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    Let's face it: 99 percent of vertical videos suck. Once in a blue moon, a portrait-mode aspect ratio is arguably the better choice for the subject matter being filmed, but with the proliferation of widescreen displays in our lives, landscape-orientation video ends up looking better more often than not. But unlike living room TVs or laptop screens, our smartphones have displays that are just asking to be spun around, swapped from horizontal to vertical layouts on a whim. So why has viewing vertical video on a screen that can so easily become vertical itself been such a challenge? It's time ...

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    The whole experience was surreal. It was mind-boggling. As it was stupefying. And rage-inducing. This is not fit for human consumption. [gallery ids="440595,440596,440597"]   A teacher once told me that "limitations are only what you make of them." I was a crying brat then and I'll stick with being a crying brat right now. Because unless we push the limits of what a smartwatch or any wearable with a screen can do right now, then "Video for Android Wear&YouTube" is clearly too far ahead of its time and risks being laughed into obsolescence. I'm being melodramatic here, but after ...

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    The rise of video games as streaming performances has positively exploded in recent years, with the publication of gaming vids on services like YouTube and Twitch reaching new heights of popularity – success that led Amazon to announce plans to purchase Twitch for nearly a billion dollars last year. And while much of that content is focused on PC and console gaming, mobile gaming is just as popular in its own right, and now Sony is offering owners of its Xperia devices the chance to easily stream some gaming video from their own hardware, releasing a new live screen streaming app. ...

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    Have you ever looked at your Android Wear smartwatch and thought to yourself "Gee, wouldn't it be great if I could watch a YouTube video on this tiny wrist-mounted screen?" Neither have I. But just in case you're the adventurous type and are wondering what it really is like to watch a YouTube video on a low-res, circular (or square), and underpowered device, you're in luck. A new third-party Android Wear YouTube app has been released today that'll allow you to do just that, if that's what you're into. The free app flies under the long-winded name Video for Android Wear & Youtube. ...

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    One of the most common trends ever since smartphone screens started getting larger, was for video consumption to grow. YouTube has made gigantic leaps in the quality it can support from video producers like us to consumers on a desktop, but we've also seen the company gradually bring this support to mobile. Today we see the company expand support of new features to mobile users. YouTube has just published an "HFR FTW" post on its YouTube blog. By this, the Google-owned company has just confirmed that both iOS and Android devices will now support 60 FPS video streaming. This feature was ...

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    Even though Steve Jobs never believed in music streaming services, times have definitely changed, and so has the music streaming model, in addition to data speeds and limits. As such, we’ve seen Apple make some desperate moves to retain its music supremacy with acquisitions like Beats Music, in addition to internal rumors that claim that Apple wants to cripple Spotify and YouTube by convincing labels to eliminate the Freemium model. Apple obviously needed its sales leverage to make a point out of this, but today it seems things went downhill. Warner Music Group just ended its Q2/2015 ...

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    There's no denying that Apple singlehandedly rescued music labels more than a decade ago with the launch of products like the iTunes Store and the iPod, at a time when music piracy was just too convenient for consumers. That business model has proven to have become obsolete as companies like Spotify, Pandora and YouTube continue to grow in the same music streaming business that Apple has been reluctant to adopt. We do know that Cupertino has big plans for its Beats Music acquisition, but reports claim that in order for it to work, some desperate measures are being used. Trusted sources ...

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    It would be fantastic if devices that once supported a service were guaranteed to keep doing so for years and years to come – that if Netflix works on your TV today, or your car streams Pandora, that it will keep right on working through future server-end upgrades. Sadly, that's not necessarily the case, and given enough time, client-side software can lose the ability to communicate with the service behind it. That's what happening to a number of YouTube-accessing devices right now, as Google updates its API and breaks compatibility with old viewers. The affected hardware includes old ...

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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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