Want to get into broadcasting? YouTube set up a journalism hub yesterday with tips from those “who know,” like Bob Woodward, Katie Couric and Ariana Huffington. There are video tutorials on how to interview, ethics in journalism and our fave, NYT’s Nicholas Kristof’s instructions on how to report from a “global humanitarian crisis” without getting shot. If you already are in the field, YouTube would like your input on their Reporter Centers’ as well.
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Cablevision has announced that they will be offering the fastest Internet connection ever. Beginning May 11, the plans have download speeds of up to 101 Mbps and upload speeds of 15 Mbps at a price of $54.90 to $64.90 per month. That equals out to an HD movie in only 10 minutes. It will also be making its WiFi Internet service faster by 3 Mbps at no extra charge. Rumor has it that they are competing against Verizon, which will is offering its FiOs 50 Mbps for $89.95 in NY.
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Enjoy, discuss and create animation. That is the description that DoInk uses to describe their super-easy online drawing tool that needs only Java to work. Similar to Paint, drag and drop others’ single shots or animation or come up with your own and share it. The online app also leaves ghosts to help animate and can layer clone individual frames that are adjustable. When completed, you can email it, put it on your blog or social network for others to appreciate.
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Worried that someone will steal data from your SD card, memory stick, MP3 player or flash drive that you uploaded to your PC? Or worse, that someone will expose it to a viral attack? NetWrix is freeware that can lockdown your USB port. If you have GPMC (Microsoft Group Policy Management) on your computer, then you can protect your data locally or remotely with the tool. The blocker is simple to use and technical support is also provided with no charge.
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For those who want to wear their spycams, the VIEVU PVR-PRO 2 can record and store up to 4 hours of audio and video with SVGA quality. It has a 4GB memory, is waterproof and works well in low lighting. It has an on/off switch that doubles as a lens cover. Once recorded, the files can be edited and uploaded to YouTube or other site with drag-and-drop on your PC. You may have to be James Bond to afford this one. It will set you back $399.95. Pre-order now for a February shipping date.
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Make this the year that you finally get rid of your old VHS tapes and convert them to discs. Kaiser Baas’ Video to DVD Maker does just what it says. With a simple plug-and-play USB 2.0 interface, connect your player or camcorder. Then capture, edit, and put on DVDs to view or upload to iPod, PSP or YouTube. Compatible with both Mac and PC, the DVD Maker comes with PowerProducer for burning and PowerDirector for uploading. Check with system requirements as old computers may have a problem. In black, white or red, the price is a decent $79.95.
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Nokia has brought out its N95 to help you find your way. With its 2.8-inch (240 x 320) QVGA screen with up to 16 million colors, it has 8GB of memory, A-GPS, and HSDPA connectivity. It features a 5 mp cam with Carl Zeiss optics, WiFi, music player and FM tuner, and supports Nokia Share online for a one-click upload of images or videos for Flickr or Vox. If you live in the U.S., you also get a bonus of voice guidance and direction in their Maps for 6 months as a freebie. Look for the N95 online and at retailers for $779.00.
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Say hello to Microsoft Office Live Workspace. The beta service lets you create and share documents, provided you use Word, Excel, and PowerPoint to do so. New features include an activity panel and e-mail notification about changes made. Bookmark a workspace or item with direct links and upload more than one file at a time with drag-and-drop. You also get access with any computer and can invite others into your private space. MS claims that you can store 1000+ files on the Workspace, so if you feel lucky, punk, give it a shot.
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Our latest find in silly things to do online when you should be working is the HairMixer. You simply choose two faces and swap their styles. You can also upload your own image and try on a celeb’s do or search for one on the site. Furthermore, if you are not pleased with the results, the site gives you tips and tricks to adjust the image to look more natural, or at least more amenable. After switching the hair on Bill and Hillary, we found he did not really look all that different, so maybe its true that couples tend to resemble each other after a few decades together.
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