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YouTube co-founder set to launch a new video-based business

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 12, 2013 6:30 am

Chris Hurley, co-founder of YouTube, is looking at getting back into the video website business after selling his video streaming site to Google for a nice $1.65 billion. Hurley has now begun teasing his new venture, where he said during a Q&A session with Digg founder and Google Ventures partner Kevin Rose: "I wish [South by Southwest] was a month later because I could unveil the new product."

 

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He didn't go into much detail, but added that the new product is "primarily video-based...and gives flexibility for people to work together and create content." It looks like we should expect a next-generation YouTube, and that's not a bad thing at all. Digg founder Kevin Rose asked him if that was his intention, where he responded with: "We're not setting up to [kill YouTube]-now. There's always going to be a place for YouTube." His intention, instead, is to create a platform better suited for collaboration."

Netflix gets some support from Samsung's latest Chromebook, thanks to HTML5 streaming

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Mar 12, 2013 5:33 am

Google have just announced a new deal with Netflix and Microsoft, where HTML5 video streaming is now supported by Samsung's ARM-based Chromebook. Google had previously talked about Netflix support, but never went into any detail, but here we are.

 

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This is the first time Netflix has used HTML5 for streaming instead of Silverlight, but there's no news on whether we'll see this support jump over to other devices just yet.

Windows 8, RT to receive Flash support in IE10 tomorrow

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Mar 12, 2013 4:35 am

Microsoft will be pushing out an update to Internet Explorer 10 tomorrow that will enable Flash support for both Windows 8 and Windows RT. At the moment, the "full web" experience has been a bit held back on the desktop browser.

 

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This was a move made by Microsoft to improve performance, battery life and touch experience. The update will see Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 8 & RT users able to access Flash content on most - but not all - websites. Some websites have been blacklisted by the Redmond-based giant due to their negative impact on the user experience.

 

Desktop-based IE10 users will be alright, with access to all Flash-enabled content.

Mother attempts to sell her kids on Facebook at a bargain price of just $4000

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 12, 2013 3:46 am

Facebook is used for a million and one things these days, but child trafficking - you'd think not. Misty VanHorn, a mother of two in Oklahoma has tried to sell her two children on Facebook. She was arrested on the weekend for alleged trafficking of minors on Facebook, trying to sell her 10-month-old and 2-year-old for $4000.

 

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VanHorn reportedly offered the kids up for sale more than once, offering her innocent 10-month-old girl for $1000. Alternatively, you could buy a package deal which included both kids for $4000, where she actually had someone interested. VanHorn was dealing with a woman in Fort Smith, Ark., according to The Oklahoman. Because she was dealing across the state line from her home in Sallisaw, she might be charged with a federal crime.

 

Her Facebook message to the Fort Smith-based woman said: Just come to Sallisaw, it's only 30 minutes away and I'll give you all of her stuff and let y'all have her forever for $1,000. Why was VanHorn trying to sell her children? She wanted the $1000 to bail her boyfriend out of jail, where ironically she's being held on a $40,000 bail. Her kids are now in the custody of the state's department of human services, who alerted the police in the first place.

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Samsung teases their Galaxy S IV, shows off the outline of a smartphone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 12, 2013 3:21 am

We're just days away from finding out what will most likely be one of the most popular smartphones of the year will materialize as, but for now we're seeing teases and unveilings quick and fast. Earlier today we reported on the first real shots of the Galaxy S IV, but now Samsung have taken to their Twitter account to tease us with even less.

 

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As you can see, it looks very similar to the Galaxy S III, which isn't a bad thing considering that thing sold like hotcakes. We're only two days away from the official unveiling, and I'm sure Samsung have saved quite a few tricks until the day.

Xi3 puts Piston on pre-order, first of the Steam Boxes will set you back $999.99

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 12, 2013 1:33 am

Xi3 has beaten everyone else to the punch by releasing the Piston for pre-order. This pint-sized gaming PC doesn't have the highest of performance parts; it features a quad-core AMD R464 processor and integrated graphics coupled with 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. Larger SSDs are available for a price.

 

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Upgrading to a 512GB SSD brings the price of the machine up by $750, a bit steep when you consider what SSDs are available for on Newegg. It's possible that Steam and Xi3 are pulling a Google in that they are releasing the very high-end systems before showing off more value-based propositions.

 

If you're interested in buying the Piston, Xi3 is offering a $100 discount for pre-orders that are placed before March 17. One of the few things this Steam Box has going for it is its small size and upgradability. But, are those enough to set this apart from the next generation PlayStation or Xbox? We'll have to wait and see.

Firefox for iOS won't be coming back unless Apple levels the playing field

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Mar 12, 2013 1:03 am

According to Mozilla's Vice President Jay Sullivan, Apple's iOS won't be seeing a Firefox web browser app. The reason for this is easily understood: Apple won't allow an app to be set as the default web browser. This means that anytime a person clicks a link in an e-mail, Safari is opened by default.

 

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Mozilla used to have a Firefox for iOS app up until it pulled the app in September of 2012. Sullivan says that Mozilla may change its stance, but only if Apple were to play fair and allow third-party web browsers to be set as the default.

 

Besides, Firefox doesn't really need Apple. Mozilla is currently working on Firefox OS, which, if it catches on, could easily make up for the small market share forgone by not dealing with Apple. Additionally, any other browsers won't benefit much by having an iOS version as they suffer from the same default browser issue.

Netflix launches ISP Speed Index, shows data about various ISPs

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Mar 12, 2013 12:07 am

Netflix has launched a new tool to show what ISPs are best for streaming. Using data collected from its global userbase, Netflix is in a unique position to show which ISPs offer the best streaming speeds...and which offer the worst. The tool shows the data in many different formats, including the chart seen below:

 

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The default tool page shows a quick overview of numerous different countries. The fastest, slowest, and average streaming speed are displayed. Users can then dive into individual country's results and graph how they change over a period of time. The data currently only goes back to November of last year, but the data will be updated each month.

 

If you want to check out the index for yourself, head on over to Netflix's ISP Speed Index. Currently Google Fiber is the fastest for the United States and has only gotten faster during the time Netflix has data for. Clearwire is the slowest at just under half the average speed.

Upset that you can't play Donkey Kong as a girl? Now you can!

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 11, 2013 11:35 pm

When your daughter approaches you and asks to play Donkey Kong as a female, what do you do? If you're Mike Mika, you hack the ROM so that your wonderful daughter can play as a princess and save Mario for a change.

 

 

"Now I'm up at midnight hacking the ROM, replacing Mario with Pauline," Mika writes. "I'm using the 2010 NES Donkey Kong ROM. I've redrawn Mario's frames and I swapped the palettes in the ROM. I replaced the M at the top with a P for Pauline."

 

Mika has even gone so far as to release the ROM to the public so that all the little girls in the world are able to play as Mario's girlfriend Pauline. You can download the ROM from CodeMystics' website.

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Haswell's USB3.0 bug will require a chipset revision to fix

By: Trace Hagan | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Mar 11, 2013 11:07 pm

Intel has a bit of a problem on its hands. It's probably not as terrible as the Sandy Bridge SATA controller issue, but it could end up being another costly fix for the chip giant. According to Fudzilla, the problem cannot be fixed by a mere software update. Rather, the chipset will require a new revision to take care of the issue.

 

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The bug isn't too major. If a USB 3.0 port is being used when the system is put to sleep (S3 state), the device will need to be reconnected upon waking the machine. It's nothing more than a slight hassle, but this is the second chipset glitch experienced by Intel in less than a year.

 

Motherboard vendors are saying that June is still the planned introduction for Haswell, so it looks like the first batch of motherboards could possibly be coming with the buggy chipset. We'll know more as the proposed launch period nears.

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