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YouTube is making VR and 360 videos look ‘more realistic’

YouTube is making VR and 360 videos look ‘more realistic’

YouTube has supported 360-degree and VR videos for a while, and now it is making changes that will improve the quality of those videos. According to a new report from the service’s engineering team, a joint effort is taking place between Daydream and YouTube to make these types of videos look more realistic, doing so using ‘better projection methods.’

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Watch Siberian tigers take down a flying drone

Watch Siberian tigers take down a flying drone

Drones: they annoy and amuse humans, mostly annoy kangaroos, and apparently greatly intrigue Siberian tigers. A new video shows a pack of such tigers chasing around a flying drone, doing so like big cats trying to catch a laser dot, when one eventually yanks it from the sky. It seems at first the tigers are moving in to swiftly destroy the drone, but their instincts quickly give away to curiosity and, it seems, confusion.

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Snapchat to offer exclusive ‘Planet Earth 2’ short video series

Snapchat to offer exclusive ‘Planet Earth 2’ short video series

Snapchat plans to exclusively offer a ‘Planet Earth 2’ short-form video show, it has been announced, including giving viewers access to all new footage. The move is being done in partnership with BBC Worldwide, which seems to have embraced the social platform as a way to help drum up excitement for the show, which will be airing in the United States and Canada in the coming days.

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PlayStation VR gets YouTube 360 support

PlayStation VR gets YouTube 360 support

Sony has announced that its PlayStation VR headset can now be used to watch YouTube’s 360-degree videos. The videos are exactly what they sound like — the 360-degree videos that have been available for watching via Cardboard and other headsets. Following its launch in October, PlayStation VR now finally supports those videos, bringing another element of entertainment to the platform.

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Watch toilet paper get pressed into a functional skateboard

Watch toilet paper get pressed into a functional skateboard

If you’re fond of the Hydraulic Press Channel, prepare to have your mind blown. The folks behind it have published a long video on their second channel showing a hydraulic press smashing rolls of toilet paper into a hard, long board, which is then transformed into a usable skateboard. To prove it works, someone hops on it and takes it for a ride, using it the same way they would an ordinary wood or composite board.

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Futurama gets a live action makeover with ‘Fan-O-Rama’

Futurama gets a live action makeover with ‘Fan-O-Rama’

Futurama is the subject of a new live action fan movie that, as far as fan movies go, is about as great as anything we could hope for. So great, in fact, that it’s a bit disturbing at times. The film includes full, highly detailed computer creations of the year 3004’s world, including all the small details like “Aldrin’s Buzz Lager” and even a brief glimpse of hypnotoad as he’d exist in the real world.

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Hydraulic Press Channel ups its game by going red hot

Hydraulic Press Channel ups its game by going red hot

It’s doubtful that anyone who has spent any amount of time on the Internet has gone this long without at least hearing about the Hydraulic Press Channel. This YouTube account posts videos of an industrial hydraulic press destroying all sorts of items big and small. As with all once-popular things, attention seems to be dying down, but that’s alright because the folks behind the channel have a plot twist up their sleeve: heating the hydraulic press until it is red hot.

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iMac is obliterated by combustion tube in this slow-motion video

iMac is obliterated by combustion tube in this slow-motion video

The Slow Mo Guys are back with another video, this one showing a full iMac system being obliterated by a carefully placed combustion engine. As with the team’s past videos, we get to watch the destruction in Full HD and at ultra high frame rates, resulting in a clear, slow, unstoppable show of destruction. The episode was carried out at Purdue University in Indiana.

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Computer simulated battle pits 4,000 Santas against 11,000 penguins

Computer simulated battle pits 4,000 Santas against 11,000 penguins

The Internet loves pondering hypothetical battles between large and small creatures both real and imagined, and in that spirit comes this new computer simulated battle: it pits an army of 4,000 Santa Claus soldiers against an 11,000-penguin army. The Santas are equipped with large candy canes, seemingly making it an unfair fight against the unarmed penguins, but one should never underestimate creatures with built-in tuxedos.

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Simple guide to making (and sharing) a Plex streaming movie library

Simple guide to making (and sharing) a Plex streaming movie library

Plex enables anyone to create their own streaming movie (and TV show and music...) library, and even share that library with friends and relatives. Setting the entire thing up can be daunting at first glance, though, if you're not familiar with the software and how it works. The benefits are worth the effort in the end, and so we've written up this simple, complete how-to guide taking you from start to finish.

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Marvel’s fireplace videos bring festive superhero homes to your TV

Marvel’s fireplace videos bring festive superhero homes to your TV

Marvel has a new library of fireplace videos themed after various superheroes, and you can fire them up in your own home via your television. Fireplace videos themselves are nothing new -- they've been on YouTube for years. These ones are a bit different, though. The somewhat annoying Coca-Cola advertisements aside, the fireplace videos contain subtle (and not-so-subtle) nods toward popular Marvel heroes.

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Hulu adds user profiles — here’s how to use them

Hulu adds user profiles — here’s how to use them

Hulu has taken a page from Netflix's book and added individual user profiles, making it easier for everyone in a household to maintain their personalized content. Once created, each user profile shows the last episodes that user watched, where they left off, and recommendations based on their watching habits. Up to six profiles are supported, and setting them up is as simple as a few clicks.

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