SourceFed: the awesome new YouTube channel

SourcedFed is a YouTube channel created under YouTube's $100 million dollar investment to create original content for the site. Photo credit: Tumblr

If you’re not up to speed on YouTube news, they recently decided to pump $100 million dollars into creating  new channels of original content for the website.

One of my new favorite channels from that multimillion dollar investment is called SourceFed.

SourceFed is essentially a video series on YouTube that delivers short video clips about newsy-type topics ranging from politicians to dinosaurs.

It’s sort of like a short version of The Colbert Report for YouTube.

Or as SourceFed describes their channel:

“everything that should and shouldn’t matter to you explained and broken apart by people who vomit words.”

Their flagship show is called 20 Minutes or Less, and it’s all kinds of awesome.

Why?

SourceFed is based on a blog of the same name by Phillip DeFranco, who is one of the biggest celebrities on YouTube. His show, The Phillip Defranco Show, is equally hilarious as well. I watch his show on a daily basis. [Edit: I should note that Philly D’s show is not family friendly (it contains explicit language), but SourceFed keeps it clean – for the most part.]

The writing for 20 Minutes or Less is really great.

The editing is fast paced, the hosts for SourceFed, which include Phillip DeFrancoJoe Beretta, Lee NewtonElliot Morgan, and Kevin Brueck do a really good job keeping the topics interesting with snarky commentary and using a lot of humor throughout the show.

What do you think about YouTube’s investment in original content? Do you watch any YouTube shows on a regular basis?

Here’s an episode of 20 Minutes or Less from last week where the hosts learn that a new species of dinosaur was discovered.

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Facebook is buying Instagram for $1 billion

Facebook acquired the popular photo sharing app Instagram today for a price of $1 billion. Photo credit: CBS news.com

1 billion dollars – that’s how much Facebook announced today that it’s going to shell out to buy Instagram, the free photo sharing application for mobile devices.

If you’re not familiar, Instagram is a really cool program that allows users to create some awesome looking photos without much effort.

You just launch the app, take a photo, and apply one of the frames/filters to the photo – that’s it. I’ve seen some really great looking photos on Instagram.

Here’s an example of what a photo looks like after applying one of the filters using Instagram:

A photo I took using Instagram of my family's cat, preacher.

Another thing that makes Facebook’s acquisition very interesting is that Instagram recently launched on the Android platform – it was previously only available to Apple device owners.

Instagram has been seeing huge growth lately, gaining around 30 million users this year alone, especially since they launched the Android variant of their app.

According to Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, all 13 employees at Instagram will be joining Facebook, but Instagram will continue to be an independent entity. That puts the employees’ individual value at about $77 million per person, in case you were wondering.

Zuckerberg also mentioned that a much easier way to share photos with Facebook from within Instagram is in the works for the future.

What are your thoughts about Facebook buying Instagram? Will they make it better?

Google and Twitter executives visit Purdue to discuss social media and politics (video)

Executives from Google and Twitter held a very interesting discussion on the campus of Purdue University on March 22 about the relationships between politics and social media.

Jonathan Perelman, an Industry Relations executive from Google, and Adam Sharp, Political Lead executive from Twitter, were invited to speak on campus by Project Impact, a student organization which seeks to widen the scope of its students’ exposure to media, policy, civic engagement, and communication technology.

Prior to the start of the event, there was a pre-event where the public could meet with the executives. Here’s a video recap of the pre-event and some highlights from the discussion, which was given the name “Is Social Media Changing the 2012 Election?”.

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A flying car is on track to be commercially available in 2012

A shot of the Terrafugia Transition, the world's first commercial flying car. It recently completed its first successful test flight, and could be available in 2012. Photo credit: Extreme Tech

Now here’s a piece of weird news I wasn’t expecting to hear today: A flying car completed its first test flight, and could be available for commercial production by the end of 2012.

The name of this flying beast is the The Terrafugia Transition.

Wow. I’m not even sure if I can pronounce that correctly.

The plane/car completed a successful test flight at Plattsburgh International Airport in New York, and the flight lasted eight minutes and reached an altitude of 1,400 feet.

The vehicle is going to make an appearance at the New York Auto Show later this month, and it’s expected to have a retail value of $279,000, according to the Washington Post.

And if you have an extra $10,000 just lying around, Terrafugia is already taking payments!

Aside from the strange name, and being given the strange categorization as a roadable aircraft, the hybrid car/plane looks really funky too.

Here’s a video that shows the vehicle in action! Pretty awesome!

What are your thoughts about a flying car? Is it a good idea, or just a silly concept?

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Apple’s iMessage is a hot mess, for now at least

iMessage is a feature of Apple's mobile operating system, iOS, but it's doing a lackluster job keeping messages synced across devices at the moment. Photo credit: Slash Gear

Apple’s iOS 5 feature called iMessage is a bit broken and buggy at the moment, as I’m sure many users have noticed.

I purchased an iPhone 4S earlier this year, and I remember how stoked I was for the new feature. iMessage offers free messages I could have synced across my Mac and my new iPhone – that’s just a sweet deal.

It still is an awesome deal, but since I got my phone, I have yet to be able to sync all of my iMessages from my phone to my Mac.

I also remember that a lot of iPhone users were really looking forward to the new feature because they would be able to cut down on their use of SMS messages (messages sent over a wireless carrier).

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Discussing career fairs with a Purdue Aviation Technology student

The 2012 Aviation Technology Career Fair at Purdue took place last Thursday in Niswonger Hall. Photo credit: Purdue College of Technology website

As a follow-up to the preview blog that I wrote about the 2012 Aviation Technology (AT) career fair, which took place last Wednesday, I talked with Mark Udolph, who is a graduating senior in Aviation Technology, about the career fair.

Q: Were you happy with the turnout with regard to the companies that participated in the Aviation Tech career fair?

A: I was, but it turned out that Cummins Inc. never showed up. I wanted to talk to them, but I didn’t get a chance to do that, so that was a drag.

I talked to about 12 of the 20 companies that were there, so I was happy with the turnout overall.

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The Hunger Games needs a more restrictive rating in the UK, say experts and parents

The Hunger Games film contains too much violence for its current rating in the UK, according to some experts and parents. Photo credit: Starpulse.com

Experts and Parents in the UK want the restrictive rating for the Hunger Games movie to be raised to a no-one under-15-admitted policy.

The UK has a different rating system than the U.S. has. Instead of ratings, as we call them in the U.S., they have certificates.

The current certificate for the Hunger Games is 12 A – meaning that no one under the age of 12 will be admitted to the film, unless they are accompanied to the film by an adult who is at least 18.

Experts want the film to be raised to a certificate of 15 because of the violent content of the movie.

The film was originally given a certificate of 15, but after the producers agreed to make a 7 second cut of brutality and bloodshed, it was lowered to a 12 A.

According to the Daily Mail, a British tabloid newspaper, one expert warned that:

“children who see the controversial film are at risk of having its disturbing scenes ‘hard-wired’ into their brains.”

I haven’t seen the film yet, but I hope to sometime soon. I have heard from many people, including my girlfriend, that the books are very violent.

I’m curious to see how much of that they transferred into the film.

What do you think about the movie rating systems? Are they too harsh? How helpful are they?

I’d love to know what you think! Please leave me a comment or vote in the poll!