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In a series of bombshell leaks, the extent of the US government's alleged spying on Americ...

If there was any doubt that George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four was a prophetic piece of fiction, you can pretty much put that to rest. The more skeptical among us have claimed for years that, in the age of the internet, nobody has real privacy. During the last 24 hours, those fears emerged from the shadows. Details leaked of the secret US National Security Agency (NSA) program called PRISM, which may as well have been called Big Brother.  Read More

Google is reportedly set to turn YouTube into a Spotify rival with ad-free subscriptions

YouTube, whether intentionally or not, is the new MTV. Not long after the network once known as Music Television stopped playing music, Google’s video streaming service took its place as the preferred music video source for teenagers. According to a new report, Google is now ready to take the next step and sell subscriptions for its service.  Read More

Sharetapes cards use NFC and QR codes to load playlists

Once upon a time, the analog cassette tape was king. And for those that remember the time, chances are you might also recall having made a mixtape or two as well. Australian-based start-up venture Sharetapes is looking to recapture a little of that old-school magic, albeit with a modern twist, by launching a line of physical cards that you can load-up with playlists from websites like YouTube, Spotify and 8tracks. Users can then share their saved lists with other people’s smartphones using near-field communication (NFC) technology or quick response (QR) scanning codes.  Read More

DIAL is designed as a simple, open protocol that can link smartphones, tablets and TVs (Ph...

Recently, Netflix and YouTube quietly launched a website for a new protocol called Discover and Launch (DIAL), which enables a smartphone or tablet to launch apps on a Smart TV. While the idea of uniting these devices is not new and there’s already some working examples, including DLNA and Apple's AirPlay, there is a growing participant list of big-player names such as Sony, Samsung, Hulu and the BBC ready to support the new DIAL protocol.  Read More

YouTube Capture is a smooth new video app

Google's iOS development has been on a roll. Within the last few weeks, the company released a revamped Gmail app, YouTube for iPad, and the much-anticipated Google Maps. The hits keep on coming, as Google's new YouTube Capture app just hit the App Store.  Read More

Call of Duty: soon to be live on YouTube

Activision announced today that Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 will support live-streaming of video to YouTube from both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles.  Read More

The PS3's YouTube app has been designed for big screen TVs

It’s been a strangely long time coming, but the PS3 is finally getting a dedicated YouTube app. While PS3 owners have previously been forced to access their favorite LOLcats YouTube videos via the PS3’s included web browser, the new free app has been designed specifically for viewing on a big screen TV and optimized for use with PS3 controls to provide a more user-friendly experience.  Read More

The Sansa 3D viewer displays 3D YouTube content using an iPhone

Wanting to jump on the 3D bandwagon but don’t have the cash to lay down for a big screen 3D TV or even a Nintendo 3DS? This 3D viewer from Japan’s Sanwa provides a cheap and easy way to enjoy 3D YouTube content on an iPhone. Functioning like the venerable View-Master stereoscopic viewer or more recent MY3D viewer from Hasbro, the device sends the left/right images from 3D videos in the side-by-side format (yt3D) to the appropriate eyeball.  Read More

Only one other cricket ball has been pounded as mercilessly in a first class match - the M...

West Indian Sir Garfield Sobers is widely regarded as one of the best cricketers of all time. His career sadly came to an end before the shorter forms of the sport (Twenty20 and one-day) arrived, because Sobers could conjure up a storm with a bat like few others. Even with the recent advent of 50 over and now 20 over a side cricket, the feat of hitting every ball of a six ball over for six has only been done four times, two of those in the shortened form of the game more conducive to fast scoring. Sobers was the first to achieve it in the longer form of the game (a feat only equaled once) and the ball he hit over the fence six consecutive times in 1968 is to go to auction.  Read More

YouTube for Schools enables teachers to use YouTube in the classroom without exposing them...

Educational videos available online have huge potential to enrich the classroom experience. There is great content available on practically every subject merely at the click of a button. That said, the same click of a button separates school children from funny cats, silly Internet memes and scantily-clad pop stars. The problem can be easily solved by banning video sharing sites altogether, but that of course means denying the students access to hundreds of thousands of inspiring and informative videos. YouTube apparently knows this, as it decided to introduce a distraction-free version of its platform called YouTube for Schools.  Read More

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