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YouTube enhances caption translation for video creators

YouTube enhances caption translation for video creators

In an effort to accommodate video creators and viewers using YouTube from outside the United States, the Google-owned company today implemented a new set of caption translation tools. These new tools see the Google Translator Toolkit integrated with the YouTube Video Manager, and the process of getting translated captions on your videos seems to be pretty straightforward, if not a little labor-intensive.

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YouTube brings face blurring feature to videos

YouTube brings face blurring feature to videos

These days, newsworthy content often ends up on YouTube before it does on television. Google has recognized this and wants to embrace it, which is why the company stated in a blog post today that it would be launching a new face blurring feature users can take advantage of in order to feel more comfortable about posting videos of public events and sensitive content on YouTube.

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China cracks down on Internet video regulation

China cracks down on Internet video regulation

Chinese state authorities have made plans to really step it up on Internet video censorship. The State Internet Information office and China’s State Administration of Radio, Film and Television released a statement Monday saying that Internet video providers will be held liable for their content posted to their services. The new plan is to standardize Internet video and promote a more healthy development of all content.

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Happy Birthday YouTube!

Happy Birthday YouTube!

There’s a little website on the internet you might have heard of called YouTube, today celebrating its seventh birthday. First launched in May 2005, the video sharing site exploded in popularity after it was acquired by Google and is churning out videos and views at an breakneck pace. The first crazy stat to take away? 72 hours of video are uploaded to the site very minute, up from 48 hours last year.

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Windows 8 removes DVD playback

Windows 8 removes DVD playback

On the Building Windows 8 blog, Microsoft has outlined its plans for media playback with the new operating system. Media Center won’t be included with Windows 8, and instead will have to be purchased through a “Add Features to Windows 8” option through the Control Panel. While Windows Media Player will still come pre-installed, it won’t be able to play DVDs from the get-go thanks to the removal of the MPEG-2 codec from Windows.

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Barclays PayTag slaps an NFC sticker on your cellphone

Barclays PayTag slaps an NFC sticker on your cellphone

Wireless smartphone payments needn't be complicated is the message UK bank Barclays is pushing today, eschewing integrated NFC with PayTag, a contactless payments sticker. Intended to be slapped on the back of your phone, the PayTag is basically the same technology as already in some credit cards, turning any phone - no matter how aged - into a digital wallet.

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Stride adds pattern unlock to iPhone

Stride adds pattern unlock to iPhone

iPhone owners bored of punching in a PIN and looking enviously across at Android's pattern unlock system finally have an alternative, thanks to a newly released tweak for the iOS smartphone. Adam Bell's new app Stride adds pattern unlock to jailbroken iPhones, going several stages further than Android's simple join-the-dots system and allowing users to train their handset to recognize pretty much any gesture.

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DIY Project Glass makes Google’s AR vision real

DIY Project Glass makes Google’s AR vision real

Google may be saying Project Glass is still "years away" but that hasn't stopped DIY versions of the AR headset by others inspired by the eye-catching demo video. Now, we've seen plenty of ironic parodies of Google's wearables - including what might happen if Microsoft waded in - but augmented reality developer Will Powell actually took the time to make a functional version, using a pair of Vuzix glasses, a custom-crafted UI, and Dragon Naturally Speaking for voice recognition. Check out the demo video after the cut.

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From Cyborgs to Project Glass: the Augmented Reality Story

From Cyborgs to Project Glass: the Augmented Reality Story

Google's Project Glass has been through the usual story arc - rumors, a mind-blowing concept demo, rabid excitement, practicality doubts and then simmering mistrust - in a concentrated three month period, but the back story to augmented reality is in its fifth decade. The desire to integrate virtual graphics with the real-world in a seamless way can be traced back to the days when computers could do little more than trace a few wireframes on a display; it's been a work-in-progress ever since. If Google's vision left you reeling, the path AR has taken - and where it might go next - could blow your mind.

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PRADA Phone 3.0 by LG Review

PRADA Phone 3.0 by LG Review

Are you a trend-setter, a dedicated follower, or a fashion disaster? That's the question we've been asking of the PRADA Phone 3.0 by LG, the phone company's third attempt at a handset suitable for the catwalk, and the first to legitimately fall under the smartphone banner. Running Android with a custom UI in Anna Wintour's favorite color scheme, the new PRADA handset is hoping to appeal to fashionistas and geeks in equal measure, but is it truly bespoke, merely off the peg, or a thrift-store special? Read on for the SlashGear review.

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