Another popular app makes its way to Windows Phone
One of the reasons why Microsoft's Windows Phone platform is getting so soundly beat in the mobile space by Android and iOS (in terms of market share) is because its app selection isn't up to par. It's not just about the sheer number of apps -- having hundreds of flatulence apps is hardly a competitive advantage -- but equally important is ensuring that popular apps are represented. Vine was one that was noticeably missing, until now.
Deputy Editor Gordon Ung gives you a tour around this year's benchmark-busting beast
Every year we set out to build the most kick-ass PC, where money is no object and performance rules the roost. This year's $16,000+ Dream Machine is no different. It's by far the most powerful PC we've ever built--shoot, it even cracked into 3DMark 11's esteemed Hall of Fame leaderboard!
The whole might be greater than the sum of its parts, but the parts are pretty damned impressive, as you will see in these behind-the-scenes videos of all the Dream Machine's components, with your host Deputy Editor Gordon Mah Ung!
Oh Microsoft, is it really so hard to spend a portion of your record revenue and obscene profits on humorous advertisements? Apparently so, because the company's latest attempt to poke fun at the competition once again fell flat, only this time the ads missed the mark so badly Microsoft mercifully yanked them off the web only hours after posting them. The ads were supposed to poke fun at Apple's iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S launch, a pair of relatively easy targets. Instead, they came off as trying too hard, leaving that uncomfortable feeling in your gut when you're embarrassed for someone.
It's been rumored for several days now that Facebook would inject video recording and sharing capabilities into its Instagram service, and lo and behold, that's exactly what the social networking site has done. Dubbed Video on Instagram, you can now record clips up to 15 seconds in length simply by tapping the movie camera icon. There are also 13 new filters added specifically for this new functionality.
Thanks to YouTube, we have funny memories like Leeroy Jenkins leading his team to slaughter and declaring after the bloodbath, "at least I have chicken"; the art of Rickrolling; Old Gregg introducing a new audience to how a transsexual merman rolls; and so many more. Heck, if it weren't for YouTube, shows like Tosh.0 probably wouldn't exist. Pretty remarkable for a site that turns 8 years old today.
It would take many, many lifetimes to watch all of YouTube's content.
Three ex-PayPal employees created YouTube just over eight years ago, but do you think any of them could have predicted just how popular the video sharing site would become? Perhaps, though it would have been hard to conceive of a service streaming out 6 billion hours of content each and every month, which is how much YouTube is currently piping through the Internet.
Watch the viral video that caused a stir on the Internet.
Pepsi conspired with professional NASCAR racer Jeff Gordon to film a new ad featuring him taking a Chevy Camaro for a test ride, but with a twist. In the ad, Gordon dons a disguise so that he's hardly recognizable as a celebrity. He walks into the dealership acting like a timid middle-aged man who's perhaps in over his head trying to handle car with the get-up-and-go of a V8 Camaro. Hilarity ensues as he takes the seemingly unsuspecting car salesman for the ride of his life.
Even the engineers at Intel aren't immune to the latest Internet trends.
Oh Internet, are there no bounds to your silliness? It sure doesn't appear that way, with the newest fad sweeping through cyberspace being the Harlem Shake. Variations of the meme are racking up millions of hits on YouTube, and everyone seems to be doing it, possibly even your grandmother. Intel uploaded its own version of the Harlem Shake featuring an engineer in full costume and a dude with a horse head who comically strolls casually by as if it's just another day in Santa Clara.
You can win some sweet prizes from Asus, but first you'll need to know how to pronounce the company's name.
Nobody likes having their name mispronounced, but if the way you spell your name is a bit ambiguous, would you be willing to fork over $10,000 to get people to pronounce it correctly? That's what Asus is doing. The PC parts maker is asking fans to upload creative videos with the topic "Say Asus" that teach people the correct pronunciation, and it's giving away $10,000 in prizes to the best ones. Asus posted a couple of its own videos, including a rather funny one with Bruce Lee.
With video camera in tow, we went deep into the trenches at GDGT.
One of the things we look forward to every year is San Francisco's annual consumer electronics event called GDGT (pronounced "gadget"). This year's show was utterly packed with vendors and attendees, but that didn't stop us from lugging around a camera (check out our photo gallery of the event) and video camera. We spoke with several vendors about their products, and thankfully none of them were particularly camera shy. On the contrary, they were more than willing to show off their wares.