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mercredi 17 décembre 2008

The Google Video Help Forum has moved



Our Google Video Help Forum now has a new home! You may have already heard of (or tried out) the new Google Help Forums. Today, our Google Video Help Group will be moving to this new platform.

The help forum is still an area for users to come together to discuss and share their knowledge of Google Video- only now it has a new look. It's integrated with our help center, which makes it even easier to jump into the forum while you're browsing the help center. You can search for content across both the forum and help center articles as well.

There are a lot of new features that make the forum an effective resource for users. You can vote on which responses you think answer a particular question, and even mark a response as a "best answer" to a question that you've asked. The new system will also recognize contributions from helpful posters.



If you haven't checked out our help forum before, now is a great time to come take a look. Post a question if you have one, or take a few minutes to answer one of your fellow Google Video users. You can find us at http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/video?hl=en

dimanche 7 décembre 2008

Antimatter Arcade from Pangea Software

I will introduce you a strange but addictive space (particle) arcade iPhone game from the Pangea, also known as with their Enigmo game (3D puzzle) which has won the Best iPhone Game award in 2008 by Apple.

It is a strange game but I will try to explain how it works. There is an orb and you try to convert blue cosmic strings (which also move around) to red by moving your finger in a certain period of time. It looks easy but not actually.

The graphics are really powerful and the gameplay is high quality. Pangea software games are really cheap nowadays for introduction purposes of antimatter game. Only $0.99 at appstore including the famous Enigmo.

mardi 4 novembre 2008

Insight for Google Video: A New Way to Track Your Videos



Have you ever wondered if anyone watches the videos you've uploaded? Or perhaps you've uploaded a video presentation and want to be able to illustrate its success with some numbers? We've added Insight to Google Video so that you can capture some of this information, and use it to optimize your videos.

With the launch of Insight, we're now offering more statistics for your uploaded videos. You can access this feature by clicking on the 'Reports' tab on your Google Video account page. The first tab gives you a convenient summary of the data.


From this summary, you can access specific data pages by clicking on the links for Views, Downloads or Popularity. You can also access these specific pages by clicking on the corresponding tabs at the top. Here, you can change the date range or focus on a specific region of the world to see how your videos are doing.

Rest assured you will still be able to see the statistics that were previously available through Advanced Reports (Views & Downloads). This information is now available right from your Video Status page. You can also click on the 'Stats' link, next to your individual video's status, to view the stats for that particular video.


Hopefully this feature will offer you some new Insight into your uploaded videos and reveal some interesting facts about your viewership.

lundi 3 novembre 2008

Silicone Grip for iPhone Gaming

I have stumbled upon an interesting gadget designed for especially iPhone gaming.

This silicone grip as you see in the photo claims that it will give more comfort to play iPhone games. Built-in charger slot lets your device to charge while you play. Silicone sleeves can be used as stand alone protection when not playing games.

Whether it is so useful or not but surely quite expensive. Available at Marware $50 for iPhone users who are really interested in.

vendredi 17 octobre 2008

A Developer's iPhone Game Creation Journey

This is the story of Asterope; an iPhone game developed by Niklas Wahrman, a 24 years old computer science student from Finland.

He shares his experience on development of a commercial iTunes store game from start to finish.

You can read this interesting iPhone game development article here and learn more about the Asterope game here.

lundi 22 septembre 2008

iPhone Game Coding Lessons

An UK based digital media college Qantm has announced plans to offer an iPhone games development course.

Starting in 2009 February, 'the course is tailored specifically for designers aspiring to produce work for Apple’s revolutionary instrument'.

The lessons will run alongside its established Game Design & Development Course and in time will also be offered at its colleges in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Amsterdam, Berlin and Munich. The iPhone Course will be held as evening and weekend classes from February 23rd 2009, costing £3,950.

It is actually world's first iPhone game development course.

dimanche 14 septembre 2008

Phelios iSnap Gem Killer iPhone Game

Phelios, a gaming company which develops games for Mac, has announced the release of iSnap, an iPhone and iPod touch game that costs just 99 cents. Actually the game is a version of Mac adapted to iPhone.

In iSnap, you drag a metallic ball, aim it and release it onto a board of differently-colored gems, which are cleared when the ball lands. The aim of the game is to remove as many same color grouped gems as possible.

There will be bonuses and challenges as the game goes on.

mardi 9 septembre 2008

Playable on Google Video

Steve Gerding, Software Engineer

One of our favorite aspects of TV view is that it provides an uninterrupted viewing experience. You can browse through multiple results pages and sort, filter or refine your search - all without interrupting the video you're watching. Videos need to be playable on Google Video in order to provide this seamless experience, and while most videos are, some are not. In order to make it easier to identify playable videos, these videos are marked with the playable icon as shown below:

Videos that cannot be played directly in the TV view can still be watched by following the link to the original hosting site. If you want to see only videos that are playable on Google Video in your search results, you can restrict your search to playable videos using the radio buttons under the search box:

We hope this new feature enhances your video search and viewing experience on Google Video. If you are a webmaster and would like your videos to be playable on Google Video, check out our Video Sitemaps Help Center.

mercredi 27 août 2008

Addictive 3D MotionX Poker Game

This game is morph of classic poker with the elements of Yahtzee.

The mission is to get the best poker hands in three rolls using five dice and three rolls per turn.
Dices are used to show cards and only a select number of cards are used from the deck. You will notice that a straight is better than a full house because it has less odds. Actually the game resembles to poker dice.

What you will get here is the good usage of iPhone accelerometer, nice 3D graphics, rich soundtracks. Just shake your iPhone to see how the dice roll realistically because of the physics engine. Even though MotionX Poker is a single player game it is quite addictive.

Visit the game official website and you can download from app store using the link there. Only $4.99

lundi 18 août 2008

Chopper Helicopter Game for iPhone

Chopper is an exciting helicopter game with lots of enemy fire action. There are several missions in a total of sixty levels to complete and return to base. Your enemies are tanks and the raged men with bazookas. Three difficulty levels.

You need tilt to fly and touch the screen to drop bombs or fire the machine gun. If you are over cautious like me you should save your game at any point, and resume right where you left off if. I especially liked these beautiful 3D scene renders (although side-scrolling). It is one of the best what you will find in iPhone App Store.

Developer : Magic Jungle Software , Price : $7.99

How to know first about new iPhone games?

App Store becomes much more active everyday and already hosts more than 450 iPhone games. New games are added every day and many of them takes updates.

There is two way of knowing about fresh iPhone games. First is to visit this blog surely or use a web service called GotApps. This is an alert system of new apps on the App Store which will email you on the keywords you set up.

You should sign up an alert for Games category and that's it. The service emails you if it finds a new tab. Recommended!

vendredi 1 août 2008

Prepare your iPhone for Wolfenstein and Doom 2 RPG

According to Kotaku, id Software brains are already playing with iPhone SDK for awhile and preparing Wolfenstein and Doom 2 RPG for mobile phones.

They did not clearly stated that they would certainly develop the games for iPhone but I am sure they will surprise us to invade iPhone gaming sector as soon as possible before the competitors.

These games surely will be a hot seller.

jeudi 24 juillet 2008

iPhone Racing Game - WingNuts Moto Racer

It is an arcade style motorcycle racing gaming by Freeverse which is also a game creator for Macs. Wingnuts Moto Racer is a nice debut game for the iPhone with decent control once you get past the learning curve.

The tracks are beautifully designed and the wide angle is great for seeing whats lies ahead in a very realistic way.

You can buy, download and sync the iPhone game application to your iPhone via the App Store (iTunes link here). Here is a demo video of WingNuts.

jeudi 17 juillet 2008

Personalized Video Recommendations

Sapna Mehta, Online Operations Associate

Ever wish the sites you visit could present customized options catering to your tastes?

Our Recommended Videos feature does just that. By logging in to your Google account and visiting Google Video, you will see multiple videos that pertain to your search interests. You can find these videos underneath the hot videos section of the homepage. Just like the hot videos, you can click on the arrow buttons in the top right corner to see more recommended videos.

While our search suggestions give you search term suggestions for individual queries you enter, these video picks are based on trends of search queries you've used, as well as other videos that you've watched. It's yet another way to discover interesting video content from across the web - this time, personalized for you.


To take advantage of this feature, you'll be asked to sign in to Web History. It's up to you how much customization you'd like - for example, you can choose which searches are included, and which aren't. For more information about protecting your privacy while enjoying the benefits of personalized search, check out the following video - About Web History: Privacy.

mercredi 2 juillet 2008

Even More Hot Videos

Justin Donnelly, Software Engineer

The "Hot videos" section of the Google Video homepage offers up the web's most popular videos, determined by how often they're being watched, shared and blogged about across the Web. If, like me, you think this feature is awesome, you'll love our latest update. Now, instead of only 12 hot videos, there are over a hundred available by clicking on the new pagination buttons on the upper right corner of the "Hot videos" section. Just like our TV view, the video you're currently watching isn't interrupted as you browse through the pages.

Note that these videos are updated throughout the day and are specific to your country. (Wondering what's hot in the Low Countries? Try our Dutch site: http://video.google.nl/.) This expanded view of what's hot can reveal a lot about what's going on in online video. For example, when Weezer released their "Pork and Beans" video recently, nearly every "celebrity" featured in the video appeared in the expanded list within the next couple of days.


Give it a try- You're sure to find something here to entertain you.

vendredi 20 juin 2008

Suggestions on Your Search

Kun Zhang, Software Engineer

The Google Video team continually strives to make your video search experience more enjoyable. In an effort to do so, we have added a suggestions feature to help you discover more interesting videos. Sometimes the suggestions expand the scope of your search, and sometimes they make your search more specific--it all depends on what you searched for and which suggestion you click on.

To view your search suggestions, click on the "Also try" links on top of the search results to refine or expand your search.


For example, if you are searching for "kittens", you may see suggestions like "cute kittens", "funny kittens", "newborn kittens", "techno kittens", "treadmill kittens" and so on. Clicking on these suggested search terms will lead you to the respective search results page, and another set of suggestions. If you continue following through these suggestion links, your first search may very well turn into hours of exploration.

The suggestions feature is available across all views - TV view, Grid view and List view. We hope that these suggested search terms will add a few different flavors to your search experience.

jeudi 5 juin 2008

Closed Captioning Search Options

Ken Harrenstien, Software Engineer

Those of you interested in closed captioning may have noticed a new feature on this front- the ability to search only for closed-captioned videos. Naturally this is very useful for people like myself who can't hear the audio, but of course there are many others who either want the sound off or who can understand the writing better than the speech.

If you go to the "Advanced Video Search" page you'll see a new constraint called "Subtitles: Search only closed captioned videos". Try clicking on that check-box and doing an otherwise normal search; the results will include those videos that are known to have captions. Fun example: to see a list of all captioned videos on Google Video, check that box and restrict the domain to "google.com".

It's still not quite as sophisticated as we want it to be - it currently only knows about videos in Google Video, and doesn't yet allow you to specify a language of interest. Nevertheless it's another small step that we hope will encourage greater awareness and use of captions.

A related feature of interest that you may not have noticed is the ability to jump directly into a video at the point where captions of interest appear. If your search results include caption snippets, there will be a link called "Start playing at search term", which is extremely handy for long videos. In order to see it, you also have to select "List View" (the middle icon in the Results menu bar).

Here's a nice example - search for ["that's a tremendous gift"] . Make sure you've selected List View, and you should see a video featuring Randy Pausch. Clicking on the "Start playing at search term (50:16)" link will take you to a point slightly before the appearance of that caption.


vendredi 30 mai 2008

Uninterrupted Viewing Experience



We know a lot of you are committed multi-taskers, and hey, who doesn't love the TV view for efficient video searching? To make you even better multi-taskers, we've added a feature that allows you to browse through multiple results pages, sort, filter or refine your search query- all without interrupting the video you're watching. The list and grid views also inherit this feature.

We hope that this feature will make your video searching and viewing more enjoyable.

Follow these steps to check it out:

1. Conduct a search using any query and click on a result to play a video.
2. While the video is playing, scroll to the bottom of the results and click back and forth between the pages of results. For example, click "Next" or "Previous", or click on the page number.
3. You can also go to the search box at the top and perform a new search. New results will be displayed, but the current video keeps playing.


vendredi 9 mai 2008

A New and Improved Grid View



Hopefully by now you've had some time to play around with our different views for search results and find the one that best suits you.

For fans of grid view, we've added a new feature to make it easier to find what you're looking for. Now, when you're viewing search results in grid view you can roll over the video image for more information about the video. By moving your mouse over a video listed in the results, you'll be able to see multiple thumbnails of the video as well as the video description. This will give you a more representative idea of what each video is about as you browse your search results.


We've also restored some popular features. For those of you who upload videos to the site, you'll be happy to hear that our Community features (comments and ratings) and Advanced options settings (ability to restrict downloading as well as embedding and regional restrictions) are back.

To get these updates delivered right to you, click on the icon (on the blog sidebar) to add Google Video blog updates to your Google homepage or Google Reader.



vendredi 2 mai 2008

Video Sitemaps: How We Find Great Videos

Michael Cohen, Product Manager

As we've mentioned before, the Google Video team wants to make it possible for you to search every video on the web. This is a tall order, and we're constantly working to make sure we have the latest and greatest videos. Ever wondered how we actually discover all the videos that make it into video search?

While we receive a small percentage of our videos from user uploads, we get the vast majority of them by crawling the web. We've gotten pretty good at this over the past several years, but of course it's helpful when webmasters tell us exactly where to look to find their videos. This is where a protocol called Video Sitemaps (an extension of the Sitemap Protocol) comes in. Video Sitemaps allow webmasters to give us links directly to their videos and provide valuable descriptive information such as a video's title, description, and length. We can then target our crawlers at these videos and pull them into the Google Video index, allowing them to show up in Google Video searches as well as searches on Google.com.

Some key information provided by a sitemap includes:
  • A link to the video's "landing page" (i.e., the link you'd visit in your browser)
  • A title of the video for us to display in our search results
  • A description of the video to accompany each result
  • The duration of the video
  • An image thumbnail that we can show in our search results
  • A link to an embeddable video player -- so you can watch the video in TV view
If you administer a website with video and would like to see your site appear in our search results, a Video Sitemap is definitely your best bet. To get started, create a Video Sitemap, sign into Google Webmaster Tools, and add the Video Sitemap to your account.

vendredi 25 avril 2008

Introducing TV view



Today, by popular demand, we are making TV view the default search result view for Google Video. If you haven't seen it yet, TV view is a new interface that lets you browse search results, watch videos, and check out related videos -- all on the same page. Here's what it looks like:


Videos that we are able to embed will play directly in the TV view player when you click on them. These include almost all Google- and YouTube-hosted videos, as well as videos from many other sites such as metacafe.com, crackle.com, and hundreds of others. Videos that cannot be embedded will display a thumbnail or filmstrip that links to the page where the video can be played. If you're a webmaster and would like your videos to be embeddable in TV view, check out our Video Sitemaps Help Center.

In addition to playing the video, clicking on a search result will reload the list of related videos on the right hand side of the page. Next time you're watching a video, try flipping through the related videos; you might find something even better that what you originally searched for! Just like search results, most related videos can be played directly in the TV view player.

We hope you enjoy this new search experience. Of course, if you prefer either list or grid view to TV view, you can switch your view preference at any time by clicking on one of the view icons at the top of the page:

vendredi 18 avril 2008

Google Video gets a facelift



As part of our mission, we on the Google Video team want you to be able to search, browse and discover videos from across the web. More than a year ago, we described our renewed focus on organizing all the web's video. Today, in addition to expanding Google Video's search capabilities, we have a number of new browse- and search-related features we're excited to share.

Now you can choose any of three ways to view your video search-results: a traditional list view, a grid view and, for those of you who like to maximize your video-watching efficiency, a TV view, where you can watch an embedded video while continuing to view your search results next to the video for a more seamless browse and search experience.

Try them out by clicking on the gray icon boxes:



You may have also noticed that we've given the Google Video homepage a bit of a facelift. We wanted to make it as easy as possible for you to find and access the web's most compelling videos, and just as before, you can see what videos people are viewing, sharing, and blogging about -- but now, with the new TV view, you can also watch many of the top videos directly on the homepage.
There's something else we think you'll like. Have you ever asked yourself "What was that really cool video that everyone was watching a couple of weeks ago?" Well, you can use our timeline viewto find out. If you're wondering, for example, what was the most blogged-about video on April Fool's Day, it was Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up" (thanks to YouTube rickrolling the world). If you're curious which video was shared most in October, it was Professor Randy Pausch's "Last Lecture", which has persisted as one of the most-shared titles on Google Video ever since. Try it out to discover (or re-discover) something interesting.

We'll be letting you know as we roll out new features, so keep checking back for more information about what we're up to!