Back in the Summer of 2011, YouTube released version one of the YouTube Creator Playbook, a priceless resource for creators that outlined everything you needed to know about how to build a successful YouTube channel. In February of this year, they released an updated version, but a lot has changed on YouTube since February, both in terms of features and YouTube’s own strategy. To meet with these changes, YouTube has just released a brand new updated version of the Creator Playbook.
Today YouTube EDU hit a major milestone in the educational arena—they now host over 1,000 educational channels for viewers to learn from. To celebrate, they’ve launched a special YouTube EDU Creator Playbook Guide.
Box.net is one of many cloud file storage and sharing services available. It has provided mobile apps for Android phones, iPhone, iPad and BlackBerry. However, Box just released apps that work with Android tablets and the BlackBerry Playbook. Box’s redesigned mobile website using HTML5 now works with Windows Phone which does not have a Box native app.
One of Box’s unique features (compared to other cloud storage sites) is the ability to provide information about document updates. The HTML5 mobile site features:
- Updated user interface and improved interactivity
- Automatic page refresh
- Updated search
- View files and folders
- Share content
You can find the Android tablet compatible update on the Android market at:
RIM’s updated Facebook app for their PlayBook tablet is provided as part of the v1.0.5 PlayBook update. RIM claims it is the first tablet-optimized Facebook application. While a number of third-party iOS and Android developers may challenge that statement, it is true that it is the first Facebook tablet app developed by either a hardware vendor or Facebook itself. In fact, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said last year that The ipad isn’t mobile (Mashable) when asked why when an iPad Facebook app would be available. By generalization, I suppose the PlayBook and Android tablets are not mobile devices in Facebook’s world.
The big new Facebook for Playbook feature is the ability to upload video files. The other new features or enhancements are:
- Facebook Search enhancements
- Improved access to Pages
- Message deletion
- Photo Upload Album Selection
- News Feed improvements
RIM released a v1.0.5 update for their PlayBook tablet. It includes a number of interesting enhancements including what RIM calls the first tablet-optimized Facebook app.
Here’s what’s new in v1.0.5 for the PlayBook.
- Facebook for BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet Update
The app was formerly an optional download from BlackBerry App World. It is now part of the PlayBook’s bundled apps.
- In-App Payments Support
Apple introduced this feature last summer and Google starting providing their version a few months ago. In-app purchasing in a must in the current app world.
- PlayBook charging now more intelligent
The PlayBook can be charged when completely powered down now. The charging app will warn you if you plug in the wrong charger into the PlayBook. Touching the battery indicator now provides options to: Restart, turn off, place in standby or adjust screen brightness.
- Additional Language Support
French, Italian, Dutch, German, Spanish, and UK English.
- Video Chat Connectivity
Ability to connect when behind firewalls.
- Wi-Fi Hotspot Detection
- Headset Audio Boost
One of the main criticisms of RIM’s otherwise impressive tablet entry was its half-baked functionality that was dependent on a partnership with a BlackBerry phone for email, calendar, and contacts management. RIM appears to received this message loud and clear. After just a few weeks of being on the market, RIM has already announced that their PlayBook tablet will be getting its own email, calendar and contacts apps in the near future.
RIM’s Andrew Bocking, VP Handheld Software Product Management, demonstrates the upcoming PlayBook email app in this video provided by RIM. You can also see the calendar app for a few seconds at the 1:26 point of he video.
These PlayBook native apps are expected sometime this summer.
Video courtesy of BlackBerry
RIM Demos Core Apps, Android Apps on PlayBook (ReadWriteWeb)
Those of you who have worked with virtualized platforms will be familiar with the process RIM is using for their App Player. Based on what I saw in the video recording of the App Player demo provided by PocketBerry.com, the Android apps seemed to perform quickly and smoothly on the PlayBook. Android apps will be available through AppWorld for the PlayBook.
The question is though: If you are going to mostly run Android apps, wouldn’t you be better off with a good Android tablet?
Video courtesy of pocketberrydotcom
Frank McPherson discussed RIM’s announcement of Facebooka and video chat apps for the RIM PlayBook tablet.
This is part of a firmware update to the PlayBook which was released just a few weeks ago on April 19.
The v1.0.3 update will provide the following new features and enhancements in addition to the Facebook app and video chat that Frank mentioned earlier.
- BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) Support via BlackBerry Bridge: This enables status updates, photo sharing, and alerts
- Document Editing via BlackBerry Bridge: The lets a person use a PlayBook to edit documents on BlackBerry phone over Bluetooth
- Home Screen Browser Bookmarks
The v1.0.3 upgrade is available for the PlayBook starting today (May 3, 2011). The update must be performed over a WiFi connection and is said to take about 15 minutes to complete.
Because Apple has such a big lead in the still developing tablet computer market, challengers need their tablets to be different from the iPad in meaningful ways. The PlayBook from Research In Motion (RIM) does that most notably with the dependancy on Blackberry smartphones for email and calendaring functions, and today RIM announced another major difference from the iPad by announcing a Facebook app.