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Iran launches its answer to YouTube

Iran launches its answer to YouTube

Watching videos of cats on YouTube when you should be doing other things may be a part of your daily routine, but in some regions of the world, that isn't possible. As many of you know, countries like Iran like to ban popular websites like YouTube and Facebook for varying reasons, leaving their citizens without access to the aforementioned cat videos. Today, however, Iranians are getting a video streaming site of their own, but don't expect it to be as open as YouTube is.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: December 6, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: December 6, 2012

Welcome to Thursday evening everyone - just one more work day to go and we'll be at the weekend once again. This afternoon started with a bang, with Spotify holding a press conference to announce a number of things. Perhaps most importantly, the service has 1 million paying subscribers in the US, with 5 million worldwide. The company also launched Spotify Collections and the Spotify Music Graph today, announcing a new web app for all users too. Finally, we found out that Metallica's full catalog of music has been added to Spotify, so all of you metal fans have a reason to celebrate this evening.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: December 4, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: December 4, 2012

Welcome to Tuesday evening everyone. Today we found out that nightly builds to CyanogenMod 10.1 are ready to go for the Nexus 10, which comes just a short time after nightlies started rolling out for the Nexus 4. IDC said today that Android will likely stay on top in the battle for mobile dominance until 2016, with iOS placing in second throughout, so it looks like the mobile landscape won't be changing all that much in the coming years. Verizon is set to begin rolling out targeted ad campaigns this week, but you'll only see those ads if you give Verizon permission.

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YouTube for iOS updated for iPhone 5, iPad, and AirPlay

YouTube for iOS updated for iPhone 5, iPad, and AirPlay

You can now stream YouTube video via Apple's own AirPlay technology thanks to the newest update to the YouTube app for iOS, that being version 1.1.0.4136, aka the iPad and iPhone 5 update. This upgrade to the newest version has a little bit of user interface magic to it with a simple tap on the YouTube logo allowing you access to your Guide of channels while the aesthetics now seem eerily similar to what we're working with in the new Gmail for iOS - coincidence? We think not.

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YouTube nows offers automatic captions in six more languages

YouTube nows offers automatic captions in six more languages

Back in 2009, YouTube added automatic captions to videos, which allows users to view captions generated in the video's language...assuming it was a supported language, anyway. The original launch included just English, and was followed soon after by three additional languages. Now the feature has received its biggest update to date, with YouTube adding support for six more languages.

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Chevrolet adds Siri to 2013 Spark; Previews next-gen MyLink

Chevrolet adds Siri to 2013 Spark; Previews next-gen MyLink

Siri is hitching a ride in the 2013 Chevrolet Spark and Sonic LZ and RS, with support for the voice control system in the MyLink infotainment systems; meanwhile, an all-new version will debut in the 2014 Impala. The Siri functionality, announced at the Los Angeles Auto Show 2013, allows a Bluetooth-connected iPhone to play songs, switch sources from AM/FM/XM radio to iPod mode, trigger calls to contacts, handle messaging, and the calendar, all by verbal instruction. It's not the sole preserve of big-bucks Chevys, either, with the car company opting to debut the tech in its more affordable models.

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