Monthly Archives: November 2008

Brian Tong hosts Apple Bytes

Brian Tong, the former co-host of StirTV and Nightshift, has a new gig as a CNET TV show host. (Fellow co-host of StirTV Jeannie Mai recently aired Dude, Where’s Your Style? on the Style network) CNET, where people go to discover the latest in tech and consumer electronics, and a property of CBS Interactive, announced the official release of “The Apple Byte”, a new online show devoted to consumers passionate about all things Apple. NVIDIA is the exclusive sponsor for this weekly show, hosted by CNET editor Brian Tong, an ex-Apple employee. The show will feature the latest news, how-to tips, and insights on what works and what doesn’t work when it comes to the company and its products.

Every Friday at 4:00 PM PST, Brian Tong, who also hosts CNET’s Prizefight, will dish out quick tips to consumers on how to work with their favorite Apple product – including an iPod, iPhone, or Mac. The show will feature an “App of the Week” segment which showcases new applications for Apple products, interviews with CNET editors, and a unique perspective on the latest happenings in the world of Apple. Tong offers a unique perspective as both an outsider and insider – previously he had worked at the company.

“Whether you love or hate Apple, this is a show for everyone,” said Brian Tong. “There’s no doubt that the company is known for generating huge buzz. We’ll explore the hype and report on everything that’s on Apple’s radar.”

New episodes of The Apple Byte can be found at Additionally, consumers can find the latest news, blog postings, and information on Apple and its products at other CNET sites including VersionTracker, MacFixIt, iPhoneAtlas, the iPhone Approll blog, and CNET News Tom Krazit’s One More Thing blog.

Brian Tong hosts Apple Bytes

Video production with reporter Tracy Chung

YouTube and The Pulitzer Center launched Project: Report, a contest for aspiring journalists. Reporter Tracy Chung collaborated with Project: Report to put together a short documentary on the South Central Farm, an urban farm in Los Angeles. In this 3 part series, we follow Tracy to learn what it takes to produce a news pod.

In Part 1 of this three part series on video production, Tracy provides the following tips:

* Travel with a video camera, notebook computer, microphone, headphones, tripod.

* Use the tripod to shoot both wide and medium shots for context.

* Focus on good sound.

Behind the scenes with reporter Tracy Chung part 1

In Part 2 of this three part series on video production, Tracy provides the following tips:

* Shoot as much footage as you can on site so you have plenty to work with later.

* Use a microphone when interviewing subjects for your story.

* Utilize natural light whenever you can.

Behind the scenes with reporter Tracy Chung part 2

In Part 3 of this three part series on video production, Tracy provides the following tips:

* Use a bounce card to fill in harsh shadows when shooting in bright sunlight.

* Manually white balance your camera.

* Give yourself a lot of time for the editing process.

* When putting together the final piece, record the narrative voice-over first, then add visuals.

Behind the scenes with reporter Tracy Chung part 3

Finished story

Reporter Tracy Chung tells the story of South Central Farm in Los Angeles, which used to be the largest urban farm in the United States. Today, however, that land is empty, bordered by train tracks and warehouses. See what happened to the South Central Farmers who used to till the urban plot.

South Central Farm Revisited

League of Extraordinary Dancers on Ellen DeGeneres

After last week’s YouTube LIVE performance premiere, The League of Extraordinary Dancers has been invited to perform with Ellen DeGeneres for the opening of her Special Thanksgiving Variety Special, “Ellen’s Even Bigger Really Big Show”. The LXD members go in disguise at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas as Dealers, Tourists, Waitresses, Statues and even some hilarious Chippendale Dancers.


LXD Official Sneak Peek from Jon M. Chu

Legion of Extraordinary Dancers (LXD) Trailer
Legion of Extraordinary Dancers (LXD) on So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD)

Don’t miss it. It airs SATURDAY NOV. 29th at 9/8 central on TBS!!! Check local listings.

LXD on Ellen DeGeneres

Here’s s sneak peek of the dance sequence


LXD on “Ellen’s Even Bigger Really Big Show”

Manny Pacquiao Turkey Giveaway

Check out footage of pound-for-pound champion Manny Pacquiao distributing turkeys to those in need and giving back to the Historic Filipinotown in the Los Angeles community he currently calls home as he trains for his upcoming clash with The Golden Boy Oscar De La Hoya on December 6th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and live on HBO-Pay-Per-View. Manny ended up passing out about 500 turkeys. Earlier this summer, Manny Pacquiao won the WBC Lightweight Champion belt.

Manny Pacquiao Turkey Giveaway

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