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A lot of folks were dissapointed when they found out their Popbox or Popcorn Hour network media hubs had been stripped of any YouTube playback functions in the fall, but thanks to a change in YouTube's terms of service, this ability has been re-added to these two devices.
It's not known specifically what caused the to and fro behaviour it's also not known to Syabas (maker of the two aforementioned set to boxes) as to whether or not the boxes will get everything YouTube now offers; with one particular feature of interest being the YouTube movie rental service in the U.S. which would require Syabas to integrate Google Checkout for the purposes of purchasing rentals. Though perhaps an easier method would be to give the ability to browse rentals already unlocked on a networked computer.
If you are the type of geek who revels in having all the video and content you have ever watched stored away on your computer somewhere just in case you need it later, this is the DIY project for you. A geek named Will Urbina has put together his own DIY storage array complete with a hand built case.
The project was sponsored by several big companies like Newegg who provided the hardware. What Will put together was a storage array with a whopping 16TB of storage set for redundancy and 24/7 operation for hosting media.
The project has a long build log video that gets tedious, but outlines all the steps you need should you decide to roll your own array as well. The rig is powered by a KEEX-2030 mainboard sporting an Atom processor.
There have been stories going around the web this week stating that a limited edition high-end ATI video card had been stolen from the factory carrying the XFX band. XFX had warned people to not buy the card, which was supposedly listed on eBay.
XFX sent out another email this week that again stated the supposed story that one of the limited edition 5970 Black Edition cards had been stolen, specifically serial number 68. The email stated that people involved with the theft would be prosecuted and it looked real overall.
If you glance under the picture of the car in the email, you will notice that it states clearly the email is an XFX Gamertainment Campaign. In other words, a viral marketing stunt that clearly worked very well. Did you fall for it?
I bet you never knew that Opera had an issue with YouTube. Well I know that I did not, but I am glad to know that it is being fixed as I am writing this.
The issue seems to be with Opera 10.5.1 and has affected a large number of Opera users. The fix was fairly quick from the Opera side as they only ask users to go to Help then check updates. At this point a simple .js file is installed that allows Opera to update web pages on the fly
So if you are using Opera 10.5.1 and are having problems with YouTube, well here it your fix.
Sascha of Netbooknews has been able to get a running video demonstration of the frontend behind a german tablet known as the WePad which is coming to market very soon and will be sold by Neofonie in cooperation with content publishers and mobile carriers.
The video gives a good example of how the WePad handles various apps and widgets. Check it out below :-
A short time after getting this video online, Sascha was hoping to get some hands-on time with the WePad for a more in-depth video showing but unfortunately didn't get the opportunity with only a single WePad available that was running a slideshow of the interface :-
Sascha did manage to get a pic of the slide that gave some basic specs and pricing details on the WePad while in attendance at the presentation.
As a PC gamer, I can tell you one powerful video card like the GTX 480 is great. A pair of the beasts in SLI is even better, assuming you have the PSU for it.
If two of the powerful cards is a good thing, then four would be enough gaming nirvana to send many geeks over the edge. According to TechReport, EVGA has confirmed that the GTX 480 will support 4-way SLI.
The board used in the test was the EVGA X58 Classified with 4-way SLI support. However, it's not the only board that supports 4-way. I can't imagine how big a PSU you would need to support four of those cards along with a high-end CPU.
Earlier today I visited the Thermaltake headquarters here in Taipei and was able to get an exclusive look at the near finished products to be launched under the new eSPORTS by Thermaltake brand that caters strictly for the most demanding of gamers around the world.
James Huang from the eSPORTS division of Thermaltake was shy at first, but soon shined to the camera as he gave us a solid introduction and preview of the Challenger Pro professional gaming keyboard, their impressive mechanical keyboard as well as the "Black" professional gaming grade mouse.
Before we entered the meeting room, we filmed walking from outside the building through to where the goodies were waiting for us to check out. You get a look at the non-boring Thermaltake office and all the case mods and such that are on display throughout the building. From time to time, we were told that Thermaltake actually holds mod design contests within the organization and employees who win may receive free products or cash bonuses. This is a look at something that most will never get to see and I thought it would be interesting, especially for Thermaltake fans.
Watch the video below, will ya?
One of the eSPORTS keyboards is already in mass production and the other keyboards and mouse we looked at above in the video are due to go into MP next month and should be on sale in late May or early June. We have been promised samples of these products as soon as they are ready and we'll have reviews up of them just as soon as we can.
Suffice to say, after spending over one year in development, these gaming based products from Thermaltake look rather solid indeed after a firsthand play with the upcoming toys. Good things to come, I suspect.
It can be quite impressive to sit back and take notice of how quickly an entity pulling all the right moves has grown into something previously unimaginable.
One such instance is that of YouTube, now owned by Google which is a perfect example of the above, locked firmly on the rails that steer towards a continuing path to further success and fortune.
The site recently reported that it has reached a new upload milestone in terms of the amount of video content that is being published on there. In June 2007 the stats indicated an average of 6 hours of video were being added per minute.
Now? They're doing an entire day's worth of content every minute. That's right, 24 hours per minute. At at the current rate of growth, this will climb to 25 hours worth of new content less than a month from now.
The chart below gives a clearer perspective on the rate of growth since June'07. Astonishing.
In our most recent poll, we asked our readers if they intended on buying an NVIDIA Fermi based GeForce GTX 400 series video card.
We have had almost 2,000 people vote on the poll and the numbers are in.
Among TweakTown readers only 15% say that they are intending on buying a new NVIDIA video card. 36% of the people who voted said that they aren't interested and are sticking with the red team and its Radeon products. Somewhat surprising was that 11% of our readers voted that they didn't know what Fermi is and 39% said that they will wait for the reviews to come out before making a decision.
For the actual numbers, go here.
In our latest poll, we want to know, what is the most important new motherboard technology? Let us know! Please go here to vote!
We already know all about NVIDIA's Optimus technology. The tech changes between a discrete GPU and integrated GPU in netbooks and notebooks automatically. It is a big part of the next-generation ION platform for portable machines.
Optimus has shown up on video giving a better idea of the video switching prowess of the technology in the real world. NVIDIA set the demo up with a LED grafted onto the discrete card to the discrete GPU so you can see when the thing is powered up.
NVIDIA even went so far as to pull the discrete GPU from the test system entirely when not in use and the machine goes on as if nothing has happened. This shows off that the GPU is shut off electrically saving power during idle. Cool video for sure.