Archive for November, 2011

YouTube Analytics Slakes Your Thirst For Your Channel’s Viewing Stats

analytics-infographic-r3-1500px

YouTube has upgraded its viewer demographics and video tracking tools and changed the name from Insight to Analytics. The changes should be rolling out to “everyone with a modern browser” today, though you can still access Insight if you want to do a little comparison of capabilities.

The changes are non-destructive; some existing features have been tweaked and expanded, and there are a few new tools that could help the struggling YouTube-jockey pull in more views and better understand their viewers.

The look has been overhauled to give the stats a little more space around them, and the amount of simple clickable text is removed. The layout has been mixed up somewhat and some crucial social stats (likes, comments, net subscriber change) are front and center. Search has also been made more obvious and some drilldown controls are placed prominently.

All the usual reports supposedly now have more detailed information, perhaps only of interest to stat hounds, but appreciated nonetheless. The audience retention measure looks like a handy tool:

Comparing to other videos of the same length seems ridiculous (this was the retention tool from Insight), but seeing the points of the video at which people stopped watching, or had their attention grabbed, is certainly handy. Is the intro sequence too long? Did that lull in the conversation kill viewship? Good info here for people looking to tweak their content.

A few more details and links are available at the YouTube blog, and if you’re logged in this link should take you to the new stats page.



Comments Off on YouTube Analytics Slakes Your Thirst For Your Channel’s Viewing Stats

Photo

Devin Coldewey

November 30th

Uncategorized

I Wish the New Lego X-Wing 2012 Was Coming Out RIGHT NOW [Lego]

When I sent photos of the best Lego X-Wing ever created to the company headquarters in Billund, Denmark, they told me that it was awesome—but it didn't show enough studs—their design DNA—and it was probably too fragile. More »


Comments Off on I Wish the New Lego X-Wing 2012 Was Coming Out RIGHT NOW [Lego]

Photo

Jesus Diaz

November 30th

Uncategorized

Facebook Ups Character Limit to 60,000, Google+’s Is Still Bigger

Facebook 60,000 Character Status Updates Done 2

There’s a pissing contest going on. Google+ launched saying it has no character limit, though my tests show it stops publishing at 100,000. Surely unrelated, Facebook upped its limit from 500 to 5,000 in September, and today announced its limit is now over 60,000. That’s 1/9th the length of a novel. This gives users the flexibility to write full-fledged blog posts or even longer content. However, I suspect that Facebook was also trying to neutralize one more selling point of its competitor.

I tested the character limits of both Facebook and Google+ today. If you try to publish any more than 63,206 characters on Facebook, it tells you “Status Update Too Long” and asks if you want to publish that text as a Note instead. That’s a pretty graceful move, actually. Wanna guess how it chose 63,206? Facebook engineer Bob Baldwin wrote, “I set the exact limit to something nerdy. Facebook … Face Boo K … hex(FACE) – K … 64206 – 1000 = 63206 “, in response to VP of Engineering Mike Schroepfer’s post of the announcement.

Google+ was less transparent. It wouldn’t publish anything over 100,000 characters, giving me the excuse that “There was a problem saving your post. Please try again.” So much for an infinite limit.

Facebook’s enormous user base means people are using it in all sorts of ways. Maybe someone out there wanted to publish wordy blog posts or whole chapters of their book in installments. Both Google+ and Facebook thankfully curtail epic status updates with “Expand this post” and “Continue reading” links respectively. Still, a 60,000 character Facebook post is probably never going to be read in the tiny width of the news feed, and Notes are better place for them.

That’s why I think this is another move by Facebook to whittle away Google+’s quantitative advantages. Facebook has been aggressively launching features found in Google+ since its competitor launched. In-line privacy controls, asymmetrical subscribe, better public posting capabilities, improved Friend Lists, and video chat are just a few examples. Facebook wants people comparing the user counts, time-on-site, and social graph density of the two services — things where it’s the clear front-runner. It doesn’t want people citing things Facebook doesn’t have, even if they’re unnecessary. Like 60,000 character status updates.



Comments Off on Facebook Ups Character Limit to 60,000, Google+’s Is Still Bigger

Photo

Josh Constine

November 30th

Uncategorized

If AT&T and T-Mobile Can’t Marry, They Still Might Date [At&t]

It's been a blood bath for the AT&T-Mobile deal the past few days, but it hasn't all been sour pudding. AT&T's still got its Hail Mary sell-off gambit in play, and if the merger totally goes under, the WSJ claims it might enter a joint venture with Deustche Telekom, T-Mobile's parent company. More »


Comments Off on If AT&T and T-Mobile Can’t Marry, They Still Might Date [At&t]

Photo

Kyle Wagner

November 30th

Uncategorized

Apple seeks to ban Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1N in Germany

Samsung’s tweaks to the original Galaxy Tab 10.1 weren’t enough to satisfy Apple’s legal team. Apple successfully banned Samsung’s German subsidiaries from selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 after it accused the South Korea-based company of patent infringement. Samsung responded by releasing a modified Galaxy Tab 10.1N tablet it believed had addressed all of Apple’s concerns. Unfortunately, Apple isn’t satisfied with the changes and it wants to ban Samsung from selling the new tablet as well. A hearing for Apple’s request for an injunction is scheduled for December 22nd, Dow Jones Newswires said. The two companies have been locked in patent-related legal battles around the globe and currently have similar ongoing cases in the United States, Japan, France and Australia.

Read

Comments Off on Apple seeks to ban Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1N in Germany

Photo

Todd Haselton

November 30th

Apple

Android Smartphone Round-Up: November Edition

lead

Changing Leaves. Black Friday. And Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. These are the cornerstones of the month of November. Releasing new phones, however, is not. Unfortunately, this means that our Android Smartphone Round-Up for November is a bit lean, but we’ve still managed to pick out a few handsets worth your valuable consideration.

Without further ado, these are our favorite November releases of the Gingerbread (2.3) persuasion: The Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket (AT&T), the HTC Rezound (Verizon), and the Samsung Captivate Glide (AT&T). They range between a solid $300 to a cool $149 (all with a two-year agreement, of course), and each has its claim to fame.

Onward!

HTC Rezound:

Features:

  • 4.3-inch 720×1280 S-LCD display
  • 1.5GHz dual-core processor
  • 8MP rear camera (1080p video capture), 2MP front camera
  • Sense 3.5
  • $299.99

Pros:

  • That 720p display is no joke, and one of the first of its kind
  • Beats Audio integration, and accompanying Beats earbuds
  • 4G LTE support from Verizon

Cons:

  • It’s a fat little guy — steer clear, Razr fans
  • 4.3-inch is admittedly a pretty large screen, but we also have a few 4.5-inchers on the market that provide an advantage in gaming
  • Sense 3.5

The HTC Rezound is certainly a powerful little beast, but you can tell it’s already started packing on the pounds for winter (that joke was reaching at best, forgive me). It’s more than half an inch thick, and it feels that way at 6oz. It does have a nice textured finish on the back for extra grip, and seems to pull from the Droid Incredible 2 design style.

Under the hood, things get way more impressive: the combination of that dual-core 1.5GHz processor and Verizon’s LTE is pretty unbeatable. It’s super responsive, and you can’t help but fall in love with its 4.3-inch 720p display. Beats integration doesn’t change my entire perspective on audio or anything, but the included set of Beats ear buds is definitely a plus.

The Rezound is available now from Verizon for $299 on-contract.



Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket

Features:

  • 4.5-inch 480×800 Super AMOLED Plus display
  • 1.5GHz dual-core processor
  • 8MP rear camera (1080p video capture), 1.3MP front camrea
  • 4G LTE support from AT&T
  • $249.99

Pros:

  • The Samsung Galaxy S II is one of the best-selling Android phones out there, and the Skyrocket just adds AT&T 4G LTE
  • Thin, light, elegant design
  • Beautiful Super AMOLED Plus display

Cons:

  • TouchWiz, TouchWiz, TouchWiz…
  • Not everyone lives in one of AT&T’s 14 LTE-supported markets
  • Feels a bit plasticky

I won’t be shy about how much I like the Samsung Galaxy S II, and the Skyrocket merely adds faster speeds. It packs everything you can ask for out of an Android device, and at a relatively reasonable price. The screen is beautiful, the phone itself is super snappy, and it looks and feels pretty slick.

What’s better, AT&T’s 4G support isn’t the only advantage the Skyrocket has over the other Galaxy S II variants. It also upgrades to a 1.5GHz dual-core processor instead of its original 1.2GHz CPU.

The Galaxy S II Skyrocket is available now at AT&T for $249 on-contract.


Samsung Captivate Glide:

Features:

  • 4-inch 800×480 Super AMOLEDdisplay
  • 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor
  • 8MP rear camera (with 1080p video capture), 1.3MP rear camera
  • Full four-row sliding QWERTY keyboard
  • $149.99

Pros:

  • Super responsive
  • Strong battery life
  • It’s a comfortable size for a QWERTY

Cons:

  • Somewhat chintzy build quality
  • Keyboard is super flat, makes typing tough to get used to
  • Too much plastic (again, Samsung)

The Captivate Glide is a nice marriage between the Samsung Galaxy S II and a full QWERTY keyboard, however the keyboard itself seems to be “irritatingly flat.” That said, the specs on this guy are pretty great considering its $149 price point, so if you can deal with a somewhat cheap feeling phone (re: plastic), the Glide certainly performs well. It’s what’s on the inside that counts, right?

The Samsung Captivate Glide is available now at AT&T for $149 on-contract.




Comments Off on Android Smartphone Round-Up: November Edition

Photo

Jordan Crook

November 30th

Uncategorized

The New Essential Apps November 2011 [Apps]

iPhones. iPads. Android. Windows Phone 7. We've updated all of our essential apps lists to include a few forgotten favorites, some long awaited arrivals and, as always, even more amazing apps. Check them out! More »


Comments Off on The New Essential Apps November 2011 [Apps]

Photo

Roberto Baldwin

November 30th

Uncategorized

Nexus One Gets A Taste Of Ice Cream Sandwich Thanks To CM9

n1ics

Google may have run out of love for the Nexus One as far as Ice Cream Sandwich is concerned, but that doesn’t mean the legions of loyal Android developers have. An intrepid dev named TexasIce on the XDA forums has managed to get an early build of CyanogenMod 9 up and running on Google’s first Nexus device, and it looks mighty impressive for a work-in-progress.

Most of the basics seem to run without a hitch: text input and phone dialing work with a minimum of lag, as does web browsing and poking around in the Android Market. Nearly all of Ice Cream Sandwich’s functionality is present and accounted for, though it isn’t all sunshine and roses. Neither the camera nor USB mass storage work yet, and the lack of hardware acceleration means the build has a tendency to chug when it comes to some of Ice Cream Sandwich’s more impressive animations.

Fortunately, TexasIce is working to address the ROM’s issues at a respectable clip: the project only went live a few days ago, and already the 9th alpha build went online earlier today.

It’s certainly a work in progress, but I’ve got high hopes for a smooth ride by the time a stable CM9 release sees the light of day. If I may indulge in a little bit of nostalgia, CyanogenMod was one of the first custom ROMs I ever flashed onto a device, and it made my G1 run like butter. Nexus One users who want to join in the fun now can head over to the thread in question, but newbies (as always) should proceed with caution.



Comments Off on Nexus One Gets A Taste Of Ice Cream Sandwich Thanks To CM9

Photo

Chris Velazco

November 30th

Uncategorized

Try Out Spotify’s New Apps Right Now [Video]

If you're intrigued by Spotify's new app platform, the beta version of their desktop client is available here. There's no apps functionality in the mobile version for now, but Spotify says it's something they're working on. [Spotify] More »


Comments Off on Try Out Spotify’s New Apps Right Now [Video]

Photo

Adrian Covert

November 30th

Uncategorized

AT&T considering joint venture with T-Mobile if merger falls apart

AT&T is reportedly considering a joint venture with T-Mobile USA parent company Deutsche Telekom instead of buying T-Mobile USA outright. Sources speaking to The Wall Street Journal said the plans are far from final, but such a deal could be looked at more closely now that AT&T is facing a number of roadblocks with its planned merger. AT&T recently withdrew its application from the FCC to acquire T-Mobile USA; the carrier will instead focus on a lawsuit brought against the merger by the Department of Justice, which is expected to begin in February. The FCC released a 109-page document that suggested it was not in favor of AT&T purchasing T-Mobile for a number of reasons, including an apparent failure on AT&T’s part to convince the FCC its T-Mobile USA acquisition would create new jobs.

Comments Off on AT&T considering joint venture with T-Mobile if merger falls apart

Photo

Todd Haselton

November 30th

Uncategorized
line
November 2011
M T W T F S S
« Oct   Dec »
 123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
282930