YouTube has announced that it now supports HDR videos. HDR (or High Dynamic Range) has been getting a lot of attention lately since both the Xbox One S and the upcoming PlayStation 4 Pro support it. Now that YouTube videos support HDR content, it means that those with HDR-capable consoles will be able to show the world what these new systems are capable of.YouTube details the benefits of HDR and how to upload HDR enabled videos in a blog post. The process for uploading HDR videos isn’t different from that of uploading standard videos. The only difference is that one must make sure that the video has HDR metadata in the codec or container. According to Google support, “the most reliable way to properly record the metadata is to export from a supported application, such as BlackMagic DaVinci Resolve 12.5.2.”Anyone can play videos uploaded in HDR, but they’ll need to watch them on a device that allows HDR playback (like an HDR TV equipped with Chromecast Ultra) to actually see the expanded color range. There’s an HDR playlist available so that folks can see what HDR is all about. The videos themselves aren’t anything special, but over time there will no doubt be more compelling HDR content — especially when gamers start uploading videos they recorded from their new consoles.Though the Xbox One S does have a handful of games that support HDR, it is Sony’s PS4 Pro that is taking the big plunge into HDR gaming. By the end of the year, there will be nearly fifty games capable of enabling HDR. Even the standard PlayStation 4 can display certain games in HDR thanks to a recent firmware update. However, it should be noted that HDR is only for 4K televisions. Anyone with a 1080p TV will not be able to see images in High Dynamic Range. Hands-On: ‘Stranded Sails’ Is a Relaxing Farm Sim AdventureHere’s an Hour of Incomprehensible ‘Death Stranding’ Gameplay Stay on target
Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls Stay on target We here at Geek.com know about self-destruction. We also have a lot of USB devices. That’s why this USB hub is great. The ThinkGeek-exclusive Cube-Works Self-Destruct USB 3.0 Hub is a USB hub and a doomsday button all in one.Yes, it’s a novelty USB hub. But it’s a pretty nice one! It has a solid aluminum body, with a nice, thick cable permanently and securely attached to the back. And, of course, the blue tabs on the ports on the back mean it’s a USB 3.0 hub, so you’re going to get nice, fast transfer speeds. I like having the permanently attached cable, because then I don’t need to worry if whatever USB cable I grabbed to plug the hub into my computer is USB 3.0 or not.It looks like a weapon launch button, or at least what a nerd would think a weapon launch button looks like. Three-step command, with two toggle switches and a key switch, surrounding a big red button under a flip-up plastic lid. A big red light turns on when the switches are all flipped in the right order, and pressing the button makes a falling bomb noise.The noise is my only complaint. It sounds pretty flaccid, even for a small, USB-powered speaker. The satisfying clack of the toggle switches, and just being able to turn the key and flip the cover up and down, are much more satisfying than the sound effect. As fake explosions go, though, it sounds like a dud.This is a nice little desktop toy that gives you something to physically play with, and adds extra USB 3.0 ports to your computer. It’s a little pricey at $59.99, but for the money you get a USB hub that’s solid, eye-catching, and fun to use.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.