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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Michael Jackson died today, and since I grew up with the man who many would argue is one of the greatest entertainers of all time, I thought we’d do a tribute to one of the cooler pieces of tech that played into his dance moves. If you remember the Smooth Criminal Michael Jackson video, he did an amazing lean. We know the video used special effects to make that look as good as it did, but he also incorporated that lean into his live show.
In the video above, you see that Michael and his dancers have special shoes that seem to hook into the stage, allowing them to lean. Notice how one of his backup dancers gets his foot stuck and has to shake it loose afterwards.
We’ll miss you, Michael.
Anyone with an iPhone 3GS experiencing compass interference errors? It seems that the issue has only come up for me once or twice, but we are hearing reports from others that the compass interference messages seems to be pretty much all they see when they launch the compass app. What say you?
As further proof of the power of the Internet, Twitter has become a tool for the political struggle in Iran since the recent election. Users think it is so important to the cause that they asked them not to shut down for scheduled maintenance. Co-founder Biz Stone reports that they had worked out a deal with its network provider, NTT America. You can check out what is happening on the site Iran elections. Of course, you can also find video on YouTube as there is a constant streaming from cell phones in the area.
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If you’re an AT&T customer wanting to get the low-down on the iPhone 3GS launch plans, Seth Bloom of AT&T has put up the video above to help you out. Seth goes into pricing (although he doesn’t explain some of the gross iPhone 3GS pricing discrepancies), and how the $199/299 price points are only for “new and qualifying” customers. He also says that on launch day, June 19, two lines will form at AT&T Stores. One for those who have pre-ordered the device, and another for those who need to make a purchase. Pre-orders get picked up at 7 AM, which regular purchasers will need to wait until the store opens at normal business hours. Last, the current iPhone 3G is now available for $99 for the 8GB model, and the 16GB model is now selling for $149, while supplies last.
In an effort to up their reputation, YouTube is planning to premiere the movie “Home” on their site today, the same time as its theatrical release. Directed by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, the film concerns the impact that humans have on the environment and ecosystems and asks them to change their evil ways. Distributed by EuropaCorp as non-profit, it shows footage from locations worldwide. While this is not the first time for a premiere as the site aired the drama “The Princess of Nebraska” last year, it was not set for theatrical release.
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We get a lot of people hitting up Gear Live asking for ways to get deals on tech sites, with Newegg being the one we hear about more than any other. We put together a video, which you can see above, that tells you how to find the deals we have all across the site. If you haven’t heard, Newegg is one of the absolute best places on the net to buy computer hardware and software.
As always, you can find all sorts of Newegg promo codes and deals on our forums.
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US troops in Afghanistan can now keep in better contact with their loved ones. The military is launching a Facebook page, Twitter feeds and a YouTube site. Their plan is that it will counter the Taliban, who often publish propaganda on the Internet. They are hoping that soldiers will post stories and photos to better represent their daily lives. So far only in limited testing, the formal launch is this week.
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Farkie is a simple way to download videos, playlists, Website images, flash games, links and applications. They claim millions of pages that include YouTube and MySpace. Copy and paste an address, click “download,” select a format and a few minutes later, you have your results. The free site also has an online step-by-step tutorial and, as it is still in beta, is looking for feedback on how you use the service.
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If you’ve got a lot of old VHS or other analog media laying around and need an easy solution to digitize it, the Elgato Video Capture device seems to be right up you alley. It’s actually quite simple, as you just plug the device into your Macs USB port, and connect the other side to your analog video player using either S-Video or RCA cables. The import software lets you do some simple editing/trimming, and will even let you send clips directly to YouTube.
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