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Google My Location – Look Ma, No GPS!

This article was written on November 28, 2007 by CyberNet.

Google has launched a service called My Location, and it could be a huge breakthrough in mobile mapping technology. My Location is available at no cost to those who use Google Maps on a mobile device, but don’t have GPS capabilities built-in. Technicalities aside, it uses cell towers to approximate the location of the user so that it is easier to find out where you are headed.

Naturally this is not going to be as accurate as GPS, but they say that it will get you within 1,000 meters (a little over 1/2 mile) on average. That does sound like an awful large variation, but for not being triangulated through a GPS receiver it’s actually rather good.

Sounds pretty cool, huh? Here’s a video demonstration that Google put together to show how it works:

This would be a great addition to the iPhone, and I’m sure iPhone owners will start pushing Apple to integrate this into the already powerful Google Maps application that comes with the device. It might not be perfect, but it’s better than having nothing, right?

And since privacy is always a big issue Google assures us that they are not storing any of our information, and that they don’t even see the name or phone number associated with a device. Who knows though … this could just be one more step in Google’s evil plot to take over the world quest to provide users with wonderful, yet free services.

My Location Press Release [via jkOnTheRun & Google OS]

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YouTube’s Filtering System to Debut Soon

This article was written on April 17, 2007 by CyberNet.

YouTube is just about done with their automated copyright filtering system that was originally supposed to launch last year. Google CEO Eric Schmidt calls it “Claim Your Content” and it will help keep copyrighted material off of YouTube by preventing it from being uploaded in the first place. Schmidt says that they’re “very close to turning this on.”

The sooner Google is able to get this implemented, the better. So far, the copyright issues are just costing Google more money than good. Schmidt was asked about the whole Viacom lawsuit over copyright issues, and he responded saying “Ah Viacom. You’re either doing business with them or being sued by them… we chose the former, but ended up the latter.”

Also funny is that Schmidt was asked about Microsoft raising concerns over the DoubleClick deal, and he responded with “Microsoft?” As though he hadn’t heard of them before…

Source: News.com

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iPhone Firmware 1.1.3 Features

This article was written on December 31, 2007 by CyberNet.

There has been a lot of buzz around the next iPhone firmware upgrade that is expected to be released as early as this week. At first there was some speculation that this is just a hoax, but if that was the case there has been way too much work put into it. A video has been provided, which we’ve embedded below, that demonstrates the various new features.

First lets take a look at the two big areas that are the most revamped:

–Customizable Homepage–

Apple is showing us the first signs of how things will work when users are allowed to install native applications on the iPhone in the future. With the new firmware users will be able to rearrange any of the icons (including the ones along the bottom dock), and they will also be able to add their favorite bookmarks to the homepage. The video below demonstrates how this works, but here are a few screenshots:

iPhone 113 Homepage

–Google Maps–

Since the iPhone doesn’t have a built-in GPS Apple is giving the Google Maps app the next best thing. It will have Google’s new My Location feature integrated, which uses the proximity to nearby cellphone towers to calculate an estimate of the user’s position.

Aside from that the Google Maps app will also include a hybrid map view (satellite + street labels) which it has definitely been lacking. Naturally all of these new features to Google Maps means more buttons, but Apple has decided to keep the interface clean by putting some of the buttons on a “new page”:

iPhone 113 Google Maps

–The Video Demonstration–

If you’re wondering exactly how it works here is a video that GearLive put together demonstrating all of the new features:

GearLive [via Gizmodo]

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Google Android Screenshots & Video

This article was written on November 12, 2007 by CyberNet.

As expected Google released their Android Software Development Kit (SDK) today. It provides all of the tools needed to start creating applications that run on the next generation mobile operating system, and Google is getting their checkbooks out to help ensure that Android won’t be a flop…

–The $10 Million Contest–

Google has caught the attention of developers around the world by announcing a $10 million contest that will be awarded to some of the best Android applications. The money will be distributed equally between two Android Developer Challenges:

  • Android Developer Challenge I: Submissions from January 2 through March 3, 2008
  • Android Developer Challenge II: This part will launch after the first handsets built on the platform become available in the second half of 2008

In the Android Developer Challenge I, the 50 most promising entries received by March 3 will each receive a $25,000 award to fund further development. Those selected will then be eligible for even greater recognition via ten $275,000 awards and ten $100,000 awards.

–Android Screenshots–

These are screenshots of Android running on what looks to be a Blackberry-like device:

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Android 1 Android 2 Android 3 Android 4 Android 5

–Touch Screen Android Screenshots–

Android includes an iPhone-style browser that is Webkit-based. It provides a browsing experience similar to what you would expect from a desktop computer. You can zoom in and out of the websites at your own leisure, and it even includes a website history browser that appears to be a sibling of the iTunes Cover Flow:

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Android Advanced 1 Android Advanced 2

–The Video–

Finally, here is the video that Google provided with live demonstrations of both the regular and touch screen uses of Android:

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Helpful Tip: How to Watch Restricted YouTube Videos

This article was written on April 18, 2008 by CyberNet.

restricted videos Some of you may have experienced this before: you go to watch a video on YouTube only to get a message saying “This video is not available in your country.” Unfortunately there are some videos that people in certain countries aren’t able to watch because the person/company that added the video put geographical restrictions on it. With a very simple change in the URL, you’ll now be able to watch those videos without any problems.

This tip comes from the Google Operating System Blog who explains that all you have to do is replace the original URL which would look something like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIDEOID with a URL that looks something like this:


And of course you know that the video ID would be the 11-character set of numbers and letters that are in a video URL, right? Essentially what you’re doing with this trick is entering in the URL of a video as though it was being embedded. When you enter in the modified URL and press enter, you’ll see a player maximized to your browser. Apparently YouTube hasn’t figured out a way to verify your country if you watch a video using the embedded video player.

If you’re wanting to try this out for yourself and you live outside of the United States, this Madonna video will be a good example. The normal URL for this video is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9ciR9qR1dU and so to get it to work outside of the United States, you’d need to enter the following URL:


If you know of any other videos that are banned in countries outside of the United States, give this trick a try.

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CBS Content to be Distributed via Joost, AOL, Microsoft, and more

This article was written on April 13, 2007 by CyberNet.

CBScorpCBS has just taken the steps necessary to become the most widely distributed professional content provider on the web by forming the CBS Interactive Audience Networks. It includes deals with big media outlets like AOL, Microsoft, CNET Networks, Comcast, Joost, Bebo, Brightcove, Netvibes, Sling Media, and Veoh.

Shows like CSI: Miami, CSI: New York, “Fat Actress,” Late Show with David Letterman, Survivor, and others will be available in the United States with select clips and sports programming to be distributed to a Worldwide audience.  The content will be ad supported and free to viewers, and the earned revenue will be shared between CBS and their partners.

It’s nice to see CBS making their content available to a larger, broader audience with multiple platforms.  They already have agreements with iTunes and YouTube which gives them more outlet options than any other professional content provider.

People continue to turn to sources other than the standard television to watch quality content. Agreements like this make it easy and legal for people to watch their favorite content in a way that’s more convenient for them.It’s clear that CBS realizes the importance of alternate distribution methods because they’re taking every opportunity possible to make their content available through a variety of media outlets. They’ve set the stage, and I’m sure other professional content providers will be soon to follow.

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Fast Forward Your YouTube Videos!

This article was written on August 16, 2007 by CyberNet.

Watching videos on YouTube just got a little easier, especially for those who want to skip to a certain part of a video. A new feature allows you to to click anywhere on the player bar and the video will start buffering from the location that you choose. There’s no more waiting for the entire video to load! The screenshot below shows that I clicked at 1:43 into the video, and that’s where the video started buffering.

Youtube fast forward

The days of waiting for the entire video to load before you can show your friends the best part are over. Google Video added a feature like this back last July, but their feature also allowed you to link to a specific time in a movie. Given that YouTube is now owned by Google, I’m surprised it’s taken them as long as it has to add the feature, and that they also didn’t include the option to link to a specific time.

Source: Digital Inspiration

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Create YouTube Playlists in the Firefox Sidebar

This article was written on October 03, 2007 by CyberNet.

YouPlayer for Firefox I’m sure many of you are YouTube addicts, and you probably can’t get enough of people jumping off roofs or watching those sonic booms. Now there is a Firefox extension to help match your crazy addiction!

YouPlayer appears as a sidebar item in your Firefox browser once it is installed. With it you can drag and drop YouTube video URL’s into the player to have it create a playlist.

One of the reasons I found this extremely useful was that I could drag and drop YouTube search results right into the player, and then watch them all without leaving the page that I was currently on. The only downside about doing it that way was that it didn’t retrieve the title of the video, and would have to be manually renamed if you wanted an easy-to-understand playlist. If you go to each videos standalone page, and then drag the tab over the naming convention is similar to what you see in the screenshot I took to the right.

There are a few things that came to my mind which would make this extension a must-have:

  • It would be awesome if I could add videos from multiple video sites. Sadly it only supports YouTube right now.
  • A bulk video adder seems like a necessity. Think about being able to drag a YouTube search results tab over into the playlist, and then having it automatically add all the videos from that page.
  • What about searching YouTube from within the sidebar? Then you could setup “smart” playlists like iTunes has.
  • A one-click option to have a playlist generated for the day’s most viewed videos would be nice.

Source: Lifehacker & Mozilla Links

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