DT Daily: ‘Vessel’ video site, BlackBerry Classic debuts, hybrid typewriter

Today on DT Daily: An ex-Hulu exec takes on YouTube, BlackBerry updates a classic with a classic and a curious machine for typewriter lovers.

Everyone knows about online video services like YouTube, Vimeo, U-Stream and others, where amateur – and not-so-amateur – creative types can show their visions to the public.

Problem is, unless you can uncork a monster hit like Gangnam Style or the Evolution of Dance, you’re not going to see much in the way of dollars for all those hours spent producing your masterpiece. But that may be about to change with Vessel, a video hosting site geared more towards making aspiring Aranofskys some actual money instead of just hosting a zillion cat videos.

Vessel is being led by ex-Hulu CEO Jason Kilar, who made that service a force to be reckoned with. Can he do the same with Vessel? Time will tell, go here for more information.

Not long ago, Blackberry ruled the cell phone universe, or at least the business-oriented part of it. Then came smartphones, and Blackberry suddenly became the Atari of cell phones makers.

One of their hot models was the Blackberry Bold. Now, the Bold is back in the form of the Blackberry Classic, and it seems that along with weird-Harold but well-received Passport, Blackberry is kind of on a roll again. The Classic features a hi-res touch screen, updated OS, 8 mega-pixel camera, a second selfie cam, and that iconic physical keyboard that everyone loved… in 2006. It costs $450 and is available right now.

Speaking of rehashing classic tech, here’s an odd bit that reaches way back. Hipsters and luddites have pretty much snapped up all the last working typewriters in the world, so if you’re jonesing for the clack of the keys as you type, check out the Hemingwrite typewriter.

Now on Kickstarter, the Hemingwrite combines an old-style keyboard and typewriter form factor with just enough modern tech to keep things interesting.

A white screen with electronic ink previews your text in a classic font, and a knob above the keyboard connects the Hemingwrite to wifi. Once connected, you can upload your document to Postbox in the cloud, and then download it to your computer for storage or editing. And really, that’s about all it does.

So if you get distracted by Facebook and the online world at large when trying to write, the Hemingwrite may just be both low and high tech enough to get you back on track.

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