Cybertainment: Hypejar, Amazon Originals and Grooveshark

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Hypejar is the destination for early adopters and those who want to be a step ahead of what's trending in the worlds of entertainment and pop culture.

This social wiki site gathers information on upcoming movie and music releases, TV shows, gadgets, video games, books, events and more.

Each post has detailed information about the product, along with its release date when available. The music and movie sections feature trailers and YouTube videos.

In the Gadgets section, there are posts on Google Glass -- the most hyped product at the moment, Google Fiber, XBox 720 and more.

After setting up an account, users gets a "jar," where they can store information on the things they're interested in, and get information when a product is about to be released.

Members can use the site's "Hype Meter" to "hype up" or "hype down" an item.

www.hypejar.com


Amazon Originals -- a collection of online Web series pilots from Amazon Studios -- have been drawing healthy traffic on the online retailer site's Instant Videos section.

These sharply written and fast-paced original series offer viewers an escape from reality TV.

Some are aimed at children and others at adults: The latter have adult language and situations that give them a parental discretion rating.

Highlights include "Alpha House," a politically charged twist on "The Odd Couple," about a group of four senators sharing a house in Washington, D.C. It stars John Goodman, Clark Johnson, Matt Malloy, Mark Consuelos and Bill Murray, and was written by Garry Trudeau.

"Zombieland" picks up where the movie version left off, with different actors in the four main characters' roles, and they maintain the spirit of the original.

"Betas" centers on the trials of a would-be tech startup trying to get funding for the app they're developing.

"Browsers" may be the only show that mixes new media satire with musical numbers. It's about the misadventures of a group of new interns working at a thinly disguised Huffington Post website, with Bebe Neuwirth as the boss.

Ultimately, the decision on which shows will be green-lighted rests in the hands of viewers, who are invited to comment on the shows. There's no word yet on which ones are leading the pack and which may end up in production.

amazonoriginals.com


Grooveshark aims to be to Web DJs what YouTube is to video makers with the launch of Broadcast, a new feature that lets people easily create their own online radio show. Founded in 2006, Grooveshark is a music streaming, discovery and sharing site.

After creating an account, users choose the songs they want to play and record their voice parts. Broadcast does the rest.

Broadcast features include the ability to create private listening sessions for friends or host a live streaming show for a global audience, and to share songs on other social media sites.

grooveshark.com/#!/broadcasts

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Adrian McCoy: amccoy@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1865.


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