Google may soon add Incognito Mode to the YouTube app

Many of Google’s apps already feature an Incognito Mode, a privacy feature that allows users to browse the internet without storing local data, but YouTube is not one of them. However, it looks like Google is working hard to bring this privacy feature to YouTube for Android.

If you want to use the equivalent of Incognito Mode on YouTube for Android, you’ll have to head to Settings / History & privacy and enable the options to pause watch and search history. It’s a bit annoying to have to do that every time you want to remain incognito while using the app, so the addition of the new mode …


YouTube Music Premium to launch on May 22nd along with other changes

Time to follow the bouncing ball. Starting on May 22nd,  a new YouTube Music will debut. The ad-supported version will offer official songs, albums, playlists, artist-based radio and YouTube’s library of videos. YouTube Music Premium is the ad-free version of the music streamer that allows you to listen to tunes in the background, and download tunes. This service will cost $9.99 a month and will be available via an app or through your desktop browser. YouTube Music Premium is replacing the Google Play Music app and subscribers to the latter will be able to hear their purchased music, …

YouTube TV gains “voice remote” on Android devices

It appears that Google has started pushing out a brand new feature to those using YouTube TV on their Android devices. The new feature called “voice remote” appeared for the first time several months ago, but only as a support page that didn’t offer any details on what’s to come.

Suddenly, many YouTube TV users noticed their Android clients have been gifted with the option to control the app by voice. Apparently, you’ll be able to access “voice remote” from the floating action button that now appears in the Android app.

It’s worth mentioning that this isn’t an update that you …

YouTube now supports HDR video on the Apple iPhone X

Apple iPhone X users should be seeing an improvement in the quality of certain YouTube videos that they view on their phone. That’s because YouTube has just added HDR video support for Apple’s tenth anniversary model. With HDR, YouTube videos have greater contrast and offer more colors than standard digital video. Besides seeing a large improvement in how a video appears on the phone’s screen, YouTube will also display the letters ‘HDR’ in the quality of the video (for example, ‘1080p60 HDR’). You can find that information by tapping on a video, tapping the three dots in the right hand corner, …

Android users can now set up YouTube to remind them to take a break from watching videos

Back in the good old days, parents used to complain about their kids sitting and watching television for hours at a time instead of enjoying the sunshine and fresh air outdoors. Thanks to mobile technology, kids can now be outdoors and still watch a screen, albeit the smaller ones on their phones or tablets. And Google has decided to take over for the parents when they are not around thanks to its new “Digital Wellbeing” initiative introduced this past week at Google I/O. Some of these features will be part of Android P, while others will be found in some of Google’s apps.

Once such app …

YouTube wants to become less annoying and help you stop procrastinating

YouTube is hands down the most popular video service. It’s safe to say that most phones will have the YouTube app installed on them as millions of users spend hours of their time on the platform on a daily basis.

As a part of Google’s new Digital Wellbeing program, users will now have the choice to make YouTube less intrusive and set reminders that they might be using the app a bit too much.

The first major change comes in how the notifications are delivered. If you are subscribed to a channel and have the bell icon checked, or if you have been binge-watching a certain channel recently, …

YouTube grows to 1.8 billion monthly registered viewers

YouTube now has 1.8 billion registered users according to its CEO. It’s no secret that YouTube is the largest video platform worldwide and, after confirming back in June of 2017 that it had a total of 1.5 billion logged-in viewers each month, the company’s CEO Susan Wojcicki has announced that this number has grown significantly since then.

Speaking at the Brandcast event, it was confirmed that in the space of 10 months the video site has increased its monthly user base by 300 million, reaching the 1.8 billion mark just recently. It’s worth noting, however, that this figure fails to include …

Honestly, what the heck is happening on YouTube?

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One of the internet’s most famed catchphrases is about porn: that any sort of erotica you could want or imagine, no matter how niche or messed up, exists somewhere online.

That shouldn’t be the case for YouTube — a video community monitored for hate, violence, abuse, obscenity, and more. But with each new discovery of disturbing footage after repulsive video trend, it seems that the populist platform is just as out of control as the internet on which it lives. From child porn to animal abuse, it’s time to ask, Google, what the heck is happening on YouTube?

On Tuesday, BuzzFeed uncovered that images of beastiality are extremely “easy to find” on YouTube. Now, this doesn’t pertain to actual videos of beastiality. Instead, BuzzFeed found that (totally creepy, but not explicitly human-to-animal sexual) videos featuring scantily clad women petting or grooming animals were essentially marketed with explicit beastiality thumbnails. Multiple thumbnails featured women engaging in sexual acts with horses. Read more…

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During the fourth quarter of 2017, YouTube took down 8.3 million videos

Google owned streaming video site YouTube announced yesterday, that it will issue a report every quarter that details how it has helped clean up its inventory of videos. Monday, it released its initial report and said that for the last three months of 2017, more than 8 million videos were removed. Most of these were spam, or contained adult content. The streamer says that this technology is helping it quickly remove “high-risk low-volume” clips that can be characterized as containing “extremist views.” It also helps discover high-volume problem videos that feature spam. To show how well …

YouTube, Twitter or Reddit next to be on the D.C. hot seat says cyber security expert

Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg spent Tuesday and Wednesday getting grilled by the Senate and the House, respectively. And if there is one thing that we can take away from the media circus, it’s this: Congress hasn’t a clue about how technology works. Granted, not everyone throwing questions at Zuckerberg was naive about tech, but we did hear one lawmaker sound incredulous when Zuckerberg responded to an inquiry by confirming that Facebook is free. So, the follow up question was something like “If Facebook is free, how do you make money?” And we have to give the Facebook executive some …