Archive | May 26, 2011

Get your 3D glasses on – Mozilla, NVIDIA and YouTube bring 3D HTML5 video to the World Wide Web

If you are a fan of tri-dimensional television and wondered when you’ll ever have access to any 3D content in your browser, wait no longer, it is right here. Thanks to a partnership between Mozilla (browser technology), NVIDIA (hardware graphic accelerator) and YouTube (content) you’ll be able to watch YouTube videos in all their 3D splendor. Apparently, there are already thousands of 3D clips available on YouTube, just no way to play them yet, but YouTube is busy re-encoding them into their WebM format with 3D and they’ll play via Mozilla’s Firefox 4 HTML 5 player. You’ll also need a proper 3D supporting TV and NVIDIA 3D vision hardware to actually enjoy the 3D effect, with a package retailing for around $130.

Not sure why this technology is not available in Chrome when, considering that Google owns YouTube one would expect to be displayed first, if only for the bragging factor. But is is OK, I love Mozilla and I can’t wait to play whatever is available through my HTPC.

via Mozilla Blog

Google Offers and Google Wallet (NFC) announced

While the rumors are spinning around a web for quite a while, today Google made official their newer services – Google Offers, an offer/deals system to fight the immensely popular Groupon , including the offer of the day coming to your e-mail account. The second announcement, integrated with the Google Offers for instant, reliable and efficient spending 😀 is Google Wallet, an NFC (Near Field Communication) based mobile payment system that comes supported by several heavy merchants (Toys ‘R Us, Walgreens, Macy’s) and two important financial institutions (Citibank and MasterCard). Basically, you’ll be able to pay using your smartphone, if it has NFC technology built-in. A Google pre-paid debit card will also be available and the first phone to officially support it will be Nexus S 4G by Google available from Sprint.

For those who don’t know, NFC is a modern method of very short distance RF communication (typically 4cm or about one and a half inch) designed for various transactions. What is interesting about it is that the initiator creates a low power RF field that powers the receiver, so you can scan a variety of non-powered tags (like price tags, business cards, etc) or exchange information with other active platforms (payments, contact info, etc). NFC in a way is compatible Read More…