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Specs leaked for Samsung’s huge 12.2-inch tablet


Posted January 1st, 2014 by admin No Comments »

Reports of Samsung’s huge 12.2-inch tablet only began late last month, but it looks like the official specifications have already been uncovered. The tablet will feature a 12.2-inch display with 2560×1600 pixel resolution, 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 3GB of RAM, 8-megapixel rear camera, 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera and Android 4.4.2 KitKat.

We have just got confirmation on Samsung’s upcoming GALAXY Note Pro 12.2 tablet’s specifications and Antutu benchmark details. We have also received information that Samsung is changing its usual tablet UI to something more unique. For now, we don’t know what it will exactly look like but we will let you guys know as soon as we get something more. Samsung has been trying to make a mark on the tablet market for some time now, and it finally looks like it may be able to do that in 2014. Many of Samsung’s upcoming tablets will be unveiled at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, including the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2.

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Syrian Electronic Army hacks Skype’s Facebook, Twitter, and official blog


Posted January 1st, 2014 by admin No Comments »

The Syrian Electronic Army has claimed responsibility for hacking Skype’s Facebook, Twitter, and official blog and demanding an end to public spying. Skype managed to regain control and delete the hackers message shortly after they were breached but not before millions of people were able to see the SEA’s message.

We’re not even through the first day of 2014 and cyber attacks have already made their appearance. Earlier today, a person (or a few people) breached Skype’s security and hacked its Twitter accountFacebook page, and blog. The group claiming responsibility is the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA). Its message: end spying on the public. Minutes after we published this post, it appeared that Skype regained control and deleted the hacker messages from Twitter and Facebook, while its blog is being automatically redirected to Skype’s homepage now.

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Meet Wranglerstar: Your December On The Rise featured partner!


Posted December 30th, 2013 by admin No Comments »
Congratulations to Cody Crone of Wranglerstar, our featured “On The Rise” partner for this month. You’ll see his channel and videos in the spotlight on the On The Rise homepage and the YouTube Spotlight channel today.

Cody is a YouTube partner who left his “old city life” behind to explore the great outdoors. His channel also features his family and offers laughs along the way as he gives great advice to new wranglers. From T-shirts to axes, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for from a channel dedicated to country living. You can find out what a day in Cody’s life looks like, how you can live a sustainable lifestyle and learn all about the best tools to use.

Here are a few words from Cody:

“In 2010 we made the decision to leave behind our comfortable, urban lifestyle in exchange for a primitive homestead in the rugged mountains of the Pacific Northwest. In the beginning, YouTube was a convenient way for us to share our adventure with friends and family. Never in our wildest dreams did we imagine that such a diverse and engaging community would take an interest in our channel. I’ve always said that the Wranglerstar channel has the best subscribers on YouTube. We are honored and humbled to have been chosen as YouTube’s “On The Rise” partner for December 2013. Thank you–we are truly blessed. We appreciate the opportunity YouTube has provided for us to live and share our modern homesteading dream.”

If you’ve enjoyed this monthly blog series and are interested in learning more or participating, we encourage you to visit our On The Rise homepage. You can check out all of our past featured partners on the Featured Partners tab, or nominate a YouTube partner to be considered for the program on the Nominate tab. Feel free to submit nominations for your own channel, or for channels you follow that you think deserve more attention or could be the next YouTube sensation. We’ll continue to feature promising partners who drive YouTube watch time, have fewer than 100,000 subscribers, and produce engaging content on a regular basis.

Christine Wang and Kat Sahr, YouTube Partner Support, recently watched “CELL PHONE CRASHING at the AIRPORT!”

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Top 10 Holiday Videos of 2013


Posted December 24th, 2013 by admin No Comments »

Happy Holidays from YouTube Trends!

It’s time for our annual review of the top trending videos of the holiday season. This year, we’ve got more videos produced by brands than ever before, with five total, if you include the NBA which is on the list for the second year in a row. The top spot went to WestJet’s popular Christmas vid and rounding out the 10 was last year’s champion, Epic Rap Battles of History.

You can see the full top 10 in the list below or via this playlist.

The top vid of the Christmas week so far comes from Steve Kardynal (who also produced one of 2013′s top trending videos overall). The #1 Hanukkah video of the year comes from The Maccabeats

For more, you can check out the top 10 lists from 2012, 2011, and 2010.

– Kevin Allocca & Bonnie Gleicher

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Surprise! YouTube is now on Roku


Posted December 17th, 2013 by admin No Comments »
Who doesn’t love a good surprise? Probably most of the victims of our most watched Pranks of 2013. But as for the rest of you, we’ve got one more surprise for you in 2013: we’re bringing you the YouTube app (or “channel” in Roku-speak) today on the Roku 3 in the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Republic of Ireland.

This surprise is packed with features like:

  • HD streaming: Finally see how intense Red Bull’s videos look on your TV.
  • “Send to TV”: Control YouTube on Roku from that sick new phone you just got, turning your TV into your personal JumboTron. Just connect your device to the same Wi-Fi as your Roku.
  • Your subscriptions on TV: Sign in to YouTube and easily get your subscribed channels on your TV like PTXOfficial.

Check out their video to learn more and download the YouTube channel for Roku today.

Sarah Ali, Product Manager, recently watched, “YouTube Rewind: What Does 2013 Say?”

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Designing News for you on the go


Posted December 6th, 2013 by admin No Comments »

Posted by Mayuresh Saoji, Product Manager, Google News and Social

Increasingly people are reading News “on the go” and using their smartphones to keep abreast of the latest happenings around the globe. Over the next few days Google News readers on Android and iOS devices will start to see a beautiful new version of the mobile web app that will provide an improved overall experience resulting in a kind of real time news desk for you on your phone.

Here are just some of the highlights:

  • Improved overall look-and-feel making it easier to read and track separate stories.
  • Ability to customize the webapp to suit your taste by changing the theme from light to dark, the font size and opting for a larger “story card” with more information per story at your fingertips (from the Settings menu, at top right).
  • Simplified navigation to any section within News; just click on the Google News icon (top left) to see a list of available sections (including any custom sections you created).
  • Easier integration with Google Feedback located in the menu at the top right.

Additionally we have ensured that some favorite desktop features have been included such as:

  • A weather gadget in the Local section.
  • The popular “Editors Picks” option.
  • Social posts from Google + related to the story are included in the article cluster.

We’re launching in the US first and plan to bring the same experience to all our international editions soon.

All this goodness is packaged in a browser so give it a try by just visiting news.google.com from the Chrome/Safari browser on either Android or iOS phones.

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Data Behind the 2013 YouTube Music Awards Nominees


Posted November 1st, 2013 by admin No Comments »

The first-ever YouTube Music Awards are live this Sunday evening at 6pmET and to celebrate, we did a little digging into the data behind some of the 2013 nominees, all of which were selected based on a series of viewership, subscriber, and/or engagement metrics. (To get all the details on the nominees read this or check out the YouTube Spotlight channel where you can also vote for the winners.)

Video of the year is one of the categories drawing the most interest, and that’s not really a surprise when you consider the 1.9 billion views these videos currently have combined. That’s an average of over half a million views for every second of video.

Here is daily viewership data (though, please note that we have cut off the initial “Gentleman” spike, which at a record 38 million views in a single day made this chart hilariously unreadable):

The ten nominees for Artist of the Year drew nearly 10 billion views combined on their official videos between October 2012 and the start of this month. They also saw large numbers of new subscribers to those channels. And while many of the artists reside in the United States, when you look at likes, shares, and other types of fan activity, over 75% of the combined engagement top artists saw was from outside the U.S.

Here you can see their weekly growth in subscribers and the impact new video releases from Rihanna and PSY had on their channels:

While the data determined the nominees, the winners will be decided by fans whose sharing activity this week and last will be tallied right up to Sunday night’s show.

For the expert trend trackers, see if you can guess what keyword this graph of YouTube search data represents… (hint: it’s the top spiking “music”-related search of 2013)

Click to find the answer.

– Kevin Allocca

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