Admittedly, we’re more likely to hit up YouTube for its hilarious and bizarre amateur content than to pop in on one of those well-funded Original Channels, but that won’t necessarily be the case going forward. Several of the site’s original programming venues will soon be available through Virgin America’s in-flight entertainment system — “H+ The Digital Series,” “Blue,” “Written by a Kid,” “Crash Course” and “The Key of Awesome” are expected to hit aircraft beginning December 15th, according to Variety.
Sure, you could navigate to YouTube on your own through the carrier’s in-flight WiFi, but you’ll soon be able to enjoy at least a few titles in (presumably) higher quality through the 9-inch panel mounted to the seat in front of you, while freeing up bandwidth for those hardworking business travelers (and a few occasional Engadget editors) in the process. These latest YouTube selections join a variety of other content unique to Virgin, and considering that legacy carriers stock their IFE with “classic” flicks and a dismal selection of dated TV shows (assuming they offer the service at all), the nation’s “fun” alternative airline is starting to look even more appealing.
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There’s little doubt Sony’s monstrous 84-inch 4k TV will be a high resolution atom bomb of a TV. There’s also no doubt it costs $25,000, about as much as an actual atom bomb. Hisense is selling a 4k unit for under $6,000. Do the math.
Major, major caveat: Hisense’s XT880 is 50 inches, whereas Sony’s 4k offering is 84. Thirty four inches is a lot of inches, and could account for the price disparity—and maybe preclude as huge a rift between Hisense’s as-of-yet-not-priced 65-inch 4k set and Sony’s closest equivalent.
Second major caveat: 4k might not make sense at 50 inches. If you’re sitting far enough away, odds are you probably can’t notice the pixels in your 1080p television. But for those in smaller spaces, where the screen door effect pops up, Hisense will give you a (relatively) cheap way to never, ever notice pixels again, thanks to the fact that the company manufactures its own panel straight outta China, cutting out middle men. And indeed, smushing my face right up against the panel yielded not a single discernable pixel. There was some flicker at certain angles, and what looked like compression artifacts along image edges, but that could just as well be attributed to the source material.
We’ll see more from Hisense at CES, but in the mean time, don’t panic: there might actually be a way for you to afford the next great leap in HDTV.
We love YouTube, but there’s a lot we’d change about it, too.
The ads are a little too obtrusive for us, we’d love to set a default video quality, and the famously obnoxious comments are often better left out completely.
Thankfully there are browser plugins that make it a snap to change the way you interact with the definitive video-sharing site for the better.
Stop YouTube videos from autoplaying
If you’d rather manually start YouTube videos yourself, a plugin called Flashblock can do the trick. It will keep all Flash videos from playing until you click on it.
It’s a little complicated though — it does this for all Flash video, no matter what site it appears on.
Still undeterred? Get it here >
YouTube High Definition
YouTube High Definition is a plugin that automatically plays videos at the highest possible quality. You don’t have to toggle the quality from the control panel on each YouTube video you watch.
Use AdBlock Plus to get rid of YouTube comments in Firefox
Adblock Plus is already one of the best plugins for killing ads on the web. But it has anot! her grea t application as well — crushing those vitriolic YouTube comments into dust.
Lifehacker offers the following instructions on how to make it work:
On Adblock Plus…just head to YouTube, click on the Adblock icon in your navigation bar, and hit “Easy Create Filter”. Then, just click on one of the comments and it should highlight all of them. After hitting “Add”, you should be free of YouTube comments forever.
Proctor and Gamble unexpectedly cut guidance this morning, sending shares down in pre-market trade.
In a statement, Procter said “the revisions to the Company’s fourth quarter outlook are primarily driven by slower than anticipated top-line growth from slower than expected market growth rates and market share softness in developed regions and negative impacts from foreign exchange rate changes.”
Translation: high unemployment coupled with slow-to-no GDP growth in developed markets are destroying the top line.
At a Deutsche Bank panel today, Procter plans to show this slide that sums it up pretty nicely.
Investor Laura Sachar says she can spot entrepreneurs who have ideas, but don’t know how to execute them.
Sachar, general partner and founder of StarVest Partners, has been involved in early stage companies since the mid-’90s. She shared her insights on a panel at Business Insider’s Startup 2012 conference:
Sachar focuses on people in the early stage, because it’s about the belief that the person can figure out what to do with the business to make it successful.
“Often, the initial idea is not how the company succeeds and drives revenue,” says Sachar. “Focusing on the people first, and a belief that they can develop attractive ideas and move from there, makes sense.”
There needs to be a clear path that shows that the person can turn the idea into something real.
“If you can’t execute, you don’t have a company,” she says. “A lot of people have ideas.”
Nowadays, companies don’t need as much money to get momentum. She suggests that you take more money than you think you need (if it’s available), because so many investors are looking for the companies that are gaining tons of velocity in the early going. By having that money, you have more resources to pull that off.
Walmart’s (WMT) new effort to again change the retail industry has encountered early success.
The retail giant is the first chain to use social media to create an American Idol-style competition for new products, and its “Get on the Shelf” Contest has attracted 274,000 votes in four days after kicking off on March 7.
No, there won’t be a panel with a condescending British judge criticizing product presentations.
Instead, Walmart promotes the work of companies and entrepreneurs in the U.S. and its territories by uploading their self-made product videos that feature everything from home appliances to apparel to beauty products on this contest website. Contest hopefuls need to fight their way into the top 10 by April 3 to qualify for the second round, which will last from April 11 to April 24.
From that point, one lucky winner will get his or her product promoted at selected Walmart stores across the country along with being featured on the homepage of Walmart.com. Two other first place winners will also win space on the store’s website.
Walmart sees the potential for social media to revolutionize the retail industry as principal Engineer Guhu Jayachandran at @WalmartLabs, the social media branch of Walmart, in Silicon Valley created the concept. Co-head of @WalmartLabs and Senior Vice President of Walmart Global e-Commerce Venky Harinarayan says they want to locate “undiscovered products that have not yet reached our shelves.” He also stated, “For a long time, the ability to get a product into a retail store was at the sole discretion of the store buyer. Today, we are removing these barriers by giving anyone a chance to launch their product at Walmart and reach millions of shoppers at Walmart nationwide.”
So far, there has been no response from its rivals like Target (TGT) and Sears ( SHLD), but they will most likely imitate the store if this contest continues to catch the public’s attention and turns into a hit. On average, the products receive 55,000 daily votes and the website receives 92,000 daily page visits.
So, tell all your friends and start cheering for your favorite contestants outside of Walmart stores.
These estimates are always to be taken with a grain of salt but, if UBM TechInsights is to be believed, Apple is cutting into its precious profit margins to keep the price of the iPad flat. According to the research firm, the total cost of components in the 16GB 4G model is around $310 — not including assembly and shipping. With a final price of $629, Cupertino is pulling in about a 51 percent profit, a sizable drop from the estimated 56 percent profit margin on the similarly specced iPad 2 at launch. A large chunk of that increased cost of production is made up by the new retina display, which is estimated to cost around $70, and the LTE chipset, which UBM priced at $21. In contrast, current pricing on the panel in the iPad 2 and its 3G radio rest at around $50 and $10, respectively. We’re sure Tim Cook isn’t losing any sleep though, there are plenty of other ways to make up that lost dough — like selling more iPads.
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Dr. Augustine Fou is Digital Consigliere to marketing executives, advising them on digital strategy and Unified Marketing(tm). Dr Fou has over 17 years of in-the-trenches, hands-on experience, which enables him to provide objective, in-depth assessments of their current marketing programs and recommendations for improving business impact and ROI using digital insights.
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