Tuesday, December 25, 2012

4 YouTube Services You May Not Be Aware Of

You may be using the best videos sharing website YouTube for years, but you may miss some nice features, offered by the site which are not obvious. Here are some tricks and recommendations on how to enhance your YouTube experience.


YouTube can be used as Internet Video/Radio station, providing endless playlist, filled with the music you love. Enter the name of your favorite band, artist, or even genre, and it will be created automatically at Disco channel.  It’s a great way of getting free music and just leaving it playing in the background.

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If you are interesting in getting on the top of the viewing trends and get instantly the best and the most viewed videos on YouTube, you can go through the Charts option that shows videos depending on the amount of views, ratings, comments etc. You can choose to view it by day, week, month, or by all time. It’s a great way of finding all the latest content with the crowd doing all the hard work to filter though the billions of videos for you.

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If you are not just a YouTube consumer, but also a content creator, you may find interesting the built-in YouTube options to make fresh animated videos without needing cameras, having to upload files or do any editing. The online free services and self explanatory and you can have a decent video made in less than 10 minutes.

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Ever got a video, where the view is rotated 90 degrees, or is shaky and unstable? With YouTube Editor, you do not need to edit and enhance your videos offline and then upload them. You can simply edit all your content online adding effects, transitions and cropping your videos as needed. You can even choose from YouTube’s library of approved songs to add to your video legally.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Cutting your Phone Bills with Jaxtr

When global economy turns South, or just your family budget gets tighter, you start looking for the opportunity to cut your bills: here and there. Cutting your phone bills is one of the first easy-to-use options to consider.

While there are multiple ways doing that, and some of them we have discussed already, I would like to present a descent way of following this path. Using the Jaxtr service, you can definitely save money for your communication services, especially if you talk and SMS a lot, and your plans are far from being unlimited.

With Jaxtr, you get free unlimited calls to about 50 countries around the World, and discounted rates for other locations. Rates are indeed low and competitive to the similar phone services, but in this post, I will focus exclusively on free calls.

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List of Supported Countries

  1. Argentina
  2. Australia
  3. Austria
  4. Bahrain
  5. Belgium
  6. Brazil
  7. Bulgaria
  8. Canada
  9. Chile
  10. China
  11. Croatia
  12. Republic of Cyprus
  13. Czech Republic
  14. Denmark
  15. El Salvador
  16. Estonia
  17. Finland
  18. France
  19. Germany
  20. Greece
  21. Hong Kong
  22. Hungary
  23. Ireland
  24. Israel
  25. Italy
  26. Japan
  27. Latvia
  28. Lithuania
  29. Luxembourg
  30. Malta
  31. Mexico
  32. Netherlands
  33. New Zealand
  34. Norway
  35. Panama
  36. Peru
  37. Poland
  38. Romania
  39. Singapore
  40. Slovakia
  41. Slovenia
  42. South Africa
  43. Spain
  44. Sweden
  45. Switzerland
  46. Thailand
  47. United Kingdom
  48. United States

How to Start?

  1. Navigate to the page: https://www.jaxtr.com/
  2. Enter your number to get local jaxtr number.
  3. Call the jaxtr number on your phone.
  4. Dial your destination number after the prompt and talk

Note that there is no need to download special software and the call may be initiated through the browser window.

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Talking for Free
  1. If you call a friend who is in a FreeConnect supported country, your friend receives an SMS notification with a local number to call and get connected to you.
  2. If you are a registered member, use the FreeConnect option by pressing "0" and then "2" after you hear the voice prompt when you call. If you are not a registered member, FreeConnect is automatically chosen for you.
  3. Stay on the phone and wait for your friend to call in.
  4. Once your friend calls in, you can talk for as long as you want at no charge from jaxtr. Note that your phone company regular charges still apply for the call to the jaxtr number.

Note that if your friend does not receive jaxtr's SMS notification, then you will need to inform your friend by other means (such as email, IM, or a direct call) of the local number to call to get connected to you. Jaxtr will not charge for this service, but your phone company's normal charges still apply. You always have the option to bypass the notification and get connected immediately at jaxtr's low rates by pressing "1" while you are holding.

The service is available for Windows, Android, iOS, and Blackberry platforms.

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