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RIP YouTube iPhone App, 2007-2012 — Why You Won’t Be Missed


Mashable OP-ED: This post reflects the opinions of the author and not necessarily those of Mashable as a publication.

Back when the iPhone first launched, there was a joke about the YouTube app on it. One nerd, or tech reviewer, would describe it as a “dumbed-down YouTube experience.” To which another would shoot back: “is that even possible?”

Well, here we are, five years later. YouTube the service has gotten a whole lot stronger and smarter in so many ways (as well as a whole lot dumber in some of its corners — something which turns out to be exceedingly and eternally possible).

But the iPhone app, even transplanted to the iPad, has stayed exactly as dumb as it always was. It’ll find the YouTube content you want a third of the time, if you’re lucky. They should call it YouRoulette, because you never know what a search might bring.

No wonder iPhone users in the know long ago switched to simply going to on Safari, where a lot more stuff is available. When I heard about that fix, I was mad as hell at myself for all the wasted time on the app.

And from whom did I hear it? From YouTube staffers themselves. Even they didn’t believe in the thing.

So it’s really not such a bummer to hear Monday’s news — Apple has dumped the YouTube app from the next iPhone/iPad operating system, iOS 6. It’s ostensibly because “our license to include the YouTube app in iOS has ended,” according to an Apple spokesperson.

I’m sure it has, but I’m also sure Apple couldn’t be more relieved about that. This is a company that cares about great design, about stuff that just works, and the YouTube app was never that. It was so hobbled, it reminded me of the awful old WAP mobile web browsers that Apple effectively destroyed with the iPhone.

I’m also sure it’s just a coincidence that Apple is distancing itself from Google in general, for example replacing the Google Maps app in iOS6 with its own (called, confusingly enough, Maps). If you want the Google Maps iPhone app, chances are you’ll have to download it again — though what we don’t know is whether you’ll be able to make it the default for maps.

We do know that Google is working on a new YouTube app, according to the same Apple source. We’re still waiting for confirmation from YouTube.

Regardless, we’ll soon see the end of an app experience so poor, it couldn’t have made the iPhone look worse if the Android team had planted it there.

You’ll notice it’s one of the few original apps you can’t actually delete on your iPhone? Consider it deleted now, and good riddance.

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Community Post: The 8 Most Amazing Pop And Lock Dance Videos Of All Time

1. Marquese Scott

Song: ‘Need Your Heart’ by Adventure Club

2. Les Twins

Song: Omen (Mt. Eden Dubstep Remix: The Prodigy)

3. Hurrikane & Android

Music “Clutter” by Ronald Jenkees

4. Bruce Blanchard

Song: “DaVoyce” by Tismé


Song “Mechanical” by Onra

6. Havoc

Song: “Tlālōc” by Thriftworks

7. Popping John & Jon Boogz

Song: “Cool Blue” by Traxamillion

8. Dreal

Song “Acura Legend (Special Mix)” by THURZ

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25 Words That Have A Totally Different Meaning When You Move To London

London calling to the faraway towns — it’s really expensive and crowded here.

1. “Commute”

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Used to mean: A journey to work, often driving through quiet roads, or maybe a quick walk through town.Now means: A vicious crusade through an urban hellscape, with detours into subterranean metal canisters stuffed with people and sweat.

2. “Flat-Hunting”

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Used to mean: The process by which you find a new flat.Now means: The process by which you are humiliated, broken, terrified, exploited, and then you find a new flat.

3. “Pop-up”


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Used to mean: A book with lovely 3-D pictures.Now means: A restaurant that is too weird to actually work, so instead is temporarily set up in the local hipster hangout until the novelty value wears off. Often actually an ad.

4. “A quick drink”

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Used to mean: Going for a few drinks.Now means: Going for all the drinks, and waking up with your shoes on, the light on, and a cactus in your bed.

5. “Dinner”

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Used to mean: The meal you carefully prepared in the evening.Now means: Either what you spend too much on after a quick drink late at night, or something jammed together from random foods in the fridge because you can’t be bothered to shop.

6. “Silence”

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Used to mean: No noise.Now means: The sound-sucking vacuum that exists on the tube every morning, despite the presence of hundreds of people. There is nothing quieter. Monks visit it when they need a break from the racket at the monastery.

7. “Tinder”

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Used to mean: Something you might use to make fire.Now means: A handy way to build a comprehensive list of people who don’t want to go out with you.

8. “Summer”


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Used to mean: Long evenings, drinks in the garden, and the smell of fresh, warm grass.Now means: Long evenings, drinks on the street, and the smell of fresh, warm urine.

9. “Bargain”

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Used to mean: £1 a pint.Now means: £4 a pint.

10. “Outside”


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Used to mean: Trees, and grass, and fresh air.Now means: All of the above, but compressed into much smaller, inconvenient areas, filled with people, and the fresh air has been made not fresh.

11. “Cronut”

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Used to mean: Er…what?Now means: A croissant mashed up with a doughnut, which is then licked by God.

12. “Rent”

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Used to mean: The part of your wages that goes on having somewhere nice to live.Now means: The part of your wages that goes on having absolutely anywhere to live, and leaves roughly enough for you to survive on stale bread for a month.

13. “Central”


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Used to mean: The part in the middle.Now means: The part in the middle of the city that will make you hate all people.

14. “Uber”


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Used to mean: A german prefix you could use to add emphasis to a word (though while sounding like a bit of a dick).Now means: A glorious way to get home drunk, which may or may not also be destroying the London taxi industry.

15. “Working late”

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Used to mean: Leaving a bit after 6 p.m.Now means: Leaving a bit after 6 a.m.

16. “Oyster”


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Used to mean: Slightly slimy seafood that’s definitely not an aphrodisiac.Now means: Magic plastic that will take you absolutely anywhere you ever want to go (up to Zone 9.) Kind of an aphrodisiac.

17. “Coffee”

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Used to mean: A pleasant morning drink.Now means: Mandatory life fuel.

18. “Bank”


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Used to mean: The place where you leave your money, and which fills you with dread when you go into it.Now means: The nexus of every single tube in the city, and which fills you with dread when you’re trying to find the right fucking exit.

19. “Met”

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Used to mean: Past tense of ‘meet.’Now means: Rogue bureaucracy in the heart of London, interpreting laws and taking names.

20. “The North”

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Used to mean: Above Sheffield.Now means: Above Zone 2.

21. “Finance”


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Used to mean: What bankers work in.Now means: What wankers work in.

22. “Angel”


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Used to mean: A glorious guardian waiting to take you to heaven.Now means: A less glorious mess of escalators taking you so far down that you actually go slightly past hell.

23. “Writer”

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Used to mean: Writer.Now means: Barman.

24. “Cheap”

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Used to mean: Buying something at a good price.Now means: A hypothetical construct, only referred to using dark, ironic humour.

25. “Leicester Square”

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Used to mean: Exciting hub of the capital.Now means: Where dreams come to die.

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Google Drive, Finally Finally (Finally)

There’s a tiny cottage industry of mocking the prevalence “finally” in tech headlines — rightfully so — but this is one of the cases where it’s merited: Google’s cloud storage product, Google Drive is here after years of hints, teasing, rumors and speculation. It doesn’t do anything that’s never been done before at this point — in fact, it feels like a product that Google should’ve been offering forever ago.

What is it? A hard drive in the sky, shared between all your devices. It’s a lot like Dropbox, if you’re familiar with it. You put a file, basically any kind of file, in your Drive, it shows up everywhere else you have Drive installed— your other computers (PC or Mac), tablets and phone (Android only now, the iOS app is en route) — perfectly synced. Google Docs is built-in, theoretically making it easy to share files and collaborate on them. So if you start a Google Doc, it saves a link to it on your computer, in your Drive folder; changes made on your local machine show up in the cloud instantly, and vice versa. If you’re not familiar with how Dropbox works, typically you have a Dropbox folder, and everything in that folder is synced to the cloud — the major difference is that Dropbox stores actual copies of your files on your local hard drive, but Google doesn’t. Still, perhaps the best thing over Dropbox, besides the tight integration with Google products? Search. Optical character recognition is built into Drive via Docs, so you can actually search through PDFs (even scanned images), which is kind of killer. You get 5GB for free, though you can buy 25GB for $2.50 a month, 100GB for $5 a month, and so on.

While geeks and early adopters have been onto cloud storage and sharing services like Dropbox,, CloudApp, MobileMe (*snort*) etc., etc., etc. for a while — my life practically depends on Dropbox — the promise of Google Drive is that normal(er) people might finally get a taste of how powerful cloud syncing services can be, the feeling of not worrying where that thing you were looking for is — it’s everywhere you need it to be, all the time. That’s why we can’t stop talking about the cloud. When it works, it’s not so much a cloud in the sky; it’s kind of like gravity, pulling everything together in a way that feels natural.

Of course, like with every cloud service, there are some people with privacy concerns, but to the extent there are privacy concerns, they’re no different than the ones you choose to ignore when you have a Google account and Gmail or a Dropbox account. You could be more secure and carry everything around thumb drives, sure. You could also ride a horse and not technically ever be in a car accident.

If it works the way it’s supposed to — which, the inability to edit documents offline is a serious killjoy, so still holding our breath here — I suspect it’ll be the first new Google product in a long time that everybody loves, in the same way they love Gmail. And Google could use some love right now.

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Quite Possibly The Most Devastating Response To A Text You Can Get

1. Billions of texts are sent every single day. BILLIONS.

3. When we hang out with friends…

4. When we fall in LOVE…

5. But few are worse than something like this, which shows us how disconnected we all are when texting.


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Oracle Must Pay Google $1 Million in Legal Fees


Oracle’s legal woes aren’t over yet. On Tuesday a federal judge ordered the company to reimburse Google $1,130,350 in legal costs stemming from the high-stakes copyright battle earlier this year.

Google originally wanted Oracle to fork over more than $4 million to cover the expenses they racked up in the patent trial that Google ended up winning in May.

Oracle attempted to dodge the costs by claiming the trail was “a landmark issue of national importance,” but Judge William Alsup disagreed, saying Oracle did not place a heavy emphasis on copyright claims until late in the trial.

“While it is true that a copyright issue presented, copyrightability of APIs, was of great importance to the computer industry, this is not enough to deny costs,” Alsup said in his ruling. “Oracle did not bring its API copyright claim for the benefit of addressing ‘a landmark issue of national importance,’ but instead fell back on an overreaching (albeit somewhat novel) theory of copyright infringement for its own financial interests late in litigation.”

Judge Alsup called Oracle’s copyright infringement “ultimately overreaching,” and the company’s crafting of those claims led to increased media attention. He also pointed out that Oracle’s first damages report barely touched on copyright claims.

Oracle sued Google in 2010 over its use of the Java programming language and software tools. Oracle orignally sought $6 billion in damages. On May 23, 2012, a California federal jury ruled in Google’s favor, saying it did not infringe on Oracle’s patents in developing the Android system.

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Apple Sells Out of All iPad Mini Models


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Apple has sold out of its initial inventory of all iPad Mini models just three days after the new device became available for pre-order online.

The shipping times for all three Wi-Fi versions of the black and white iPad Mini have now been pushed back to two weeks, indicating that the initial stock is sold out. The LTE-enabled iPad Mini models have not yet gone on sale.

Apple worried some investors with its decision to the price the new 7.9 inch tablets starting at $329, significantly more than competing tablets like the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire, but the sales so far suggest that demand for the iPad Mini is strong even with the higher price.

Have you ordered an iPad Mini? Let us know in the comments below.

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Apple Patents the Virtual Page Turn


Apple is now the proud owner of the page turn.

In a patent approved this week by the United States Patent Office Apple was awarded a design patent for “Display screen or portion thereof with animated graphical user interface.”

The patent illustration shows three images: One with the corner of a page being turned slightly, the next with it halfway, and a third showing the page almost entirely turned over.

A feature used in Apple’s iBooks, and books in general, the patent represents one of 38 different patents granted to Apple this week.

The New York Times points out that this isn’t the first “seemingly obvious” patent that Apple has been awarded. Previously the company was granted a patent for the musical note icon it uses to represent iTunes and the glass staircase it uses it stores.

Over the past several years Apple has made quite a few headlines for its involvement in patent suits against other device makers.

Earlier this year Apple won a patent lawsuit against Samsung, walking away with $1 billion in restitution, and has recently made moves to go after Samsung products that were released after that court ruling, including the Galaxy Note 10.1.

Earlier this week it settled a different patent case with handset maker HTC with a 10-year licensing agreement of patents held by both companies reportedly requiring HTC to pay Apple $6-$8 per Android handset it sells.

Should Apple have been awarded a patent for the page turn? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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This App Could Replace Your Train Ticket


Here’s welcome news for any commuter who’s ever been caught cashless at the train station, or sprinted to buy a ticket to avoid the on-train surcharge.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York will soon begin testing smartphone-based ticketing for the Metro-North Railroad.

Well, commuters won’t actually be using it just yet. During the testing phase, railroad employees will download the free app to their iPhone, Android or Blackberry device. Using the app, they’ll be able to buy any type of ticket, one-way, round trip — even their monthly pass.

The electronic ticket shows up as a bar code that the conductor can then scan with a hand held device to verify its validity. The MTA says it’s looking at how quickly the process goes, as well as testing efficacy and anti-fraud measures. If successful, Metro-North will expand the program to its customers, and hopes it will become as successful as the ticket vending machines in the stations.

“Our customers adapted quickly to TVMs and the machines became the preferred way to buy tickets. The latest test is intended to ensure that the newest technology will be equally easy to use, as well as secure and reliable,” Metro-North President Howard Permut said in a statement.

The vending machines are great, unless you’re short on time. As a monthly card holder myself (of a different rail line), I often cringe when I hear someone paying a $5 surcharge to buy a ticket on the train if they didn’t have time to use the vending machine at the station.

The MTA is partnering with Masabi US Ltd to provide the technology. That company has already teamed up with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, which is launching a similar smartphone ticketing system this fall. Masabi’s technology also supports a future move to “near-field communications” technology when NFC-enabled handsets become more widely available.

“Smartphones have the potential to transform the public transit systems across the United States. Passengers will be able to quickly and easily find, buy and display tickets on their phones wherever they are without having to worry about carrying cash or waiting in line, thereby providing a better commuter experience,” Giacomo Biggiero, Director of Masabi US Ltd. said in a statement.

Aside from the obvious high tech benefits of this switch to paperless, there’s also the impact on the environment. MTA is clearly on the right track — no more paper tickets to punch holes in and then toss away.

Would you happily trade your paper ticket for an app? Are you comfortable paying for goods and services with your smartphone? Let us know in the comments.

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