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April 15, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
If you long for the days of speckled images and crackling sounds, head to YouTube because it's now letting users relive the era of cassette tapes with a "VHS mode. " The new mode, which will only be around for one day, gives YouTube videos a shaky feel and grainy look -- reminiscent of what the images on a VHS tape would look like after being played too often. At times, the bottom right of the image curves inward, distorting the picture, and if you hit pause, the whole video starts to shake.
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April 11, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
With the arrival of the Amazon Fire TV, the heat is turning up in the market for video-streaming devices. The Fire TV is jumping into a crowd that already includes the Apple TV, the Google Chromecast and Roku's numerous streaming gadgets. These devices are all designed to let users stream content from the Internet -- like Netflix and YouTube -- and watch it on their TVs. Amazon's $99 black box isn't the cheapest, it isn't the smallest, and it doesn't have the most content. In fact, Amazon lacks in all of these categories compared with most of its rivals.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 26, 2014 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
The advocacy group Consumers Union is urging federal regulators to scrutinize the deal struck between cable giant Comcast Corp. and the Internet streaming service Netflix. Netflix agreed to pay to directly connect to Comcast's network to improve the video quality of movies and TV shows streamed to subscribers, after many complained about deteriorating quality. Consumers Union, which publishes Consumer Reports magazine, called on Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler and U.S. Atty.
BUSINESS
February 27, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The Snakebyte Vyper is a 3-in-1 mobile tablet that can also control your TV and function as a video gaming console. Users can hold the tablet in their hands when they want to surf the Web, read e-books or check their social media. They can also hook up the tablet to its dock and use a wireless remote when they want to watch content from apps such asNetflix and HBO Go on their TV. And when they're ready for a video game, users can launch a gaming app on the tablet and play a game on the TV wih a controller that comes with the device.
BUSINESS
August 29, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Skype is celebrating a decade of existence Thursday: Maybe it's about time to test your loyalty to the service. When Skype launched on Aug. 29, 2003, the world was a different place and the Internet was barely ready for a video chatting service. But as Web cameras became more common and as Internet speeds improved, more and more users flocked to Skype. The service offered users a cool alternative to long-distance calling. You could chat with someone in another country for free and you could even see them on video.
BUSINESS
July 18, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
On Wednesday, YouTube launched a new tool that allows users to blur all the faces in a video before uploading it to the site. Admittedly, we see comedy potential here--"the faces of these kittens have been blurred to protect the innocent"--but the service is not designed for fun and hijinks.  Instead, it comes after years of lobbying from activist groups that want to use YouTube to display human rights footage, but also want to protect the...
BUSINESS
February 27, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The Snakebyte Vyper is a 3-in-1 mobile tablet that can also control your TV and function as a video gaming console. Users can hold the tablet in their hands when they want to surf the Web, read e-books or check their social media. They can also hook up the tablet to its dock and use a wireless remote when they want to watch content from apps such asNetflix and HBO Go on their TV. And when they're ready for a video game, users can launch a gaming app on the tablet and play a game on the TV wih a controller that comes with the device.
BUSINESS
April 11, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
With the arrival of the Amazon Fire TV, the heat is turning up in the market for video-streaming devices. The Fire TV is jumping into a crowd that already includes the Apple TV, the Google Chromecast and Roku's numerous streaming gadgets. These devices are all designed to let users stream content from the Internet -- like Netflix and YouTube -- and watch it on their TVs. Amazon's $99 black box isn't the cheapest, it isn't the smallest, and it doesn't have the most content. In fact, Amazon lacks in all of these categories compared with most of its rivals.
NEWS
December 14, 2001 | MICHAEL SLACKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The videotape billed as proof of Osama bin Laden's responsibility for the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks was still playing when the Arab satellite news station Al Jazeera broadcast a telephone interview: "This tape is fabricated evidence," declared Hani Sibaii, a London-based Islamist. "It does not deserve to be called evidence." From the moment U.S.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 13, 1995 | Donald Liebenson, Donald Liebenson is a Chicago-based free-lancer who writes about home video. and
You're never too young to be mesmerized by a piece of music. You're never too young to be captivated by a storybook character. And in the eyes of the video industry, you're never too young to be a target market. Having captured the hearts and minds of school-age children and teen-agers, video suppliers are focusing their marketing efforts on preschoolers.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 26, 2014 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
The advocacy group Consumers Union is urging federal regulators to scrutinize the deal struck between cable giant Comcast Corp. and the Internet streaming service Netflix. Netflix agreed to pay to directly connect to Comcast's network to improve the video quality of movies and TV shows streamed to subscribers, after many complained about deteriorating quality. Consumers Union, which publishes Consumer Reports magazine, called on Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler and U.S. Atty.
BUSINESS
August 29, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Skype is celebrating a decade of existence Thursday: Maybe it's about time to test your loyalty to the service. When Skype launched on Aug. 29, 2003, the world was a different place and the Internet was barely ready for a video chatting service. But as Web cameras became more common and as Internet speeds improved, more and more users flocked to Skype. The service offered users a cool alternative to long-distance calling. You could chat with someone in another country for free and you could even see them on video.
BUSINESS
April 15, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
If you long for the days of speckled images and crackling sounds, head to YouTube because it's now letting users relive the era of cassette tapes with a "VHS mode. " The new mode, which will only be around for one day, gives YouTube videos a shaky feel and grainy look -- reminiscent of what the images on a VHS tape would look like after being played too often. At times, the bottom right of the image curves inward, distorting the picture, and if you hit pause, the whole video starts to shake.
BUSINESS
July 18, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
On Wednesday, YouTube launched a new tool that allows users to blur all the faces in a video before uploading it to the site. Admittedly, we see comedy potential here--"the faces of these kittens have been blurred to protect the innocent"--but the service is not designed for fun and hijinks.  Instead, it comes after years of lobbying from activist groups that want to use YouTube to display human rights footage, but also want to protect the...
NEWS
December 14, 2001 | MICHAEL SLACKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The videotape billed as proof of Osama bin Laden's responsibility for the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks was still playing when the Arab satellite news station Al Jazeera broadcast a telephone interview: "This tape is fabricated evidence," declared Hani Sibaii, a London-based Islamist. "It does not deserve to be called evidence." From the moment U.S.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 13, 1995 | Donald Liebenson, Donald Liebenson is a Chicago-based free-lancer who writes about home video. and
You're never too young to be mesmerized by a piece of music. You're never too young to be captivated by a storybook character. And in the eyes of the video industry, you're never too young to be a target market. Having captured the hearts and minds of school-age children and teen-agers, video suppliers are focusing their marketing efforts on preschoolers.
BUSINESS
February 4, 2008 | Daniel Costello, Times Staff Writer
Consulting your family physician is finally moving into the 21st century and out of the doctor's office. Since the dawn of e-mail, patients have been pleading for more doctors to offer medical advice online. No traffic jams, no long waits, no germ-infested offices with outdated magazines and bad elevator music. There was always one major roadblock: Most health insurers wouldn't pay for it. Until now. In recent weeks, Aetna Inc., the nation's largest insurer, and Cigna Corp.
BUSINESS
June 5, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Advanced Micro Devices Inc. has introduced a set of notebook semiconductors that offer improved graphics. The chips provide high-definition video quality that's five times better than AMD's existing models, the Sunnyvale, Calif., company said. Consumers will get better results in video editing and other common functions with the chips, AMD said.
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