Stop us if you have heard this one before. A person goes to YouTube in order to watch a 15-second clip of cats doing what cats do, only to watch a 30-second ad before that person can even watch the video. Funny, right? We didn’t think so. However, it appears that YouTube is implementing a subscription service that will make its videos ad-free so that you can watch all of the cat videos you want without having to ponder life's mysteries as you wait for an ad to end.
Thanks to the continued advancements into HTML5, YouTube has decided to kick Adobe Flash to the curb and default to the open standard instead for playing videos. YouTube would have made the move earlier, but said there were limitations that prevented HTML5 from becoming its preferred platform -- most notable was the lack of support for Adaptive Bitrate (ABR) that allows the streaming site to show more videos with less buffering.
YouTube Music Key is a slightly better name than Google Play Music All Access
Google has figured out there's big potential in the streaming music business, it just has a hard time coming up with names that don't roll around the mouth like a fistful of chipped marbles rubbed in hot sauce. By that we mean first there was Google Play Music All Access, and coming soon, Google is getting its YouTube subsidiary into the subscription music game with YouTube Music Key.
Twitch may have turned down a Microsoft offer to join forces with Google's YouTube service
To borrow a line from "The Social Network," a million dollars isn't cool. Do you know what's cool? A billion dollars. There are a lot of cool offers being made in the tech industry, and the latest involves Google reportedly offering to acquire Twitch for $1 billion. Twitch, which is a video game streaming service, is said to be more interested in partnering with Google than Microsoft (which is also interested in Twitch) because of the potential Google's YouTube division brings to the table.
Meet the world's first green mechanical switch keyboard
Hardcore gamers and MMO players alike will be pleased to know that Razer has been paying attention to what gamers expect from their keyboards. In response, Razer has designed and engineered the world's first mechanical green switch keyboard that is aimed at producing high levels of actuation for gamers seeking first blood. We got our hands Razer's top-of-the-line Black Widow Ultimate Gaming Keyboard and decided to do a little unboxing video for you guys and gals.
Sequels aren't easy to make, but Digital Storm has just uped the ante with its second revision of the Bolt micro tower. The Bolt II takes a big step forward with the addition of a closed-loop liquid cooler to reduce noise and to allow for a healthy overclock. In the video below, Gordon Mah Ung kicks the tires and gives you the details of the micro tower monster.
YouTube has been rumored to be prepping a premium on-demand music service since October 2013. Initially rumored for a late 2013 release, there is still no sign of the music streaming service. According to Billboard, which was the first to report on the yet unconfirmed service last year, the launch has been pushed back to “the second quarter or later”
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Comments about your favorite restaurant will be used as endorsements
Google made a slightly unsavory change to its terms of service on Friday -- under the new rules, it can utilize your name, photos, and random comments as endorsements for ads shown online. These types of content will be culled from various online sources such as YouTube and Google+.
Minus the rampant crime, Los Santos County is surprisingly pleasant
A new time lapse video by YouTube's The Despicable Channel highlights some of the many things to do and see in Los Santos County, the fictional setting for Grand Theft Auto V's many illegal antics. However, if you take away the obscenely high crime rate, frequent murders, and the fact that you could be mowed down by an out-of-control driver even when you're walking on the beach, there are worse places to live, and certainly lots of leisure to be found.