Watch iPad 2 Announcement Video by Steve Jobs

By now all you people might already have heard about the announcement of the new , but if you missed watching the event online you probably want to see it for two reasons.

  1. The iPad 2
  2. Steve Jobs

So go ahead and see how Steve Jobs talked about the 2 while bringing down PC creators and the competition. You will also see what the new iPad 2 has to offer and what the pricing is, new features are and more.

So without ado, click the play button on the video below. You will require the QuickTIme plugin from Apple for browsers to be able to watch the video embedded at Apple. Unfortunately we couldn’t embed it into the post.

Blackberry Storm 3 (Monaco) Video Leaked

In the past few months, with the series of Android devices launched at CES 2011 and MWC 2011, it seems that everyone has almost forgotten about the Blackberry.

RIM is planning to launch a couple of new Blackberry smartphones in 2011, and details of quite a few such devices including the Blackberry Storm 3 have already leaked out.

Today, we have come across a video of the Blackberry Storm 3 (codenamed Monaco). The Blackberry Monaco comes with Blackberry OS 6.1 and comes with a nice design. The OS seems very fast and responsive, with an improved UI. It is very slim, at just 11.5 mm.

The Blackberry Monaco comes with a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm processor and has 768 MB RAM. It has 4 GB internal storage and supports up to 32 GB microSD cards.

It is a dual band CDMA phone with EVDO Rev. A connectivity. It comes with a 3.7 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. It also offers Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 and GPS. It also has NFC connectivity and supports Mobile Hotspot.

It will also have a 5 MP camera with autofocus and flash with support for 720p HD video recording. It is much better than the Blackberry Storm, but doesn’t offer anything that the new generation of Android smartphones, or the iPhone 5 won’t.

via Crackberry

Japanese Man Deep Fries a PSP and Eats It

…or at least, tries to. These Japanese people, I tell you they’re absolutely bonkers. There’s an endless list of good things that the Japanese do from electronics to anime. There’s also an endless-er list of crazy things that they do. In this case, it’s a man who deep fries a battered Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP) covered in batter (see what I did there?) and then tries to eat it. All this while, his friend films the entire cooking experience.

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You might ask why the two make an entirely pointless (I cannot possibly think of a point here, except internet infamy) ten minute video of the ordeal. In these ten minutes, the man is seen introducing his PSP which incidentally has a Monster Hunter game running (how typical) and laughing maniacally as he coats it in batter in the kitchen, near a pan of boiling oil. Then he drops it in the oil, puts on cool shades and starts laughing. Three and a half minutes in, the two of them start coughing from the fried fumes of electronics and plastic.

Eventually he’s seen taking the melted, battered PSP out and dipping it in some sort of sauce. Apparently, they wanted to make a tempura dish with a PSP. Then the guy actually bites a piece off the device and tries to eat it. Needless to say, that does not turn out very nicely.

Some Japanese people, I tell you. Bonkers.

FACT: Portal 2’s Pre-Order Advert is Hilariously Cute

Portal 2 is going to be the best First Person Shooter (FPS) to come out this year. Or so I hope, for I really really suck at judging a game genre in which a hundred games are released every year. However, I am pretty sure Portal 2 will be the funniest FPS to come out this year, mostly because it takes itself too seriously (on purpose) and is ridiculously silly at times.

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Take, for example, this advertisement for Portal 2‘s preorder that is going to hit the developer’s (Valve) digital distribution store Steam very soon. Released on Valentine’s Day, the ad mocks the concept of gifting ideas for the female species.

Okay, that’s about as far as I’m allowed to say without spoiling the entire advert for you. The thing is that it’s done very well (and probably within Valve’s Source engine, judging by the way things moved when… erm… other things exploded). Watch the video here!

However, contrary to what the video says, Portal 2 is not available for preorder. At least not from my country (and not from my random Tor IP either). Is this another one of those Valve Time debacles? Is this a sick joke from Valve’s side, as we poor mortals refresh the Portal 2 page, hoping for a preorder? Is this the end of the world??

No, it’s probably just a mistake by the Portal 2 PR team. It’s alright everybody; we don’t need to do a flash protest here. Move along.

Dragon Age II’s 55 Minute Footage!

Bioware’s new epic, Dragon Age II has just gone gold. This means that the game has [hopefully] removed [almost] all its bugs, the final polishing is done and it is ready to be released. This is the same Dragon Age II that was hinted at quite some time ago, but it only seems like it was yesterday. PC Gamer’s DA2 preview certainly makes it seem like a lip-smacking delight of an RPG which takes the best things from Mass Effect and its predecessor Dragon Age: Origins to make good its promise of an epic and entirely long story.

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The developers have released a stupendous fifty-five minute long live-chat session while playing the game. The game was played as the onlookers sat, without any rehearsal or script at hand. The game looks breathtakingly good, and the story (however little of it that can be gleaned from this and the reviews) is far more solid than its predecessor (which, let’s face it, was a very generic story with tiny bits and pieces of enjoyment). There is no arbitrary morality meter, so you can immerse yourself in this game without going through shades of black and white. The game will probably refine the Role Playing genre to such an extent that games after it would probably have to pale in comparison, or so we hope, again.

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You can watch the full video here.

Flash 10.2 Adds Stage Video and Dual Monitor Support

One of the most used video software in the world just got a major update today. Adobe has released the new version of Flash; Flash 10.2 for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.

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Flash 10.2 has been in development for a while now and addresses several issues in the software. Flash has traditionally been one of the major reasons for browser crashes in and , and hopefully this new version should tackle many of the issues.

Flash 10.2 has also added support for full hardware acceleration through a new feature called Stage Video. Hardware acceleration will allow Flash to play high quality videos while using less processing power thus enhancing user experience providing users with longer battery life. According to Adobe, Flash 10.2 is 34 time more efficient than the previous versions.

Flash Player using Stage Video can effortlessly play beautiful 1080p HD video with just 1-15% CPU usage on a common Mac or Windows computer* working across platforms and browsers, it will enable the best video experience for the most people. Many millions of additional PCs, from netbooks to desktops, can now become slick HD home theaters on the web.

One of the biggest problems I have faced while using Flash on a dual-monitor setup is the inability to play full screen videos on one screen while you work on another screen. Flash 10.2 addresses this issue and allows users to play full-screen videos on one screen while you continue working on another.

For the entire list of new features in Flash 10.2 visit the official blog post. You can also download Flash 10.2 for Windows, Mac and Linux from here. Google Chrome already seems to be using some variant of Flash 10.2, the next update would include the newer version.

Google Says: Happy Birthday Jules Verne!

Today when I fired up Google for my first search, I was greeted with this cool looking interactive Google Doodle. You can see a video of the Verne doodle in action here.

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Naturally, I was curious and after clicking on the doodle, I found out that it’s the 183rd birthday of Jules Verne. As most of you know, Verne is a famous French science fiction writer who died in 1905, at the age of 77.

Verne’s stories are so entertaining, that he’s listed as the third most translated individual author in the world. Even though some the gizmos in his books were unbelievable, many of them later became fact instead of fiction. Here’s a list of 8 Jules Verne inventions that came true. (courtesy of National Geographic)

  1. Electric Submarines
  2. Newscasts
  3. Solar Sails
  4. Lunar Modules
  5. Skywriting
  6. Videoconferencing
  7. Taser
  8. Splashdown Spaceship

Here are a few of the books that he has written. I bet you’ll recognize at least one.

The Mysterious Island

A Journey to the Center of the Earth

Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Seas

From the Earth to the Moon, and a Trip Around It

Around the World in Eighty Days

The Lighthouse at the End of the World

I’ve read one or two of his books, but I think most of you are probably more familiar with the dozens of movies that have been made, based on his novels.

Here’s a trailer for one of the most famous movies.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) Trailer

You can find many of Verne’s books online (for free!) at Project Gutenberg. You can also watch several clips from movies based on Verne’s novels, at Youtube.


Apple’s "Two Is Better Than One" Ad Promotes AT&T and Verizon [Video]

If you watch television in America, you might have come across several At&T and Verizon ads slamming each other. Frankly, there is no love lost between these two networks. However, it looks like Apple has managed to put both these rivals in a single advertising frame.

AT&T Verizon Two is Better Than One iPhone 4 Ad

While watching the NFC championship today I was bombarded with Apple ads which had not one but two being used in a commercial. That was pretty unusual since I have hardly seen that happen. However, at the end of the ad Apple has a catch line saying that "Two is Better than One" and splashes the AT&T and Verizon logos.

The ad is basically done to promote that Verizon is now a official iPhone carrier in US of A and will start offering the starting February 10 (pre-order information). So is Apple building harmony between these rivals Smile. Considering how fiercely these two have been advertising, I find it a far fetched attempt.

So are AT&T and Verizon happy about this marriage? Are you? Do let me know through your comments. Watch the video below or click here if you can’t see it.

YouTube Switches To iframe Embed Tags For Videos

youtube_logoLooks like the new YouTube homepage was not the only changes rolled out by yesterday. In addition to the homepage changes, YouTube has also switched all video embed codes to use <iframe> instead of the older <object> embeds.

This was probably the first time I saw YouTube providing me with an iframe embed instead of the regular object embed code. However, this is not a new change and has been in test for a long time now. I came up with across various articles which have discussed this issue in the past six months or so.

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One of the discussions I found was on the YouTube API blog done back in July 2010. The post delved into the new iframe embed and explained to developers that the switch from object to iframe was to allow YouTube to display the video in either or Flash, based on the user’s browser capabilities. They also wrote a post on Jan 20, 2011 to say that the iframe tag was now the default embed tag.

If you use the new embed code style, your viewers will be able to view your embedded video in one of our Flash or HTML5 players, depending on their viewing environment and preferences. Environments that support the HTML5 video player are listed here on our HTML5 settings page. In instances where HTML5 isn’t supported (e.g. our HTML5 player can’t play videos with ads), we use Flash.

The move was apparently done so that the embedded videos would eventually work on mobile platforms that do not support Flash including the .  However, it looks like Google still has a lot of work to do since the video does not play on the iPhone even if you use the iframe embed tag.

Did you have any luck with playing YouTube videos on the iPhone, or while using the iframe embed tags?

New YouTube Homepage Rolling Out For Everyone

Back in December 2010, began experimenting with a new personalized homepage for users. The new homepage brought in a lot of changes including merging of subscriptions, ability to delete videos from the homepage and so on.

New YouTube Homepage

The experimental YouTube homepage seems to have reached the end of its testing cycle, since YouTube announced today that they would be rolling out the new personalized homepage to all users starting today.

The new YouTube homepage will only we available to users who have logged into the website.

Some of the new features which will be available to logged in users include:

  • Increased focus on videos that matter to you (subscriptions, friend’s sharing, recommendations)
  • You can easily filter your homepage to show only the latest uploads from your subscriptions
  • Don’t miss anything; if a channel uploads four videos in a day, you’ll see all four – instead of just the latest video
  • Quick access to the inbox when you have new messages or comments
  • Knows what you have seen (videos you’ve watched are grayed out)
  • Remove any video (hover and click the "x" button)

However, not everyone is going to like the new YouTube homepage, which was also suggested in the official post. So expect to see some backlash from users.