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Google introduces Anthill hardware VP8 decoder

It's full speed ahead for Google's VP8 video codec. Now that the bulk of YouTube's video library has been converted, it's on to the next task -- which looks to be hardware decoding. To that end, Google has unveiled Anthill, a hardware VP8 decoding solution that is substantially faster and more efficient than current software solutions. Google's Aki Kuusela said, "The H1 (Anthill) hardware...

Google acquires video quality specialist Green Parrot Pictures, will improve YouTube's cute cat videos

Google has acquired Green Parrot Pictures, a company that specializes in video quality improvement technology. It sounds like Google (and its massive YouTube wing) want to do something about the low-quality video that comes from smartphones and webcams -- and judging by the demonstrations of its technologies on the Green Parrot Pictures site (embedded after the break), it looks like Google...

Internet Explorer 9 users get a free month of Hulu Plus

In a bit of Microsoft/Hulu cross-promotion, Hulu is offering a free month of its premium Hulu Plus streaming video service to users of Internet Explorer 9. To qualify, you just have to download IE9 and use the new taskbar pinning feature to pin Hulu.com to your Windows Taskbar. If you pin Hulu, you'll see the free Hulu Plus offer appear in your IE9 jump list starting on March 28th. Hulu is...

Google gives virtual tour of NCAA Championship arenas to get you closer to the basketball action

The 2011 NCAA Championship promises to be as action-packed as ever, but this year Google's helping you get just a little bit closer to the action courtesy of some 3D-rendered models of the tournament's 14 arenas. Using Google Earth, fans can explore the venues, or take a virtual tour courtesy of a YouTube video (embedded after the break). Google's also set up a site for you to track the...

First Hollywood film made for the Internet premieres on YouTube

Now playing in the YouTube Screening Room, 'Girl Walks Into A Bar' is the 'first ever' Hollywood film created specifically for the Internet. Brought to you for free in partnership with Lexus, the Sebastian Gutiérrez-directed film is a comedy charting the events of a single night involving a seemingly unrelated group of people, including a desperate dentist, an undercover private...

Hulu for Android is officially coming soon

Android users who have been waiting for Hulu to release an app for their devices now have an official light at the end of the tunnel. Hulu has updated the page listing its supported devices for Hulu Plus -- which now includes "select Android 2.2 devices." That's all Hulu is sharing for now. There's no release date posted and the "select devices" aren't listed. We'll fill you in as soon as those...

Install iMovie on the original iPad without jailbreaking

Apple have just released an update to the iOS version of iMovie to support the iPad 2, but what about the original iPad? Well, currently you can't install iMovie on an original iPad using iTunes directly, but iMovie will run on your previous generation device as long as it's running iOS 4.3. Hit the break for a quick two-minute guide to getting iMovie onto your original iPad without a...

Apple releases Garageband and updated iMovie for iOS

To coincide with the release of the iPad 2 today, Apple's let loose both an update to the iOS iMovie app, supporting Apple's newest tablet, as well as a brand new GarageBand app for iPad. Released yesterday, both apps can be had for $5 a piece, and with some positive reviews coming in already, $4.99 seems quite a deal for the amount of utility you get, especially with GarageBand. Both apps...

Warner Bros. renting movies on Facebook for $3

Warner Bros., finding yet another corner piece of the Social Networking Jigsaw, has begun renting movies on Facebook for 30 Facebook Credits, or $3. The films are packaged as apps -- like FarmVille and CityVille -- but it really is as simple as heading to a page, using 30 Credits, and watching the movie. You can watch the movie as many times as you like for 48 hours, after which the rental...

Flash Player 10.3 beta released with enhanced privacy controls, VoIP tools and analytics

Adobe's just let loose Flash Player 10.3 beta for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux, featuring a few new talents ready for developers to take advantage. First up we've got 'Acoustic Echo Cancellation,' which aims to aid voice conferencing by implementing noise suppression, voice activity detection, automatic gain control for volume level compensation, and of course, acoustic echo cancellation....

Netflix iPad app updated improved UI, loses disc management

The Netflix iPad app got a back-end update yesterday that pushed out a new iPad-optimized interface replacing the previous lightly customized version of the standard Nexflix site. In doing so, Netflix has removed the ability to manage your disc queue from the app, limiting you to browsing just the Home, Genres, Search, and Instant Queue areas of the site. This brings the app into line with the...

From Windows 1 to Windows 7, and everything in between, in just 10 minutes (video)

If you've ever wanted to see, in 10 short minutes, the evolution of simple, glorious MS-DOS Shell and Windows 1, to the lofty, shiny, 3D peaks of Windows 7, with every version (except Windows Me) in between, now's your chance. With the title 'Chain of Fools,' the video (embedded after the break) chronicles one man's attempt to upgrade Windows from one version to the next, from Windows 1 to...

iMovie app heading to iPad on March 11th with universal update

Last night at Apple's March 2nd iPad 2 unveiling, the Cupertino-based company showed off an iPad-optimized version of iMovie. Ever since the introduction of the iPhone 4, iMovie has been available for said device, now the app will be going universal, supporting both the iPad and the iPhone. Apple's added a few things into the mix for the larger screen too. A precision track editor was shown...

MLB At Bat app updated for 2011 season, rocketing up App Store charts

The MLB at Bat app is back for 2011 and as popular as ever. Costing one cent shy of $15 and having been released just yesterday, the iPhone app has already rocketed up to the number 3 spot in the US Top Paid Apps chart. The app lets you pick your favorite team this year, which then acts as your landing page when you fire up the app. You can also watch live streams of 150 Spring Training...

Google to launch unlimited video streaming service in the U.K. first

Google, no doubt more than a little leery of Netflix's entrenchment in the U.S., is planning to launch an unlimited on-demand movie streaming service through YouTube in the U.K. The Big G has been talking with Hollywood studios for months, and has set aside $100 million to secure some big deals. According to one Hollywood executive, Google will launch both video-on-demand and 'channels,' which...