If you YouTube, then you might want to check out the latest video-editing-cum-remixing software from Adobe that is available (free) for YouTube and MTV.com users. The nifty app, called YouTube Remixer aka Adobe Premiere Express, allows you to create (and edit) your own videos online by combining video clips, music, photos, effects, transitions and titles.
So when you're in the mood to create some mischief, you could dish out your own Bill Gates vs. Steve Jobs video with all the appropriate effects by simply using the Remixer's easy-to-use drag-drop interface. Or, for starters, amuse yourself by entering the contest open right now on the MTV.com site where you can remix Kelly Clarkson's new video "Never Again." And if you manage to catch some wows doing that, your video could be played out on MTV!
The software is available on YouTube's TestTube site. You'll need Flash 9 installed on your PC to get started. Enjoy!
Here's a concept phone for those who hunger for a more tactile and more visual experience when making a phone call (maybe the generation of younger adults who've never used a rotary phone). The Quartz Tele, designed by Tao Ma, uses quartz crystals embedded in LED for each dial pad number; the crystals light up when pressed. Looks like something you'd see in a movie made in the 1950s about the future.
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Got a yen to play guitar? Are your friends telling you to stop with the air guitar? Then you need the TakaraTomy Air Guitar which, as you can see, has a guitar neck and some chord buttons on the fretboard but nothing else.
It works by using an infrared sensor in the neck of the guitar to detect your hand motions. While the battery-operated Air Guitar does have a built-in speaker, you can also connect it to an external amplifier when you want to crank up the volume. But practice first, ok?
For beginners -- and that's all of you -- the Air Guitar comes preloaded with ten tracks for beginners to play along with. Among the tunes: Are You Gonna Be My Girl (Jet), Walk This Way (Aerosmith), and Smoke on the Water (Deep Purple). All those tunes that, if you play them in a guitar stor, would get you immediately expelled
Importer HimeyaShop will start selling them for $27 on July 25th, but pre-orders are being taken now.
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Meteorite guitar picks
Fender and Intel's "surf guitar"
Guitar Hero II
Interactive guitar and chords guide
One more rumour about the iPhone can be laid to rest. Apple has finally confirmed that the iPhone will support wireless streaming of video content from YouTube. Which happens to be a perfectly symbiotic relationship - supporting YouTube will mean a more panoramic audience for the iPhone, while being on the iPhone will bring YouTube into the mobile market.
Meanwhile, YouTube has been sprucing itself up for the alliance with gusto. iPhone lovers(?) can now look forward to a bouquet of more than 10,000 high quality videos from YouTube for the June 29th launch. Plus, the videos are being encoded in the trim H.264 format to ensure longer battery life of the iPhone.
Apple also jointly announced that YouTube will be available on Apple TV as well. Methinks this gorgeous alliance might prove to be just what the doctor ordered.
Popgadget on the trail of iPhone news since January:
Apple finally releases the iPhone
iPhone in China
Apple iPhone - coming June 29th
Steve Jobs Keynote at Apple Worldwide Developers Conference
More iPhone, More Hype
Cheaper version of iPhone?
Designers Sofie Collin and Gustav Lanber have developed The Carpet Alarm Clock, which only goes off when you get up and put both feet on it. Novel. I guess if you get out of bed you're awake, is the thinking.
But why not design an alarm clock that quietly makes your coffee, brings in the paper and then makes you scones? Then I would definitely get up.
More on wacky alarm clocks:
Wake up with Clocky
NYC Taxi Sound Alarm Clock
Jolt yourself out of sleep with the Fire Bell alarm clock
KUKU Alarm Clock
Puzzle alarm clock
Evil alarm clocks - the Sfera Alarm
Is Apple already working on cheaper variants of iPhone? Well, of course they are, silly. Just like Apple did after introducing the regular iPod, when they brought out the more affordable iPod shuffle and iPod nano, they'll announce a cheaper iPhone with fewer features.
American Technology Research analyst Shaw Wu said today, "Apple needs to round out its iPhone product line at lower price points (similar to iPod) if it expects to replicate the success of its iPod with sales of 100 million units.”
Goodie. I'm waiting. I mean, I WAS waiting for the second generation anyway, when all the bugs are worked out. Really.
But stayed tuned to POPGADGET as we're giving away a brand new iPhone in the coming weeks!
(Fabricated photo mock-up courtesy of those funsters at Engadget.)
The new ZEN Stone is impossibly small but holds up to 500 hundred songs with 10 hours of continuous audio playback. With a capacity of 1 GB, it weighs less than an ounce. It plays music in Normal, Shuffle, or Repeat Mode, which makes it a good option if you're always on the go. For me, it's my music player of choice for the gym.
Available in six attractive colors from Creative Labs, the MP3 Player is set in a glossy finish, and designed with user-friendly plug-and-play capabilities, making it easy to transfer files smoothly from the computer to your ZEN Stone . If you want, you can download the free integrated software, Creative Media Lite, to add features, but I'm using mine right out of the box (though I'll have to download it when I want to convert audio CD tracks into MP3 files).
So here's what I want to know. How do I redecorate my home to make room for something like The Ceramic Bag vase?
Do I replace my throw pillows with plastic grocery bags tied in knots? Rip up my hardwood floor and tape together pieces of old newspaper? Opt for shopping carts instead of furniture?
Is a $25 home accessory supposed to elicit this many questions?
Via Nerd Approved.
You've gotta love this - reads "Linux User Parking Only - All others will be reformatted," and shows a penguin on a Windows grave. Made of thick 0.040 aluminum and tough cast vinyl, the sign is 12in. wide and 18in. tall - just like an official parking sign. Put it outside or inside.
$19.95 at Amazon
Via Geek 24.
Is it weird that I already have something like this in my kitchen?
I do. And the only difference between this Barking Hot Dog Cooker from The Lighter Side and the Henrietta Hen Egg Cooker my mother gave me for kicks last year is that the former "barks" when up to six hot dogs are steamed to juicy perfection and the latter "chirps" when up to seven eggs are nicely hard-boiled. Okay, fine, that isn't the only difference but you know what I mean.
And since I know my mom wants to know, the hot dog cooker is available now for $35.