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YouTube TV

Do you just login to YouTube to search for and watch your favourite videos? Or maybe upload a new video and share it with your friends? YouTube can do more than just that. It has included some new features – some of them currently in the experimental stage – that can make your YouTube experience more exciting and certainly more fun. Here’s a sneak peek of the less-known exciting features of YouTube, available for free, brought together in a place they call the “TestTube”

YouTube Leanback: You guessed it right. With this feature, you can “lean back” on your couch and end enjoy YouTube just like TV. What’s more, it even comes with an Android app that converts your phone into a remote control so that you get effortless viewing experience just like in your living room. The Leanback feature divides the YouTube videos into various categories. So you just need to pick your interests and then just sit back and enjoy. The interests are available over a wide range – comedy, entertainment, news and more. It also includes a personal feed section based on your preferences and settings.

Relax and enjoy YouTube Leanback!

Video Editor: YouTube has also got an online movie maker like video editor in which users get to edit their own uploaded videos. The features of the Video editor include video joining, video trimming, introducing video transitions and much more.

Edit your videos using the Video Editor.

Caption Editor: Make your YouTube videos more popular by adding closed captions to it on CaptionTube. CaptionTube provides an interactive interface and improved precision with a scalable timeline that lets you insert and edit captions more accurately. CaptionTube can also help you make subtitles for your videos.

Insert Captions to your videos on CaptionTube.

HTML5 Video Player: This feature uses the HTML 5 video player instead of the usual Adobe Flash Player for playing YouTube videos. So if you have a browser that supports HTML5, you can watch YouTube videos even if you don’t have the Flash Player.

Try out the HTML5 Player now!

YouTube Music Discovery: Some of us just tune into YouTube just to listen to music from various artists. YouTube Music Discovery is meant just for them. Just put a song, an artist or an album in the search box and YouTube creates a Playlist just for you. Enjoy your favorite music and discover new songs with YouTube Music Discovery.

Discover New Music!

Feather: The Feather project aims to provide YouTube video watch pages at the lowest possible latency by limiting some of the features available to the viewer and using some advanced web techniques to reduce the amount number of bytes downloaded. This feature is mainly for the people with slow internet connectivity or with limited data plans. However, this feature is in beta and may not work for all videos.

Try out Feather Beta.

The TestTube section is currently still experimental under the Google Research Team and they are urging more users for feedback. On the other hand, these experimental features are more likely to attract new viewers and popularise more user generated videos.

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Samsung

A vulnerability in the latest firmware of the network-enabled Samsung TV models allows potential attackers to crash the vulnerable devices using Denial of Service (DoS) Attack, according to security researcher Malik Mesellem.
According to Malik, The web server (DMCRUIS/0.1) installed on Smart TVs on port TCP/5600 can be crashed to reboot the device, if attacker will send a long HTTP GET request on TV’s IP address.

Malik successfully tested the exploit on his Samsung PS50C7700 plasma TV, as shown in the video below:

In the Demo, The TV is connected by Ethernet cable to a home network, and after running the exploit against TV’s ip address – A few seconds later, the TV would restart and repeat the process.
This means that a potential attacker only needs to obtain access to the LAN that the TV has joined, in order to attack it. This can be done either by breaking into a wireless access point or by infecting a computer on the same network with malware.
Malik discovered the flaw on July 21st, 2013, published a proof-of-concept exploit on his website and vulnerability dubbed CVE-2013-4890. I think, now we need firewall or antivirus protection for our television set too.

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What is SNESbox.com?

SNESbox is a Super Nintendo Entertainment System emulator, built on Adobe Flash technology and it can only be run directly in your browser’s window without installing any plugins. They have 1861 games and 11337 roms.

games snesboxThese will bring back old memories and frustrations as the games are just as tricky as they were back in the day. Every game you can think of is here and totally free, be ready to lose hours gaming (again)  Snesbox.com

Every day millions of people use BitTorrent to download and share movies. But what are all these people downloading?

For nearly half a decade we have compiled weekly and yearly lists of the most popular downloads, and following on from Netflix’s publication of the most rented movies of all time, we today present the equivalent for BitTorrent downloads.

With an estimated 21 million downloads, Avatar is the most pirated movie of all time, followed by The Dark Knight and Transformers with about 19 million downloads each. Interestingly enough, none of the above films were present in Netflix’s list.

The BitTorrent and Netflix lists do show some overlap, as Inception and The Departed make an appearance in both.

Despite the massive piracy, the films below have not done too shabbily at the box-office. Avatar is the best grossing movie of all time and The Dark Knight is third, right before Star Trek.

The list below is based on statistics is gathered from public BitTorrent trackers, dating back to early 2006. As BitTorrent’s usage was only a fraction of what it is today in the years before, we expect the list below to cover all the most downloaded movies on BitTorrent.

rank movie ± downloads worldwide grosses
1 Avatar (2009) 21 million $2,782,275,172
2 The Dark Knight (2008) 19 million $1,001,921,825
3 Transformers (2007) 19 million $709,709,780
4 Inception (2010) 18 million $825,408,570
5 The Hangover (2009) 17 million $467,483,912
6 Star Trek (2008) 16 million $385,680,446
7 Kick-Ass (2010) 15 million $96,188,903
8 The Departed (2006) 14 million 289,847,354
9 The Incredible Hulk (2008) 14 million $263,427,551
10 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007) 14 million $963,420,425

For more up to date news on all things Torrent based visit torrentfreak.com

The applications below may do more than just allow you to voice chat—many also allow you to call telephone numbers or video chat. We are evaluating these apps based on their user friendliness and quality of audio. On to our contenders!

Fring

The only exclusively mobile app on our list, Fring is a cross-platform app that allows you to call other Fring users and outbound telephone service via FringOut. It also has plugins for many other platforms including Google Talk and Skype. One of the more interesting applications I see with Fring is SIP compatibility, which allows you to interconnect with many other phone services for cheap calling rates, or to use it as an office extension.

Google Voice

The Google Voice service (via Google Talk) is another excellent voice chatting service. Google launched their voice service in 2009 after purchasing GrandCentral. After integrating it with the existing Google service, Google then offered free chat service (between Google Talk users) and also to regular phone numbers through Google Voice. It is easy to access through your web browser, and you simply dial the number you wish to call. You can also request an inbound number to forward to a number of your other voice chat devices.

Mumble

Muble is an open source voice chat application that is geared towards gamers and is optimized for low latency. Once you and your friends are in-game, Mumble interacts with the game to provide positional audio – meaning that it will make it sound like your friends voice is coming from a specific direction. You must have a server for each Mumble client to connect to.

Skype

Skype is one of the oldest voice chat apps, having started in 2003. Fast forward to today, Skype now has about 18 million people online at any moment in time. The basic Skype features are free – you can call to any other user with both voice and video for free. If you pay for it you can also buy Skype credits which allow you to call internationally for a minimum fee. Skype continually adds new features to their product.

Ventrilo

Another application that is geared towards gamers, Ventrilo is a low-latency and efficient voice chat application. It is very lightweight and runs in the background. Ventrilo uses a client-server architecture and you can either run one on your own connection or rent one – many game hosting providers also provide a Ventrilo server.

Five Best VoIP or Voice Chat Apps

Mumble

Muble is an open source voice chat application that is geared towards gamers and is optimized for low latency. Once you and your friends are in-game, Mumble interacts with the game to provide positional audio – meaning that it will make it sound like your friends voice is coming from a specific direction. You must have a server for each Mumble client to connect to.

The Swedish Pirate Party, who are at the forefront of anti-copyright lobbying in Sweden, are planning to shake up the country’s ISP market. After taking over the supply of bandwidth to The Pirate Bay, Piratpartiet will now partner in the launch of Pirate ISP, a new broadband service that will offer anonymity to customers and provide financial support to the Party.

To defend the rights of BitTorrent users worldwide, the Swedish Pirate Party volunteered to provide bandwidth to The Pirate Bay after previous hosts got into legal trouble in May. At the beginning of July, the Pirate Party surprised again. Not only would they be The Pirate Bay’s new host, but they would use Parliamentary immunity to run the site from inside the Swedish Parliament.

Now the Party have made another interesting announcement. Together with technology partners, they will enter the broadband market with Pirate ISP, a new service designed to deliver consumer Internet in line with the Pirate Party’s ideals.

Gustav Nipe, student of economics, long-standing Pirate Party member and CEO of Pirate ISP told TorrentFreak that Pirate ISP is based on the hacker ontology. “If you see something and you think it’s broken you build a patch and fix it. With that as a reference point we are launching an ISP. This is one way to tackle the big brother society.”

“The Pirate ISP is needed in different ways. One is to compete with other ISPs, let them fight more for our internet. If they don’t behave there will always be someone else taking their share,” Nipe added.

Aside from the competition angle, Gustav Nipe told TorrentFreak that the Pirate ISP will maximize privacy for all its customers. Operated by ViaEuropa – the company behind the iPredator anonymity service – Pirate ISP users will remain anonymous.

The service began beta testing in the city of Lund yesterday with around 100 residents of LKF, a housing organization whose aim is to provide quality accommodations at a reasonable cost.

After the first two weeks of testing, the initial expansion aim is to take 5% of the market in Lund and then set up in further locations around Sweden. This is a reasonable aim according to Nipe, who told TorrentFreak that they start small so they can assure quality service to all their customers.

At the Hacknight conference in Malmö, Nipe told Shane Murray from nrli.tv that they will not allow the Swedish Government to monitor Pirate ISP users and will refuse to retain logs. He warned that any attempt to force it to do otherwise will result in a constitutional issue.

Nipe was also clear on how Pirate ISP would respond to outside interference, in particular that from the United States.

“They can bring on whatever they have, we will refuse to follow there. We don’t agree with what they are saying and we don’t agree with the laws they are making so if they have an issue with us, then we will have an issue – but that’s it.”

For most potential Pirate ISP customers who intend to use the service to file-share, the immediate threats will come from closer to home, primarily from Henrik Pontén at Svenska Antipiratbyrån, the Swedish Anti-Piracy Bureau. Nipe said they are prepared to deal with this challenge.

“It would be a pity to reveal all the tricks that we have, so we will save those for later. But we have ways to ensure that no customer should have to get a sad letter home from Henrik Pontén.”

For his part, yesterday Pontén seemed unimpressed.

“Our investigations have focused on people with much higher safety. The question has been asked a thousand times before,” he said. “When the police come calling, they must disclose the information.”

It seems that the wider Swedish public won’t have long to wait to discover if Pirate ISP can live up to its promises. According to Nipe they will roll out big in Sweden at the end of this summer.

Here is a course from the Academic Earth website this site offers free streaming courses, take a look you never know you may learn something…I did.

Course Description

This subject is aimed at students with little or no programming experience. It aims to provide students with an understanding of the role computation can play in solving problems. It also aims to help students, regardless of their major, to feel justifiably confident of their ability to write small programs that allow them to accomplish useful goals. The class will use the Pythonprogramming language.

Professor Eric Grimsom

Professor John Guttag

Lectures

  1. Introduction and Goals of the Course Lecture

    Lecture 1 – Introduction and Goals of the Course

    Goals of the course; what is computation; introduction to data types, operators, and variables

  2. Operators and operands Lecture

    Lecture 2 – Operators and operands

    Operators and operands; statements; branching, conditionals, and iteration

  3. Common code patterns Lecture

    Lecture 3 – Common code patterns

    Common code patterns: iterative programs

  4. Decomposition and abstraction through functions Lecture

    Lecture 4 – Decomposition and abstraction through functions

    Decomposition and abstraction through functions; introduction to recursion

  5. Floating point numbers Lecture

    Lecture 5 – Floating point numbers

    Floating point numbers, successive refinement, finding roots

  6. Bisection methods Lecture

    Lecture 6 – Bisection methods

    Bisection methods, Newton/Raphson, introduction to lists

  7. Lists and mutability Lecture

    Lecture 7 – Lists and mutability

    Lists and mutability, dictionaries, pseudocode, introduction to efficiency

  8. Complexity Lecture

    Lecture 8 – Complexity

    Complexity; log, linear, quadratic, exponential algorithms

  9. Binary search Lecture

    Lecture 9 – Binary search

    Binary search, bubble and selection sorts

  10. Divide and conquer methods Lecture

    Lecture 10 – Divide and conquer methods

    Divide and conquer methods, merge sort, exceptions

  11. Testing and debugging Lecture

    Lecture 11 – Testing and debugging

    Testing and debugging

  12. Knapsack problem Lecture

    Lecture 12 – Knapsack problem

    More about debugging, knapsack problem, introduction to dynamic programming

  13. Dynamic programming Lecture

    Lecture 13 – Dynamic programming

    Dynamic programming: overlapping subproblems, optimal substructure

  14. Introduction to object-oriented programming Lecture

    Lecture 14 – Introduction to object-oriented programming

    Analysis of knapsack problem, introduction to object-oriented programming

  15. Abstract data types Lecture

    Lecture 15 – Abstract data types

    Abstract data types, classes and methods

  16. Encapsulation Lecture

    Lecture 16 – Encapsulation

    Encapsulation, inheritance, shadowing

  17. Computational models Lecture favorites

    Lecture 17 – Computational models

    Computational models: random walk simulation

  18. Presenting simulation results Lecture

    Lecture 18 – Presenting simulation results

    Presenting simulation results, Pylab, plotting

  19. Biased random walks Lecture

    Lecture 19 – Biased random walks

    Biased random walks, distributions

  20. Monte Carlo simulations Lecture

    Lecture 20 – Monte Carlo simulations

    Monte Carlo simulations, estimating pi

  21. Validating simulation results Lecture

    Lecture 21 – Validating simulation results

    Validating simulation results, curve fitting, linear regression

  22. Normal, uniform, and exponential distributions Lecture

    Lecture 22 – Normal, uniform, and exponential distributions

    Normal, uniform, and exponential distributions; misuse of statistics

  23. Stock market simulation Lecture

    Lecture 23 – Stock market simulation

    Stock market simulation

  24. Course overview: What do computer scientists do? Lecture

Now I can take no credit for this post, but I read it in Lifehacker and thought I’d share it with my readers.

Streaming recorded TV to your hotel room. Grabbing files off your home computer from work. Checking on the dog walker. Your computer can do amazing things while you’re nowhere near it, and these 10 killer remote access apps help you do them.


10. DJ Your iTunes Playlists From Any Room

Top 10 Remote Control and Streaming Tools

Photo by Xjs-Khaos.

The Remote app for iPhones and iPod touch is a convenience in letting you control a single computer’s iTunes output from anywhere within range of the same Wi-Fi network. Throw in an AirPort Express and some other gear, and Remote can become a multi-room wireless remote for as many iTunes setups as you’ve got going during your ultimate birthday party.

9. Install Wake-on-LAN for Remote Power-Ups

Top 10 Remote Control and Streaming Tools

The coolest remote streaming apps in the world won’t do a thing if all your computers at home are powered off. Set them up to wake up whenever you ping them from afar by configuring them with Wake-on-LAN. Sometimes written as WOL in geek circles, Wake-on-LAN’s weakness in this modern age is that it requires a wired ethernet connection, so your wireless laptop won’t be able to wake up. Your media center PC or desktop, though, will be glad to hear from you.

8. Be At Home Anywhere with OpenVPN

Top 10 Remote Control and Streaming ToolsGetting at shared folders, accessing sites restricted by corporate firewalls, and hooking into your iTunes library as if you were on the same network. VPN connections can make such convenience happen, and OpenVPN is the free, open-source way to get there. It works as a server running on a computer you keep going all the time, and it’s also integrated into the Tomato and DD-WRT firmware that we’ve used to upgrade our routers into home network superstars. (Original post)

7. Watch Recorded TV with Remote Potato

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Top 10 Remote Control  and Streaming Tools

Once you get Remote Potato set up, you’ll get nearly full access to your Windows 7 Media Center anywhere you have a browser up and running. Through a Silverlight plug-in, you can watch shows you’ve recorded, set up new recordings, and otherwise fine-tune your fairly awesome setup. (Original post)

6. Control Torrent Downloading Remotely

Top 10 Remote Control and Streaming Tools

When you’re not home, or away from home, you can still make use of that broadband connection just sitting dark around your house. We’ve gone in-depth on uTorrent and its great remote web interface, but other torrent clients, like Transmission, can just as easily let you add, throttle, start and pause, and cancel your torrents. Whether you’ve just thought of something to watch when you get home, or your spouse can’t figure out why their web access is glacial, it can be quite a helpful feature.

5. Give Remote Tech Support with CrossLoop

Top 10 Remote Control and Streaming Tools

What if the computer you’re trying to fix, or grab a file from, isn’t your own, and so isn’t set up with all kinds of neat VNC servers and remote desktop access? That’s where CrossLoop comes in. The free PC and Mac application pares down the remote control protocols to simply require the person giving up control to provide the controller with a small authorization code, and from there, it’s like magic net juice. You’re connected, you can grab files and click on things, and you’re good until the other party decides to disconnect. It’s one of the best ways to give tech support, and receive it, too.

4. Keep an Eye On What’s Happening at Home

Top 10 Remote Control and Streaming Tools

Unless your dogs perform amazing tricks when you’re not around, this away-from-home setup isn’t quite as fun, but it can elicit some ooh-neat responses. Setting up a motion-sensing, remotely monitored webcam, like Vitamin D, Motion Detection, or HighlightCam, lets you see what’s happening in your home when you’re not there, and maybe even keep tabs on the paid dog walker. (Original posts: Vitamin D, HighlightCam, Motion Detection)

3. Stream Media Anywhere with Orb

Top 10 Remote Control and Streaming Tools

What Orb does isn’t new or entirely novel, but Orb does make streaming your media very easy. Whether between PC and Mac computers, from computers to a Wii, or to an iPhone app, Orb is the pain-free way to ensure that if you’ve invested in ripping CDs and DVDs, or downloading good stuff from the web to your main computer, it’s always available to wherever else you happen to have a screen in front of you.

2. Do Everything Else with a Home Server

Top 10 Remote Control and Streaming Tools

Whether you’re creating a dedicated Windows Home Server, modifying a desktop to be a personal web server, or getting a bit more geeky with reader favorite Ubuntu Server Edition, having a server at home, and opening it beyond your home network, can be really useful. You can easily assign a domain name, run an FTP server, stream music through Jinzora, and do much, much more.

1. Use Your Home Computer Through LogMeIn

Top 10 Remote Control and Streaming Tools

It’s available for free on Mac and PC, it’s a reader favorite, it makes setting up a remote VNC connection between systems fairly simple, and it has many uses. It’s good at remote tech support, running boring maintenance while you’re away, and you can go beyond the free offerings by augmenting it with other free apps. With a strong enough connection, you can theoretically do anything on your computer from a distance with LogMeIn, and that’s a great thing.

Author Kevin Purdy