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Flash Video is Better With AMD and ATI


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There are a lot of people making and watching videos online these days. When I visited the AMD campus in Texas during the SXSW conference recently, Casey showed me how AMD is helping people all over the world enhance their Flash experience. Adobe Flash 10.1 is a collaborative effort between Adobe and the team at AMD.

This new version of Flash takes advantage of the benefits that are enabled through AMD’s ATI Stream technology. This provides viewers with improved playback, reduced usage of their CPU, and longer battery life due to the comination of using all of the resources found in both their CPU and GPU.

The GPU is a much more efficient way of processing video than the CPU is. As we move more to a mobile lifestyle, your battery will wear down faster if you are processing video using your CPU. AMD wanted to make this much more efficient, and take advantage of different components of the computer or mobile system.

In addition to better battery life, the video footage will actually look better. With hardware acceleration enabled, videos are sharper and are much clearer. You’ll even see more vibrant colors. Even the whites are whiter using this technology.

You can experience this for yourself right now. Make sure you have the updated video driver from AMD installed. Then, of course, you’ll need to download and install the beta of Adobe Flash 10.1 to your system.

Thanks to the team at AMD for the help they provided to me to attend SXSW, and for all of the time they spent with me to discuss what’s new and exciting at AMD / ATI.

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iPad Seen in Apple Store


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I can’t believe my local Apple Store had them in stock and was selling them tonight! I took advantage of this OBVIOUS oversight and decided to buy one on the spot.

This is the $499 (16GB) model. As you can see, it runs just fine. Too bad it doesn’t support Adobe Flash.

It’s more than just an oversized iPod Touch, as you can see. It sports a speedy 1Ghz processor, support for wireless “N” networking, a backlit LED screen, will allow you to connect it to an external keyboard, substantially longer battery life, and… a screen that’s perfect for sharing with others.

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Free Screencasting


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What’s on your screen right now, aside from this video? You probably have things on your desktop, likely all over the place. Have you ever tried screencasting? That’s when you take a recording of whatever is on your screen, and then pushing it out to the Web. Usually, it’s done in conjunction with audio. If you’re interested in getting into screencasting, and tying it into your Twitter account, you should check this resource out.

ScreenJelly allows you to record whatever is on your screen – for free! Screenjelly records your screen activity with your voice so you can spread it as a video via Twitter or email. Use it to quickly share cool apps or software tips, report a bug, or just show stuff you like.

How is this useful? Let’s say that you have a family member on the computer on the other side of the world. Ask them to record what’s on their screen so that you can help them with any errors they may be seeing, or something they are having trouble explaining.

You don’t have to install anything in order to use ScreenJelly, as long as you have Adobe Flash. Push your screencasts right to Twitter, where a link to your recording will be posted. You cannot push to YouTube at this time, but hopefully that will come in future versions!

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