YouTube Is Down, It's Not Just You

If you are wondering why YouTube is down for you, you are not alone, the world’s biggest video-sharing website is suffering an unknown outage currently and the users are unable to access the website.

The users who visit the website can see a 500 error along with a message saying, “500 Internal Server Error Sorry, something went wrong. A team of highly trained monkeys has been dispatched to deal with this situation”, like the one seen below.

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According to the DownDetector, the YouTube came down around 6 pm GMT. However, we do not have any clear reason for the site coming down. People at Hackread are keeping an eye on this situation and once the website is up or if there is an official statement about the incident from Google about the downtime we will be updating this article.

Update:

After being offline for more than 2hours YouTube came back, but, there has been no word from Google on this incident and why the website was down. Stay tuned and we will update Google’s comment on this issue.

YouTube Go for Android Review: Delivers on Its Promise

HIGHLIGHTS

  • YouTube Go is a stripped down version of the YouTube app
  • It shows you how much data will be consumed by any video
  • You can download videos and share them with friends

We first heard about YouTube Go last year, when Google announced the offline-first YouTube app, and then a few months later YouTube Go entered Beta. It’s designed to work in areas with low connectivity or no network – there is a lot of focus on downloading videos instead of streaming, and it even shows you the size of video files before you even play something, so you know just how much data you’re going to use at any point.

At Google I/O 2017 last week, with the focus on the new Android Go project, the company talked about YouTube Go again, and Sameer Samat, VP of Product management for Android and Google Play, highlighted to Gadgets 360 the smaller APK size, and data optimisation features in YouTube Go.

YouTube Go for Android Review: Delivers on Its Promise

We tried out YouTube Go for a while to see what the experience was like, and it looks and feels exactly like what it is – a stripped down version of YouTube. There are only two tabs – Home and Downloads – there’s none of the extras such as Subscriptions, Uploads, Purchases, or Playlists.

YouTube Go has just a single scrolling list of videos, thumbs one after another based on what’s popular, and nothing more. Tap on any video, and you’ll see a series of thumbnails, showing you a sort of preview of the video, along with details on how much storage is available on your phone at that moment. You have the option of selecting either basic quality or standard quality, and in both cases, you can see the amount of space that the file will occupy on your device, which is also how much of your data will be confused when downloading.

Once you’ve selected the size, you have two options – play, or download. It doesn’t default to either option – you have to manually choose each time. If you choose to play a file, it starts streaming right away at the chosen quality, and you can see more videos below.

In the regular YouTube app, you have the option of minimising a video while it’s playing, and browsing for the next one. In the case of YouTube Go, you have no such luxury. You do one thing at a time, or not at all.

That’s almost all there is to YouTube Go, save for one last feature. As we already mentioned, you can choose to download a video instead of playing it. If you do this, you can play it again any time you want, obviously, but you also have the option to share that with another YouTube Go user. The devices seem to perform the initial connection process using Bluetooth, and it’s easy to get started.

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When you open the downloads tab inside YouTube Go, you can tap on either send or receive. To transfer a file, the person with the file has to tap Send. This makes it start looking for the receiver. Then, the person who wants the file taps Receive. Once that’s done, the actual file transfer seems to happen over a peer-to-peer Wi-Fi connection between the two devices, which means it’s fast, and doesn’t use your Internet data.

The file has to be verified on the Internet before it can be watched on the phone that received it – after the verification, downloaded files can be watched anytime you like, as long as you connect to the Internet at least once a month.

In YouTube Go, everything is very simple, and it works supremely quickly. There are no wasted animations or complicated UI elements to slow things down. The message is clear – this app trims all the fat that it can find, and then some more, to provide the smoothest experience possible.

This shows in the file sizes of downloaded videos as well. A four minute video takes up 2MB at the basic quality setting. A 21 minute clip took up just 12.1MB.

At standard quality on the other hand, a 1 minute clip took up 4.8MB. The same clip is 558Kb on basic quality. The difference in file sizes is tremendous, but the difference in quality is also pretty palpable. YouTube doesn’t reveal the resolution that it’s using for basic and standard quality videos, but standard quality looked pretty good on the 5-inch screen of a Redmi 3S Prime.

Rewatching the same clip on the full YouTube app, our best guess is that standard quality is 360p, while basic quality is 144p, though this is just a guess made by looking at the video under the various different settings and trying to guess what looks most like a match.

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Depending on how must storage you have on your phone, and how much data you want to use for the download, you’ll be able to choose what size you prefer; and as mentioned above, since the YouTube Go app does not default to any preference, you get to make an informed choice for every single video.

That might sound a little tedious, but there’s a distinct difference in the quality. Depending on what video you’re downloading, that’s something you’ll want to consider, particularly if you’re toting an entry-level device, as most of those have improved on most fronts, but storage remains pretty limited.

All in all, the YouTube Go app is a pretty good option for people who want to use less data, and don’t want the app to take up as much of a footprint on their devices. That being said, we do wish that you could see your subscriptions. Instead of playlists, the user of such an app might prefer to download the videos instead, but subscriptions would make it easier to find content you like.

With the YouTube Go app, discovery remains an issue – you can either browse through the videos which may (or more likely may not) match your interests, or rely on search entirely. Subscriptions on the YouTube app right now help you to find the content you like, and that would definitely be appreciated with YouTube Go as well.

De Beers’ Forevermark brand inscribes its 2 millionth diamond

Diamond jewellery retailer Forevermark, which sells selected De Beers gems, has marked a milestone by inscribing its two millionth diamond — a 3.48 carat round brilliant that now bears a ‘2,000,000’ imprinting.

Less than 1% of the world’s diamonds are eligible to become Forevermark.

The diamond — mined, cut and polished in Namibia — will be set in a piece of jewellery at the Forevermark Design and Innovation Centre in Milan, Italy, De Beers said.

De Beers’ Forevermark brand marks milestone by inscribing 2 millionth diamond

South African Louise Kriek, the 2015 runner-up of De Beers Group’s Shining Light Awards, will be in charge of the design as part of a three-month internship at the Milan centre.

De Beers’ Shining Light Awards support aspiring jewellery design students across Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.

The Forevermark brand was launched in 2008 with the promise of diamonds that are rare, beautiful and responsibly sourced. Since then it has expanded to reach 25 markets worldwide.

Last year, De Beers spent $85 million on marketing Forevermark. It sells very unique gems, each of which is inscribed with the brand icon and a unique identification number, invisible to the naked eye.

ZTE’s Nubia Z17 Receives Its First Android Software Update

ZTE’s latest flagship smartphone, the Nubia Z17 is now receiving its first Android software update. The handset is currently running on Nubia UI 5.0, and the new update will bring the build version to v2.39. Based on the changelog posted, the package brings several optimizations and fixes to the device, including a fix for a Wi-Fi issue whereby the phone is unable to detect Wi-Fi hotspots. The power consumption in certain scenarios has also been fixed and the usual system improvements are included. On top of that, a bug which has been causing the return key to be unresponsive has also been solved. This problem has prevented some units from charging properly, according to previous reports.

The update is being rolled out over-the-air (OTA) and is relatively sizable, weighing in at over 139MB. If you own the Nubia Z17 and have received a push notification from its manufacturer, it is best to download the update while being connected to a Wi-Fi network. ZTE launched the Nubia Z17 earlier this month and it has since been made available for purchase throughout China. The Nubia Z17 is the first smartphone to go on sale with 8GB of RAM, though not the first phone to be launched with that configuration. That honor goes to the ASUS ZenFone AR which was announced at CES 2017 and has just been made available. When it comes to specs, the Nubia Z17 is packed with a 5.5-inch Full HD display panel and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor along with the Adreno 540 GPU to handle graphics. Memory-wise, it comes in variants with 6GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB of internal storage and 8GB of RAM with 128GB of flash memory.

For optics, the handset sports a dual camera setup on its rear consisting of a 23-megapixel shooter and a 12-megapixel sensor. The setup is assisted by 2x optical zoom support along with Dual Pixel autofocus. Selfies are handled by a 16-megapixel camera which is equipped with an 80-degree wide-angle lens. Keeping the lights on is a 3,200mAh battery with support for Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 4.0. It’s currently unclear how long will ZTE take to release the Nubia Z17 in markets outside of China but more details on its efforts to do so should follow soon.

 

BlackBerry Says Its New Solution Can Help Businesses Monitor WhatsApp Chats

HIGHLIGHTS

  • BlackBerry has partnered VoxSmart to offer data monitoring services
  • It provides ability to capture, record, store and analyse mobile voice
  • Services will be useful for firms to monitor WhatsApp and WeChat chats

To enable financial institutions monitor data on WhatsApp and other encrypted messaging platforms in line with the upcoming European Union (EU) directive, BlackBerry has partnered with the leading mobile surveillance and compliance firm VoxSmart.

Together with BlackBerry UEM (Unified Endpoint Management), which connects and manages endpoints, VoxSmart’s ‘VSmart’ will provide financial services firms with the ability to capture, record, store and analyse mobile voice, text and third-party instant messaging applications such as WhatsApp and WeChat.

BlackBerry Says Its New Solution Can Help Businesses Monitor WhatsApp Chats

“Together with VoxSmart, we can enable businesses around the world to effortlessly capture conversations on endpoints including smartphones, wearables, tablets and laptops,” said Florian Bienvenu, Senior Vice President of EMEA Sales, BlackBerry.

“This joint solution is an excellent example of how BlackBerry is leveraging its software portfolio and developing strong partnerships to secure the Enterprise of Things,” Bienvenu added in a statement.

The companies have partnered to help financial services firms comply on time with the European Union’s “Markets in Financial Instruments Directive” (‘MiFID II’).

MiFID II, which comes into effect on January 3, 2018, demands that all financial services firms in Europe must keep records of all services, activities and transactions for at least five years.

 

Records include all electronic and instant messaging communications, telephone conversations and text messages related to or intended to conclude in a transaction, even if one does not occur.

The directive seeks to make financial markets in Europe more resilient, transparent and investor-friendly.

“VoxSmart is the only global mobile compliance solution that can capture, record, store and analyse both voice and third party instant message applications such as WhatsApp and WeChat,” said Oliver Blower, CEO, VoxSmart.

“Our partnership with BlackBerry has already led to additional proofs of concept exercises from other global investment banks and financial services firms, who are seeing the MiFID II Directive as a chance to refine their approach to mobile security and compliance,” Blower added.

Already successfully deployed to several global investment banks and trading houses, VSmart provides a perfect balance between user experience and compliance, securing and enabling regulated users, all while adhering to stringent global regulations.

Marissa Mayer Fades Out as Yahoo Set to End Its Run

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Verizon-Yahoo deal recently got a nod to be completed on June 13
  • Marissa Mayer will be departing the company with $186 million
  • She became the Yahoo CEO in 2012

Marissa Mayer was hailed as Yahoo’s savior when she took charge of the pioneering Internet firm five years ago.

But Mayer was unable to stem the decline of the iconic Silicon Valley company, which is set to close a deal on Tuesday selling its core Internet operations to telecom giant Verizon.

She is likely headed for the exit as Yahoo ends two-decade run as an independent company, getting a departure package worth an estimated $186 million.

Marissa Mayer Fades Out as Yahoo Set to End Its Run

Mayer inherited a company in protracted decline, having lost its leadership as an Internet search company to Google and falling behind others like Facebook in serving money-making ads to users.

She is the latest in a line of chief executives who tried to reinvent Yahoo, and her experience at rival Google inspired hope.

“Marissa inherited a mess, in a company that had already lost its leadership role in search,” said Creative Strategies president and analyst Tim Bajarin, who has known Yahoo since its early days.

Mayer, 42, joined Google in 1999 as its 20th employee and led efforts for hit products, including its flagship search product and homepage.

At Yahoo, where she became CEO in 2012, she went on a buying spree that included a $1 billion acquisition of blogging platform Tumblr to reach a younger audience.

She also cut more than a thousand jobs.

“Buying your way out of a problem like this is rarely going to solve your trouble,” analyst Rob Enderle of Enderle Group said of acquisitions racked up at Yahoo.

Yahoo’s finances have been skewed by its stake in China’s Alibaba. It bought a 40 percent stake in Alibaba in 2005 for $1 billion and its current holding is now worth many times that amount, dwarfing the value of its Internet operations.

It also has a multibillion-dollar stake in Yahoo Japan. These holdings will not be transferred to Verizon but remain in a separate entity named “Altaba.”

Like to dislike
A survey released last month by business insights specialty website Owler ranked Mayer as the second most disliked chief executive, behind the head of United Airlines.

“Career-wise, Marissa is done,” Enderle said.

“She’s rich, so she could certainly fund herself as a venture capitalist but if she doesn’t work on her skill set she is going to lose a lot of money as a VC.”

Enderle put fault on the Yahoo board, saying Mayer was put in a “very bad spot” and failed to provide a mentor for a job she had never done before.

 

“Like our president, it shows that when you take someone with no idea what they are doing and put them in a job they shouldn’t do, it will end badly,” Enderle said.

Born in a small Wisconsin city, Mayer worked at a grocery store before attending Stanford University, where she studied computer science.

While her intellectual skills qualify her as a nerd, her blond good looks and star quality have put her on the cover of magazines including Fortune, Vanity Fair and Vogue, where pictures of her featured in a fashion spread.

Glamour magazine named her “woman of the year” in 2009 and she has been on several lists of influential tech personalities.

Pioneered search
Yahoo was one of the first companies that enabled users to find their way online, but lost its role as a leader.

It is selling its core Internet operations to telecom giant Verizon for $4.48 billion, capping a long decline from when it had a peak market value of some $125 billion (roughly Rs. 8,05,723 crores) in 2000.

Founded in 1994 by Stanford University students David Filo and Jerry Yang, Yahoo was created as a type of directory for the Internet. It was originally called “Jerry and Dave’s Guide to the World Wide Web.”

Its initial public offering in 1996 was the largest for a tech startup at the time.

Based in Sunnyvale, California, Yahoo became the leading “portal” for the Internet, with a home page that allowed users to click on categories such as sports, finance and movies, or search for information.

“In a way, Yahoo introduced the concept of search,” Bajarin said.

“They started diversifying with all these content layers and in the process didn’t put enough engineering resources in the search engine.”

Google launched in 1998 and usurped Yahoo’s search throne.

While Yahoo will continue to exist under Verizon, it remained to be seen what the telecommunications firm will do with it.

“You’re losing an iconic figure of Silicon Valley,” Bajarin said.

More than 1,000 jobs could be shed as redundant positions get eliminated at combined AOL and Yahoo operations, according to US media reports. Verizon is expected to merge those two operations into a new unit called Oath.

Amazon India Says It Has Doubled Its Seller Base in Less Than a Year

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Amazon has crossed two lakh digital entrepreneurs-mark in just four years
  • It has also done partnerships with several national and state government
  • This will open online opportunity for thousands of Indian artisans

Amazon India on Tuesday announced it has crossed two lakh digital entrepreneurs-mark in just four years of its operations and in less than a year of crossing the one lakh seller-count last July.

“This fast pace of adoption of the Amazon India marketplace by retailers – online and offline as well as first generation digital entrepreneurs – has come on the back of various unique, India-first innovations like feet on street teams, self-service registration, Chai Cart and Tatkal that helped take this digital opportunity to lakhs of SMEs (small and medium enterprises) in tier II and tier III geographies,” the e-commerce major said in a statement.

Amazon India Says It Has Doubled Its Seller Base in Less Than a Year

The statement added that partnerships with several national and state government bodies was helping unlock this online opportunity for thousands of Indian artisans, weavers and craftsmen in the country.

 

“We have not only introduced Indian sellers to our globally successful offerings for sellers…but have constantly innovated specifically for Indian sellers to address their unique challenges,” said Gopal Pillai, Director and General Manager, Seller Services, Amazon India.

“Our teams have done an admirable job focusing on our core seller experience, seller enablement and seller success. The fast-paced adoption of our marketplace by sellers speaks volumes of their trust in us to help them grow and succeed,” he added.

Google on Why It’s Keen to Enable Opportunities in India’s Online Education Sector

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Google says the education market is set to grow to $1.96 billion by 2021
  • Success in the future is going to require a mix of online and offline
  • Faster and cheaper mobile data has been a key driver in this sector

Google has reported a huge increase in education-related queries on both search and on YouTube. According a study Google carried out with KPMG, the Indian online education sector will be a $1.96 billion (roughly Rs. 12,670 crores) industry by 2021. Gadgets 360 had a chance to catch up with Nitin Bawankule, Industry Director, Google India, to talk about the education industry in the country, and the opportunities that lie ahead.

Bawankule tells us that while the overall number of Internet users in India is growing rapidly, contributing, in turn, to a growth in volumes of search queries, Google has seen a greater rise in interest in education and that’s why the company wants to focus on the sector and understand what the public wants.

Google on Why It’s Keen to Enable Opportunities in India’s Online Education Sector

Bawankule says that the online education sector is spread across a number of different areas – tutoring, test preparation, and higher education are all in the formal sector, while there are more informal areas such as re-skilling, corporate training, and language learning. Predictably, growth in mobile queries has far outpaced PC queries, as the number of users for the former shot up dramatically in India. Bawankule says that much of the growth acceleration has been in the last year, crediting it to the Jio-effect, as other providers have also cut data tariffs to stay competitive.

“A lot of the new net users are also coming from areas with low access to education,” he explains. “In those spaces, people are particularly keen to invest in education as it can open up opportunities.”

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“Online education has a lot of advantages,” says Bawankule. “It’s convenient, because offline, if there’s a class it will be at a fixed time. But online, you could take the class late at night, or early in the morning, or whenever suits you. It’s also more adaptable, and can be personalised for your requirements.”

He adds that the growth in queries has come from all over India, with Tier-2 and Tier-3 cities that have lesser access to offline coaching in particular showing great growth.

For the online education sector, Bawankule tells Gadgets 360 that important changes need to be made to meet the projected demand. He believes that better content models, with more video based instruction, is going to be critical. Better hiring linkages will matter a lot as well, as lack of recruitment possibilities is seen as a major issue with online education, he adds.

“Going forward, it will also be very important to have an offline and online, mixed model of education,” says Bawankule. “It’s obviously not going to be possible to have a centre in every village, but people need to have something accessible – like maybe in a 30km radius. This is because, if you’re studying something like physics for example, fine, you can learn a lot from theory, but at least once a month you need to be able to travel to a lab and learn the practical side of things as well.”

What is Google’s role?
Apart from carrying out activities such as this study, what other part can Google play in the education ecosystem, we asked Bawankule.

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“The key role for Google is to enable the ecosystem,” he says. “There needs to be an understanding of the consumers and the ecosystem, and what we do with studies like this one is to provide the data that can help startups and established education providers to plan for the future.”

Beyond that, he adds that Google is providing tools for developers, and working with offline players to help them move online as well. “The market is huge, and we are helping in a number of different capacities,” he adds, pointing out that the Chromebook team has been doing very well in the education sector in India, as it is globally.

Beyond that, he says, there has been a “significant jump in niche players who are realising the importance of addressing specific problems in education, rather than trying to deliver a broad solution.”

Bawankule signs off from the conversation by saying, “learning and education is a very broad category that goes from do-it-yourself videos on YouTube, which can teach people useful practical skills, to Khan Academy, for example, and that’s why it’s important to have specialist players who address different parts of the issue.”

 

Foxconn Says Apple, Dell Part of Its Bid for Toshiba Chip Business

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Apple, Dell, & Kingston are part of the Toshiba’s chip unit business bid
  • Toshiba said Amazon, Google, Microsoft, & Cisco too are a part
  • Toshiba is planning to sell its chip business unit

Apple Inc, computing giant Dell Inc and Kingston Technology Co are members of a Foxconn-led consortium bidding for Toshiba Corp’s chip unit, the CEO of the world’s largest electronics manufacturer told Reuters on Monday.

Terry Gou, Foxconn’s founder and chief executive, also said Amazon.com Inc was close to joining and that the Taiwanese firm was also in discussions with Google, Microsoft Corp and Cisco Systems Inc about their participation in the bid.

Foxconn Says Apple, Dell Part of Its Bid for Toshiba Chip Business

He declined to comment on the total size of the offer or say how much Apple and other US firms planned to invest in the bid.

“I can tell you Apple is in for sure,” Gou said in an interview, adding that its participation had been approved by the Chief Executive Tim Cook and Apple’s board of directors.

 

Foxconn, formally known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co, and its Japanese unit Sharp Corp would have a combined stake of not more than 40 percent, he added.

Representatives for Apple and the other US firms named by Gou could not be immediately reached for comment outside of regular business hours. Sharp declined to comment.

iOS 11 Drag and Drop Support on iPhone Discovered by Developer, but It's Disabled by Apple

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Drag and Drop feature is currently exclusive to iPad
  • The feature was announced at WWDC 2017
  • A hidden setting can be used to enable the feature on the iPhone

Among the several key changes introduced with iOS 11, drag-and-drop feature quickly became a topic of discussion in the tech world. However, the new feature turned out to be an exclusive for iPad. Interestingly, a developer has now found out that the Cupertino-based company has added the support for the feature in iOS 11 for iPhone as well but kept it disabled for users as of now.

For those who are unaware, the drag-and-drop feature in iOS 11 allows users to drag items such as pictures and links from one app to the other, just like PC users have been able to do since ages. As this feature can put up a strong case in favour of iPad as a PC replacement, the larger mobile device has been the focus for this feature.iOS 11 Drag and Drop Support on iPhone Discovered by Developer, but It's Disabled by Apple

However, developer Steven Troughton-Smith has now found out that drag-and-drop feature has been keep hidden in the iOS 11 beta for iPhone and is currently vaulted by system settings inside the platform that are inaccessible to end users. Troughton-Smith was able to make the function work in an iOS emulator and it seems to work exactly as it does on an iPad.

 

Notably, a Twitter user named Dave Schukin also suggested recently that drag-and-drop feature is supported by iOS 11 on iPhones, though at the time he suggested the feature only works within the same app.

Steven Troughton-Smith went a step ahead further and has suggested that if the company chooses to do away with a physical Home button on the next iPhone, it can consider the soft Home button as a potential ‘drop target’ for the feature as well.

While it is understood that Apple decided to stick to iPad for the feature as it seems rather convenient to perform other complicated tasks such as multi-tasking on the larger display, it would be interesting to see if the Cupertino-based company brings this feature to the iPhone as well.