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YouTube brings interactive quizzes to videos with Questions Editor beta

September 24th, 2012

YouTube brings interactive quizzes to videos with Questions Editor beta

Feel like something’s missing from your YouTube viewing experience — like some good ‘ol multiple-choice questions? The chronic learners among us will be happy to hear that the site is testing an interactive — and potentially educational — feature that lets users add quizzes to their clips. A new page on the YouTube site describes a “Video Questions Editor Beta,” which lets channel owners display multiple-choice questions on top of their videos as they play. The page is pretty blank at the moment, but the beta is up and running for those who opt in. Don’t get too excited, though: YouTube’s disclaimer states the feature “represents work in progress,” and “there is no plan for long-term support of the feature.”

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Microsoft resurrects Courier through Project Austin app for Windows 8, sparks nostalgia

September 24th, 2012

Microsoft resurrects Courier through Project Austin app for Windows 8, sparks nostalgia

Many who’ve been following Microsoft’s tablet efforts for years will have a soft spot for the Courier, a creative-focused device axed because it didn’t fit the Windows puzzle. However, it looks like you just can’t keep a clever idea down. Developers at Microsoft have revived the dream through Project Austin, a Windows 8 app based around the visual concept of a notebook. Pen aficionados can choose different paper types and paste in photos, but they’re deliberately kept away from typing, searching and other elements that would complicate the idea. It should sound familiar: it’s a rough (if possibly unintentional) Windows doppelganger to FiftyThree’s Paper for iPad, which itself was designed by some of the former Courier team. A company spokesperson won’t say if or when Project Austin will be available in a complete form for the public, although there’s not much point until Windows 8 arrives on October 26th. Thankfully, programmers keen to see what Courier might have been — if just in bits and pieces — can already download the source code for themselves.

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Razer Game Booster enters closed beta, ready to fine tune your rig

September 22nd, 2012

Razer Game Booster enters closed beta, ready to fine tune your rig

Normally we associate Razer with hardware. Gaming mice, keyboards and headsets are the company’s bread and butter. It even has a laptop geared expressly towards the serious pixel pusher. But, you might be surprised to learn it’s also in the software business. The latest member of its burgeoning application family is the Razer Game Booster. Based largely on IObit’s app of the same name, the new downloadable utility will crank your rig to 11. There are three basic features, the most important being Game Mode which, with the click of a button, shutsdown unessential services and programs to keep your PC focused on the task at hand. (We assume that involves killing something or other with a large weapon.) There’s also a calibration guide that ensures your drivers are up to date and your essential gaming files are properly defragged. Last is Share Mode, which allows you to take screen shots or capture live audio and video to preserve your accomplishments. For now Razer Game Booster is in private beta, but you can request an invite at the source link.

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Man pays ticket with 137 origami pigs made from dollar bills… in donut boxes

September 20th, 2012

Man pays ticket with 137 origami pigs made from dollar bills... in donut boxes

Getting a ticket from the police is never fun, but some people like to get a little creative when paying their fine. One YouTube user, appropriately named “Bacon Moose,” decided to pay a $137 ticket he received in Jersey Village, Texas (near Houston) by creating an army of origami pigs made out of dollar bills.

In an attempt to hammer home his point, he brings his little piggies to the municipal court in a pair of Dunkin Donut boxes. Not surprisingly, the court clerk, none too amused with the situation, refuses to take the folded up dollar bills, and asks for a police officer to come over and explain to “Mr. Moose” why they can’t accept the money in its current state. The man eventually gives in, and after spending more than four hours folding all of the bills, it takes him just “three to four minutes” to unfold them all to successfully pay his ticket. In the video, the man insists his ticket was not for any moving violation, but he does not say what he was ticketed for.

Kudos to the court clerk and the court clerk who both seem to be amused with the situation (in the end) and handle the situation coolly. After seeing antics like those in the video posted below, we now know why the lady behind the payment counter always seems to be so cranky.

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Rob and Big take on the cops in live-action Need for Speed: Cardboard

September 20th, 2012

Rob and Big take on the cops in live-action Need for Speed: Cardboard

The gents at Rocket Jump, four zany “people willing to stand on that razor’s edge of the envelope that gets pushed outside the box,” are kind of neighbors with Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory. Sensing an opportunity to do something zany together, and apparently having a lot of cardboard and Elmer’s glue to get rid of, someone thought of recreating Need for Speed: Most Wanted police chase through a cardboard Fairhaven City.

There’s a bank robbery and a high-speed chase and a couple of crashes, and the bad guys get away – but not before a lot of cardboard, and one kart, go flying. But we’ll shut up and let you watch it here.

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Hyundai ‘Hyper-Matrix’ presentation will blow your fragile little mind

September 20th, 2012

Hyundai 'Hyper-Matrix' presentation will blow your fragile little mind

When robots finally assert their dominance over the human race, we imagine the hive mind overlord will probably look something like the creation in the video below. Hyundai crafted a unique three-sided video screen composed of small Styrofoam blocks. Each block can travel on a horizontal axis thanks to its own pneumatic piston and logic board. The result is a massive creation called the Hyper-Matrix, which can double as a projector screen. The blocks can be computer controlled to create just about any design or work in conjunction with whatever video is being played on the surface.

The finished product is as beautiful as it is terrifying. We can just imagine the cubes adopting the guise of the giant, disembodied baby face from the Matrix trilogy just before the Sonata sedans of the world stand up in revolt. Check the food stores in your basement/bunker, and then check out the Hyper-Matrix in action in the video below.

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HTC shows design work for Windows Phone 8X and 8S, strips them bare

September 20th, 2012

HTC shows design work for Windows Phone 8X and 8S, strips them bare

HTC and Microsoft have been cautious about what they’ll let us see of the software on the Windows Phone 8X and its 8S counterpart. Apparently, they don’t have any such compunction about leaving the phones’ naked components hanging in the breeze. Along with outlining the essentialist, Metro-inspired philosophy behind the Windows Phone 8 devices’ design, HTC’s new behind-the-scenes video (after the break) shows the internals without that extra-colorful shell getting in the way. The exposé is more about the sheer demand for customized hardware to match those distinctive enclosures than anything too scandalous — that tapered shape requires some finessing on the inside, we’re told. Whatever you think of HTC’s guided tour, the company has at least learned its lesson and decided against including any unexpected prototypes this time around.

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Future Panasonic G camera’s 72Mbps movie-making prowess teased through speedy drama

September 19th, 2012

Future Panasonic G camera's 72Mbps movie-making prowess teased through speedy drama

If Panasonic didn’t have attention from movie producers before, it just might as of this week. Joining the quickly developing tradition of camera makers producing elaborate short movies as technology demos, the company has let cinematographer Philip Bloom wield (and tease) a “brand new G camera” to record Genesis, a fast-paced mini-drama showing a man’s race to meet his love before it’s too late. While Bloom can’t talk much about the hardware in question until the 17th, he’s allowed to confirm that the upcoming Micro Four Thirds body relies on a “superb” 72Mbps All-I codec for video — letting it capture a sprint through the streets without the compression artifacts of the AVCHD format used by most mirrorless cameras. Panasonic’s upcoming shooter also touts “much improved” results in the dark, Bloom says. It all sounds very tempting, especially if it turns out that Panasonic’s inadvertent leaks are for the same camera we see in action here. The full movie is available after the break, and Bloom has the behind-the-scenes details at the source link.

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Apple Store fights back against BMW X5-driving burglars

September 18th, 2012

Apple Store fights back against BMW X5-driving burglars

A Los Angeles man is being accused of using his 2003 BMW X5 as a battering ram to break into an Apple Store in Temecula, CA last week. The morning robbery on September 6 was caught by surveillance cameras, which show the BMW barreling through the store’s glass front and a number of masked men hopping out to snatch iPhone and iPad display models.

What the LA driver didn’t anticipate was the Apple Store not giving up its goods without a fight. After the BMW went grille-first through the glass, a security gate dropped down, trapping the criminals and their getaway car inside. The video below shows the driver repeatedly ramming the gate with his BMW, pulling forward and knocking over displays covered in iPhones, iPads and computers each time to do it.

The driver eventually extricates his X5 from the Apple Store, but the CUV was in such bad shape that police report it didn’t make it far from the scene. Having to deal quickly with two flat tires, the driver and his crew reportedly swapped out one for the spare and visited a nearby 7-11 to steal some Fix-A-Flat. The accused driver, Equonne R. Howard, was detained near the scene of the crime a few hours later. Police think he returned looking for his license plate that fell off in the kerfuffle with the security gate.

Howard is being held on $600,000 bail, which is what reports say the damage to the Apple Store is estimated at. He’s been charged with enough counts to fill two pages of complaints, which include vandalism, burglary and theft of electronics. Apple Store burglaries have become increasingly common as the popularity of the company’s products has gone meteoric, but we’ve never seen one botched so thoroughly, nor one that clumsily uses a BMW to pick the lock.

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Midttrafik commercial shows riding the bus is still cool

September 18th, 2012

Midttrafik commercial shows riding the bus is still cool

We can’t remember ever seeing a commercial for a bus at all, much less one that was genuinely epic, but we can cross both those firsts off our bucket list thanks to an ad for Denmark’s Midtraffik public bus system.

Midttrafik wanted to make riding the bus cool, and the result is this 90-second spot directed by Marc Wilkins that runs through all the awesome features on buses like designer bells with cool functions, donuts of the tire-smoking kind and nice seats. But that doesn’t even begin to describe it, so perhaps the tagline on the Midtraffik site puts it best: Drama, desire and plenty of bus. Don’t miss it; the commercial (with subtitles) is below.

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