Google has launched a new app today that ties in with YouTube on both the Google TV and the computer. The app (for Android 2.1 and higher) is called YouTube Remote, and it promises easier control of the YouTube Leanback experience. All you have to do is install the app, then log into YouTube with your phone's main Google account on either Google TV or the website.
When you have successfully paired the phone and Leanback, the app will show you the tops in various categories, and allow you to search. Anything you select will be shown on the paired display, be it a PC or Google TV. When not paired, the app works like a mini Leanback in its own right.
We found the setup to be almost instantaneous, and the control intents were registered on the computer very quickly. The whole experience is slick, but we wish this functionality was just built into the YouTube app. It's free in the market if you're interested.
As a little background, KISS front man Gene Simmons has been making some waves lately with some statements regarding people that infringe his copyrights. It's the sort of fire and brimstone rhetoric we're used to hearing from RIAA executives, but with harsher language. "…Every freshly-scrubbed little kid's face should have been sued off the face of the earth. They should have taken their houses and cars and nipped it right there in the beginning," Simmons has said. Well, now it looks like many of the videos on the KISS site have been removed because of a copyright complaint from S'More Entertainment.
S'More Entertainment does seem to be a real company that holds the rights to music videos and movies. Still, there's no guarantee this isn't an elaborate scheme from Anonymous, which has previously launched DDoS attacks against Simmons. On the KISS site, which simply embeds YouTube clips, visitors are granted with a notice of removal due to a copyright claim. Some are even indicating that the account they are linked to has been terminated. What many of you are feeling right now, the Germans call schadenfreude.
The root of the problem here seems to be that KISS is embedding content from many accounts on YouTube. Turns out they don't own all that video, and people are starting to take notice. So YouTube has safe harbor here, but what about KISS?
In recent days, residents of Turkey have had unrestricted access to YouTube for the first time in 30 months. Now a court in Ankara has ordered the site banned again because the video sharing site hosts clips featuring former opposition leader Deniz Baykal. Turkey's Telecommunications Minister has been instructed to request the removal of the clips, and block the site if Google does not immediately comply.
YouTube was originally banned in May 2008 after the courts took issue with some clips on the site. Specifically, some videos were found to be insulting to Turkey's modern founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, This is considered a crime in Turkey. Turkish users have been able to access YouTube through proxies, but the experience is degraded. Bloomberg is reporting that the site is still accessible right now, but that could change at any time.
Trying to pick the best Youtube videos of X time period is a lot like trying to pick your favorite flavor of ice cream when you haven’t eaten for two weeks. Everything just looks so good and tasty—or viewable—that it would be impossible to concoct a meaningful “Best Flavors Ever” list with even the slightest bit of accuracy. Everything just looks so scrumptious!
Well, the same problem is happening in our attempt to catalog the 25 greatest Youtube videos of 2010. And, to stretch the analogy even further, we’ve noticed that not everyone likes the same flavors of ice cream: Your Rocky Road of groin-hitting videos is our Orange Sherbet of pranks; Your Strawberry Katy Perry music video is our Chocolate cat movie; et cetera. In short, what you love isn’t necessarily what we love, and vice versa.
So how, then, do we come up with a “best-of” list? And more importantly, what's on it?
Alright, cheap geeks. It’s tough to want to put out even $0.99 for the latest single on iTunes (or wherever), and don’t even get me started about the annoyance that occurs when you find some slammin’ new track on Youtube, only to realize that you can’t rock out to it in your car because… it’s… on… Youtube.
Youtube is like the poor man’s free music library – just go scan for any music video and voila! It’s an instant way to dial up your favorite songs without having to pay for the track. However, this isn’t really the kind of solution that you can take with you.
For starters, pulling up Youtube video after Youtube video on your phone in a vain attempt to rock out sans cash investment will make you look like the biggest cheapskate alive. It’ll also drain your battery. And, here’s the kicker, it won’t work anywhere that’s lacking in wireless coverage. Or, to put it another way, there’s no reason why you should be trying to transform Youtube videos into your song library.
Social networking addicts have a new entry-level camcorder to play with in Sanyo's VPC-GH4. For $200, this newest addition to Sanyo's Xacti line purportedly offers easy tagging and uploading of videos and pictures to sites like Youtube, Facebook, and Picassa. Twitter users will also benefit from the bundled software, which serves up a convenient link for use with the microblogging service, Sanyo says.
"More than ever, consumers are interested in easy to use imaging solutions that deliver with cutting edge technology," says Tom Van Voy, General Manager of the Consumer Solutions Group for SANYO North America. He added, "SANYO’s GH4 offers the perfect blend of style and performance while recording archive quality photos and videos that people will be proud to display on their HDTVs or share with friends and family from their computer."
Looking over the spec sheet, Sanyo has a compelling package in the budget camcorder arena. The $200 Xacti boasts 10MP photos, a 2.7-inch LCD monitor, Full HD videos at 1080, 60i (1920x1080), 10X dual range optical zoom, SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card support, and mini-HDMi port.
Google has been quietly dabbling in streaming movie rentals since the beginning of this year. YouTube's repertoire of rentable movies continues to grow at a steady pace, but the service commands little attention. That is likely to change in the next few months as big G plans to add streaming movie rentals from major film studios to its catalog, according to a Financial Times report that cites several sources familiar with ongoing negotiations between Google and the movie studios.
The plan is to launch the streaming movie rental service, or more accurately its expanded avatar, in the US first, before offering it to the rest of the world. New titles will be available for streaming at the same time as their Blu-ray and DVD releases, with each movie rental costing $5.
If none of the movies in YouTube's current catalog impress you, or if you live in a country where the service is currently unavailable, then you could consider scouring its Movies channel, a repository of free streaming movies that recently received a massive shot in the arm through partnerships with movies studios like Lionsgate, MGM and Sony Pictures. The channel now boasts 400 free movies that can be watched from anywhere in the world.
It's a big day for the Internet, an Internet meme has successfully invaded the real world. The Auto-Tune the News folks saw their tweaked version of the Lincoln Park Bed Intruder song reach number 89 on the Billboard Hot 100 today. This feat was made possible thanks to a 2005 decision by Billboard to include digital downloads in their rankings. Bed Intruder is currently number 35 in iTunes.
Just let that sink in, the Gregory Brothers (the group behind Auto-Tune the News) saw something in the cadence and vocabulary in this news report, and made a hit song out of it. The song is currently only available as a digital download. The Gregory Brothers recently told Wired that they are also working on a pilot with Comedy Central based on Internet culture.
If you haven't heard the song, just check it out. You won't be sorry.
As if people needed another excuse to use Facebook, UK's Channel Five has decided to use the social networking site as a content delivery platform. According to a NewMediaAge report, Five is close to becoming the first broadcaster to show programs on Facebook. “All systems go” is how NMA's sources described the deal between Five and Facebook. They also revealed that Five will begin delivering TV content through Facebook “within the next week to ten days.” The TV shows will be delivered by embedding Demand Five, Five's TV-on-demand player, into Facebook. UK's Facebook population stands at 26 million.
AMD on Monday lobbed the first verbal assault at Nvidia in a humorous YouTube video poking fun at Fermi, paving the way for what could become an epic battle of marketing minds taking aim at your gaming hardware dollars.
The video starts off in a mock SWAT briefing room where a team of law enforcement officials discuss a suburban home that seems suspicious because of the amount of heat detected from their overhead infrared cameras.
"Based on those suspicions, we took a look at their energy consumption," the head dude in charge explains as he shows a graph revealing how much more power the questionable suburban home is using compared to an average home.
So what exactly did they find when raiding the home?
"Fermi again. That's the third time this week," one of the SWAT team members says.