22 June 2013

YouTube's Smarter Video Player



YouTube had a feature that allowed you to stop buffering a video. You right-clicked a video, selected "stop download" and YouTube no longer downloaded the video. This was especially useful for paused videos and long videos.



The feature is no longer available. I've tried both the Flash player and the HTML5 player.






The truth is that this feature is no longer needed because buffering stops when you pause a video. Try this: open a random YouTube video, wait a few seconds and then pause the video. Even after 5 minutes, YouTube's progress bar will look the same.






YouTube has a smarter way to download videos that uses adaptive streaming and only downloads what's needed. That's only the case for the Flash player: the HTML5 player works just like before.


YouTube Collections



Here's a very cool YouTube feature you should try: collections. It's a simple way to group multiple subscriptions, so you can quickly check the latest videos related to a topic. Let's say you subscribe to the Google channel, the Chrome channel and the Nexus channel. You can create a Google collection that includes all these channels.



"To make a brand new collection or edit an existing one, visit the Subscription Manager, which you can navigate to by clicking Manage subscriptions from the left side of your YouTube page. Click the 'Create new collection button'. Name your collection and select the channels you'd like to include in your collection," explains YouTube. Use the search feature to find the right channels.









Collections are placed at the top of the subscriptions list in the YouTube sidebar, so it's easy to find them. They have a small arrow button that lets you expand the collection and see each subscription. If a subscription is added to collection, you'll no longer see that subscription in the sidebar without expanding collections. It's a great way to organize your subscriptions.






Gmail's Quick Action Button for YouTube Messages



A few weeks ago, Gmail started to show a small button next to some email messages from YouTube. Click the "view video" button and you can watch the video without even reading the message. This is one of the first built-in Gmail actions.









This only works for notifications received when a YouTube channel uploads a new video. If you visit this page when you're signed in, you can check "Email me about new uploads" next to your favorite channels.



{ Thanks, Yu-Hsuan Lin. }


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Digital Inspiration @labnol This story, Connect with Digital Inspiration Around the Web, was originally published at Digital Inspiration on 22/06/2013 under Offbeat.



Modern New Tab Page: Transform Google Chrome’s New Tab Into Something More Useful



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Modern New Tab Page is a free to use browser extension compatible with the Google Chrome web browser. The function of this extension is to transform your browser’s new tab into something that has a sleek interface and is far more useful than the native controls provided. After installing the extension, when you open the [...]

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Right Inbox for Gmail: Schedules Emails In Gmail While Using Google Chrome



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Right Inbox for Gmail is a free to use tool that comes as a browser extension for the Google Chrome web browser. The primary purpose of the extension is to let you schedule the emails that you send out via Gmail. But in addition to this feature, it offers various other features that help you [...]

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Fruumo: Get a Highly Useful New Tab Page On Google Chrome



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Fruumo is a free to use browser extension compatible with Google Chrome. The function of the application is to provide you with a New Tab page that is far more useful than the native one offered by Google Chrome. Features: A user friendly browser extension. Compatible with Google Chrome. Provides you with a very useful [...]

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Mark As Read: Mark Webpages As Unread, Read, Or Read Later [Chrome]



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Mark As Read is a free to use browser extension compatible with the Google Chrome web browser. The function of the tool is to let you mark webpages as read or unread. Basically you get a new document icon in the address bar of your web browser after you have installed the extension. When you [...]

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Favourite Tabs: Store Open Tabs In Categories To Revisit At a Later Time [Chrome]



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Favourite Tabs is a free to use browser tool that comes as an extension for the Google Chrome web browser. The function of this extension is to help you save your tabs in a specific category and then open them all up together with the single mouse click. You start by installing the extension in [...]

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Reptyr for Linux: A Command-Line Tool For “Re-PTYing” Running Processes



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If your job or hobby involves the Linux command line, you’ll probably be pretty adept at command-line computing. You probably already know what Reptyr does from the phrase “re-PTY-ing”, and you’ll probably be familiar with the annoyance of having to interrupt a running command line process. Reptyr is designed to be the cure for this, [...]

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JuffEd: A Text Editor For Programmers Using Windows Or Linux



If you are a developer, then you probably already make use of a text editor to write or edit your code. If you work with multiple languages, then you need an editor that supports multiple languages. If you work on either a Windows or Linux computer, you should check out an app called JuffEd. JuffEd [...]

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Cool Websites and Tools [June 21st 2013]



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Check out some of the latest MakeUseOf discoveries. Most of the listed websites are FREE or come with a decent free account option. If you want to have similar cool websites round-ups delivered to your email daily email subscribe here....

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Make Your Own Free Family Tree Online Using Geni



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For those of you who have considered doing your family tree using an online service, you may have noticed that there’s a lot of variance between what is available from each service – and for what price. I did a lot of research into the various offerings and finally decided I would use Geni for many reasons.

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NextStories: A Refreshing And Easy-to-Use StumbleUpon Alternative



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When StumbleUpon first hit the Web 2.0 scene, it was one of the first sites of its kind to really make it easy to discover new content online. Since then, lots of websites and apps have rushed into what has become an incredibly crowded scene of content discovery, but NextStories, which we first introduced you to in our directory, brings a simple elegance to the process that really makes it stand out.

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4 Websites Every Fighting Game Fan Needs To Visit Daily



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At MakeUseOf, we love fighting games. We’ve covered them in-depth plenty of times, and it’s because they are downright awesome. We’ve talked about some of the best games coming in 2013, and we’ve covered plenty of other fighting game action. After all, fighting games are one of the most dominate games in the esports scene, [...]

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Facebook Adds 15 Second Video Capture To Instagram [Updates]




After a week of anticipation, Facebook has unveiled its mystery announcement: video for Instagram. The new feature is already available via an app update for both iOS and Android and allows users to shoot 15 seconds of video to share on the service, much like Twitter's Vine.

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7 WordPress Database Queries To Search Your Blog For Anything



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Running a Wordpress blog or a website isn't really that much of a big deal at the beginning. It's actually pretty simple. You install Wordpress on a webserver, you upload and install a theme, start blogging and you've got your website up and running. For the first two years, it's a piece of cake. You may not have a successful blog from day one, but you know what - if you're a good writer, the traffic starts arriving.

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Cover Your Tracks With These 3 Unmissable Data Removal Tools



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Personal privacy is the hot topic these days, at least in the news. It should also be the hot topic in your computing life, as well! What you do online and on your computer says an awful lot about you and, in the hands of the wrong people, can prove disastrous. Oh, fine, at least we have a password on our computers. But let's say we are doing something where privacy really does matter. Imagine we had a benevolent reason to cover our tracks. On to some tools that will help us do just that!

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Cover Your Tracks With These 3 Unmissable Data Removal Tools



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Personal privacy is the hot topic these days, at least in the news. It should also be the hot topic in your computing life, as well! What you do online and on your computer says an awful lot about you and, in the hands of the wrong people, can prove disastrous. Oh, fine, at least we have a password on our computers. But let's say we are doing something where privacy really does matter. Imagine we had a benevolent reason to cover our tracks. On to some tools that will help us do just that!

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Cover Your Tracks With These 3 Unmissable Data Removal Tools



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Personal privacy is the hot topic these days, at least in the news. It should also be the hot topic in your computing life, as well! What you do online and on your computer says an awful lot about you and, in the hands of the wrong people, can prove disastrous. Oh, fine, at least we have a password on our computers. But let's say we are doing something where privacy really does matter. Imagine we had a benevolent reason to cover our tracks. On to some tools that will help us do just that!

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21 June 2013

The Gadgets And Games Of Kickstarter: June 21st 2013 Edition



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Each Kickstarter is its own drama representing the hopes and dreams of at least one person. Will it succeed? Will it fail? Will it become a media sensation? It’s impossible to know before the money starts flooding in – or doesn’t. So pop some popcorn and grab your mouse. We’ve got some Kickstarters to watch.

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10 Common PC Maintenance Errors That You Can Avoid



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PCs still require maintenance, as much as we wish they were magic boxes that did all the work for us. Unfortunately, many people make mistakes when it comes to maintaining their PC. These mistakes could result in hardware damage, security breaches, data loss, and general system instability. We generally cover lists of things you should do, but knowing what not to do can be even more important. Here we cover some of the most common mistakes so you can avoid them and keep your PC running like new.

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Facebook Now Offering Users The Ability To Comment Using Images [Updates]



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Facebook is pulling out all the stops these days to stay one step ahead of Google Plus, with new features such as threaded replies (excellent) and hashtags (not so excellent). The new development this time around is the ability to respond to status updates with images.

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Google Mine



Google prepares a new service that's called Google Mine. It's integrated with Google+ and it's a way to keep track of the items you own and share some of them with your circles. Right now, the service is tested internally at Google.



"Google Mine lets you share your belongings with your friends and keep up to date with what your friends are sharing. It enables you to control which of your Google+ Circles you share an item with. It also lets you rate and review the items, upload photos of them and share updates on the Google+ Stream where your friends get to see and comment on them."






Google Mine lets you organize the things you own, use, wish for, and more: gadgets, clothing, electronics, DVDs, cars, bikes or anything!



It also enables social interactions around them with your Circles using Google+:



* Catalog your belongings, track what you have

* Review your belongings for your friends to see

* Control who sees what, track conversations

* Send requests to borrow or try out friends' stuff

* Share stuff you wish for, get recommendations

* Share stuff you are giving away, find takers

* Follow, browse, search stuff that friends share



There's also an Android app, currently available on Bazaar, Google's internal Play Store.






Here are some messages used by Google Mine. As you can see, the service lets you enter a lot of information about your objects. For example, you can change the status of an object to "lent", "given away", "got it back", "lost it", "had in the past". You can post videos about the object, write reviews, add it to a wishlist and maybe others can buy it using Google Shopping. You can also check popular items and the items others have shared.












After adding an object, Google shows this message: "You have just started using Google Mine and have added some items to your collections. Now, you can let your friends know by posting to your Google+ Stream."



You can ask other people to send you their objects: "You are starting a request for an item. Google Mine will enable you to communicate on this request with the receiver by creating a post to your Google+ Stream, visible only to you and the receiver."



{ Thanks, Florian K. }