Stars composer Stevie Wonder, singer Andra Daye
Apple has revealed its 2015 Christmas ad, titled "Someday at Christmas" after a 1967 song by Stevie Wonder, on its YouTube channel. The spot stars Wonder and singer Andra Daye, who duet on the piece while portraying an African-American family at Christmas, with kids running around and holiday decorations deployed. Unlike most recent Apple ads, the TV commercial does not feature any product or service, though Wonder, who has been blind since early childhood, can be seen mixing the track on a MacBook, using VoiceOver in Garageband.
Manage your YouTube videos in one solid app
It used to be that all you needed to know about making YouTube videos was to forget every lesson you should've learned from years of watching broadcast-quality television –– and to be certain to begin every video with the words "Hey, guys, what's up" or similar. Get that licked and you were away in the wild west that was YouTube. It's still pretty crazy on the now-Alphabet video service, but the service wants to give you some solid tools for getting things right. You're on your own with video framing and audio but for managing your work like a pro, there is YouTube Creator Studio 1.6.21 for iOS.
Visa launches new TV advert to promote Apple Pay in the UK
On the heels of a new promotion from Mastercard that allows Apple Pay users to ride free on the London Underground, Visa Europe is kicking off a two-month ad campaign that intends to show users why using Apple Pay in the UK is safer, faster, and easier than the current EMV (chip and PIN) card-based payment system. Titled "Anticipation," the first ad very elegantly communicates the ease, speed and yes, thrill of using Apple Pay.
Subscribers of YouTube Red can use YouTube Music app ad-free
YouTube has launched a version of its mobile app specifically dedicated to playing music, following the end of its Android-only YouTube Music Key trial. Available for iOS and Android, the YouTube Music app allows its users to search for individual tracks and play personalized stations from the video service's extensive library, though subscribers of the YouTube Red service will be able to enjoy more features, including the ability to listen to music uninterrupted by advertising.
Download manager for files, torrents and YouTube
Maybe more of us are watching more streaming video these days than ever before, but a lot of the time you want to download and keep the material. Perhaps that's only for a short time as you, say, load up your MacBook with material to watch on a flight, or maybe it's because you're compiling research on a topic. The internet is great for bringing us obscure videos but it's also great at suddenly taking them away again too. Enter Folx Pro 4.2.1332, a download manager for BitTorrent and YouTube videos.
Concerned video producers told YouTube Red trial will not affect revenue
YouTube will continue paying content creators during the free one-month trial of the now-operational YouTube Red, the streaming service has confirmed. Attempting to head off similar complaints raised at the launch of Apple Music, YouTube insists in a blog post that video producers will not lose out when viewers watch a video while under the advertising-free subscription trial period, and in some cases may actually earn more revenue.
Actor Jaime Foxx, athlete Steph Curry appear in latest TV ads
Apple's ad campaign for the iPhone 6s line has continued with three new TV ads released this weekend, continuing the "only thing that's changed is everything" theme and expanding the role of actor Jamie Foxx, who had a brief cameo in an ad released earlier this month. The earlier ads focused on the new abilities of the iPhone's 3D Touch feature, currently a true distinguishing feature from other smartphones. The latest ads feature Foxx interacting with Siri, and highlighting the iPhone's new cameras.
Deal between YouTube, Disney does not cover ESPN content
ESPN is taking down its YouTube channels, following after the launch of the YouTube Red subscription service by Alphabet, according to reports. The sports broadcaster is slowly turning its videos private and is switching out the YouTube player on its online properties with its own web player, with the likely reason being either legal or financial issues over the monetization of clips hosted on the online video service.
Offering also gives subscribers exclusive video content
Alphabet's streaming video service YouTube has taken the wraps off of an ad-free subscription service. The service, dubbed YouTube Red is debuting on October 28, and will charge users $10 per month if subscribed to through the YouTube website for and some exclusive subscriber only shows in addition to no advertisements. Users subscribing to the service through an iOS app must pay $13 per month, presumably to offset Apple's share of purchases through the App Store.
Gaming news summary for October 15, 2015
Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, a clothing brand forces a developer to change the name of a game, Blizzard prepares to test Overwatch in a closed beta, and both Twitch and YouTube Gaming make some announcements that will affect some game streamers.
New official Apple channels on Google-owned service offer videos in local languages
Following some localized YouTube channels for Apple's videos in South Korea and Japan over the summer, four new official Apple channels -- for Spain, France, Germany, and Italy -- now offer local-language versions of Apple's recent and older videos for new products and services. Not counting the US-based "original" channel, the Japanese version has thus far proven the most popular, attracting more than 10,000 subscribers after less than three months. Of the four new European channels, France has about half as many subscribers as the others.
Ads show off different functions of the Watch in 15 seconds
A series of six new, 15-second ads from Apple debuted yesterday, showcasing some of the main features of the Apple Watch, ranging from Apple Pay to Maps to messaging. Coming on the heels of the debut of the Apple Hermes Watch as well as new "Made for Watch" band lugs, the ads are all studio-shot with pastel hues that focus on real-world uses for the device rather than the device itself. Two of the ads, "Sing" and "Date," focus on different ways to message people -- voice messages and receiving image and text messages.
Target brings Apple Watch to its stores, general sales by October 25
The Apple Watch is making an appearance at Target, as the retailer prepares to sell the smartwatch to its customers. The store advises a select number of its stores will be receiving supplies of the Apple Watch this week, with all stores stocking the device by October 25 in time for holiday sales, and Target's online store will start selling the Apple Watch from October 18. Not all models will be available in-store, though the website will include an "expanded assortment" of the devices.
Updated video player for Mac
Since we reviewed version 5.1.482 this past March, the program has stepped up to become Elmedia Player Go 6.0710. It isn't a giant transformational leap, but it adds some features all users are likely to want, and some that are more niche. If you get the in-app purchase to the Pro version, for instance, you can now download YouTube videos.
Heavy streaming focus in Google gaming video service
Google has launched its attempt to take on the Amazon-owned Twitch in the gaming video market, with a section of YouTube specially created for gamers. YouTube Gaming is a subsection of the main video service that purely serves video game-related videos to its viewers, including "let's play," walkthroughs, speed runs, and other content, as well as a greater focus on streaming gameplay live from players to their followers.
Notes that mobile payment option is accepted at a million stores in US
Apple has added another commercial to its gallery of recent ads under the "if it's not an iPhone" banner, with a new rhyming ad that touts Apple Pay as another competitive advantage over rivals. The company's mobile payment option, which replaced credit and debit cards with more-secure Wallet-stored encrypted cards that can be used in conjunction with the iPhone 6 line's built-in Touch ID to offer safe, nearly-instant payment.
New TV spot highlights iPhone's spot as top camera among all models
One seemingly little-known fact about the iPhone is that, across the various models, it is the top camera used to take pictures worldwide. Not the top smartphone camera -- the most used camera. In a new commercial from Apple that adds to its latest "If it's not an iPhone, it's not an iPhone" campaign, the camera and its ability to get high-quality photos even in adverse conditions is highlighted.
Finally you won't be forced to have one
If you have signed up for YouTube, if you've got yourself a Gmail account, or if you have sneezed within 17 miles of a Wi-Fi hotspot, you've been given Google+. We'd say "whether you wanted it or not," but did anyone actually want it? Now the service continues -- sans Google+ Photos -- but it's no longer going to be rammed in the direction of your throat. You can safely sign up for Google's more useful and popular services, and not automatically get this plastic toy in the bottom of the box.
Google social network no longer central to Google services
Google is making more changes to the way its services work with its social network, by starting to separate Google Accounts from Google+. In yet another move that suggests Google+ is slowly losing prominence, the search company is starting to decouple its services from the site, with YouTube comments soon to be disassociated with Google+ possibly being the biggest news from the company for today.
YouTube app updated with improved vertical video support
YouTube has made a number of changes to its mobile apps, making it easier to view videos filmed vertically. The iOS and Android apps will now show vertical videos fullscreen when the device is held in portrait mode. The update also introduces the option to receive notifications when certain channels update, such as if a new video is posted, and alterations to the way it displays account information to the user. More video updates were also touted for inclusion in the future, including 3D videos.
Existing YouTube stars tapped for new shows, exclusive content
YouTube's upcoming subscription service for normal video clips, alongside the existing version for music videos, will not include content from any major TV networks, a report claims. Instead of offering a more typical video on-demand service, including popular programs available on other paid services, the paid subscription will apparently solely rely on existing YouTube stars and the removal of advertising from its videos in order to attract customers.
EE fined by UK telecoms regulator over customer complaint issues
British carrier EE has been fined £1 million ($1.5 million) by regulator Ofcom for failing to resolve customer complaints in a three-year period from July 2011 until April 2014, against Ofcom's Code of Practice. The Next Web reports that EE failed to provide information to consumers about the alternative dispute resolution scheme, a way UK companies and customers can resolve an issue between the two parties by going through an independent body, nor did it send "deadlock letters" to customers when such a stalemate occurs. EE has 20 working days to pay the fine.
Google adds 60fps viewing mode to iOS, Android apps
Google has updated both its iOS and Android apps to allow for playback of 60fps content, reports The Next Web. Originally introduced in October for videos viewed in the browser at 1080p and 720p resolutions, and also implemented for live streams, the 60fps clips can be viewed on a smartphone or tablet, with the majority of the higher frame rate content consisting of gameplay videos.
Apple posts entire WWDC keynote on YouTube channel following iTunes debut
Following its debut on Apple's website and through its iTunes podcasts, Apple has now posted its full WWDC keynote presentation to its YouTube channel for the benefit of subscribers and others who may not have access to the podcast version. The event covers the introduction of OS X 10.11 El Capitan, iOS 9, forthcoming improvements to Maps and Siri, a new News app, and the June 30 debut of a revamped Apple Music service.
YouTube Gaming to collect together all video game streams, videos in one place
Google is attempting to fight off the influence of Twitch on the gaming video market, by launching its rumored game-focused extension of YouTube. Going live this summer in the United States and the United Kingdom, YouTube Gaming will use a new app and website separate from YouTube itself, which will be used to collect together all the live and recorded gaming content in one place, instead of requiring users to search through entire YouTube video catalog.
First 8K-resolution video posted to YouTube
YouTube is starting to show videos filmed in 8K-resolution, five years after it added support for 4K content. Appearing in the YouTube resolution settings as 4320p, 9to5google reports the label was added only recently, though Google claims the 8K video support has been available as long as 4K. The first 8K video, "Ghost Towns," was filmed on a Red Epic Dragon 6K instead of an 8K-capable device, with After Effects used to stitch together multiple videos to reach the resolution, instead of losing quality by scaling up the 6K content.
Chromecast APIs aim to improve second-screen gaming
Google is giving developers even more ways to create content that works with Google Cast and the Chromecast streaming dongle. A new set of Remote Display APIs released in beta for Android and iOS will allow for developers to set up a better second screen experience than currently available, such as displaying the controls and some important information for a game on a smartphone or tablet while the main game is displayed on a connected television.
Google VR efforts include multi-camera rig, Jump Assembler, YouTube hosting
Google spent some time during its Google I/O keynote talking about its virtual reality efforts. Google Cardboard has received an update, with the budget VR headset now able to work with iOS devices, while its other video-related efforts involve a new design of camera system that has the support of camera producer GoPro, and the incoming addition of true stereoscopic VR video to YouTube.
Google takes on Twitch by offering live streams at 1080p 60fps
Google is making a number of small changes to YouTube, that will likely be welcomed by advertisers and gamers alike. YouTube's live streaming capability will now include support for 60fps streams, making it more suitable for gaming, while the initial advertising preroll that runs before many videos will now allow users to find out a lot more information about the advertised products, as well as making it easier to purchase.
Second FTC complaint about YouTube Kids relates to mature content
Google has come under fire again for its YouTube Kids app, this time for offering more serious unsuitable content to children. The Campaign for Commercial Free Childhood (CCFC) and the Center for Digital Democracy (CDD) have complained to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) about content on the video streaming service that the organizations deem unsuitable for viewing, including expletives, pedophilia references, and other mature content.
Change in Google API forces Apple to remove YouTube from older Apple TV models
Owners of second-generation Apple TV units -- the last of the larger, gray-colored models -- have reported that YouTube has vanished from the devices starting last night, with both the dedicated channel and references to the feature being removed. As reported previously, the change is due to alterations Google announced last month in the YouTube Data API to allow for new features that various older devices, including some of Google's own, cannot support. Also affected in the cutoff are YouTube app support for older iOS devices running obsolete versions of iOS.
Ex-YouTube employees allegedly acquired by Comcast for video service
More details for Comcast's rumored rival to the YouTube video streaming service have reportedly surfaced. Not content with its existing battle against the search company's fiber Internet project, Comcast is allegedly planning to launch a service which will provide "short-form programs" similar to some of the more popular channels and content available on YouTube today.
Campaign focuses on real-world usage and impact rather than features
Celebrating the launch of the Apple Watch, the company has posted three new ads showcasing its newest device -- complete with Apple's signature style of illustrating everyday use of the Watch ahead of explaining features or giving the product a false image equating it with power, sex, or glamor. The three ads -- "Us," "Up," and "Rise" -- offer dramatized but realistic normal uses for the Apple Watch, with differing emphasis.
Supported device list pruned as part of YouTube Data API changes
Google is preparing to cut support for its YouTube apps on a number of aging devices. An announcement on the YouTube support pages notes that select devices manufactured before or during 2012 will lose support for the video app, with the list including smart TVs and Blu-ray players, older Google TV devices, earlier models of the Apple TV, and some iOS devices.
Changes to YouTube Partner Program terms include similar revenue split as normal advertising
Google has confirmed to content creators the rumored YouTube subscription service is coming soon. The video streaming service is also laying more of the groundwork for its ad-free offering by changing the terms uploaders must agree to before uploading, adding language that explains how revenues from subscriptions will be allocated to video producers.
Groups claim that YouTube Kids hosts content that wouldn't be allowed on TV
A series of children's and consumers advocacy groups have requested that the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) look into Google's YouTube Kids app. The groups are claiming that Google is running afoul of laws restricting advertising to children, saying that "the videos provided to children on YouTube Kids intermix commercial and other content in ways that are deceptive and unfair to children and would not be permitted to be shown on broadcast or cable television."
YouTube Live apparently being retooled for live game streaming to compete with Twitch
Google may be planning to boost its live streaming functions in YouTube by taking on Twitch. A report claims YouTube will soon launch a game streaming service on the video site, one that is set to directly compete against the Amazon-owned service, by providing viewers access to live streams of esports and other similar content in a refreshed YouTube Live.
Drone videos on YouTube may be considered as commercial use by FAA
Owners of drones flying with cameras may need to be careful what they do with their footage after the flight. The Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) has sent a cease and desist letter to one drone user, ordering Jayson Hanes to stop posting videos taken from flights to YouTube, as the administration believed that these classed the drone flight itself as "commercial use."
Chrome, Android app users can view 360-degree videos, iOS Android app support incoming
Google has added support for 360-degree videos to YouTube, allowing users of the video-streaming service to select their point of view. The new addition will give video producers and viewers a new way to watch videos, as well as giving content creators and developers more content which could be used by virtual reality headsets in the future.
Download and keep YouTube videos with this simple app
The newly-updated Airy - YouTube Downloader for Mac does what almost every word in its title says. It downloads YouTube videos, it runs on a Mac. Run this, grab a YouTube video, and save it to your Mac to watch later. It's so simple, you'll be surprised YouTube itself doesn't come with this functionality.
YouTube Kids app will provide child-friendly curated videos
Google will be launching a version of its YouTube app specifically for younger users tomorrow, as part of a wider initiative to offer services to children. The YouTube Kids app on Android will present children with a curated collection of age-appropriate video clips to stream to a device, with the search company using an interface that is designed to shield the potential users away from content better suited for more mature audiences.
Reported addition of subscription comes amid unskippable advertising expansion
YouTube will soon be launching a subscription service that will allow users to turn off advertising, a report claims. Working as a separate offering to the current Music Key subscription, which removes ads from music videos and also includes access to Google Play Music All Access, the new subscription would apply to all videos on the YouTube service.
Credit card ties Apple Pay to tradition, while Elliphant breaks new ground
American Express has again created its own commercial featuring Apple Pay, a technology the company has been a strong supporter of. Made in collaboration with Apple, the Amex ad uses its own previous commercials to portray the mobile payment technology as the next step of its evolution. In contrast, Apple's own latest TV spot is busy promoting the company's iPad tablet, showcasing its role in rap artist Elliphant's song creation process.
News from the gaming industry for the week of February 1
Every Sunday, Electronista and MacNN compile some notable news items from the world of gaming in a bumper post. In this week's edition of Weekly Game Replay, Nintendo's YouTube policy woes, a TV show based on Zelda, and some notable offline game items are overshadowed by the loss of one of the games industry's major news sources.
Adaptive Bitrate support in HTML5 cited as factor in the switch from Flash
YouTube began testing simultaneous support for both Flash and HTML5 video delivery back in 2010, but Flash has continued to be the default in most cases unless users opted into an HTML5 only beta -- until now. YouTube announced today on their developer blog it will now default to utilizing the HTML5 video tag on certain web browsers.
It's big, beautiful, big-ticket and predicts users' music tastes
Bang & Olufsen is known for its expensive yet beautiful industrial design-like audio gear, and the latest piece is no different. Basically a really expensive home network and Internet radio streamer, the BeoSound Moment will set wealthy buyers back a not-insignificant $2,800. While at CES, Electronista got a chance to check it out.
HTC adds YouTube streaming to RE Camera for Android today, iOS later this quarter
HTC has added the ability to stream from its Re Camera to YouTube. An app update for the camera will enable the live streaming to the video service while it is paired to a smartphone, with users able to sign into their YouTube account from within the app to create public and private live streams. While Android users can download the update from today via Google Play, iOS users will have to wait until later this quarter to be able to stream from the action camera.
YouTube adds GIF creation tool to some videos
YouTube has added an animated GIF tool to some of its videos. Spotted by Gizmodo, the tool appears under the Share menu, with users able to select a section of video and create a six-second GIF from the clip, complete with a caption at the top and bottom. So far, the tool has been discovered on some videos created by PBS, but it may appear on other YouTube content in the future.
YouTube app brought up to parity with other platforms
The Apple TV has received several new app updates. The most important of these may be a revamped YouTube app, bringing its features closer to par with other platforms. Search results are now displayed while typing, for instance, and users can subscribe to a channel directly, instead of having to use the desktop website or a mobile app. The Apple TV app has also brought in recommendations based on viewing history.
Vimeo starts accepting 4K-resolution video from Pro subscribers
Vimeo is allowing Vimeo Pro users to upload 4K-resolution videos to the service. GigaOM reports that subscribers of the $200-per-year service can transfer the high-resolution video files to its video-on-demand platform, putting the videos up for sale and download by customers. While downloads are available, Vimeo is not allowing 4K streams to operate yet, with CTO Andrew Pile admitting the lack of device support for the format.