik reliable, fast and secure and they are always thinking ways to innovate.
How Does Qik Work? How To Get Qik Started.
Registering For Qik
The first thing that all Qik users must do is to register for the application at the Qik sign-in webpage http://qik.com/sign_up. To register, a small amount of information is needed. A username and password is sufficient for the first page of setup. This is of course for security purposes. The page consists of selecting the brand of the phone and phone model. If it does not show your phone model then an option titled "other" will be at the bottom of the list. Click "other" and type in your phone model. Once the phone brand and model have been chosen, the download page is next. On the download page there will be three choices. The first option is to get Qik via SMS. The second option is to get Qik via PC. The third option is to get Qik via WAP. The first option is the most commonly used. The phone number with an area code is needed. Do not put in an incorrect mobile phone number, or else you will not be able to register. It will then send a text to the phone. This text will give further information what website to visit to download the Qik application to the phone. Once these things are done, you will be asked to fill out your profile. Your name and a picture is sufficient enough to get started. You can later edit it if you want. No credit card details are required for registration. Qik is obviosly still in the beginning stages of building their application to new extents. Therefore, Qik does not provide compatability with all mobile phones out in the market for sale. Qik currently available on more than 108 mobile phones. To see a list of phones that Qik is compatable with, check this link Supported Phones. Qik is very sorry if they are not compatable with your mobile phone device. But, Qik is working hard to get more phones that support it's outstanding application. Time to enjoy the amazing features of Qik!
Are you having having problems registering for the Qik application?
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Qik employees are on stand-by to answer your questions.
Installing Qik on Your Phone
Once the SMS message has been sent to the phone go to http://d.qik.com from your phone browswer. All that is sufficient now is to select your phone model to dowload Qik. Once the Qik application has been installed on your phone, which you should be notified, luanch the Qik application. The last part in installing the Qik application onto your phone is to select "create a new account." This is the final step that is taken to install Qik on your mobile phone. New phones that are being released by mobile phone companies are pre-installing Qik onto mobile phones. This is an amazing step for Qik. If the Qik application is pre-installed onto your mobile phone then first, simply find the Qik application. Then select the Qik application. As before when manuely installing Qik, the last step is to create a new account. Enjoy! https://qiksupport.pbwiki.com/f/UserManual.pdf
Are you having problems installing Qik onto your mobile phone?
Please send an email to email@example.com. Qik employees are on stand-by to answer any questions.
How to Start Using Qik
Qik uses the word "stream", which means that video is fead to the internet. Qik wants their process of using their application to be effective and simple to use. Simply find your Qik application on the mobile phone and select it. Once you have selected the application Qik will start searching for an available network to "stream" videos to the internet live. Please patient. The time in which this occurrs depends soley on how powerful your wifi connection is and how advanced the wifi technology is on the mobile phone. Please be patient while Qik searches incase your wifi connection is weak. Once Qik has found an available connection, the next step is made to be especially easy for anyone to use. By simply selecting the "Stream" button to record video live onto your account that you made on the Qik website. You must be logged onto your account or else the video will not stream to the website. The live video will instantly be streamed to www.qik.com/username, where your account is the username followed by ".com."
Unique Ways of Using Qik
How Is Qik Related to other Applications
As many may know, Qik has started to work with other web 2.0 applications. This is very important for Qik users, because now Qik is even more fun to use. Now your live videos can be seen by more and more people. This is also important to the Qik company because Qik is becoming more popular by the minute when integrating with other web 2.0 applications. These are just some of the numerous applications that Qik related to.
Qik enables you to go live on your Facebook profile. Facebook is a free-access website that is owned and operated by Facebook. The people can join and connect with other people. People can also add new friends and send them messages and update their profiles. Qik is working hard to be able to stream live video to Facebook for all of your friends that are on your facbook community. Your friends will be able to chat live to you on your phone, which is a feature that Facebook is well known for using. The person taking the video on their phone will be able to talk to the person that is chatting with them on facebook. This technique is essentially the same way in which Qik streams live video to the Qik website, except it will be streaming live video to Facebook. Currently, Facebook members can embed their Qik videos on their Facebook account. It is the same way in which Facebook members put regular video on their accounts. Enjoy Qik members!
Another application that Qik enables you to work with is Seesmic and is actually a technology partner of Qik. Seesmic is a website, which provides any information, text, graphics, videos, and other materials. The information, text, graphics and other material are created or provided by people which appear on the Seesmic website. Seesmic also provides the ability to create, post, and playback videos on third party sites via the use of their video comment plug-in (www.seesmic.com). Seesmic allows members to post Qik videos on your Seesmic account. This allows people that have Seesmic accounts to view your live streamed videos and have live video conversations directly from Qik (Qik.com/info/partners). Qik is stepping up and becoming more popular.
Qik enables you to go live on MySpace. MySpace is a place to connect with freinds and you can find people you know and people you may not know. Facebook is quite similar to MySpace and one will notice that some features, such chatting live, are important. Chatting live Through myspace you can share with your friends video, video clips, and music videos. Qik can stream live video to myspace just like it can stream live video to facbook.
Qik and YouTube have worked diligently to integrate eachothers' technologies, as they are have joined forces together. Once a video has been streamed to Qik, the Qik website saves the video. Members of Qik that have accounts with YouTube, which is easy and painless to apply, can post their videos onto YouTube. YouTube is a world wide website which people can post videos they have made either on their video cameras, mobile phones, or computers. Viewers from all around the world are free to watch these videos that are shared, which can now be streamed from Qik.
In short, Mogulus is a live, broadcast application on the internet with a browser of its own, which people can form live, scheduled, and on-demand internet television to share anywhere on the world wide web. Many have guessed the extreme abilities of Qik. Qik and Mogulus have become partners. Qik can stream live videos to this live, broadcast application to share with anyone who has a Mogulus account. Mogulus is so happy with Qik that their CEO gave a rewarding comment.
"Qik is our primary partner to enable our producer to broadcast live from a phone to their Mogulus channel. Together we provide the most comprehensive LIVE broadcasting solution enabling Producers to broadcast live from any device, anywhere," said CEO of Mogulus Max Haot (http://www.qik.com/info/partners).
Twitter is a "social newtorking and micro-blogging service" which allows its members to notify friends or family of updates on the Twitter website. These updates that Twitter allows you to notify people of are text-based messages. These text-based messages are limited to 140 characters long, but most can get their point across just fine by this limit. Think of Twitter like a bird tweeting or communicating with other birds through some kind of language. Twitter's tweets are those text-based messages that are sent to the Twitter website for people to be notified. Qik is actually partners with Twitter as well. Qik members use Tweeter to notify their watchers when they start to stream live video onto the internet. This very convenient for Qik and Tweeter members.
Ovi by Nokia
Qik is also a partner with Share On Ovi by Nokia. Qik has been invited by Nokia to be a Forum Nokia Pro Partner also. Ovi is the Nokia site with free storage for video or photos as well as having the ability to share the videos with others through the web. Ovi is absolutely free for all those wanting to sign up and take advantage of what they have to offer. In addition to being a site that has unlimited storage for your video and photo needs, Ovi supports many different media file types as well. There is a complete list on the official Ovi site of over 100 different media files so you do not have trouble sharing in almost every format that you would want.
The video streaming is compatible with almost every blogging site. Other sites that that are able to stream live are 12 seconds, Blogger, Tumblr, and Wordpress. Some other sites for sharing the already streamed videos are Technorati, Del.icio.us, Stumble It!, Digg It, and Wordpress.
Using Qik for Educational/Learning Situations, Lesson Plans
Examples of Educational Value and Potential Value of Qik