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…YouTube is moving to 1080p HD?

Recently YouTube announced that they would be supporting 1080p HD playback on all of their videos, and a music video that featured The Muppets singing Bohemian Rhapsody was one of the first to showcase this new ability:

While it’s exciting to see what a bunch of puppets look like in a higher quality high definition (YouTube has provided 720p HD for a while) it’s the implication of this announcement that really has me excited: streaming 1080p HD television.

Now I’m sure there are plenty of YouTubers out there who would like to think that this change was made for them, but it’s going to cost YouTube a fortune to stream all that extra data (even with the help of Google’s massive server farms) which means they’ll need to be monetizing their content more then ever before. And while Jonny’s birthday and Jane’s recital will surely look better to the grandparents in 1080p HD, it’s the TV networks and the movie studios that will be willing to shell out the big bucks to get their content in front of the millions of YouTube users. Thus, don’t be surprised to see YouTube make a big announcement in the near future of a premium subscription service that takes on the likes of Hulu and Netflix with streaming TV shows and movies in the highest of high definition. (There are already a few older and straight to DVD movies on YouTube, but 1080p should open the door to newer and better content.)

Heck, maybe we’ll even get lucky and Google will announce a 1080p compatible, YouTube enabled set-top box that brings all that new content right into your living room. (And to show Apple what their Apple TV should have been from the very beginning…)

…Whitoken gives your iPod Touch a second life?

Whitoken

Like everything Apple, the iPod Touch’s design is a study in simplistic beauty.

However, as with most things tech, there are those that just can’t help but tinker, which is why one crafty designer named 6mik has created a theme for jailbroken iPod Touches called Whitoken that gives a whole new look and feel to the default interface. (And reminds me a lot of Marvin the Paranoid Android from Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy.)

[Whitoken]

…You need to think differently?

Apple’s Think Different commercial is probably one of the most inspiring 60 seconds ever captured on film:

A few weeks ago, I came to the conclusion that if I listened to the Think Different ad every day, I’d probably do some amazing things with my life, so I created a ringtone out of the 30-second Seinfeld version that can be used as an alarm on any iPhone. Now, before starting each day, I can wake with inspiration to Think Different, and remind myself that the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do. (If you’re wondering, I used this GarageBand Hack to make the ringtone.)

If you’d like to share in my inspiration, just download the ringtone HERE and add it to your phone through iTunes. From there, it should automatically show up as an available alarm sound.