With Steve Ballmer leaving the Microsoft board, it's time to bid him a fond farewell -- and the best way to do it is with a look at five of his greatest YouTube hits.
Google: Resistance is futile.
If you are a gamer, odds are good you've heard of Twitch. For those that don't know, Twitch is the go-to destination for watching live streaming videogame play online. It also happens to consume a higher percentage of Internet bandwidth than Hulu or Facebook. Bandwidth? Enter Google (NASDAQ:GOOG), which has reportedly decided to purchase Twitch for one beeeelion dollars.
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers welcome their new primary colored overlord.
Comcast has been in the news a lot lately for everything from a potential merger with Time Warner to its plans to cap Internet use for everyone. The public has generally not been too happy about these changes. And now the satirical news site The Onion has decided to have some fun at Comcast’s expense.
YouTube does no evil (and makes no mistakes).
Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) massively raised the ire of the information-security community yesterday. Its utterly-reliable YouTube moderators nuked the account of the infamous "Irongeek" (Adrian Crenshaw).
It surely couldn't have been a simple false-positive mistake, right? Because Google says it already "reviewed" the "repeated or severe violations" that led to the censorship.
So, that's all right then. No evil done here. Move along. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers whip themselves up into a frenzy of indignation.
YouTube played by the Xbox One.
YouTube viewers may need to closely read the credits of videos starring the Xbox One from Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT). The word "credit" has multiple meanings; one definition is "an entry recording a sum received". This is the preferred meaning for a subset of "video partners", and "influencers" in the gaming community, who've allegedly been paid to create Xbox One astroturf videos.
Fast forward to Microsoft's partner-in-marketing Machinima, reputed originator of emails defining Xbox promotion video terms. In Microsoft's Xbox movies, a handsome, rugged, "don't mention Microsoft" clause always acts the leading role. Predictable and formulaic, these movies might be block-busters, but critical bloggers in the audience believe the US Federal Trade Commission may have to step in to rewrite scripts.
Free codec to allow more detailed cat videos.
Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) is gushing over all the hardware vendors who've pledged support for its new VP9 video codec. It's royalty-free and claimed to be just as good as the new, encumbered H.265 "high efficiency video codec" standard -- i.e., they're both about twice as efficient as today's widely-used H.264 codecs. And Google will add VP9 to YouTube, Real Soon Now, along with some 4K videos.
In honor of Grace Hopper and Computer Science Education Week, why not encourage the student in your life to learn an Hour of Code.
Wouldn't you love to charge your phone over the same fire that's warming your toes? You know, like when you've been chatting up a storm while backpacking up the side of a mountain, and now it's time for some Internet radio while you relax under the stars. Well, now you can.
Are you already queuing up for the iPhone 5s? Well, you should be, because with this new device, Apple is giving us something completely … the same. That’s right: The “s” in iPhone 5s stands for “same.”
With Apple’s new iPhone 5S and 5C, will we finally get what we were promised with the iPhone 5?