YouTube is the number one video-sharing website in the world and has been that for a while now. There’s no doubt about it, but is really Google monetizing the service as well as it should?
The highest-ever and fastest-ever jump has not only broken height and speed records for skydiving and manned balloon flight. It also broke records elsewhere. On YouTube, the live coverage of Felix Baumgartner’s near-space jump (23 miles or 39 kilometers high) and supersonic skydiving stunt as part of the Red Bull Stratos project garnered 8 million concurrent views from around the world.
Have you ever uploaded a video to YouTube and realized later on that you lost the original files? Well thanks to Google Takeout, you can now download your original files exactly as they were.
Fresh from announcing that more TV shows and movies from Fox are coming to YouTube, Google is giving the video sharing app a makeover in the UI department, one that will be welcomed by folks who still have devices running Android 2.2 and 2.3, as well as other improvements.
A YouTube promotional video posted by Google suggests that a new UI for their “Hangouts” might be in the works. The current UI has a top bar with icons, and lower left bar. As we know it, Hangouts also shows the Google+ logo embedded into the video. The YouTube video clearly showsa different UI. The version shown off briefly in the video has a simplified left bar with icons. Even the embedded Google+ logo has been moved out of the video feed and is now directly above it.
Today, Google announced via its official blog that soon Google Play and YouTube will be offering more movies and TV shows from Twentieth Century Fox. Family Guy, Glee and recently released movie Prometheus are among the announced titles.
Americans are known to be very defiant when in the face of censorship. Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, a 55-year old Egyptian Coptic Christian living in Southern California, has started a firestorm in the Muslim with his short film depicting a heavy anti-Islam slant, and now has the backing of Google.
We reported on the revelation a while back that Apple will not be including a YouTube app in iOS 6, the new version of its mobile platform. YouTube was a default app, although Apple rarely updated it and didn’t support all content or ads. Apple’s licensing deal expired and it wasn’t really clear whether the decision was based on animosity from Apple’s side or Google’s discontent at missing out on potential revenue.
A new patent from Google could potentially change the way we publish videos onto the net in the future. What is this patent exactly? It’s known as “automatic large scale video object recognition.” The technology behind it works in a similar way to other face recognition techniques, but it takes things a step further — it can recognize the difference between objects.
Even if Apple seems to be reducing dependency on Google’s services in iOS6, the big G doesn’t seem to mind. While this has been mind-boggling for some time now, it seems Google is not unhappy about the seeming divorce from iOS because of its launch of mobile ads.