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Chrome Hides Its Head in the Sand

posted Sunday Jan 16, 2011 by Scott Ertz

Chrome Hides Its Head in the Sand

Google made a very interesting announcement this week; they will be discontinuing support for H.264, the standard for high definition video, in the next release of their Chrome browser. Google's official Chromium blog stated,

We expect even more rapid innovation in the web media platform in the coming year and are focusing our investments in those technologies that are developed and licensed based on open web principles. To that end, we are changing Chrome's HTML5 video (tag) support to make it consistent with the codecs already supported by the open Chromium project. Specifically, we are supporting the WebM (VP8) and Theora video codecs, and will consider adding support for other high-quality open codecs in the future. Though H.264 plays an important role in video, as our goal is to enable open innovation, support for the codec will be removed and our resources directed towards completely open codec technologies.

What does this mean for you and the Internet? Hit the break to find out.

More Big Bang For All

posted Sunday Jan 16, 2011 by Scott Ertz

More <i>Big Bang</i> For All

Anyone who has spent any time around the PLuGHiTz offices will know we are HUGE fans of the CBS comedy, Big Bang Theory. That being said, we are very excited to hear the news that the series was just renewed for another 3 seasons. That means we will be able to enjoy the antics of Sheldon, Leonard, Penny, Howard and Raj through the middle of 2014.

I am certain that this will be no surprise to anyone who watches the series, which seems to be almost everyone. It is the most popular scripted series in the 18-49 demographic and the second most popular comedy period.

Nina Tassler, CBS Entertainment President, said,

It doesn't take a theoretical physicist to see why this show is a BIG part of our comedy future. From ratings to critical acclaim to pop culture buzz, it's struck a chord on all levels. The creative genius of Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady and the on-camera talents of an amazing young ensemble have created a comedy that will entertain viewers for a long time. We're proud to partner with Warner Bros. on another highly successful, long-running comedy.

No doubt. Do you watch Big Bang Theory? Who's your favorite character? Let us know in the comments section.

BlackBerry is Looking for Some Special Jobs

posted Sunday Jan 16, 2011 by Scott Ertz

BlackBerry is Looking for Some Special Jobs

While RIM might have wowed us with the BlackBerry PlayBook last week, they are wowing us in a whole new way this week. Not because one of their products is so good but because one of their marketing people is so very, very bad.

Someone at RIM decided to join the trend of cute, short domain names that get across a particular point. In this case, the company decided to register a domain to lead people directly to their hiring portal. Unfortunately, this domain was apparently never brought to the attention of anyone under the age of 60. If it had, I guarantee it would never have been registered by the company.

What is the domain that caused all of this trouble? Hit the break to find out.

Verizon to Start Selling iPhone 4 on February 10

posted Tuesday Jan 11, 2011 by Scott Ertz

Verizon to Start Selling iPhone 4 on February 10

It's official - the longest running rumor in the technology industry was finally settled today as Verizon Wireless announced their new partnership with Apple to bring the company's iPhone 4 to Verizon's CDMA network. The phone will become available starting February 10 at Verizon Wireless stores, Apple stores and online. As of right now, there appears to be no third-party sales of the device. Sorry, Best Buy.

There are a number of positives and negatives here. First of all, Verizon's 3G CDMA network has never been known for its data stability, so adding iPhones to the network could very well bring it to its knees. Also, 3G CDMA is incapable of making calls while accessing data, so many of the features that Apple has made a big deal about for years will not work on Verizon, such as talking to Bob while you find the address to a restaurant on Google.

For more on the iPhone announcement and what it means for you, hit the break.

CES 2011 - Camtrol - The Ultimate in Camera Control

posted Sunday Jan 9, 2011 by Scott Ertz

CES 2011 - Camtrol - The Ultimate in Camera Control

Do you take photos or record video ever? Of course you do! Whether it is on your iPhone or a professional camera, there is one thing that is always a problem - stabilization. We found a product this year to solve that problem once and for all.

It's called the Camtrol and it does exactly what its name suggests - helps you control your camera. In simple terms, it is a combination between and handle and a cradle, but it is a lot more than that. This seemingly simple gadget takes all of the weight of the camera from your wrist and suspends it from your entire arm. If you are anything like me, when recording long videos, my wrist is the part that becomes the problem, so this thing is great.

To read more about the Camtrol, hit the break.

CES 2011 - Wacom Makes Windows Simple With Cintiq

posted Sunday Jan 9, 2011 by Nicholas DiMeo

We had the opportunity to check out Wacom's booth on the last day of the convention. For those who don't know, Wacom is the company who has perfected mouse replacement products for years now. Recently, their line of Bamboo products have made it easy for the amateur or beginning Photoshop and Premiere user to get step up to the plate and try out these products at a more affordable cost.

At CES, Wacom was able to show off the Bamboo line, as well as their higher levels of their products - the Intuos and Cintiq series. As we roamed around the booth writing "PLuGHiTz Live!" on every tablet or screen that we could, we ran into an expert of the products, Tech Man Joe Sliger (that's what his badge said.) Joe has been using Wacom products for a long time now and is a true hardcore user of the Adobe suite and hasn't owned a mouse in 9 years. One of the products he was most excited about was the Cintiq 21. While the Bamboo and Intuos are add-on products that use a small pad and pen to use as your mouse, the Cintiq turns your entire desktop and computer workspace into a completely immersive tablet experience. The screen attaches with one cable down to your computer's tower and with touch and pressure sensitivities along with 21 inches of space, the Cintiq was a really cool product that we had the privilege to see in action from an expert.

Want to learn more about this cool thing? Check after the break.

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