Remember the sit back and watch feature YouTube introduced a few days ago? Now, is the best time to have a taste of it! The occasion?
Well, apparently, the Taiwanese media has an excellent sense of humor. They have released an animated video featuring the iPhone 4 and it should be a must-watch on everyone’s list. It really does not matter if you understand the language but you will feel it all translated in the back of your head.
It has covered almost everything that has gone wrong at Apple and you can see the video below.
If you are unable to see an embedded video, go to YouTube and watch it here.
I recommend you check out the comments on the video too.
You can either love Justin Bieber or hate him, but you just can’t ignore him. The teenage pop star’s music video “Baby” is now the most watched video on YouTube. After fighting it out for the past few days, Bieber has finally displaced the reigning champion Lada Gaga’s “Bad Romance”. At the moment, Bad Romance has 247,146,961 views, while Baby has 249,386,942 views.
The aforementioned videos are embedded below. Go ahead and knock yourself out. By the way, if any of you manage to decipher exactly what’s so captivating about Bieber’s music, feel free to enlighten us.
YouTube recently announced support for 4096p videos (4096 x 3072) which would allow users to upload huge videos to the site. However, it looks like someone had already tried upload a 4K video before YouTube officially announced it.
The video which apparently has a 4K resolution was uploaded on June 20, 2010 and based on the comments on the thread it was pretty taxing on some users systems. However, when I played the video today, it played pretty well and I could watch the video in its original resolution of 4K pixels with little or no buffering.
Also I did not see much difference between 1080p and 4096p resolution even though my laptop supports a resolution of up to 1680 x 1050. The video might play a bit slow if you choose the Original option because it is a 4096p video. Check out the 4096p video on YouTube below.
More videos in 4096p can be found on the same playlist here.
YouTube is really pushing it. It started providing 1080p videos a few months ago in December 2009 and today, a post on the YouTube blog talked about support for 4096p videos. To help you have an idea, that is the size of a 25 feet screen.
The video resolution of 4K or 4096p is 4096 x 3072 and it is giant in size. According to the blog post on YouTube, the IMAX movies projects their movies using two 2K projectors. The current highest resolution (1080p) video on YouTube is 1K.
However, the idea of such a video support is questionable. To start with, who on earth other than lucky granny has that kind of an internet connection. Those videos will buffer endlessly at many countries and clearly, YouTube and Google does not care. This is a clear move to make people want for the 1 Gb/s connection Google has in store, and sure as hell, I am already falling for it. Too bad, I am not in the US.
The YouTube blog writes on this saying,
We always want videos on YouTube to be available in the highest quality possible, as creators intend. In December of last year, we announced support for 1080p, or full HD. At 1096 x 3072 pixels, 4K is nearly four times the size of 1080p. To view any video in a source resolution greater than 1080p, select “Original” in the video quality pulldown menu.
The fight between HTML5 videos and Flash videos has been going on for a long time. Of course Flash has the upper edge with the videos right now because of features it has. On the other hand, HTML5 videos are still in its infancy with support for only few codecs.
In addition to being able to play HTML5 videos, YouTube mobile player is also faster than the earlier one and also incorporates a larger and more touch-friendly elements making it easier to access videos on your mobile phone. YouTube mobile now also supports search suggestions (see screenshot above) and allows users to like, unlike and favorite videos from your mobile device.
According to the Google, YouTube has grown over 160% in 2009 YoY and are now playing more than 100 million videos on mobile devices a day, this is roughly equal to the number of daily playbacks YouTube.com did in 2006. Currently YouTube.com does over 2 billion video views per day.
To access the new HTML5 player on your iDevice or other mobile devices which have a HTML5 compliant browser, just head over to m.youtube.com and try out the new video player. Watch a video of the new YouTube Mobile in action or visit the official announcement post here.
Everyone wants to be in a movie. Now, thanks to YouTube you can! YouTube wants capture a day, as seen through the eyes of people around the globe. The popular online video hosting site owned by Google is asking folks from all walks of life to submit videos capturing both the mundane and the extraordinary.
Kevin Macdonald, the Oscar-winning director of The Last King of Scotland will cull the user submitted videos and create a feature documentary film, which will be produced by Ridley Scott, the director of Gladiator. The documentary will be called Life in a Day and will premier at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.
If you want to be a part of this unique global cinematic experiment, all you need to do is shoot a portion of your day on July 24 and upload it to the Life in a Day Youtube channel. Twenty selected contributors will get the opportunity to attend the film’s premiere.
Sara Pollack, entertainment marketing manager for YouTube, told The Globe and Mail that YouTube will be distributing hundreds of cameras in developing countries so that even people who don’t usually tape themselves can participate.
Earlier today, a critical cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability was uncovered in YouTube. It now appears that the source of these attacks was Ebaumsworld, with 4Chan later chipping in to propagate it. Of course, both sides are accusing the other of the wrong doing.
Google swung into action fairly quickly, and the vulnerability has now been fixed. Jay Nancarrow, a spokesman for Google, reached out to us to issue the following statement:
We took swift action to fix a cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability on youtube.com that was discovered several hours ago. Comments were temporarily hidden by default within an hour, and we released a complete fix for the issue in about two hours. We’re continuing to study the vulnerability to help prevent similar issues in the future.
In spite of Google’s swift response, the script kiddies managed to cause a fair amount of annoyance. A large selection of popular YouTube videos, especially Justin Bieber videos, were flooded with malicious comments. Fortunately for us, while obnoxious, most of these scripts did little damage other than irritating viewers.
It appears that YouTube is vulnerable to XSS (cross-site scripting) attacks. Details are scarce since this is a breaking story. However, according to preliminary information available with us, it is possible to hijack cookies to gain access to a logged-in user’s Gmail and YouTube accounts.
Spread the word to your friends and family members and help them stay protected. We will update you as soon as we learn more.
Update 1: TheNextWeb is reporting that Justin Bieber videos are being targeted in a big way.
Update 2: YouTube has now blocked all scripts from comments. However, video titles are also vulnerable and video responses are now being used to exploit the vulnerability.
A U.S. district court has sided with Google in Viacom’s lawsuit against YouTube. Judge Louis Stanton granted Google’s motion for summary judgment and hopefully set a precedent for other similar cases of copyright infringement.
Judge Stanton wrote, “If a service provider knows of specific instances of infringement, the provider must promptly remove the infringing material. If not, the burden is on the owner to identify the infringement. General knowledge that infringement is ‘ubiquitous’ does not impose a duty on the service provider to monitor or search its service for infringements”.
Google hailed its victory as a victory for “the billions of people around the world who use the web to communicate and share experiences with each other”. Although, that might appear to be a hyperbole typical of a press release, in this case Google is not exaggerating.
Viacom had filed a $1 billion lawsuit against Google in March 2007, seeking retribution for copyrighted material distributed for public consumption through YouTube. While Viacom believed that the sheer volume of infringing content on YouTube made Google culpable, Google maintained that it was protected under DMCA’s safe harbor provision, since it promptly removed any infringing content upon being notified.
Had the judgment gone the other way, it might have cast a cloud over the future of other similar user generated content (audio, video or otherwise) providers. However, this dispute is far from being settled. Viacom has indicated that it will soon appeal against the District Court’s decision. “We believe that this ruling by the lower court is fundamentally flawed and contrary to the language of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA),” Viacom said in a statement. “We intend to seek to have these issues before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit as soon as possible.”
Now, there are reports that a Lahore High Court bench has ordered the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority to immediately block some very popular websites which include Google, Yahoo, MSN, Hotmail, YouTube, Bing and Amazon for publishing and promoting sacrilegious and blasphemous material.
The petition was filed by an individual who claimed that these websites were publishing sacrilegious material. However, the PTA officials have denied receiving any court orders to block these websites.
Nevertheless, considering how Facebook was blocked by Pakistan, this ban may also take effect shortly, leaving millions of Pakistanis without email and search for some time. Once again the thought that "If you cannot control the internet, ban it" is seriously not the right way to do things.