Day: July 11, 2011

Google Offers New YouTube Interface For You To Try [PICS]

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After rolling out Google+ and sneak previewing a revamped Gmail interface, now Google has redesignedYouTube with new features that are more than skin deep.

Announced Thursday on the YouTube Blog, the new Youtube interface is an experiment that Google is calling “Cosmic Panda,” and unlike Google+, this one’s open to everyone.

Gone is that white background underneath the video player, replaced by a less-distracting dark gray backdrop. At the bottom of that frame are four new icons that let you conveniently change the video frame size. There are new page designs and improved editing tools to customize channels. Best of all, when you’re using Google Chrome, you can keep one video playing while you’re looking for others, switching between channels or playlists.

Another improvement is the ability to choose whether you see comments or not, with buttons allowing you to dismiss comments and fill the page below the video player with suggested videos that are each in larger frames. In addition, Cosmic Panda makes it easier to edit a channel template, giving users a choice of layouts for creators, bloggers, networks and a general-use template Google calls “everything.”

Unfortunately, Google’s YouTube player has retained the old transport controls from the previous YouTube interface, and there’s no icon to click to incrementally skip forward or backward. You can still do that with the slider control underneath the video, but as you can see in our gallery of screenshots below, on this new version, the zone where you can click to skip forward or backward is even smaller than that area on the old version.

Even with those quibbles, I think the new YouTube interface is a significant improvement over the current one. What do you think? Go ahead, try it yourself at Google’s Cosmic Panda page. And don’t worry — if you don’t like it, you can easily change back to the old YouTube interface.

Facebook’s Zuckerberg Is Asked About Google+ [COMIC]

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What would Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg say if you asked him a question about his new arch competitor, Google+?

Well, you can ask Mashable‘s own ace editor-at-large Ben Parr, who asked the Facebook CEO two questionsabout Google+ at a press conference this week.

Or you could see another approach taken by a reporter in this comic from The Joy of Tech, poking fun at Zuckerburg’s presence on the Google+ service. Do we detect a subtle hat tip toward our own inquisitive newshound?

Comic courtesy Geek Culture, used with permission

David Beckham’s website defaced by hackers

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The website of British football superstar David Beckham has been hacked, with an image of a hapless dog attempting to eat a bowl of food painted on a street sign.

Defaced David Beckham website

A message on the picture reads

"ScooterDAshooter = FAIL"

To be fair, Beckham probably has other things to distract him than his website's security right now. Yesterday, his celebrity wife Victoria Beckham gave birth to a daughter, who they have decided to name - in the style of a science fiction android - Harper Seven.

That does mean, of course, that more people than usual might be visiting Beckham's website in the hope of reading more information about their happy event.

David Beckham hacked website code

Fortunately it appears that this particular hack is more about defacement than being malicious - if those who broke in had chosen to, they could probably have inserted malicious code into David Beckham's website to install malware onto visiting computers.

And, in all seriousness, I doubt that David Beckham is a dab hand with an HTML editor and cascading style sheets, and he probably hires other people to maintain his website and be responsible for its security.

This isn't the first time, of course, that a footballer's website has been hacked. For instance, Diego Maradona was dubbed a "cry-baby" after his website was hacked by a Peruvian football fan in 2009.

And earlier this year, a hacker defaced Ronaldinho's website with pictures that compared him to Star Wars hate figure Jar Jar Binks and Osama bin Laden.

If you run a website make sure you are doing everything to keep it as secure as possible. If you haven't already done so, read this informative paper by SophosLabs, "Securing websites", which covers some of the issues.