First off, it's pretty incredible that a 2D movie could be converted to a 3D movie. Usually a 3D movie has different perspectives, so I'm not quite sure how this technology works. But, YouTube seems to have a pretty good understanding because they are now allowing any 2D clip to be converted to 3D. It's not just for video creators anymore!
Any ordinary user will be able to watch certain 1080p videos and convert them to 3D. The option will be in the Quality settings pane. Upon clicking it, Google sets to work converting the video into 3D. YouTube analyzes a host of video components, including "color, spatial layout, and motion to estimate a depth map for each frame of a monoscopic video sequence" to create the 3D effect.
However, usually if the video wasn't shot in 3D, the effects are somewhat boring. And 3D just gets old after a while if the effects aren't up to snuff. Google disagrees, saying that hundreds of thousands of videos were converted in the past months by their respective content creators. Also, how many people are set up to watch 3D? I know I'm not.
Tor is a popular program which enables people behind heavy government censorship to view the entire unobstructed internet. It's basically a proxy server which encrypts the outgoing packets so that they can't be snooped on. Unfortunately, these data packets can still be identified so the traffic can theoretically still be blocked.
Computer scientists have now come up with a way to mask these data packets as Skype traffic. This makes it near impossible for the government to block the data packets. If a government were to block Skype, there would be a massive outcry from other governments and the citizens themselves.
"The goal is to make the traffic look like some other protocol that they are not willing to block," Ian Goldberg, a professor at the Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo, told Ars. "They could just shut off the Internet, of course, like Egypt did for a few days a year or so ago, but that, of course, would be extremely unpopular to their own people that are wondering why can't see pictures of cute cats."
SkypeMorph, as the application is called, uses traffic shaping to convert Tor packets into User Datagram Protocol packets to avoid detection. The traffic shaping also mimics the sizes and timings of packets produced by normal Skype video conversations to further mask the connection from suspicion.
I always thought it was the government that I had to watch out for here in the United States. At least they allow me freedom of speech. However, Microsoft is no longer affording its users the same right. Now, if you try to send a message containing a link to The Pirate Bay, it will be rejected and an automated message will be sent back.
The message reads: "The link you tried to send was blocked because it was reported as unsafe." It doesn't matter if you are using the Microsoft client, or a third party one. Curiously enough, links to Demonoid still work without any issue. I'm not quite sure why Microsoft is appointing themselves the "Chat Police," but I do not like it one bit.
Climate change has not resulted in all bad, it would appear. Thanks to the climate change-induced melting of the Arctic sea ice, the Arctic ocean is now navigable by ship. This, in turn, is allowing for new fiber cables to be run at the bottom of the sea. The ultimate result of this is that England is digitally moving 60ms closer to Japan. In other words, there will now be 60ms less latency in the internet connection between England and Japan.
These new lines are good news for a wide variety of reasons. The current cables take a longer route, and traverse some of the heaviest traveled shipping lanes. This means that a ship who drags its anchor in the wrong spot could easily kill the backbone that links most of the world. Additionally, these cables are shorter, resulting in lower latency, as previously mentioned.
Another cable line is going to be laid following the North American coastline, instead of the Russian coastline. This will make connections into Canada, and ultimately reach Japan. The Russian Trans-Arctic Cable System (RUTACS) will be made of 6 pairs of fibers with a 1.6 Tbit/s capacity per pair, and the minimum latency between London and Tokyo will be 76.58 milliseconds. The North American route will have a total bandwidth between the countries will of 6.4 Tbit/s, with latencies between London and Tokyo of 168 ms.
The amount of people who fall for spam e-mail is enormous, I personally don't know why - because 99.9-percent of the time it's so blindingly obvious, but there are still quite a few who fall to the trick of "you've just inherited $4.5 million from an Uncle you've never heard of, in a country you've never heard of".
Google now want you to know why the messages they mark as spam, and will be, starting as of today, showing a brief explanation at the top of each spam message. All you have to do is look at any message in your spam folder to find out why it was put there, and to learn of any potential harmful content within the message itself.
Google hope this is not only interesting, but helps you learn just how they filter out those bad e-mails. You can leave the spam folder untouched (like most people do), or if you want to get into the educational side of things, the information is there for your help. I don't think I'll bother, I'll let Google sort out my spam, thanks, Google.
Last July, a wide selection of ISPs, including Comcast, Cablevision, Verizon, and Time Warner Cable, announced that they were adopting policies designed to discourage customers from illegally downloading music, movies and software. Since then, it has been quiet...too quiet. It was the calm before the storm. According to a panel discussion before a gathering of U.S. publishers, most participating ISPs are on track to start implementing the program by July 12. I don't quite understand why ISPs would want to take this on, but apparently they do.
The general plan goes something like this. ISPs send out one or two educational notices to those customers who are accused of piracy. If the behavior continues, the ISP is then asked to send out "confirmation notices" asking that they confirm they have received notice. Along with the "confirmation notices," the accused will also be informed of the possible risks and penalties of continuing to pirate material. Again, if the customer continues, the ISP can then ratchet up the pressure. ISPs can then choose to apply what the RIAA calls "mitigation measures." These include throttling connection speed, or stopping the connection altogether until the customer agrees to stop pirating. Luckily, not one of the service providers has agreed to permanently terminate service.
In the upcoming months, Google's web search will no longer just spit out a list of web links that match your query. It will start to present facts and direct answers at the top of the results page. These changes are among the biggest that the search giant have ever undergone and are a result of trying to keep a dominant market-share.
While Google isn't replacing its current keyword-search system, they are aiming to provide more relevant results by incorporating technology called "semantic search". Semantic search is the technology related to attempting to understand the meaning of the words themselves and provide relevant results. Over the past two years, Google has been quietly amassing a database of hundreds of millions of entities-people, places and things-which can provide data matched to queries.
After these updates, a Google query for "Lake Tahoe" would result in a listing of key attributes, such as its location, altitude, average temperature or salt content, above the usual listing of links based upon the old keyword search algorithm. When a more complex question is provided, Google may provide just an answer, rather than links to other sites. An example query would look something like, "What are the 10 largest lakes in California?" This query would likely return the answer, rather than links to other sites.
Photo sharing service Flickr, talked last month of an update coming to their site, and design, which would brush away some of the old dead weight design, and usher in something new. This "something new" is now here, in the form of a "justified" view.
The new "justified" view fills the screen with photos, whilst maintaining the aspect ratios, and is now justifying its way into the streams of users photos. On top of the new layout, justified view also lets you favorite, comment, or view a photo in a light box (fullscreen) directly from the thumbnails.
The new justified view hasn't rolled out for everyone just yet, but it does fix most peoples complaints about the sites design. If you don't like the new justified look, you can always go back to the previous looks, by clicking the drop down menu in the upper right-hand corner.
Google's video website, YouTube, is streaming an absolutely mind-boggling 4 billion videos each and every day. This is a 25-percent increase over the last eight months, according to the company.
Why the sudden jump in viewing numbers? Google have pushed YouTube beyond the PC, with YouTube having its own app on smartphones, tablets and televisions, as Google step up efforts to offer more professional-grade content on the site. According to Google, roughly 60 hours of video is uploaded to YouTube every 60 seconds, this is compared to the 48 hours of video uploaded per minute back in May of 2011.
Google acquired YouTube in 2006 for a nice $1.65 billion, and now represents one of Google's key opportunities to generate new sources of revenue outside of its traditional Internet search advertising business.
Mark it in your calendars, folks, June 6th is officially "World IPv6 Launch" day. A coordinated launch of the next-generation Internet protocol. On that day, various companies and corporations will begin to close the gaps and begin to deliver, true, end-to-end, next-generation Internet.
IPv6 is the replacement for the current version of IPv4 that is running out of addresses. The original IPv6 specification was actually published more than 15 years ago now, but it's only just this year that we'll finally start to see the beginning of it. IPv6 ushers in the ability to connect together billions of devices, both fixed and mobile, from the largest cloud-based systems, to the smallest Internet-connected sensors.
Google have now joined in on World IPv6 Day, with most of their services, including Search, Gmail, YouTube and more, will be available to the world over IPv6 permanently. Most users won't notice the change, but if you want to test your connection, you can visit ipv6test.google.com. It will be years before the Internet is fully transitioned to IPv6, but that's what the future holds for the Internet.
Ah, torrents. You used to be cool before everyone dived onto you, years ago, but as they have become mainstream, the target has been made. Torrents used to not be mainstream, and thus, the websites hosting them were pretty safe. Now I hear grandmas discussing how their son/daughter/friend/grandson "downloaded X or Y movie/TV show from 'the torrents'".
The Pirate Bay is one of the largest torrent-hosting sites on the Internet, and in a month from now, thepiratebay.org will remove all torrent files from its site, in favor for magnet links. This new move is what The Pirate Bay calls a "new future" in file sharing, consisting of true peer-to-peer sharing without the use of trackers.
TPB has already switched over to the underlying technology that runs alongside magnet links, with Distributed Hash Table (DHT) and Peer Exchange (PEX). TPB have been using magnet links with torrent files for a while now, without letting any of its users know.
Google first announced Gmail offline in August of last year, and when they said it was "only the beginning of our HTML5-powered offline journey", well, they were right. Google have said they've been listening to everybody's feedback and have now pushed some updates to the Chrome Web Store app.
The first update is the addition of a 'settings' page. From here, you can choose how many days of mail you'd like to synchronize, 7, 14 or 31 days. This means you can sync a bunch of e-mail before you get on the plane, or a bus/train and sort through 31 days of e-mail, all while you're offline.
Google also baked in a few more updates to Gmail offline:
Improved attachments: All attachments are now downloaded and available for offline use
Keyboard shortcuts support: If you have keyboard shortcuts enabled in Gmail, your setting will transfer over to the Gmail offline app. If you're not sure what you can do with keyboard shortcuts, try pressing '?' next time you're using Gmail or Gmail offline.
Numerous performance enhancements: Messages and attachments now download at a faster rate and some bugs have been fixed.
The Wikimedia Foundation has reached its goal of $20 million USD in donations for Wikipedia. The Wikimedia Foundation announced today they had reached their goal and the banners that appeared asking for your donations will be removed.
A Wikipedia blog post by Jay Walsh noted that over one million donors from around the world collectively contributed toward the $20 million campaign. Walsh also stated that the 2011 total surpassed the 2008 total of a "meager" $4.5 million. Sue Gardner, Executive Director for Wikimedia Foundation, said the following in a message:
Apple's cloud-based iTunes Match launched last month in the U.S. and while it has lagged behind a little, they've finally launched a website that is purely dedicated to iTunes Match. The new iTunes Match website tries to clear up most of the confusion that has risen since it was announced.
Apple thoroughly explain the basics of iTunes Match, quoted below:
With iTunes in the Cloud, the music you buy from the iTunes Store automatically appears on all your devices.1 And for music you haven't purchased from iTunes, iTunes Match is the perfect solution. iTunes Match is built right into iTunes on your computer and the Music app on your iOS devices.2 It lets you store your entire collection in iCloud, even music you've imported from CDs or purchased somewhere other than iTunes. When it's in iCloud, it's available on all your devices. So you can enjoy all your music anywhere, anytime - on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC, or Apple TV.
Got your calculator ready for some big numbers? Google have said that in November 2011 alone, AdMob saw 8 billion ad requests coming in from tablets, which is an increase from the 1 billion in December of 2010, and an increase of an astounding 700-percent in the past twelve months.
To compare these numbers, AdMob sees nearly 3 billion ad requests per day, globally. So 8 billion over a month from just tablets alone, compared to hundreds of millions of desktops, is quite the achievement. In May of this year, Google introduced new formats for tablet-based ads, which allows advertisers and publishers to serve full-screen interstitial ads built with HTML5 on smartphones and tablets.
And just a few weeks ago, Google launched a number of new tablet ad formats, which include ways to interact with a specific product, feature a collection of products or promote foot traffic to a specific store location. Google have also revealed that AdMob saw a 440-percent growth in traffic from tablets from November 2011 when compared to December 2010.
Starting from today, SBS ON DEMAND, ninemsn video and YouTube applications are now available on the Xbox 360 through Xbox LIVE. Better yet, all of these customised apps have voice commands built-in through Kinect.
These new channels will compliment the already in place tv shows available through FOXTEL on the Xbox 360 and movies and music with Zune. Worldwide, has also seen some changes, with the following now available:
21 billion hits, it's hard to think of just how many hits on a website that is, but if anyone could pull it off, it would be Google with YouTube. According to a report from comScore, YouTube received 20,933,113,000 page views in October alone.
Nearly 21 billion hits in one month! This is enough to have roughly three videos watched by every single human being alive on this planet right now. YouTubers spent an average of seven hours watching the month's hottest videos.
Google are not finished with their quest of revamping the entirety of Google with their new 'minimalistic' theme. Today intros a new splash of paint for the Google Bar. The usual thin dark gray strip of text will leave us, and be replaced by a persistent UI element that combines the search and Google+ tools, including a share button and notifications.
Quick access to other services is still available in the Google menu, all you need to do is hover over the logo and you'll be happy to see more links. Love it or hate it, it's coming. I don't like the new Reader layout - I hate it. I've kept the old Gmail layout, for now (until its probably pushed in by default).
Internode have a pretty good offer for games.on.net, where they've offered a no signup fee, with the first two months free. Internode! Internode really cater to gamers, and push this obviously through their gaming portal, games.on.net, but also in their services they offer to gamers.
Internode have a dedicated games network in games.on.net which offers patches, videos, demos and more, your favourite Internet TV shows and podcasts where you can download them all, unmetered, as fast as your Internet connection can handle. Internode even have two Steam content servers, where you can buy your Steam games, download them and get playing faster than ever - with everything above all quota free.
Telstra BigPond Cable customer? Live in Adelaide, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sydney or Perth? You'll soon have the option of taking up plans offering download speeds of up to a maximum of 100Mbps into the home, which should cater to most people with the need, the need for speed.
Telstra Director of Fixed Voice and Broadband, John Chambers, said the upgrade is expected to hit Perth customers from 30th November, with Adelaide, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sydney getting access from the 12th of December, he added:
This upgrade provides additional capacity to Telstra's network and will provide one of the fastest broadband services available in Australia today. With speeds of up to a maximum of 100 Mbps, BigPond Ultimate Cable means the whole household can do more things at the same time, like downloading movies on the computer while streaming internet radio on the T-Hub® - all at high speed. BigPond customers also enjoy no peak or off peak restrictions and peace of mind that they won't incur any additional usage charges - as speeds are slowed once the monthly usage allowance is reached.
Google have been on a stampede of change lately, first Google+, then the updated looks of Gmail and Reader have made their way to most of us, and now, YouTube.
The new design is currently rolling out, but if you want to jump ahead of the queue, there are some instructions below to help you. The downfall? This trick only sets a temporary cookie which is removed upon the browser closing.
The new look is definitely slick, with the left navigation panel very clean and simple, videos from your subscriptions or YouTube trends list fill the middle up, while related or recommended videos are on the right. It looks very, very swish.