YouTube given nod to show full-length movies

YOUTUBE has reached agreement with Sony Pictures and other Hollywood studios to show full-length movies and TV shows on the video-sharing website.

TechCrunch, a well-connected Silicon Valley blog, said other studios and media companies which have agreed to allow their content to be posted for free on the Google-owned site include Metro Goldwyn Mayer, CBS, Lionsgate, Starz and the BBC.

Internet news agency CNET said YouTube was today expected to announce the agreement to bring more professional content to the site.

It said the YouTube plan calls for "a redesign of its website to create separate areas for professionally made content'' and user-generated video.

The studios and YouTube would reportedly share advertising revenue.

CNET said the studios will control advertising for the films shown on YouTube.

Earlier this month, Universal Music Group and YouTube announced plans to launch a music video website,, featuring artists from the world's largest music company.

Google bought YouTube in 2006 for $US1.65 billion ($2.3 billion) dollars and has been searching for ways to translate its immense popularity into a money-making venture.

YouTube has been facing increasing competition from services such as iTunes and websites such as Hulu, a partnership between NBC Universal and News Corp's Fox, which air full-length television shows.

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one in ten compute gamers are addicted

Nearly one in 10 American children who play computer games are pathologically addicted, according to new research.

Some young gamers show at least six symptoms of gambling addiction, such as lying to family and friends about how much they play games, using the games to escape their problems and becoming restless or irritable when they stop playing. They may also skip homework to play games or spend too much time playing and do poorly in school, the study shows.

Douglas Gentile, director of the National Institute on Media and the Family at Iowa State University, where the study was carried out, said in his report: "The present study was designed to demonstrate whether pathological gaming is an issue that merits further attention. With almost one out of 10 youth gamers demonstrating real-world problems because of their gaming, we can conclude that it does."

The findings are based on a national sample of 1,178 boys and girls aged 8 to 18. Almost 90 per cent of the children who completed the online questionnaire said that they played computer games.

Boys spent an average 16.4 hours a week playing games and girls 9.2 hours. "Addicted" gamers played 24 hours a week, twice as much as casual gamers.

Of the gamers, 8.5 per cent exhibited "pathological patterns of play" gauged by the presence of at least six out of 11 clinical symptoms as defined by the American Psychiatric Association that indicate damage to family, social, school, or psychological functioning. The most common symptom was children skipping household chores to play games.

A quarter of gamers said that they played to escape problems, and nearly as many admitted to playing when they were supposed to be devoting time to homework. A fifth of gamers said that they had botched schoolwork or done poorly in exams because they had spent time playing instead of focusing on their education.

The report found that poor school performance and a pathological addition to video games were strongly linked, but Dr Gentile warned that the research had not investigated which came first.

"It is certainly possible that pathological gaming causes poor school performance, and so forth, but it is equally likely that children who have trouble at school seek to play games to experience feelings of mastery, or that attention problems cause both poor school performance and an attraction to games," he wrote in the findings, which will be published in the journal Psychological Science.

"While the medical community currently does not recognise video game addiction as a mental disorder, hopefully this study will be one of many that allow us to have an educated conversation on the positive and negative effects of video games," he said.

Only about half the homes represented in the survey had rules about computer games. Forty-four per cent of respondents said that they were subject to rules about when they were allowed to play, 46 per cent reported having rules about how long they were allowed to play, and 56 per cent said they had rules about the kind of games they were allowed to play.

A large percentage of the children – 22 per cent of 8 to 11-year-olds, 41 per cent of 12 to 14-year-olds, and 56 cent of 15 to 18-year-olds – owned violent, adult-rated games. Boys were more than twice as likely as girls to have obtained adult-rated games; 7 per cent of boys admitted that they had bought such a game with their own money without their parents’ knowledge.

Dr David Walsh, the president of the National Institute on Media and the Family, which works to minimise the harmful effects of media on the health and development of children and families, said that the findings were a wake-up call for families.

"This study gives everyone a better idea of the scope of the problem," he said. "While video games can be fun and entertaining, some kids are getting into trouble. I continue to hear from families who are concerned about their child's gaming habits. Not only do we need to focus on identifying the problem, but we need to find ways to help families prevent and treat it."

Is that your familly killing you?

Our risk of developing diseases such as diabetes or cancer is often written in the genetic code we receive from our parents — which has, in turn, been passed down the generations to them.

Genes linked to everything from obesity to depression have been identified.
DNA tests costing around £300 are available — but you do not need to fork out to see if your genes are a ticking time bomb.Investigating illnesses that blighted your parents and grandparents can reveal risks.

Aimee Davies, 23, and sisters Tara, 22, and Zoe 19, are in good health.

But the family tree reveals the girls, from Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, could face problems later on.

We asked experts to examine their risks — and what they can do to reduce them.

Family tree ... click on image

Heart problems

The sisters’ great-grandmother, Grace, died of a heart attack when she was just 46.

Grace’s siblings, Ray and Barbara, died of cardiac problems at the same age.

Grace’s daughter Carol is 67 and has very high cholesterol — as has their mum Dawn.

This pattern points to familial hypercholesterolaemia, an inherited condition, causing high levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol from birth.

Both Dawn and Carol have had triple heart bypasses.

RISK: All three girls have a high risk. Professor Nilesh Samani, a cardiologist at the University of Leicester, says: “If a parent has it there is a 50 per cent chance of developing the condition.”

The girls are lucky. DNA tests showed none of them has the danger gene.

ACTION PLAN: Have cholesterol and blood pressure tests every three to five years. And do not smoke — it can double the risk.

Lung problems

Tara already has asthma. Her great-grandmother Margaret died of lung cancer, her great grandmother Hilda died of bronchitis.

RISK: Professor Stephen Spiro, head of respiratory medicine at University College London, says asthma can be inherited. If one parent has it, there is a one-in-four chance a child will get it.

Bronchitis is not usually passed on. But, statistically, one of the sisters will fall ill if they don’t bin fags.

ACTION PLAN: Ditch the cigs. And watch what you eat. Studies show the Mediterranean diet, high in fruit and veg and low in red meat, cuts the risk of lung disease by 50 per cent.

One in 14 women suffer from this pregnancy problem associated with high blood pressure.

But up to 12 per cent go on to have eclampsia, which can cause life-threatening seizures.

The girls’ mother, Dawn, and their grandmother, Carol, both suffered pre-eclampsia.

RISK: Professor James Walker, from the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, says: “If two family members have the condition, there is a one-in-three chance of getting it.”

ACTION PLAN: Prof Walker says the girls should alert their doctor or midwife of their family history if they become pregnant.


Dawn and her father Graham, both runners, developed joint problems in their thirties. Her aunt, Kathleen, has rheumatoid arthritis.

RISK: Professor Alan Silman, medical director of the Arthritis Research Campaign, says: “A family history increases risk, but lifestyle factors such as diet have a role.”

ACTION PLAN: Smoking may up the risk, so Tara and Zoe should bin fags.


Idris, the girls’ grandfather, suffered a stroke five years ago.

RISK: Professor Hugh Markus, medical director of the Stroke Association, says risk is doubled if a direct family member has had one.

ACTION PLAN: Regular blood pressure and cholesterol checks.


Bluetooth 3.0 Is Ready for Prime Time

Bluetooth 3.0 is coming. The Bluetooth SIG (Special Interest Group) will officially announce Bluetooth 3.0 on April 21. It'll be significantly faster and will enable the transfer of entire media libraries at the touch of a button. It also promises a new feature called Enhanced Power Control that reduces the number of disconnects.

The most interesting part of Bluetooth 3.0 is that it uses a combination of technologies that lets it operate at Wi-Fi speeds. For example, you can pair a phone with a laptop via Bluetooth, but then the data transfer between the two devices will be handed off to Wi-Fi, which makes transfer speeds a lot faster. Both devices need Bluetooth and Wi-Fi for this to happen; otherwise it will just use the Bluetooth for data transfer.

Official announcement:
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group is set to announce the Bluetooth 3.0 specification later this month. Bluetooth 3.0 will feature dramatically increased speeds, allowing for the transfer of large video files, music collections and photo libraries wirelessly 'within seconds'. The spec also includes a new ability called Enhanced Power Control. EPC will reduce the occurrence of disconnects that can be caused by actions such as putting a phone in a pocket, backpack, briefcase or purse. Bluetooth 3.0 uses Generic Alternate MAC/PHY (AMP). This is what lets Bluetooth profiles operate at Wi-Fi speeds. The 802.11 Protocol Adaption Layer (PAL) will enable the Generic AMP feature to be used with an 802.11 radio. Bluetooth is used to create the pairing between two devices, but the data transfer itself is handed off to Wi-Fi. In order to take advantage of the higher transfer speeds, both devices need Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. If Wi-Fi isn't present on one of the devices, the spec reverts to Bluetooth for data transfer. More details will be available, including a list of chip makers that are lined up to support the new spec, on April 21.

Trust Digital:SMS messages could be used to hijack a phone

Be careful who you give your mobile phone number out to. An attacker with the right toolkits and skill could hijack your phone remotely just by sending SMS messages to it, according to mobile security firm Trust Digital.

In what it calls a "Midnight Raid Attack" because it would be most effective when a victim is asleep, an attacker could send a text message to a phone that would automatically start up a Web browser and direct the phone to a malicious Web site, said Dan Dearing, vice president of marketing at Trust Digital. The Web site could then download an executable file on the mobile phone that steals data off the phone, he said.

Dearing demonstrates how this can be done in a video on YouTube.

In another type of attack, an attacker could hijack a phone by sending a type of SMS message called a control message over the GSM network to a victim's phone that is using a Wi-Fi network and then use special toolkits to sniff the Wifi traffic looking for the victim's e-mail log-in information. This attack is explained in another YouTube video.

While the attacks at this point are proof-of-concepts, they could be done if someone has the requisite knowledge and toolkits, said Dearing. Trust Digital recently announced software called EMM 8.0 that can help organizations protect employee phones from these types of attacks, he said.

"This is a completely real threat," said Philippe Winthrop, a director in the global wireless practice at Strategy Analytics. "We will see these attacks. It's a matter of time."[cnet]

Adobe Flash is coming to TVs, set-top boxes

Adobe has secured a deal to put its Flash software into many of the chips that go inside TVs and set-top boxes.

It will enable developers and content providers to create applications to deliver web-based content such as news, weather and share prices to TV screens.

Flash will be included on most chips -those made by Broadcom, Intel, NXP and STMicroelectronics - but the deal does not cover TVs made by Sony and Samsung.

The first applications using Flash are expected to hit TV sets early in 2010.

In theory, this means we'll see a wave of Flash-enabled DVRs, set-top boxes and HDTVs by the middle of this year, and they told us you'll see new Flash applications for the framework early next. Since Yahoo actually uses Flash in their own widget framework for TVs, they're not exactly competing—Adobe wins either way. Adobe's goal is to be just as ubiquitous on embedded devices as it is on computers connected to the web: Over 90 percent have the Flash plug-in installed.

The company has also adapted its technology to create a mobile version of Flash that is used on smartphones. The mobile version lets people watch Flash-enabled video on the go. Now Adobe is turning its attention to the living room and big screen HD TVs. This means that people could have full access to the entire YouTube library of video on their TVs instead of a subset that has been specially encoded for TV viewing.

"There are some products and services that offer a subset of online video for TVs," said Anup Murarka, director of technology strategy and partner development for Adobe's Flash Platform Business Unit. "But they don't provide all the content. For example, a lot of devices play back YouTube content. But they can't offer all the videos on YouTube."

Developers will also be able to create "widgets" for TVs to help bring Web content onto the TV screen. Widgets are specially designed Web applications that can easily be added to consumer electronics devices.

Yahoo is also offering widget technology for TVs, which it co-developed with Intel. The Yahoo Widget Channel provides access to Flickr, Yahoo News, Yahoo Weather and Yahoo Finance, USA Today, YouTube, eBay and Showtime Networks, among others. Motorola, Samsung, and Toshiba are all planning to add Yahoo Widgets on some of their new TVs.

Murarka said that Yahoo is not really competing with Adobe. He pointed out that both Adobe and Yahoo are working with Intel, and he said the Flash technology was actually complimentary to what Yahoo is doing with its Widget Channel.

"Yahoo supports Flash on desktops and our hope is that they will support Flash in TVs as well," he said. "We see Flash as being valuable in a number of new frame works."

Murarka wouldn't say which consumer electronics makers plan to use the new version of Flash, but the technology is available to device makers and application developers now. And Flash-enabled TVs and set-tops should be out later this year.

YouTube Takes Aim At Hulu With “Party Of Five”

YouTube announced this week that it is taking new measure to more prominently feature and broaden the range of content available on the site from studios including Crackle/Sony Pictures, CBS, MGM, Lionsgate, Starz, the BBC, Anime Network, Cinetic Rights Management, Current TV, Discovery, Documentary Channel, First Look Studios, IndieFlix, National Geographic. The site will now feature a new ‘Shows’ tab in the YouTube masthead, which will allow users to browse through television content by genre, network, title, and popularity (sounds like Hulu, doesn’t it?). The site now features thousands of full TV episodes, as well as hundreds of movies. Some videos will be available in HD.

At this point the majority of content will come from older TV shows and movies - series like ‘Party of Five’ and ‘Married With Children’, not the current seasons we’ve been seeing on Hulu. But more deals are in the works, and I suspect that barring a disastrous response to YouTube’s premium content we’ll be seeing newer show in the next few months. The site is also refining its search options, making it easier to separate the new premium content from the user-generate videos the site has become famous for.

Finally, the site is announcing a new advertising product called “Google TV Ads Online”. The product allows advertisers to place TV-like commercials within the new premium content offerings on the site. This is a significant addition, because it gives advertisers who are used to traditional TV advertising through Google’s TV Ads product a way to easily post the same ads online - they effectively just have to click a box saying they’d like to distribute their ads across all forms of a television program, included those streamed in YouTube. From the press release:

We’re excited to announce the beta launch of Google TV Ads Online. This is a new feature of Google TV Ads that lets advertisers place commercials into the ad breaks of TV programs watched online. It works in the same way as Google TV Ads: advertisers can target specific programs and select their cost-per-thousand (CPM) bid. Based on their targets, budget and bid, ads are inserted in the same program breaks that were designed for advertising when the programs first aired. (Ads may also be shown “pre-roll”, before the program begins, or after the online presentation of the program “post-roll.”) And like Google TV ads, we provide advertisers with measurement tools that give greater insight into how their ads perform with users.@techcrunch

Google's with Their New Captcha Method

Captchas are in widespread use today, usually in the form of obscured or distorted text that people can still read. But there's a lot of work in the area, including identifying 3D images and distinguishing between cats and dogs.

Google has released research results which present a new Captcha which is based on indenting an image's upright orientation.

A persistent problem on the Internet is screening out automated computer systems that can be used, for example, to sign up for spam-sending e-mail accounts or post comments designed to improve a site's search results. Google, which already devotes a lot of resources to block e-mail and Web spam, has tried a new test to keep the bots at bay.

The test is the latest variation on a screening technique called a Captcha (completely automated public Turing test to tell computers and humans apart). The idea is that people can often tell which way is up in a photo, but computers have a harder time.


<>Google authors Rich Gossweiler, Maryam Kamvar, and Shumeet Baluja described the image-orientation technique in their paper This task requires analysis of the often complex contents of an image, a task which humans usually perform well and machines generally do not.

Given a large repository of images, such as those from a web search result, we use a suite of automated orientation detectors to prune those images that can be automatically set upright easily. We then apply a social feedback mechanism to verify that the remaining images have a human-recognizable upright orientation.

The main advantages of our Captcha technique over the traditional text recognition techniques are that it is language-independent, does not require text-entry (e.g. for a mobile device), and employs another domain for Captcha generation beyond character obfuscation. This Captcha lends itself to rapid implementation and has an almost limitless supply of images.

We conducted extensive experiments to measure the viability of this technique...Our Captcha technique achieves high success rates for humans and low success rates for bots, does not require text entry, and is more enjoyable for the user than text-based Captcha.

Images can be hard for people to orient upright, too. One 500-person test showed wide disparities in the opinion of which way was up for the left image but not the right image.


Google present novel Captcha system that required to user to adjust randomly rotated images to their upright orientation.this task will be familiar to many people given use of the early use of digital camera,cell pone with camera or even the simple act of sorting through physical photographs.but it is also impotent that the images use for the captcha should carefully selected as many typical vacation or snapshots contain cues revelling upright orientation.

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Improved & Faster Gmail for mobile, iPhone and Android web browse

Google has introduced a new Web-based version of Gmail that gives iPhone and Android phone users a more sophisticated version of the online e-mail service, including access to messages that's faster and that works even when offline.

Google demonstrated the Web-based mobile version of Gmail last week and announced its availability on 7th April on the thier blog. It's a lot faster when performing actions like opening an e-mail, navigating, or searching. And if the data network drops out on you..., you'll still be able to open recently read messages and to compose over a flaky, or non-existent, network connection," said Google mobile engineer Joanne McKinley.
The relative universality of the Web app sheds light on Google's motivation for supporting Android, too. Google has a strong interest in making mobile devices first-class citizens on the Internet, a move that ultimately will open up new advertising possibilities for the search giant.

New features
The new version is much more elaborate than its predecessor--though not so elaborate that there are ads, as in the regular version of Gmail. Among the new features:

• Multiple messages can be selected then archived, deleted, and marked as read, unread, or spam.

• A floating toolbar--the "floaty bar"--travels with the page as you scroll through a message or through an in-box with selected messages, letting you take various actions without having to scroll to the top or bottom of the page.

• A search button appears at the top of the screen for easier retrieval of older messages. Previously it was buried at the bottom of the in-box.

But the offline access is what sets the application apart. The application stores e-mail messages on the phone itself using the still settling-down HTML 5 standard for Web page design and, in Android's case, using Google's Gears browser plug-in.

Faster e-mail
That makes messages readable while offline. But it also makes reading messages faster, since they don't have to be retrieved over the network as long as they've been cached on the phone. I noticed a very significant speedup in use--once I endured an initial wait for synchronization while messages were downloaded.

"Gmail for mobile allows common actions such as archive and send to be completed much more quickly than previous releases. The first time you visit Gmail, you may notice that the start-up time is a bit slower than usual. This is because we are downloading required files over the network. However, once the files are downloaded, subsequent launches will be more consistent regardless of connection type," Google told me in a statement.

The offline mode let me compose a message and push the send button; when network access was restored, the Gmail application took care of actually sending it without any intervention on my part. Also while offline, I could perform a search I'd done recently online, though a new search required network access.

The biggest missing piece in my quick test was the ability to add labels to messages. That's in the works, Google said:

"The new architecture of the Gmail web app will allow us to roll out new features much more quickly. The ability to add a label is not available at this time, but it's coming soon," Google said. That statement intrigued me, because Google's 2007 Gmail overhaul for ordinary browsers produced a modular design that permits extensive customization through Gmail Labs.

The iPhone and Android versions of Gmail worked identically once I installed Gears on my T-Mobile G1 after being prompted by a "get faster Gmail" invitation. The iPhone version was more responsive, and both had an awkward time showing HTML-formatted e-mail.

The Best Computer Interfaces: Past, Present or Future..

World greatest Computer scientists are ready to gather in Boston this week at Computer-Human Interaction 2009 to discuss the latest developments in computer interfaces. To coincide with the event, we present a roundup of the coolest computer interfaces past, present, and future.

The Command Line
The granddad of all computer interfaces is the command line, which surfaced as a more effective way to control computers in the 1950s. Previously, commands had to be fed into a computer in batches, usually via a punch card or paper tape. Teletype machines, which were normally used for telegraph transmissions, were adapted as a way for users to change commands partway through a process, and receive feedback from a computer in near real time.

Video display units allowed command line information to be displayed more rapidly. The VT100, a video terminal released by Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) in 1978, is still emulated by some modern operating systems as a way to display the command line.

Graphical user interfaces, which emerged commercially in the 1980s, made computers much easier for most people to use, but the command line still offers substantial power and flexibility for expert users.

The Mouse
Nowadays, it's hard to imagine a desktop computer without its iconic sidekick: the mouse.

Developed 41 years ago by Douglas Engelbart at the Stanford Research Institute, in California, the mouse is inextricably linked to the development of the modern computer and also played a crucial role in the rise of the graphic user interface. Engelbart demonstrated the mouse, along with several other key innovations, including hypertext and shared-screen collaboration, at an event in San Francisco in 1968.

Early computer mouses came in a variety of shapes and forms, many of which would be almost unrecognizable today. However, by the time mouses became commercially available in the 1980s, the mold was set. Three decades on and despite a few modifications (including the loss of its tail), the mouse remains relatively unchanged. That's not to say that companies haven't tried adding all manner of enhancements, including a mini joystick and an air ventilator to keep your hand sweat-free and cool.

Logitech alone has now sold more than a billion of these devices, but some believe that the mouse is on its last legs. The rise of other, more intuitive interfaces may finally loosen the mouse's grip on us.

The Touch pad
Despite stiff competition from track balls and button joysticks, the touch pad has emerged as the most popular interface for laptop computers.

With most touch pads, a user's finger is sensed by detecting disruptions to an electric field caused by the finger's natural capacitance. It's a principle that was employed as far back as 1953 by Canadian pioneer of electronic music Hugh Le Caine, to control the timbre of the sounds produced by his early synthesizer, dubbed the Sackbut.

The touch pad is also important as a precursor to the touch-screen interface. And many touch pads now feature multi touch capabilities, expanding the range of possible uses. The first multi touch touch pad for a computer was demonstrated back in 1984, by Bill Buxton, then a professor of computer design and interaction at the University of Toronto and now also principle researcher at Microsoft.

The Multi touch Screen
Mention touch screen computers, and most people will think of Apple's iPhone or Microsoft's Surface. In truth, the technology is already a quarter of a century old, having debuted in the HP-150 computer in 1983. Long before desktop computers became common, basic touch screens were used in ATMs to allow customers, who were largely computer illiterate, to use computers without much training.

However, it's fair to say that Apple's iPhone has helped revive the potential of the approach with its multi touch screen. Several cell-phone manufacturers now offer multi touch devices, and both Windows 7 and future versions of Apple's Macbook are expected to do the same. Various techniques can enable multi touch screens: capacitive sensing, infrared, surface acoustic waves, and, more recently, pressure sensing.

With this renaissance, we can expect a whole new lexicon of gestures designed to make it easier to manipulate data and call up commands. In fact, one challenge may be finding means to reproduce existing commands in an intuitive way, says August de los Reyes, a user-experience researcher who works on Microsoft's Surface.

Intel's new chip logos, rating system

Intel launches new chip logos for badges with rating system. The new chips logo look more elegant plus star rating that make consumer easier to choose which product will buy.Intel Consumers are the main target, though business systems will get new badging too.The new badges include a die (the chip minus the packaging) accent in the upper right hand corner, a prominent main brand (e.g., "Core"), and the modifier (e.g., "i7").Intel has also instituted a star system that rates chips from five stars (best performance in class) to one star (lowest performance). "So when a consumer goes into a Best Buy store they can distinguish between Centrino, Core, Celeron, Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Quad," said Intel spokesman Bill Calder.That may be a little easier said than done, however. Some consumers will still need help from the sales person to decipher the badging. A daunting challenge in the case of consumer laptops,which are typically plastered with a hodgepodge of stickers from Intel, Nvidia, Advanced Micro Devices, AMD's ATI graphics chip unit, and other companies. Intel is in the process of moving to a "pretty aggressive brand simplification plan," Calder said. "When we launched Core i7, we said we're moving to a single primary client brand, which is Core. We're moving in that direction," he said.The Atom processor will not get a modifier. In the future, the Nehalem server processor, currently branded only as "Xeon" with a letter and number suffix, may also get new branding to make it more readily identifiable as part of the Nehalem architecture like its desktop sibling the Core i7, Calder said.

Skype for iPhone has disappeared

A week after its initial release in the iTunes App Store, Skype for iPhone has mysteriously disappeared. The vanishing act is temporary, Skype tells us, and began between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Pacific Time.

According to a Skype representative,

"The Skype for iPhone app was down for a couple hours, caused by our own submission of a 'hotfix' to simply address some feedback and minor improvements. The release date for the 'hotfix' was incorrectly applied to the current version of the app."

Skype says the issue is being fixed and that the VoIP app for iPhone is in the process of repopulating the App Store. Skype for iPhone is already available again in Europe, Skype says, and will return to global app stores within a few hours at most.

You Tube to open page for Yahoo Music

Yahoo Music opening pages to YouTube:
Yahoo plans to fire up a revamped version of its Artist Pages this week,a service that lets people add content from iTunes, YouTube, and other sites to the Yahoo Music site that previously only had Yahoo's own content.The site publishes information including tour dates and music videos for more than 500,000 artists and lets people download and purchase music. Now the site will blend in information from non-Yahoo sources, the company said, part of an effort to make the site a better starting point.First come modules from iTunes,,, Rhapsody, Pandora, YouTube, and Yahoo itself, Yahoo said.Later, people will be able to create their own artist pages.The move is part of the, which aims to open Yahoo's properties up to others' applications and content and to make it easier for other Web sites to incorporate Yahoo's content. With YOS, the company hopes to increase the number of Yahoo users and the amount they use Yahoo's services.The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Web pioneer, whose dominance has been challenged by Google, Facebook, and others, has been demonstrating new YOS features for months.One element of the revamped Yahoo Music work will be that actions people take, such as marking a band as a favorite, can be shared with their social connections.Yahoo is optimistic about the effort. "Artist Pages leverages the scale of the Web and Yahoo's massive audience to create something totally new, open, social, and original which we believe will attract a new generation of music fans and Web users to Yahoo Music," said Yahoo Music chief Michael Spiegelman in a statement.

YouTube to Negotiate with Sony Pictures for Featured Film


YouTube is talking to acquire licensing rights to full-length content from Sony Pictures,home of such films as "The International" and "Spider-Man,".
Details about what a final agreement could look like are sparse, but any partnership between the two powerhouses would likely benefit both.Representatives from both companies declined to comment.Word of the negotiations comes a week after Disney announced it had licensed short-form content to YouTube. Those clips will come from a range of Disney brands, including ABC and ESPN. For YouTube, obtaining short-form clips from Disney is an important step but still doesn't provide what YouTube needs most. starting from 2005, YouTube made a name for itself by showcasing amateur-made snippets as well as hosting scores of illegally posted clips from the best TV shows and films. YouTube has done much to rid the site of pirated content, but the flip side is that most of the hot shows and films that generated big viewership are gone. At the same time, a host of Web video services are offering full-length films and TV episodes online. To compete, YouTube is trying to get access to the same premium content but has so far only acquired a handful of films from the archives of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.Sony Pictures' Web video property, could mean a major boost to YouTube's long-form hopes.

Like to see YouTube as a movie channel?

YouTube is trying to become a player in Hollywood at a time when the online video sector with an increasing number of savvy and very watchable Web video services. YouTube, which did more than any company to create the online video sector, is at risk of when it comes to offering the kind of content most sought after by audiences as well as advertisers.Hulu, the ad-supported video portal formed by News Corp. and NBC Universal, has become synonymous with. The service is easy to use and provides a high-quality viewing experience. Netflix's Web streaming requires a monthly subscription fee to access movies but can boast a a much larger movie-library than Hulu. Netflix has also made the all-important jump from showing films on a PC to delivering streaming video to a TV, via set-top boxes, such as Roku and Xbox 360. Apple can offer mobility to those who download movies and TV shows to iPhones and iPods.

The cable companies are also talking up their own online-video plans. After decades of pumping money into Hollywood, the cable operators and premium movie channels could have an advantage when it comes to acquiring studio content.

NOKIA E63 Mobile Phone

Nokia E63 mobile phone
Nokia announced the latest addition to its E-Series mobile phone range, the Nokia E63, designed for people who need to manage their business and personal lives equally well. Building on the success of the Nokia E71 business mobile phone, the company's flagship messaging phone, the Nokia E63 brings the QWERTY keyboard form factor to a broader audience at a great price. The Nokia E63 mobile phone also includes Files on Ovi, a service where people can get remote access to their Personal Computer files even when their computer is offline. Anyone buying the new Nokia E63 handset will have access to 1GB of online file storage for free.


It'd be easy to call the Nokia E63 a thicker, plasticky version of the Nokia E71 and call it a day, but that'd be unfair to the E63. Admittedly, we do miss the steel chassis and sleeker profile of the E71, but the E63 isn't an ugly beast. In fact, it's quite attractive and as a more consumer-centric device, Nokia brings a fresher, hipper look to the smartphone by offering the phone in red or blue.

The Nokia E63's feature set is largely like the Nokia E71, except it lacks GPS and is equipped with a 2-megapixel camera instead of a 3.2-megapixel camera. Nokia point out some of the highlights and differences in the Performance section here, but for more information about the Nokia E63's feature set, please check out their own site.

Nokia E63 price & availability

Record and view images and videos with the digital camera and bright landscape display, listen to music downloaded from the Nokia Music Store, or a number of other sources, via the standard 3,5 mm audio jack or customize the device through the thousands of applications available for download. The Nokia E63 handset will be available in ruby red or ultramarine blue with a range of multimedia features. The Nokia E63 cell phone is expected to begin shipping for an estimated retail price of $242.99.

Product summary

The good: The sleek Nokia E63 offers a full QWERTY keyboard and full e-mail capabilities. The Symbian smartphone has integrated Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and 3G support. It's also one of the more affordably priced unlocked phones.

The bad: The smartphone lacks integrated GPS, and call quality could be better. The camera doesn't produce the best pictures, and there's no side-mounted volume rocker.

The bottom line: The Nokia E63 offers a more wallet-friendly price tag compared to other unlocked smartphones and does so without sacrificing too many features; we just we wish the call quality and camera were better.

Specifications: Band / mode: WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900 ; Talk time: Up to 660 min ; Combined with: With digital camera / digital player / FM radio

Play Video Games & Improve Eyeshight

Want to Improve your Eyesight?DO Nothing.Just Play action video game.hey i am not joking.
Playing action video games can help adults to improve their eyesight, according to a study released this week.The study finds that playing action video games such as "Call of Duty 2" can help improve eyesight.[]
People who used a video-game training program saw improvements in their contrast sensitivity, or the ability to notice subtle differences in shades of gray, according to a study published in the journal Nature Neuroscience. The training could be beneficial to people who have amblyopia--commonly known as lazy eye--and those who have trouble seeing while driving at night, the study said.
"Normally, improving contrast sensitivity means getting glasses or eye surgery--somehow changing the optics of the eye," Daphne Bavelier, professor of brain and cognitive sciences at the University of Rochester, said " we've found that action video games train the brain to process the existing visual information more efficiently, and the improvements last for months after game play stopped."

Researchers studied with in two groups thay played video games for 50 hours during a nine-week course.first group played action games such as "Call of Duty 2" and "Unreal Tournament 2004." other group played non-action games such as "Sims 2," which doesn't require precise, visually guided aiming actions. People who played the action games showed enhanced contrast sensitivity compared with those in the non-action game group, with improvements ranging from 43 percent to 58 percent.

The results appear to mirror those in a 2007 study that found people who played action video games for a few hours a day over the course of a month improved their spatial resolution by about 20 percent.

Researchers suggested that the video game training's effect could last for years and could be a useful complement to other eye-correction techniques such as eyeglasses, contact lenses, or surgery. The study, which was funded by the National Eye Institute and the Office of Naval Research, noted that not all action games have such a benefit to the visually impaired.

Microsoft To Close Encarta

Recently Microsoft Corporation has quietly confirmed that it is getting out of the encyclopedia business, ending its long-standing Encarta product.

In a posting on it's web site,Microsoft said:On October 31, 2009, MSN® Encarta® Web sites worldwide will be discontinued, with the exception of Encarta Japan, which will be discontinued on December 31, 2009. Additionally, Microsoft will cease to sell Microsoft Student and Encarta Premium software products worldwide by June 2009.
Microsoft has been publishing Encarta, in various forms, for more than a decade.Encarta has been a popular product around the world for the years.
Microsoft ensure that:MSN Encarta Premium monthly and annual subscribers who have an active subscription as of April 30, 2009, will receive a refund to their credit card prorated for any subscription fees paid beyond April 30, 2009. They will continue to have access to MSN Encarta Premium until the service is discontinued on October 31, 2009.
they will issue a refund to the credit card we have on file that was used for billing subscribers subscription.they advise to visit Microsoft Billing & Account Management for further inqury.

TATA NANO:World's Cheaest Car

TATA NANO:World's Cheaest CarCan you ever imagine that you can own a brand new car only at costing of just $2000?

yes,Tata Nano will now go on sale across India next month, with deliveries starting in July at this low can say world cheapest car.
Tata owner Ratan Tata has described the Nano as a "milestone".
Tata hopes the 3 metre long, five-seater car will be cheap enough to encourage millions of Indians to trade up from their motorcycles
We wanted a find a safe way to transport Indian families at an affordable price-Ratan Tata
Tata's managing director Ravi Kant said that from the first orders, a ballot would then select the initial 100,000 people to get their Nano."I think we are at the gates of offering a new form of transport to the people of India and later, I hope, other markets elsewhere in the world.Mr Tata added."I hope it will provide safe, affordable four-wheel transportation to families who till now have not been able to own a car Environmentalists are warning that the Nano will add to India's already clogged up roads, and pollution levels will soar. Tata says the Nano will be the least polluting car in India.
The basic model has no airbags, air conditioning, radio, or power steering. However, more luxurious versions will be available.
A slightly bigger European version, the Nano Europa is due to follow in 2011, and is expected to cost nearer to £4,000.
But,Analysts said that if the car proves an immediate hit in its home market, Tata may struggle to meet demand.

Coaching Centers In Bangladesh:HSC Students

Coaching centers in Bangladesh:It is a recent phenomenon in Bangladesh that Coaching Centers are providing a organised coaching for the students.which is stands for a must for the students if they wants to get admitted in a good,some coaching center have gain an unbelievable popularity.alternative of get admitted in a coaching center?i can't imagine.As getting admission in a versity is a field of composition;you have to be perfect rather then brilliant.i personally hate this tyoe of education system,but what can you do.if you want to get admission in a good like Dhaka Varsity,BUET,Medical or other Engineering institute or varsity you have to prepare yourself with a coaching center.
well,i am now giving some info. of favourite coaching centers.....

Engineering Coaching Centers:

Omeca Coaching center
75, Green Road, Farmgate, Dhaka 1205
Director: Mizanur Rahman, Shahriar Ahmed, Mahbubul Haque
Tele: +88-02-8112113, 0172214214, 0171535234 / 9338941

Sunrise Coaching center
110, Green Road, 2nd Floor, Farmgate, Dhaka
Director:Engr. Mirza Noor Ahmed
Tele: +88-02-7163853

Medical Coaching Centers:

Retina Coaching
44, East Tejturi Bazar, Farmgate, Dhaka 1215
Director: A B M Muquib
Deputy-Director: Md. Arifur Rahman
Tele: +88-02-9130951
Mobile: 018-245505

Primate Program
110, Green Road, 3dr Floor, Farmgate, Dhaka
Director: Amir Hossain
Tele: +88-02-8114137

Shuvecha Coaching center
House 57, Rd. 9/A, Dhanmondi R/A, Dhaka 1205
Director: Dr. M A Mannan
Tele: +88-02- 8115957 / 8122425

University Coaching Centers:

UCC Coaching center
83, Green Road, 1st Floor, Farmgate, Dhaka 1205
Director: M A Halim Tito
Tele: +88-02-8129590 / 8116481 / 9127821

Observe Coaching center
100, Green Road, Farmgate, Dhaka 1205
Director: Aminul Islam
Tele: +88-02-8125439

Dhaka Coaching
House 49, Rd. 10/A, Dhanmondi R/A, Dhaka 1205
Director: Zakir Hossain
Tele: +88-02-9131535, 8112756, 8321786, 7516558, 9008678 / 01711566463

Focus Coaching
16, East Tejturi Para, Farmgate, Dhaka 1215
Executive Director: Sheikh Mahbubur Rahman
Director: Mahfuzur Rahman Mamun

Quantum Academy
51/A, East Tejturi Bazar, Rauis Bhaban
3rd Floor, Farmgate, Dhaka 1215
Director: Promoth Allen Gomes/M R A Reja
Tele: +88-02-
Mobile: 018-116426

Positron Coaching
103/1, Green Road, Farmgate, Dhaka 1205
Director: S M Mizanur Rahman Masum
Tele: +88-02-8117208

Other Coaching Centers:

166/1 mirpur Road

lalmatia Dhaka-1207

Center concord point(3rd floor)
Phone 9119113