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    If you have kids like I do, you probably celebrated the launch of YouTube Kids a few weeks ago, as it is definitely difficult to control what children can find on YouTube. The problem is when you find channels like McDonalds in the feed, which are clearly there to sell you products, and not with the sole purpose of providing children with educational content. This particular problem has raised a lot of fire around the concept of YouTube Kids, and today we learn that there are organizations ready to retaliate against Google. A handful of child advocacy groups are ready to file a complaint ...

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    Google loves bringing new video types to YouTube. Problem is – for a lot of us, anyway – is that they can be a real pain to view. Like YouTube supporting 4K-resolution video is a great way to prepare for the rising availability of 4K-class displays, but for the moment not a lot of us can view it in its native res. And while you can always cross your eyes and get YouTube's 3D video working in a pinch, the number of us with dedicated hardware designed for consuming such content is still pretty low. Today Google is bringing a new class of video to YouTube, and in what's a lovely change of ...

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    Believe it or not, there's more happening this week in mobile than just the arrival of rumors and leaks about upcoming MWC hardware. Granted, there's been a lot of that kind of stuff, but the stray non-MWC news still manages to sneak through the cracks, like it did earlier this week when Google launched the new YouTube Kids app. As it happens, it's not just YouTube's youngest users who have something to look forward to this week, and now we learn about a useful new tool coming to the regular YouTube Android app. Already this year we've seen signs of Google working to give YouTube better ...

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    We rounded-out last week hearing about an upcoming new YouTube app, one that would custom-tailor the experienced for some of the youngest video-watchers among us. This YouTube Kids app would give parents a safe place to expose children to the service's video content, while also giving them strong controls over just what (and how much of it) kids could access. Today Google makes the app official, and while it's largely what we were expecting, we also learn about a few additional details, including broader availability. While that report from last week believed that YouTube Kids would debut ...

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    Children can be some of the most enthusiastic consumers of content, always looking for something new, and eager to see it all. But the internet can be a big, scary place, with plenty of dark corners not safe for young eyes, and content discovery tools aren't always tailored to the needs of a younger audience. Rumors have been going back about a year now regarding Google's efforts to make YouTube more accessible for children, and now we hear that a new YouTube Kids app will be debuting next week. The app, which will initially be Android-only, is set to arrive on February 23. Beyond just ...

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    Sometimes you want your photo or video to accurately reflect the real world – device makers keep upping the ante when it comes to camera hardware and software in efforts to make their models capable of the cleanest capturing possible. But sometimes you want to play around with the way things look, and for that we have filters. Apps like Instagram have brought use of such filters into the mainstream, and beyond photos, we've also seen them applied to videos. Over the weekend a new YouTube update surfaced, and while the feature isn't there quite yet, some teardown work reveals development ...

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    Updated with high-quality download and streaming links, as well as timecodes. We'll see you next week! Android gets sweeter, YouTube gets more musical, and Lumia gets more Microsoft. Those are the headlines this week in tech news and views (backed up by a lot of crazy happenings from Samsung, LG, Sharp and more) and by sheer force of will, we're going to try covering them in 90 minutes or less on the fanciest podcast this side of Tuxedo Alley. Joining us this week to help with that monumental task is Joshua Vergara of Android Authority, a veteran of our live recording session from IFA ...

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    Though the bigger YouTube news of the day may be the announcement of YouTube Music Key, that's not to say that this latest YouTube iOS update isn't important. It, too, brings music-related changes for the world, with the introduction of a music dashboard and the YouTube Mix playback option. Let's first discuss the music-focused dashboard. It'll give you an overview in the "What to Watch" section of the most popular music videos / songs on the service, as well as iTunes Radio-esque curated playlists called Mixes. Mixes can be based on either a song or an artist, and the feature allows you ...

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    For the longest time now we've been hearing about some big ideas Google has for YouTube, introducing a new subscription component to the service while simultaneously delivering long-overdue features like offline playback and the ability to keep audio from clips playing in the background on our phones. Back over the summer a rich new leak arrived that attempted to detail much of what we could expect, while also teasing the YouTube Music Key name. Today, Google goes ahead and makes it all official, announcing the launch of its Music Key beta. Here's how it works: pay eight dollars a month ...

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    Going back quite a while now, well into last year, we've been hearing about the idea of Google expanding its subscription music services beyond Play Music All Access to bring a subscription component to YouTube. It looked like it might arrive as YouTube Music Pass, and Google's even played on our awareness of that name to mess with the community a little, but we still had plenty of questions about just how it might work. Now the picture of this service might finally be coming together, as new leaks arrive arm-in-arm with a new name: YouTube Music Key. Remember those signs pointing to ...

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    As popular as YouTube is today, there are some caveats to the way the service works. You can only watch videos while online, these require chunks of data, and at times when data plans aren't cheap nor unlimited, it would be great to download a couple of videos over WiFi before hitting the road. Google has offered to bring this service offline to its YouTube application for a while now, but even today, all we get is more teasers. Google has recently updated its YouTube application for Android on the Google Play Store, and if you look closely, you'll notice that the screenshots provided ...

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    In our latest smartphone review, looking at the AT&T version of the LG G3, we lamented the lack of good options for quad HD content; the G3's got this fantastically high-resolution display, but it can be a real pain to track down any content that takes full advantage of all those extra pixels. Just a couple months back, though, we saw real progress being made towards improving the state of high-res media on our phones, as a YouTube update started giving users the ability to manually select from HD resolutions, including 720p and 1080p. Now, that's finally extending up into the 2K space ...

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    A new release of YouTube for Android is out today, and this being a Wednesday, right in the middle of the week when Google likes to release app updates, that on its own isn't very surprising. The update itself doesn't contain a ton of new features, mainly just enhancing existing playlist functionality by making it easier to interact with lists, as well as review ones you've already created (above). But that's not all that's here: expecting that the media would go poking around the APK, looking for signs of any more upcoming changes, this time Google decided to have a little fun, and hid a ...

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    One of the things Google has been really good about is bringing apps over to iOS. Every major app, including Maps, Hangouts, and the Search app (with Now) has made its way over to iOS -- and now, the latest new Google iOS apps are AdWords Express and YouTube Creator Studio. Both apps aren't exactly targeted at the average user, especially the former, AdWords Express. AdWords users can check clicks on an ad campaign along with additional details to gauge effectiveness on the fly. The app also supports serving notifications, so those of you who constantly need to stay on top of your ads can ...

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    A Wednesday isn't complete without a couple app updates from Google, right? Today's updated apps from the Mountain View-based company include YouTube and Hangouts, both of which got new and improves features in their latest releases. YouTube's update to version 5.7 brings the ability to manually select the quality of a video that's playing. Android Police reports that users can set the video quality anywhere from 144p to 720p, but readers of ours have noted that 1080p manual options are available on certain devices. There's also an automatic option, which will choose the best resolution ...

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    The rise of YouTube has given content creators billions of eyes eager to check out their latest videos, and a ton of those views come from smartphone users. But while those viewers have enjoyed a relatively fleshed-out app experience (relatively – sorry, Windows Phone crew), things haven't been so easy for users trying to administer their own channels. Luckily for those with subscribers to please, YouTube is looking to fix this situation, and today announces its intent to release a separate app for content creators. Now, we don't yet have full details on the sort of features to expect in ...

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    The All New HTC One won't grace us with its presence until the end of the month, and at this point we're beginning to wonder if HTC will have anything left to reveal at the announcement. From a sales guide to promotional materials to yet another undercover hands-on video, the leaks surrounding one of the year's most anticipated Android handsets refuse to let up – and we're here to talk about them in our latest pre-#ANHO podcast! Before that, of course, we've got the usual news of the week, including a duo of Samsung tablet reviews, rampant speculation about a brick-and-mortar Google ...

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    A few hours back we were looking at the new version of Google Wallet that Google had just announced, but this being a Wednesday and all, we knew to expect word of even more Google app updates to start coming in. We've picked up on three of them by now, with new versions of Maps, Translate, and YouTube on the way out to users. Unfortunately, at least in the case of YouTube, it looks like Google might have jumped the gun. When employees of a company run not-yet-released versions of their own software in order to try and spot bugs, we call that “dogfooding.” The idea is that of “eating ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the Dual-SIM and expandable HTC One reaching UK retail stores. We then talk about how US Carriers plan to avoid stolen phones to be activated outside the United States. Microsoft follows the news as the company is addressing some overheating issues with the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2. YouTube is next as a recent dissection of the mobile app reveals a paid music service in the works. We end today's show talking about how Google pulled the CyanogenMod app from the Google Play Store. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Dual-SIM HTC One ...

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    Remember a little over a month ago, when we started hearing about the possibility of YouTube putting together its own streaming music service? The details were pretty sparse, and it wasn't clear exactly how this might work, but sources were adamant that it was coming. We're still looking for a few answers, but the picture starts becoming quite a bit more clear, as a teardown on the new YouTube Android APK reveals the early framework this system seems like it will be using. First, the bad news: you know that feature to keep videos playing in the background, so you can listen to their audio ...

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    Changes are on their way for YouTube, and how we access the service on our mobile devices. We were just telling you about how it looks like the Android app is going to get the ability to keep videos playing in the background or with your screen off, and earlier heard about progress towards implementing an offline mode, for caching clips where a data connection's not available. Today we catch wind of a much larger effort to rethink the sort of services YouTube provides, with rumors of an upcoming subscription music service. This project is supposed to be focused on mobile devices, where it ...

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    If you're too cheap to spring for a paid subscription to Spotify or the like, sometimes the easiest way to hear a particular song, right when you want to listen to it, is to pull the track up on YouTube. While that gets the job done, the experience you get with the Android YouTube app leaves a bit to be desired. After all, it's designed for video playback, and as such doesn't give you much in the way of options for keeping a clip's audio going in the background. It looks like that's soon about to change, with hidden settings in the latest YouTube APK revealing just such a feature. Beyond ...

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    We've seen it too many times before, and we've written and talked at length about it. The Windows Phone YouTube app situation doesn't seem to be going in the right direction with the latest update to the app that's being pushed out to devices. While many were hoping that Microsoft and Google will sort this out, it doesn't appear so, at the moment. The application that stopped working after a day has been finally updated; however, it's been replaced with the old one, which is basically just a shortcut to YouTube's mobile page, being opened on Internet Explorer. At least video playback is ...

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    A little earlier this week, we got some news from Google about a forthcoming feature for its YouTube mobile apps, where they'd be gaining the ability to cache videos for offline play. Considering all the stink Google has been making about Microsoft's efforts to side-step YouTube rules – and specifically some of those concerning downloading clips – this was quite the surprising development. However, the announcement was seriously light on specifics, and while it was clear this feature was coming, we still didn't know how long the "short period" we'd be able to save videos for would ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about NVIDIA's new Tegra Note platform, and what we can expect from it. Then we talk about YouTube's plans to enhance their mobile application to allow offline video on mobile devices. CyanogenMod is next as the service has now officially become a company dubbed CyanogenMod Inc. and plans to enhance their user experience with Android. BlackBerry is next as we talk about their new BlackBerry Z30, specific dates for BBM to reach Android and iOS, and then the sad news that 40% of their work force will get laid off. We end today's show talking about the ...

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