These 5 Ultra HD Videos On The New iPad Are The Future Of YouTube

Your grandpa’s never seen videos like these

You know all about the new iPad’s retina display and how ridiculously gorgeous pictures and retina graphics look on the shiny new screen, but what about video? The 1080p resolution of HD videos is great and all that, but the new iPad has a 2048p resolution, which means even if you’re watching a high-def video there are still a lot of pixels that aren’t utilized to their full potential. We wanted to know what video will look like on our new tablet once ultra-hd videos become more popular, and even though 2048p clips are scare, we found five videos that showcase just how awesome online videos are going to look on the new iPad really soon.

Right now there aren’t a lot of devices that capture video at 2048p, but lucky for us NASA has a couple ultra-hd videos they’ve posted. Animation studios can also create ultra-hd videos by boosting pixel count for their CGI movies – like Sintel below – and if you want to make your own ultra-hd movie at home you can use a still images camera that can take pictures at 2048p to make a still-motion or time-lapse movie.

The videos are embedded below, but we’ve included a link to go to YouTube proper for the full res video.

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A Beautiful Collection Of Retina Wallpapers For Your New iPad [Gallery]

John Carey makes some fantastic wallpapers for your Apple gadgets.

We’ve shown you a couple collections of Retina-ready wallpapers for your new iPad already, but you haven’t seen some of the best photos available until you check out John Carey’s work. Many of you may already be fans of Carey’s blog/wallpaper site He’s been posting 100% original wallpapers there for desktops, iPhones, iPads, etc. for quite awhile.

Carey recently updated some of his best wallpapers for the iPad’s glorious Retina display. You won’t be disappointed with what he has to offer.

I would honestly love to be able to include every wallpaper I have ever released and simply update the files on the backend but it would be far to great in scope for me to handle on my own. For whatever reason I don’t have an intern handy to sit at a desk and crop images for me all day. That said, I have done my best to get a nice healthy group of many favorites from the past all in one place as a way to catch up to the newest tech. From here forward expect every new wallpaper post to include the larger retina sized iPad images as well as the other usuals.

Here are some thumbnails from Carey’s Retina iPad collection:

We’ve been asked to not link to each photo directly, so please visit fiftyfootshadows to download the wallpapers you like. Remember that there’s a current issue in the iOS version of Safari where Retina-sized images don’t download at their full resolution. If wallpapers aren’t saving to your iPad’s Camera Roll at full resolution, download them on your Mac and send them to your iPad. Enjoy!

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Lyricalizer Automatically Fetches Song Lyrics In The iOS 5 Music App [Jailbreak]

It’s a beautiful day.

Have you ever wanted to have access to the lyrics of your favorite tunes in the iOS Music app? Do you not want to take the time to manually add lyrics for every song in iTunes? A jailbreak tweak called Lyricalizer automatically fetches the lyrics for songs as their playing on the iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad and lets you view them right in the default Music app.

Depending on where you normally get your music, songs may already have lyrics included in the track metadata, and you’ll be able to see lyrics displayed by tapping a song’s album art while it’s playing. If you don’t have a lot of tracks with lyric data, Lyricalizer is for you.

The tweak pulls from three of the most popular online lyric databases to ensure that it can find what you need for just about any song. There are no settings to configure; simply install Lyricalizer for $1.29 in Cydia and it will fetch lyrics in the background over WiFi or 3G.

I tried playing several well-known songs from different genres as well as a few lesser-known tracks. Lyricalizer never failed. This one is a keeper.

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The Exit Polls Tell the Story by Pete Reynolds

Nearly 60% of those who have nicknamed a body part voted for Newt Gingrich.

Ron Paul was the choice of 72% of voters who have fired a crossbow at a ferret.

Rick Santorum was the clear winner among those who have tried to charge admission to a fetus.

People who hired Peter Cetera to sing at their wedding overwhelmingly supported Mitt Romney.

Ron Paul was backed by three-quarters of the voters who purchase their meat from the trunk of a car.

Romney was the overall winner among ascot-wearers.

Santorum won among the subset of voters wearing denim ascots.

Gingrich was the pick of those wearing gravy-stained ascots.

Romney won among people who blog about board games.

Santorum was supported by 68% of those who have seen the Virgin Mary on a grilled cheese sandwich.

Ron Paul was the choice of 52% of voters who have jumped over a ditch on a motorbike.

Gingrich won a plurality of voters who fart during shoeshines.

Romney won among voters whose favorite movie includes Honey, I Shrunk the in the title.

Santorum performed very well among voters who have crocheted a toilet seat cover.

Ron Paul did best among the 14% of voters who thought Moneyball was Communist propaganda.

Twelve percent of voters thought Mitt Romney was actually Alan Thicke.

Eight percent of voters thought Rick Santorum was actually Kirk Cameron.

Gingrich won a majority of voters who regularly send back hash browns.

Ron Paul won 63% of voters who have accidentally baked their car keys into a pie.

Romney took 88% of the votes among people whose primary issue was yacht parking.

Newt Gingrich fared very well among people who own golf clubs made of the fibulae of illegal immigrants.

Rick Santorum received 72% of the votes cast by people who own an American flag made out of Rice Krispies Treats.

Ron Paul was the preferred candidate of voters who have airbrushed a van.

Romney won a majority of voters who monogram their pancakes.

Gingrich won 58% of voters who have filed a lawsuit over the outcome of a softball game.

Ron Paul was the choice of nearly 70% of those who have used a Bolo tie as an engagement ring.

Of those who thought President Obama was not humanity’s largest threat, 96% were just passing by the polling place on their way to Whole Foods.

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Protecting the world’s coral reefs through mapping

Editors Note: Today’s guest author is Katie Reytar, a Research Associate for the World Resources Institute. WRI was the recipient of a Google Earth Outreach Developer Grant, funded through the Google Inc. Charitable Giving Fund at the Tides Foundation. We’re excited to help them share and visualize the results of years of research about the state of the world’s reefs.

Since 1998, the World Resources Institute (WRI) has been using GIS (Geographic Information System) models to develop map-based assessments of threats to the world’s coral reefs. Reefs at Risk Revisited, released in February 2011, is the latest assessment in the series and is based on a nearly three-year study that produced the most highly-detailed global maps of coral reef threats to date. The study analyzed and mapped threats to coral reefs from local human activities such as coastal development, unsustainable fishing, and marine and land-based pollution, as well as climate-related threats caused by increasing levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

While the Reefs at Risk Revisited report, maps and data sets are the core components of our work, we found ourselves still searching for a compelling way to convey our findings on these dynamic yet fragile reef ecosystems. We also wanted to generate greater awareness of the unique characteristics of reef habitats across different geographies and the irreplaceable cultural and life-sustaining services that reefs provide to people all over the world. All of these elements are best communicated when you can see them for yourself, which is why we created a virtual tour of these reefs around the world with our Google Earth Outreach Developer Grant.

Watch a virtual tour of the most at-risk reefs in the world courtesy of the World Resources Institute.

In the tour, the Reefs at Risk Revisited maps come alive on Google Earth with photos and underwater video from each of the major coral reef regions of the world: the Caribbean, Middle East, Indian Ocean, Southeast Asia, Australia, and Pacific, as well as a global-level introduction and conclusion. The journey to each region provides a brief overview of the biodiversity of reef ecosystems, their importance to people and local economies, and the types and magnitudes of threats that reefs face, illustrated with footage of both healthy and damaged reefs.

You’ll also experience first hand these fantastically dynamic and productive ecosystems that extend across about 250,000 sq km (96,500 sq miles) of the tropical ocean. Even though this area represents less than 0.1% of the global ocean, reefs are home to as many as 25% of all known marine species. In the tropics, coral reefs are not only a critical habitat for marine species, but they also play an essential role in the lives of millions of people who live near them: they provide food and income from fisheries, revenue from tourism, and protection for coastal communities from storm surges.

Among the other products of the Reefs at Risk Revisited project are global maps of coral reefs rated according to level of threat in the present, 2030, and 2050. These maps are available as downloadable KML files on the WRI website for viewing on Google Earth, and also as part of an online map developed using Google Fusion Tables. With these interactive maps you can zoom in to your favorite reef to explore it more closely in your own self-guided tour.

Explore Reefs at Risk Revisited in Google Earth.

We hope that you enjoy our tour and maps, and that you are able to visit a coral reef to learn more about these important and unique ecosystems. With improved understanding, we can manage and protect these resources so that we can all enjoy them and benefit from them for generations to come.

Posted by Katie Reytar, Research Associate at the World Resources Institute

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