Archive for March 27, 2009

Youtube launches YouTube EDU

Posted: March 27, 2009 in Tech

YouTube recently released a new sub-site called YouTube EDU, aggregating thousands of free lectures from over a hundred universities across the country, including MIT, Yale, Harvard, Stanford, and many more.

YouTube has announced a name change for some of the features on its site. They are as follows:

Spotlight Videos – These are videos that YouTube are entertaining or educational for the masses, so they highlight them.

Promoted Videos – Originally called “Sponsored Videos,” these are the paid video ads – like paid search but for YouTube and with videos.

Featured Videos – These videos have gained popularity among YouTube’s users and therefore get prominent attention on the largest online video site in the world.

Western Digital is now offering a 2TB My Book external hard drive. WD claimed that this is the first product in the market with so much capacity in a single drive system.

Western Digital has made available two editions of this new external drive:

- My Book Studio Edition: FireWire 400, FireWire 800, eSATA and USB 2.0
– My Book Mac Edition: USB 2.0

Twitter will soon offer paid-for accounts to businesses towards the end of the year. Twitter founder Biz Stone suggested paid-for accounts will likely to include lightweight analytics to track people reading the company’s page, and compile better records on what they’re saying.

There’s also suggestions there’ll be tools to verify companies and introduce them to potential customers via Twitter.

US president Barack Obama answered questions posted by regular web users which are rated most important by the visitors. The new initiative is part of the launch of ‘Open for Questions’ sections on the White House website.

President Obama said: “We’re going to try something a little different. We’re going to take advantage of the Internet to bring all of you to the White House to talk about the economy. This is an experiment but it’s also an exciting opportunity for me to look at a computer and get a snapshot of what Americans across the country care about.”

Google Android set to get Adobe Flash

Posted: March 27, 2009 in Tech

Adobe announced that they too are working on a version of Flash for the Google Android mobile platform. Flash on Android would further boost its capabilities when compared to the iPhone.

Apple has not hinted whether they are indeed working with Adobe to bring Flash to iPhone.