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Looking For New, Innovative Products ?

Amazon has decided to showcase new, innovative and interesting products on its site.

Amazon Launchpad features tech accessories and gadgets. It also features tools, products for the home & kitchen and products for pets.

The Canadian version of the site has significantly less product compared to its American counterpart but I suspect this lack of product is just temporary.

Canadian Amazon Prime subscribers should also note that Amazon Prime Video may be made available to Canadians shortly.

This service offers free television episodes and films to Amazon Prime subscribers, who can also rent and purchase films they can download or stream. Click here to see what the American service offers.

Bad News For Betamax Fans

It looks like Betamax is officially dead, according to a Sony press release that was released today.

Yes, the video format was not killed off during the format Betamax/VHS war and actually lived on in the video production and broadcasting industries until digital video. But Sony has now decided to stop making their blank beta format videocassettes.

Unfortunately that means that some of you hardcore beta fans will no longer have easy access to blank videocassettes for your classic videotape cameras, including those micro MV video cassettes that you’ve used in the 90’s and early 2000’s. And although I don’t have an official Sony betamax videocamera it appears that i’ve used the format several times to film some of my older Youtube videos and have a few of the discontinued Sony micro MV videocassettes in storage.

My format of choice is now of course those digital SDHD cards but hard drive and solid state hard drive camcorders are getting more and more affordable as time goes by.

Gift Card Offer @ Target

Participating Target stores in Canada are offering 15% off iTunes cards until April 3rd, 2014. Please consult your local flyer for details.

Cisco Predicts Online Video Explosion

Cisco has released their Visual Networking Index Mobile Forecast for 2011-2016 and it predicts that mobile data traffic will explode because of online video.

The report predicts that in Canada “mobile data traffic will reach 219,897 Terabytes (0.22 Exabytes) per month in 2016” because more Canadians are using their mobile devices to watch movies, television programs, music videos and other content from sites like Youtube.

In 2011, Canada’s mobile data traffic was clocked by Cisco at 10,773 Terabytes (11 Petabytes) per month, “the equivalent of 3 million DVDs each month or 30 million text messages each second.” And their 2016 prediction would equal “55 million DVDs each month or 606 million text messages each second”.

Cisco reported that in 2011 only 57% of that year’s mobile data traffic was video. But predicts that 75% of this traffic will be video by 2016, at 162,179 Terabytes per month.

No DVD Playback In Windows 8 ?

Windows 8 will no longer include DVD playback capabilities by default and this function will only be included in Windows 8 Pro and in upgrades to computers that are equipped with DVD drives.

Microsoft believes that most of their customers do not use their computers to view DVDs and that DVD playback will not be necessary because most individuals who view films on their computers now download or steam this content from online sources.

Computers that are equipped with DVD or Blu-ray drives will likely include third party software so most consumers will be unaffected by this issue.

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…