YouTube has announced a content deal with Paramount which will provide access to nearly 500 new flicks. Google Play, formerly known as the Android Market, will also enjoy the additional content thanks to the new agreement. While what movies will be made available remains unknown, that number of movies could include more than half of Paramount's films since the 1950s.
The new content will be slowly added over the next few weeks to YouTube and Google Play's movie libraries. The blog post only mentions availability to U.S. and Canadian users, so access to the videos may be limited exclusively to North America.
YouTube boasts that it now has content deals with five out of six major movie studios and its rental library contains over 9,000 movies.
Paramount, the second oldest film studio in existence with 100 years of history, has been increasingly progressive in recent years. The studio has (almost) fully embraced UltraViolet and now offers several dozen films on its own video streaming website, Paramount Movies. In addition, the studio has opened up to mobile devices, developing iOS and WP7 apps which allow users to view streaming content anywhere.
Although Google Play Movies offers thousands of films itself, some users may be disappointed to discover that the service does not work with rooted Android devices. Google cites copyright restrictions as the reason, so this may continue to be a shortcoming for quite some time.
The iPad 2 improves on the original in many ways, including a significantly faster dual-core CPU, improved graphics and a thinner footprint. The iPad 2 also manages to shave off 0.2 pounds for a total weight of 1.33 pounds on the Wi-Fi only model. Apple has included two cameras on the iPad 2 – a VGA-quality front facing lens for FaceTime and a rear-facing camera capable of recording 720p video.
The Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101 has a 10-inch 1280×800 IPS Gorilla Glass capacitive touchscreen display, a 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 5MP rear and 1.2MP front cameras, a Micro SD expansion slot, HDMI port, USB 2.0, 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1 connectivity, as well as a G-sensor, light sensor, gyroscope, e-compass.
The Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime sports a very high-resolution 1920 x 1200 pixel 10.1-inch Full HD display, it is powered by either a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 or dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processors depending on configuration. It runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and has an optional keyboard dock like the other Transformer tablets from Asus.
The Apple iPad (3rd-gen) includes a Retina Display operating at a resolution of 2,048 x 1,536. Powering the new iPad is a dual-core A5X processor with quad-core graphics, it also gets upgraded optics in the form of a 5MP backside illuminated sensor that features a 5-element lens, IR filter and ISP built into the A5X chip. Apple claims The new iPad is good for 10 hours of battery life and nine hours when using 4G LTE.
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