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The way Logitech sees it, setting up a video-conferencing system for your office shouldn’t be a choice between a high-end system that costs thousands of dollars and a laptop’s built-in camera that everyone crowds around. The latest version of the company’s conference-camera product, the $999 Logitech Group, combines an HD video camera and full-duplex speakerphone.

Slated for an early March release, Logitech Group is designed for conferences containing up to 14 people. Add a $300 set of optional expansion microphones to the setup, and you can fit 20 people in on a conference.

Those participating in a video conference will be staring at a 1080p camera with a 90-degree field of view and pan-and-tilt controls. On-board H.264 with scalable video coding aims to provide a smoother video stream, according to Logitech. The camera connects to an existing Mac or PC via USB, which should simplify installation.

Logitech focuses on the hardware. In terms of software, Logitech Group works with video-conferencing tools your office is likely to already be using. Logitech says its latest conference camera works with Microsoft Lync, Skype, Jabber, WebEx and BlueJeans.

‘We’re trying to create a simple product that competes with higher-end options,’ said Scott Wharton, Logitech vice president and general manager for video collaboration.

Logitech Group replaces Logitech’s previous conference-camera offering, the lyrically named CC3000e. This version promises audio improvements with four omnidirectional microphones instead of just one. The microphones use beamforming and noise-canceling technology for clearer conversations. That expansion microphone option is also new, increasing the range of the speakerphone to a 28-foot diameter from 20 feet.

I briefly got a chance to see the Logitech Group in action. Video looked clean and crisp, even when the camera zoomed in on something in the meeting room. I think offices will be just as impressed with the simple setup process, which is a matter of plugging in the camera and phone rather than going through an elaborate installation routine.

‘You don’t need an IT department,’ Wharton said of the setup process.

Playingis generally a blast. Watching other people enjoy VR on the web? Not so much, as viewers are often stuck looking at disembodied hands and a shaky first-person headset feed. 

Fortunately, the folks at VReal are out to change that. A livestreaming platform for, VReal allows broadcasters to immerse their viewers in their VR livestreams, turning fans into active participants rather than bored bystanders.

While I was experiencing VReal natively on the company’s app with a virtual reality headset on, the service also promises to make VR streams more exciting for folks watching on places likeand. VReal users can set up virtual cameras within the game world, meaning you’ll be able to watch the action from angles chosen by the broadcaster, and won’t be stuck watching the first-person perspective coming out of their headset.

Because of this, the company noted, you can essentially have a multi-person camera crew setting up the perfect shots from within whatever VR game or app you want to show to the world. You can already get a taste of how this works on, a weekly Twitch show in which broadcasters compete for high scores in Surgeon Simulator. It’s much closer to a full TV production than the static VR streams you currently see on Twitch.

VReal will be available widely later this year, and will be free to use for both streamers and viewers. As someone who gets most of their entertainment from Twitch and YouTube, I’m very eager to see the kind of immersive broadcasts that come out of the service – from both inside of a VR headset and on my plain old monitor.

As of tomorrow (May 22),, and it will also cost 20 percent more, moving to $11.99 per month from $9.99 per month. But you don’t have to pay that higher price to get the perks that Premium will offer, if you act fast.

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Existing subscribers, as well as those who subscribe today (May 21), before the change, will get to keep the current $9.99 per month pricing. Of course, that’s always subject to change, as month-to-month billing means that YouTube can change its mind at some point in the future.

, the price is more than worth it for me. Not only does the service give you an ad-free YouTube — getting rid of car insurance ads alone is incredible — but it also allows you to save videos for watching offline, which I take advantage of during my commute and on trips.

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Another major perk of YouTube Red is listening to clips in the background on mobile devices, so you can multitask and not lose the thread. You also get access to YouTube Originals, such as Cobra Kai (the Karate Kid reboot) and the upcoming animated series Dallas & Robo, which tells the story of a boozy space trucker and her robot partner, voiced, respectively, by Kat Dennings and John Cena.

Also, if you subscribe to YouTube Red before the switchover, you also get Google Play Music, a streaming music service.

The transition from YouTube Red to YouTube Premium is a part of the launch of YouTube Music, the service’s new competitor, which is is launching in both free and paid ($9.99 per month to get rid of ads) tiers. YouTube Premium will cost more, in part, because it includes YouTube Music Premium.

Oh, what a night. Yesterday evening, Skype for iPad cropped up in the App Store and was available for download. However, not too long after, it was pulled. The official Skype Twitter account acknowledged that the app had been pushed live but said it was an accidental launch.

‘To ensure your best Skype experience, we’ve temporarily removed Skype for iPad which went live prematurely today,’ the company said at about midnight last night, adding, ‘We know you’ve been eagerly awaiting Skype for iPad and apologize for the inconvenience.’

Fortunately, for those of you not quick enough to nab the app during the short time it was live, Skype seems to have decided that the iPad app is ready for public consumption after all.

‘Finally, Skype for iPad is now available,’ the company tweeted this morning.

In a blog post published at the same time, Skype’s Rick Osterloh, Head of Product Management, said that two-way video calling, instant messaging, contacts, navigation and SMS-messaging had all been optimized for iPad. Users will also be able to switch between the iPad’s front-facing and rear-facing cameras depending on what they want the caller to see. The app is free and will work over both WiFi and 3G.

Check the video below for a demo:

If you frequently send and receive video messages via Skype and wish there were a way to download the clips to your phone, a new update might just make your day.

The latest version of Skype for Android lets you save video messages you’ve sent and received to your gallery so you can keep them for posterity (or blackmail). It’s only available for video messages, meaning clips that you send to your friends over Skype IM, not the video calls you make.

  1. Update to the latest version of(6.11) on your Android device.
  2. Long press the video you want to save in the conversation window.
  3. Select Save To Gallery.
  4. Open your Movies or Videos folder on your phone to find the clip.

Looking to learn a new language kills beginners’ time. We heard your voice, and here is the curated list of best resources to learn Python.

This article helps you to find the beginner-friendly resources to learn the most popular programming language – Python.

Why should we learn Python?

Many people now want to learn the, i.e., Python. Some of them have a reason, and others don’t.

Before going to learn any programming language, question yourself that why are you going to learn it? This question gives you some clarity. And know what can you do if you teach yourself that programming language. Most probably, those two questions provide a clear idea about the plans for learning it.

It’s a good practice to know the features of programming language that you are interested to learn. And what works it can do for you? We are going to see all of them.

What is Python?

is a high-level, interpreted, and open-source language. Python supports both object-oriented and procedural programming paradigms.

Why is Python so popular?

Let’s see the features of Python, which make it one of the top programming languages.

English like Syntax

The syntax of Python is so comfortable for beginners. If you read the Python code, you will get the feeling of reading English. It reduced the stress to remember the syntax. If you don’t believe me see the below code snippet.

a = 1b = 1if a is b:	print('Hi')a = 2000print('Yeah!') if a % 2 == 0 else print('No!')

You will get to know the greatness of the Python once you get into it.

Libraries

Python comes with a bulk number of built-in modules and libraries. There is anfor Python programming language. Modules and libraries make the life of a programmer easier. They help to solve problems that can’t be solved with the standard features of Python.

Dynamically Typed

It’s a dynamically typed language. We don’t have to worry about the declarations of the variables in coding. If you see other programming languages like C, C++, Java, etc.., we have to declare the variables using any one of the data types supported by that programming language. See example code in language.

#include <stdio.h>int main() {	int a = 1;	printf('%d', a);	return 0;}

Let’s see the same code in Python.

a = 1print(a)

Python will automatically take the type of the variable based on the value. It reduced a lot of time for developers. We don’t have to worry about the kind of data. Just Assign it.

Portability

Python follows the programming proverb, i.e., Code Once Run Anywhere. We can use the Python on any platform. You need only Python to run any Python code. Python doesn’t care about your platform.

Those are the most popular features of Python. It has a lot of other features that will help to achieve your goals in the development.

What can we do with Python?

We can use Python in most of the software fields. Let’s see the standard and most used areas of Python.

Machine Learning and Data Science

Python is preferred for machine learning and data science.

We can compute the complicated math equations using Python with effortless. We have libraries like pandas, numpy, matplotlib, etc.., which helps machine learning engineers and data scientists.

Web Development

There are frameworks out there for web development in Python.

The most popular web frameworks for Python are Django and Flask.is a more robust framework than Flask. You can develop a simple website to complex web application using these frameworks.  Both frameworks are beginner-friendly and easy to learn with the documentation.

Web Scraping

Web scraping is one of the main areas of Python.

We can make web crawlers in Python with a library called scrapy, BeautifulSoup4, andfor scraping the data.

Scripting

You can do literally anything to automate repetitive sysadmin tasks.

  • Interacting with OS (Windows, UNIX, etc.)
  • Performing maintenance
  • Deploying an application
  • Website testing
  • Downloading data

We can also use the Python for GUI (Graphical User Interface) development, Games development with PyGameNetwork programming, etc.., You can get a chance to explore the world of Python once you get started.

I hope you get an idea of why Python is getting so much popularity. For a growing language like Python will have many resources (paid and free) to learn. That’s a problem for beginners like me (once). We have many options to learn Python. That’s so confusing.

But don’t worry, the following are carefully curated.

Video Courses

We have many websites that provide video courses for free and fee. Let’s see the best courses from them.

Udemy

Udemy is a website that provides online video courses at a nominal price.

You will find a lot of courses available to learn Python. The most popular that is beginner-friendly, and less cost is

You will get a completion certificate after the completion. But, it doesn’t add any value to your resume. The knowledge that you get from the course is matters, not the certificates.

Go to the course and check the content and what you learn from the course. If you are satisfied with the course structure and preview videos, go for it.

edX

is taught by Georgia Tech. It’s a certification program that can take approx 5 months by spending 9-10 hours a week.

You are expected to learn fundamentals, control structure, data structure, objects, and algorithms.

Introduction

offers an introduction to Python for data science. The course content is focused on data analysis and scientific computing with NumPy.

You require to have around 4 hours to complete this course and you can take it anytime from anywhere. You’ll learn various data science tools to store, analyze, and manipulate the data. If you are aiming for a data scientists then this is a must.

TalkPython Training

TalkPython training is a course that teaches Python by building projects.

You can learn how to do projects in Python along with the syntax of Python. After completion of this course, you can work on your projects in Python. The course isThe course costs $69 for lifetime access.

Before going to take any paid course, check the outline and content of the course.

YouTube Channel

A beginner-friendlythat is completely FREE.

Websites

Some of you may not like the video courses. If you like reading, then this section is for you.

W3Schools

W3Schools is famous for web development. But in recent times, added new tutorials like Python, Java, C++, C#, etc.., You can find the tutorials. The tutorials are completely free and help you learn the Python without any efforts.

Programiz

The tutorials on Programiz are easy to understand and learn. We will find a lot of examples for each concept in the tutorials. It also provides an online interpreter to work with Python. You can see the course

Educative

Educative is a premium learning platform. You access the course.

You will learn all the basics of Python and will get enough knowledge to improve your Python skills further.

After the completion of basics on the educative, you will find a lot of other courses to take your Python skills to the next.

Books

If you like to read books, then this section is for you. We are going to see the most popular books to learn Python.

Python Crash Course

Python Crash Course book naturally teaches you Python. You can also work on some projects in the book. Eric Matthes, the author walks you through different types of projects like game developing, data visualization, etc.., You can find it on the.

Head First Python

Head First Python is a book that teaches Python without getting boring. As the name suggests, it is a brain-friendly book for learning the Python. You can get the book from.

Automation

If you want to learn practical things using Python, then this is the best book for you. The book walks through the concepts of Python using practical examples. At the end of this, you can create your projects with the knowledge you got from the book. You can order this book from.

This book is also available on.

Learning Python

Learning Python, 5th Edition, is one the most popular Python books from the O’Reilly publications. You will in-depth knowledge using this book. You can buy the book from.

Conclusion

Go through the previews of any courses before getting started. It helps a lot. If you like the way that the author explaining things, then go for it. We have plenty of options to learn Python.

You may also refer to the official. As a beginner, you may feel it difficult to start with the official documentation. So, I suggest you take anyone from the mentioned list in the article.

I hope you find some useful resources to start your journey as a Python programmer.

Happy Learning 🙂

We first heard about the PlayBook well over a year ago and the device was first shown off in September of last year. It’s been a long and winding road since then, but the device is finally available for purchase in U.S. and Canadian stores as of today.

The run-up to the availability of this RIM tablet has been peppered with unveiling of many similar (and some quite impressive) devices from competing companies. Of course, the iPad 2 has been out for a while, but customers in the market for a tablet will also be considering the Motorola Xoom, the not-yet-released Asus’ EeePad Transformer, the upcoming Galaxy Tab 10, the LG Optimus Pad, Acer’s new line of tablets, and a whole ream of other slates and tabs either already available or promised for the very near future. To say it’s up against some stiff competition would be a huge understatement.

The PlayBook has come under fire for the fact that it won’t be shipping with a native email, contacts or calendar applications. These features are available for users pairing their RIM device with their BlackBerry phone, but those without a BlackBerry will have to wait until RIM release native apps for these missing PIM functions.

Despite this, the Wall Street Journal cites retailers that say the device is seeing ‘steady’ sales. Sears in Toronto told the newspaper that though it didn’t compare to iPad frenzy, there were a handful of people waiting to buy the PlayBook at 7am this morning. Similarly a Best Buy in Boston also said people were waiting outside for the store to open. In the Stapes on Broadway in New York City, all 10 PlayBooks in stock were sold out within a couple of hours. A salesperson told the Wall Street Journal they were placing customer orders online. However, in Akron, Ohio, sales had yet to even start by late morning. Just before noon, a Best Buy situated there told WSJ that despite advance orders, they hadn’t sold a single unit.

Did you buy a BlackBerry PlayBook? Are you also a BlackBerry owner? Let us know in the comments below!

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If you want to get serious about, you’re going to need a high-quality microphone.

But many of the best mics out there are pretty bulky, which is a problem for streamers who travel often — or simply don’t want a big microphone taking up a chunk of their camera feed. That’s where Razer’s new $99 Seiren X comes in.

The Seiren X uses what Razer calls a ‘Super Cardoid’ pickup pattern, which is designed to record your voice with precision while filtering out unwanted noise. However, when comparing voice recordings between the Seiren X and the Yeti’s Cardoid mode, I noticed that Razer’s microphone let in a lot more background noise. The Seiren X did pick my voice up with decent clarity, but it might not be the best mic out there for recording in noisy environments.

While the Seiren doesn’t have all the features or overall quality of the $129 Yeti, it’s also $30 cheaper. And its portability really is killer, especially for on-the-go streamers who want something a little more robust than, say, the $36 Samson Go Mic.

The Seiren X is launching alongside, which is the first USB webcam with a built-in ring light for illuminating your face (my colleague Andrew Freedman loved it; check out his review here). Between the Seiren and the Kiyo, Razer seems fully committed to solving some very specific problems for aspiring Twitch and YouTube stars, and we’re eager to see what the gaming giant cooks up for broadcasters next.

Image Credit: Mike Andronico/Tom’s Guide

9to5Mac isthat Apple is currently working on an in-house radio application for the iPhone and iPod Touch. This application will supposedly run in the background and offer the same features as the FM radio seen on the new iPod Nano. There’s even mention that the app will feature Live Pause functionality.

Both the iPhone 3GS and the iPod 3G have an FM transmitter and receiver installed, however currently there are no apps to activate the latent hardware. The same holds true with the iPhone and iPod Touch 2G, however these models have FM radio receivers only. Apple previously performed the same stunt with the dormant Bluetooth hardware, activating the tech long after the devices hit the market.

9to5Mac added that Apple is currently attempting to integrate the Mobile iTunes Store purchase functionality into the radio app using Song Tagging, thus delaying its release. The site provides an example on how the tagging will work: users will hear a song on the radio and can then push a button to pull up and purchase the tune in the iTunes Store. Of course, this will only work if the station supports Song Tagging.

As seen, the iPod Touch 2G features Broadcom’sWi-Fi and Bluetooth chip. The company’s overview clearly reveals that the chip has a built-in FM receiver in addition to the integrated IEEE 802.11a/b/g and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR.