YouTube’s new Backstage section will let you share photos, polls, text & more with subscribers

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 25, 2016

Just as we’re processing today’s news regarding an upcoming video-sharing app from Apple, a new report claims Google is set to enhance YouTube’s social experience in the fall by unveiling a new Backstage section in the mobile app and on the web.

According to VentureBeat, Backstage will let YouTube users share not just videos, but also photos, polls, links, text posts and more with their subscribers. Read More

 

You can now mark recommended videos as ‘Not Interested’ in YouTube for iOS

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 24, 2016

Google today issued a small update to its YouTube client on the App Store, adding a feature that enables better suggestions while fixing three annoying bugs.

Bumped to version 11.32, the iPhone and iPad application now makes it easy to improve personalized suggestions by marking recommended videos under the Up Next section as “Not Interested,” which helps train the algorithm to better tailor recommendations to your personal tastes. Read More

 

97 percent of YouTube traffic is now encrypted

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 2, 2016

According to a post published yesterday on the official YouTube Engineering and Developers Blog, 97 percent of YouTube’s traffic is now encrypted since the Internet giant began rolling out encryption using HTTPS two years ago. Encrypted traffic increases your security by garbling the data as it travels from servers to your computer, and vice versa, in order to make these transmissions unreadable to rogue parties without an encryption key. Read More

 

YouTube adding ability to live stream video to its mobile app

By Cody Lee on Jun 23, 2016

On Thursday, during its VidCon keynote address, YouTube announced that it’s updating its mobile app with a brand new live streaming option. This will allow users to easily broadcast and watch live video from within the app with little friction.

The feature will initially be limited to top influencers like The Young Turks, AIB and Alex Wasabi, but it will roll out more widely soon. Once it’s enabled, all you have to do is tap the big red capture button, select a thumbnail photo, and start rolling. Read More

 

You can now watch Apple’s WWDC 2016 keynote on YouTube

By Cody Lee on Jun 14, 2016

It’s taken a while, but Apple has finally uploaded this year’s WWDC keynote to YouTube. The replay has been available as an embedded video on Apple’s website since yesterday, but obviously YouTube is a lot more device-friendly.

So for the folks who missed the keynote, or would just like to watch it again, things have just gotten much easier. You can now view it in its entirety in YouTube’s desktop or mobile web app, or via the native mobile YouTube app. Read More

 

How to watch YouTube in VR mode on iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on May 17, 2016

Google Cardboard may be the simplest, most affordable way to experience virtual reality content on a smartphone, but up until recently Google’s mobile YouTube app only supported Cardboard on Android.

Beginning with YouTube for iOS version 11.18, which was released yesterday, iPhone owners can now watch YouTube in virtual reality mode on their device.

Here’s how you can experience YouTube in VR mode on your iPhone. Read More

 

How to enable YouTube’s upcoming Material Design face lift ahead of release

By Christian Zibreg on May 11, 2016

YouTube is getting Google’s Material Design refresh pretty soon and it looks pretty neat. Aside from the Upload button being replaced by the upload arrow graphics consistently used across Google’s mobile apps, you’ll notice a Material Design-inspired search field in the center.

More importantly, YouTube’s new looks include the background color on the Channel pages matching the header image, rounded icons in the sidebar, more whitespace around videos in the video player and a few other minor changes.

Chrome users can have an advance look at the upcoming refresh right now. Here’s how you can enable Material Design on YouTube ahead of its release, in just a few clicks. Read More

 

Tip: stop YouTube’s annoying video autoplay ‘Up Next’ feature within iOS app

By Christian Zibreg on May 9, 2016

My colleague Anthony recently vented his frustration with YouTube’s default handling of the ‘Up Next’ feature on the web. Autoplay in YouTube is one of the banes of my existence, too, but as Anthony states in his write-up, YouTube for iOS lacks a switch to disable auto-play videos.

Not anymore, though: the latest version of Google’s native YouTube client for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad includes an easily overlooked switch that lets you stop an endless stream of recommended videos from being spoon-fed down your throat with a single tap.

If you watch a lot of YouTube through your iPhone’s cellular connection, you’re wholeheartedly recommended to disable ‘Up Next’ on the iOS app, here’s how. Read More

 

YouTube planning to launch a live TV subscription service in 2017

By Christian Zibreg on May 5, 2016

Google has accelerated efforts to beat Apple to market with a live TV service on YouTube, dubbed “Unplugged”, Bloomberg reported yesterday. Work on boosting YouTube’s infrastructure is already underway as launching the service has taken on a high priority.

For a yet-to-be-determined monthly fee, YouTube users will be able to subscribe to so-called skinny bundles of television programming, streamed over the Internet.

These bundles should include some of the most popular offerings from major U.S. broadcast networks and cable services. Read More

 

YouTube’s revamped Home feed is smart, too, thanks to Google’s deep neural network algorithm

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 26, 2016

Google just said that YouTube’s mobile apps for iOS and Android are gaining a revamped homepage design today. The newly redesigned Home feed within the mobile app has a clean look and a simple format “that invites you to discover and enjoy,” said Google.

More importantly, the overhauled Home feed now does a better job spotlighting content you might be interested in with smarter recommendations based on deep neural networks and larger high-resolution video thumbnails which make it easy to identify videos you want to watch. Read More

 

Apple’s ‘Let us loop you in’ keynote hits YouTube

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 23, 2016

Apple held its ‘Let us loop you in’ media event on Monday to unveil the new four-inch iPhone SE, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, Apple Watch bands and accessories and more. A replay of the live video broadcast has since been added to the Apple Special Events webpage and published as a downloadable podcasts on iTunes. And now, the entire presentation is available for streaming via Apple’s YouTube channel. Read More

 

Videos: hands-on with the iPhone SE

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 21, 2016

Although a good portion of Apple’s customers have migrated over to the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones, it’s just too hard for some people to let go of the tried-and-true 4-inch handset because it fits in their hands so well. As a result of the demand, Apple has breathed new life into the 4-inch iPhone with the new iPhone SE that the company unveiled during Monday’s ‘Let us loop you in’ event.

Because the iPhone SE won’t be available for pre-order until Thursday, March 24th, no one actually has one yet. On the other hand, a few publications have already gone hands-on with the device on Apple’s campus post-event, and we’ll share some of the first reputable videos to hit the internet right here in this post. Read More

 

Videos: hands-on with the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro

By Anthony Bouchard on Mar 21, 2016

Apple announced its new 9.7-inch iPad Pro on Monday at the ‘Let us loop you in’ event, and although the tablet is already gaining a lot of hype for its on-par hardware and lower price from its bigger brother, you’re still probably wondering just how powerful the little brother of the most powerful iPad ever made actually is.

In this post, we’ll share some of the first reputable hands-on videos with Apple’s new tablet to hit the internet since the announcement on Monday. With some insight, you’ll have a clearer understanding of whether or not the smaller iPad Pro is the right one for you. Read More

 

T-Mobile adds nine new Binge On providers, including YouTube

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 17, 2016

T-Mobile’s outspoken CEO, John Legere, announced on Thursday via a press release that Binge On, the carrier’s feature that zeroes out video streaming, has added support for nine new providers, including Google-owned YouTube.

These providers are now part of Binge On initiative: Baeble Music, Discovery GO, ESNE TV, FilmOn.TV, Fox Business, Google Play Movies, KlowdTV, Red Bull TV and YouTube. Read More

 

YouTube picks up native resolution support on iPad Pro

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 23, 2016

Google on Tuesday issued a small update to its YouTube client in the App Store, adding support for the iPad Pro’s 12.9-inch 2,732-by-2,048 pixel resolution screen, bringing the app’s version number to 11.0.6.

Unfortunately, advanced iPad-only features provided by iOS 9 are not yet supported in YouTube for iOS, namely the new Slide Over and Split View multitasking modes.

This edition of YouTube also fixed a bug that caused the keyboard to freeze while commenting and another one which caused the app to crash after adding a Google or YouTube account on iOS 7. Read More

 

How to stop ‘Up Next’ videos from autoplaying on YouTube

By Anthony Bouchard on Feb 6, 2016

One of my pet peeves with YouTube is how after completing a video, the service shoves a new video down your throat with a feature called “Up Next,” which gives you a 15-second time frame to click the “X” button at the top right of the video before the next video starts to play.

Sound familiar? If you feel the same way, then you’ve stumbled upon the right tutorial, because we’re going to be showing you how you can disable this feature right from the YouTube website without installing any plug-ins, hacks, or other crazy stuff. Read More

 

Amid marked improvements, the biggest YouTuber in tech switches to Final Cut Pro X

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 1, 2016

There’s a significant movement of change happening behind the scenes of the tech’s biggest YouTuber. Marques Brownlee—better known as MKBHD—a professional YouTuber with more than 3,000,000 subscribers, has taken his talents to Final Cut Pro X.

Newsworthy? Indeed. For one, Brownlee used Adobe Premiere Pro before making the switch, Apple’s biggest competitor among non-linear video editing systems. Even more significant is the reason why he switched—Final Cut Pro X results in quicker turnaround time—it allows him to export videos much faster, which allows him to keep his subscribers updated with new content more often.

The team at Apple deserves some major props for basically resurrecting an application that more than a few left for dead when it was rebooted back on June 21, 2011.

Since that fateful day, Apple has incrementally added many of the features back that the initial release eschewed for the sake of a starting with a clean 64-bit slate. 2015 was no different, as last spring’s 10.2 update added a unified import interface, smart collections for libraries and events, 3D Text, and custom presets.

That update followed significant improvements and additions like multicam support, XML import and export support, GPU-acceleration, RED camera support, ProRes 4444 XQ support, 4K support, and many other features that professional workflows demand. Just look at the Final Cut Pro X version history—it’s crazy how much the team has been able to both add and reimplement since 2011.

While it may be true that Apple’s updates to Final Cut Pro X aren’t as splashy and as sexy as Adobe’s updates to Premiere Pro CC, Apple’s iterative approach seems to be working over the long term. Not only is Final Cut Pro X adored by many popular YouTubers, it’s being used in Hollywood as well. More importantly, however, it has gained the love and respect of the most popular YouTuber in tech. For someone as influential as Brownlee is, that’s a significant feather in Apple’s cap going into the new year. Read More

 

How to add the native iOS share sheet to the YouTube app [jailbreak]

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 19, 2015

It’s almost 2016, and the official YouTube app is still relying on its antiquated built-in sharing options instead of the native iOS 9 share sheet that most modern apps use on the platform. Sadly, Google insists on keeping its design language in many of its apps, even though it looks out of place on iOS. Not only that, but YouTube’s built-in sharing options are a lot less functional and flexible.

With Native YouTube Share, a free jailbreak tweak available on Cydia’s BigBoss repo, you can force the YouTube app to use the stock iOS 9 sharing sheet when sharing videos. Read More

 

New “On the Set” iPhone 6s advert showcases hands-free Siri

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 3, 2015

Apple has been on a roll as of late when it comes to advertising. Two days or so after posting two new iPhone 6s advertisements, Apple has uploaded yet another to its YouTube channel.

The latest ad, entitled “On the Set”, features Avengers executive producer Jon Favreau. In the spot, Favreau, who’s directing a gymnastics sequence, uses hands-free Siri to pull up example pictures of flying squirrels. Read More

 

How to access iOS 9’s Picture in Picture mode for YouTube videos

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 1, 2015

Google is seriously lagging when it comes to updating its YouTube app with all the latest iOS 9 and iPad Pro features. For example, there’s no support for Split View side by side multitasking, and the app lacks optimization for the iPad Pro’s extra large screen. But what I find to be most egregious, is the lack of support for Picture in Picture mode.

For an app like YouTube, which is solely centered around watching videos, it’s frustrating that the app doesn’t yet have support for the handy multitasking feature.

But there is a way to get Picture in Picture mode for YouTube videos, if you’re willing to use a third-party app. Once such app, entitled YouPlayer, does a very good job of presenting YouTube videos with many of the popular iOS 9 and iPad Pro niceties. Read More

 
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