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Youtube Goes Widescreen

By Newsgroup Usenet November 25th, 2008

The continuing transformation of YouTube’s “post-Hulu” era has now taken shape in a new widescreen format, increasing the layout to 960 pixels and 16:9 aspect ratio. After the news regarding YouTube’s move to carry feature-length films, the site-wide move is clearly designed not only to accommodate the incoming new official content, but to upgrade the capacity for higher quality user-generated content as well.

Videos which carry the traditional YouTube layout of 4:3 aspect ratio (which at this point is the majority of them,) will be contained in columns of black bars to preserve the integrity of the original ratio, similar to what one might see while watching a non-HD channel on an HDTV.

It’s no secret that Google has been paying close attention to the revenue figures between themselves and Hulu. They realize that Hulu, while having not as much traffic yet, is making serious money considering the short time it’s been in existence. The question (that has already been asked by many) remains: Exactly WHAT will the YouTube we all know and love transform into?



Scientists ‘Use The Force’ to Combat Cancer Cells

By Newsgroup Usenet November 23rd, 2008

A revolutionary laser which could fight cancer has been developed by British scientists.

The device, which has been compared to a Star Wars light sabre, could be routinely used on patients in NHS hospitals within the next five years, according to the researchers.

The machine – a couple of millimetres square – fires a laser beam so accurately that it can puncture a hole in an individual cell, allowing drugs to enter and do their work much more effectively.

Drug companies are often confounded by the problem that it can be easy to get a medicine into the body by injection or pill – but much harder to get the drug molecules into the cells themselves.

It could mean, for example, that the cells surrounding the spot where a tumour has been removed by surgery would be holed by the device.

This would allow chemotherapy drugs to enter and kill any remaining cancer cells.

It would be particularly useful for hard-to-reach cancers such as that of the pancreas.

The team from the University of St Andrews has managed to mount the ‘light sabre’ on an optical fibre.

The next step is to develop it for use on endoscopes, the tubes used by surgeons to pass miniature cameras through the body.



Newsdemon – Star Trek XI 2009 New Trailer Released

By Newsgroup Usenet November 17th, 2008

If you saw the new Bond movie this weekend, you probably saw the new trailer for next summer’s ‘Star Trek’ reboot. While a bootleg recording of it quickly made its way to the Web, Paramount today finally made a high-quality version available. Unfortunately, it’s hosted by Apple, which tends to not give out codes for embedding it on a page.

You can see the trailer at http://www.apple.com/trailers/paramount/startrek/. You want Trailer 2. (Trailer 1 was the one that was attached to ‘Cloverfield’ earlier this year.)

As Kirk and Spock, Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto respectively seem to fill their roles well, but the idea of assembling the Enterprise on Earth seems ludicrous. The ship isn’t meant to land on planets, so wouldn’t you want to assemble all the pieces in space and zero gravity?

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More Than Meets The Eye – Artist Wants Robot Eye

By Newsgroup Usenet November 17th, 2008

Before and After?

Before and After?

Tanya Vlach a San Francisco artist who lost an eye in a 2005 car accident, wants a Web cam installed into her prosthesis. Vlach, who now wears a realistic acrylic prosthesis says she’s issued a challenge to engineers on her blog: build an “eye cam” for her prosthesis that can dilate with changes of light and allow her to blink to control its zoom, focus, and on/off switch.

“It is possible to build a wireless camera with the dimensions of the eyeball,” said Want, a senior principal engineer at Intel. “You can find spy cams or nanny cams designed to fit into inconspicuous places in the home.”

Want also saw the potential for a system like this to serve as a personal memory back-up saying, “You’d never lose anything. You could ask it, ‘Where was the last time I saw my keys?'”

Once she’s captured some content, Vlach wants the freedom to move it to a PC by Bluetooth, Firewire, USB or memory card. The eye would be powered with a wireless charger. Uploading the content to Newsgroups could be a great channel to share and communicate her content.

Vlach’s challenge, first reported by tech blogger Kevin Kelly, has inspired blog posts from around the world and e-mails to Vlach from dozens of eager engineers. We’ll be keeping an eye out for more details [sic].



Touch Screen Computing No Longer Star Trek Fantasy

By Newsgroup Usenet November 15th, 2008

We’ve all heard the tech world make promises to transform the technology inustry and sometimes the world. Now a new startup company called Oblong Industries which grew out of the Media Lab in MIT demonstrated something that might deliver on that promise.

The Oblong operating system, known as g-speak, dispenses with decades-old mouse technology and allows users to control what’s happening on their screens by gesturing, pointing and other hand motions.

They plucked pieces of images from one display and dragged them to other locations, or drew a pattern on the screen then rotated it to create three-dimensional image. The impression was of an orchestra conductor, using simple hand motions to tell his computer what to do. Los Angeles-based Oblong calls it the spatial operating environment.

Oblong has existed for several years, but had been operating in stealth mode until premiering the technology to advertising, TV and other media professionals at the annual Monaco gathering. “We believe the spatial operating environment is how we will all work in the future,” Mary Ann de Lares Norris, general manager of Oblong Europe, told those present. This is one time that such a bold claim seemed plausible.

Imagine the capabilities of a Newsreader program that would allow drag and drop functions to headers and articles. What this kind of technology can represent could possibly change the way that Usenet and Newsgroups are accessed.

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Newsdemon Review: Newsrover Newsreader Version 14

By Newsgroup Usenet November 11th, 2008

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As one of the pioneers in the newsreader market, News Rover remains as one of the most popular newsreaders available today. Currently up to version 14, the automated newsreader has grown to host a multitude of features while still remaining fairly light on system resources.

The program excels when properly setup to download newsgroup posts and attachments. Extremely fast working in the background, some of the automatic functions include being able to download specific files to designated locations unattended.

By scanning each newsgroup the user specifies, News Rover downloads the messages that match the selection criteria – minus the spam. News Rover includes a built-in RAR/PAR processor for handling RAR file posts, MIME and uuencoding.

Like Outlook Express, News Rover is also capable of sending and receiving emails as well via conventional email protocols as well as acting primarily as a Newsreader. The program also includes a JPG picture gallery which can create a thumbnail gallery of images.

On the security side, Newsrover has the option to be password protected and includes file encryption capabilities. The file encryption is dependent on the Usenet providers availability for SSL. Newsdemon accounts are all eligible for this SSL capability.

Running on Windows solely, News Rover is compatible with most Windows versions from 98 to Vista.

News Rover is a robust and trusted name as a Newsreader solution. With each iteration, it has matured. Now at Version 14, and moderately priced at $29.95, News Rover remains a top-tier level consideration for all of your Usenet and Newsgroups needs.

You can find out more about Newsreaders and Newsrover on Newsgroups:

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Newsdemon.com Free T-Shirts to arrive for US Members

By Newsgroup Usenet November 8th, 2008

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Newsdemon.com members who signed up and qualified for their free t-shirts will be arriving at their doorsteps soon. For the month of October, Newsdemon.com gave away a free t-shirt for new members who had signed up for the unlimited plan.

 

On Thursday, November 6th, Newsdemon.com has sent all US qualified members their t-shirt. Delivery should be between 3-5 days with most shirts.

 

Canada and EU qualified members will be sent out shortly as well. Updates will follow on this blog on the status of delivery.

 

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who partook in this event as well as our existing members as we look forward to providing all of our members continued excellence in service and support.

 

Stay tuned as Newsdemon.com has other promotions and giveaways in the works for the near future.

 

For those who will be receiving these t-shirts, we hope you enjoy and wear them often and thank you for choosing Newsdemon.com as your Usenet and Newsgroups provider.



Newsdemon.com Provides Extended Security and Privacy

By Newsgroup Usenet November 8th, 2008

Newsdemon.com has recently announced the implementation of a 256 bit Extended Validation SSL certification, the highest industry standard for identity authentication.

Newsdemon.com visitors and members with the latest high-security web browsers will see a highly visible green address bar verifying the authenticity of the web site with an Extended Validation SSL Certificate. This is the only level of authentication that enables Internet Explorer 7 to display the trusted green address bar and a scrolling security status bar identifying both the Newsdemon.com web site and the Certificate Authority for Newsdemon.com.

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The new address bar provides Newsdemon.com  users with more peace of mind by a clear identifiable sign that the Usenet and Newsgroups provider site can be trusted.Newsdemon.com takes privacy and security to extended measures to assure our members continue to have a safe, private and secure experience. Newsdemon.com continues to trail blaze the initiative of new standards as America’s #1 Usenet Provider.

You can find other matters regarding web site security and SSL information on Newsgroups:

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Happy Halloween

By Newsgroup Usenet October 31st, 2008

From All of us at Newsdemon, a Happy Halloween to all.



Jonathon Ross, Russel Brand Upsets BBC, British Comedy Awards and Andrew Sachs

By Newsgroup Usenet October 31st, 2008

f_0_brand_sachs_320.jpgJonathon Ross has already cost BBC TV hundreds of thousand of pounds, leading to a 12-week suspension due to a series of prank calls to Andrew Sachs.Estimates range around £550,000 in cancelled studio costs alone.

Jonathon Ross has since stepped down as the host of the British Comedy Awards, breaking tradition over the last 17 years of the 18 year old award show history.

A spokesman for Ross said of the British Comedy Awards: “It’s a show he very much enjoys being part of but would not want his participation in this year’s event to take away from the awards themselves or the many talented winners of the awards.”

The offensive on-air comments presented by both Johathon Ross and Russell Brand on the Radio Two show against veteran actor Andrew Sachs, famed for his role in the bumbling Spanish waiter Manuel in the 1970’s comedy Fawlty Towers, have unleashed a political storm throughout the UK. Complaints topped 30,000.

The situation was sparked when Ross and Brand aired recordings of multiple explicit voicemail messages of Sachs, 78, in which they told him Brand had sex with his granddaughter, Georgina Baillie, 23, a burlesque performer who is a member of a group called the Satanic Sluts.

Lesley Douglas, the controller of Radio 2, was forced out of her job. Following an emergency meeting of the BBC Trust, Miss Douglas announced that she was resigning her post after four years, admitting that she was ultimately responsible for allowing the offending material to be broadcast.

The BBC Trust has also demanded that the BBC management broadcast an apology to licence fee payers on Radio 2 for what it called “serious and deliberate breaches” of the editorial code. It has also instructed Mr Thompson to write a personal apology to Mr Sachs and his granddaughter for the “deplorable intrusion”.

You can follow this story, and many like it on Newsgroups:

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