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‘Stranger Things 3’ pays respect to the power and perils of tech

Warning: While we've tried to avoid any spoilers in this story, the following article does refer to scenes and themes throughout the season. When members of the Stranger Things cast visited The Tonight Show earlier this month, Jimmy Fallon asked the…
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These are the best things we’ve seen at MWC 2019

Another year, another batch of stuff coming out of Mobile World Congress. Most of the major players in the smartphone industry show up to this event to show us what they have cooked up for the year, with pretty few exceptions. Apple doesn’t tend to do much at these events, and Samsung already unveiled their […]

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Here are the coolest things we saw at IFA 2018

IFA has come and gone, and we’ve had a few weeks to settle in and collect our thoughts on everything that was shown off at the conference. It’s not always a mobile-heavy event, but that doesn’t mean you don’t see companies pull out some crazy phones and gadgets to bring us back in. We’ve sifted […]

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[TA Deals] Learn all things tech with a hugely discounted Stone River eLearning membership

It’s always great to keep learning, and Stone River can help you do that in all things tech. Whether you’re interested in coding, design, 3D animation, game design, or something else, it’s most likely included in Stone River’s comprehensive 170 course library. All of those courses total around 2000 hours of content, and the bundle […]

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‘These Things Happened’: The story of famed rapper G-Eazy’s chart-topping journey

YouTube is proud to present G-Eazy’s “These Things Happened” — a new Artist Spotlight Story that depicts the Bay Area rapper’s journey from the anonymous street corners of Oakland to landing multiple chart-topping records and nearly 5 million YouTube channel subscribers.

Directed by Rob Semmer, Creative Director for FADER, “These Things Happened” takes viewers behind the scenes of G-Eazy’s amazing ascent to chart-topping rapper. The Spotlight Story mixes concert clips, backstage interviews, and documentary footage of the rapper’s hometown, including the street corners where he used to hand out mixtapes more than a decade ago. Today, G-Eazy boasts more than 3 billion views across YouTube, with his recent hit “No Limit” reaching as high as #3 on the YouTube Music U.S. Top 100 Tracks chart and #1 on Billboard’s Pop Songs chart.

“It didn’t work the traditional route until I got it popping on my own on YouTube,” the rapper says. “I’m forever grateful for the opportunity that was presented to an artist like myself.”

Born Gerald Earl Gillum in 1989, G-Eazy was raised by a working-class family in California’s Bay Area. As a teenager, he was inspired by the region’s burgeoning hyphy hip-hop sound, producing bedroom mixtapes, which he sold along Berkeley’s Telegraph Ave.

After years of self-released recordings and accompanying tours, including tour diaries posted to YouTube, G-Eazy had his breakthrough with “Been On.” The song is pure G-Eazy in that its tight lyrics flow over a hazy beat. The video was instantly iconic: a single slo-mo shot of the rapper smoking in black and white. The clip has tallied over 70 million YouTube views, and its success online helped break G-Eazy to the masses. A follow-up video, “Me, Myself & I,” featuring Bebe Rexha, landed a top 10 slot on the Billboard Hot 100.

G-Eazy’s latest LP, “The Beautiful & Damned,” reflects on the fame that he’s achieved since the album release. “These Things Happened” picks up at present day, staying by the rapper’s side as he promotes the album and plays shows in support of it. A record-signing event even takes him back to the Bay Area, where he meets fans at Berkeley’s Amoeba Records.

“I remember those shows in Berkeley at La Pena,” G-Eazy recalls. “We sold out La Pena with like 200 people. It’s not even a venue. They call it a cultural center. They booked me ‘cus no one in the Bay would book me.”

“These Things Happened” captivates in part because even in the La Pena days, G-Eazy was documenting himself, shooting footage, and uploading it to YouTube for his fans.

“If you’re not active on YouTube, if you’re not visible, if you’re not giving that window into your life at all, then you’re just disappearing,” he says.

For now, G-Eazy doesn’t have to worry. “These Things Happened” ends a few blocks from where it started. Back in New York, with G-Eazy all grown up, a star around the world. This time he gazes up again to see himself—and his YouTube channel—advertised in a new billboard high above the street.

“It’s the age of access,” says G-Eazy. “YouTube provides a peek into your life, into your world, into your process. You close that window for too long and you run the risk of losing your audience.”

“It’s an honor to partner with and help tell the story of an artist with such a clear vision,” said Lyor Cohen, Global Head of Music at YouTube. “It’s equally rewarding to work with a label like RCA that is so supportive in collaborating to propel G-Eazy and bring context to his journey.”

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Netflix: ‘Stranger Things’ directors aren’t leaving the show

We haven't heard much about the next season of Stranger Things, but a rumor on Moviefone.com indicated that its directors, Ross and Matt Duffer, will be less involved after season three wraps up. This evening, Netflix tweeted "Rumors that the Duffer…
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Expect to see deeper Android Things and Chromecast integration with Android P

Sure, Android Oreo just officially released and we’ve barely seen it on any devices, but what about Android P? Always look forward, never backward. There’s a pretty small leak in Google’s Chromium source code that hints at what’s to come in a newer Android update, and while it isn’t significant yet, it’s fun to get […]

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[TA Deals] Pay what you want for this bundle that teaches you all things coding

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Your Samsung Galaxy S8 now works with the Daydream View for all things virtual reality

The 2017 flagship from Samsung finally works with Daydream, which is Google’s virtual reality platform. Move over, Oculus. Samsung is partnering with someone else to serve up immersive content on its phones. The plan to add the Galaxy S8 to the Daydream-ready family was put into motion at Google I/O 2017 in May. Now it’s […]

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Watch the full ‘Stranger Things’ season 2 trailer

At last, Netflix is offering more than minuscule teasers for Stranger Things' second season. The service just premiered a full-length trailer for season 2, and it sheds much more light on what to expect. It reveals just how much Will is affected by t…
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You may soon be able to pay for things with Google Assistant

According to a recent app teardown of the Google App, Assistant will soon be able to pay for things, allowing you to order items using only your voice. The move will bring Assistant into much more direct competition with Amazon Alexa.

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How to use Apple Pay to buy things in stores and online

Apple Pay is Apple’s mobile payment service, one that lets you forgo the need to input 16-digit numbers and swipe a physical card. Here’s how to set it up on your iOS, MacOS, or WatchOS device, and where you can use it.

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Oprah’s favorite things of 2016 are here, and she is loving the tech!

Want Oprah’s O-pinion on a tech gift this year? She put a TV, headphones, and kitchen gadgets on her list of Oprah’s Favorite Things for 2016. Check out her tech picks here.

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‘Strangers Things’ director will helm the ‘Uncharted’ movie

Sony Pictures has announced that Shawn Levy will be directing the live-action movie version of Uncharted. If the name sounds familiar, Levy was the executive producer and director of Netflix hit Stranger Things, and while he'll still be involved in…
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You can now buy and sell things on Facebook using its Marketplace feature

Sketched out by Craigslist? Overwhelmed by eBay? Try Facebook instead. On Tuesday, the social media site expanded its functionality once again, and has now dipped its toe into the waters of digital commerce.

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Ted Baker and Google want you to say weird things in public, but it’s going to be worth it

Passers-by are really going to wonder what you’re searching for online if you partake in fashion brand Ted Baker’s latest gambit. Partnering with Google, and linked to a “shoppable” short film made with Guy Ritchie, this is shopping like we’ve never seen it before.

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The 5 coolest things at Augmented World Expo 2016

Augmented World Expo this year was home to a ton of cool new gadgets and technologies. Here are a few of the coolest we saw at the show, from augmented reality glasses to fitness tracking wearables.

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Bosch is building its own Internet of Things cloud network

Like it or not, it looks like the Internet of Things is going to be more than an annoying buzzword or passing fad. The latest proof is that Bosch is offering an end-to-end environment to get your house communicating with the various devices and appli…
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This ingenious new lighter ignites things with an electric arc, recharges with a few shakes

The Tesla lighter uses electromagnetic induction to create an electric arc that can be used to spark a fire, instead of an open-flame lighter. Thanks to diametrical magnetization, the Tesla lighter increases the energy output compared to other arc lighters.

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Climate change affects the things we love. #OursToLose

From seasons to octopuses and chocolate, environmental issues stand to impact the things we love. What if we could help change the way people discuss climate change, so that the issue and its consequences could become more relevant and tangible to people around the world?

Leading up to COP21, a conference which will bring leaders from around the world together to develop a global climate agreement, we’re encouraging the YouTube community to join the discussion by uploading their own videos that share their concerns about how environmental issues may impact the things they love. The conversation on YouTube will live through a simple hashtag: #OursToLose.

 

With the help of YouTube creators from around the world, including Casey Neistat (U.S.), Finn Harries (U.K.), Golden Moustache (France), Jamie Curry (New Zealand) and Flavia Calina (Brazil), we’re also encouraging people to show further support by signing the Avaaz petition, a campaign aimed at delivering clean energy worldwide by 2050.

Whether you’re questioning how global warming can impact your day-to-day life, curious about new sources of energy, or concerned about the melting Arctic, we hope that you share your ideas through #OursToLose videos to help make the climate conversation more accessible to people around the world.

The YouTube community can empower tremendous collaboration, advocacy, and creativity. Through #OursToLose, we hope to continue helping people to broadcast their message, empower their communities, and even catalyze a global movement to further action on climate change.

Marc Hertz, Programming Coordinator, recently watched “Misconceptions about Climate Change” and Aaron Taylor, Associate Product Marketing Manager, recently watched “What’s Possible: The UN Climate Summit Film.”


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