Chromecast and YouTube are like a match made in heaven. And, since they’re both part of Google’s big picture strategy, it makes sense for both things to be as friendly as possible with each other. To that end, YouTube’s taken to to Google+ (how meta, eh?) to reveal that Chromecast owners can now use its site (as in YouTube.com) to queue videos — essentially, this is meant to simplify the process, since it lets you arrange what to play next from a single tab on your browser. Just as well, there are more changes coming to the YouTube watch page on the web (pictured below), including an easier way to create playlists and share videos across social networks, plus a new description box. The Chromecast feature is available now, while the other tweaks are expected to rollout over the next few days.
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Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2014/08/29/youtube-chromecast-queue-watch-page/?ncid=rss_truncated
If you typically share your computer and your browser with a sibling, a roomie or a friend who has no respect for your privacy, this latest Google Chrome beta update might make things easier for you. It comes with a pull-down menu that lets you easily switch users, put the browser to guest mode or launch an incognito tab on Windows, Mac or Linux. According to some comments in the update’s Google+ announcement, though, you still have to log off from your accounts to be sure your activities remain for your eyes only, just in case someone decides to peek. The guest mode automatically deletes the other user’s browsing information, on the other hand, so they won’t have to worry about you seeing their secrets.
Aside from this update, Google has also unleashed a 64-bit Chrome beta for Mac, a few days after the company released a 64-bit stable version for Windows computers. This will make the browser launch more quickly and will generally make it faster than its predecessor. Finally, the new beta update also comes with a bunch of APIs for web app devs to play with. You can get Google Chrome beta (or any other channel you want, whether stable, Canary or Dev) through The Chromium Projects website.
Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2014/08/29/google-chrome-beta-user-switch-64-bit-mac/?ncid=rss_truncated
A Bloomberg report claims that JPMorgan Chase and “at least” four more banks in the US have been victims of a virtual attack from hackers. The data gathered from the breach could reportedly “be used to drain accounts,” according to two Bloomberg sources who have been briefed on the situation by the US government. At the moment, it is unknown which other banks were affected by this, but the FBI has already opened an investigation and is currently working to find out more details. “[We are] working with the United States Secret Service to determine the scope of recently reported cyberattacks against several American financial institutions,” said the FBI in a statement. Meanwhile, a different report from CNN Money notes that seven of the “top” fifteen banks were on the wrong end of these attacks, per people familiar with the matter — though such information has not been corroborated by US officials.
“Companies our size unfortunately experience cyberattacks nearly every day. We have multiple layers of defense to counteract any threats and constantly monitor fraud levels,” explained a JPMorgan spokesperson, adding that the bank hasn’t yet detected any sort of unusual fraud activity. Regardless, there are still a lot of unanswered questions right now, but we’ll keep you updated as additional details come to light.
Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2014/08/28/jpmorgan-us-banks-cyberattack/?ncid=rss_truncated
Your souped-up table tennis setup for Saturday night beer pong sessions would tremble in shame in the presence of Stiga’s new Studio table if it could. This is one fancy table, you see, with its own 2,800W sound system that features eight 6 x 9 speakers, subwoofers, an amplifier and Bluetooth connectivity so you can blast songs about owning a dozen Lamborghinis and making money rain from your phone or tablet. It even has LED lighting and mic input for those days you want to go all out hosting parties. Crazy, right?
Here’s what the table’s PR says:
Handmade in the United States, the STIGA Studio Table is a stunning masterpiece that is the perfect storm of design, entertainment and performance. The STIGA Studio Table’s 2800-watt sound system delivers unparalleled sound quality through its powerful 360-degree free-standing audio – featuring a QSC CXD series professional processing amplifier, two Kicker 12″ Solo-Baric L7 Subwoofers and eight Kicker KS Series 3-way 6×9 speakers. Compatible with smartphones and MP3 players using Bluetooth Technology, the STIGA Studio Table perfectly projects amplified sound in all directions. To complement its sleek, visual design, the STIGA Studio Table features vibrant LED down-lighting – providing endless combinations of electrifying color that can be set to integrate with the audio system to react to the beat of the music in real-time. The STIGA Studio Table also includes a microphone input with separate volume control allowing users to sing over music delivering the most thrilling karaoke experience.
Of course, you need to spend some serious dough to get this 700-pound entertainment center to your home. The company will ship it for free and provide premium installation service, because this table will cost you, oh, just $14,900. Availability’s apparently very limited, though, and those burning to spend 15 grand on a ping pong table (we’re not judging) will have to contact Stiga through its website or by phone (800-467-1421).
Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2014/08/28/stiga-studio-table-tennis/?ncid=rss_truncated
Publishers and verified users have been able to track view counts on organic tweets since last month, but Twitter is looking to make that data more widely accessible. Today, the microblogging social network revealed that this analytics feature is no longer limited to people or companies with a tiny blue check mark on their profile. The tweet activity dashboard is now also available to users who are active primarily in English, Japanese and Spanish, and have had an account for longer than two weeks. And don’t worry, support for additional languages is coming — Twitter let it be known that it is working to bring its tool to everyone sometime “soon.” So, there it is, now you won’t have to wonder if anyone’s actually reading those thoughtful (and wonderful) tweets of yours.
Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2014/08/27/twitter-activity-dashboard-for-everyone/?ncid=rss_truncated
Arguably, the whole convenience of Google’s search and map skills (and by association, the voice-guided version) is the fact it’s on your smartphone — which is right in your pocket. However, In a bid to explain to Tokyo-ites that there’s more to the eminently tech-friendly Shibuya outside of That Starbucks and the scramble-crossing, Google’s erected a temporary structure right outside the station. Not only can you make voice search requests for the nearest tech store or… french patisserie, it’ll display a map and directions on a huge 138-inch screen — which you can then take a photo of, presumably, with your smartphone.
As you can see, the interface looks almost identical to voice-based interactions on Android phones. There’s a giant mic to pick up your commands over the throngs of people constantly ducking in and out of the nearby station. From our time with it, Google’s robots still found it hard to pull out simple commands from the buzz of the crowds. When it does pick it up, it’ll then parse what you’re saying and offer up suggestions just like, well, Google voice search. The collaboration with Shibuya’s tourist board and local businesses aims to offer visitors some navigational help when getting around. Given the area’s reputation for tangled back-alleys and hidden shops, you might need all the assistance you can get.
Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2014/08/27/tokyo-shibuya-giant-screen-google-voice-search-terminal/?ncid=rss_truncated