YouTube, in their latest blog post, has made a list of the new updates made to the extremely popular video sharing site.
The new features, or updated features in the new release are as follows:
* Upload Progress Bar: A new Flash uploader is up for all supported browsers and it comes with a long-awaited (and much-requested) feature: an upload progress bar that lets you know the status of your upload. Our next step will be providing the estimated video processing time for your upload.
* Simpler HD Parameter: We want to give you more control over how your video looks, including the option of it being eye-blazingly clear (HD), so we’ve now added an official URL parameter (hd=1) for sharing HD links.
* Tweet Tweet: Everyone’s on The Twitter these days, so we’ve added a “share to Twitter” button under the Share options so you can easily send a video into your Twitterstream. (Feel free to change the prefilled text, if you like.) This was a big internal request, but we know many of you asked for it, too. We don’t currently shorten the Video URL automagically but hope to get to it down the road.
* Do You EDU? Educational Hub Launches: Using YouTube as a vehicle to democratize learning is one of the coolest, unintended outcomes of its existence. YouTube EDU is a volunteer project sparked by a group of employees who wanted to find a better way to collect and highlight all the great educational content being uploaded to YouTube by colleges and universities. We’ll feature some of these videos on the home page on Friday and elaborate further in a separate post on that day.
Result for: colleges and universities
Apple has finally fully launched its iTunes U platform in the UK, after the service has been successfully running in the US for some time.
For those unfamiliar, iTunes U uses the iTunes store to allow colleges and universities to “add learning and course content to for students to access anywhere.”
Apple says the service is “transforming learning in the classroom, outside the classroom, and where there’s no classroom at all”.
As with the iTunes store, users can search, download and play course content as if it were music or a movie.
Although the content is aimed at students, it is available to anyone who has the software installed, on both Macs and PCs. The content is also syncable to iPods and iPhones so students can take it with them to lunch or other activities.
So far, UK participants inlcude University College London, Trinity College Dublin and the Open University, with more set to sign up soon.