The Wall Street Journal is reporting that YouTube is looking to spend $100 million on original programming. It's a move that Google would obviously hope is successful, in a world of instant video, original programming is also still the way to go.
Google is hoping to have YouTube compete with broadcast and cable television, with a goal to keep viewers on their site longer, and to convince advertisers that it will reach desirable customers.
Apple have had a runaway success train with the iPad 2 so far, pushing 2.5 million units in March alone and they're looking to increase this number to over 4.5 million just to meet demand. Insiders are claiming that Apple need to meet demand for 12 million (!) iPad 2's in the second quarter if they want to fully maximise their sales.
Apple have reportedly made deals with various suppliers in Japan, paying 400-percent over the odds for specific components to ensure they would get priority over everyone else. Of course Japan has been going through one of the most severe disasters/events, but I'm sure those suppliers getting 400-percent over the odds are rubbing their hands together, I do hope they're donating some of it to the disaster relief efforts though.
Samsung was obviously not happy with the stock 1GHz speeds of the Galaxy S II and have now delayed the phone until May or June. This delay will allow them to ramp speeds up by 20-percent bringing the Coretex-A9-based chip to 1.2GHz.
This is one of the first times I've ever seen speeds of a processor in a mobile device upgraded before release, the delay may be worth it!
In a radical move, patients will finally be able to see just how long the list of people are in hospital emergency departments ahead of time before they arrive. The overhaul of the health system is being lead by Health Minister Jillian Skinner who as her first move is also giving power back to the doctors and nurses to run their hospitals.
In an interview with The Daily Telegraph yesterday, Skinner said she would not rule out job cuts and wanted bureaucrats in "ivory towers" to get back to working in hospitals.
The latest happenings from around the web - April 6th, 2011
- Intel Unveils 10-Core Xeons, Mission-Critical Servers @ Hot Hardware
- Acer Aspire 5830T TimelineX: Evolution Through Time @ InsideHW
- Asus U31JG-A1 Laptop @ TechReviewSource
- Intel Core i7 990X Extreme @ Phoronix
- Core i7-990X Extreme Edition vs. Core i7-2600K @ XBit Labs
- Top Budget to Mainstream Graphics Cards @ Techspot
- Zotac GTX 580 AMP²! @ Kitguru
- GIGABYTE HD 6970 OC 2GB @ Overclockers AU
Our Download of the Day today is KMPlayer 18.104.22.1680.
The KMPlayer is a versatile media player which can cover various types of container format such as VCD, DVD, AVI, MKV, Ogg Theora, OGM, 3GP, MPEG-1/2/4, WMV, RealMedia, and QuickTime among others. It handles a wide range of subtitles and allows you to capture audio, video, and screenshots in many ways.
The player provides both internal and external filters with a fully controlled environment in terms of connections to other splitters, decoders, audio/video transform filters and renderers without grappling with the DirectShow merit system. Internal filters are not registered to user's system to keep it from being messed up with system filters.
In December 2008 KMPlayer was bought by Pandora.tv, and continues to be made available as freeware.
Our Deal of the Day today is the eBay - NOOK by Barnes and Noble Wi-Fi eReader (refurbed) - $79 Shipped Free!.
Offer: This is a great price for this refurbed Barnes and Noble NOOK eReader. If you haven't read off an eReader with the e-ink display, you should check it out. It is definitely the best way to read books on a device. Basically, if you're an avid reader, don't try compromising by getting a tablet with a LCD screen. Your eyes will hate you.
AMD and GlobalFoundaries have renegotiated a silicon supply deal which should see AMD switching to a per-die payment method for any chips produced on GlobalFoundaries new 32nm-based manufacturing process. The renegotiated deal replaces the previous method of payment which was based on a per-wafer deal.
In a press statement, AMD said that from now on it's "price for 32nm products will be based on a good die", which implies that AMD was previously seeing too many duff dies per 32nm wafer for its liking and therefore only wants to pay for working chips, which is fair enough.
Windows 8 is not only including a tile-based shell for tablets called "Immersive", but there will also include "AppX": a new type of packaged application model in Windows 8 that resembles Windows Phone 7 application packages.
This would then mean the AppX application type could be common between Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, this provides developers with a way to write applications for both platforms. This would also allow Microsoft an avenue to have apps working on two Windows operating systems on a variety of different devices like desktops, laptops, tablets and phones. This is pretty exciting stuff!
Microsoft is looking to include it's own Portable Document Format (PDF) reader in Windows 8 dubbed, Modern Reader. Modern Reader will display PDFs as one would expect, including functions for zooming in and out, page scrubber on the side of the application, side-by-side page views.
Adobe has pretty much stopped Microsoft in their tracks when it comes to supplying PDF to Windows as a standard, but now things are changing. Right now it could be that Modern Reader is simply a PDF reader, but I'm sure more information will become available soon enough.