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Free X-Box For Canadian Students

Canadian students that purchase a HP computer from Future Shop or Best Buy will be eligible for a free X-Box.

The HP computer must cost more than $599 and must be purchased by June 30th, 2011. For additional details consult the official Microsoft press release or the Microsoft special offer site.

Stickam Live For Japan

Just thought i’d bump the Stickam Live For Japan charity event on Stickam, which is on from 5pm Eastern from The Roxy in Los Angeles.

This event, which is being held to raise funds for the relief efforts in Japan, will feature live music performances by Cypress Hill, Abused Romance, The Drills, Juke Kartel, Alex Lambert, Drew Seeley, Stu Stone and others.

It will also feature special appearences by Action Item, Against All Will, Allstar Weekend, Joe Brooks, Cash Cash, Chantal Claret & James Euringer, Cobra Starship, Crossfade, Drowning Pool, Myles Dyer, Fareast Movement, Flula, Jake Fogelnest, Forever The Sickest Kids, Four Year Strong, Hey Monday, The Hit, The Holding, Hyper Crush, The Janks, Stephen Jerzak, Randall Kleiser, Krash Karma, Live The Story, The Millionaires, Mod Sun, My Genuine Find, Natalise, The New No2, 9 Electric, Adam Paranoia, Revis, Nathan Ryan, SammiDoll, Set It Off, Linda Strawberry, The Summer Set, Brady Szuhaj, Jac Vanek, Andrew W.K. and others.

You can help them raise money to benefit the Red Cross, The Japanese Red Cross Society, and Global Giving, just by watching. For every viewer who tunes in, the sponsors have pledged additional money.

CLICK HERE TO TUNE IN
STICKAM LIVE FOR JAPAN

Google Videos Moving To Youtube

According to a recent blog entry, Google is moving their video content to Youtube.

This means people who have uploaded content to Google will be given an option to download this content durring the migration, as well as information on how to migrate this content to Youtube.

The previously published deadline, which was April 29th, 2011, has been reversed and the content will remain accessible for the time being.

The Short Lived Flip

Who would have thought The Flip would have had such a short life.

It hit the market in May 2006, became a popular product for Youtubers over the following years, was purchased by Cisco for $590 million in 2009 and then taken out of production a few days back, on the 12th of April, 2011.

Quite frankly, I don’t get it.

Yes, there was some competition form the new phones. But I don’t like filming video with them. I prefer using a tripod mountable pocket camcorder, that nobody can just suddenly call to. I’d hate to need to run to the cell in the middle of filming to answer a call.

I am interested in purchasing a tablet computer later on, hopefully one with a video camera in it. But at the moment only a few of them have tripod mounts and my Kodak PlaySport is more durable and waterproof.

I am considering The Flip now though because the company has discounted their models by $20, $30 if you use the Flip10 coupon. They’re even offering free shipping and customization.

I’ve heard raves about the HD version from Youtubers over the years so i’m curious. It might be something to own until the Panasonic HM-TA20 Waterproof HD Pocket Camcorder drops in price after its release in May.

I guess it’s research time…

International Record Store Day 2011

Today is Record Store Day, a day in which Independent Record Stores through-out the world are celebrated and participate in various promotions.

A list of participating stores in Canada can be found on the Official Record Store Day website.

Online Retailer Adapts To Usage Based Billing

Netflix Canada has decided to offer additional options to their customers in response to the usage based billing issues.

Canadian subcribers will now be able to access additional options when it comes to the quality of the videos they stream from Netflix in order to reduce their consumption of bandwidth.

According to Netflix, they will now offer three levels of video quality to their Canadian customers :

  1. Good – Max. 625 kbps Video/64 kbps Audio, which translates to about 9 gigabites of data for 30 hours of content.
  2. Better – Max. 1300 kbps Video/192 kpbs Audio, which translates to about 20 gigabites of data for 30 hours of content.
  3. Best – Max. 4800 kbps (1080p HD video) and 384 kbps (5.1 audio), which translates to about 67 gigabites of data for 30 hours of HD content.

On the Best setting transfers will fluctuate depending on if the content is in HD and/or whether there is congestion. This means 30 hours of non-HD content on the Best setting will translate to about 31 gigabites of data.

It should be noted that American and Canadian television episodes from before 2009 are not likely going to be available in HD, so people who enjoy watching this content can use the Best setting. And several films on Netflix are not available in HD as well, including many by Paramount, who have just signed onto the service in Canada.