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All posts tagged "YouTube"

  • Google is opening a YouTube Space studio in Mumbai

    Google has announced that its YouTube Space is coming to Mumbai, India soon, continuing its forceful entry in the country. Ask a video creator anywhere in the world and the common challenges are access to quality camera, audio, editing equipment and professional studios. YouTube creators and aspiring creators in India will now have a space to create their videos and will not have to be plagued by the everyday struggles of video creators. In Asia, India is one now amongst the top contributors when it comes to driving time spent on YouTube watching videos. India has a thriving film industry and...

  • Google revamps Google+, ends YouTube integration

    Hard as it tried, Google could never make Google+ cool, no matter how many features it added. And now, it seems, the Mountain View-based giant has admitted defeat. In an official blog post, the company admitted that though it “got certain things right”, it made mistakes, that in hindsight, it needed to rethink. Google+ Google is not completely putting an end to Google+ but instead morphing into other features and apps, stripping it of what makes it confusing and making it more focused. “We're going to continue focusing Google+ on helping users connect around the interest they love, and retire...

  • Are Facebook’s video views closing in on YouTube’s?

    A new survey by Ampere Analysis suggests that Facebook video views are growing so fast that they could catch up with YouTube’s in a few years. YouTube has long reigned as the king when it comes to watching videos online. Its video views reach billions. But of late Facebook and Twitter have made strides in catering for video playback in their own platforms. Facebook has made its intentions about hosting video clear, partnering with NFL and Fox Sports. And it would seem that it is now paying off. Earlier this year, Facebook revealed that in just one year, the number...

  • YouTube’s new ‘Music Insights’ tells artist in which city they are most popular

    YouTube has introduced a new tool for artists. Called Music insights, its function is to give artists data about where their music is being viewed the most. YouTube says this data can help artists create opportunities for both themselves and fans. Music insights is part of the recently launched YouTube for Artists site. The company says that the new tool will not only help artist grow their community on YouTube but can also help them grow it offline. The kind of data that artist can obtain from music insights includes data on which cities around the world is the artist...

  • YouTube turns ten, throws itself an epic birthday party [video]

    Any other 10-year-old would have their parents organise a birthday party, invite friends, and hire a jumping castle. Not YouTube. On its tenth birthday the Google-owned video platform threw itself a party and released The A-Z of YouTube: Celebrating 10 Years video. Of course it's a video. In May, 10 years ago, YouTube launched in beta. It is unimaginable what the response to it would have been like but nonetheless, today it is the biggest single volt for videos of everything one can think of. YouTube claims Three hundred hours of video are uploaded every minute and has one billion users. Since...

  • YouTube’s VP9 codec has enabled users to watch 25bn hours of faster, better, buffer-free videos

    YouTube has revealed that video buffering is no longer a thing. Thanks to the VP9 video codec, which is the default codec for YouTube’s HTML5 video player, YouTube claims that its users have already watched more than 25-billion hours of video, and all of these in HD. The VP9 codec is designed to bring HD and even 4K (2160p) quality at half the bandwidth used by other known codecs, making watching movies or videos on YouTube an awesome experience. Videos have always been compressed on YouTube because it is not possible to play them at the rate in which...

  • This dark short film shows that Power Rangers is all about child soldiery

    A fresh yet dark take on the classic Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers saga features North Korea-punching, cussing, child soldiery and some other super controversial issues never really touched on in the original series. Heck, the opening scene involves a guy punching a woman chained to a chair. "We were children, asked to fight an inter-galactic war against an enemy we've never met. Let's stop pretending that our side stood on some moral high ground," says Dawson’s Creek actor James Van Der Beek who plays Red Ranger Rocky. He's got the actress, Katee Sackhoff, from Battlestar Galactica tied up to a...

  • YouTube Kids debuts next week to focus on family entertainment, elearning

    With a new app in the pipeline, YouTube is gearing up to tap into the online family entertainment sector, which is reportedly showing four times more growth in viewership than your average YouTube video. The new Android app called YouTube Kids, to be launched on 23 February, will feature a simple-to-use interface that rids the viewer of trolls a comments section, among other potential distractions. There will also be a parental-control feature, but instead of just filtering certain content, adults will be able to limit the screen time their kiddies spend with the app. When time runs out, the app asks...

  • Whoops! YouTube discovers hidden porn in Irish language videos

    In the last few years, YouTube has taken a serious stand against pornography. As its community guidelines clearly state: YouTube is not for pornography or sexually explicit content. If this describes your video, even if it's a video of yourself, don't post it on YouTube. Also, be advised that we work closely with law enforcement and we report child exploitation. Please read our Safety Center and stay safe on YouTube. That last rule and warning echoes that of parent company Google which last year started working with authorities to track down child abuse images in Gmail. Still, this hasn't stopped users from...

  • Facebook, Twitter report record figures for Super Bowl 49 posts

    Data from Facebook and Twitter has revealed record amounts of activity across both social networks during the Super Bowl. While the event is about as American as you can hope to get, but global interest in the event is growing rapidly. Small wonder then that Super Bowl 49, which the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots contested, was the biggest and most talked about Super Bowl in Facebook history. Facebook has revealed that more than 65-million people (15-million more than last year) took to the social network to discuss the Super Bowl, conjuring up 265 million posts, comments, and likes....

  • YouTube introduces video offline playback for Android

    Google has introduced offline video playback for YouTube mobile users. This feature is only available on Android devices in India, Indonesia and the Philippines for now and Google is not giving a time for when it will roll out to other places. Videos that support playback will include an offline icon which offers a choice of playback. Once cached, the videos selected for offline playback will be available to watch without internet access for up to 48 hours. Google explained on its blog why the service is being released in Asia Asia has proven itself to be a mobile-first world...

  • YouTube now allows users to check copyrighted music before uploading a video

    Google has launched a new feature in the YouTube Audio Library which allows content creators who use copyrighted music to see what will happen to their videos before they upload them and not as it has been, after. Before this there was no warning at all, all that happened was that if the song had been taken down, one would be confronted by a blank video. Beginning yesterday, when users uploads a video to YouTube, its Content ID system will automatically try to figure out if you’re using any copyrighted music in it. This service will allow artist and labels...

  • Watch Lion’s Head ablaze in this beautiful but haunting timelapse [Video]

    Although we love to braai as a nation, as a city, Cape Town simply loathes fires. Since the dramatic blaze of 2006 that came close to claiming the city centre, and in the end, claimed much of Table Mountain, the city has taken extended measures to prevent wildfires in the hot and windy season of summer. Sometimes even the best human efforts are fruitless in the face of nature. One example was this week's blaze on Lion's Head. It was eventually extinguished in the late hours of 2 December, it left a brown scar on the mountain (and it wasn't best...

  • Google plans to revamp its products for kids

    Beginning next year, though the exact time has not been specified, Google plans to create specific versions of its most popular products for Googlers aged 12 and younger. The products that are likely to see change are YouTube and its evergreen search engine. Pavni Diwanji, the vice president of engineering charged with leading the new initiative, said: "We want to lay the foundation right, and then make sure every single part of Google is great for kids. They are the future, so why not give them the tools to let them create it." Google processes 40 000 search queries a second,...

  • YouTube finally introduces its ad-free subscription service for music

    Used by over a billion people each month, YouTube has finally introduced Music Key -- an ad-free music subscription service for your computer, tablet or smartphone. While the Google-owned service will only be available to the US, Britain and a selected few European countries, it's something worth looking forward to. Similar to what similar services like Spotify offer, by paying the promotional price of US$8 per month (discounted from US$10), you can jam YouTube songs in the background while you're busy with other apps and tasks as well as when you're offline. You'll also get a subscription to Google Play...