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The cell phone business seems so ancient these days that it’s easy to believe the sides are entrenched.

 

You’re either an iPhone person who mocks anyone who has an Android phone. Or you’re one of those Android or other non-iPhone people who derides everyone who has an iPhone.

Is it worth trying to get people to switch? Apple thinks it is.

 

In a new campaign aimed at the Android types, Apple claims that it’s better along several axes. More than that, though, the campaign wants you to believe that it’s astoundingly easy to give up your Android and come over to the bright — or, depending on your perspective, dark — side.

 

Five short ads highlight Apple’s allegedly superior offerings. One claims that the music in your world will become so much more jolly when you have an iPhone. For no obvious reason whatsoever.

 

Another says that the iPhone keeps you away from digital snoopers — and they’re very creepy-looking.

 

Then there’s speed. Apparently, iPhones are far faster than Android phones. Blindingly so, says this ad. Oh, it seems to me that all new phones start fast and then slow down as they age.

 

Another ad insists iPhone will straighten out your photos — and migrating them is so easy. Why, Apple will even send movers to your house to help you.

 

Talking of easy, the last ad doesn’t even bother with a semblance of rationality, settling for just telling you to jump because it’s simple.

 

Is this all persuasive? Not if you’re ingrained in your ways and fear that something, somewhere along the line will be lost if you change systems. This campaign is more a nag for those who already have the nagging feeling that something might be better on the other side of the fence.

 

For me, it’s like cooking with gas or electric. They both work. I’ve always been comfortable with gas. Last week, I ended up cooking on a very fancy electric stove top. It was surprisingly good. Would I get one? Probably not.

 

The gas hasn’t let me down enough yet.

 

 

 

All you aspiring YouTube content creators might want to take note of the updates that YouTube has recently made to its Partner Program.

For starters, from today onwards, YouTubers will need to have 10,000 views on their channel before ads will be displayed on their videos. Essentially, this means content creators will only be able to make money off their videos after their channel has accumulated 10,000 views in total.

In a blog post published earlier today, Ariel Bardin, the Vice President of Product Management at YouTube said that the new ruling will “give [them] enough information to determine the validity of a channel,” such as whether or not the content of the channel is abiding by their community guidelines and advertiser policies.

This would hopefully put an end to bogus channels stealing and re-uploading the content of other YouTubers as their own to make a quick buck.

In addition, YouTube will also be rolling out a review process for new creators who have applied to be in its Partner Program. Once the channel has reached the stipulated 10,000 views, the content of their videos will be screened in accordance with YouTube’s policies. If all goes well, the channel will be included in the Partner Program and will be served with ads for monetization.

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Google wants to be in your home, “to be there when you always need it to be” as Sundar Pichai, Google’s CEO puts it. At least thats the plan for Google’s new Wi-Fi connected speaker/virtual assistant/smarthome controller, Google Home.

Google Home is a small Wi-Fi connected speaker with a built-in voice-activated assistant that will let you control connected home devices. At launch it will be compatible with any device from Nest, SmartThings, Philips or IFTTT.

You’ll also be able to use it control other Google devices such as a Chromecast. For example, with a Chromecast connected to your TV, you can say, “OK, Google. watch Stranger Things on my TV” and it will launch Netflix and start streaming the show. You can ask it to play YouTube videos too.

Since it has a built-in speaker, Google is also promoting the Home’s music playing abilities. It will stream music from YouTube Music, Google Play Music, Spotify, Pandora, Tunein and iHeart Radio. The device is powered by Google’s OK Google algorithms, so its smart enough to find music even if you don’t know the actual name of the song. On stage, Google demonstrated this by asking Home to play “that Shakira song from Zootopia.”

If you connect Google Home to your Google Account, it will also access your calender and schedule and inform you about any important events before you leave in the morning, as well as the weather conditions, and traffic status.

 

 

YouTube Paid Channel

By on May 10, 2013

YouTube launched a new kind of channels for premium content: paid channels. The list includes 53 channels and the price is $1-7/month, depending on the channel.

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There’s an offer that lets you subscribe to 7 channels for $10/month. The channels are from the Entertainment Studios Networks: Cars.TV, Comedy.TV, Pets.TV, Recipe.TV, MyDestination.TV, ES.TV, Justice Central.

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There are many channels for kids, channels with fitness instructions, sports channels, movie channels, documentary channels and more. There’s even a channel for woodworkers. Most channels are available in the US and many are available in Canada and the UK.

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“Starting today, we’re launching a pilot program for a small group of partners that will offer paid channels on YouTube with subscription fees starting at $0.99 per month. Every channel has a 14-day free trial, and many offer discounted yearly rates. For example, Sesame Street will be offering full episodes on their paid channel when it launches,” informs YouTube.

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You can buy movies and TV shows, watch pay-per-view events and now subscribe to paid channels. There’s a lot of content that will make Google TV and Android tablets more useful, but it will be available on almost any smart device.

Google Webmaster Help has released a video with head of webspam team- Matt Cutts answering a query about parked domains without content. Here is the video:

[How To] Get the New Look YouTube

By on October 25, 2012

The last major revamp for YouTube was last December, and it’s probably about time for the Mountain View crew to unveil another revamp.

Of course Google has been toying around with many different layouts for YouTube, but it seems the team has finally settled on one design, which resembles Google’s social media network, Google+. Changes include a Google bar at the top of the page and profile pictures appearing next to the user comments to make the site seem more friendly and warm.

 

If you want to have a go at the new layout, just follow these simple steps:

1. Open up Chrome and head to the YouTube website.

2. Press Ctrl+Shift+J (for Windows users) or Alt+Cmd+J (for OS X users) and enter the console

3. Type in this line of code: document.cookie=”VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=jZNC3DCddAk;”

4. Hit the Enter button and refresh the page to experience the new YouTube!

Today is a special day for YouTube where Google launch their first standalone apps for iPhone to replace the build in YouTube apps that has been removed from iOS 6 which going to release very soon. Starting from today, you can download the official YouTube app for iPhone and iPod touch from the App Store.

 

Google announced the release on its official blog early Tuesday. The company touted the apps’ channel guide, instant search recommendations and options to share to social networking sites. The new app is built by YouTube engineers, to give our iPhone and iPod touch users the best mobile experience.

 

The release notes for the app list the following features:

  •  Enjoy YouTube’s vast video catalog, including official music videos
  • Find videos and channels more easily with voice search and query autocomplete
  • Subscribe to channels and instantly access your subscriptions with the channel guide UI
  • Read comments, browse related videos, enable subtitles and more – all while watching
  • Easy video sharing to Google+, E-mail, Facebook and Twitter
  • The new app comes with a trade-off. Google says tens of thousands of videos, such as music videos from VEVO, are now available that weren’t before, but users will now have to sit through advertising to watch them.

Apple confirmed the move (and Google’s upcoming app) with a statement: “Our license to include the YouTube app in iOS has ended, customers can use YouTube in the Safari browser and Google is working on a new YouTube app to be on the App Store.”

 

The following are the screen shot for the new YouTube apps:

 

 

How Your iPad Gets Made

By on April 21, 2012



There’s been considerable press lately about the disconnect between Apple‘s uplifting brand image and the soul-crushing way in which iOS devices are actually assembled by Chinese workers.

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Nevertheless, this video, shot by Rob Schmitz, Shanghai bureau chief for American Public Media’s Marketplace offers a fascinating glimpse of the process by which an iPad is created.

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Among the points of interest: Foxconn, which manufacturers the devices for Apple in China, attaches a tiny buckle to each iPad’s motherboard so if anything goes wrong with that particular iPad, Apple can trace it back to that point in the assembly. The devices are also tested on a machine that spins the iPad round and round to ensure that their internal gyroscope works properly.

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For outsiders, such details are of interest, but for those who toil on the factory floors, it’s “tedious and boring” as Schmitz notes. Yet Foxconn has no shortage of prospective workers, who are willing to ply their trade for $14 a day. (The amount doubles after a few years.)

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Google Account Activity Stats

By on April 8, 2012

Google added an interesting feature that shows stats for services like Google Latitude, Gmail, Google Search and more. If you go to the Account Activity page, you can opt in for a monthly report that provides a “summary of your account activity across many Google products”.

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It’s like a personal Google Analytics, but it’s less detailed and it focuses on security features. For example, Google shows a list of locations and browsers detected when you’ve signed in. If you never use Opera, but the browser is included in Google’s list, then it’s likely that someone else found your password. The activity page also includes the number of emails you’ve sent and received, the number of Google searches and stats from Google Latitude, Picasa Web and YouTube.

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After activate the Google Account Activity, you will received the Email to view your account activity report. It would be nice to aggregate the data in real time and integrate account activity with Google Deshboard, which already show some stats.

YouTube in Malaysia

By on March 23, 2012

Yesterday is a big day for YouTube in Malaysia where they to start opening a new localized domain in Malaysia at www.youtube.com.my. This is their 42nd country with an official local site.

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While YouTube has already been available in Malaysia’s most widely spoken languages such as Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese, and English and also having a Malaysia-specific homepage can now deliver the most relevant videos for Malaysia as well as make it easier to highlight great content from for local partners such as KRU Studios.

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If you are in Malaysia, the site will automatically detect your location and send you to the Malaysia page, anyone else interested in Malaysian content but outside the country can just as easily get to the homepage by just selecting “Malaysia” in the location section at the bottom of the page.

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Adam Smith, Director of Product Management for YouTube in the Asia-Pacific region, said in his announcement:

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“Over the last few years Malaysians have been watching YouTube in huge numbers, and by launching a version of the site optimized for Malaysia today, we aim to create an even more relevant local YouTube experience.

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“Malaysian personalities and musicians have been creating extremely memorable videos, some of which are known the world over. We hope that establishing YouTube in Malaysia and working with local partners will result in even more export of the country’s great talent and creative videos.”

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YouTube, based in California, is a subsidiary of Google Inc. It has more than 800 million users. Altogether, these users view four billion videos a day and spend three billion hours a month. In 2011, the site had more than one trillion views.