YouTube brings its own Top 100

YouTube 100 is the new music chart for videos launched by Google these days. The chart is based on songs popularity (and not number of views) and includes both user-generated and professional music videos. The popularity seems to be a subjective criteria thus creating a not very believable chart. Mainstream artists like Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga are populating the chart with numerous tracks showing its doubtfully face.

The chart preserves YouTube’s social sharing philosophy giving higher control to the user compared to other major charts such as Billboard or iTunes. Unfortunately the commercial side prevails in the chart with few user-generated videos to make their debut.

Chris LaRosa, Google Music product manager explains:

“”Not only does the YouTube 100 give props when fans make original videos for popular songs, it also captures YouTube’s one-of-a-kind musical diversity: Nice Peter ranks on the chart alongside global radio stars, and Rebecca Black hits the Top 10.”

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Take big screen excitement anywhere with video eyeglasses

We all love the feeling of high quality, big screen TV. Movies seem better and video games more exciting. But even if mobile gadgets  have made it possible to take high quality videos wherever you are, unfortunately, the small screen can’t give you the excitement of a real big screen TV.  Well, recently I discovered a line of video eyeglasses which emulates the experience of viewing a movie (or playing a game) on the big screen…

Available in 3 versions, the Wrap 230, the Wrap 280 and the Wrap 920, these video eyeglasses are compatible with most portable video devices including iPods, iPhones, DVD players, media players, gaming systems and mobile phones with video out.

Moreover, thanks to superior battery technology, they’re able to run for up to 6 hours on each charge.


For more information, please take a look here.

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Keep your PC running in tip-top shape with this must have Windows utility

It used to be that viruses were simple. You surfed somewhere questionable or got an e-mail from someone you didn’t know, opened it up, and…POOF! You got infected with something. Now-a-days, it’s a lot more complicated than that.

In today’s computing world, not only do you have viruses, worms and bots to be wary of, you’ve got spyware that constantly reports what you do, where you do it, how long you do it, and whom you do it with, too. Not only is it an invasion of your privacy, but the tracking cookies and Trojans often collect sensitive, private information, like financial data, that is no one’s business but your own. These illegal programs also bog down your computer’s performance, in some cases, making it nearly unusable.

Spybot Search & Destroy detects and removes these unwanted files and modules from your computer. It cleans program and Web-usage tracks from your system, which is especially useful on shared computers.

Read the full review | Download Spybot Search & Destroy

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WinZip Mac Edition updated

Corel updated WinZip Mac Edition to version 1.5. From the functionality point of view, the application features:

Improved support for Mac application bundles (.app), with the option to view package contents before unzipping. You can also extract individual applications in a Zip file directly into your applications folder

Option to include hidden files when zipping, in order to preserve the full content, structure, and presentation of file folders.

Ability to extract an even wider range of compressed file types, including files without Zip or Zipx extensions (such as .jar and .war files).

With WinZip Mac Edition you can also share archiving data or burn Zip files to CD/DVD. The enhanced interface gives an at a glance breakdown of file sizes before and after compression, showing you exactly how much space was saved by zipping.

Zip and Email’ feature now allows you to resize and compress your high-resolution photos before attaching them to your email, reducing their size and optimizing them to fit standard computer screens.

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Social networking creates big vulnerabilities

After an eight-month study, Palo Alto Networks (an enterprise security and firewall company) released a report that provides a global view into application usage by assessing 28 exabytes of application traffic from 1,253 enterprises between October 2010 and April 2011.

More than 40% of the 1,042 applications that Palo Alto Networks identified on enterprise networks can now use SSL or hop ports to increase their availability within corporate networks. This segment of applications will continue to grow as more applications follow Twitter, Facebook, and Gmail, who all have enabled SSL either as a standard setting or as a user-selectable option in an effort to create the perception of improved security for its end-users.

Contrary to popular opinion, social networking has not meant the death knell of webmail and instant messenger (IM). Compared with 12 months ago, IM traffic, as a percentage of overall traffic has more than doubled, while webmail and social networking increased nearly five times.

As browser-based file sharing applications now use peer-based technology and add clients as a “premium”, the question arises: will the business and security risks introduced by browser-based file sharing follow the same path as those that were introduced by P2P? The frequency of file transfer applications – 92% of FTP, 82% of P2P, and 91% browser-based file sharing—each provide business value, but represent security and business risks that may include exploits, malware vectors, and data loss.

Rene Bonvanie, vice-president of marketing at Palo Alto Networks declared:

“This data should be a wake-up call for IT teams who assume encrypted traffic is mainly HTTPS or for those who still believe that social networking usage is not taking place on their corporate networks.”

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Google launches Chromebooks with Samsung and Acer

Yesterday we announced that Google was getting ready to announce a “student package” for its Chrome notebook. Well, shorter than expected, Google officially unveiled its first Chromebooks. Google has partnered up with Samsung and Acer to deliver the first models, which are slated to ship on June 15.

Let’s take a look at the main features of Chromebooks…

Instant web
Chromebooks boot in 8 seconds and resume instantly. Your favorite websites load quickly and run smoothly, with full support for the latest web standards and Adobe Flash. In fact, Chromebooks are designed to get faster over time as updates are released.

Always connected
It’s easy to get connected anytime and anywhere with built-in Wi-Fi and 3G. As your Chromebook boots up, it quickly connects to your favorite wireless network so you’re on the web right from the start. 3G models include a free 100 MB per month of mobile data from Verizon Wireless so you can keep working around home and on the go.

Same experience everywhere
Your apps, documents, and settings are stored safely in the cloud. So even if you lose your computer, you can just log in to another Chromebook and get right back to work.

Amazing web apps
Every Chromebook runs millions of web apps, from games to spreadsheets to photo editors. Thanks to the power of HTML5, many apps keep working even in those rare moments when you’re not connected. Visit the Chrome Web Store to try the latest apps, or just type in a URL. No CDs required.

Friends let friends log in
Chromebooks are easy to share with family and friends. They can log in to experience all of their own Chrome settings, apps, and extensions, or use Guest Mode to browse privately. Either way, no one else using your Chromebook will have access to your email and personal data.

Forever fresh
Your Chromebook gets better and better over time, unlike a traditional PC. When you turn it on, it updates itself. Automatically. All of your apps stay up-to-date, and you get the latest and greatest version of the operating system without having to think about it. Annoying update prompts not included.

Security built in
Chromebooks run the first consumer operating system designed from the ground up to defend against the ongoing threat of malware and viruses. They employ the principle of “defense in depth” to provide multiple layers of protection, including sandboxing, data encryption, and verified boot.

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Music Beta by Google goes official

Google Music is a music streaming service and was launched today.

Google Music BETA first of all is only available in the United States.

Google Music Beta will allow around 20,000 songs and it is free (at least while is in the beta-testing phase).

This service will allow you to listen to music from any device you have with an internet access (phone/tablet Android 2.2, PC). You will also be able to create playlists, mood playlists and manage them instantly no matter what device you use with instantly sync.

With this new service Google has not invented the wheel, online streaming cloud players are services that exist for a long time for example Amazon Cloud Player, mSpot and AudioBox.

On a short comparison between Google Music Beta and Amazon Cloud Player, the most relevant part is that both parties offer around CLOUD 5Gb space (Amazon) or 20 000 songs (at 5Mb/mp3 file that is around 4.6-5Gb). Also Google offers this service only to Andorid users, while Amazon can stream also to iPhone and iPad.

You can read more about Google Music and request an invitation HERE.


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Google to announce Chrome Laptops

Google is about to announce a new Chrome laptop in a $20 a month “student package” which includes both hardware and online services. Google are striking while the iron is hot as it would go hand in hand with their Google Apps which is a Microsoft Office-like suite of products that is sold to businesses for $50 a year.

Bundle this with a super-inexpensive Chrome laptop and market it like mobile phones are and it could be a money-making machine for Google.

Well, this is cheaper than buying any other laptop.

Even part-time working student could easily afford $20 a month for a Chrome-based laptop.

Well, to me, it definitely doesn’t sound like a good deal for a primary computer, but for a secondary computer that has built-in mobile internet, it sounds like a good deal, especially for students.

Source: Forbes

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