YouTube

is a video-sharing website where users can upload videos. It is currently (7/2012) the largest such site, and was founded in 2005 by  Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim, who all worked at PayPal before. While it mainly featured movies from regular folks (and some illegal user uploads) at the beginning, but eventually YouTube grabbed enough market share to attract higher quality content over the years. Now, there is something for everyone, and YouTube continues to push for high-quality content, while keeping the support from amateur video-makers. The company was acquired by Google in 2006 for $1.6B.

YouTube Testing A Timestamp Button For Commenting
Platforms like Soundcloud have features where during the playback of a song, you can see timestamps placed throughout the progression of the song where users have left comments. This is helpful as it provides context, like where some users might comment about a particular part of the song they like, and so on.

YouTube Testing AI-Generated Video Chapters
One of the newer features that YouTube had introduced to its platform was the ability for creators to add chapters to their videos. This helped longer form videos where creators can break down their videos into different chapters so that users can easily and quickly skip to the section that they want.

Get Ready For Audio Based Ads On YouTube
One of the things people enjoy doing with YouTube is listening to music. While YouTube might be known as a video platform, there are people who put YouTube on in the background and listen to songs while they do other things. This means that when it comes to ads, some advertisers might miss out as the person isn’t watching the ad.

2020 Has Been Such A Terrible Year That Even YouTube Doesn’t Want To Remember It
Every year since 2010, YouTube has put out a “Rewind” video towards the end of the year. Basically, the video acts as a recap of everything that has happened in the entire year, highlighting some of the best or most interesting events that took place. Sometimes it misses the mark, but YouTube has been quite consistent with releasing such videos.

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YouTube HDR Support Arrives For The iPhone 12 Series
While HDR has been around for a while now, it’s probably in the past few years that we’re seeing it creep into more aspects of our lives, such as television displays and videos. For those who have bought or are planning to buy the new iPhone 12 series from Apple, you’ll be pleased to learn that YouTube HDR is now supported by these devices.

YouTube Will Finally Let You Set The Default Video Quality
YouTube is smart in the sense that it can detect your internet connection and based on that, it will automatically adjust your video quality to ensure that your stream does not get interrupted. However, we get that some users don’t actually enjoy this feature as they might want to set a higher quality setting by default, or a lower quality setting by default.

YouTube Wants To Take On Amazon By Developing Its Own Shopping Platform
Following the changes YouTube has made to how ads are served and how content creators can earn from these ads, many creators are no longer solely relying on YouTube to make a living. Many are instead using platforms like Amazon where they can get a commission from products being sold by using their referral links.

YouTube Music Just Got A Lot More Attractive
Google previously announced that they would be shutting down Play Music. Subscribers who wish to continue streaming music would need to transition to YouTube Music, although there were some limitations to YouTube Music that made it slightly less attractive to would-be subscribers.

YouTube’s Picture-In-Picture Mode Has Been Restored On iOS 14 Devices
One of the features that Apple introduced in iOS 14 for the iPhone is that apps that play video can now offer picture-in-picture mode. This means that you can watch a video while doing other things on your phone. Of course, this is up to developers to choose to include such a feature.

YouTube Will Use AI To Automatically Age-Restrict Videos
YouTube has tools that allow creators to place age-restrictions on their videos, where only those above a certain age will be able to watch them. However, the onus was mostly on the creators to age-restrict their videos, save for every now and then when YouTube’s algorithm flags inappropriate content for its team to review.

YouTube.com Removes Picture-In-Picture Support For iPhones Running iOS 14
One of the features of iOS 14 is that the company is finally bringing support for picture-in-picture mode when it comes to videos. Apps, of course, need to be updated to take advantage of the new feature. YouTube was discovered to be testing this out in their app back in August, but they have yet to update their app to support it.

YouTube’s Answer To TikTok Has Officially Launched
Given the popularity of TikTok, it didn’t come as a surprise to learn that many other tech firms were racing to create something similar. Instagram launched Reels and now it looks like YouTube has also decided to wade into the market with their own answer called YouTube Shorts.

YouTube Testing Picture-In-PIcture For iOS 14
Picture-in-picture is a feature that we’ve seen on Android phones in the past, but it’s not something that Apple has introduced to their iPhones, at least until iOS 14. However, the onus is still on developers to choose whether or not they want to support it, and it looks like YouTube is testing the feature out.

YouTube Will Finally Play In 4K On Safari
Apple equips its computers with high resolution displays, like the iMac which sports a 5K monitor, something that not many desktop PCs can boast. However, when playing YouTube videos in Safari, it does not support 4K playback. This issue dates back several years ago which we imagine must be somewhat infuriating for Mac users.