YouTube 360 Video Streaming

This is the moment virtual reality has been waiting for

By on April 19, 2016 at 9:09 AM.

This is the moment virtual reality has been waiting for

After all this time, you can finally feel it in the air: virtual reality and augmented reality are about to make the leap we’ve all been waiting for. As far as mainstream devices go, VR had all but been abandoned until Oculus came along and rekindled the world’s interest in virtual reality. Development of VR solutions has since accelerated, and now a high-quality virtual reality experience can be had for as little as $99 thanks to Samsung’s Gear VR headset, which works alongside the company’s most popular phones.

To really reach the masses however, VR must move beyond gaming, which has been the main focus of companies like Oculus and Samsung thus far. And with Monday’s launch of 360-degree live streaming support, YouTube may have just helped turn the tide. More →

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YouTube Live 360 Video Streams

Live 360 video streams coming to YouTube this week

By on April 18, 2016 at 3:14 PM.

Live 360 video streams coming to YouTube this week

The VR revolution continues.

On Monday, Google announced that  360-degree live streaming is the latest feature to hit YouTube. It’s been just over a year since YouTube began supporting 360-degree videos on its site, but now creators will be able to stream those videos live, giving viewers an even more immersive experience.

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Steampunk Thermite Cannon YouTube

YouTuber builds a scary steampunk thermite cannon, and the Internet is flipping out

By on April 1, 2016 at 10:50 AM.

YouTuber builds a scary steampunk thermite cannon, and the Internet is flipping out

You may have heard about Colin Furze before. He’s an inventor and YouTube star who comes up with all sort of interesting contraptions, including an ejector bed that will ensure you wake up on time and an Assassin’s Creed-style hidden blade and rope launcher. This time around, he’s created something decidedly scary: A thermite canon that can be used to blow up something from a distance.

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T-Mobile Binge On YouTube Support

T-Mobile subscribers can now stream unlimited YouTube videos for free

By on March 17, 2016 at 10:48 AM.

T-Mobile subscribers can now stream unlimited YouTube videos for free

T-Mobile’s controversial Binge On initiative filled in its biggest remaining gap for online video services on Thursday by announcing it had secured the support of YouTube for the program. This means that T-Mobile subscribers with plans that are eligible for Binge On will be able to watch as many YouTube videos as they want over T-Mobile’s mobile data network without having any of it count against their monthly data limits. More →

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YouTube Custom Blurring

YouTube added a feature that makes it easy to blur out objects, even while they’re moving

By on March 15, 2016 at 8:15 PM.

YouTube added a feature that makes it easy to blur out objects, even while they’re moving

Without a lot of fanfare, YouTube about two weeks ago added a new and advanced blurring tool that lets video uploaders easily and precisely blur out anything that might not be appropriate for public viewing, from the faces of bystanders to license plates on cars.

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YouTube Search By Location

Wild new site lets you search YouTube videos by filming location

By on March 4, 2016 at 6:40 PM.

Wild new site lets you search YouTube videos by filming location

The Next Web points us to a fascinating new site on github that lets users search for YouTube videos based on the area in which they were shot. While geolocation data for videos isn’t as prevalent as it is for, say, photos, it’s still an interesting tool that’s worth exploring as a means to discover crazy, weird, and low-production footage that may have been shot right in your backyard.

In addition to being able to enter in a particular city or even a specific address into the search bar, the site also lets users filter videos depending on how recently they were filmed. So, for instance, if you want to see what videos that were filmed near Anchorage, Alaska over the past week, you can do so with ease. Advanced search filters also allow users to search by keywords and within a certain designated radius.

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YouTube Red Original Shows

YouTube Red’s first original shows and movies will premiere next week

By on February 3, 2016 at 8:00 PM.

YouTube Red’s first original shows and movies will premiere next week

Over the past few weeks, Netflix has been dominating headlines with a wide assortment of announcements and acquisitions, but even as the popular online streaming service grows exponentially larger than it has in years past, its staunchest competition yet has been gearing up to steal eyeballs away in 2016. More →

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Internet Activity One Minute

What happens on the Internet in one minute?

By on February 3, 2016 at 5:20 PM.

What happens on the Internet in one minute?

The Internet is an amazing place that gets both better and worse every minute. The web is advancing at a rapid rate, with newly created content generating massive amounts of traffic for an audience that’s also steadily increasing. Currently, there are 3.2 billion people online, and companies including Google and Facebook want to connect even more people to the web.

One business intelligence startup set out to find out what goes on online and it has released an infographic that shows what happened on the Internet in a minute last year. More →

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EFF T-Mobile Throttling Video YouTube

EFF proves T-Mobile is throttling YouTube

By on January 5, 2016 at 8:41 AM.

EFF proves T-Mobile is throttling YouTube

T-Mobile’s Binge On product might be a great way to conserve mobile data while still watching plenty of videos over a cellular connection, but many criticize the program and suggest that it breaks net neutrality rules. Binge On covers only certain content providers that inked deals with T-Mobile, at least in theory. However, the carrier has recently accused of throttling video content from other sources as well, including Google’s YouTube.

T-Mobile has since said that it’s not throttling YouTube, and instead is just “optimizing” it. But the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is not buying that claim.

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T-Mobile Binge On YouTube Throttling

T-Mobile denies throttling YouTube videos, says it’s ‘optimized’ them

By on December 30, 2015 at 4:45 PM.

T-Mobile denies throttling YouTube videos, says it’s ‘optimized’ them

T-Mobile’s Binge On program is yet another move from the “Un-carrier” that’s supposed to help it steal more customers from the competition. With Binge On turned on – a default setting on all T-Mobile devices – video traffic from certain mobile apps isn’t counted towards a users’ monthly cap. That’s great, in theory, though it might not sit well with net neutrality supporters. More →

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