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YouTube has been providing the world with videos of just about everything for so long that it has just about become its own verb like Google.
But the videos have never really been high quality but more of the "webcam" style shots heavy on the pixels with an extra side of grain.
Now it looks like YouTube might finally be taking the wrapper off of its long awaited HD Video selection. According to an article over at Techcrunch.com the words "Watch in HD" are starting to appear below some videos.
Read the more here.
There is nothing on the YouTube Blog yet, but people are starting to notice the new feature on Twitter this morning. You can find a bunch of HD videos on YouTube by searching for "HD." For videos uploaded in HD, in the lower right hand corner there is no a link that says "watch in HD" instead of "watch in higher quality," which is what it used to say. The screenshot above is from a video uploaded eight months ago making fun of the fact that the higher quality link wasn't really HD, but it is funnier now because that link has been changed to "watch in HD." The HD option only appears on videos on YouTube itself, not in embedded videos.
I have not tested to see whether it is true HD, but the difference is noticeable. Below are two screenshots of the same video from Nicolas Charbonnier, a reader who tipped us off to the change. The top is the regular low-res YouTube video we've all grumblingly accepted as the norm on the Web. The bottom screenshot is of the same frame in HD.
YouTube gave itself a nice little upgrade a short time ago, which no doubt some of you have spotted already. With the 4:3 aspect ratio mostly being a thing of the past, they decided they should get with the times and allow for widescreen (16:9) content to be uploaded and watched in full aspect.
As a result of this, the site's layout also gets expanded to 960 pixels so as not to cripple the video in any way. Furthermore, existing 4:3 content will not be stretched (rather, you'll just see two black bars on each side) so as to retain the original aspect.
A nice move, YouTube!
Further to the official announcement from VIA earlier today which introduces their new VIPRO Touch-Screen Panel PC, they have posted up a youtube video which allows you to see it in action.
This neat little compact touchscreen PC is designed mostly for use in industrial environments or for commercial use such as ATM, vending and information kiosks etc.
The steel and aluminum chassis is very durable and protects the components inside from nasties like water and dust. It's also completely fanless thanks to the choice of VIAs highly efficient 1.6GHz Eden or 1.0GHz C7 processors.
You can find out further information about it here.
Taipei, Taiwan, November 18 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA VIPRO VP7710 touch screen panel PC, a full featured, entirely fanless panel PC suitable for intelligent display applications in demanding environments. Rugged, stable and flexible, the VIA VIPRO is the first in a series of advanced display technologies from VIA.
Amid growing public acceptance of intuitive touch screen technologies, the VIA VIPRO addresses an increasing demand for cost effective, intelligent displays in commercial applications such as ticketing, ATM, vending and information kiosks as well as sophisticated fleet deployment infrastructures in transport, delivery and logistics enterprises.
Over the past weekend, MSI held its first annual Master Overclocking Arena 2008 final in Taipei, opposite the Taipei computer markets.
It was an overall well attended and managed event that went rather well. We were in attendance and managed to produce a 12 minute video of the event. You can view it below:
You can also download the monster 640MB HD version of the video here.
Ina Fried from the CNET Beyond Binary blog was able to catch up with a couple folks from Microsoft at the Professional Developers Conference last week.
Ina has a quick hands-on look at the latest build Windows 7 desktop and its features including the new taskbar, "Jump List" mini menus and some other stuff which make the upcoming OS that little bit different than Windows Vista.
Take a look at it below and there is another below when you're done.
Inside the Windows 7 desktop, part 1 (CNET)
Inside Windows 7 desktop, part 2 (CNET)
You can read more over at CNET.
Alongside this posting earlier in the week, more coverage in the way of some hands on time with Windows 7 surfaces, with Gizmondo sharing an extensive amount of information with us all that includes some videos comparing startup / shutdown times side by side with Vista and a thoroughly written walkthrough which sheds light on many of its unique features and general interface improvements.
You can check it all out here.
We've seen plenty of pictures/previews of ASUS' dazzling Rampage II Extreme X58 motherboard floating around the web in recent times and normally I would try not to bore you all with more of the same.
However, HardOCP has gone to the effort of posting up a video preview allowing us a better look at it, whilst also discussing some of the unique features on tap including ASUS' ProbeIT which should be a much welcomed addition for overclockers.
Check out the video below :-
GIGABYTE's GO OC 2008 overclocking championship in Taipei concluded a couple of weeks ago but due to typhoon storms passing through Taiwan and other issues, it's only now that we can get some coverage of the event online.
We were at the event with cameras in hand and managed to put together a six minute video of the event show the good, bad and ugly (look for the dancing in the video!)
You can download the HD high-definition version of the video here - it weighs in at 354MB.
I wasn't personally able to attend NVISION, but luckily the folks over at Modders-Inc have published a rather good recap event of the first IDF-like event held by NVIDIA a little while back.
The video has great coverage of the GeForce LAN, case mod competition and the famous Mona Lisa rendering by paint ball and more.
Have a look for yourself below:
If you love HD (and who doesn't?), you can check out the high def version of the video over here.
Lynn from VIA sent us a link to a video they've uploaded which features robots using VIA Embedded parts such as systems based on the Pico-ITX form factor.
The video was shot at the Taipei International Robot Show which was held last week. We weren't able to make it but lucky VIA had a camera in hand and took some pretty cool video for us all to see.
Taiwan hosted the Taipei International Robot Show this past week and it was certainly an exciting event, with over 60 international academic and industrial developers attending.
VIA's commitment to the development of extremely compact form factors, such as the VIA EPIA Pico-ITX boards has placed the company at the cutting-edge of technological progress within the robotics industry. As the world's most compact x86 mainboard, VIA EPIA Pico-ITX boards have become an essential component in modern robots due to the remarkable heat dissipation and robust performance engineered in to the compact design. From hobbyists building kits to military robots, VIA processor platforms can, quite literally, be found at the heart of these amazing machines.
Here's a short video featuring the already very well-known "Johnny 5" building kit robot from Lynxmotion and BEAR, a highly intelligent military robot the Vecna Battlefield Extraction-Assist Robot . BEAR has been designed to rescue military personnel out of combat situations and pushes military robotics to new heights of intelligence and mobility.