26 October 2013

How to Copy Someone Else’s YouTube Playlists



Learn how to copy any existing YouTube playlist, which may or may not be owned by you, into your own YouTube account.




This story, How to Copy Someone Else’s YouTube Playlists, was originally published at Digital Inspiration on 26/10/2013 under YouTube, Internet

How To Keep Your Files Synced With SkyDrive In Windows 8.1



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Windows 8.1 includes deep SkyDrive integration, far beyond the simple SkyDrive Modern app included with Windows 8. SkyDrive isn’t just an app in the tiled interface; it’s also available from the desktop. Macs have iCloud, Chromebooks have Google Drive, and Windows 8.1 PCs have SkyDrive. Microsoft wants you to consider SkyDrive your new hard drive where you store all your personal files. Microsoft didn’t just include a Dropbox-style syncing solution. SkyDrive on Windows 8.1 is smart, offering a new way of syncing files that saves on disk space. It’s great for devices with small amounts of local storage. What Is...


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F1 2013 (PS3) Review

For any true Formula 1 fan, this the THE game that they wait for, every year. Codemasters have done a rather good job of it for the most part, with the critical aspect being - it is actually out there to buy and play. F1 2012 was an extremely impressive evolution over F1 2011, but the 2013 iteration is actually a minor upgrade, with newer cars and the difference in performance. However, the Classic Mode is what really gets the attention. Getting Started: Two routes you can choose The F1 2013 i [...]

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Get More Learning Options As 13 New Institutions Join Coursera



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It isn’t too early to say that Coursera is at the vanguard of MOOC platforms. Along with Udacity and edX, Coursera makes up a large part of the online learning universe. The numbers seem to suggest that it is leading the pack. To add to their ranks, 13 new institutions have signed up to bring the number of international institutions using its platform to deliver online courses to 107. Coursera also reached the milestone of 5 million students enrolled and now offers them more than 500 courses to choose from. The new institutes are: Copenhagen Business School (CBS), Eindhoven University...


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25 October 2013

Too Many RSS Feeds? Use These Tools To Make Reading Easier



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Many RSS users complain of information overload with too many RSS feeds cluttering their inbox. Fortunately, a number of RSS organization tools can tame even the wildest of feed collections. Some of the most effective methods include using “folders” and “views” in aggregators, filtering web apps, and prioritization tools. This article covers some of the Internet’s best tools for organizing, filtering, and prioritizing feeds. In short, by combining a variety of methods, RSS use can be made more efficient, without wasting time with feeds that focus on information you don’t care about. For example, Facebook articles tend to plague my...


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Microsoft Releases Visual Studio 2013 For Download



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Microsoft have been busy lately. First they bring out the highly anticipated Windows 8.1, then they bring out a new remote Windows desktop app for iOS and Android, and now they have released Visual Studio 2013 for you to download. Keeping in line with their desire to get everyone to tie a Microsoft account to the services they use, you are prompted to sign in to Visual Studio with your Microsoft account, once you have downloaded and installed the program. This will allow you to keep all of your settings synced across devices, via the Cloud. You can read more...


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Kaspersky Lab launches new Internet Security - Multi-Device

Kaspersky Lab has today launched Kaspersky Internet Security – Multi-Device, a new security product that aims to provide protection to the commonly-used devices such as tablets and smartphones. Kaspersky says the new product gives users a way to secure their Internet activity across multiple computers and mobile devices, all through a single product. Users can install the device-specific technologies on any combination of devices. They can visit the Kaspersky Lab online store for licensi [...]

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Laser has met its match.

The world may be moving online, to the cloud and into virtual spaces faster than you know it, but the truth is several hundreds of businesses still rely on paper. Invariably choosing a laser printer over noisy, slow and undependable inkjet printers that guzzle cartridges faster than you can say “Print that please!” One never thought the laser printer would meet its match. From the inkjet family, we used the HP OfficeJet Pro 3620 Black & White e-AIO to show you how. We picked a [...]

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Sony launches three new headphones in India

Sony India today launched three new pairs of headphones into the Indian market, to augment their already vast lineup of audio gear. The three headphones in question are the MDR-10RNC, the MDR-10RBT and the NWZ-WH303. The MDR-10RNC is the first noise cancelling headphone from Sony to be introduced to the Indian market. Featuring three noise cancelling modes that can be activated by pressing an AINC button, the headphones also feature not one, but two microphone sensors to measure the noise. One [...]

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Facebook Home update brings Tumblr, Instagram and more to Android Lock screen

Facebook Home gets new update, adds Flickr, Tumblr, Instagram integration for all Home users. The Home launcher can be found in the Play Store and is currently sitting at version 1.1. This lockscreen replacement runs on Android 4.0 or later and still supports only a limited number of devices including Samsung Galaxy Note II, Galaxy S4, Galaxy S III, HTC First, HTC One X, One X+, HTC One and Nexus 4 smartphone. Users can now view content from these four additional social networks on their locks [...]

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Downloads4u sale offers up to 75% off on popular games

I don't know how many of you remember Game4u's digital game download service – we spoke about it a year ago. If you've never used it, now probably is a good time to check it out. To celebrate its 1st anniversary, Downloads4u has just announced a bumper sale on select game titles in its catalogue. They're giving huge discounts (up to 75 per cent off, in some instances) on multiple blockbuster titles. You can Grab games like Battlefield 3 Premium Edition, Bioshock Infinite, Borderlands GOTY [...]

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Instagram reveals look for sponsored ads

Instagram has revealed how ads will look like on the social network once they come to the photo-sharing app. The company stated that it will gently introduce users to the concept by posting a one-time sample ad for its US-based users “within the coming week.” What makes them different from the regular content on Instagram. Firstly, Instagram ads will look like normal Instagram photos or videos but will be labeled with the word “Sponsored” at the top right corner and user [...]

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Google Tests Image Ads for Top Search Results



Back in 2010, Google launched a feature that allowed local businesses to add yellow markers to the map and promote their websites. Tags were actually ads that were placed inside local search results. It was a weird way to mix organic search results with ads and this feature was discontinued in 2011.



Now Google tests a similar feature for web search results. Instead of adding links and markers, advertisers can add huge banners above their search listings, but only for navigational searches. "The banners allow brands to take over the ad space on branded search queries and essentially present a branded search results experience," reports Search Engine Land. "The team at Synrgy has learned from a source at Google that the brand image experiment is live with about 30 advertisers, including Crate & Barrel and Virgin America. The test is showing for less than 5 percent of search queries," mentions Barry Schwartz. Basically, instead of displaying ads for competitors, Google shows a huge banner for the top search result.






"We're currently running a very limited, US-only test, in which advertisers can include an image as part of the search ads that show in response to certain branded queries. Advertisers have long been able to add informative visual elements to their search ads, with features like Media Ads, Product Listing Ads and Image Extensions," explained Google.



Well, that's not exactly true. The images are added to the search results, not to the search ads. Even though the top search result and the corresponding sitelinks are grouped with the image ad and the entire section is labeled "sponsored", this is actually the top search result.



The truth is that Google has continually added features from the organic search results to the search ads and Google has also started to mix search results with ads. For example, Google Shopping results are now ads, since companies need to pay to be included in the list of results. Booking links from flights search and hotel search are sponsored links.












For some searches, Google shows so many ads that you have to scroll to find some actual search results. Here's a screenshot of a Google search page for [tablet]: I highlighted the only organic result you can see without scrolling down.





Creative Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Sigma

Creative’s Tactic 3D lineup has proved itself to be quite capable at handling everyday computing tasks and is especially suited for bass-heads. The 3D Sigma is the mid-range entrant in the series and proves to be a solid performer. This is the younger brother of the Tactic 3D Omega, and only misses out on the latter’s wireless module and as a result, can be had for about half the price. Design and build The headset is entirely made of plastic, but despite that, feels sturdy enough [...]

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Accenture, Wipro and Infosys among most sought after employers in India: LinkedIn

Accenture has retained the top spot on the list of 20 most sought after employers in India for the second time, according to the 'most InDemand employer brand' list compiled by professional networking site LinkedIn. This is the second year in a row Accenture has retained its number one spot, the professional networking site said. IT majors, Wipro and Infosys are ranked second and third according to the list. The top 10 companies in the list are IBM (4th), Hewlett Packard (5th), Oracle (6th), Ta [...]

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Micromax Canvas Turbo smartphone: An Overview

Micromax has created quite the hype around the Micromax Canvas Turbo and even brought in the Wolverine to grab our attention. That said, is the product any good or is it merely propped up a great marketing campaign? That question will be answered when we get the smartphone in for review, but here, let's take a look and see how the device compares to the competition in terms of the specifications and the features on offer. Starting off with the specifications of the Canvas Turbo, the device has [...]

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Yahoo NewsON to be available on Samsung Smart TVs

Yahoo NewsON will bring local news articles, videos and weather reports to Samsung Smart TV users with the click of a remote. The NewsOn Panel is available in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the middle East. Users will be able to click on the information through the NewsOn information panel and get instant information about current events. The NewsON main screen offers a collage of photos and headlines from Yahoo news stories with a snapshot of current weather conditions for local cities. To ac [...]

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Google+ is still irrelevant to a majority of users: Poll

Google may have doubled down on its home brewn social network but most active Internet users are yet to find anything redeeming in Google+. According to a poll on our site and newsletters that attracted 1,156 responses, more than half of the respondents stated that they “rarely use Google+ and consider Twitter and/or Facebook to be much more important,” while almost 25% said that although they thought that “Google+ has potential and (they) may start using it in the future&rdquo [...]

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LinkedIn launches 'Intro', shows profiles in your iPhone Mail app

LinkedIn Intro is an e-mail plug-in for iOS users that pulls LinkedIn profile information into e-mails to give a complete professional history, location, schooling of anyone who sends you a message. LinkedIn Intro skims different web-based data from social networks and other sources to create on-the-fly profiles of the people who email you. You can have access to complete information about the person. The sender’s job title appears front-and-center in e-mails on a user’s iPhone or i [...]

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RailYatri introduces new travel information and advisory alerting platform

RailYatri.in has launched National RailYatri Alert Service (NRAS), which is claimed to be the country's first travel information & advisory alerting platform. NRAS, RailYatri.in, explains uses customised algorithm to determine the impact of different types of major travel related announcements (new special trains, cancellations, delays, new stoppages, etc.), incidents (accidents, planned blockages, etc.) and events (historical, current, and upcoming) at a local station or train level. The [...]

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Google updates Offers self-service tool for businesses

Google has introduced an update to its Google Offers self-service tool for businesses, improving the speed of ad creation and adding support for Google Maps. The update is expected to be rolled out within the next week. According to Google, the update allows businesses create their posts “in minutes” and publish them to customers across Google products. “Simply choose the type of offer you’d like to create and assign a budget. Unlike traditional promotions or coupons, G [...]

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LG G Pro Lite available online for Rs. 18,300

LG recently announced the G Pro Lite and the smartphone is now available to users via Snapdeal.com. The smartphone is priced at Rs. 18,300. As of writing this article, the smartphone isn’t available on other online shopping portals such as flipkart or infbeam. Coming to the specifications of the LG G Pro Lite, it has a dual-core MediaTek MT6577 chipset with the processor clocked at 1GHz. It also houses 1GB of RAM. The 5.5-inch display has a 960x540 pixel resolution. It sports 8GB built-in [...]

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TRAI's recommendations on 800 MHz unfair and discriminatory: SSTL

Sistema Shyam Tele-Services Ltd (SSTL), which operates in the country under the brand name MTS India, has criticised the recommendations of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on the 800 MHz spectrum band, used by CDMA operators. “SSTL has consistently maintained that it does not agree with the recommendations of TRAI specific to the 800 MHz spectrum band. The said recommendations have effectively blocked SSTL’s future growth path in India both in terms of expanding wit [...]

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Google Maps Easter Egg for Philadelphia



Here's a cool Easter Egg: search for Philadelphia, click the map thumbnail from the right sidebar and notice that your query is replaced by "city of brotherly love", one of the nicknames of the city. "Popular nicknames for Philadelphia are Philly and The City of Brotherly Love, the latter of which comes from the literal meaning of the city's name in Greek," informs Wikipedia.









{ Thanks, Emanuele. }

Choicest of Cameras for a Picture Perfect Diwali

Diwali is round the corner, and whether you celebrate the festival or not, it still ends up being a good photo opportunity. Whether you want to shoot your well-dressed family or go crazy photographing the insane fireworks your neighbors put together, Diwali is a time for some great photos and we have here a list of cameras that can do it best. Of course you could go out and sell your kidneys and cars to buy the Canon 1Dx or the Nikon D4 with the best lenses, but we’ve put together a concis [...]

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24 October 2013

Handwriting Recognition Arrives On Gmail And Google Docs With Language Support



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Google has extended its input tool range to handwriting recognition on Gmail and Google Docs. In the latest announcement, Gmail and Google Docs have included handwriting among the input tools, and have made it available in Google Docs for over 20 languages and in Gmail for over 50 languages, including Chinese, Japanese, Hindi and Russian. Handwriting recognition makes it easier to communicate with non-Latin characters. This support article takes you through the simple steps to enable handwriting recognition with Google Input tools. The handwriting input is represented by a pencil icon which allows you to go with the language of...


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WordPress Killer? Welcome To Ghost (and How to Install it on a Raspberry Pi)



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Keep blogging simple. Ghost is a new blogging platform built upon Node.js. Unlike WordPress, which has become a real behemoth of a CMS over the years and runs on outdated PHP/MySQL technology, Ghost promises to simplify things right back to where they began: pure, unadulterated blogging. Main Features Ghost began as a Kickstarter last year – “it’s just a blogging platform”, they pitched. When £200,000 ($320,000) was raised for the open source project, they knew they were onto something. Ghost is about simplicity. It’s not a full-fledged CMS: it doesn’t even include comment functionality. It won’t transform your site into...


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How Would The World Look Like Without PowerPoint? Projeqt Gives A Clue



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You have to give a second glance to a web application which is a 2013 Webby Awards Honoree. Projeqt walked the red carpet to claim not one but two nominations – Best User Experience and Web Services and Applications. So, it seems improper to just start this article and say it is a PowerPoint alternative. It would be better to describe it – as the application sees itself – as a creative storytelling tool. Now, I have nothing against PowerPoint. We have explored creative uses of PowerPoint before. And things are also moving fast in the realm of online alternatives...


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Red Alert: 10 Computer Security Blogs You Should Follow Today



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Security is an absolute crucial part of computing, and whether it’s a strength of yours or not, you should strive to educate yourself and stay current — I believe anyone who uses a computer should understand and do what they can to prevent security risks. However, if security isn’t a primary interest of yours, this can be difficult to do. Thankfully, there are many experts in this field who do this for us and share their knowledge online. Dave Parrack already covered many security experts to follow on Twitter, if that’s where you prefer to get your information. If you...


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Google Introduces The uProxy Browser Extension To Help Bypass Restrictive Firewalls



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For many of us, the Internet stands for freedom. For the many behind restrictive firewalls and censorship, freedom is still out of reach. uProxy is an Open Source initiative from Google that is under development and promises to show the way through these barriers. The under-development browser extension for Firefox and Chrome uses a peer-to-peer connection to clear the way through any restrictions and set up an open gateway to the Internet. uProxy is in closed testing as the developers work to make it more secure and robust. uProxy is not similar to TOR and it will not anonymize traffic....


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How To Change Your Browser’s Default Search Engine



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So, what are you searching with? Bing? Google? You might know how to use any search engine you want on the Internet, but do you know how to change the default search engine for your browser? Nearly all browsers these days incorporate a search feature, and that feature is backed by a search engine. Usually this defaults to Bing or Google, and for most people, that’s exactly the way they want it. However, there are other cases where you might want to use an alternative search engine. Or you might have noticed that some odd search engine is being used...


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First Impressions: BlackBerry Z30 smartphone

BlackBerry launched its new touch-based flagship smartphone today, the Z30, a BB10.2 OS powered 5-inch device that will start selling next week onwards in India for Rs. 39,990. I’ve been using the Z30 for a couple of days now and have had the chance to form some initial opinions about the device with respect to how it performs under regular use, the overall aesthetics of it and the ecosystem that caters to it. I will follow up soon with a more detailed review that will explain in excruciat [...]

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Batman Arkham Origins launch trailer shows us what's next for the Dark Knight

Batamn Arkham Origins is all set to launch on October 26 when the game will hit the Xbox 360 and the PS3. The PC version of the game has been delayed till November 8. The launch trailer shows the Caped Crusader venturing to take down Black Mask who has put a $50 million bounty on Batman's head attracting the deadliest assassins. The game takes place on Christmas Eve. Batman Arkham Origins is a prequel to the successful Batman Arkham City and Arkham Asylum. You don the role of a younger more agg [...]

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Micromax launches the Canvas Turbo smartphone for Rs. 19,990

Micromax has finally launched the anticipated Canvas Turbo smartphone. It is priced at Rs. 19,990 and will be available to consumers starting October 26. Coming to the specifications of the Micromax Canvas Turbo, the device has a 5-inch Full HD CGS (Continuous Grain Silicon) display. A 1.5Ghz quad-core MediaTek MT6589T chipset along with 2GB of RAM powers the device. The rear of the device houses a 13MP camera and the front has a 5MP camera. The camera app on the smartphone showcases a host of [...]

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DICE reveals over 15 FrostBite games in development

DICE has officially confirmed that there are over 15 Frostbite games in development. According to Johan Andersson, technical director of DICE's FrostBite team, revealed on Twitter while responding to a fan's question about 'Mantle', an Application Programming Language tailor made for AMD graphics hardware. It appears that EA has long term investment plans for FrostBite, as it's developing almost all of its next-gen titles using the Mantle technology. Apart from Battlefield 4, titles such as NFS [...]

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Sony unveils new PS4 commercial, 24 exclusive games confirmed

Sony has unveiled a new commercial for the PlayStation 4, making some rather remarkable claims about what to expect for the next-gen console's library of games. To begin with, the ad states that 24 exclusives games for the PS4 have been confirmed so far, including the likes of KillZone: Shadow Fall, Infamous: Second Son and The Order: 1886. With a few a major setbacks this past week over launch delays and rumours suggesting that PS4 launch lineup is getting soft in the wake of these delays, t [...]

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Sony unveils new PS4 commercial, 24 exclusives confirmed

Sony has unveiled a new commercial for the PlayStation 4, making some rather remarkable claims about what to expect for the next-gen console's library of games. To begin with, the ad states that 24 exclusives games for the PS4 have been confirmed so far, including the likes KillZone: Shadow Fall, Infamous: Second Son and The Order: 1886. With a few a major setbacks this past week over launch delays and rumours suggesting that PS4 launch lineup is getting soft in the wake of these delays, this [...]

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Yahoo acquires start-up LookFlow for Flickr integration

Yahoo buys startup LookFlow, a startup that develops image recognition technology. Yahoo will work on integrating the company's image technology into Flickr. The financial details of the deal have not been revealed yet. LookFlow, based in Mountain View, Calif., announced the acquisition on its website, adding that the team would be joining Yahoo to work on the Flickr team. The company will be working on a new deep learning group for which they are already recruiting. "Flickr is the larges [...]

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Saavn launches Remote music streaming widget

Saavn.com has launched a new music streaming widget for web publishers- called the Saavn Remote. The widget allows popular websites and self-serve publishers to place it directly on a web page giving web surfers access to Saavn’s music streaming service with just one click. Saavn Remote is being used by major Hindi newspapers like Jagran and Dainik Bhaskar that have a combined reach of over 4.5 million monthly unique visitors. The newspapers are offering Saavn's vast library of music as a [...]

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Nimbuzz launches international calling at 1p per second

Nimbuzz has introduced cheap international calling for domestic users. The company has launched an international calling service that will allow users to make phone calls over the Internet to landline or mobile numbers starting at just one paisa per second. Nimbuzz has 25 million registered users in India and has partnered with Spectranet hello ip to male international calling affordable. To make international calls Nimbuzz users will have to buy credit similar to Skype. International calls wil [...]

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How to Use Google AdSense Ads on your Responsive Websites – A Better Approach



Learn how to make your Google AdSense ads responsive with JavaScript. The code detects the size of the visitor's browser and serves appropriate AdSense ads that fit in the available space.





This story, How to Use Google AdSense Ads on your Responsive Websites – A Better Approach, was originally published at Digital Inspiration on 24/10/2013 under Google AdSense, Internet

BlackBerry Z30 launched in India

BlackBerry today launched the Z30 smartphone in India at a launch event in New Delhi. The Z30 is the largest phone ever launched by BlackBerry and sports a 5-inch display which almost puts it into the burgeoning 'phablet' category. The Z30 will be available in India early next week for Rs. 39,990 (a surprisingly competitive price). The BlackBerry Z30 comes with the BB10.2 OS, the latest version of the new touch focused OS launched earlier this year. As a result, the Z30 offers the Priority Hub, [...]

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GSMA releases Mobile Economy India 2013 report

Groupe Speciale Mobile Association (GSMA) in collaboration with the Boston Consulting Group has released an India-specific report “Mobile Economy India 2013”, which highlights the potential of the country's mobile phone industry. The report says the phone sector could contribute up to Rs. 216 lakh crore to India's GDP and create up to 4.1 million jobs by 2020. India's mobile ecosystem contributed about 5.3 percent of India's GDP, supporting 730,000 jobs as well as additional two mil [...]

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Micromax Canvas Magnus with 12MP camera available for Rs.14,999

Micromax has expanded its Canvas smartphone range, revealing the mid-range device Canvas Magnus A117. The quad-core smartphone is available on ecommerce site Snapdeal for Rs 14,999. The Canvas Magnus has a 5-inch IPS display with 720x1280 pixels resolution. It has a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor and runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS. The smartphone has 1 GB of RAM and 4GB in-built storage expandable up to 32GB via microSD card. It supports dual-SIM (GSM+GSM) with dual-standby. The Canvas Magnus has [...]

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Intex Aqua N2 dual-core Android smartphone launched for Rs. 6,990

Intex Technologies has added another mobile to its Aqua series, the Intex Aqua N2. The budget device is priced at Rs. 6,990 and will be available on leading e-commerce portals and retail stores in India. The Aqua N2 has a 4.0-inch capacitive touch screen display with 800 ×480 pixels display resolution. It has a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor with 512MB of RAM and runs on Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean). The smartphone features a 5MP auto focus rear camera and 1.3MP front camera for video calling. [...]

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8

Samsung had a very successful product in the Galaxy Tab 2 P3100 last year. The successor, the Tab 3 211, hasn’t seen a significant upgrade when it comes to the specifications, but it is a good performing product nonetheless. At the launch of the Tab 3 211, we also saw the launch of the Tab 3 311, an 8-inch variant of the device. The Tab 3 311 brings with it an 8-inch display and a slew of features that we have seen on other Samsung devices such as the Note 510, S4, and more. The devic [...]

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Sony to unveil Xperia Z1S and Xperia Taichi on November 12

If information circulating the Internet is to be believed, then Sony is holding an event on November 12 where it is expected to showcase two new devices – the Xperia Z1S and the Xperia Taichi. The event will be held in Shanghai. The Xperia Z1S is expected to have a 4.3-inch 720p display and will be powered by the Snapdragon 800 chipset with quad-core CPU. The device will have a 20MP G-Lens camera. Sony has launched the Z1f in Japan and it isn’t clear whether the Z1S is the internati [...]

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India emerges as the ransomware capital of Asia Pacific: 2013 Norton Report

India has emerged as the ransomware capital of Asia Pacific with 11 percent of cybervictims falling to this form of virtual extortion, while average cost per victim has increased by 8 percent from last year. According to Symantec's 2013 Norton Report, India is among top five countries for the highest number of incidences of cybercrime such as ransomware (11 percent), identity theft (11 percent) and phishing (9 percent). “At first glance of the India findings, we were happy to see a signi [...]

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Pitch Us Your MakeUseOf Story Ideas! [We Ask You]




MakeUseOf is many things to many people, as we previously discovered when we asked you all to tell us how you would describe MakeUseOf to a friend. We are, at the core, a group of writers passionate about technology, and in particular technology that you can make use of, even if only for entertainment purposes. We publish dozens of stories each week, some of which are extremely well received, others which disappear off the radar with barely a glance. Which is where you come in. Who better to suggest ideas for what we, the MakeUseOf collective, should be writing about...


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Google Launches Project Shield To Freely Protect Sites From DDoS Attacks



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In a move to protect freedom of expression on the internet, Google is launching a new tool to help websites protect themselves from attacks by hacker groups and other elements. Project Shield leverages Google’s infrastructure to ward off DDoS attacks. A Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack is one of the favoured tools of hacker and activist groups. What’s a DDoS attack? Basically, several computers across the world start pinging one website incessantly, until its servers can no longer handle the load and the site crashes or is unavailable for viewing. It’s a crude attack, but effective and used often...


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Google Launches Project Shield To Freely Protect Sites From DDoS Attacks



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In a move to protect freedom of expression on the internet, Google is launching a new tool to help websites protect themselves from attacks by hacker groups and other elements. Project Shield leverages Google’s infrastructure to ward off DDoS attacks. A Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack is one of the favoured tools of hacker and activist groups. What’s a DDoS attack? Basically, several computers across the world start pinging one website incessantly, until its servers can no longer handle the load and the site crashes or is unavailable for viewing. It’s a crude attack, but effective and used often...


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8 Super Websites For Soccer Fans




Former Liverpool manager Bill Shankly once said, “Some people believe football is a matter of life and death … I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.” While that was clearly said with tongue firmly lodged in cheek, football, or soccer as it’s known in some parts of the world, is a sport that incites passion in people. Soccer fans the world over will follow a team and not deviate from supporting a football club for their whole life. Wins are celebrated with wild abandon, losses are mourned with real sadness. Such an obsession can only...


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23 October 2013

News Gathering Gets A Fresh Break As Google Launches Google Media Tools



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News and media organizations have been using Google for a long time. Google has taken things a bit further by giving journalists a rich set of tools in one centralized hub called Google Media Tools. Google Media Tools is a collection of all Google resources that can help journalists enhance their reporting. Common tools like Google Drive, Google Maps, and Google Search Trends along with many others find a place in the suite. The idea is not to be just a diving-board platform for the Google tools journalists need and use most often. Rather, Google wants this one-stop shop to...


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Technophilia 86 Live From MakeUseOf



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Asus RoG Vulcan PRO

Active noise cancellation, bundled DSP, detachable boom mike, 7.1 virtual surround sound and more come together with a funky red and black colour scheme to create the ASUS Vulcan PRO. Do all these elements fit together to create the ultimate gaming headset? Let’s find out. Design and build The Vulcan PRO is an interesting headset. The black and red colour scheme, ASUS’s signature for their RoG series, is quite nice. The build is also quite nice and while it’s only plastic, it [...]

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Gaana.com gets a fresh new look and improved navigation

Gaana.com, has revamped its web app with a new look, a faster search engine, along with a host of social and personalisation features. Gaana.com offers pre-programmed radio streams, featuring Radio Jockey bytes, curated music and celebrity favourites. The company stated that the new version will soon feature radio stations based on artist, genre and other categories. The site will also be adding hundreds of new radio stations and celebrity playlists, all up for selection by users. The revamped [...]

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) launched in India for Rs. 49,990

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 edition) unveiled in September is now available in India for Rs 49,990. Samsung stated that the tablet will be launched this weekend over online and retail stores. The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition has a 10.1-inch WQXGA Super clear LCD display with 2560 X 1600 pixels resolution. The tablet comes in two chipset variants, Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition in India is powered by a 1.9GHz quad-core Exynos 5 Octa processor coupled with 3GB of RAM. It comes with [...]

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Apple MacBook Pro Retina laptop: The new model vs. the old

At the Apple event last night, the MacBook Pro Retina got an update. Apple has removed the regular 15 and 13-inch laptops from its portfolio leaving only the Retina display devices. The entry level 13-inch MacBook Pro Retina is priced at Rs. 99,900 where as the top of the Line 15-inch variant is priced at Rs. 1,99,900. The upgraded machines bring with them a slew of features including Haswell, OS X Mavericks, better battery life, slimmer form factor, 802.11ac Wi‑Fi and more. Here is a spec [...]

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Assassin's Creed 4: 'Black Flag' mid-night launch in India on 28 Oct.

Ubisoft's highly anticipated flagship title Assassins Creed: Black Flag will see a midnight launch at 'Games The Shop' on 28th October. e-xpress Interactive Software Pvt.Ltd in association with Games The Shop, will be organizing the midnight launch of the action adventure stealth title. The launch will take place on 28th October from 11 p.m onwards. Fans can grab their copies at Games The Shop, Oberoi Mall (Mumbai). Fans present at the launch stand a chance of winning 'Assassins Creed: Black F [...]

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Snapdeal launches app for iPhone users

Online marketplace Snapdeal has introduced a new mobile shopping app for iOS users. The app, already available for Windows and Android users, provides users access to Snapdeal's various product categories. Some of the main features of Snapdeal for iOS include dedicated offers section, sorting and filters options, recent and top searches, top sellers in each category and sub category, and easy order tracking. “The number of Apple device users in India is growing rapidly and with the laun [...]

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iPad Air and iPad mini: what's new in Apple's tablets

Apple has updated the iPad more than a year after the launch of the iPad 4. This is the first time that Apple has redesigned the iPad since the launch of the iPad 2 (we aren’t counting the upgrade to the Lightning port but the overall design). The design is something that has been suggested in numerous leaks and rumours that have been circulating all over the Internet. It’s nice to see the iPad in not only a new design but a new name as well. Here, we take a look and see if you shou [...]

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MTS announces 3GPlus, next-gen CDMA services, in India

Sistema Shyam Teleservices ( SSTL), which operates in India under the brand name MTS, has officially announced the launch of Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) Rev. B Phase II network in the country. MTS claims the new network,Dubbed '3GPlus', delivers data speeds up to 9.8Mbps. The company has also introduced a new dongle, MBlaze Ultra. The MBlaze Ultra device is priced at Rs. 1,299 for both prepaid and postpaid customers. The company is offering new prepaid customers the dongle at Rs. 1,3999, w [...]

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KillZone: Shadow Fall ready for launch

Guerrilla Games has officially announced that KillZone: Shadow Fall is complete and all set for shipping. Angie Smets and game director Steven Ter Heide confirmed on Twitter that Shadow Fall's development is over and is ready for printing and shipment. Ter Heide also revealed some info regarding the campaign, “should last well over 10 hours for most gamers” and that multiplayer will run “with dedicated servers to handle the transfer of data between clients", in a post on [...]

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Shooting Sunburn Noida with 3 Point-and-Shoot cameras; DSLRs need not apply

I’ve been a long time concert photographer who’s been fortunate to have worked with several big name artists. Having used every single big name DSLR and popular lens in the arsenal of both Nikon and Canon, I have to say that nothing compares to the ease of mind you get from using these bad boys. Many a times, as a “purists” (or rather a former purist) I tend to discount anything that’s not a DSLR as a credible tool for making great photos, but being in the line of w [...]

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All you need to know about last night's Apple event: iPad Air and the rest

Apple announced quite a few things at the special event last night. As expected the company showed off a redesign to the iPad, branding it the iPad Air, and an iPad mini with a Retina Display (finally!). We also now have concrete details about the new Mac Pro, the MacBook Pros saw an update and the biggest highlight was of course, that OS X Mavericks is available to users for free. iPad Air The iPad Air has been redesigned and is in line with what we have seen from the rumours circulating the [...]

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Intex Aqua N2 quad-core Android smartphone launched for Rs. 6,990

Intex Technologies has added another mobile to its Aqua series, the Intex Aqua N2. The budget device is priced at Rs. 6,990 and will be available on leading e-commerce portals and retail stores in India. The Aqua N2 has a 4.0-inch capacitive touch screen display with 800 ×480 pixels display resolution. It has a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor with 512MB of RAM and runs on Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean). The smartphone features a 5MP auto focus rear camera and 1.3MP front camera for video calling. [...]

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iCouchApp: New social networking app for TV viewers

The iCouchApp acts as a platform for users to interact about similar shows and share views. The app has been launched for Android and will be released for iOS users in a month, according to the company. The iCouchApp, helps TV viewers engage and receive alerts about the TV program they are watching. Users can take part in surveys, give reviews about their favorite programe, take polls and get more information about a show of their interest. Users can play on shows popular shows like KBC and Big [...]

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No More Saved Searches in Google+



Google+ had a cool feature that allowed you to save searches. It's no longer available and all your saved searches will be removed in a few weeks.



Google shows this message when you click one of the saved searches: "Saved searches are going away. Bookmark this page on your browser to save your Google+ search for later."






There's even an article that explains how to bookmark a search results page. "Browser bookmarks replace the earlier 'Save this search' option in Google+. You can access any existing saved searches from the Home > More menu until November 15, 2013."



I used this feature to save searches like #autoawesome, #googleplusupdate.



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More Google Experiments That Hide Results URLs



There are at least two other versions of the Google experiment that removes search results URLs. The first alternate version places site names or domain names above the page title. For some results Google shows the site name, for other results Google displays the hostname.






The second alternate version shows both the site name and the hostname.






Which one do you like?



(As a side note, if you want to learn more about URLs, check this article written by Matt Cutts.)



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Chrome's New Tab Page Shows Static Doodles



The last time I wrote about Chrome's updated new tab page, I complained about the animated doodles that distract you every time you open a new tab. Since Chrome replaced the new tab page with Google's homepage, you also get the doodles, including those that are animated or interactive.



Here's what I asked Peter Kasting, from the Chrome team: "If nothing can be done about the new interface, my only request would be to show a static version of the animated doodles and click a button to start the animation. That would be a big improvement. It's really annoying to see the same animation over and over again when opening a new tab page."



The good news is that Google did exactly that. The updated new tab page now shows a static version of the doodle and you need to click a "play" button to start the animation.





22 October 2013

5 Places To Read Fiction Online – For Free!



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Want to read fiction without ever paying a cent? Want to do so legally? Then you’re in luck! In the past decade, a lot of websites have popped up that offer you, the reader, a chance to read a wide selection of fiction without putting your wallet on the line. Will you be able to read the latest and most hyped books on Goodreads for free? Probably not unless the author explicitly releases a limited time free version for marketing purposes. Otherwise, the only way to read an author’s work for free is illegally. However, you can still find good...


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Learning Math Just Got Easier With The Problem Generator From Wolfram Alpha



The Wolfram Problem Generator

Wolfram Alpha is one of the best alternative search engines for finding answers to computational queries. Now, Wolfram Alpha has taken the same computational power and turned it into a solution for one of learning’s most “nightmarish” problems – learning mathematics. The Wolfram Problem Generator helps students solve practice problems with clear step-by-step directions. To use Wolfram Problem Generator you need to have a Wolfram Alpha Pro account. You can take it for a free trial before going in for a pro subscription. Students can pick from six main topics — arithmetic, number theory, algebra, calculus, linear algebra, and statistics....


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DishOnline

Till now, anyone who wanted to watch Live TV channels on their smartphone or tablet, had to rely on third party apps and service providers. But, if you are a Dish TV Direct to Home (DTH) subscriber, you can now also get Live TV on your Android or iOS device. Dish TV provided us with access to the DishOnline app for testing, and the overall package seems rather impressive for something that is essentially a first attempt by any DTH provider in India. But, quite frankly, there is considerable hea [...]

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Find the Perfect File Manager App for your Android



Google Play hosts hundreds of file management apps for Android and we'll help you find that perfect app for managing files on your Android phone and tablet.





This story, Find the Perfect File Manager App for your Android, was originally published at Digital Inspiration on 22/10/2013 under Android, Software

iCouch: New social networking app for TV viewers

The iCouch app acts as a platform for users to interact about similar shows and share views. The app has been launched for Android and will be released for iOS users in a month, according to the company. The iCouchApp, helps TV viewers engage and receive alerts about the TV program they are watching. Users can take part in surveys, give reviews about their favorite programe, take polls and get more information about a show of their interest. Users can play on shows popular shows like KBC and Bi [...]

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Good news to all PC users who have upgraded to the recently released Windows 8.1 update and looking to customize the look of the desktop by installing third-party visual styles. The developer of popular UXStyle software has updated the software and the latest version of UXStyle is fully compatible with Windows 8.1 RTM build. As […]

Lenovo P780

We have seen a lot of smartphones launch that boast of the MediaTek MT6589 chipset and there was very little that distinguished one from the other. We have the Lava Iris 504q that boasts of gesture capabilities, and the Canvas 4 that has a slew of gesture controlled features that could give Samsung a run for its money, so on and so forth. Today we have with us the Lenovo P780. The smartphone has a whopping 4000mAh battery and a build very reminiscent of the Lenovo K900. Does this smartphone dese [...]

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How to get the best deals on gadgets and games

Whether or not you have any inhibitions regarding online purchases, one thing’s for certain – online deals can never be matched by brick-and-mortar retailers. However, for a complete shopping experience you need to have elements of both worlds which would be, one, an abundance of information and reviews. Two, experiencing the look and feel of a product in your own hands. Which is why major brick-and-mortar shops are focusing on improving their digital presence and online retailers an [...]

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Use coupons to get great Diwali deals on online shopping

Not all of us can get the inside scoop on the best deals but that doesn’t mean you can’t save at all. Coupons are available for most online stores and even for some brick-and-mortar ones. Not using a coupon is pretty much blasphemous nowadays. The low-down Let’s take a look at Coupondunia. The site on its own has a pretty neat interface and straightaway gives you a grid-wise listing of the most popular online stores and then proceeds to list featured coupons. Clicking on a pa [...]

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An app that sends out alerts if satellites are spying on you

Orbit Logic, an American company, has developed SpyMeSat, the first of its kind app designed for iPhone, iPad and the iPod Touch, that notifies users when they are within range of an imaging satellite that could be taking their pictures. You can set SpyMeSat to give you alerts for any location, call up resolution specs for each model, track satellites even when they’re not overhead and learn about their various on-board sensors. The user can look up the imaging resolution information disp [...]

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BBM for Android and iOS now available for download

BlackBerry has announced the launch of the BBM messaging app for iOS and Android. The app is available to users for download from the Google Play store, Apple App store and select Samsung App stores for free. If you are one who had registered on BBM.com, then you can download the app and begin using the BBM services. If not, here’s what you need to do: Download BlackBerry Messenger for Android or iPhone Install the app, open it, and enter your email address BlackBerry will email you wh [...]

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Vuclip to power Airtel's Re. 1 Entertainment Store

Bharti Airtel and Vuclip have entered into a partnership under which Vuclip will provide technology, product, analytics, and content aggregation engine for the video section of Airtel's newly launched Re. 1 Entertainment Store. Range of content on the store includes music, games, photos and videos. The video section of Airtel Re. 1 Entertainment Store runs on Vuclip’s Dynamic Adaptive Transcoding (DAT) technology that streams video on a real-time basis on any device and on any network. Ai [...]

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Free Online Courses You Can Study From Anywhere With iversity [Stuff to Watch]




This week we brought you the news that iversity launched with 24 available courses, so now it’s time to bring you a video prospectus of some of the service’s most interesting courses on offer. Just like Coursera, iversity is a completely free learning experience that delivers the educational goods via video lectures, discussion and assignments; all of which are planned and delivered by lecturers at some of the world’s top universities. If you’ve been thinking “I could study that”, but don’t have the funds or nearby institution, iversity might be just up your street. Here are 5 of the most...


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The Untranslated Google+ Share Button



Google's new navigation interface includes a redesigned "share" button that's more compact. For some reason, Google uses "share" in the English interface and "+" in the non-English interfaces.









The old share button, which is still available in Blogger, Google Wallet and a few other Google services, used this button text: "+ Share", which was translated in other languages.






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Google Shows 3D Models for Chemical Compounds



If you search Google for a chemical compound like carbon dioxide, sulfuric acid, glucose, ethylene glycol, ethyl acetate, you'll notice that the Knowledge Graph box includes an image with the "3D" icon. Click the first thumbnail and you'll get an animated 3D model of the compound.






Google uses the player from the Google Shopping 360° Product Images feature. Here's a direct link to the player.






This is a much more complex compound:






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YouTube Cards for Shows



YouTube tests a new interface for the shows card that looks just like the music card. It displays a large thumbnail, a list of seasons and episodes when you search for the name of the show.



"A YouTube show is an episodic or consistently themed web series consisting of a cast along with one or various topics, styles, and/or storylines. A viewer can subscribe directly to a show as opposed to an entire channel. All episodes in a show are created by a single partner, organized into seasons and delivered consistently. Episodes may be ad-supported, purchased by rental or not monetized at all," explains YouTube.









Here's the existing interface:






Here's how you can enable the experimental feature. If you use Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari or Internet Explorer 8+:



1. open youtube.com in a new tab



2. load your browser's developer console:



* Chrome or Opera 15+ - press Ctrl+Shift+J for Windows/Linux/ChromeOS or Command-Option-J for Mac



* Firefox - press Ctrl+Shift+K for Windows/Linux or Command-Option-K for Mac



* Internet Explorer 8+ - press F12 and select the "Console" tab



* Safari 6 - if you haven't enabled the Develop menu, open Preferences from the Safari menu, go to the Advanced tab and check "Show Develop menu in menu bar". Close Preferences and then press Command-Option-C to show the console.



* Opera 12 - press Ctrl+Shift+I for Windows/Linux or Command-Option-I for Mac, then click "Console".



3. paste the following code which changes a YouTube cookie:



document.cookie="VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=c1OXNGmJ090; path=/; domain=.youtube.com";window.location.reload();



4. press Enter and close the console.



To go back to the regular interface, use the same instructions, but replace the code from step 3 with this one:



document.cookie="VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=; path=/; domain=.youtube.com";window.location.reload();



Some examples of searches: [lifehacker], [designers at work], [classical music], [gta].



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21 October 2013

Need A Laugh? Brighten Up Your Day With These Bad Lip Readings



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Are you a fan of nonsensical and silly parody humor? If so, you’ll love the Bad Lip Reading series of videos on YouTube. The gist of the series is that they take well-known clips, for instance political speeches or movie scenes, and completely dub the audio with their own lip reading interpretations. The results are often hilarious, completely wrong, yet surprisingly fitting. I admit that I thought the idea was stupid when I first heard about it. However, upon watching a few videos, I will say that there’s a lot of humor to be found in these Bad Lip Readings...


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