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YouTube celebrates VHS turning 57 by adding 'Tape Mode' to select videos

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Apr 15, 2013 8:01 pm

YouTube is celebrating VHS' birthday right. The social video sharing website has added a "Tape Mode" to select videos that causes the video to look like it is being played from a VHS. While watching a 1080p video as if it were from a VHS might not be the most pleasant thing to do, it certainly is a great way to celebrate the VHS turning 57.




Tape Mode is only available on select videos and is somewhat hard to find. You can experience Kmart's "Ship My Pants" video in full VHS quality here.


Not too long ago, the video tape was the media of choice for living rooms around the world. In celebration of the 57th birthday of the first commercial video cassette recorder, check out a fun VHS mode for the YouTube player to relive the magic feel of vintage video tapes.


Check out tape mode and let us know what you think. Should this be a permanent YouTube feature?

OCZ in hot water with NASDAQ, receives letter threatening delisting

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 15, 2013 7:25 pm

OCZ has received a letter from the NASDAQ stock exchange explaining that they will be delisted from the stock exchange if they do not disclose financial earnings. OCZ is able to request a stay of delisting which will then have to be approved by the NASDAQ Listing Qualifications Panel.




We all know OCZ has been in a bit of financial trouble and has laid off a large portion of its staff. It also delayed reporting its financial earnings and has still not reported earnings for the quarters ending August 31, 2012, November 30, 2012.


OCZ says that they have made substantial progress towards completing the required financial documentation.

HTC One has a launch video posted and removed, video claims it's 'everything your phone isn't'

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 15, 2013 6:29 pm

Interested in taking a look at the HTC One launch video? Well, it had been posted up on Funny or Die but appears to have been removed. Of course, it was only removed after people managed to get copies uploaded to YouTube. We've embedded the video below for your viewing pleasure:



The video is said to start appearing on websites today and movie theaters on April 26. The video makes fun of The Bachelorette with numerous people dressed as phones pretending to be the bachelors. HTC makes the claim that the HTC One is "everything your phone isn't."


Take a watch of the video and let us know what you think of HTC's new marketing.

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ReportTT: Foxconn hiring for Zhengzhou factory, indicative of iPhone production ramping up

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 15, 2013 5:28 pm

Bloomberg is reporting that Foxconn has once again started hiring for their plant in Zhengzhou, the plant where Apple's iPhone is produced. Workers have apparently been recruited for the last month after Apple requested an increase in capacity at the plant. The workers will be constructing both existing models and new ones.




The Wall Street Journal said that Foxconn has been hiring about 10,000 people per week since the end of March. Foxconn noted that Zhengzhou currently employs around 250,000-300,000 people, though they wouldn't say how many have been added during this most recent hiring binge.


If Apple has asked for increased capacity, you can imagine that Apple is working on ramping up production for the latest iPhone. Apple needs to get the iPhone released fairly soon to compete with the next-gen HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4.

Dish Network wants to merge with Sprint for $25.5 billion

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 15, 2013 4:29 pm

Dish Network has submitted a proposal to Sprint's Board of Directors that aims to see the two companies merge. Dish has offered up $25.5 billion for Sprint, which is higher than the offer on the table by SoftBank. "DISH is offering Sprint shareholders a total consideration of $25.5 billion, consisting of $17.3 billion in cash and $8.2 billion in stock."




Charlie Ergen, Chairman of DISH Network:

The DISH proposal clearly presents Sprint shareholders with a superior alternative to the pending SoftBank proposal. Sprint shareholders will benefit from a higher price with more cash while also creating the opportunity to participate more meaningfully in a combined DISH/Sprint with a significantly-enhanced strategic position and substantial synergies that are not attainable through the pending SoftBank proposal.


Dish expects growth opportunities of around $37 billion and $11 billion in cost savings. Now Sprint will have to decide whether to take SoftBank's deal or Dish Network's deal. Both have their own benefits: SoftBank has lots of cash and Dish has lots of spectrum reserve. We'll let you know when Sprint comes to a decision.

YouTube clicks the rewind button, lets you experience the look of VHS, but in HD

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Apr 15, 2013 2:31 pm

If you're like me, you love watching all YouTube videos in 720p or 1080p - but what about technology from yesteryear - VHS? YouTube are now marking the 57th anniversary of VHS with a tape-shaped button on select videos.




Clicking this button will put a filter over the content, giving you horrific flashbacks to the quality of video from years ago. There's no official list of compatible content, but there looks to be a nice amount of videos on YouTube's native channel ready for some VHS lovin'.

Foursquare borrows $41 million, continues to ponder how to monetize the check-in app

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 15, 2013 1:35 pm

Foursquare have just announced a new injection of funding from loans from new and current investors to the tune of $41 million. This has put the company in the position of now quickly trying to generate actual revenue and move away from the simple social check-in app they are now.




The money hasn't come from investors handing cash over to Foursquare for shares, but instead new investor Silver Lake Waterman led the financing with something that is being called a multi-year loan. Existing Foursquare investors offered loans that will convert to equity if the company's valuation rises, these investors are Andreessen Horowitz, O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, Spark Capital and Union Square Ventures.


This means, in reality, that Foursquare have checked themselves into a very hard place. They will now indirectly be forced to create revenue, to continue their interest and principal payments on their Silver Lake loan or risk default. Creating a steady income is going to be hard for Foursquare, as right now they're without such a cash flow.


I still maintain that they'll get acquired soon enough, and I'm surprised it hasn't happened sooner.

Future batteries could be made from liquid metal, no T-1000's in sight thankfully

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 15, 2013 12:33 pm

One thing that annoys most, especially me, is that I want an all-day (all-week preferably) battery life on my devices. Running a quad-core smartphone with all the trimmings is great, but charging it every night is not the ideal thing for me.




New technology is required, and this is where the Massachusetts Institute of Technology steps in, with Professor Donald Sadoway's new research - liquid metal batteries. Professor Sadoway told BBC News:


At least 18 months from now, we'll have something we can put in the hands of an independent assessor. We want to make sure we've got something that's durable and will perform to specification. This is a very tough market to get into. We can't afford to have a failure because something wasn't quite right. That could tarnish the image of the technology to the point where it would be set back irreparably.

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Xbox Live outage reminds us why always-online consoles can be disastrous

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Apr 15, 2013 11:27 am

Xbox Live suffered an outage over the weekend, with thousands of users reporting various issues when trying to sign onto the service. The problem is, the outage came and ruined gamers' weekends, yet again.




The outage took out most of the Xbox 360's functions, including Netflix, HBO Go, Hulu and YouTube - not to mention the thousands of games that Xbox Live Gold subscribers love to, and pay to, play. The service is now working, but it should serve everyone - I'm looking at you, Microsoft - as a stark reminder of the dark path that is always-online consoles.


Sure, we (see: most of the first world) have Internet access, but it does go out from time to time. So do the services themselves, in this case: Xbox Live - and when it does, those thousand-dollar (console + games + Xbox Live Gold access) devices are rendered next to useless. Expensive, Internet-less paperweights. Microsoft, see the light please, before it is too late.

Windows 8.1 sees new leaked version, full release in September

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Apr 15, 2013 10:32 am

Windows 8 has been here for half a year now, and I still haven't bothered even considering to change over - with millions of others in the same position. There's now new rumors on Windows 8.1, which is set to fuse the desktop and mobile Windows worlds.




Microsoft mainly wants to do this to target Android, but I can't see how this will happen in the short term. The other news is that Microsoft is planning a September launch for Windows 8.1, but we should see a more public appearance sometime in August if everything goes to plan. New screenshots have surfaced confirming the new version is called Windows 8.1 Pro Preview, which is an interesting shift in names for Microsoft.


Should we expect no Service Pack for Windows 8, and just a shift to Windows 8.1? There are a few things to look forward to in Windows 8.1, such as 50/50 split-screen Metro app support, multi-monitor Metro app support, Internet Explorer will receive WelGL and SPDY support as well as Tab syncing, and much more. This is on top of the slew of performance increases and bug fixes we should expect from Windows 8.1.