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Vertical YouTube videos at long last

Vertical YouTube videos at long last

The YouTube app for Android - first, not only - has been updated to allow portrait-style videos. This is the first time YouTube has not smashed videos to their smaller, horizontal size when smartphones are held in portrait mode. It's also the first time YouTube has even really acknowledged vertical videos beyond pushing them in at the sides in a horizontal box. Now you can view all the videos your aunt and uncle filmed with their smartphones the wrong way because they can't turn their phones on their sides.

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YouTube’s upcoming paid service hasn’t signed up TV networks

YouTube’s upcoming paid service hasn’t signed up TV networks

Video services have, finally, become a big thing with services like HBO and Showtime recently jumping on board and Dish Network, as of earlier this year, making big waves by launching its online-only television service Sling TV. YouTube, of course, is one of the biggest names when it comes to online videos, but in an entirely different way -- you go to Netflix if you want to watch a movie and YouTube if you want to watch a cat video, even though YouTube also offers paid movies.

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Beme aims to beat Facebook by destroying Selfies

Beme aims to beat Facebook by destroying Selfies

A social network by the name of Beme (say it like "beam") has been introduced this week by a fellow named Casey Neistat. This network destroys the Selfie, and it destroys the self-conscious madness that infects every other social network. It does this by using your smartphone's proximity sensor as a capture button for your camera. "Being able to capture without having to stare is one of the most liberating interactions I've done since getting this device," says Neistat. We're inclined to believe him.

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Watch a plane land on a busy highway in New Jersey

Watch a plane land on a busy highway in New Jersey

This week an airplane carrying skydivers landed on a busy highway - Barnegat Road in Stafford Township, New Jersey. The video you're about to see was captured by the Stafford Township Police Department's traffic cam. Incidentally this is a completely different incident from the "skydivers near death airplane collision" incident that went viral earlier this year and occurred back in October of 2014. The amount of incidents like this are extremely few and far between - which is why they come as such a shock to the general public.

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Verizon nabs Vice content for its upcoming video service

Verizon nabs Vice content for its upcoming video service

Verizon has struck a deal with Vice Media that will score it some exclusive content for its upcoming video service, it has been announced. Vice produces current events content aimed at younger audiences, and it enjoys a healthy fan base. Verizon will be launching its own video streaming service later on this year, following in the footsteps of several other companies, and under this deal will be making Vice videos available. This is a multi-year deal that spans several content categories.

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360-degree Video Tour of North Korea

360-degree Video Tour of North Korea

North Korea isn't exactly a country where most of us would want to visit. It's a place that isn't welcoming to outsiders and is known for harsh treatment of its own citizens and frequent executions by a ruler who controls everything in the country. Being known for frequent executions for offenses as slight as falling asleep in a meeting doesn't make a place appealing to most travelers.

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Apple might be creating exclusive video content for Apple Music artists

Apple might be creating exclusive video content for Apple Music artists

In a new report from Pitchfork, the music site says that Apple is creating its own music videos for top artists on its new Apple Music service, serving as a way to offer further exclusivity to subscribers. The report specifically mentions exclusive music videos from Pharrell, Eminem, and Drake, whose new video for "Energy" was shared exclusively on Apple Connect on Friday. Seeing as how both Drake and Pharrell both have their own radio shows on Beats 1, in-house videos could be a way for Apple Music to strengthen its partnerships with top artists.

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Report: Facebook wants to put music videos in the News Feed

Report: Facebook wants to put music videos in the News Feed

Social behemoth Facebook may have come out and stated it's not developing its own music streaming service, but it seems to still have an interest in getting music to its users. Specifically, it seems to want to put music videos in users' News Feed, and has already had talks with a number of music labels, according to the New York Times, which spoke to several anonymous sources. While the prior rumor about music streaming would've put Facebook in contest with Spotify and others, this sounds like it wants a piece of YouTube's pie.

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WITNESS CONAN drive to SDCC in the Mad Max DOOF Wagon

WITNESS CONAN drive to SDCC in the Mad Max DOOF Wagon

It's time to head to Comic-con - Conan O’Brien has already begun his journey in a MAD MAX vehicle. Those of you that've already seen the newest Mad Max movie will recognize this as the DOOF Wagon. That's the vehicle that plays music for the war party in the 2-hour chase sequence that spans the entire film. While Conan might not have his eyes gouged out like the real Doof guitar player, he's got the head bandages, the red jumpsuit, and the fire guitar to make the part his own.

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Watch an AK-74 bullet travel through more than 5 iPhones

Watch an AK-74 bullet travel through more than 5 iPhones

We've seen lots of videos already of devices like iPhones and Samsung Galaxy phones shot in super-slow motion with weapons like sniper rifles and hand guns, and even heard of one iPhone 5C that saved its owner's life from a shotgun blast, but how about lining up multiple smartphones to see how many a single bullet will pass through? Well, YouTuber EverythingApplePro has answered that question for us, with his video where he shoots at over six iPhones at close-range with an AK-74 assault rifle.

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