YouTube Gets Theatre View For Long Videos

YouTube Gets Theatre View For Long Videos

YouTube has added two new features to long videos: Theatre View and Lights Out mode. These features aren’t available on all videos yet (here’s an example of a video with the new features), but it’s a welcome addition to YouTube. [via Google Operating System]

Optus Wireless Broadband Declines In Value

Optus Wireless Broadband Declines In Value

When Optus launched its prepaid 3G broadband service back in August, rival prepaid service is the main alternative, but also comes with a sting due to its 30-day expiry rules. The moral? As ever, choose carefully before going prepaid. DOUBLE THE PRICE: Optus hikes wireless charges [apcmag.com]

iPhone 2.2 Gets Street View, More Features

iPhone 2.2 Gets Street View, More Features

The developer-only iPhone 2.2 software sounds promising so far, boasting hidden features like Google Street View, auto-correction toggle, and emoji icons. It better be good, considering Apple is already breaking promises, having missed the September deadline for push notification.

VTC Offers Free (With A Code) Video Software Training

VTC Offers Free (With A Code) Video Software Training

The Digital Inspiration blog points out that one can get ulimited access to the Video Training Company, a site with more than 70,000 video tutorials focused on software, programming, and other technology, with a three-letter promotional code. If you’re determined not to have to bother anyone in accounting for advanced…

IBM iNotes Ultralite Brings Lotus Access To iPhones

IBM iNotes Ultralite Brings Lotus Access To iPhones

iPhone/iPod touch users whose offices rely on Lotus Notes for email, calendar, and contacts can now access their information through a customised Safari Mobile interface created by IBM. CNET reports that IBM and Apple are working on a full-fledged Lotus Notes Traveler app or interface for true push access, but…

Foxtel Prices To Change From November 1

Foxtel Prices To Change From November 1

Pay TV provider Foxtel is changing its prices from November 1. While the entry-level service is going up (from $37.95 to $40), many of the additional channel options are dropping in price (adding extra entertainment bundles is $0.95 cheaper, for example), and pay-per-view movies are also marginally less expensive. It…

Watch Real-Time Election Commentary On Twitter

Watch Real-Time Election Commentary On Twitter

Last night Twitter launched its Election 2008 site, which is a live-updating stream of commentary by Twitter users who mention any of the U.S. Presidential candidates’ names in them. The stream moves pretty fast—literally, down the page as you watch—but if you want to pause on a tweet, just hover…

BigPond Adds Twitter Support Channel

BigPond Adds Twitter Support Channel

Telstra’s BigPond Internet division has added a support channel on Twitter, allowing you to raise problems through the popular social network. Though most of the responses to date seem to effectively devolve to “a BigPond consultant will email U back”, it’s another weapon to keep in the support arsenal. BigPond…

Digsby Improves Performance, Supports LinkedIn

Digsby Improves Performance, Supports LinkedIn

Windows only: Up-and-coming instant messaging application Digsby has released a new update with significant performance improvements and added support for business-oriented social networking site LinkedIn. Performance improvements include optimised RAM usage (the fruits of the

What Android Could Bring to Your Phone

What Android Could Bring to Your Phone

Today marked the launch of the first phone that runs Android, an open-source, Google-designed operating system that runs web-savvy applications on a touchscreen-based phone. We didn’t have an agent at today’s launch of T-Mobile’s G1, but luckily our brothers-in-arms Gizmodo are all over it. We had some

Next G Wireless Broadband Goes Prepaid

Next G Wireless Broadband Goes Prepaid

Another Optus in the prepaid crowd. Purchase a wireless broadband kit (including a USB modem) for $149 and then top up with a range of credit options, from $20 for (effectively) 150MB through to $100 for 6GB. The biggest restriction is the expiry period, which is 30 days. While you…

Google Adds iGoogle Gadget, Blog Directory

Google Adds iGoogle Gadget, Blog Directory

Google’s blogs are one of the best ways of keeping track of developments at the sometimes secretive search giant, but keeping track of them can be tricky. A newly-launched iGoogle gadget makes it easier to track posts by your preferred subject, without needing to know which blog it appeared in….

Twitter Rolls Out Design Changes

Twitter Rolls Out Design Changes

The Official Twitter Blog reveals a bunch of mostly cosmetic changes that are due to roll out on Twitter over the next couple of days, including relocating the tweet navigation tabs from the top of the page to the right, and making the reply and star icons only appear when…

Stanford Offers Free, Full Courses Online

Stanford Offers Free, Full Courses Online

The Stanford Engineering Everywhere program offers online access to full courses in the school’s engineering program—including classes in computer science and artificial intelligence. Courses include lecture videos, reading lists, handouts, quizzes, tests, and even a social network for fellow online students.

What Happens When A 3G Network Gets Too Full?

What Happens When A 3G Network Gets Too Full?

We all know that network performance degrades the more people are connected, but it’s always seemed safe to assume that commercial mobile phone networks would be able to handle large numbers of people. However, the limitations of current setups have been exposed this week, with the news that Optus has…

Yammer Creates a Private Twitter for Co-Workers

Yammer Creates a Private Twitter for Co-Workers

Free micro-messaging service Yammer, winner of the TechCrunch50 start-up conference’s top prize, creates a private Twitter-like service for companies, filtered by work-assigned email addresses. Just like with Twitter, you can send direct messages and tag replies with “@” symbols, but Yammer adds a few organisational and corporate tools to the…

Next G train torture test no problem for YouTube

Next G train torture test no problem for YouTube

After a quick change of cabin necessitated by a non-functioning power outlet, the Next G train torture test is fully underway. The most surprising result so far? The ease of using YouTube. Watching videos wasn’t such a big surprise, since YouTube has pretty decent buffering. However, I was impressed that…

Is it too late for cut-down Underbelly?

The ban on Channel Nine broadcasting its hit gangland drama series Underbelly in Victoria had some interesting consequences, including several Lifehacker readers have suggested recently, does the constant rescheduling of TV shows mean you just don’t care any more and would revert to channel BT or an imported interstate DVD?…

Watch your Senator with Project Democracy

Members of the Australian Senate often seem remote compared to House of Representatives members — in part because they represent a whole state rather than a more tightly-defined area — but in the current Federal Parliament the lack of a dominant party means that the Senate’s review function is more…

Write Your Own Your Own IM Bot

Write Your Own Your Own IM Bot

The Digital Inspiration blog details a relatively simple method for creating your own interactive instant messenger “bot” that will take action once it receives an IM. Creating the bot requires an invitation from the IMified service, as well as some web space to host a bot script. Once you’re set…

Host Your Own Music Playlist with Opentape

Host Your Own Music Playlist with Opentape

Beloved music playlist hosting service Muxtape‘s gone offline to “sort out a problem with the RIAA,” but if you’ve got some web server space, you can host, stream, and share your own digital music mixes Muxtape-style with newly-launched PHP web application Opentape. Opentape isn’t affiliated with Muxtape in any way,…