Shunal DokeSep 22, 2012 17:32:21 IST
Google is testing a new feature for its popular video sharing website, YouTube. According to PCMag, the new feature is currently in beta, and those interested can opt in through account settings. The new feature, called Video Questions Editor, allows you to add questions to your videos that the users have to answer.
Once activated, the Video Questions Editor can be seen on the edit bar on the video edit page. Once the questions get answers, the results can be seen by the account holders through the analytics for the video. The editor offers features such as the ability to give viewers hints for the questions if they pick the wrong answer.
Beta testing the Video Questions Editor
Recently, Google had released a new version of the YouTube app for iOS devices. The new YouTube app for the iPhone features thousands of additional videos, as well as improved features for finding videos and sharing videos on social networks.
Unlike the previous version of the YouTube iPhone app, the new version features online advertising, according to a Google spokesman.
Online ads generate the bulk of Google's revenue, and YouTube already offers ads on its mobile website and on the version of the app for Android smartphones.
Apple declared last month that its license to include the YouTube app in the iOS operating system used by the iPhone and iPad had ended.
The relationship between Google and Apple has frayed over the years, as the shift from PCs to mobile devices has increased the competition between the two companies. Earlier this year, Apple said it would dump Google's mapping software from its mobile devices.
YouTube has also been facing a lot of controversy in recent times. Saudi Arabia has threatened to block all access to YouTube inside the kingdom unless the site cuts local access to a film which mocks the Prophet Mohammad, state news agency SPA reported late on Tuesday.
YouTube owner Google has already blocked access to the film in Egypt, Libya, India and Indonesia after deadly protests in several countries, but it has rejected a request by the White House to pull it from the site altogether.
"In implementation of the directives of King Abdullah... (the regulator) contacted Google to block all electronic YouTube links containing the film and in the case of a failure to respond to this request, the regulator will block all access to YouTube (in Saudi Arabia)," a government statement carried by SPA said.
Along with Saudi Arabia, YouTube has also been facing problems in Pakistan. Pakistani Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf ordered the suspension of YouTube in the country on Monday over a video made in the United States which mocks the Prophet Mohammad and has enraged the Islamic world.
The move came hours after police fired in the air to disperse a crowd headed towards the U.S. Consulate in the city of Karachi to protest against the amateurish film.
Ashraf's office said in a statement that the Ministry of Information had been ordered to block YouTube so that the video could not be viewed.
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