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    You may have a new, bigger screen that you might take advantage of to enjoy original content from YouTube Red soon. We've been picking up reports that subscribers have been clicking into emails offering up a free Chromecast to redeem. There's some irony in that while a YouTube Red subscription tacks on access to the Google Play Music library as a bonus, a Google Play Music subscription that has YouTube Red as a bonus hasn't gotten a free Chromecast. All of this has been anecdotal, by the way. Maybe we'll see a similar deal with Chromecast Audio come up soon. After all, Chromecast ...

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    It's not as good as free, but if you're new to the whole anti-advertising sentiment of content consumption and want to get started into it, you can do so for just 99 cents. It's the price for three months of YouTube Red, YouTube's new service that not only removes ads from the viewing experience, but gives you access to exclusive original episodic content from viral video stars. Other features like the ability to keep videos running in the background, a Google Play Music subscription and video downloads are also bundled in. After the three-month trial, it reverts to the regular fee scheme ...

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    If you're not on Slack, HipChat, GroupMe, Hangouts, Facebook Messenger, SMS or email already and would like to bring some interesting pieces of media to a group you're in, prepare yourself for what Google's offering. It has introduced Spaces, an app that builds in Google Search, Chrome and YouTube to look up and serve most of the content you would share in a small group within the app. It's available for all Gmail users on iOS, Android, desktop and the mobile web. We're not sure how much effort you'll save without all the app and page switching, but hey, it's out there. The new ...

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    Have you made the plunge with YouTube Red? For users willing to pay ten bucks a month, Google will turn on features like background playback, enable access to Red-exclusive content, and maybe most importantly, finally stop running all those ads that had been interrupting your viewing experience. If you're a Red convert, whether you just signed up or have been using the service since its inception, move along – this news isn't for you. But if you're still wading through the ad-sponsored YouTube of yesteryear, we've got some new content to let you know about, as Google brings a new ad ...

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    It's impossible to look at this year's big smartphone launches and pretend that spherical all-the-way-around “360-degree” video isn't a hot feature on the minds of some big hardware teams: both the LG G5 and Samsung Galaxy S7 debuted alongside their own handheld devices tailor-made for the purposes of capturing such immersive content, all ready to be enjoyed with your VR viewer of choice (though a regular phone will work just fine in a pinch). With the hardware landing, all we needed was some good software support, and a couple months back we heard that YouTube was getting ready for ...

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    While we can probably all agree Google’s first early 2016 April Fools’ Day prank uncharacteristically bombed, a slew of much better gags and hilarious introduction videos for fake products were always expected to debut today. The hoaxes and “crazy features” ultimately went “official” a good number of hours ago, when it was still March 31, ranging as usual from gut-busting to self-deprecating to outright bizarre and… stuff we’d actually like to see happen. Hands down the best, most elaborate and funniest clip (embedded below) takes the wraps off the Cardboard Plastic. No, ...

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    Forget wearable technology and virtual reality. The industry’s “next big thing” could be a service much simpler to implement and market, which has been around for years in some form or other, and is only now taken seriously by behemoths Twitter, Facebook and Google. We’re talking live video streaming, particularly mobile apps capable of broadcasting “original content” in real time for friends and fans, with Twitter getting an important head start on its social networking arch-rival last year, and FB slowly recovering lost ground. Since Facebook Live Video is still new, ...

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    Our iPad Pro review from late November showed off the Split View, Slide Over and Picture-in-Picture multitasking features that came with an updated iOS. Of course, a lot of time on iTunes was due, but just on half of the screen (or less!). But no time on YouTube was really possible as such — folks at Google didn't make it compatible with the new iOS features until it pushed an update just today. No longer relegated to the full screen, clips from YouTube can now share the area with another app or appear as a bookmark-esque pulldown. The sore thumb still hurting? No Picture-in-Picture. ...

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    Every year brings with it its own smartphone controversies, and we wrapped up 2015 with a pretty big one, as T-Mobile introduced its love-it-or-hate-it Binge On service for streaming video. On the surface, it sounded alright: T-Mobile would let users stream content from a number of popular providers without that data counting against their plan allotment. All those users had to put up with for that privilege was slightly downgraded video quality. But then we started looking closer, and there were all these issues: why were users being enrolled automatically, rather than Binge On being ...

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    While there’s no disputing the benefits of a completely ad-free YouTube watching experience, no third-party apps or browser extensions needed, Google felt a little greedy and unreasonable to charge $10 a month just for that. But YouTube Red isn’t all about canceling video interruptions, as it also includes a Play Music subscription at no additional costs, easy offline saving capabilities, and background play support for mobile device multitasking. Plus, early service adopters will get to exclusively enjoy a trio of original movies produced by top YouTube content creators, as well as a ...

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    The rise of affordable VR hardware has created a growing need for VR content, and not content to be left behind as new challengers arrive to offer it to us, YouTube's been stepping up to help lead the way. Already, that's meant supporting both flat panoramas and, more recently, fully 3D 360-degree video. Now we're getting ready for the next chapter in that story, as we receive word that YouTube's about to step up its VR-video support with live streaming 360-degree content. Reportedly, YouTube's been meeting with companies behind various 360-degree cameras in the interest of making sure ...

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    T-Mobile claims that its zero-rated data scheme for video is not "throttling," a claim YouTube and the Electronic Frontier Foundation don't agree with. But whether or not you appreciate the delicate regulatory aspects of such programs like Binge On — and believe you me, the FCC is certainly interested — is irrelevant here. If you're a T-Mobile subscriber, be it for a capped or unlimited LTE data plan, you're automatically opted-in to Binge On. And if what the EFF found out about the program irks you, you do have the option to turn it off. Thing is, T-Mobile doesn't make it easy. There ...

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    This development may put the FCC's meeting with T-Mobile in a new light — and perhaps the meetings with AT&T and Comcast as well. After YouTube took first spat against T-Mobile's Binge On program that zero-rated end users' costs for access to 480p video. That's so long as video providers ask to be on the program, which is free to participate in. YouTube was and is not a partner in the program and the company is claiming that its video is being "throttled" down to 480p. T-Mobile responded with a different term, "downgraded," which supposedly conforms with net neutrality. The ...

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    When a company acknowledges a "less flattering" way of addressing spats with another company, you're likely to raise an eyebrow or two — no more, though. T-Mobile subscribers using the eyes below their brows to browse their YouTube subscriptions might have noticed their viewing on the go stuck at 480p. YouTube used the word "throttling" in its reading of the act to T-Mobile via the Wall Street Journal. It's not one of the 24 video service partners that signed on with T-Mobile's Binge On program that zero-rates data fees for end users while they watch optimized videos. T-Mobile has ...

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    Last month, T-Mobile announced Binge On, a scheme that offers to give the carrier's users unlimited access to streaming video that won't count against their data plans – so long as they're cool with down-sampled resolutions and decreased bandwidth. The service only covered streaming video from select providers, and if users didn't want to live with those trade-offs, they were always free to opt out – or so we thought. Now YouTube is alleging that T-Mobile is throttling its video connections to the carrier's users, even though YouTube is not among the services signed up to be a part of ...

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    If you're watching YouTube videos on your smartphone, count yourself as the majority these days. Plenty of us have had to deal with a viewing experience that lags behind a more robust desktop one. But more features are sprouting up every so often and now there's this one for those who could do away with starts-and-stops and even the data-conscious. Some YouTube users are getting badges while their videos have paused that show how much of the video has been buffered and how large the video is. What's more, as opposed to just buffering a few seconds ahead of your pause point, the app will ...

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    A few weeks back Google announced YouTube Red, a big change to how the streaming video service is monetized. Rather than continuing as a strictly ad-supported model, Red allows users to pay a monthly fee in exchange for an ad-free viewing experience – along with other perks. And while that was interesting enough on its own, news of Red also arrived alongside word of a new YouTube Music app, one with both free and subscription features that would give users unprecedented access to the service's vast music catalog. Google told us the app would be out soon, and today it finally drops, with ...

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    If you've ever played around with Google Cardboard and YouTube, you've likely been amazed by some of the 360-degree footage available, and watched your share of 3D videos, but so far there's been a big gap between the two: what about watching footage that's in 3D, and also has head-tracking support? It's been a long time coming, but today Google announces a couple new features for the YouTube Android app that finally make this dream a reality. With supported clips, users can now immerse themselves in 3D content while also being able to turn their heads around in a full 360-degree circle to ...

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    Even though many of us are still scratching our heads over YouTube Red, it doesn't change the fact that you can still enjoy the same YouTube you always knew. Having people pay to avoid ads makes sense, but it's not necessarily popular where the average audience is made out of teenagers sadly. Still, it seems Google's recent update to YouTube envisioned more than just this change, and today we find that there was more functionality dug within. Recent APK tear downs revealed that Google was also building rewind and fast forward functionality to its Android app. At the moment the feature ...

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    Apple Music stirred up controversy earlier this year when it debuted its pay-only service by providing a three-month free trial to users. In so doing, Apple said it would not be paying royalties to artists for those three months. Taylor Swift put an axe in that idea and Apple wholly admits it. The backlash that scarred Apple is something YouTube wants to avoid in debuting its own paid subscription program. YouTube Red, which will charge $9.99 a month for ad-free video viewing, is extending a 30-day free trial of its own to the globe of viral clip watchers. Unlike its unfortunate ...

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    When it comes to selling apps and services for smartphones, everyone's got their hand out, and if you want to do business on a particular mobile platform, that can mean being forced to hand over a significant chunk of your revenue to the company behind the platform. With Apple, whether you're selling apps, in-app purchases, or the online services those apps access, you're going to have to fork over 30 percent of your revenue – and Apple's notorious for shutting down devs who try to deprive it of its cut. Yesterday Google announced the new YouTube Red subscription service, and while it ...

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    It's been just about a month since an APK teardown first hinted at a new subscription service coming to YouTube. Evidence pointed to something called YouTube Red emerging as a new a model to either complement or replace the existing Music Key, thought we were seriously short on details. Then yesterday we heard that Red could be nearly ready to go official, with word that a $10-a-month subscription plan would be announced today. Sure enough, Google has just confirmed that report, announcing the arrival of YouTube Red next week. For $10 a month, YouTube Red strips the service of all its ...

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    It’s probably not easy to keep the big bucks flowing in when you run a free video-sharing website and the ads often interrupting the clips that technically support the service can be blocked with little to no hassle. As such, YouTube has been unsurprisingly experimenting with various monetization methods for several years now, the latest initiative of this kind reportedly aiming to put premium, original content behind a paywall. It’s unclear how much users will be asked to cough up for exclusive programming from YT stars like the Smosh comedy duo, but “industry sources” recently ...

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    Gaming is a big deal on YouTube, up to the point where the people that are making the most money on the service, are actually focused on Gaming. The company's approach to giving users a dedicated app for YouTube gamers was genius, as this gives users a quicker portal to the things that matter, and in a more organized way. Obviously those watching on a mobile device are most likely also mobile gamers, and a solution has arrived for that. In the past, those YouTube gamers that wanted to upload their play of a mobile game would require a ton of tricks in order to make it happen. Today's new ...

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    Last fall, Google introduced its YouTube Music Key premium service, offering users features like the ability to view ad-free content and enjoy YouTube streams in the background while working with other apps on their phones. Even with attractive options like those, Music Key failed to really make much of a name for itself, if due only to feature overlap with Google Play Music unlimited. Maybe a little re-branding is just what the doctor ordered, and now a new app teardown suggests that what we now know as Music Key could be getting ready to become YouTube Red. At least, a new YouTube APK ...

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