Christmas Day is fast approaching and as our minds turn to gifts and turkey have you decided how you are going to contact friends and family in this pandemic world we are living in? Instead of having huge family gatherings most countries are encouraging smaller groupings, which places a greater emphasis on video calling. Zoom […]
Come comment on this article: Zoom announces unlimited free video calls to celebrate the festive period
You know how it goes at Christmas time when everyone and his uncle turn up unannounced in the hopes of some left-over turkey and a mug of egg-nog, and you can bet that even in this dumpster-fire of a year they will still be knocking on your door. It doesn’t have to be this way […]
We’ve seen leaked images and partial specifications for the upcoming Galaxy S21 but now we have something a little more substantial – a hands-on video of the middle member of the series. The Galaxy S21+ gets shown off in a video that shows everything from the new rear camera housing to the extremely thin bezels. […]
Come comment on this article: Samsung’s Galaxy S21+ gets manhandled in an early hands-on video
It’s getting close to the season where video-calling our loved ones takes on increased importance, but having the whole family swarm around a laptop or smartphone in an attempt to get in on the action doesn’t really lend itself to a great experience. This is where the addition of two-way video calling the big screen […]
Come comment on this article: Amazon’s 2nd-Gen Fire TV Cube is gaining support for two-way video calling – just in time for the holiday season
If you purchased Ring’s new entry-level doorbell over the past few months, you may want to check its serial number. The Amazon-owned company has issued a recall for its second-generation smart video doorbell with the model number 5UM5E5. Its battery…
DJI’s been on a bit of a tear of late, with a slew of new products in its handheld line. Today it’s back to what we know the company for best: drones. The latest offering is the Mavic Mini 2, which, as the name suggests, is the sequel to DJI’s smalle…
You won’t find the source code for YouTube-DL, a popular tool that can be used to download videos from YouTube, and for some of its forks and copies on GitHub anymore. When you visit their pages, you’ll find a notice that says the “[r]epository [is]…
October 14th is the day when the OnePlus 8T will be officially unveiled with the brand seemingly intent on drip-feeding us tiny leaks on the phone’s design and features during the run-up to the launch. This time, we’ve got something to ogle at in the form of a video showing off the glossy glass rear […]
Come comment on this article: This official video reveals the OnePlus 8T’s stunning new design
First announced during CES 2020, Blurams Smart Video Doorbell with AI facial recognition, free cloud storage*, two-way audio, and real-time notifications, is about to go live on Indigogo. Projected to launch with an RRP of $ 149, the Smart Video Doorbell is available for $ 99 on Indigogo. Thanks to the built-in AI technology, the Smart Video […]
Come comment on this article: Blurams AI-Powered Smart Video Doorbell brings facial recognition, 2-way audio, and 1080p video to your front door
If you’ve been thinking that it would be nice to use the big screen in your room for your video calls, Google has heard you. The search giant has announced that its Android TV platform will soon support the Duo video calling app by way of a beta. Google hasn’t revealed much in the way […]
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The awkwardly named Moto g 5G Plus was one of the first smartphones to be unveiled with the Snapdragon 765 and boasting affordable 5G connectivity, being announced on July 7th at £299 for the 4GB/64GB variant. With a massive 5,000mAh battery, a big 6.7-inch LCD display, and quadruple rear cameras, and not forgetting 5G networking, […]
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If you’re trying to make sense of the current climate for Big Tech, then Dan Cooper has some advice: look to the past. Specifically, he’s ready to rehash Microsoft’s antitrust battle over Internet Explorer in the late 90s, and infer what that means f…
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Google Duo is getting a little bit better for big friend groups today. The extremely expanded video calling feature is finally rolling out today, at least on some platforms. This feature was especially exciting during a time when most people are still trying to practice social distancing and self-quarantining to stay safe during a pandemic, […]
Come comment on this article: Google Duo 32-person video calling is now live on the web
Google was criticized around the launch of the Pixel 4 because they weren’t allowing 4K 60fps video recording. The phone seems like it should capable of it considering it’s a pretty advanced camera, but Google hasn’t budged or enabled the feature. But this is Android we’re talking about, and there’s always a way to get […]
Come comment on this article: This third-party app allows 4K 60fps video recording on the Pixel 4
After years of capping video calls at only four participants, Facebook has finally deemed this socially-isolating time as a sign to upgrade video call sizes. A fact I found extremely limiting when I recently began using Facebook-owned WhatsApp to stay in touch with family while (briefly) overseas was the limit to only three other people […]
Come comment on this article: WhatsApp rolling out eight-way video calls
New York is adjusting to the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic even for some of its most time-honored traditions. Governor Andrew Cuomo has implemented an Executive Order that not only lets state residents get their marriage licenses remotely, but a…
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LG’s UX UI has never been the most appreciated custom interface in the Android world and lately has looked more than a little dated. As other brands have made their UI’s lighter and more user-friendly, LG’s UX has been given the equivalent of a chocolate frying pan in recent years as it was sent over […]
Come comment on this article: UX 9.0 promo video shows that LG is finally serious about modernizing its UI
After a big launch during the Galaxy S10 Unpacked event on February 20th, Samsung’s first foldable smartphone, the Galaxy Fold, was revealed to suffer from a number of flaws, most notably with its display and the ingress of foreign objects. Samsung canceled preorders and pulled review units from tech sites while the Galaxy Fold underwent […]
Come comment on this article: Samsung posts video asking users to treat their Galaxy Fold nicely
Insta360 — as the name implies — is usually known for its 360-degree cameras, but this time, it's braving sports cam territory with a little surprise, literally. The Insta360 Go is apparently the "world's smallest stabilized camera" — so small tha…
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If you’re an avid media enthusiast or a cord-cutter, you’ve probably run into the painful reality of Amazon and Google not really getting along. So far that’s limited some app availability between the two platforms. Google semi-recently pulled YouTube from Amazon’s Fire TV platform, and Amazon has never had a Google Cast option or Android […]
Come comment on this article: Long overdue, Amazon Prime Video comes to Chromecast and Android TV (and Fire TV gets YouTube)
Samsung made a huge deal about the Galaxy Fold when they announced it during the Galaxy S10’s launch event in San Francisco on February 20th, although they frustrated tech press to no end during MWC 2019 by placing the foldable smartphone behind a ton of reflective glass. Despite this, a hands-on video has leaked showing […]
Come comment on this article: Leaked hands-on video unfolds the Samsung Galaxy Fold’s crease
Electrostatic speakers are a different kind of speaker than you’re used to, and they manage to avoid the clipping and distortion that you get from traditional speakers at high volumes. We had a chance to test drive the Trevolo S speaker from BenQ to see just how they are, and our own Kent Oki dug in […]
Come comment on this article: [Video] Check out our BenQ Trevolo S electrostatic speaker review!
Hailing from 23 countries around the world, they represent a diverse array of broadcasters, traditional and digital publishers, local media, agencies and creators, but all share a commitment to quality journalism and a spirit of innovation.
Many of these projects are focused on expanding newsroom video operations and trying out new ways of reporting news through video — from reaching younger audiences online to exploring live and fact-checking formats. Other projects look at the sustainability of news organizations, including work on new business models and programs to support a healthy news ecosystem. Here’s a sample of some of the projects funded:
Today’s announcement reinforces our commitment to supporting a strong future for news video. Over the coming months, we’ll be sharing insights gained from the projects and giving newsrooms the opportunity to benefit from the learnings, as we work together to support the development of long-term, sustainable news video businesses.
For more information about YouTube’s work with the news industry, please visit our website. We look forward to seeing how our partners across the globe push the boundaries of video journalism.
Timothy Katz, Director of News Partnerships, YouTube
OnePlus has released their latest open beta build for the OnePlus 6, and it’s bringing two major new features with it. The beta includes Video Enhancer for better video viewing, and OnePlus Roaming, which is a built-in data roaming service. There are some other smaller tweaks, too, as usual. Here’s the official changelog from OnePlus: […]
Come comment on this article: OxygenOS Beta 7 brings Video Enhancer and OnePlus Roaming to the OnePlus 6
Can't pop-lock or Lindy Hop to save your life? Don't worry — AI could soon make it look like you're a dance superstar. UC Berkeley researchers have developed a deep learning system that translates dance moves from a source video to less-than-experie…
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Don't be surprised if you soon see VR video from some of the darker corners of the ocean. Marine Imaging Technologies has launched a new camera, the Hydrus VR, that promises 360-degree 8K video (higher-resolution than many current headsets) at depth…
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Google has been slowly but surely making some changes to their Material Design specifications and guidelines for several months now. Unofficially dubbed Material Design 2, the updates are the first major ones since 2014 when Google initially launched Material Design. Besides bringing a fresh look to interfaces, the overhaul appears to be focused on improving […]
Come comment on this article: Demo video shows off some updated Google Material Design changes
If you’ve been keeping up, there have been several rumors that Google is getting into the gaming console market, at least indirectly. The Yeti streaming service, for example, was suggested to compete with GeForce Now and PlayStation Now, and recently some new interactions were tipped off for the Chromecast that would most likely be used […]
Come comment on this article: More rumors point to Google entering the video game market
When FIFA greenlit the use of video assistant referees at the 2018 World Cup, there was one overriding question: how long would it take before the technology shaped an important call? Not long at all, apparently. Two days into the group stage, offi…
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With cord-cutting on the rise, brands have been looking for new ways to connect with an important part of their audience that are harder than ever to reach. According to fresh Nielsen data, more than half of 18- to 49-year-olds in the U.S. are either light viewers of TV or do not subscribe to TV; but over 90 percent of these people watch YouTube.1 Today we’re introducing a new set of opportunities on YouTube to help brands reach these viewers across content and devices.
YouTube audiences on TV screens
We’re amidst the second major shift in how people watch video on YouTube. In the past few years, we witnessed mobile viewership exceed desktop, marking the first major shift in how people interacted with YouTube. Now, in 2018, viewers are returning to that original, purpose-built device for video viewing – the television set.
At YouTube we’ve brought people back to the big screen by building a rich YouTube experience for set-top boxes, gaming consoles, streaming devices and smart TVs of all stripes. And now TV screens are our fastest growing screen counting over 150 million hours of watch time per day.2
We heard from advertisers that they want in so we have been working to make it easy for you to find your most engaged, valuable audience while they are watching YouTube on a TV set, with the new TV screens device type. In the coming months, we’ll add TV screens – joining computers, mobile phones and tablets – to AdWords and DoubleClick Bid Manager, so advertisers globally can tailor their campaigns for this environment – for example, by using a different creative.
We’ve already seen that people react positively to ads on the TV screen – based on Ipsos Lab Experiments, YouTube ads shown on TV drove a significant lift in ad recall and purchase intent, with an average lift of 47 percent and 35 percent respectively.3
YouTube audiences on every screen
And for brands who want help reaching cord cutters, we now offer a new segment in AdWords called “light TV viewers.” Advertisers will be able to reach people who consume most of their television and video content online and might be harder to reach via traditional media. This audience is reachable on YouTube across computers, mobile, tablets, and TV screens.
Welcoming YouTube TV to Google Preferred
Last year we launched YouTube TV, a new way to enjoy cable-free live TV. Now a year in, YouTube TV continues to gain momentum – we’ve recently added new networks to our service, expanded availability to over 85 percent of U.S. households in nearly 100 TV markets, and announced partnerships with major sports leagues. For the first time, this upcoming broadcast season advertisers will be able to access full length TV inventory in Google Preferred.
Content from some cable networks in the U.S. will be part of Google Preferred lineups so that brands can continue to engage their audience across all platforms. This means advertisers will be able to get both the most popular YouTube content and traditional TV content in a single campaign – plus, we’ll dynamically insert these ads, giving advertisers the ability to show relevant ads to the right audiences, rather than just showing everyone the same ad as they might on traditional TV.
As marketers continue to break the silos and think of holistic media plans, we’re excited to enable the opportunity. Because while TV screen viewing is big and growing fast, video is everywhere and the key is connecting with viewers wherever they watch.
Posted by Debbie Weinstein, Managing Director, YouTube/Video Global Solutions
1Google commissioned Nielsen custom fusion study. Desktop, mobile and TV fusion. TV measurement of television distribution sources and total minutes watched. Reach among persons 18-49. Light TV viewers represent the bottom tercile of total TV watchers based on total minutes viewed. October 2017.
2YouTube Internal Data. Global, accurate as of Jan 2018. Based on seven day average of watch time for TV screen devices, which include smart TVs, Roku/Apple TV and game consoles.
3Google/Ipsos Lab Experiment, U.S., March 2018 (32 ads, 800 U.S. residents, 18-64 y/o)
Facebook is continuing its quest to make its video easier to watch in the living room. The company has released a version of its Video app for Xbox One that gives you an easy way to catch videos in between Sea of Thieves sessions. It'll seem famili…
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Huawei’s P20 Lite is one of the phone’s opting for a questionable display notch, which we saw a ton of at MWC 2018. What’s really interesting about this device, though, is that Huawei has not officially announced it. It’s supposedly already available at some retailers, so this was a really quiet launch, if those retailers aren’t just […]
Come comment on this article: Leaked hands-on video details the Huawei P20 Lite
After a little bit of back and forth, it appears that the White House's meeting with the video game industry is on. At today's press briefing, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed that a meeting will take place this Thursday,…
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Google likes to tweak their YouTube interface, especially on mobile devices. However, their Android TV interface always seems to lag behind, even next to other set-top boxes. With that being said, it looks like Google has pushed a YouTube update on Android TV that further tweaks the latest, non-Material Design aesthetic and brings some features […]
Come comment on this article: Android TV’s YouTube app gets a small redesign, includes video quality control
It’s no secret that Samsung is launching its latest flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, on February 25 at an Unpacked event in Barcelona, the day before MWC2018 begins. Thanks to serial leaker Evan Blass, we even know what both phones look like. But what about the official covers? Well, accessory retailer, Mobile […]
Come comment on this article: New video shows Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ LED View and Hyperknit cases
Amazon has killed off the anime streaming platform it launched merely a year ago, according to Kotaku, and we're not exactly surprised. Anime Strike required an additional $ 5 a month on top of Prime Video membership fees, after all, which might have…
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Didn’t get a new phone for the holidays? Still trying to decide what to go with? Why not check out Kent’s in-depth video review of the Galaxy Note 8 to help you make a decision? You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll question how you feel about shopping lists. Check it out below. Come comment on this […]
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Yep, it’s finally here. Amazon has been holding out their Prime Video service from Android TV for a very long time, but they’re finally bringing the app to Google’s platform. This may or may not have anything to do with Google using YouTube as a bargaining chip within Amazon’s ecosystem. Otherwise, this is a pretty straightforward port, […]
Come comment on this article: Amazon finally stops being stubborn, brings Prime Video to Android TV
When it comes to app stores, most Android users are naturally familiar with the Google Play Store, and to a lesser extent, the newly overhauled Amazon Appstore. If you’ve wanted a bigger choice, there will be a new player on the block in Europe in the form of Chinese electronics giant Huawei, whose AppStore and […]
Come comment on this article: Huawei is bringing its Video Service and AppStore to Europe in Q1 2018
Until robots take over video editing, you'll still have to fiddle with cuts, colors and sound levels. A keyboard is not always the best tool for that, and many control surfaces, like Loupedeck, are strictly targeted at Lightroom users. So what's a vi…
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Killer Mike and El-P, collectively known as Run the Jewels, are no strangers to video games. Previously they appeared in Gears of War 4 as multiplayer characters, and now the duo are lending their talents to FIFA 18. Or, at least, their iconography….
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Taylor Swift returned from her self-imposed social media exile with a single that's already breaking records. Her music video for 'Look What You Made Me Do' raked in over 31 million views on YouTube in its first 24 hours, surpassing Adele's previous…
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