Google acquired the world’s largest online video streaming site YouTube for $1.65 billion in October 2006. But for some odd reason it has taken five long years for the popular online video platform to allow visitors to sign-in using just their Google accounts. Hit the jump for more.
Raise your hand if you've heard of Epic Meal Time. Great. What about Leo Laporte's This Week in Tech? Excellent. Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog? If most of you geeks aren't raising your hands by now, something's wrong. But that's not what this is about.
And that's why I'm here: I'm not going to point you in the direction of super well-known video shows that you could (really, should) be watching. I'm here to show you some of the slightly less popular gems that might have flown under your Geek Radar for some odd reason. I'll wait while you make the popcorn.
Sure, you use Facebook, but do you own Facebook? Can you make it do anything you want it to do? And, yes, you tweet. Many tech enthusiasts do. But can you slap Twitter around like a ragdoll and bend it to your will? And what about LinkedIn, YouTube, and Google+? We all use these social media tools to some degree or another—sometimes daily, sometimes hourly, and (for the truly desperate) sometimes by the minute. But like most Interweb travelers, even hardcore hardware enthusiasts suffer knowledge deficits in the social media department. We can recite CPU thermal specs as quickly as Star Trek dialogue, but we’re surprisingly lackadaisical in terms of social media mastery.
Enough is enough. It’s time to dig into the nooks, crannies, and feature-packed nether regions of today’s five hottest social media services. We’ll also reminisce over failed services in a virtual Social Media Walk of Shame, as well as dig deep into the hardware of the largest social media site online.
Social media? Yep, we dig it. Who says tech geeks can’t be fun and friendly?
Remember when YouTube was little more than an online video portal filled with crappy videos shot in blurry SD? You could argue that much of the content still sucks, but at least the picture quality is much improved with so many HD uploads. Google has begun taking a proactive role in improving the actual content too, and as 2012 rolls around, you'll be able to watch scheduled broadcasts with professional actors, just like cable and satellite TV.
As anyone with an internet connection will tell you, YouTube is a treasure trove of entertainment and knowledge. Giggle inducing personal rants, drunken midnight confessionals, honey badgers, music videos, short films; you name it, and Google’s video service can likely dish it up for free. Well, almost free. In order to enjoy the millions of free videos that YouTube has on tap, you’ll also have to endure the oft-times tragically inane, sometimes troll-baiting, often gobsmacking viewer comments that come along with it. Unless of course, you decide to install No YouTube Comments, our Browser Extension of the Week.
All eyes have been on Microsoft ever since its BUILD conference got underway in Anaheim, California on Tuesday. While Redmond is using the new event primarily to acquaint developers with Windows 8, it’s also giving just about everyone else a glimpse of the operating system’s future in the process. Talking about the future, there seems to be an emerging consensus around the tech world that it’s going to be pretty bleak for plugins like Flash and Silverlight.
Google has added a new feature to YouTube that will hopefully make the viewing experience better for all of us. Users will now have access to a handy web-based video editor when uploading clips. This isn’t a serious product for splicing together clips, like the one in Google Labs, but it provides the essentials. Users can adjust video properties, audio, and add effects in just a few clicks.
To file-swapping pirates, the terms “free download” and “Shady Russian warez sites” are almost interchangeable – and the US government knows it. Washington’s exerted a lot of pressure on Moscow in an effort to shut down numerous sites (most notably allofmp3.com) that infringed on the copyrights of US citizens and companies. But hold your horses! At least one Russian minister thinks top US sites like YouTube (and Google, YouTube’s parent company) regularly violate Russian intellectual property laws, too.