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YouTube updates Kids app to appease worried parents

YouTube updates Kids app to appease worried parents

YouTube launched an app early this year that tried to harness the wealth of information and knowledge available on the video streaming site for the benefit of children. It was a laudable goal but YouTube Kids was immediately beset with problems, from searches that lead to inappropriate content to the usual problem of ads. Now YouTube has updated its child-friendly app in order to allay those fears, or at least some of them. But even YouTube admits it isn't perfect and tries to enlist the help of parents themselves.

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Google talks up new Shopping ads YouTube advertising format

Google talks up new Shopping ads YouTube advertising format

YouTube is one of the most popular video streaming sites on the internet. One of the things that people who use YouTube get upset about is any new type of advertising that comes along that might interrupt their viewing experience. Google has announced a new advertising capability that will be coming to YouTube with new ads that can run along with a video called Shopping ads.

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Watchable, Comcast’s YouTube killer, launches in beta

Watchable, Comcast’s YouTube killer, launches in beta

Last month, Comcast was tipped to be eying a slice of the video streaming business to challenge the near invulnerability of YouTube. Now the cable company confirms that rumor by announcing the beta testing phase of its new service simply called "Watchable". Aiming to "connect creators of compelling content with viewers", the Internet video streaming service gathers a few known brands and channels in the media scene in the hopes of leaving a market in an already crowded space, most of it occupied by the hulking Google service.

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Star Wars VR trailer released to Google Cardboard on YouTube (unofficially)

Star Wars VR trailer released to Google Cardboard on YouTube (unofficially)

Today we begin to see what it'll be like to be part of the Star Wars universe in virtual reality. While we saw the Facebook release of a 360-vision speeder journey through a shipyard on Jakku yesterday, today we're going to the planet with VR goggles on. Today we don't just imagine what it'll be like to look around this environment - we can really do it! And you can too - all you'll need is a pair of Google Cardboard goggles and your smartphone.

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YouTube game broadcasting coming to Android

YouTube game broadcasting coming to Android

While broadcasting live gameplay from consoles has become quite standard, mobile devices have yet to get in on the action. Until now, that is. YouTube announced at the ongoing Tokyo Game Show that Android phones and tablets will soon be able to live broadcast their play to the web service. There's no firm date for availability yet, but the feature is said to require no additional apps or hardware, and will even let users add audio and video commentary.

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YouTube forces AdBlock users to watch unskippable video ads [Updated]

YouTube forces AdBlock users to watch unskippable video ads [Updated]

Browser extensions that block website advertisements are becoming very common these days and their use is expected to only grow in the next few years. Some websites that survive on advertising have turned to things like tip jars or even politely asking users to turn off their ad-blockers. Google's YouTube, however, is taking a bit more of a direct approach: users with the AdBlock Plus extension installed are forced to watch video advertisements before the actual content video plays.

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How to “Go Live” with YouTube Gaming

How to “Go Live” with YouTube Gaming

Google's YouTube Gaming app and web browser-based user interface for YouTube Gaming launch in full. Today we're having a peek at the mobile app version of YouTube Gaming - with an Android app to start. This app will be released to iOS soon. Inside this app is a collection of game streams where only pre-recorded videos were before. Inside this app is YouTube with a pure gaming focus - with more than a little bit of an aim for the audience that until now belonged almost exclusively to Twitch.

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Star Wars live global toy unboxing begins September 3

Star Wars live global toy unboxing begins September 3

It looks like the first real marketing blitz for the new Star Wars film, The Force Awakens, will begin next week. Disney has announced that starting Thursday, September 3rd, an 18-hour live toy unboxing event will take place across the globe, with 15 different cities around the world revealing the first look at new Star Wars merchandise. The event is described as a "New Year's Eve style celebration," with 12 countries each participating at local times on September 3rd, starting in Australia.

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YouTube Gaming to launch tomorrow on Web and mobile

YouTube Gaming to launch tomorrow on Web and mobile

Google is about to put Twitch, and Amazon, on notice tomorrow when it finally launches YouTube Gaming in full. Revealed back in June, this corner of YouTube is Google's attempt to wrest the crown away from Twitch, which it was rumored to have tried to acquire. Twitch is now owned by Amazon, who rivals Google in many aspects. Leveraging the immense popularity and wider reach of the brand, YouTube Gaming could very well give rival services a run for their money, becoming the Internet's new favorite hangout for video game videos.

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Metroid spectacularly re-imagined in Unreal Engine 4

Metroid spectacularly re-imagined in Unreal Engine 4

Developer CryZENx brings a fully re-imagined Metroid Prime gameplay environment into existence with Unreal Engine 4. And boy does it look fantastic. What you're going to see is a project - not an official game made for release. Here you'll see some of the capabilities of the graphics environment Unreal Engine 4, complete with realistic lighting, shadows, atmosphere, and everything in-between. Just keep reminding yourself that while this isn't a real game - it could indicate where Metroid could go, someday, maybe.

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YouTube Space studio is coming to India

YouTube Space studio is coming to India

Google announced today that Mumbai, India will be counted among the few select cities laying claim to a YouTube Space studio. YouTube Spaces have already been launched in LA, London, Tokyo, New York City, Sao Paulo, and Berlin, with the first one having been launched in 2012. Thousands of YouTube creators have visited the YouTube Spaces, according to Google, and it’ll likely see those numbers increase more rapidly with this latest launch.

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YouTuber films Mad Max GoKart Paintball War in glorious 4K

YouTuber films Mad Max GoKart Paintball War in glorious 4K

Today the creative video maker Devin Super Tramp has released a tribute to the action film of the summer: Mad Max: Fury Road. This tribute is not just a bunch of dust-coated Warboys firing arrows at one another in cobbled-together monster machines, but something so much more wonderful. Instead of full-sized cars, this war is being fought with GoKarts. Instead of using full-sized machine guns, this tiny feature uses guns generally employed on paintball.

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