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>> If you're following my Twitters you may have expected me to wear this hat on today's show. ^M00:00:05 [ Music ] ^M00:00:06 >> That was obviously a joke. It didn't go with my outfit. Anyway, I am making an effort to Twitter lately. You can follow along my Twitter at Twitter.com slash natalidelconte or Loaded-specific Twitters at Twitter.com slash cnetloaded. Meanwhile, in today's show we have news about the new BlackBerry. HBO brings shows to iTunes for more than $1.99 and some dismal news for Sprint. It's Tuesday, May 13, I'm Natali Del Conte and it's time to get Loaded. ^M00:00:32 [ Music ] ^M00:00:34 >> Google wants to make all Website a social network. The company launched Friend Connect, which lets any Website add social elements to the site through Google. I find this to be a really logical evolution of social networks. When people ask me if there'll be a next Facebook, I always say no. I think that social networks will be built-in to the web, but they won't be their own stand-alone thing for much longer. In other Google news, the company also released a YouTube uploader for Macs. It's called Vidnik and it lets you capture and upload videos straight to YouTube from your Mac. Unlike Photo Booth, you can tag and describe your videos right from the application. You cannot however do the crazy Andy Warhol or face distortion effects like you do in Photo Booth. There's a new BlackBerry in town and it is sexy. This is the new 9000 model that a reader wrote in about a few weeks ago. Well, it's here and it's called the BlackBerry Bold. Here's some specs: 1 Gig of onboard memory. It works with HSDPA, which means it gets 3G. It can also get Wi-Fi and it has GPS capabilities, plus you can even pull music from your iTunes Library. And who is the lucky carrier, AT&T of course. It will be around $300 with a service plan later this summer. I'm quite sure one of our trusty mobile phone reviewers will get their hands on it, so stay tuned to CNET for that. Also RIM says that they partnered with Microsoft to allow Hotmail users the same posh luxury as Gmail and Yahoo Mail users. HBO is now selling shows on iTunes. Rumors that this may happen were flying around the headlines yesterday, but nowadays confirmed. Furthermore, HBO is not locked-in at the $1.99 per show rate. Apple is giving them flexible pricing options to sell the shows for more money, which ironically enough is what NBC wanted before they broke up with Apple last year. Now they go and give it to HBO -- that's cold. If you search around the HBO site on iTunes Now, you'll see that some shows are still $1.99 like Sex and the City, but some shows are $2.99 like the Sopranos. I don't agree that the Sopranos is more valuable than Sex and the City, but I'll take the cheaper price. Reuters Labs is introducing a new set of API that will let third party developers use their content throughout the Web. Now pretty much any site can nab stories, videos, and photos from Reuters and customize them to fit their own Website. The program is called Spotlight and I think it's really progressive thinking on behalf of an old media company like Reuters. Their focus should be on the reporting. Let someone else worry about distributing. ^M00:02:51 [ Music ] ^M00:02:52 >> This weekend the Loaded crew went to the Self Magazine Workout in the Park. We were looking for some health related tech because we all know how important it is to workout, right. Anyway, we did not find what we were looking for, but we still made good use of the trip. Take a look. ^M00:03:06 [ Music ] ^M00:03:10 >> So we came out here looking for tech. Today, we came up empty handed. We are looking for maybe some cool spin bikes or social network, but fortunately, we came prepared with our own tech. We have heart rate monitors. We've got one by Timex, Garmin, and Polar. We're gonna take those for a run and see what we think of that kind of technology. So let's go. ^M00:03:28 [ Music ] ^M00:03:32 >> We're here with Mark, he works on Loaded. Mark likes to workout pretty often. You can see he's a pretty fit guy. So I asked him to see what he thought of the Polar heart rate monitor. How do you like that so far? >> This is the RS800sd and it's pretty cool actually. You can pretty much do anything that you would want or expect the heart rate monitor to do. It will track your cadence, which is the amount of times that your foot hits the ground in a minute. And it will also track your speed and your distance. You can put it in running modes, cycling mode and it's not limited to that, you can also just do free exercise. One of the cool things about this software is it will take everything into account. The altitude, the speed, your distance that you've ran. It's mostly for the serious runner. It's around $370, so it's pretty expensive, but it does a lot of cool things for the money. >> So, I'll tell you a bit about the ones I'm using then, since you didn't get to test the Garmin. The Garmin also has GPS. It also does altitude and it also does training programs, but it has a touch screen around the sides, so you slide your finger around the peripheral and it doesn't respond that well. I also used the Timex and I like the Timex as well. It did all those fancy things, you know, GPS, workout, calories and all that stuff, but it's really not easy to figure out. It has something like six buttons around the peripherals and I just always have to study the manual to figure out how to get the programs that I want because what I really care about is heart rate and calories, really. So it was just kind of hard to keep that stuff going, but other than that, it was fun project. You know, I think I would probably stick with the Polar. What about you? >> Yeah, I would stick with the Polar. >> Yeah, okay. Well, should we finish our workout? >> Yes, let's go. >> Okay, maybe we can get some pizza afterwards. >> Sounds good. >> Yup. >> Double cheese. >> Yeah. ^M00:05:06 [ Music ] ^M00:05:08 >> I also tested the Mio Motiva Petit, which is a heart rate monitor that does not work with a chest strap transmitter the way the other three do. This was a minimalist watch and it only reads your heart rate if you ask it to, but not on a continuous basis. It also doesn't do GPS workout tracking, altitude functions the way the other watches do, but it is a lot more feminine. If you've got a heart rate monitor that you like or you wanna ask us questions about the ones we tested, email us at Loaded at CNET.com. I don't usually cover financial news here on Loaded, but I think Sprint's announcement yesterday is worth the mention. Basically, the company is hurting. It lost more than 1 million of its most profitable customers in the first quarter of this year leading to a loss of over $500 million. Not good. And if they're hoping that WiMax will bring them back to life, that news isn't good either. The Associated Press is reporting that iPCS, a pea of the carrier is suing to stop Sprint from moving forward with WiMax because it violates Sprints agreement not to compete with them in their markets. The good news for Sprint is that they anticipated this and have already asked the Delaware judge to rule that there is no violation. No ruling on either case just yet. Microsoft launched a video messenger this week that lets you watch videos with your friends in an instant message type window. This is called Messenger TV and you use your Windows Live or MSN account to watch MSN Videos with your friends. Yahoo's Messenger for Windows has had the ability to do this with videos for at least six months now. Those are all your headlines for today. Join us tomorrow when we sit down with Silicon Valley author Sarah Lacy. I'm Natali Del Conte with CNET TV and you've just been Loaded. ^M00:06:38 [ Music ]