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 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.

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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.

YouTube Will End Community Captions Contributions In September
There are many videos on YouTube, many of which are in a variety of languages. We imagine that some creators would love to reach a more international audience which is why some bother to actually upload captions, or rely on the community to add captions for them. Unfortunately, the latter feature is about to come to an end.

YouTube Ads Are About To Get More Annoying
A lot of YouTube videos come with ads, and for longer videos, there can be multiple videos, such as in the middle of a video. These mid-roll ads used to be typically reserved for videos longer than 10 minutes, but it seems that YouTube is changing those requirements and now videos 8 minutes or longer will qualify.

YouTube TV Sees A Price Hike, Will Now Cost $65 A Month
When YouTube TV first launched back in 2017, the company announced that a subscription would cost customers $35 a month. However, fast forward about 3 years later, YouTube has instituted yet another price hike where the monthly cost of a subscription to the service will now cost $65.

YouTube’s 24-Hour Views Record Broken By Blackpink’s ‘How You Like That’
Several years ago, Psy’s “Gangnam Style” K-pop song broke several YouTube records when it was released. Fast forward to today, it seems that many new K-pop releases have also been beating various YouTube records, like when K-pop group BTS managed to reach 74.6 million views within the first 24-hours of releasing “Boy With Luv”.

YouTube Is Testing Out Its Very Own TikTok Rival
With all the success that TikTok is having (recent controversies aside), it’s not surprising that other companies are looking to create something similar, and it looks like YouTube is one of them. The company has announced that in one of their latest experiments, they will be testing out a new feature that allows users to upload 15-second video segments from their mobile devices.

Weird URL Bug Lets Users Skip YouTube Ads And Paywalls
Don’t like watching YouTube ads at the start or in between videos? It seems that thanks to a bug, you’ll actually be able to skip ads entirely. All users have to do is add an extra period at the middle of the video’s URL and it will skip the ads. It also seems to work with websites that have paywalls.

YouTube Music Will Now Let Users Pre-Save Upcoming Albums
Back in the day before the digital age of music, we’re sure that some of you out there used to go to record stores to place a pre-order for an upcoming album release. These days, you can do that pre-ordering online, but what about music streaming? If you’re using YouTube Music, it looks like that’s going to be a feature you can look forward to.

YouTube Finally Introduces Video Chapters To Make It Easier To Watch Long Videos
If you’ve ever watched a long-form YouTube video or tutorials, you might notice that in the video’s description, the creator might link timestamps so that users can skip directly to the part of the video that they want to go to. For example, they can skip out on the introduction, or jump to the part of the tutorial that they are interested in.

This YouTuber Is Teaching Other YouTubers How To Make Convincing Apology Videos
If you follow the world of “influencers” and YouTubers (sometimes the same thing), then chances are you’ve come across several controversies, scandals, and drama. More often than not, this results in that particular person issuing an apology video in which they act all somber to show that they are truly sorry for whatever trouble they might have caused.