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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A man in Cornwall, UK, actually used YouTube to help him deliver the couple’s fourth baby. Marc Stephens, a 28 year-old engineer, went online at about 10:30 p.m. when his wife figured it was “time.” With a history of delivering quickly, Jo’s husband apparently figured going online would be faster than taking her to the hospital when a midwife couldn’t make it. He Googled “childbirth” and came up with a couple of clips on YouTube. Sometime later, a healthy Gabriel came forth. Fortunately, he did take her to the hospital after the event. Both are doing famously, thank you very much.
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So, why are we unable to contain our current excitement level? Well, as evidenced by the video above, an updated version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time is currently in development, and if you didn’t know, this is one of the best side-scrolling brawlers of all time. Originally released for the SNES, Turtles in Time allowed players to join up in a Double Dragon fashion, taking control of their favorite turtle, and it worked really well. Check out the video above to see the updated title in action on the Xbox 360. This one should be hitting the Xbox Live Arcade soon enough, but we don’t have any information on a date. Needless to say, it can’t come soon enough.
We all know that two of the new features being introduced in iPhone 3.0 are MMS and Internet tethering. Well, it looks like someone was able to get those hidden features up and running in the latest iPhone 3.0 beta 4 software, as evidenced by the video above. Give it a look to see how Internet tethering with the iPhone will work over Bluetooth, as well as USB, as well as a look at sending and receiving MMS messages. Consider us psyched.
Ever wonder how it might look if Mario grabbed a go cart and started speeding down your local highway? You’ve gotta check out the YouTube video above, produced by Remi Gaillard. Once he started chucking banana peels, we were rolling. Seriously, take a look, it’s worth a laugh.
If you know of any other great video game related videos on YouTube, feel free to link to them in the comments!
Adobe Systems has unveiled a new version of Flash designed for TVs, set-top boxes, Blu-ray players and other electronics. Referred to as “The Adobe Flash Platform for the Digital Home,” the platform allows viewers to see TV and Internet content on the same screen. YouTube will also be available. According to comScore, Flash is used for powering about 80% of online videos. Adobe says that the devices will be available in the second half of the year.
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The Universal Music Group and YouTube are working on a new media service. Vevo will feature all of UMG’s videos on one site by using YouTube’s “leading edge video technology and user community.” Launching later this year, there will be access to UMG’s catalog of music videos and will include professional, artist and user generated content. Tunes can be accessed through the Vevo channel and a branded embedded player.
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Those who say social networking sites have no redeeming qualities haven’t heard of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra with conductor Michael Tilson Thomas. Less than 100 were chosen from more than 3,000 submissions and participated in a 3 day workshop before playing at Carnegie Hall last night. Next they will be going on a worldwide tour. Check out the official site to see who won as well as the full performance.
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