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YouTube expands livestreaming, opens it up to all channels with 1000+ subscribers

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 15, 2013 10:31 pm

Google had a massive opening day at Google I/O. Today, the company announced that they are expanding livestreaming options by opening the platform up to more users. Now, any channel that has more than 1,000 subscribers will be able to use YouTube to livestream events.

 

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This will cover most major channels, meaning livestreaming will be more available. However, by setting this arbitrary barrier, it will help keep out less useful or lower-quality livestreams. It will also help YouTube manage costs as livestreams cost more to produce and host than a normal YouTube video.

 

  • You get real-time transcoding in the cloud, so you only need to send us your highest quality stream and we make it instantly available in all resolutions and device formats
  • You can show multiple camera angles, add closed captions, and insert ads and slates
  • Viewers can watch the live stream from any device, get the best quality constantly adjusting to their Internet connection, and can skip back and forth in the live stream

Google updates Wallet, now allows you to send money via Gmail

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 15, 2013 10:03 pm

Time to report on another Google update announced today at Google I/O. Google has integrated its Wallet product into Gmail to allow people to send money with an e-mail. This makes the product competitive with PayPal, which also allows you to send money to other people. However, PayPal doesn't allow you to attach money to an e-mail.

 

 

The new attach money feature will allow you to send money to everyone, including people who don't have a Gmail account. According to Google, all transactions are stored on secure servers in encrypted form. Google monitors transactions for fraud and Wallet Purchase Protection covers 100 percent of "eligible unauthorized transactions."

 

It's pretty cool to be able to attach money to an e-mail just as you would attach an image or other attachment.

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RumorTT: Next iPad mini will feature upgraded processor and cameras

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 15, 2013 9:32 pm

Another week, another Apple-related rumor. The latest rumor says the next iPad mini will be coming with numerous improvements over the original model launched last year. Rumors say that this fall will be a busy one for Apple, with a new iPad, iPad mini, and iPhone all expected to be showing up.

 

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This rumor specifically says that the iPad mini will be coming with a Retina display capable of a resolution of 2048x1536. To push all those pixels, the iPad mini will need a more powerful processor. According to the rumor, it will the Apple A6X processor. The back camera is also said to be getting an upgrade to 8MP and the front camera to 2MP.

 

The thickness is expected to increase slightly to make room for a larger battery to power these higher-spec'd parts. As with all rumors, take this with a grain of salt.

Google sends cease and desist letter to Microsoft over new Windows Phone YouTube app

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: May 15, 2013 9:03 pm

Google isn't happy with Microsoft over its recently released YouTube app. The app, which was released by Microsoft just over a week ago, is a much-improved YouTube app that Google apparently didn't know was coming. According to a copy of the cease and desist letter sent to Microsoft, Google is demanding Microsoft "immediately withdraw this application from the Windows Phone Store and disable existing downloads of the application by Wednesday, May 22, 2013."

 

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The main issue with the app, which makes use of Google's API for YouTube, is it's blocking of ads. Both YouTube and the content creators rely on Google's AdSense for revenue. Without these ads, Google can't pay for the hosting and serving of videos and content creators can't monetize their content.

 

Content creators make money on YouTube by monetizing their content through advertising. Unfortunately,by blocking advertising and allowing downloads of videos, your application cuts off a valuable ongoing revenue source for creators, and causes harm to the thriving content ecosystem on YouTube. In addition,your application overrides specific decisions made by some content creators to keep their content from displaying on certain types of devices, which in many cases are due to exclusive distribution arrangements those content creators have with third parties. YouTube's agreements with creators give them choices in how their content is presented and distributed, and your applicatio

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Google makes video of I/O keynote available for all to watch on YouTube

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 15, 2013 8:23 pm

If you happened to miss Google's I/O keynote because you weren't there, you can check out our coverage on our new Live Blog feature. Or, you can spend the 3 hours and 30 minutes to watch a recorded version of the keynote on YouTube. We've embedded the YouTube video below for your viewing pleasure:

 

 

In the keynote, Google unveiled a bunch of new products, features, and updates. Changes include a completely revamped Maps interface and updates to Knowledge Graph. New features include an unlimited music-streaming service through Google Play Music. We will have continuing coverage of Google I/O here on TweakTown, so be sure to stay tuned!

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Google debuts Play Music: All Access, a new music-streaming service to compete with Spotify

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 15, 2013 7:23 pm

As part of today's Google I/O keynote, Google debuted its upgraded Music product. Under the Google Play naming scheme, Google Play Music All Access provides unlimited streaming via the web and up to 10 authorized devices for just $9.99 per month, the same fee as charged by Spotify. Better yet, if you sign up for the free 30-day trial before June 7, the monthly charge will be just $7.99.

 

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As you can see above, I've already signed up for the service. It's important to note that the service is only currently available in the United States. I've also been unable to get All Access working on my iPhone via Google's web app. In order to compete directly with Spotify, Google will need to develop a desktop app and an iOS app.

 

Head on over to Google Play and sign up for the free trial! So far, all of the music I listen to on Spotify has been available on Google Play Music. Follow our Live Coverage at our new Live Blog!

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Google has announced at I/O an upcoming Maps overhaul, private beta starts tomorrow

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 15, 2013 6:54 pm

During Gogole's keynote at Google I/O today, the company showed off a new version of Google Maps. The new Maps features a completely redesigned interface, along with numerous new features. For instance, Maps will now know more about a user and use that information to help with location discovery.

 

 

Maps will now integrate imagery from all of Google's different products into a single location. This means Earth, Street View, and other projects, such as undersea and space imaging, will all be available through the Maps product. This means Photo Spheres will now be included and these cool images can be added to Maps by anyone.

 

If you'd like to get a chance to try out the new Maps before others, head on over to the page Google has set up for previewing. There you can request an invite to be one of the first to use the new Maps product.

 

Follow TweakTown's live coverage of Google's Keynote at our new Live Blog.

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Google taking on Facebook and Apple with Knowledge Graph and Voice Search for Web

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: May 15, 2013 6:43 pm

Facebook's Graph Search has been met with mixed reviews from within the tech community, with my personal experience not being that exciting. Today Google announced major improvements into its graph search competitor Knowledge Graph, which it launched a year ago.

 

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Google says that "The search of the future will need to answer, converse, and anticipate." At today's I/O keynote, Google announced that you'll start to get important statistics, provided by the knowledge graph. Right now, you can search for the population of India; beginning today, it will anticipate what you're likely to ask next: what's the population compared to other countries? Today, Knowledge Graph is also launching in new languages: Polish, Turkish, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese.

 

Google also has taken a stab at Apple by launching its Siri-like Voice Search into the web. Now you can simply sit back in your chair and speak into your microphone and Google will return an audible response to your question. No need to press a button or anything. Simply say "OK Google", and state your question. Conversational voice search will be available across all platforms with Chrome.

New Google+ Cloud based photo editing features announced at Google I/O

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cloud Computing | Posted: May 15, 2013 6:36 pm

Earlier this week Google announced that it was increasing Drive storage to 15GB and today we are finding out why. At today's Google I/O keynote the company showed off several new and exciting features on how its Google+ social network handles image storage, manipulation and sharing.

 

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In the past, if you uploaded full size images, you had just 5GB of storage, but now with 15GB you can upload all of your images to Google+. Google pointed out that it is the only social network that allows true full resolution image uploads and included a graphic showing the relative resolution of various social networks.

 

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Google also unveiled a sort of intelligent image sorting process that is aimed at reducing the time it takes for a photographer or individual to sort through large image albums. Google can now take your entire vacation photo album and automatically highlight the best. Say there is 600 photos total, it will filter out duplicates, analyze for bad exposure and automatically identify major landmarks. Then it will look for people, and for photos of people smiling.

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Google+ gets 41 updates and improvements including new UI

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Social Networking | Posted: May 15, 2013 5:53 pm

Google has just debuted a completely new look for its social network Google+. The service is getting 41 new features or upgrades with the most noticeable being a complete facelift. Google+ will now feature a dynamic and modern multi column design that will allow users to explore post more in-depth than previously possible.

 

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Also announced is a new hash-tagging system that will dynamically search relevant content on Google+ and will instantly add relevant hashtags to your post upon submission. When you click a hashtag it will show related items that are specifically sorted to the sources Google things you may prefer.

 

A new Google+ Hangout app was also announced that makes hanging out on your mobile device easier than ever. It allows users to easily enter into a text based group chat and quickly drop into a video call with the simple tap of a button. Google says that this new app along with the video calls will be free. Stay tuned to TweakTown for more feature updates as they become known!

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