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Monday, January 29, 2007


YouProfit with YouTube

In an effort to stay competitive with revenue sharing viral video sites like Revver, Chad Hurley, co-founder of YouTube, said that his site will start sharing profits with its millions of users. The announcement was made during Hurley's speech at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland this past Saturday. Many active YouTube users have started removing their videos and reposting them on Revver so they can make some money off their hard work. Revver started sharing profits with their users back in October of 2005.
"We are getting an audience large enough where we have an opportunity to support creativity, to foster creativity through sharing revenue with our users... So in the coming months we are going to be opening that up" Hurley said.
How much will popular YouTube posters like The Wine Kone or Adam Wade start making off their videos? It's still unknown. Hurley didn't go into any payment details during his speech.

About 70 million videos are viewed daily on YouTube, which was sold to Google for $1.65 billion last year.

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Thursday, January 25, 2007


Infocus Play Big IN72 480p DLP Home Theater Projector

From our friends at Woot.

Hey, thanks for coming by! Yeah, make yourself comfortable - well, as comfortable as you can in a cave, anyway. I like to think I've fixed the place up pretty nice, although let me warn you: never order from IKEA online. They think the "e" in e-commerce stands for "extremely slow and annoying to deal with," ha ha.

Life in hiding from the Feds has its downside, but all in all I've got a pretty sweet setup. That uranium I stole gives me all the electricity I need down here. Once you get used to it, bat meat doesn't taste too bad, especially deep-fried. Kinda like chicken. When I need to use the bathroom, I just squeeze through that crevasse over there and go in this huge room. Believe me, it'd take me several lifetimes of eating nothing but Taco Bell to fill that room up.

And I never, ever have to worry about ambient light when I watch movies on my InFocus IN72 DLP Home Entertainment Projector . I get the full benefit of its 900 lumens, its Pixelworks DNX technology, and its totally dudical Darkchip2 DLP processor. Its resolution is only 480p, but just tell yourself "the upconverting is working" over and over and you'll never know the difference. And that Darkchip thing produces blacks as deep and dark as an underground cave - which I guess means it's superfluous for me, but it'd be perfect for a surface-dweller like you.

Warranty: One year

Features:

* Native Aspect Ratio: 16×9
* Supported Aspect Ratio: 4:3, 16:9
* Brightness: High Bright: 900 Lumens, Whisper: 720 Lumens
* Contrast Ratio: 2000:1 Full On/Full Off
* Display Technology: 0.55” DarkChip2 480p 12° DDR, DLP by Texas Instruments
* Data Compatibility: 640×480, 800×600, 1024×768
* Video Compatibility: Full NTSC, PAL, SECAM, 480i, 480p, 576i, 576p, 720p, 1035i, 1080i, 1080p/24, 1080p/30, 1080p/50, 1080p/60
* Color Wheel (DLP Only): 6 segment, 4-speed, D65 (6500K) color calibration
* Native Resolution: 854×480
* Projector Placement: Ceiling Projection, Front Projection, Rear Projection
* SMPTE Brightness: up to 11.5’ (3.5m) wide on a 1.0 gain screen
* Lamp Wattage: Whisper: 160 Watts, High Bright: 200 Watts
* Lamp Life: Whisper: 3000 Hours
* High Bright: 3000 Hours
* Standard Lens Zoom: 1.2 : 1
* Standard Lens Throw Ratio: 1.76:1 – 2.12:1 (Distance/Width)
* Standard Lens Image Offset Ratio: 128%
* Standard Lens Projection Distance: 5 – 20 ft
* Digital Keystone Correction (Vertical): +/- 20°
* Projector Warranty: 1 Year
* Lamp Warranty: 6 months
* Accessories Warranty: 90 Days
* Typical Power Consumption: 250 Watts
* Maximum Power Consumption: 300 Watts

Inputs and Outputs

* DVI: 1
* M1: 1
* HDMI: 1
* Component (RCA): 1
* VESA (HD15): 1
* S-Video: 1
* Composite (RCA): 1
* Standard Definition TV: Inputs: Component RCA, S-Video, Composite RCA
* Enhanced Definition TV: Inputs: HDMI, Component RCA, M1-DA
* High Definition TV: Inputs: HDMI, Component RCA, M1-DA
* Computer: Inputs: M1-DA
* HDCP Support: Yes
* 12v trigger for motorized screens (3.5 mm mini-jack)


Wednesday, January 24, 2007


DIY Nintendo Wii Steering Wheel

You might remember hearing about a wave of wounded people when the Nintendo Wii first came out last November. A combination of physically unfit Wii owners and a weak Wiimote strap was causing people to accidentally do things like punch their dogs or dislocate knees. Well apparently everyone’s wounds have healed and they’re starting to experiment with their new gaming systems.

One ambitious Wii owner even decided to make his own steering wheel and upload a picture of it to GoNintendo.com. The official Wii steering wheel is included with most racing games like GT Pro Series and Monster 4X4: World Circuit; but why pay extra for a game bundled with a wheel when you can just make your own?


While this particular DIY wheel leaves a lot to be desired (especially when it comes to style points), I'll give this lumpy homemade masterpiece an A+ for effort.

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Tuesday, January 23, 2007


Leica V-Lux 1

The Leica V-LUX 10.1MP Digital Camera with Optical Image Stabilized Zoom is a digital compact camera which combines high-performance optics and outstanding picture quality in a compact camera body. The camera offers 10 million pixels and a LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT 1:2.8-3.7/7.4-88.8 ASPH lens with an extremely wide range of focal lengths from 35 to 420 millimetres, thus commanding universal capability for the small picture system. From spacious landscape shots, filigree macro close-up shots through to photos of far distant objects in super telephoto mode, the lens with its 12 times zoom creates outstanding picture results in all photographic situations. The integral picture stabiliser gives the user additional protection against camera shake, even under difficult lighting conditions. The LEICA V-LUX 1 has a tilting 2.0“ TFT display for optimum picture checking. Thus the photographer is assured of secure control even in difficult situations for photography and gains additional possibilities for picture composition by means of unusual camera perspectives. A variety of manual settings, including a diverse subject program for many photographic situations, round out the creative composition possibilities of the LEICA V-LUX 1.

“The Leica V-LUX 10.1MP Digital Camera with Optical Image Stabilized Zoom is a real all-rounder for every photographic situation. The camera combines the best features of two different digital camera systems: the capabilities of a mirror reflex camera with the handy size of a compact camera. This makes the LEICA V-LUX 1 a compact all-in-one solution, which loses nothing in picture quality comparison with a digital mirror reflex camera and is superior to it in handiness. The large range of focal lengths offered by the LEICA V-LUX 1 means that fiddly lens changing is eliminated. The camera is thus both flexible and quickly ready for use, the risk of dirt of the sensor is avoided and the scope of photographic equipment is concentrated into a compact and light-weight digital camera“ says Marius Eschweiler, Product Manager for digital compact cameras at Leica Camera AG.


The high-performance LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT 1:2.8-3.7/7.4-88.8 ASPH zoom lens comprises 14 lenses in 10 groups. With a maximum aperture of 2.8 and the particularly large range of focal lengths, the LEICA V-LUX 1 offers versatile picture composition possibilities for brilliant photos with true-to-life colours. The focussing and zoom ring on the lens is easy to use and permits concentration to be devoted to the subject. The optics are individually matched to the camera sensor. Together with the electronics and the software they enable pictures with natural colour reproduction, excellent sharpness and high brilliance. In relation to colour matching, contrast and picture definition, Leica Camera AG has developed its own profile. This is oriented to the picture characteristics that are well known to Leica System Camera customers from their use in combination with professional film materials and specialist development laboratories.

The 2.0“ large camera display of the LEICA V-LUX 1 has a resolution of 207,000 pixels, enabling it to generate an exceptionally brilliant picture, allowing the photographer to make a reliable and exact assessment of the picture composition both when taking the photo and when reviewing it. An additional feature for checking the picture in particularly difficult situations – such as when photographing above your head – is the tiltable TFT display, which can be set to almost any angle. In addition, it creates further possibilities for picture composition by unusual camera perspectives, such as a worm’s-eye view. To reduce the load on the rechargeable battery, the display can also be switched to a darker low-energy mode, without having to sacrifice the outstanding picture quality.

Further security for a successful picture is derived from the integral protection against camera shake (O.I.S.), which can be switched on and off at any time. This reliably protects against camera shake in all photographic situations, since small movements of the hand are systematically compensated. Whether at twilight, during indoor shots, for snapshots or in zoom operation – the result is always a sharp picture without the need for a tripod.

The picture signal processor used in the LEICA V-LUX 1 ensures quick picture signal processing and saving within the camera. This allows the LEICA V-LUX 1 to be used quickly, reliably and spontaneously at any moment. The LEICA V-LUX 1 with its wide range of technical features is ideally suited to photographing the world of nature. In super-tele mode its magnification is equivalent to 10 power binoculars. The optical picture stabilisation gives shake-free pictures of the natural world even in poor lighting and extreme conditions. This combined with the quick response time of the shutter are just what are required for a spontaneous picture. The camera is thus an ideal addition to the equipment of naturalists and birdwatchers.

The LEICA V-LUX 1 is supplied with a 512 MB SD card , a battery charger, a powerful rechargeable battery and a comprehensive software package (Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0 (PC)/3.0 (Mac), Quicktime Movie Player). Further accessories available include a mains adapter (for direct power supply to the camera from the mains), a spare rechargeable battery and two types of high-quality camera case. The sporty Cordura case is particularly hard-wearing, whilst the newly developed neoprene case is both practical and purpose-designed. Both camera cases securely protect the products against damage.

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Monday, January 22, 2007


Heroes and Zeroes

Heroes is going digital. The hit American TV series on the the NBC network is relaunching its Web site with new interactive features coinciding with a batch of new original on-air episodes. NBC hopes the multiplatform strategy will deepen the "Heroes" mythos with additional content for Internet and mobile applications.

Some of these new digital offerings include a real-time, two-screen application that plays out on the PC along with each episode, commentary from cast members set to streamed episodes, and mobile content.

NBC is even making special viral clips to help promote Heroes on video sharing sites like Vmix and YouTube. The latest Heroes clip is a parody called "Zeroes" about ordinary people with relatively pointless abilities. Check it out on Vmix or YouTube. If you are a fan of the show you'll really enjoy it.

Videos by VMIX Member: NBC


Jeff Gaspin, president of NBC Universal Cable Entertainment and Digital Content had this to say about the new online presence for Heroes in The Hollywood Reporter: "Heroes has proven itself a hit on-air and online, and these extensions of rich, original content will allow our audience unprecedented access to new levels of the show as they dig deeper."

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Wednesday, January 17, 2007


Conan iPhone Commercial

Apparently Steve Jobs was holding back at last week's Macworld Expo. Apple's new iPhone can do a lot more than just play music, movie and make phone calls.

As you can see from this video, the research staff at Late Night with Conan O'Brien were able to uncover all of the iPhone's features including camera, movie player, remote control, electric razor…



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Tuesday, January 16, 2007


MoGo Wireless Bluetooth Mouse

The MoGo Wireless Mouse is a business-card sized, Bluetooth-enabled mouse that stores and recharges neatly inside (yes, inside…) your laptop's PC card slot. To recharge your MoGo Mouse, just slide it into the empty PC card slot in your laptop. It will fully recharge in less than an hour and provide you with enough power for about 8 or 9 hours of use.


As you can imagine, the MoGo Mouse is specifically designed for people who spend a lot of time traveling like writers, reporters and sales reps. Other mice, even those meant for travelers, usually don’t cut it. Mini-mice (aka “walnut shells”) get lost in your hand and are difficult to maneuver, and the idea of carrying a full-sized mouse defeats the entire purpose of mobility on the go.

The MoGo Mouse is a natural fit for road warriors. Storing it inside you PC Card (PCMCIA) slot is pure genius and the fact that it charges there is just the icing on the cake. The only thing I'd like to see in future models is a scroll wheel. I know that the size of it makes it hard to have a wheel but maybe a touch wheel, like one some laptops, could have been possible.
"an excellent tool for the road warrior or... minimalist." ~ GetUSB.info
If you spend a lot of time on the road with your laptop, then the MoGo Wireless Mouse will just make your life easier.

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Thursday, January 11, 2007


iPhone: Cisco vs Apple

If you were paying attention to all the hype building up to the Apple iPhone announcement on Tuesday, then you might recall the little snag concerning who actually owns the "iPhone" name.

Even though Apple unveiled the iPhone in San Francisco this week, Linksys, a division of Cisco Systems Inc., announced a product called the iPhone on December 18th, 2006. The Linksys iPhone is a Web-enabled telephone handset capable of making calls over the Internet using voice over Internet protocol (VOIP).

So how can two different companies lay claim to the "iPhone" name? That's the problem... they can't.

Linksys, actually owns the "iPhone" trademark because of a Cisco acquisition. A company called Infogear registered the "iPhone" name in 1996. Then Cisco then absorbed the "iPhone" trademark when it acquired Infogear in the year 2000.


So what happens now? It's all up to the lawyers. Cisco filed a lawsuit against Apple yesterday in the U.S. District Court in San Francisco. Basically Cisco and Apple need to reach a settlement or Apple will have to call their iPhone something different like iChat Mobile.

According to the NY Post, Cisco thought it had reached a deal with Apple. The two companies were reportedly engaged in heated talks over the "iPhone" name the past few weeks leading up to the Apple iPhone announcement.
"We sent them final terms on Monday, but we never got approval back," Cisco spokesman John Noh told The Post. "We're very open to sharing the trademark. We made that clear. But then they went ahead and used the name without our permission."
Apple has been trying to get the iPhone name away from Cisco since 2001 when they first released the iPod. Will Apple finally be successful? They obviously have something up their sleeve or they wouldn't have halted talks with Cisco and just announced the iPhone this week. It will be interesting to see what happens these next few months.

Apple plans on releasing the iPhone in June 2007.

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Wednesday, January 10, 2007


CineGo D-1000 Home Theater DLP Projector System w/DVD Player

From our boys at Woot...

Heyyyy, you, how’s it goin’? I bet a little thing like you had to sneak in, huh? Don’t worry, I won’t tell on you. Allow me to introduce myself, I’m the Cinego D-1000 Projector , originally manufactured exclusively for none another than Radio Shack. That’s right, a digital-front projector with a built in DVD player with all the quality of the Radio Shack name behind it. You like these white socks? I wear ‘em with my dress shoes because they feel so comfortable. I know a cutie-pie like you understands about feeling comfortable.
So I like to stay in shape, even at my age. I still got my 16:9 ratio. You ever watched a DVD with a 16:9 ratio? Really? Maybe you aren’t as young as you look in those red shoes. Heh.

Hey, don’t go just yet, I was gonna tell you about my inputs. Component, composite, S-Video, I pretty much got ‘em all. Someone pretty like you deserves a projector that can cover all the bases. Why, you lookin’ at that one over there? Man, he’s still fresh out of the box. He doesn’t have the nice black finish like I do. That’s the Radio Shack mark of quality, you know, that nice black finish. Bet he doesn’t even know how to use his remote. Mine has 32 buttons. You ever heard of a player with that many features? ‘Course you’re screwed if you lose it because you can’t access everything from the menu buttons. Hey, you wanna see a card trick?

Okay, okay, I was just kidding. Listen, I want to be honest with you up front, I got an ex-wife, and you’re gonna hear some stuff about “failing benchmarks” and “better designs” and all kinds of crap like that, and I’m not saying it’s false and I’m not saying it’s true, all I’m saying is that it’s getting late in the evening and there’s not really a better deal right here in your face, is there? You can go start looking all over the place and maybe you’ll find something and maybe you won’t, or you can go home with a projector that originally cost about twelve hundred dollars, and tell all your friends how great it was. They ain’t gonna know. And hey, if you get a little drunk and squint you can pretend I’m an X-Box.

Features:

* Home theater projector with DLP™ technology for an instant home theater experience
* Projector weighs less than 8 lbs. so you can pack up and set up in minutes
* Control the screen size from 24-140" for excellent viewing in a variety of locations
* Up to 90% smaller than an ordinary TV, so there's less equipment and cable clutter
* Built-in, top-loading, progressive-scan DVD player (native 480p, Region 1)
* External subwoofer with two 2.75" high-fidelity speakers
* Big sound with powerful bass
* Dolby 5.1 output for connection to your existing surround-sound system
* 1500:1 contrast rate for sharp images, true blacks and clear shadow details
* True 16:9 picture format
* 16.7 million color reproduction
* 1500:1 contrast ratio
* Video in, audio in, L/R audio out, subwoofer out, Dolby 5.1 out, VGA connectors
* 2×2-3/4” 5W speakers
* 1:1.16 optical zoom/manual focus lens
* 480p native resolution
* 200W lamp with 2000 hour performance/3000 hour economy mode lamp life

What's in the box:

* Instant theater projector (1)
* Subwoofer (1)
* Subwoofer cable (1)
* Projector power cord (1)
* S-Video Adapters (1)
* Remote control (1)
* Owner's manual
* Quick Start guide
* Composite Video Adapter (1)
* Component Video Adapter (1)

Playable Formats:

* CD
* CD-R/RW
* DVD-R
* VCD
* SVCD
* DVD-RW
* DVD+RW
* DVD
* Picture CD


Tuesday, January 09, 2007


Apple Announces iPhone, Apple TV

Every once in a while a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything. Apple, a company known for innovation, has been very fortunate in this regard. In 1984 they introduced the world to the first Macintosh and changed personal computing forever. Then in 2001 Apple introduced the first iPod and redefined the music industry.

Today Apple introduced 3 revolutionary products: widescreen iPod, mobile phone, and internet communicator. But there's a catch... these revolutionary products aren't 3 separate devices. They are all rolled into one product called the iPhone ($499 4GB, $599 8GB).

The iPhone (GSM+EDGE) has a touchscreen interface with multitouch capabilities. That means you can use multiple fingers at the same time. How can such a small device have an advanced multitouch interface? The iPhone runs the Macintosh operating system OS X. How did Apple fit an entire operating system into a tiny phone? I don't know. Magic?

The iPhone syncs to your computer just like your iPod. All your media (music, videos, podcasts, etc.) as well as contacts, email amd calendars will sync to your iPhone. You can even add any any IMAP or POP email account. Yahoo users will like this next perk. Yahoo is giving all iPhone owners free IMAP email. You normally have to pay extra for this feature.

Web browsing on a mobile phone was probably one of the worst user experiences you've ever encountered. Well those days are over. The iPhone uses the Safari browser and can smoothly navigate complicated sites like Google Maps.

And if all this iPhone business wasn't enough, Steve Jobs also announed Apple TV ($299) - a way to enjoy your media on your big screen TV. Anything you put into iTunes (content from iTunes, DVDs you've ripped, videos from YouTube, etc.) can be wirelessly transmitted to your Apple TV box.


The Apple TV has 802.11 WiFi (b, g + n) and will automatically sync from your PC.

More Apple TV specs:
  • 40GB HD
  • 720p HD video
  • componet
  • RCA
  • USB 2.0
  • ethernet
  • WiFi
  • HDMI


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Monday, January 08, 2007


Zune vs Baseball Bat

On last Thursday's episode of Mad Money, host Jim Cramer selected Apple Computer as his No. 2 growth stock of 2007.

Cramer picked Apple Computer over Microsoft and decided to vent his rage against Microsoft by smashing a new brown Zune with a baseball bat. In case you missed it, the Zune smashing video is now on YouTube.

Although Apple's up more than 175% the last two years and more than 50% since July, Cramer believes Apple Computer will move higher because "picking stocks is not like flipping a coin." There's no balancing out that occurs, he said. Instead, "winners keep winning and "losers keep losing."

Cramer considers Apple a winner that has changed the way people listen to music with the iPod and the iTunes Store. "Not only [Apple] a brand people trust and love, but it is cool... Microsoft's Zune MP3 player will not be able to push past Apple."



Cramer went on to say that there are always bears and short-sellers, but in Apple's case "they are wrong and should get buried... [Apple] has a winning formula, and nothing is going against it."

You can subscribe to the Mad Money "Lightning Round" video podcast in the iTunes Store here: Mad Money w/ Jim Cramer - The Lightning Round

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Colorful Transcend USB Flash Drives

Tired of grey and black colored Flash drives? USB flash drives are now candy colored thanks to Transcend's Jetflash V60.

The drives are available in four colors, with each color corresponding to a different storage capacity: orange is 512MB, blue is 1GB, red is 2GB and green is 4GB. All the Transcend drives come with basic security software including a program capable of locking your PC from prying eyes and wayward fingers alike.


A Transcend press release for the Jetflash V60 claims that "Now everyone can transfer to a paperless society." Yes, Western civilization was just waiting for the V60 to appear in order to be convinced that a paperless society was viable.

Technical Details
  • Fully compatible with Hi-Speed USB 2.0
  • Easy Plug and Play installation
  • Driverless (Only Windows®98SE needs the enclosed driver)
  • USB powered. No external power or battery needed
  • Partition & Security Function: Create a private partition with password protection
  • Write Speed: 2 MBytes per Second
  • Size (L x W x H): 61 x 18.6 x 9.8 mm

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Thursday, January 04, 2007


Copy DVDs for Your iPod

Did you get a lot of DVDs for Christmas? Want to watch them on your iPod? For years, the best DVD ripping program, Handbrake, was only available for Mac. But the unthinkable has happened. Handbrake has been ported for Windows. It's still in the experimental beta stages, but you can download a PC version of Handbrake now.

If you are unfamiliar with Handbrake, it's a GPL'd multiplatform, multithreaded DVD to MPEG-4 ripper/converter. Here's a MethodShop.com tutorial on how to use Handbrake.

Features:

  • Can encode directly from DVDs (even encrypted ones) or from VIDEO_TS folders
  • Supports AC3, LPCM and MPEG audio tracks
  • Outputs MP4, AVI or OGM files
  • Outputs AAC, MP3 or Vorbis audio
  • Supports 2-pass encoding
  • Supports encoding of two audio tracks
  • Includes a bitrate calculator
  • Supports picture deinterlacing, cropping and scaling

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PC users looking for a super DVD-to-iPod easy solution should use DVD Copy by InterVideo.

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Tuesday, January 02, 2007


Tivoli Model Satellite Table Radio

Tivoli Audio Model Satellite #175 AM/FM and Sirius Radio Receiver is the world's first satellite table radio designed exclusively for home use with SIRIUS Satellite Radio. The new Tivoli SIRIUS radio delivers digital quality sound in 61 commercial-free music streams, and over 40 news, sports and entertainment streams. The large LCD provides multiple display options. The radio has 15 pre-sets for your favorite Sirius streams and searches by artist, song, and stream, and the digital clock sets and updates automatically.

The radio features the fine analog tuner designed by Audio Hall of Fame member Henry Kloss, a device that pulls in even weak FM signals, allowing listeners to tune in more stations compared to other costly radios and receivers. SIRIUS is the only place where subscribers can hear the entire NFL season, as well as popular programming from NPR, CNN, FOX News and many others.

The radio is housed in a finely crafted furniture grade cherry wood cabinet with taupe metallic faceplate and champagne-toned knobs. It comes with a remote control device and a compact indoor/outdoor SIRIUS antenna.

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