With 4G broadband rolling out into more territories and front-facing cameras found on an increasing number of mobile devices, the smart money might be on streaming video. Perhaps recognizing the writing that's on the wall, Cisco announced its intent to acquire privately-held Inlet Technologies, a provider of Adaptive Bit Rate (ABR) digital media processing platforms. Cisco's intent here is to strengthen the capabilities of its Videoscape TV platform.
We’ve come a long way, folks. That much should be clear from this archaic clip of NBC's Today Show from 1994. No one in the clip is quite sure how to pronounce "@", and there is some confusion about just what the Internet is. Couric at one point asks her producer to "explain what Internet is." Ah, those were the days.
We can't fault these highly paid TV personalities too much. After all, in 1994, most regular people were still unaware the Internet existed. Whenever you see the mainstream media completely botch a report on technology, just remember they've gotten a lot better in the last 17 years. In the grand scheme of things, that isn't so long. Just take a peek and marvel at how far we've come.
Senior Editor Gordon Ung stopped by Gigabyte's booth at CES to check out the company's new G1 line of gaming motherboards. In the video, we take a look at the G1 Assassin, which sports top-notch audio and networkings hardware, as well as a rather unique FPS-inspired aesthetic. Check it out!
While it can be difficult to reconcile yourself with the reprehensible acts of violence that gadgets are being subjected to these days by eyeball-desperate Youtubers, there are times when such antics leave behind a lot more than just hugely popular videos and the fragmented remains of these devices. A case in point is the pulverization of the maiden Chrome OS device, the Google Cr-48, by the guys over at Will it Blend? -- a blender-happy outfit that likes to grind to pulp or dust pretty much everything they can lay their hands on.
Upon receiving their Cr-48 from Google, they asked themselves the question that drives their very existence: “Will it blend?” The Cr-48 was quickly squeezed into one of their trusted blenders and reduced to smoking dust in a few seconds.
In the video, the blender operator expresses happiness over the fact that his information is still secure in the cloud. But he leaves us with a thought provoking question: “I wonder where the cloud is?” I believe this is one question that a lot of us have been asking ourselves, haven’t we?
So you're jetting off to a tropical island in uncharted waters. But how are you supposed to enjoy paradise when copyright laws put the international hammer down on Netflix? Winter travelers, meet your new best friends: Proxy and VPN services.
Google has today announced the new YouTube Trends. YouTube rends will be a destination site that has all the new and upcoming videos on the video sharing site. The goal is to present viral videos in a single place, so you don't have to wait for them to hit your email inbox of Facebook wall. Being Google, the whole thing will be algorithmically generated.
YouTube Trends will include a twice daily "4x4" with videos from the algorithm along with content from video curation sites. There will also be a blog with in-depth examination of the videos and their associated memes using YouTubes data. Users will also have a new dashboard with exploration in mind. Expect lots of data visualizations and charts too.
YouTube, in conjunction with YouTube hit The Gregory Brothers put together this little video to help put the whole thing in perspective. Enjoy.
YouTube has been toying around with more lenient time limits over the past 6 months, but have finally decided to open the floodgates to videos of any length. The announcement sounds promising in principal, but the reality is that not everyone will actually qualify since it only applies to accounts that are free of any past copyright violations.
Avoiding copyright violations in and of itself isn’t the problem, the biggest issue we hear is from Podcasters who claim that YouTube is great at figuring out if you’re rebroadcasting content, but not so great at determining “fair use” for the purpose of commentary.
Either way this is a step in the right direction, and an amazingly bold move for a company that has to handle more video per hour then we could watch in a lifetime. Got a 2 hour video of your cat sleeping in 1080p? We think you’ll be safe with that one.
Prior to its launch, Kinect was mostly viewed as a gaming peripheral. But Microsoft's answer to comparable motion-gaming products from rivals Sony and Nintendo has turned out to be much, much more. Hackers are wallowing in the world of endless possibilities unleashed by the release of open source Kinect drivers. The latest hack has the Kinect perched atop a quadrocopter so it can lend its services as a 3D radar. The Ascending Technologies Pelican UAV uses the data from the sensor to fly autonomously through predefined waypoints while avoiding obstacles. The imaginative brain matter behind this hack belongs to a group of researchers at the Hybrid Systems Laboratory at UC Berkeley.
Up until now, there hasn't been a handheld device capable of recording both HD video and HD audio. That's according to Zoom, which rectified that little problem with the release of its new Q3HD Handy Video Recorder.
The Q3HD shoots Full HD 1080p video at 30 frames per second (fps) and 720p at either 30fps or 60fps. This latest model sports a redesigned, larger aperture with three lighting settings to choose from.
Once you've recorded your video, you can plop the Q3HD on its side and play it back in 16:9 format. There's also a built-in HDMI port to get your video shuttled over to your swank HDTV set.
Sony announced it has gone and shoved the Hulu Plus subscription service into its Dash Personal Internet Viewer device, giving viewers access to thousands of TV shows and movies.
"The addition of Hulu Plus serves as an ideal example of how Dash continues to evolve and improve over time," said Brennan Mullion, senior vice president of Sony Electronics' personal imaging and audio business. "With Hulu on board, the Dash platform has the ability to deliver a huge variety of online entertainment instantly to consumers' homes on top of glanceable, real-time tidbits of information."
Sony's Dash ($200) sports a 7-inch color touchscreen display with built-in stereo speakers. The Hulu Plus service runs $10/month and joins the fray of more than 1,000 compatible free apps for the Dash platform.