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YouTube just made it easier to save data when streaming on mobile

YouTube just made it easier to save data when streaming on mobile

If you have a habit of watching YouTube videos while on a mobile data connection but you don't want to pay for YouTube Premium to get offline video access, there's a new way to save data. The company has rolled out new video options on Android and iOS that make it easy for users to select a lower-quality video, one intended to cut down on the data needed to stream it.

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Telegram adds new web apps and tap-to-jump video

Telegram adds new web apps and tap-to-jump video

Today Telegram revealed a set of new web versions of its chat app. Two new web apps for Telegram were released today. According to the developers at Telegram, ever since they first released a Web Version of the app back in 2014, their "pet demon of internal competition" kept whispering "Why have one web version when you can have two?" So now there are three web versions of Telegram.

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YouTube custom chip transcodes videos, supports AV1 codec

YouTube custom chip transcodes videos, supports AV1 codec

You have to hand it to Google. It has made using YouTube on both ends an almost magical and painless experience. A YouTuber uploads a single video with nary a care in the world and everyone on the Internet will be able to watch that video in different formats, sizes, and resolutions on different devices. Of course, that magic is made possible only because of the work Google has put behind the scenes. That apparently includes a custom processor whose only job is to process videos uploaded to YouTube which, soon, will also use a relatively young codec that's being pushed as the codec for today's video streaming needs.

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Borat Supplemental Reportings special is coming to Amazon Prime

Borat Supplemental Reportings special is coming to Amazon Prime

If you couldn't get enough of the Borat sequel Subsequent Moviefilm, Amazon has some good news: there's a Borat special in the pipeline and it's more than an hour long. This isn't a third movie, mind, but rather is a special with scenes that didn't make it in Subsequent Moviefilm. Amazon announced the news with a trailer.

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Google Play Movies & TV on some smart TVs is shutting down

Google Play Movies & TV on some smart TVs is shutting down

Google is notorious for having a handful of overlapping and sometimes redundant messaging platforms but it seems to be a trait shared by almost all of the company's digital content services. Until just last year, YouTube Music and Play Music competed for attention and subscriptions and Google also had multiple news and magazine apps. It has recently also been trying to consolidate its videos and movies catalog and it is Google Play Movies & TV that will be getting the short end of the stick, especially on some smart TV brands.

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Video shows lightning bolt obliterate a tree in the blink of an eye

Video shows lightning bolt obliterate a tree in the blink of an eye

We're told from a young age to head inside when it starts to thunder and to avoid taking shelter under isolated trees. That's good advice, but it can be hard to visualize why you should avoid trees on a stormy day. Here to demonstrate is a new video shared by the US National Weather Service in Wisconsin, one that shows a tree being blown to pieces by a lightning bolt faster than you can blink.

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HBO Max adds key accessibility feature for visually impaired users

HBO Max adds key accessibility feature for visually impaired users

Massive streaming service HBO Max has added a key accessibility feature for blind and visually impaired users, helping them enjoy the same content as everyone else. The service now offers audio descriptions for content, which describes what is happening on the screen beyond the dialog and sound effects. This feature is joined by multiple other changes intended to improve accessibility.

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Peacock is removing racist WWE scenes before releasing episodes

Peacock is removing racist WWE scenes before releasing episodes

Now that WWE Network is shutting down and NBCUniversal has grabbed the full catalog for its new streaming service, someone has a lot of work ahead of them. Peacock, according to a new report, is scanning the full wrestling video library to find and edit out racist content, of which there is a fairly substantial amount.

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NASA’s latest sonification effort turns three space scenes into music

NASA’s latest sonification effort turns three space scenes into music

NASA has an ongoing sonification effort, which involves translating visual data into sounds. The resulting 'music' gives people an entirely different way to experience a particular image, including observations of space from various missions like the Chandra X-ray Observatory. The latest installments in the series cover three particular space scenes.

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Frasier reboot, Rugrats, Behind the Music: Might Paramount+ be a win?

Frasier reboot, Rugrats, Behind the Music: Might Paramount+ be a win?

The Paramount+ (or Paramount Plus, if you prefer) streaming service launched this month, and with it, the promise of a BUNCH of interesting programming. If you've previously subscribed to CBS All Access, you'll find the list of programming very, very familiar.* New content with this new service includes a reboot of Frasier, Reno 911! iCarly, and more. MTV and VH1 content is here too, including Yo! MTV Raps and Behind the Music.

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OnePlus 9 camera videos spilling their own beans

OnePlus 9 camera videos spilling their own beans

The latest release from OnePlus shows a whole lot about the OnePlus 9 and their upcoming collaboration with Hassleblad. A "Behind the Lens" series was revealed, with "Episode 1" appearing on March 11, 2021. This first episode in the series shows not only a bunch of details of the development of the first Hassleblad x OnePlus phone - it also gives several looks at said device, both front and back.

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Nickelodeon Avatar Studios to expand popular animated franchise

Nickelodeon Avatar Studios to expand popular animated franchise

You know you made it big when you get your own live-action film and new studio just for you. Although The Last Airbender film adaptation was largely considered a terrible flop, the franchise it was built on still has a strong following that is eagerly awaiting more content from the fictional universe. Consider those wishes now answered as Nickelodeon establishes the Avatar Studios dedicated specifically to create more of that, including a new film, animated this time.

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