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.
Not a day goes by when I don’t praise the heavens for YouTube. Why? Because without YouTube, countless oddballs who have strange fetishes for crushing things with hydraulic presses and pouring molten copper onto food would never be able to share their passions with the world. I recently discovered yet another addictive YouTube channel that’s simply called “LET’S MELT THIS” and its sole purpose is to, you guess it, show videos of stuff melting. More →
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 →
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.
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.
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 →
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 →
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’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 →
Even though T-Mobile’s Binge On program is the least objectionable of all carrier plans I’ve seen to exempt certain content from its own data caps, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have problems. In fact, I’m on the record as saying Binge On could very well blow up in T-Mobile’s face and now we’re seeing the first evidence that Binge On may be more of a hassle than the “Un-carrier” bargained for. More →
How much time do you think you spent watching videos on YouTube this year? Probably an embarrassing amount of time, right? Google’s video platform has become the primary hub of online Internet entertainment for millions of users, and the variety of content is absolutely staggering. But there are some videos that everyone sees.
Now that we’re in the home stretch of 2015, you can expect to see end of the year lists popping up all over the Internet for the next several weeks. This Tuesday, YouTube kicked things off by partnering with The Webby Awards to select 25 nominees for the most iconic ads of 2015, and you can vote for your favorites in five separate categories. More →