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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →