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Google yanking H.264 video out of Chrome

In Web video encoding, there are two major standards. Google just announced it's backing its own WebM over the codec Apple and Microsoft support.

By January 11, 2011


Magnets make spice storage fun

The Grant Howard Magnetic Spice Jar Set features a fun, stackable design. Embedded magnets allow for the spices to be stored in unexpected places.

By December 21, 2010


Why Netflix has content and Google TV doesn't

Google TV continues to stumble, and one of the problems is the software can't access top content. When it comes to schmoozing Hollywood types, Google hasn't been very good, say industry executives.

By December 22, 2010


Congress moves to outlaw 'mystery charges' for Web shoppers

Senate passes bill this week that tries to close door on unscrupulous Web retailers and marketers who charged credit cards without the expressed say-so from cardholders.

By December 3, 2010


Congressman wants WikiLeaks listed as terrorist group

Incoming head of House Homeland Security Committee says WikiLeaks should be designated "Foreign Terrorist Organization," freezing funds and making support a federal felony.

By November 28, 2010


Crystal Audio energy saver plugs save money, placate angry polar bears

Save money, power and polar bears with Crystal Audio's smart sockets, which detect when your AV gear is in standby and switch everything off. Marvellous.

By November 25, 2010


Why film studios are betting on Web again

Hollywood could have snubbed Netflix, ditched Hulu and stuck with traditional distribution. Instead, they're licensing content for Web TV and taking on former partners, including theaters owners.

By November 15, 2010


HD DVD vs Blu-ray in Greatest Gadget rumble: The final battle

HD DVD might be a long-dead format, like Latin, but it lives on in our hearts, and on a Wikipedia page. We decided to re-animate its rotting corpse, and pit it against Blu-ray one more time.

By November 11, 2010


BT delivers 3D via its Vision service. Apathy awaits.

3D has its detractors, among them virtually everyone that has ever seen it in action. But BT doesn't care, and wants to flog you a movie in 3D via its BT Vision service.

By November 10, 2010


College students caught by Vegas-style security

At the University of Central Florida, which prides itself on high-tech security systems in testing labs, about a third those taking a business midterm are caught cheating on the exam.

By November 10, 2010