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YouTube adds basic video editing features

YouTube adds basic video editing features

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.

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Griffin HELO TC iPhone-controlled helicopter on sale now [Video]

Griffin HELO TC iPhone-controlled helicopter on sale now [Video]

Griffin told us to expect its low-cost iPhone-controlled HELO TC helicopter in time for the holiday shopping season, but it seems the company just couldn't wait to put the R/C toy on sale. $49.99 gets you a rechargeable chopper bristling with LEDs and, while lacking the video streaming of something like the Parrot AR.Drone, has far less of an impact on your bank account.

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Blockbuster Attempts Neftlix Customer Thievery in Wake of Price Hikes

Blockbuster Attempts Neftlix Customer Thievery in Wake of Price Hikes

If you're not aware that Netflix is raising their prices in all sects, you're not a Netflix customer. On the other hand, you'd have to not be Netflix customer to give a hoot what Blockbuster was doing with their video plans. But that's just the plan Blockbuster has, to scoop up the Netflix customers who've recently left the movie rental group because of the rising prices they've recently revealed. What Blockbuster has here is a 30-day free trial of their normally $9.99 to $14.99 per month service known as Blockbuster Total Access.

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ASUS PadFone hands-on roundup [Video]

ASUS PadFone hands-on roundup [Video]

ASUS' PadFone is currently splitting opinion at Computex 2011, and not just because the company has bizarrely chosen to brand the décolletage of its demo model. As well as a couple of ASUS-made demos, we're seeing a number of hands-on first impressions of the hybrid phone/tablet prototype, and we've gathered them all up for you after the cut.

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ASUS PadFone runs IE8? [Video gaffe]

ASUS PadFone runs IE8? [Video gaffe]

ASUS is mighty proud of its PadFone, but it seems in its hurry to get the prototype ready for Computex 2011 this week, some of the more unusual features have gone unmentioned: namely, the fact that Internet Explorer 8 apparently runs on the tablet. In what we're guessing is a mockup accident, the new ASUS "Behind the Scenes" video showing the PadFone's design journey shows Microsoft's IE8 getting some surfing playtime, where we'd normally expect to see the regular Android Honeycomb browser.

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Dieter Rams: Apple designs are “a compliment” [Video]

Dieter Rams: Apple designs are “a compliment” [Video]

Famed designer Dieter Rams has described how, rather than being offended by the oft-commented similarity in themes between Apple's hardware design and his own work, he takes it as a compliment that Jonathan Ives and the rest of the Apple team follow the same core tenets as he did. Speaking to Co.Design, Rams - whose uncomplicated and exceedingly elegant designs still managed to look fresh and modern, despite dating back several decades in some cases - recalled being approached while at a party by an indignant Philippe Starck claiming "Apple is copying you!"

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Garmin nuvi 2565RT PND records your route with camera add-on [Video]

Garmin nuvi 2565RT PND records your route with camera add-on [Video]

Garmin has released its latest PND, and the nuvi 2565RT promises not only to tell you where to go but watch you as you drive there. The 5-inch unit has a user-positionable GDR-10 camera that records 720p HD video to microSD, and which can be clipped onto the windshield mount so as to create a geotagged log.

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Windows Phone Mango Visual Search hands-on [Video]

Windows Phone Mango Visual Search hands-on [Video]

Windows Phone 7.1 Mango bakes plenty of functionality directly into the OS rather than relying on third-party apps, and one such example is the visual search. Users will be able to trigger Bing searches and pull up other details on items with regular or 2D barcodes, or Microsoft's own Tags glyph system. Check out our hands-on demo after the cut.

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Windows Phone 7.1 Mango multitasking explained [Video]

Windows Phone 7.1 Mango multitasking explained [Video]

Microsoft has detailed the new multitasking system for Windows Phone 7.1 "Mango", and it seems the company has been looking long and hard at both iOS and webOS for its inspiration. Like iOS, Mango will make use of frozen app states to conserve memory and prevent a background app from running away with all the CPU cycles; like webOS, however, it will have a system of card-like app previews which can be paged through to jump between software.

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Nokia: Our first Windows Phone will run Mango

Nokia: Our first Windows Phone will run Mango

Nokia has confirmed that its first Windows Phone device will run with the new "Mango" build Microsoft has officially demonstrated today. "This is the software that will be used on the first Nokia with Windows Phone device," the company's official blog comments, "and so should be of keen interest to Nokia-watchers everywhere."

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Obama’s Beast gets beached: Armor plating is heavy [Video]

Obama’s Beast gets beached: Armor plating is heavy [Video]

When your car has 5-inch thick military grade armor, is biochemically sealed, has its own oxygen supply, and can fire tear gas and infrared smoke grenades, it's easy to assume you're driving the perfect urban tank. Unfortunately, as US president Barack Obama - and his presumably red-faced driver - discovered in Dublin, Ireland today, all of that clever kit makes your car surprisingly heavy, too, and simple speed bumps become a whole lot more treacherous.

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Sony SmartAR offers augmented reality without marker glyphs [Video]

Sony SmartAR offers augmented reality without marker glyphs [Video]

Sony has demonstrated a so-called SmartAR system that offers marker-free augmented reality using object recognition. Rather than relying on 2D barcodes to identify and track movement in 3D space, Sony SmartAR can intelligently spot unique elements - such as posters, magazines or more complex forms, like body outlines - and then overlay computer graphics on top of them, such as when viewed on a smartphone.

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