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  • 20 of South Africa’s biggest YouTube personalities by the numbers [Digital All-Stars]

    Digital All Stars is a series of articles which aims to celebrate the best of South African digital. The articles, which will appear on Memeburn and Ventureburn, recognise and celebrate South Africa’s best digital entrepreneurs, business people, advertisers, and media professionals among others. Sure, data might be expensive and smartphones haven't reached everyone just yet, but that hasn't stopped South Africans from taking to video in a massive way over the past several years. We aren't just a nation of YouTube viewers though, because we also play host to a fascinating variety of South African YouTubers. So who are the biggest players in South...

  • YouTube now supports HDR videos by anyone

    YouTube has traditionally been pretty quick about supporting new video standards (for the most part), and now HDR joins 60FPS, 4K, 360 video and other options on the video-streaming service. The company published a blog post, detailing the new development and outlining the benefits. "Today we are adding support for High Dynamic Range (HDR) videos on YouTube. HDR videos have higher contrast, revealing precise, detailed shadows and stunning highlights with more clarity than ever. Support for wide colour gamut means colours are more vibrant. Simply put, HDR unlocks the most spectacular image quality we've ever streamed." YouTube now allows anyone to upload...

  • YouTube gets pinned comments, cute ‘creator hearts’

    If you were to give the internet an enema, you'd probably stick the hose in YouTube's comments section. Between the racism, sexism and trolls, it can be a rather toxic place. But Google is continuing its push to gussy up the service, introducing pinned comments and several other features in the process. YouTube uploaders can now pin comments on videos, allowing you to "highlight great engagement from your fans or share information with your audience", the company wrote on its Creator blog. That's not the only way you can show love to your favourite comments, as the team has implemented the ability...

  • It’s fascinating to watch a YouTuber grow up online

    We've all seen those "dude takes a picture every day for five years" type of YouTube videos, but it's incredibly fascinating to watch the process happen to an actual YouTuber over the years. In fact, do yourself a favour and check out Remy Mumby's Food Oddities channel from beginning to end. The YouTuber started his channel in 2008 at the age of eight, filming himself eating quirky and sometimes disgusting snacks. This includes everything from armadillos and wasp cookies to Balut and guinea pig. Fast-forward eight years and, well, you have an unintentional growth chart in YouTube form. It really drives home the effect of the internet era on...

  • Google buys branded content platform FameBit

    Marketing and branded content platform FameBit has this week been acquired by Google. This is in an attempt to bring brands and creators, especially YouTube content creators, closer to realising the potential for collaboration. The financial details of the deal is unknown. Santa Monica- based FameBit, now three years old, has over 45 000 creators under its belt. Those creators have a combined reach of 3.3-billion individuals. They've generated more than 406-million views as well as 1.5-billion minutes in watch-time. Famebit will bolster Google's YouTube platform, making it easier for creators and brands to partner "Every day we see more brands grow, transform and...

  • YouTube Go turns YouTube into offline video portal

    Google's latest app YouTube Go, aims to make it easier for those with limited connectivity to watch videos offline. YouTube Go will initially launch in India, and according to the company, its team has travelled the country to better understand its peoples' requirements. But while the app will head to the Asian subcontinent first, the advantages for Africa and other data-stretched lands are clear to see. YouTube Go will allow users to save videos for offline viewing, while allowing them to choose the video quality and file size. It effectively means that YouTube is now a portable, offline video repository. YouTube Go is...

  • YouTube goes social, launches a community tab for creators

    YouTube is now going beyond being a video-sharing platform and is implementing a community tab that is meant to strengthen the bond between creators and their viewers. The feature is currently in beta but the company hopes that in the coming months it will be launched to a wider community. "You've grown up together, laughed together, and done incredible things together, from shifting attitudes about gay rights to volunteering millions of dollars toward important charitable causes," YouTube says. Up until now, viewers could only interact with YouTubers on the comments section which we all know is a haven for abuse. With the community...

  • YouTube censorship: what’s all the big fuss about?

    If you haven't heard by now, YouTube content creators have been up in arms this week as their old videos will no longer gain revenue through YouTube's advertising. The move on YouTube's part is the result of non-compliance with the video-sharing website's old but "new" advertising policies. YouTube's advertising policies state that content containing the below are "not advertiser friendly". This was posted by well-known YouTuber and one of the loudest voices hitting back at YouTube for their actions, Phillip DeFranco. Many creators, like Franco, have been hit with notices about their older content being demonetised by the site's "improved" notification system. Update:...

  • Avalanche rocking Himalayas peak caught on YouTube

    Climbing any of the the Himalayas' many peaks is dangerous enough, but what if you throw an errant avalanche into the mix? Well, you get a pretty awesome video, and a bunch of lucky hikers. Uploaded on 2 September and spotted by Traveller24, this particular video by YouTuber tmcanoe spies an avalanche rolling down a peak's face in the Tibetan range, creating a rather frightening thunder as it goes as well. The peak in question is 6000m Z1 in Zanskar, Tibet, which according to other hikers, has a history of randomly dropping lots of snow down its cliffs. This particular avalanche...

  • PewDiePie tweets about ISIS, gets account suspended

    There's never a dull moment in the life of Felix Kjellberg aka PewDiePie, and that usually extends to his YouTube videos. But the infamous streamer has landed himself in hot water with Twitter and "America" for removing his verification tick on Twitter. The YouTube star's Twitter account endured a few ups and downs yesterday. Sequence of events PewDiePie, according to a vlog, had his Twitter verification tick removed from his account, instead replacing it with a globe. After this, a news source masquerading as Sky News tweeted a fake article suggesting that the star's verification was removed "due to suspected relations with...

  • YouTube Backstage is Google’s incoming Facebook rival

    Does Google have plans to turn YouTube into a Facebook pretender? According to a report by VentureBeat, yes. Dubbed YouTube Backstage, the feature will bring a social media element to the video sharing and hosting site. The report suggests that Backstage will let users share "photos, polls, links, text posts, and videos with their subscribers". Much like Facebook's Timeline, Backstage's content will also be displayed in reverse chronological order, and will become an integral part of the YouTube channel layout. It's set to gain its own top tab too. YouTube Backstage will bring Facebook-like content to Google's video platform This isn't simply a...

  • YouTube Live: 4 ways businesses can use Google’s streaming app

    Faced with stiff competition from Facebook, Twitter, and a handful of upstarts, Google-owned YouTube has announced it will be adding a live mobile streaming option to its own native app. This is according to YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki and other company officials. Introducing YouTube Live: Google's mobile streaming app Over the past 15-odd months, such platforms as Periscope, Facebook Live, and Meerkat have risen from obscurity and quickly become some of the hottest social networking platforms on the internet. And though YouTube has had live streaming features on its desktop platform for years, the company has been noticeably absent in terms...

  • Liverpool to livestream friendly football match on YouTube in 360 degrees

    Liverpool might not've had a stellar campaign in the last Premier League football season, but the club is at least spending time on new technologies to entertain its fans. In its latest exploits, the club will broadcast its friendly match tonight against Huddersfield Town in full 360 degrees on YouTube. Accoring to a press release, the camera "will allow users to control the view of the camera from the halfway line and look around the field of view or behind at the fans." It'll also be accompanied by commentary from LFCTV. Related: 7 gorgeous 360 degree videos that will ignite your wanderlust "We...

  • Discovering YouTube: 6 binge-worthy YouTube channels for cinema lovers

    Education and entertainment are two faculties that aren't usually seen together, except perhaps on YouTube. Using this as a lens for our latest series -- Discovering YouTube -- we take you on a journey through some of the channels you may just want to subscribe to. It wouldn't be farfetched to claim that movies were the purveyors of popular culture well before the internet was born. Even to this day, motion pictures add to our perceptions and constructs about the world, the reaction memes we use online, and perhaps even the way we think about ourselves. Although watching Game Of...

  • Family car in Kruger National Park smashed by stampeding buffalo

    South Africa's famous Kruger National Park can be navigated using personal vehicles, which makes impromptu animal sightings a fairly frequent occurrence. Although these tw0 YouTube videos depict a little more than a simple "sighting." The initial video was filmed by the car behind's dash cam, and shows a Volkswagen Polo sedan slowing to a stop to let a herd of buffalo cross the road. After the buffalo passed the car, it trundles forward slightly, which was probably the worst decision in hindsight. Spooked by two male lions, the herd storms back across the road and into the car, now parked in...