Services To You Tube Taken Down By Pakistan Government

Services to Google’s YouTube website have reportedly been taken down by the government of Pakistan following the former’s refusal to remove a movie video made in the US, which is a spoof on the life of Prophet Mohammed.

Enraging the Islamic world, the anti-Islam movie, called ‘Innocence of Muslims’ was termed ‘blasphemous’ by Pakistan officials and was seen as a possible medium for a deadly attack on the US embassy in Libya and protests in Egypt, India and Bangladesh.

In a statement by Raza Parvez Ashraf, Prime Minister, Pakistan, he said “Blasphemous content will not be accepted at any cost.” The site was blocked following orders of Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA).

Users in Pakistan who tried to visit the famous video-sharing site were welcomed with a shut down message that said the website contains ‘indecent material’.

The access to the movie clip, which caused a rage, is now blocked in Egypt, Libya, India, Indonesia and Afghanistan, which has more than a quarter of the world’s Muslim population of 1.6 billion.

Trying to clear its stance on the matter, Youtube said the video was made inside the community guidelines. The firm also said that due to the sensitive situations in Egypt and Libya, the access to the movie clip was voluntarily blocked.

However, the governments of India, Malaysia and Indonesia asked Google to block the video from YouTube. People trying to access the video in India get a message ‘This content is not available in your country due to a government removal request’.

YouTube services are also blocked in Afghanistan. However, YouTube made no comment on its domain being blocked in Pakistan.

Following the protest over the website, thousands of Pakistanis took the streets, burning effigies of Barack Obama and the US flag. As many as 40 students were arrested. Many Muslims also protested near the US Consulate in the northwestern city of Wari on Sunday, where at least one demonstrator was killed, while several others were wounded. Till now, a total number of 19 people have died in violence over the anti-Islam movie.… Read the rest

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Now Create Some Outstanding Photos On Google+ With Snapseed

The rivalry in the tech race seems to be getting better with each firm hoping to outdo the other. The latest to join the league is Google who following the Facebook-Instagram acquisition has now bought Snapseed, which is a photo editing-and-sharing app.

Following their own line of thought, the merge of search giant and iOS photo-sharing app was announced in a post by Vic Gandotra, Senior Vice President of Engineering, Google.

Here is the link to his post on Google+

Vic welcomed the Nic software and said, “We want to help our users create photos they absolutely love, and in our experience Nik does this better than anyone.” He also mentioned that Google+ now has around 400,000,000 users since its launch 12 months ago.

Trying to get one-on-one with Facebook’s social expertise, Snapseed will let users edit pics and add filters. Users can also share photos on Facebook, Flickr or via email, which is same as what Facebook’s Instagram offers.

With many digital editing tools, Snapseed is trying to be a success among photo buffs just like Instagram. The app was launched on the iPad in June 2011 and on the iPhone in August the same year. A year later in June, the app bagged around 9 million users on the iPhone. Instagram, on the contrary has around 22.7 million unique visitors per month, up from 16.5 million in just a month. This photo sharing site also got 80 million users in July, growing from 50 million in April this year.

In 2011, Apple named Snapseed as app of the year for iPad, though the title of most popular iPhone app went to Instagram.

Nik Software is since then working on to make Snapseed a famous app, by reaching out to a wider audience. The firm also launched the software for the Mac OS and for Windows earlier this year.

According to the information on company’s site, Nik Software is also working on to launch Snapseed on an Android platform.… Read the rest

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Google Fiber TV’s Big Additions: CNN, Disney, Turner & Cartoon Network

Google is working on to make big additions to its Google Fiber TV channel lineup, adding all missing stations to the service.

Just after adding several Disney channels, now the lineup has included major channels from Time Warner’s Turner Broadcast company such as Boomerang, Cartoon Network (Adult Swim), CNN, CNN en Español, CNN International, HLN, hTV, infinito, TBS, TCM: Turner Classic Movies, TNT, and truTV.

Earlier added Disney’s television stations include ABC Family, ABC News Now, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, ESPN, ESPN Buzzer Beater, ESPN Classic, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Goal Line, ESPN2, ESPNews, ESPNU, Longhorn Network, Ovation, SOAPnet, TBN, TBN Enlace, and Velocity.

Trying to shape-up nicely, Fiber TV is currently available only for those residing in Kansas City bundled with a 1Gbps broadband Internet service.

A truly competitive service, Google Fiber offers services at $120 per month. Certain complaints had lined up following the announcement of services, which included it being available only in the Kansas city and limited channels. But now that Google Fiber TV has taken care of adding channel lineups. It now has both Adult Swim and ESPN sports channels.

Google plans to add up more channels in future. The business has just started up. Earlier in the month, Google announced reaching over 50 percent of its goal for Fiberhood signups.

Although Google Fiber TV is doing well, some believe it offers no competition to other big cable companies. Irene Esteves, Time Warner Cable, CFO recently said that Google Fiber TV can’t really expand business outside of Kansas. She also said that the business model of Fiber TV doesn’t make sense. She estimates that a nationwide broadband network build-out could cost upwards of $200 billion all said and done.

She also said that what TWC is losing in terms of market share to Google in the Kansas City area is a drop in the bucket as well as how Verizon spent $30 billion on its FiOS network to occupy just 15 percent of U.S. homes.

Esteves, TWC, and other cable providers often mention the big “numbers” game when discussing the threat of competition from Google. They are expected do this as they know Google didn’t base its decision to enter the cable market on the numbers. It plunged as it saw a prospect to do better. Also, Verizon doesn’t seem to be interested in expanding its broadband business and maybe Google could one day buy it.… Read the rest

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With iPhone 5 Apple’s Shares Rise by 1.4 Percent, Expected To Be A Major Booster To It’s Sales

Tech giant and world’s most valuable firm; Apple Inc uncovered its latest next-gen smartphone, iPhone 5, which came out after a long wait of almost a year, just as iPhone 4S was launched.

The new version of iPhone is quite similar to what was speculated. It boasts a larger screen, faster chip, cool looks and supports speedier wireless networks. With its latest offering, Apple hopes to lead and stay ahead of its rivals- Samsung, Google, Microsoft Corp. and Nokia Oyj who are its biggest competitors in the smartphone market, which stands at a value of $219.1 billion.

The cost of iPhone 5 ranges from $199 to $399.

With a glass and aluminum casing, the stylish iPhone 5 has a chip to process commands swiftly. The 4-inch screen is slightly bigger than its predecessors, which had 3.5-inches screens.

Apple also worked on its mobile software, adding 3D mapping, closer integration with Facebook and improvements on the Siri voice-recognition tool. With the revamped speech-command service Siri, users of iPhone 5 will be able to search for sports scores and make dinner reservations by simply speaking to the smartphone.

Following the launch of the enhanced iPhone 5, Apple’s shares gained 1.4 percent to $669.79 as of the close in New York, extending this year’s surge in Apple’s stock to 65 percent.

With iPhone 5, Apple hopes to sell around 48.2 million units by the end of Christmas season.

Since the debut of iPhones in 2007, Apple has sold more than 244 million units, which made the handset accountable for Apple’s two-thirds of profit.

Apple iPhone 5 is predicted to be the biggest hit of Apple’s smartphones so far.

The new iPhone, Apple’s sixth since 2007, works with LTE, data networks, which were introduced by companies including AT&T Inc. and Verizon Wireless. Samsung and Google’s Motorola Mobility also offer handsets that run on LTE, which carriers say offer quicker video, music and other content downloads, compared with the existing wireless networks.

Adding a bigger screen is Apple’s way of following a trend, which Samsung, HTC Corp. and Motorola Mobility started with their smartphones.

During the event, Apple also announced a new version of its updated iPod Touch wireless music player.

Pre-orders of iPhone 5 start today, Sept. 14th. The phone will hit the shelves on Sept. 21st. According to analysts, Apple may sell 10 million units of iPhone 5 by September end and the total number may reach to 48.2 million by December.

To achieve that big a mark poses a tough challenge to Apple, as the rivals are all set to prove they can break more ground and outshine more than the Cupertino Calif.-based company.… Read the rest

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iPhone 5 Launched in Competition to Samsung & Google!

The long-awaited Apple iPhone 5 is launched amidst strong rivalry with Samsung and Google, which is seen as a shot by the Apple Inc to widen its base in the smartphone market, which accounts for $219.1 billion.

Named iPhone 5, this new smartphone is designed with a sleek and smart look and will have a large 4-inch screen. The iPhone 5 is made thinner and lighter as compared to its predecessors.

This latest sixth-generation smartphone will also sport a faster processor, new mapping software and enhancements to the voice-recognition feature Siri.

With this smartphone, Apple has redesigned the hardware of the product since 2010.

There has been a plethora of handheld-touchscreen devices in the market that provide speedy Web downloads and a range of games, entertainment and productivity tools, and with iPhone 5 Apple seeks to stay ahead of competitors including Samsung, Google, Microsoft Corp. and Nokia Oyj in a market that surged 78 percent last year.

Launching a new iPhone is always critical for Apple as the firm only comes with one device a year. Since the introduction of first iPhone in 2007 till its previous iPhone 4S, Apple has sold more than 244 million units. The iPhone device accounts for about two-thirds profit for Apple, which has a market value of above $620 billion that made the firm most valuable in the world.

The latest sixth iPhone by Apple will work on 4G LTE wireless data networks, which is being introduced by companies including AT&T Inc. and Verizon Wireless. However, Samsung and Google’s Motorola Mobility have already introduced LTE handsets, which carriers say enables quicker video, music and other content downloads, compared with the existing 3G wireless networks.

Apple added a bigger screen to iPhone 5, following the trend started by other handset makers, including Samsung, HTC Corp. and Motorola Mobility.

The latest iPhone 5 also has tighter integration with Facebook Inc., letting users quickly post pictures, links and other content easily.

Apple also worked on to enhance the speech-command service Siri, and added features that now let users search for sports scores and make dinner reservations simply by speaking to the smartphone.

Apple is expected to sell as many as 10 million iPhone units by the end of September.

Apple also introduced its own mapping software that replaced Google Maps. The firm has also removed Google’s online video service, YouTube, from the batch of applications preinstalled on the iPhone.

The announcement of iPhone 5 was one of the most anticipated events of the year with millions of users waiting for the mystery to unveil.… Read the rest

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Stories You Missed last Week Amidst New Launches, Speculations, and Patent-Wars…

September started off on a busy note. The first week of the month, has till now, marked the release of many devices in not only technology, gadgets, tablets or smartphones world but also in the gaming sector. Jam-packed with press events slated to release the latest and most innovative devices, there are few stories as reported in an article by the that we could have missed on!

Starting with the ongoing Apple-Samsung patent battle to Amazon releasing its revamped Kindle Fire to Samsung, Nokia, and Motorola Mobility- announcing their latest smartphones- the month has been a witness to a lot of technological advancements and rivalries.

And then there was Facebook-Instagram deal going all official and just recently Google buying VirusTotal. The stories were never-ending.

So here let’s take a quick read at the stories we missed.

Keep your pockets tight, a new iPod might be on the line…. Like really!

Ahead of Apple’s press event slated for Wednesday, there are rumors that 12th is going to be awesome not only iPhone fans for all music buffs! How? There are rumors that Apple might also announce a revamped iPod touch and iPod Nano with Wi-Fi along with a ‘iPad Mini’ and iPhone 5. Isn’t that good news?

So let the announcement come, and Apple stores near you will be filled with colorful iPods in all shapes, colors, and sizes!

No more tweets from Mac? Yes, that’s true!

Maybe it’s time for Apple Mac users to find another source to tweet from other than the Mac. According to MG Sielgler, blogger-turned-investor, Twitter has decided to stop supporting Twitter for Mac. Don’t consider it as bad news! If you see Twitter app for Mac, it’s not been updated since 1st June 2011.

Siegler of techcrunch tweeted on Thursday. He wrote, “They won’t kill it outright, but no further updates.” There were also rumors that Apple was in plans to buy Twitter Inc, which is going to be big, if it ever happened.

In a war of most tweets per minute record, Obama wins the race!

The President Barack Obama surely knows how much impact he has on people. During his speech at the Democratic National Convention, Obama generated 52,757 tweets per minute.

Mitt Romney’s speech, however, didn’t get quite the same response. The Republican nominee generated 14,000 tweets per minute. This set a new record political movement on Twitter, good news for Obama, especially as the race for President heats up.

Now it’s Google vs. FBI. The fight to unlock pimp’s phone!

A legal battle is brewing between the FBI and Google as the former is trying to force the latter to unlock an alleged pimp’s cellphone.

Now even with a search warrant, Google has refused to unlock the smartphone of the suspect. Sorry, no pimp data for you, FBI.

Google’s refusal sparked a story in the WSJ, where it mentioned how muddy legal standards are linked with third-parties unlocking smartphones on behalf of the government. In case the federal agents won’t get access to a suspect’s phone, they’ll turn to software makers for help, and sometimes they’ll come with a warrant. Whether the law actually requires companies such as Google and Apple to comply with these warrants isn’t all that clear.

Kindle Fire HD integrates Bing and not Google

Amazon recently announced its latest Kindle Fire HD. Going on a head-to-head competition with Google Nexus 7 and Apple iPad, Amazon will now direct mobile searchers to Microsoft’s Bing search engine instead of Google. Epic!

Bing remains the search engine for the Kindle Fire HD device. Looks like Amazon and Google are no longer friends!

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VirusTotal: Google’s Latest Acquisition

Looks like Google is finally waking up to the increasing concern that is security. VirusTotal, a firm that deals with security, happens to be Google’s latest buy in the market, according to a blog announcement.

VirusTotal is a free service that lets users scan their computers for malware without going through the hassle of installing a tool into their system. All a user need to do is to feed in the URL or share the file on the company website and “Scan it” to assess how secure the content is.

Sounds simple, but is a big help to users online, especially as more and more online threats come to light. This acquisition may have cost millions of dollars to Google, but gives them a foot in the door into the field of web security. It also helps that these companies were already partners before the formal acquisition.

Even though Google has acquired the company, it has assured users of its plans to keep VirusTotal’s technology active, and learn security essentials from its employees. Given how Google is continuously providing innovations to serve their customers better, maybe now that security has become their latest forte, we can definitely look forward to major improvements in web security as well.… Read the rest

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Kindle Fire HD vs. iPad 3 vs. Google Nexus 7: Clash of the Titans

Never before in the tech world has a consumer been this spoilt for choice. When it comes to tablets, people are just about embracing this new concept of an in-between device, which provides better computing ability as well as mobility.

First came the iPad 3, which of course is thinner, lighter, more powerful than its predecessors (no surprises there!). And then, the makers of Android, Google, announced their own tablet creation – the Nexus 7. The latest on the block of course is Amazon’s brand new Kindle Fire HD, which promises to take on the iPad and the Nexus 7. But which of these biggies will reign supreme in this tight race?

For the Apple lovers, without doubt, the iPad 3 will be considered the absolute leader in the ring, but for the unbiased souls looking to pick up the best available technology, here’s a comparison of what lies beneath these 3 tablets.

Screen Size: If you’re all about the screen size, then the iPad 3 should be your obvious choice. Sporting a 9.7-inch screen when compared to the Nexus and Kindle Fire’s 7-inch screens, you can view text and images much better without doubt. However, to go up against the iPad, Amazon has even launched the Kindle Fire HD in an 8.9-inch screen model, which can definitely change the game with regards to this category.

Connectivity Options: Here’s where the competition begins to heat up and consumers get a variety of options. If you’re looking for a tablet with only Wi-Fi connectivity, all these tablets can be considered, including the 2 versions of Kindle Fire HD, the iPad and the Nexus 7. But go beyond the Wi-Fi access, and your choices narrow down to the iPad, which offers GSM and CDMA connectivity, and the Kindle Fire HD 8.9, which gives you LTE connectivity options for much faster browsing speeds.

Storage: In terms of storage, we have to say that unfortunately the Nexus 7 takes a beating with a limitation of only up to 16 GB space, while even the Kindle Fire HD 7 gives you up to 32GB of space. Want more? The iPad and Kindle Fire HD 8.9 go up to 64GB of storage space, which we think is far more than just ample.

Cameras: Now, this is where the Kindle Fire HD becomes the surefire winner, with its HD front facing camera, as opposed to the Nexus 7’s 1.2MP and iPad’s VGA equivalent. However, if you’re going to need a camera in the back as well, consider only the iPad 3 with its 5MP camera.

Weight: Not surprisingly, the Nexus 7 is the lightest among these tablets at just 0.75lbs, with the Kindle Fire HD 7 coming in second, weighing 0.87lbs. Between the larger screen options, however, the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 takes a narrow lead, weighing 1.25lbs when compared to iPad 3’s 1.33lbs.

Applications: While the iPad and Nexus 7 respectively lets you download apps from the App Store and Google Play Store respectively, the Kindle Fire users can download apps onto their devices from Amazon’s Appstore.

Price: This is of course the one category that everyone’s most interested in, and boy, do we get a wide variety of choices here. The 7-inch version of Kindle Fire and the Nexus 7 come in 2 price variants – $199 and $249, while the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 starts at $299 and goes all the way up to $599. Definitely more value for money than the iPad 3, we must say, which starts at $499 and goes up to $829.

So now, that you know pretty much all that there is to know about these tablets, which one do you think you would go for?… Read the rest

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Motorola Steps In Smartphones War: Uncovers 3 Latest Droid Razr

Under the leadership of its new owner Google, Motorola Mobility unveiled three latest Droid Razr smartphones for Verizon. The devices, big and small were launched the same day as Nokia uncovered its first Windows Phone 8 devices.

The smartphones include the Razr HD, Razr Maxx HD and Razr M.

The Razr HD and Razr Maxx HD offer big choice with large batteries and 4.7-inch screen while the Razr M has a smaller profile. All three devices will run on Google Android operating system.

Now let’s take a look at each of the device’s specifications.

Starting with the Razor HD, this device looks super cool. With a 4.7-inch 720p Super AMOLED HD display, the Razr HD will have a dual-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 processor with 1 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of storage. This device will also have an 8-megapixel camera at the back and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera so you can capture clear pictures. The smartphone will also support a 2,530 mAh battery. It will get an upgrade to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean by the end of the year.

Next in line is the Razr Maxx HD. Made with a battery size of 3,300 mAh, this smartphone will offer storage space of 32 GB.

Both the Razr HD and the Razr Maxx HD will come pre-installed with Google’s Chrome browser. Both of them will hit the market later this year on Verizon. However, Motorola didn’t announce anything about the pricing of these devices.

The third Razr phone in line, the Razr M is a smaller, budget choice for users, which will be out at stores starting 13th Sept. at a price of $99. With a lower resolution 4.3-inch qHD 540×960 Super AMOLED display, the Razr M will work on a dual-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 processor. This smartphone will have 1 GB of RAM. There will also be an 8-megapixel camera at the rear and a 3-megapixel front-facing camera, which will let you capture moments easily.

What makes the Razr M a great choice is that with a same screen size as Apple’s iPhone, this device offers display to the edges, which offers 40 percent more screen size. This smartphone will also have a 2,000 mAh battery and will be upgraded to Jelly Bean this year.

Motorola hopes to win over consumers and enter the competitive smartphones market with these latest releases that have 4G speed, beefy batteries, and sleek use.

So have you booked your phone, as the pre-orders for the Razr M are now available!… Read the rest

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Coming Soon to Your TVs’: YouTube Movie Rentals

Working on for a transition, YouTube is in talks to launch VOD-style movie rentals on TVs and connected devices by the end of 2012. YouTube plans to be a full run TV network and become a favorite destination of users for movies.

Owned by Google, YouTube is a famous video service provider.

In an announcement made by YouTube hardware partner TPVision, the firm is in plans to add a premium component to its TV application on various Smart TV platforms.

Now with just connecting TVs to YouTube, users will get access to movie rentals easily.

TPVision said that the service of YouTube Rentals will be offered in selected European countries by the end of 2012. TPVision also said that “Philips Smart TV will be among the first TV platforms” to provide access to these rentals.

No comment has been made from YouTube as yet.

Earlier this summer, YouTube added rentals to its Google TV app, but VOD wasn’t available on any other TV platform before.

YouTube movie rentals service on Google TV is also limited to the users in the US. This move seems to be an initiative by YouTube to compete with other VOD services such as VUDU, Amazon Instant, or Blockbuster.

If YouTube goes this way, it could increase its ad-supported content, which already has feature-length movies and various professionally-produced shows.

Will this service get YouTube more users? Share your comments with us.… Read the rest

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