Nintendo is known for its family-friendly leaning, and the characters of Super Mario Bros. are cute enough to make us forget they inhabit a world filled with carnivorous plants. This isn't the case in an alternative-esque series by screenwriter Evan Daugherty, who wrote and directed four short movies in a miniseries called "The Four Players." In Daugherty's world, we see our childhood nostalgia from an entirely too adult reality, complete with grungy sets and dark personal stories.
Google today has quietly rolled out some big new features to its iOS-only YouTube Capture app. The changes include clipping, soundtracking, and iTunes Library integration for the soundtracking. SlashGear's Vincent Nguyen supplies some in-app screen captures here for your perusal after the jump.
A new report is in from Sandvine, which is a provider of broadband network solutions for fixed and mobile operators. The company has published its Internet traffic trends report called "Global Internet Phenomena Report 2H2013." The report is compiled from data from some of the 250 customers Sandvine has around North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa among other places.
Back in September, YouTube revealed that Google+ commenting would be integrated into the video service, something that would revamp the system to provide better conversations and incentive to converse. It has been a bit over a month, and the change has finally gone live, bringing with it not only more relevant comments, but the ability to better moderate conversations that take place on your own videos.
The first-ever YouTube Music Awards are set to go live tonight at 6:00PM EST with a star-studded cast of performers including Eminem, Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire, Avicii, M.I.A., and others. Hosted by Jason Schwartzman and Reggie Watts and directed by Spike Jonze, the YTMA are written for laughs, entertainment, and of course kudos for the nominated artists. Nominations were determined by user data.
YouTube is reportedly planning on launching its own on-demand music service, something said to be similar to Spotify but with video tossed into the mix. Furthermore, there won't be much of a wait for the service if the leak pans out, with the sources saying that the music service will launch sometime towards the end of this year.
Branded queries such as "Southwest Airlines" have begun turning up Google results with large-scale banner ads while searches for artists have started a roll-out of specialized YouTube listings. This is all part of a multi-tiered Google Search modification that brings more cash to the search giant and allows brand integration to run in one case, with quicker results for the searcher's wants and needs in the other, done in part as part of the Hummingbird initiative.
YouTube has been the most popular video streaming site on the Internet for a long time and it's traffic continues to grow. YouTube still faces the challenge of making money off all the traffic it has, but the video streaming service is doing okay. Google recently announced that 40% of all YouTube traffic now comes from mobile devices.
This week the folks at Microsoft appear to have given control back to the Google team when it comes to the unofficial-official YouTube app for Windows Phone devices. Here existing on Windows Phone 8, the app has been part of a battle between companies for several months, resulting in several iterations of said app for the masses and frequent take-downs in-between. Google has let Microsoft know that they've not been pleased with past iterations of the app, and Microsoft has had to take the app down and modify it several times over.