YouTube unleashed an update today that adds some basic video editing features to its online video platform. Besides basic settings such as stabilization, brightness, contrast, and saturation, the update also offers special effects filters similar to those found on apps like Instagram.
Google Offers Beta is expanding to five new markets, with the first daily deals in those markets redeemable starting tomorrow. The service was first launched back in June in Portland, the Bay Area, and New York City. Now it will be adding Austin, Boston, Washington D.C., Denver, and Seattle.
Amazon may be testing a new service that gives you the option to have products you ordered delivered to your local 7-Eleven. Although a bit odd, the idea can offer convenience to those who don't feel safe having products left outside their door while away at work. This could also benefit those that won't be home to sign for a delivery or perhaps others who simply don't want their spouses or housemates to know about a purchase.
Google announced today that it will start using a new URL shortcut that's much shorter than the original Goo.gl. Reports this morning surfaced that the search giant had purchased the domain G.Co for use with Google products such as GMail, Documents, and Photos. The company has confirmed the new shortcut domain but did not reveal the cost to acquire it, which is estimated to be at least $1.5 million.
You may not have heard much about Google Wallet, but it could have a very big impact on your future. It's also one of the most exciting announcements to come from Google. Even though you might guess Google Wallet helps you search for things in your actual wallet, you'd be quite wrong. If Google has their way, their Wallet would allow you to pay for almost anything by using your mobile phone. No sliding cards, no waiting for checks to clear, just a quick and easy way to transfer money. We'll let you know how this would actually take place, right after the break!
People are always connected now and it doesn’t take much effort to find out what your friends are feeling or doing, or for them to know the same about you. Facebook is the ultimate place to disregard common privacy concerns and now with the launch of a new questions-and-answers service, you can let the whole Facebook universe see and help with what you're pondering. Dubbed "Facebook Questions," the service has been in beta testing since July.
Back in July, word got out that Verizon might be migrating away from unlimited data (sad!) and toward a tiered model (well alright) and now there's a date: October 28. That's the day when everything changes in the Verizon world. Smartphone users will be asked to choose either $15 for 150MB with $0.10 / MB overage, or $29.99 for unlimited access. As far as the iPad situation goes, there'll be plans at $20, $35, $50, and $80 for 1GB, 3GB, 5GB, and 10GB respectively, each of them with overage of $10 per GB. Mifi, FiveSpot, and integrated netbook and notebook modem users will choose between $50 / 5GB and $80 / 8GB plans, while Mifi and FiveSpot users exclusively will have a $35 / 3GB plan for the first 90 days as a promo, all of these with overage priced at $10 per 1GB.
Virgin Mobile has followed suit with every major carrier (and apparently the American automakers too) in the rush to offer deals to consumers in this time of economic crisis. Virgin has announced a new Unlimited minutes plan for $49.99 and "Pink Slip Protection" which waves up to three months of phone bills if you lose your job. Pretty sweet deal for those of you who shy away from contracts and aren't concerned with having the latest and greatest phones.
I don’t particularly despise Wii gaming console. Deep down, the new Nintendo is probably the most innovative and family-friendly entertainment on-the-budget’s package ever built. There’s no hulking graphic, “official support” of a legacy DVD playback or even output video beyond 480P, and hence the low price. In a nutshell, this fun little gaming console is not built to accommodate HD content. But with the success of Microsoft New Xbox Experience and PS3’s cornering the online video content, the leader in gaming console market could branch out to include movie streaming this year.
Canon has today announced firmware update and issued another AF patch for the much-controversial EOS 1D Mark III and 1Ds Mark III. The latter is additional to the sub mirror fix released couple years ago, which requires camera to be returned to company’s service location; while the new firmware addresses liveview hiccup, USB communication bug and corrects error codes.
In addition to implement better AF, Canon also published a service notice to the dared “Err 99” occurrence that’s related to mirror operation. A common operation error code that’s designated for all Canon’s DSLR.
The fixes mean the much confused and many “dot” series of current Mark III production would get even more complex. The upside is issues are being addressed but would definitely hurt resell value.