In terms of potential storage capacity, Canon's new VIXIA HF M32 Dual Flash camcorder is about as future proof as you can get. The company's latest camcorder comes with 64GB of internal Flash memory embedded inside, which is already enough to record up to 24 hours of HD video. But should that not be enough, it also sports an SD memory card slot compatible with SDXC cards for up to 2TB of additional storage capacity. Folks, that's a lot of storage.
Canon says the HF M32 also works with Eye-Fi SD memory cards, a piece of technology we've doted on before. For those of you new to the whole Eye-Fi scene, these awesome little cards allow you to wirelessly transfer videos and photos to a PC or content sharing site without having to tether the camera to a computer.
Other features include optical image stabilization, HD-to-SD downconversion, relay recording (continues recording a scene when switching from one memory source to the other), touch panel LCD, 15X/18X300X Optical/Advanced/Digital zoom, and, well, a whole bunch of other stuff (see spec sheet here).
Look for the VIXIA HF M32 to ship this September for $1000.
Best Buy still hasn't managed to find its funny bone, but at least the company isn't going to fire Brian Maupin, the 25-year-old graphic art student who uploaded a handful of awesome videos mocking the whole mobile phone war. If you haven't seen them yet, stop whatever it is you're doing and kick back for the next few minutes, so long as your boss, kids, and anyone else easily offended by foul language is out of earshot, there's a fair amount of cursing. When the coast is clear, click here and here.
Pretty funny, right? Best Buy didn't think so, and so it suspended Brian Maupin, and it appeared as though he would later be fired. Maybe the media attention had something to do with it, or the fact that Maupin did in fact remove several other less popular videos that mentioned the retail store by name, but either way, he's not getting a pink slip, NBC reports.
"We have completed our investigation into the videos created and posted by Brian Maupin, the aspiring filmmaker and Best Buy employee," Best Buy said in a statement. "This is an important situation for us because it involved balancing our social media guidelines with a commitment to creating a supportive environment for our employees. It's important to note that our investigation involved three videos that were posted in late June because they were openly disparaging of our employees, our customers and our vendor partners. Our investigation is over, and these videos are no longer on the web. Contrary to rumors, Brian has not been fired and is scheduled to return to his job at Best Buy this Friday."
Whether that's a blessing or a curse remains to be seen, and is something Maupin will have to figure out.
"At this point, I haven't decided if it would be appropriate to return," Maupin wrote on his Twitter account.
You can expect greater speed, a much improved UI and a mobile site that closely mimics the main site in terms of the overall experience. The new site might make native YouTube applications on various smartphones seem outdated.
“As the world continues to go mobile, we think this is a great improvement for users who want a more consistent YouTube across many devices, no matter where they are. We're launching in English only today, but will be rolling it out in other languages in the coming months,” YouTube said on its blog.
You can watch the demo video below. Or better yet, direct your phone's browser to m.youtube.com and experience the changes first hand.
Did your car really need new muffler bearings and was it actually low on blinker fluid, or did your mechanic take you for a ride? You may never know (we do - he took you for a ride). To help put your mind at ease (and maybe to get back at its staff for joining a union), Audi is test driving a new program called Audi Cam.
The way it works is when you drop off your Audi for repair, you end up tethered to your mechanic with a two-way radio and headset video camera. You're then whisked away to the waiting room, where you can watch your mechanic's every move and, for better or worse, communicate with him as he works, and vice versa.
Snarkiness aside, we can see where this would be useful, both for the mechanic and the customer. We can also see where it would be incredibly annoying, at least for the repair guy. Either way, Audi Cam so far is only available in Europe.
A 22-year-old Army intelligence analyst accused of having leaked classified information to Wikileaks was indicted on Monday. Private First Class Bradley E. Manning has been in military custody in Kuwait ever since his arrest on May 29. He allegedly leaked a controversial video of a U.S. Apache helicopter attacking a group of Iraqi civilians. Much to the military chagrin's, the video surfaced on Wikileaks in April. The video revealed that the attack occurred after the pilot confused a lensman for a RPG-toting insurgent. The ensuing fusillade accounted for the deaths of two Reuters employees.
Manning now faces two criminal charges under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. “The first charge, under Article 92 of the UCMJ, is for violating a lawful Army regulation by transferring classified data onto his personal computer and adding unauthorized software to a classified computer system,” reads a United States Division Center news release. The other charge, under Article 134, pertains to the unauthorized transfer of such classified data to third parties.
“The command will appoint an officer to preside over an Article 32 investigation, which is similar to a civilian grand jury hearing. The investigating officer will make findings and recommendations that the chain of command considers in determining whether to refer the case to trial by court-martial.”
On the PC side, users have been able to enjoy support for Blu-Ray movie playback for quite awhile now. However, Apple has been reluctant to add in similar capabilities on the OSX side of things. A user recently emailed Steve Jobs, and as he tends to do these days, he sent out a curt response predicting the death of the format.
The question centered around the new Mac Mini, and how it sure would be cool if it had a Blu-Ray drive. Jobs responded saying that, "Bluray is looking more and more like one of the high end audio formats that appeared as the successor to the CD - like it will be beaten by Internet downloadable formats." In a later response, Jobs also claimed that streaming 720p content would win most people over.
It seems extremely likely that physical media will fade into the background at some point, but this may not be the time. With ISPs instituting bandwidth caps, streaming HD video could be more risky as the quality improves. Apple's iTunes store has sway over the content delivery arena, but can Apple really kill Blu-Ray by sheer force of will?
After months of speculation, Hulu has finally revealed their premium paid service, called Hulu Plus. Users will pay $9.99 per month for the privilege to access additional content not available on the free version. Subscribers to the new service will also be able to enjoy content on a number of new devices like iPads, iPhones, and Blu-Ray players. Support for the PS3 is expected sometime in July, and the Xbox will get a Live Gold tie in early in 2011.
It's unclear if users will respond positively to this new pay model. Hulu was created to discourage illegal distribution of content. Adding a pay wall could just drive users back to old habits. That being said, the regular Hulu isn't going away. The big difference will be the full seasons of programs on the Plus service. The free Hulu only offers a few episodes of popular shows. Items from the back catalog will also be made available on Hulu Plus. Depending on the platform, some content will be available in 720p.
We're a little concerned that it is being escribed as an "ad-supported subscription product". It looks like the fee won't get rid of the ads. For the time being, the service is invitation only. You can sign up here to request access. Is this something you'd pay for? If not, what is still missing for you?
The new iPhone 4 has a new video chat feature called FaceTime. As buyers of the new phone have learned with some dismay, there really aren't that many people to they can video chat with. The fature is only for iPhone 4 to iPhone 4 calling. Luckily Apple has worked out a solution so you can try out the feature. Just call 1-888-FACETIME anytime from 8am to 8pm CDT, and you can chat with a random Apple rep over FaceTime.
The rep will apparently give you a rundown of features and answer any questions you have about FaceTime. While this is a little weird, it's probably a good way to show off the feature which most consumers won't have a change to use until more of their acquaintances have the phone. Keep in mind that you have to be connected to Wi-Fi for this to work; another limitation of the FaceTime feature. We're not sold on the usefulness of video calls, but now we can all find out if it will catch on.
We've been hearing rumors that a paid Hulu service could be coming to the Xbox 360 for some time now, but now it looks like Sony could be wrangling a deal as well. The service would be offered through the Playstation Network to PS3 owners. Sources are saying that the deal could be announced as early as next week. Of course, both companies are staying tight lipped about a possible deal for now.
If Hulu intends to build a strong business on a paid subscription model, getting on game consoles is a must. Customers will want to get Hulu on their TVs, not just their PCs. As such, game consoles are a perfect method of delivery. There was originally concern that Microsoft would be able to lock Hulu into an exclusive partnership to provide content to the Xbox 360. We Hope this new round of rumors pan out and we see Hulu on multiple gaming platforms.
A price being floated is around $10 per month, but we don't know what sort of features it would include. We'll just have to wait and see what devices we will be able to get Hulu on, but our fingers are crossed that the answer is 'a lot'.
Some new numbers for analytics firm comScore have more or less revealed what you have been doing when you're supposed to be working. According to the new stats, YouTube had a record 14.6 billion video views in the month of May. Overall, 183 million US internet users watched at least one online video during that same period. How do you people get anything done?
What's really intriguing here is that the total number of online video views comScore is reporting is just short of 34 billion. Therefore, YouTube had 43% of all online video views last month. The next service in the ranking was Hulu with a measly 1.2 billion videos. Both sites are up a bit from April.
Google specifically sees users watching an average of 101.2 videos per month. The nearest competitor is Yahoo's sites with only 7.3 videos per user each month. Clearly YouTube is a juggernaut in this space. Is there a video streaming site you prefer to use instead of YouTube?