YouTube For Android Update Now Allows For HD Streaming On 2.2+ Devices

So this is both great news and slightly — fragmented. The YouTube for Android app has been updated so that devices on Android 3.0 Honeycomb and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich are not the only ones capable of streaming HD video. There is however, a catch: it depends on your device’s screen resolution and screen size, so that is something to take into account. Otherwise, for those ready and willing, the update is now available in the Android Market.

Via: YouTube (Android Market)

Like A Boss: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Announced With New Feature Set

This is the pinnacle of DSLRs right now. The first EOS 5D brought video recording to the world of DSLRs, and now the EOS 5D Mark III only improves itself — in just about everything.  There’s a larger, better 1,040,000-dot 3.2-inch rear LCD, new Digic 5+ processor, 22.3-megapixel CMOS sensor, 61-Point High Density Reticular autofocus with 41 cross-types (all of which are borrowed from the 1D X), dual memory card slots (SD and CompactFlash) an extended ISO range of 50 to 102,400 (100 to 25,600, natively, for epic night shots), OVF with 100 percent coverage (versus 98, previously), and a maximum 6 FPS burst speed (good stuff!).

Obviously then, the 5D Mark III is no slouch taking strong video: it can capture h.264 footage at HD resolutions up to 1080 at 24/25/30p or 720 at 50/60p, with an effective ISO range (in that mode) of 100-128,000 — and of course there’s a stereo mic input for the microphone of your choice as well as a headphone jack (!), which has never been seen on an EOS 5D camera before.

All of this will cost the pro photographer $3,500 for the body only when it comes out later in March. PR after the break.

Minecraft 1.2 Released!

This is a nice incremental update from the Mojangsters at Mojang AB, creators of Minecraft. The changelog is as follows; the update can be downloaded automatically upon starting the launcher and signing in.

+New jungle biome
+ Added ocelots
+ Added cats
+ Added iron golems
+ New AI for mobs
+ Tame wolves can have puppies
+ Villagers will have children if there is room in their village
+ Added rare drops for mobs
+ New items and blocks
* New map height limit (256 instead of 128)
* Doors have been updated so that double-doors work better with redstone
* Many other minor tweaks and fixes
– Removed Herobrine

Via: Mojang AB


Windows 8 Consumer Preview now available for all

This is it: the Windows 8 Consumer Preview. Containing over 100,000 changes from the older Developer preview, the Consumer Preview of Windows 8 has access to many of the Metro-style apps as well as new apps, like the Windows Store. The Consumer Preview is available in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions in English, Chinese, French, German, and Japanese. Microsoft’s minimum requirements for the Consumer Preview are a 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of free storage space, and a DirectX 9-compatible graphics card — the exact same requirements as Windows 7 (interesting, no?).

You can get the Windows 8 consumer preview at the source links.

Via: Windows 8 (Setup Download), Windows 8 ISO Version, Microsoft

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Announced At MWC 2012: It’s Incredibly Unique

This is the Galaxy Note 10.1. It is a larger version of the Galaxy Note I reviewed not too long ago, and uses the S pen once again to take care of business on its Android 4.0 with Touchwiz-enhanced software. What differentiates the Galaxy Note 10.1 from the Galaxy Tab 2 is that apps can run in “multiscreens” or windows. So you can take notes while on the internet, for example. More importantly there’s content creation apps like Photoshop Touch (just released for the iPad this morning) and Adobe Ideas, plus the usual suite of Android and Samsung apps, as well as the note-taking apps that let you make full use of the included S Pen.

Hardware specs include: A 1.4 GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, has a 1280×800 resolution 10.1-inch screen, and options for 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of storage space. It runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (stated earlier) and is powered by a 7,000 mAh battery (same size as the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy Tab 2 10.1). Cellular options are also going to be available.

Press release after the break.