YouTube Flash HTML5 Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs gets vindicated one last time

By on January 28, 2015 at 1:50 PM.

Steve Jobs gets vindicated one last time

Steve Jobs didn’t get everything right, but it would be hard for anyone at this point to question his decision to keep Flash off of iOS devices. Softpedia notes that YouTube has now moved away from Flash and has made HTML5 its primary technology for delivering videos, which marks a posthumous victory for Apple cofounder Steve Jobs that’s been years in the making. More →

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Google Acquisitions

The 10 most expensive acquisitions Google has ever made

By on January 20, 2015 at 3:36 PM.

The 10 most expensive acquisitions Google has ever made

Google’s massive annual revenues are achieved thanks largely to its advertising network, but did you know the key acquisition the company made to build the network it runs today was only its third-largest acquisition? Did you know that YouTube, the biggest video network on the planet and the second most trafficked website in the world (behind google.com), was only Google’s fourth most expensive deal?

The Mountain View, California-based company has a long history of spending huge sums of money on big forward-looking bets. Some of those bets pay off in a huge way, obviously, while others never really end up panning out. Let’s take a look back at the 10 biggest acquisitions Google has ever made. More →

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Video Molten Lava Flow

This close-up video of molten lava spilling into the ocean is mesmerizing

By on January 15, 2015 at 12:28 PM.

This close-up video of molten lava spilling into the ocean is mesmerizing

As Internet-addicted shut-ins, many of us don’t spend enough time exploring nature in all of its glory. Thankfully, YouTube gives us a window through which we can view the outside world, as is the case with this unbelievable video of molten lava spilling into the ocean. More →

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Jimmy Fallon and Nicole Kidman Funny Date Video

The funniest thing you’ll see all day: How video games cost Jimmy Fallon a date with Nicole Kidman

By on January 8, 2015 at 1:10 PM.

The funniest thing you’ll see all day: How video games cost Jimmy Fallon a date with Nicole Kidman

We’re used to seeing The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon do plenty of funny tech-related bits, some funnier than others, so it’s not surprising to find out the star sort-of chose video games and other distractions over actually paying attention to Nicole Kidman when the two first met. More →

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Take GIF From YouTube Video

How to easily create a GIF from any YouTube video

By on December 31, 2014 at 3:20 PM.

How to easily create a GIF from any YouTube video

I haven’t been thrilled with many of the additions and enhancements to YouTube over the past year or so, which have resulted in an inexplicable and gratuitous amount of unused white space and made it more difficult than ever to find interesting videos related to the stuff I like watching, but there’s one update I can get on board with: the new GIF creation tool. More →

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Best Viral Videos 2014

Scary video shows what it’s like to hit a deer while going 30 mph on a bicycle

By on December 17, 2014 at 12:20 PM.

Scary video shows what it’s like to hit a deer while going 30 mph on a bicycle

There’s nothing more refreshing than zipping downhill on a bicycle at a high speed… until a woodland creature suddenly leaps out in front of you and you crash into it. YouTube user Silas Patlove was riding his bike down a fairly steep slope around Sausalito, California when all of a sudden a deer jumped onto the road. He crashed into the animal and flew off his bike… and his bike’s Fly6 camera caught it all. More →

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YouTube Update

Google just completely overhauled the design of its YouTube app and it looks stunning

By on December 11, 2014 at 11:05 AM.

Google just completely overhauled the design of its YouTube app and it looks stunning

The look and feel of Google’s “Material Design” in Android 5.0 Lollipop is fantastic. We have covered it at length here on BGR — see our review of Google’s Nexus 9 for a good overview. The basic idea is to unify Google’s apps on mobile devices and the web with a bold new look characterized by bright colors and subtle shadows. Material Design also gives developers a set of guidelines to follow that will provide a better user experience in their apps, and the results thus far have been terrific.

Now, Google has finally issued a Material Design makeover for one of the most popular Android apps on the planet, and the results are stunning. More →

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YouTube's 2014 Top 10 Most Viral Videos

Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus ‘Bendgate’ scandal is so viral it made YouTube’s 10 most popular 2014 videos

By on December 10, 2014 at 1:15 PM.

Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus ‘Bendgate’ scandal is so viral it made YouTube’s 10 most popular 2014 videos

Google on Tuesday published its YouTube Rewind 2014 report, revealing the top 10 most viral videos for 2014 along with the top 10 most popular music videos “based on views shares, comments, likes and more.” Interestingly, the fifth most popular viral video on YouTube this year was Unbox Therapy’s iPhone 6 Plus Bend Test video — one of the first, and likely most popular, clips that demoed Apple’s iPhone 6 ‘Bendgate‘ problem. More →

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Crazy Person Elevator Video

Video: Watch this man completely lose his mind while stuck in an elevator

By on December 10, 2014 at 12:25 PM.

Video: Watch this man completely lose his mind while stuck in an elevator

There’s no doubt that being trapped in an elevator isn’t a fun experience but it’s still a good idea to maintain some kind of composure while you’re waiting. YouTube user Nick Nerv recently had the unpleasant experience of being trapped in an elevator with a man who proceeded to completely lose his mind and started trying to profanely tear the elevator apart to get free. More →

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South Park PewDiePie Episode

South Park hilariously rips into PewDiePie and YouTube gaming commentary

By on December 4, 2014 at 2:56 PM.

South Park hilariously rips into PewDiePie and YouTube gaming commentary

It’s 2014. We ingest our games differently than we did ten years ago. Rather than reading a review, buying a game and playing that game from start to finish, we now have the option to just watch somebody else play it instead. The age of video game commentary is upon us, which means we’re overdue for South Park’s opinion on the subject. More →

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Gangnam Style Viral Video

How viral video ‘Gangnam Style’ broke YouTube

By on December 3, 2014 at 6:05 PM.

How viral video ‘Gangnam Style’ broke YouTube

Psy’s Gangnam Style music video is the most viewed YouTube video ever, breaking various records along the way. But the viral video also caused some problems for Google, as the company never expected it, or any other video, to become so massively popular with viewers. More →

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YouTube Music Key Service

YouTube unveils Music Key, a music subscription service that blends Spotify with MTV

By on November 12, 2014 at 8:00 PM.

YouTube unveils Music Key, a music subscription service that blends Spotify with MTV

YouTube’s long-rumored premium music service has finally materialized. Google announced on Wednesday that it would be debuting an ad free subscription service called Music Key, which will allow for offline play and background listening. The service will cost $9.99 when it launches, but for now it will be offered at a promotional price of $7.99. More →

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YouTube 60FPS Videos

You can now upload jaw-dropping 60FPS videos to YouTube

By on October 30, 2014 at 6:15 PM.

You can now upload jaw-dropping 60FPS videos to YouTube

There has been a heated debate regarding frame rate in video games for quite some time, but it came to a head with the release of the PS4 and Xbox One. When it became clear that 1080p 60FPS wasn’t going to be possible for every current-gen game, gamers were disappointed, but now developers have one more incentive to crank up the visuals on their upcoming releases. This week, YouTube implemented a new feature which allows 60 frame per second video uploads. More →

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