YouTube gets sleek new design with cross-site Guide feature to promote subscriptions and channels!!

YouTube has released new features designed to help make it easier for viewers to subscribe and watch channels on its site. Part of this effort is the expansion of its Guide feature, which now reaches across multiple devices. Additionally, the service is rolling out a new look to the site that it says is cleaner and simpler.

With channel subscriptions, YouTube has been focused on helping users to discover new videos. Although rolled out five years ago, it was last year when the company made it easier for people to subscribe by adding the Guide on the homepage.

As you may have seen, when you add subscriptions to your Guide, it shows you videos related to what you’ve seen before. Now, the Guide follows you across all of your devices, including Android, iPhone, iPad, Playstation 3, Google TV, and more — never again will you need to remember what channel had your favorite video.

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There are over 4 billion hours of video watched on YouTube alone each month. Within the last year, the number of users subscribing to channels has doubled, and the company is estimating that an additional 30% rise is to be expected. In other words, managing subscriptions is definitely important.

With over 800 million people visiting the site each month, discovering videos isn’t enough — YouTube is also rolling out a new layout where its “crucial elements” are up front and center: the video is at the top of the page with the subscribe button, social actions, and video info are below it. This places the emphasis on the video content, and nothing else. Your playlists are also available on the right-hand side so you can navigate through other videos as well.

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It appears that YouTube had been making some design changes to the service for a while now. As TechCrunch reported, a YouTube spokesperson stated that “with more videos coming to YouTube every minute, we’re always experimenting with ways to help people more easily find, watch and share the videos that matter most to them. As always, we’ll consider rolling changes out more broadly based on feedback on these experiments.”

For those participating in the YouTube Creators program, a resource to help users create better content by taking advantage of the service’s tools, there are at least three things to note about what the new design means: the Guide is everywhere and will promote channel activity to fans, the video now becomes center stage on the viewing page, and lastly, it’s now easier for fans to subscribe along with what it calls “enhanced channel recommendations”.

Photo credit: ERIC PIERMONT/AFP/Getty Images

iPad mini, 4th gen iPad India prices revealed before it’s Friday launch!!

 

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Apple‘s iPad mini and the fourth generation iPad are set to go on sale in India this Friday and the prices are all but official courtesy various online retailers.

The iPad mini (Review | Pictures)  is expected to be available at Rs. 21,900 for the 16GB Wi-Fi only with a Rs. 6,000 premium to the next model in terms of storage and Rs. 8,000 for the model with cellular connectivity. The full pricing for Wi-Fi only iPad mini models is as follows: Rs. 21,900 (16GB), Rs. 27,900 (32GB) and Rs. 33,900 (64GB). The full pricing for iPad mini with cellular connectivity, which uses a nano SIM, is as follows: 29,900 (16GB), Rs. 35,900 (32GB) and Rs. 41,900 (64GB).

The fourth generation iPad is expected to be available at Rs. 31,900 for the 16GB Wi-Fi only with a Rs. 6,000 premium to the next model in terms of storage and Rs. 8,000 for the model with cellular connectivity. The full pricing for Wi-Fi only fourth generation iPad models is as follows: Rs. 31,900 (16GB), Rs. 37,900 (32GB) and Rs. 43,900 (64GB). The full pricing for fourth generation iPad with cellular connectivity, which uses a micro SIM, is as follows: 39,900 (16GB), Rs. 45,900 (32GB) and Rs. 51,900 (64GB).Apple introduced the iPad mini and the fourth generation iPad at a special event in San Jose, California on October 23rd (Pictures). The iPad mini features a 7.9-inch 1024×768  display, FaceTime HD and iSight cameras, ultrafast wireless performance and 10 hours of battery life. The new fourth generation iPad features a 9.7-inch Retina display, new Apple-designed A6X chip, FaceTime HD camera and ultrafast wireless performance with same 10 hours of battery life.
The iPad mini and fourth generation iPad are available in black and white colour options.
Read more at: Gadgets.NDTV.com

Something New: Smartphones to light up Sydney’s New Year show!!

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Sydney‘s world-famous New Year‘s Eve fireworks will go interactive with a smartphone-powered light show, officials announced Thursday, with ambassador Kylie Minogue calling on the city to embrace.

The light show, described by City of Sydney officials as a “world-first”, will run through an app on iPhone and Android smartphones that will illuminate the screens with colour at scheduled intervals leading up to midnight.The city is hoping to attract more than one million people to the harbour foreshore to witness the fireworks, and organisers want the crowds to hold their phones aloft to form a synchronised wave of colour.

“In a city of great diversity we come together at New Year’s Eve to embrace the future and celebrate all that we are and the potential that tomorrow holds,” Minogue, the event’s creative ambassador, said in a video message for Thursday’s official launch. Minogue said the theme for the 2012 celebrations, Embrace, was about “acceptance, tolerance, fun and above all love”. “This year I want everyone to embrace during the 9pm family fireworks and the midnight fireworks,” she said.

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“Whether it’s embracing new ideas, change and opportunities, or just giving a big hug to your family and friends, it’s something everyone can get involved in.”

App users will also be able to submit a word to be projected onto the pylons of the Harbour Bridge, which is typically the centrepiece of an evening’s pyrotechnics.

The Sydney fireworks kick off global New Year’s celebrations and are seen by billions of people worldwide.

The Mahindra Blue Sense app for XUV500 is here!!

Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. introduces the first ever vehicle smart app for its global SUV, the XUV500. The Mahindra BLUE SENSE® APP has been introduced on the XUV500 in India with a host of features. One can control features of the infotainment system as well as see vital information related to climate control, TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitoring System), fuel statistics, etc.

The Mahindra BLUE SENSE® APP is supported on the XUV500’s W8 model and also provides alerts and warnings related to various features including ‘door-open’, tyre pressure, ‘distance to empty’, etc.

Through this application, XUV500 owners will be able to connect with their vehicle via Bluetooth, get information about periodic maintenance, tune-in to their desired radio station and operate as well as control the infotainment system using their Android devices, sitting anywhere in the XUV500.
Existing as well as new XUV500 customers of can download the app from http://mahindraxuv500.com/product/mobile-downloads.htm

Earlier, Mahindra XUV500 had launched a “Tell Tale App” which has been downloaded by more than 7000 XUV500 users on their Android devices. This app helps users know about the XUV500’s instrument cluster in just one click and helps them keep track of their fuel consumption. This app also can be downloaded from the same link mentioned above.

The XUV500 with 41,000+ vehicles on Indian roads was designed entirely in-house at Mahindra’s world class research and development facility called Mahindra Research Valley at Chennai, and has, since launch in end-September 2011, set a benchmark of its own.

The XUV500 enjoys a market share of 60% in the high-end SUV segment. Having received a phenomenal response in India, the XUV500 has also made its mark in countries like Australia, South Africa and now in Italy as well. The company has already ramped up its production capacity to 5,000 units per month to meet rising demand. The All Wheel Drive (AWD) model of the XUV500 is now also available for bookings.

French designer’s invention: A Bonsai-shaped mobile charger, Electree+ !!

A French designer has developed with a digital bonsai tree, which can charge gadgets like smartphones and tablets. Designer Vivien Muller has named the bonsai tree ‘Electree+’.

The digital bonsai tree features 27 high-quality amorphous silicon square solar panels, each measuring around 3.7-inches. The solar panels are designed similar to trees and are placed at the end of branches – very reminiscent of a bonsai plant.

“Nature has selected over millions of years the most efficient structures to capture solar energy. The tree’s shape is thus the best means to take advantage of solar energy. While studying fractals, I realized that one could draw a tree by repeating and transforming a basic pattern,”Vivien Muller is quoted by Kickstarter.

The website claims an electric tree charger was first conceptualized way back in 2008 by the same designer. The idea didn’t incite much then. The Electree+ charger is considered to be an improved version of the predecessor. The designer claims the Electree+ comes with adjustable solar leaflets to maximize sunlight absorption.

The Electree+ comes with a battery with a capacity of 14, 000mAh. The Electree+ takes 36 hours to get fully charged. Fully charged, the device can charge an iPhone 5 nine times over and an iPad 2 twice without exposure to light. The Electree+ comes with two USB ports, one for smartphone that need less power and another for the tablets that need faster charging. There’s an NFC chip as well to enable wireless device charging – the new technology gaining popularity among smartphone makers such as Nokia and Samsung.

The device is priced at $199. The company behind the Electree+ project are planning to launch the Electree+ Charger globally by May 2013 if everything goes according to the plan.

The concept of Electree+ will certainly please the green enthusiasts as the device is expected to reduce carbon footprint, and inspire more green initiatives such as stress on renewable energy sources.

Source: IBTimes

Norton Mobile Security released for iPhone and iPad!!

 

Symantec has released Norton Mobile Security for iPhone and iPad. It lets users keep their device secure, recover a lost or stolen device and prevent strangers from accessing their information. Unlike the Norton Mobile Security for Android, you can’t lock the device remotely or Block calls or SMS yet.

Features of Norton Mobile Security for iPhone and iPad

  • Backup contacts online and restore it across devices (iPhone, iPad or Android)
  • Control the security of the devices from one convenient Web interface
  • Scream Alarm sets off an audible alarm to find the missing device
  • Remote Locate lets you pinpoint a lost or stolen device on a map so users can find it fast

The Norton Mobile Security is priced at Rs. 599 for 1 year protection and is available for purchase from Norton online store. After purchasing the license, you can download the Norton Mobile Security on your iPhone or iPad and login with those credentials to use the app.