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Google announces WebM video format

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on May 19th, 2010

Some time ago Google purchased a company called On2 and many expected Google to open-source the VP8 video codec that came bundled with the company. Sure enough, Google has announced its new format called WebM, a video format that Google claims is efficient enough to be played on low-powered devices like netbooks, tablets and handheld devices.

WebM is open-source and licensed royalty-free under a BSD-style license. Many big names have already shown their support for WebM, including Firefox, Opera, Adobe, AMD, ARM, Broadcom, Freescale, NVIDIA, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments. Mozilla in particular has also decided to include support for it in the Firefox nightly builds from today, like Chromium, while Opera says that support is also on the way.

VHS Toaster wins toaster format war against Bagelmax

Posted in Kitchen by Conner Flynn on February 16th, 2009

VHS Toaster wins toaster format war against BagelmaxOkay. Not really. But that’s how a format war would play out with this VHS toaster. It may look like a typical Daewoo VCR, but this one takes slices of bread instead of VHS tapes.

It actually toasts the letters VHS onto the toast. It only gets better if someone makes one that toasts movie scenes onto your bread. When your VCR is toast, then by all means let it make toast. Video below.

Samsung thinks Blu-Ray will be dead in 5 years

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on September 3rd, 2008

Samsung thinks Blu-Ray will be dead in 5 yearsIt doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense, but just after Samsung announced new Blu-Ray players, Andy Griffiths of Samsung UK made this comment: “I think it [Blu-Ray] has 5 years left, I certainly wouldn’t give it 10.”

Griffiths didn’t speculate on what might replace Blu-Ray, but maybe they know something we don’t. Or Samsung might just think that video downloads will be the future. Whatever the case, the comments don’t exactly make you want to rush out and buy a Samsung Blu-Ray player. Or any Blu-Ray player.