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A client media player can begin playing the data (such as a movie) before the entire file has been transmitted. Distinguishing delivery method from the media distributed applies specifically to telecommunications networks, as most other delivery systems are either inherently streaming (e.g., radio, television) or inherently nonstreaming (e.g., books, video cassettes, audio CDs). For example, in the 1930s, elevator music was among the earliest popularly available streaming media; nowadays Internet television is a common form of streamed media. The term "streaming media" can apply to media other than video and audio such as live closed captioning, ticker tape, and real-time text, which are all considered "streaming text". The term "streaming" was first used in the early 1990s as a better description for video on demand on IP networks; at the time such video was usually referred to as "store and forward video", which was misleading nomenclature.

Live streaming, which refers to content delivered live over the Internet, requires a camera for the media, an encoder to digitize the content, a media publisher, and a content delivery network to distribute and deliver the content.

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YouTube has reportedly launched a new design for its users that is inspired by the "card-like" design Google Now uses on many of its other web and mobile apps.

Google has come up with the design to highlight playlists by putting them front and center in the left sidebar.

According to Tech Crunch, the company also center-aligned the site to make it look better on any screen and give it a feeling similar to the mobile apps you're spending almost half your YouTube time with.

Meanwhile, YouTube also added new icons to the sidebar and introduced a new persistent menu button next to the company's logo in the top-left corner of the screen that will bring up the guide with playlists, subscriptions in the sidebar. 


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Apple corporation likes nothing better than a good tease, usually made during one of its grand, defining moments or timed with a special anniversary.

It is now all of 30 years since founder Steve Jobs unveiled the iconic Apple Mac. Trumpeting that success on its website, Apple reminds us that it “was designed to be so easy to use that people could actually use it”.

That sounds blindingly obvious nowadays, but back in 1984 personal computing wasn’t very personal. It was largely confined to an elite of academics and wealthy businesses.

The Macintosh 128K was the first mass-market personal computer to break the mould. It was also the first to feature a graphical user interface and mouse.

“It came with a promise - that the power of technology taken from a few and put in the hands of everyone, could change the world,” says Apple. “That promise has been kept. Today we create, connect, share, and learn in ways that were unimaginable 30 years ago.”

The hint is that Apple has something big up its sleeve that will keep the coffers flowing for the next few decades.

It will need it, if a flagging share price and Wall Street jitters are anything to go by. Although it is awash with cash - €142bn and rising - expectations among investors are so high that Apple cannot be seen to flounder, even for an instant.

Financial traders are more concerned about what Apple will do over the next few months than what they are planning in the years and decades ahead.

This year was to be Apple’s watershed in China, when a long-awaited deal to sell iPhone through China Mobile Ltd, the nation’s largest carrier, would claw back ground from rival Samsung.

Lower-than-expected pre-Christmas iPhone sales and a weak revenue forecast renewed fears about Chinese demand and a tepid global market, wiping 8% off Apple’s share price. The company also warned that revenues may fall in the first quarter of 2014. Apple has not posted a drop in quarterly revenues in more than a decade.

Since then, it has been buoyed by sales of the iPhone and iPad but this year a sense of urgency is growing, with trouble brewing on all sides.

Intense competition in China from Samsung as well as from local rivals like Huawei and Xiaomi is impeding its progress there.

“There’s no doubt that shipments (to China Mobile) are lower than almost anybody expected,” Pacific Crest Securities’ Andy Hargreaves told Reuters. Globally, “the high-end smartphone and tablet markets are saturated, and that’s not going to grow.”

There is a sense of back-to-the-future about all this. In 1995, the company was in trouble with sales of Macs dwindling and other manufacturers making cheaper and smarter products. It had to come up with something new. The funky iMac G3 did the trick and in 1998 Apple was posting profits again for the first time in three years.

The iPod followed in 2001 and the iPhone six years later, with the iPad in 2010 consolidating Apple’s position as the world’s most valuable technology company.

But investors are still not happy. The company forecast sales of to $44bn in the first quarter of this year, but Wall Street had expected even more - $46bn, on average.

So, will a new product do the business once again? There is a range of possibilities:

A bigger iPhone

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Facebook users in the US will soon be able to see which of their friends are nearby using a new feature the company is launching this week.

The “Nearby Friends” feature must be turned on by the user, so people shouldn’t expect to broadcast their location unknowingly. (ummm yeah...like we're supposed to believe that right?)

It will use your smartphone’s GPS system to tell your Facebook friends you are nearby - provided they have the feature turned on as well. Rather than share your exact location, it will show only that you are nearby, say, within half a mile. If you like, you can manually share a more precise location with a specific friend you’d like to meet up with. Friends can see where you’re located in a particular park, airport or city block. By default, your exact location will be shared for only an hour, although you can change this. (do you really want your "friends" to know your location?)

Nearby Friends launches amid the growing popularity of location-based mobile dating apps such as Tinder and Hinge. But unlike those apps, Facebook’s feature will let you meet up only with people who are already your friends.

Facebook, whose motto has long been “move fast and break things,” built a lot of precautions in this new tool as it tries to avoid privacy fiascos that often bubble up when it makes changes to its service. The new motto, “ship love,” is evident in the cautious rollout of Nearby Friends, said Jules Polonetsky, director of the Future of Privacy Forum, an industry-backed think tank in Washington. He has advised Facebook on privacy issues, including the latest feature.

He believes Facebook is showing “a deeper appreciation that with a billion users, any change needs to be implemented in a way that doesn’t surprise the audience.” That’s especially so when it comes to privacy, especially when it comes to location sharing. “Once you start bringing this to a mass audience, you need to be cautious,” Polonetsky said, “so inadvertent oversharing is not possible.”

Nearby Friends also won’t be available to users under 18, said Andrea Vaccari, a product manager at Facebook. He said the tool “makes it easy to join your friends in the real world.”

Of course, all the safeguards and slow rollout mean that most users won’t have the feature available right away on Thursday but rather in the coming weeks and months. Initially it will go to people who are likely to appreciate it, Vaccari said, such as people who have “checked in” to various restaurants, bars or other locations using Facebook.

Unlike with other features, Facebook isn’t forcing people to use Nearby Friends. Therefore, there is a possibility it won’t catch on widely. Vaccari is optimistic that it will.

Vaccari joined Facebook in 2012, when the company acquired Glancee, his startup service for meeting nearby people who have friends and interests in common. He has been working on the new feature since then.

Facebook employees have been testing Nearby Friends, and Vaccari cites ways it has helped people get together.  For example, when two people landed at the airport at the same time from different flights, they saw that they did through Nearby Friends and shared a ride home together. When two people were out shopping alone in San Francisco, they joined forces after seeing each other nearby.

Nearby Friends, Vaccari said, isn’t for the five to 10 close friends whom you feel comfortable texting or calling up to hang out. Rather, he said, it’s for the broader group of friends you enjoy spending time with but wouldn’t necessarily call. Nearby Friends may provide that extra push. Users can limit whom they share their location with to smaller groups of friends.

Users who sign up will be shown a short tutorial on how the feature works. Besides seeing friends who are nearby, users can also see which of their friends are traveling, and in general which friends are using the feature even if they are not nearby.

Facebook says there are no current plans to draw advertising revenue from Nearby Friends. The company says it does not currently target ads to users based on where they happen to be at the moment, but uses their stated “current city” and the location of their computer based on its numeric Internet Protocol address.

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