STREAMING TV

Why, asked a reader, do we have Google TV when we could have Roku to bring in channels like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon?

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35 GIFs THAT WILL MAKE YOU SAY “OH NO!”

“35 GIFs that will Make you Say ‘Oh No!’ –” If you type those words into a search engine, you’ll get some amazing video clips. Our favorite is the guy towing an enormous truck on a snowy cliff. Both trucks start going over the edge; our hero has about one second to get out and escape his doom.

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APP HAPPINESS

Sometimes there’s an extra piece of movie that plays after the credits go by. But the credits are so long these days that you’ve probably left the room and so you missed the funny outtake.

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MAKING YOUR OWN GUMBY

“Lightt” is a video-making iPhone app with some impressive features. Make your own stop-motion movie, like Wallace and Gromit or for you baby boomers, Gumby. Have a video play in reverse so that water pouring out of a pitcher appears to pour back in. Shake the phone to undo the effect you just created. All this is impressive, and it’s free. But we found it a little difficult to figure out.

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SAW IT ON THE VINE

And now for a brief whacko journey to whacko-land. It has to be brief, because it’s on the “Vine,” and only lasts six seconds.

Vine is the video arm of Twitter. You can send a video of just about anything but it can only be six seconds long. (It loops.) Can you p

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TIPS AND TRICKS

– If you find the daily load of email as overwhelming as we do, try this trick: Instead of deleting messages you don’t want, one by one, check the box that selects them all. Then go down the list and uncheck the ones you want to look at. Dump the rest.

– Pulling a snapshot from a movie DVD can be done with…

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SEND A VIDEO TO YOUR TV

AirCastLive lets you take a video or photo that shows up immediately on your friend’s TV. The catch: Both of you must be using either a Roku player or the Google TV set-top box. These devices are useful for watching Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon movies anaircastlived TV shows, so you may want one anyway. Roku streaming boxes are $50. This fall, Roku is coming out with its own TV set. It will connect to standard cable boxes, but won’t require a Roku player.

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MIXING IT UP

Free video editing programs typically let you make only short videos, but “MixBit” lets you put together as many as 256 short ones for a whole hour of play. It’s for Android and iPhones only, but that pretty much covers the field. Besides making your own video mixes, you can throw in videos made by other MixBit users. The clips that go into your mix and match video can be as long as 16 seconds each. You can trim longer videos to make them usable as clips and then put an hour’s worth together.

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INTERNUTS: VIDEO BEFORE IT’S VIRAL

Pbh2.com has “video before it’s viral.” We watched an “unbelievable fungus” that glows and reacts violently with waving tentacles. (Soon to be a major motion picture no doubt.) We also watched “Fluffy puppy can’t climb a step.” Use Google.com to find these and others since the site doesn’t have its own search box. Search on “Chemistry GIFs” to see the site’s animations of chemistry experiments exploding, crackling, spreading and doing other things you don’t  want in your house.

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VIDEO CONTEST

Nikon is offering $17,000 worth of equipment to the creator of the best video.

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