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YouTube Gets a Larger HD

posted Sunday Nov 15, 2009 by Nicholas DiMeo

YouTube Gets a Larger HD

We absolutely love YouTube already, but it's getting even better! In the upcoming week, the most popular broadcasting site on the web will allow you to post and view high definition videos in 1080p resolution, compared to its current capacity of only 720p.

1080p resolution will allow you to see your videos in a much higher quality on a larger monitor. With most cameras on the market increasing in resolution, YouTube hopes to be remain the leading choice for video hosting, especially after implementing these new features.

Something that makes YouTube even more fantastic, those of you who have already uploaded 1080p videos, will have you videos re-encoded by the YouTube team very soon. Now we can put out HD camera to use!

Droid Does, Droid Eris Might

posted Sunday Nov 15, 2009 by Jon Wurm

Droid Does, Droid Eris Might

Can a $100 Android phone from Verizon really be all that? Here's the skinny on the phone that might:

The good:

1. $100 price tag.

2. The least expensive Android phone.

3. Pebble like feel in the palm.

4. HTC's custom UI can dress up the OS.

5. The Sense UI does a good job in certain applications like the internet browser in regards to zoom in, out etc.

6. 5MP camera.

The could be better:

1. The least expensive Android phone.

2. 3.2in. touch screen with 320x480 resolution.

3. Android 1.5 instead of 2.0 means no Google Maps Turn by Turn.

Hit the break to see The ugly.

Activision Promises to Not Work So Hard in 2010

posted Sunday Nov 15, 2009 by Scott Ertz

Activision Promises to Not Work So Hard in 2010

The Guitar Hero CEO, Dan Rosenweig, said in an interview with MCV that they will not be releasing as many games in 2010. "We're working on our 2010 slate now. You will probably see fewer SKUs from us, but the focus on making the best-selling, most fun to play, best-reviewed games will continue. Those are the things that are constant."

I suppose this theory might be based on the sales numbers of their music titles this year. DJ Hero released to amazingly lackluster sales last month, selling only 123,300 units between all 4 consoles. An epic fail like that could really force a manufacturer to reconsider its release schedule to prevent losing their asses.

BrailleNote: Salvation From Sony!

posted Sunday Nov 15, 2009 by Nicholas DiMeo

BrailleNote: Salvation From Sony!

Hey, B Cole, the Sony might be hating on your inability to fully appreciate 1080p on their PS3, but the good folks over at HumanWare have got your back!

HumanWare has been helping those who are blind with digital technology since 2000, when a device called BrailleNote was first introduced. Today, "the new BrailleNote Apex puts success at your fingertips. Whether you are a busy professional or a hardworking student, today's connected, digital world is all yours with the sleek and powerful BrailleNote Apex."

Google to Launch Chrome OS in a Week?

posted Sunday Nov 15, 2009 by Nicholas DiMeo

Google to Launch Chrome OS in a Week?

When the Google Chrome OS project was announced in July, they claimed it would be available in the fall. With winter coming in roughly 4 weeks, a "reliable source" has said to look for an unpolished version of the OS within a week.

What wonderful features do we have to look forward to? Probably not driver support. In fact, word on the street is that Google engineers are still developing an initial set of hardware drivers. Adversely, we've also heard that Google is depending on the manufacturers themselves to build them. In either case, in order to gain even a sliver of the market share, Chrome OS is going to have to come through on a diverse list of working drivers. Most of the users are going to download this OS and want it to work with whatever computer they have.

MGS: The Movie

posted Sunday Nov 15, 2009 by Scott Ertz

We have all expected this since the beginning of games-become-films - a Metal Gear Solid film. Well, we might just get to see that reality care of the new "I'll make every game into a movie" director, Paul W.S. Anderson (that title used to belong to Uwe Boll, but he was a twit).

Anderson has directed the Resident Evil series of films, the first Mortal Kombat film and is working on a Castlevania adaptation. So far, all of his game-based films have been very watchable, but the franchises he was working with were pretty high-profile. If he were to take on Metal Gear, my fear is he might make another "very watchable" film, which is far less than the MG series deserves.

Of course, this information is all speculative and comes to us third hand. Jeremy Bolt, who is producing the new Resident Evil: Afterlife film, off handedly mentioned something about MGS and Anderson in a single sentence to the guys from ShockTillYouDrop in an interview about their current film. My guess is this is all rumor that will pan out to be irrelevant. We'll see.

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