Daily Archives: September 11, 2012

Google Releases YouTube App For The iPhone & iPod touch

Google has now launched its own official standalone YouTube app for the iPhone and iPod touch following reports that iOS 6 will remove the built-in YouTube app.

The new YouTube app has been developed for the iPhone and iPod touch to provide a more integrated experience along with improved performance and exploration features, allowing users to access YouTube either as a guest or with their own YouTube account, view playlists, subscribe to video channels, and discover content via a new integrated YouTube channel guide. Users can also play videos via AirPlay and share on Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Messages and e-mail.

The new app also provides access to a greater range of content by allowing users to view videos with pre-roll advertising—a requirement that barred many videos from being displayed in the built-in app.

YouTube is an iPhone and iPod touch app requiring iOS 4.3 or later and is available from the App Store as a free download. An iPad optimized version is reportedly under development and expected to be available in the coming months.

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Gerber Steady Tool

Built for the weekend adventurer, the Gerber Steady tool ($64) combines the utility of a multi-tool and the functionality of a tripod for compact digital cameras (up to 340 grams) and smart phones (up to 170 grams). 

It comes equipped with an adjustable cell phone and screw-in camera mount and two foldable legs that serve as a tripod. The rest of the tool is all Gerber ingenuity – a fine edge blade, a serrated blade, three screwdrivers, a bottle opener, pliers and wire cutters.

A must-have for photographers on the go.

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Dark Hall Mansion To Release 2012 Officially Licensed Peanuts Print, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown By Michael De Pippo On Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Dark Hall Mansion will release this year’s Officially licensed Peanuts print for everyone’s favorite Halloween classic, Charles M. Schulz’ “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” next Tuesday, Sept 18, 2012 at 9:30 AM PST.

Michael De Pippo created the striking artwork for the perennial Fall classic that let’s everyone know that Halloween is on the way!

All editions measure 18″ x 24,” are strictly limited, numbered and hand-pulled screenprints by DL Screenprinting with Editions as follows:

Standard: “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” (Edition of 280) $65

Variant: “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” (Edition 50) (Sally/Linus) $100

Wood Edition: A very select special run of just 10 of each style-Standard and Variant-printed on 18″ x 24″ wood ($225):

“It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” (Standard artwork) on Maple wood (Edition of 10)

“It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” (Variant artwork) on Fir wood (Edition of 10)

Standard Print

Variant Print

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The New Season of Saturday Night Live, Premiering Sept. 15th, Will Feature 3 New Comedians

The New Season of Saturday Night Live, Premiering Sept. 15th, Will Feature 3 New Comedians

Saturday Night Live is adding three new performers for the upcoming season after the departures of Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg.

The sketch comedy show announced Monday that Aidy Bryant, Tim Robinson and Cecily Strong will be joining SNL for its 38th season.

Strong comes from the touring company of the Chicago improv theater Second City. She will be a cast member.

Bryant hails from the iO Theater in Chicago, and Robinson is an alumnus of Second City. They will be featured players.

It’s a period of transition for SNL, which will enter its new season without Samberg, Wiig or Abby Elliott. Many also expect Jason Sudeikis to soon depart.

Saturday Night Live premieres Saturday with host Seth MacFarlane and musical guest Frank Ocean.

Aidy Bryant, Tim Robinson and Cecily Strong

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How Nerf Became The World’s Best Purveyor of Big Guns For Kids

A team of 15 Hasbro designers, engineers, marketers, product development specialists, model makers, model painters and computer-aided design experts in both Pawtucket, Rhode Island and Hong Kong were tasked to handle two requests from their target customers.

Boys ages 8 to 16 wanted a blaster that had greater ammo capacity and shot projectiles farther.

The design team had recently broken the 50-foot barrier with a new line of guns that fired little Frisbee-like discs. But could they create a standard foam dart capable of traveling an unheard-of 75 feet—about the length of a regulation tennis court? And while they were at it, could they significantly increase the dart-carrying capacity of a blaster? At the time it was 35 darts. How about 50?

Read about the meticulous design, engineering and testing that goes into creating better Nerf guns HERE.

Nerf’s N-Strike Elite Hail-Fire, the flagship dart blaster of Nerf’s 2012 lineup is a hulking semiautomatic with unprecedented ammo capacity and a 75-foot range.

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