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DVD Catalyst Newsletter 140 01-24-14

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    Thank you for reading DVD Catalyst Newsletter 140.

    A short newsletter this week. My wife ended up in the hospital this week, so I haven't had much time.

    Tech News:
    iPhone 6:

    Some rumors came up this week in regards of the upcoming iPhone. Supposedly Apple is working on an iPhone with a larger screen:
    iPhone 6 display size boost joined by rumor of iPhone 5c scrapping - SlashGear

    Very interesting, but hopefully the screen will end up being more "movie-aspect" rather than "lets add another row of icons on the side" like what they did with the iPhone 4 > iPhone 5.

    Regardless, it is a bit of a strange move though. While larger phones have been gaining momentum, with the Galaxy Note 3 and the LG G2, a larger iPhone will make the step up to an iPad even smaller, effectively eliminating the need for actually getting an iPad all together. With the iPhone's current size, having an iPad along with it makes sense, but a 6" iPhone 6, a 7" iPad Mini isn't that much of a step up. While this move will please a lot of customers, I think it might result in hurting sales in other areas, particularly the iPad range.

    Microsoft paying for XBOX youtube videos.

    This week, some sites were outraged after it came to light that companies such as Microsoft pay for positive videos on some of their products.

    Microsoft recognizes YouTubers as influential but wants rules | Joystiq
    Microsoft paying YouTubers for positive Xbox One coverage - GameSpot

    Again Microsoft seems to be getting all the heat for it, but its not something that should come s a surprise at all. A lot of companies pay public figures for positive product placement, and for many people who make their money on youtube with their own channel, they are relying on these opportunities.

    Now, Microsoft's integrity is put in question, but all the big companies do or have done things like this in the past.


    Companies could face suits for paying for positive online reviews

    Unfortunately, companies are pushed into doing things like this. With online stores and social media, reviewing a product has become a lot easier. Unfortunately, people are more likely to leave a negative review than a positive one, mainly because when the experience is positive, there is no need for the customer to return to the site to find additional information, but when there is a complication they often return to the location of purchase and find a review-system.

    I run into this myself with my MovieGallery app in Google Play. There are a lot of people who are very pleased with it, but there are only a handful of positive reviews. But there are plenty from people who don't read the product description and as a result post a 1 star review, and as a result, the rating of the app itself is disappointing, and, because of this, people are being put off.

    For years, online reviews have been manipulating people. With video conversion tools, there are a gazillion of "review" websites where a collection of apps and whatnot are "reviewed" but either the site is owned by one of those companies or the one with the highest affiliate payout (75% of the purchase price goes to the "reviewer") is the "winner".

    So, the youtube pay-thing isn't anything new. Integrity of the channels involved, yeah, that is a bit of an issue, but unfortunately, in order for them to keep doing what they are doing, entertaining you for free, they do need to make money from something. Many youtubers still do it for the fun of it, but you can only last so long on that.

    DVD Catalyst:

    InnoTab 3 and 3S:

    Last week I released DVD Catalyst 4 v4.4.4.4, where one of the biggest changes were done in regards of the VTECH InnoTab child-tablets. After release I had a few people with the InnoTab 3 and 3S contact me in regards of complications they experienced, which was resolved by switching to the older settings. During testing of the new settings used in DVD Catalyst 4 v4.4.4.4, I only used an InnoTab 2, expecting the 3 and the 3S to be able to handle whatever the 2 was able to handle, but after those reports I started to wonder, and ended up (despite not having any use for the InnoTab tablets because I don't have children) picking up an InnoTab 3s, and with some digging, an InnoTab 3 as well.

    With those 2 new tablets, I confirmed that the settings used for the videos using the InnoTab 3 and 3s in DVD Catalyst are correct. I had no issues playing videos created using those settings on their intended devices.

    Fake Memorycards:

    The issue seems to be popping up again,. This week, I had 6 people contact me in regards if playback issues with video files (and one in regards of MovieGallery image loading), caused by a bad/fake memorycard.

    If you are looking at a deal that looks too good to be true with memorycards, it is extremely likely it is too good to be true.

    A fake memorycard is made to look and act like the card you purchased, but in fact it is a smaller (and thus cheaper) one. These cards work fine as long as you stay within their "real" size, but once you go over, everything you add ends up corrupted.

    Not a rule of thumb, but it seems that fake 16GB's are actually 1GB cards, fake 32GB's are 2GB, and with fake 64GB cards, its actually an 8GB card.

    So if you have a fake 32GB card, it will work just fine for the first 2GB's (2 movies, or a bunch of pictures, songs and a movie) but when you go over the 2GB, you will experience issues.

    For additional information, have a look here:


    How To Guides:

    Below a collection of video guides for some of the more popular tablets available:

    Amazon Kindle Fire HD:

    Amazon Kindle Fire HDX:

    Apple iPad Air:

    Apple iPad Mini:

    Asus Nexus 7:

    Barnes & Noble NOOK HD:

    Fuhu Nabi2:

    Samsung Galaxy Note (all models):

    Samsung Galaxy Tab (all models):

    VTech InnoTab (all models):

    For more device guides, have a look here:




    As mentioned above, a bit of a shorter newsletter. My wife has been in the hospital for a couple of days. At the beginning of the week, her "afib" kicked in again after she did a neb-treatment for her breathing. It has been a while since she last needed to do that, so we suspected that the steroids used in the treatment caused her heartrate to spike, but after waiting and trying to keep her calm for 8 hours in order for it to wear off, her heart-rate continued to fluctuate with lows of 50bpm and highs in the 170's.

    Even her heartrate control meds were not able to adjust it, so we ended up in the ER that night. With some IV meds they were able to lower the rate a bit, but it took a few shocks in order to get everything back under control.

    Even though its not the first time we had to go through this, it doesn't get any easier, but at least the docs now know what to do, rather than just stare at the heartrate monitor.

    Anyway, since the ER part, they kept her for a few nights to get some of her other numbers in order (blood pressure, INR and kidney functions) and she should be coming home this afternoon.


    And that is it for DVD Catalyst Newsletter 140. Sorry for being a bit short this week,

    Have a great weekend,



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