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A couple of official social media accounts of the United States' Central Command have been breached today, with the Islamic State militant group ISIS claiming responsibility. Both the Twitter and YouTube accounts of the Central Command were accessed to change both the banner and profile picture, as well as add a couple of messages. On the Twitter account, a message was left to instill fear in American soldiers, as seen in the screen capture below. The YouTube account also had two pro-ISIS videos uploaded. Beyond that, it doesn't seem like much impact was made, outside of the fact that both social... Read more...
According to new reports, Twitter is planning to roll out its long-rumored native video feature in just a couple of weeks. The company's goal isn't to compete with the likes of YouTube, though. Instead, the company is aiming to get people to come back to the service more often, and given the enormous popularity of Twitter-owned Vine, its potential is great. Up to this point, those who've shared video on their Twitter profiles have had to paste it in from a competing platform, or from Vine. The problem with Vine, though, is that its clips are limited to 6 seconds. According... Read more...
Sony’s The Interview is starting to pick up steam, albeit in an untraditional way. After being shut out by major theater chains for a Christmas Day opening, Sony received backing from just 331 independent theaters for the release, which was good enough to deliver $2.8 million at the box-office over the holiday weekend. Sony also made the shrewd move to simultaneously make the movie available online for rental/purchase on YouTube, Google Play, Xbox Live, Vudu and via iTunes. The online release of The Interview set a record for Sony, raking in $15 million in the first few days of availability making... Read more...
“Yo dawg! I heard you like trailers, so I made a trailer for your trailer.” Marvel is hoping for an epic opening for its upcoming sequel to the 2012 smash hit, The Avengers. The Avengers: Age Of Ultron is set for release on May 1, but Marvel is taken an Xzibit-esque turn by releasing a teaser trailer for the upcoming trailer that will debut on January 12 during the NCAA college football championship game on ESPN. Yes, you heard that right. We have now come to the point where trailers actually need their own teaser trailer. And to add insult to injury, the teaser trailer for the trailer simply shows... Read more...
Sony released “The Interview” in select theaters as well as on YouTube and Google Play despite a massive data breach and terrorist-style threats that were meant to stymie the project. Thanks to the publicity that stemmed from the attack on Sony Pictures, “The Interview” has become Sony’s most successful online movie by raking in $15 million in sales though Saturday. According to Sony, The movie was rented or downloaded over 2 million times since it was released on Tuesday. It is Sony’s highest grossing online release of all time, far outpacing successes such as “Snowpiercer”... Read more...
Despite #GOP’s, the hacker group claiming responsibility for the massive data breach at Sony Pictures, efforts to make sure “The Interview” is never shown in theaters, such is not the case. While Sony originally announced that the movie would not be shown in theaters, it later rescinded that decision and will be showing the movie in select theaters. However, Google has announced that “The Interview” is now available on YouTube and Google Play.According to Google chief legal officer David Drummond, Sony had been contacting various companies to ask if they would make “The Interview” available online.... Read more...
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his regime may have attempted to censor the world from seeing "The Interview," a comedy in which the CIA hires a pair of ill-equipped TV personalities to assassinate the dictator, but as they say in the business, the show must go on. And it will -- following a knee-jerk reaction by cinemas and even Sony Pictures Entertainment to cancel the Christmas Day opening of "The Interview," around 300 independently-owned theaters have decided to show the flick, and so has Google, through its YouTube service.According to a CNN Money report, Google and Sony have come to... Read more...
Have you ever sat down and thought to yourself, "Self, what the Internet really needs are more animated GIFs!" Probably not, but brace yourself for a deluge of GIFs in the coming months anyway as YouTube rolls out a new feature that will make it easy to create them from videos that have been uploaded to the service.We're not being curmudgeons here, we just know what's around the bend, and that's a lot more GIFs. Hopefully this will result in some hilarious captures, and if you're planning to participate but need video fodder, be sure to check out HotHardware's YouTube channel.The feature is currently... Read more...
With over a billion visitors each month, it'd be quite an understatement to say that YouTube has a good hold on the online video market. But that doesn't mean that the incredible growth the service has experienced since its launch couldn't halt -- or worse, begin to reverse. This is a reality Google takes very seriously. This has especially been true in recent months, as certain competitors have begun to become a real threat. One example is Vessel, a service that hasn't even launched yet. Founded by former Hulu exec Jason Kilar, Vessel recently closed a round of funding... Read more...
The Internet is a wonderful place overflowing with information and different kinds of content. It also has its seedier sides; places where you wouldn't want your children stumbling into. Parental controls can only do so much, and while the burden ultimately falls on mom and pop to protect their kids from the web's back alleys, Google is taking it upon itself to give them a hand. Beginning next year, the search giant will roll out kid-specific versions of its services for the 12-year-old and under crowd. There's no specific timetable for this just yet, though Google's execs say this is a full-time... Read more...
An online music video with a catchy tune and words that you probably can't understand has racked up so many views that it burned up YouTube's hit counter, no joke. That's right, not even YouTube could handle the number of views that Psy's "Gangnam Style" video has received since it was first posted in 2012. We were all so innocent and naive back then that no one predicted the video would go on to amass 2.15 billion views, especially in such a relatively short period of time. But it did. It turns out that YouTube's video counter was never designed to spin like an overclocked fan on a hot summer... Read more...
I've been pretty critical of Microsoft's advertising campaigns, including the ones featuring Jerry Seinfeld and Bill Gates several years ago. They lacked the wit and amusement of Apple's "Mac vs PC" ads at the time, and more importantly, they didn't convey a clear message like Apple did, even if that message was blatantly misguided. However, I'm not so disapproving of Microsoft's newest Surface Pro 3 ad that's running this holiday season, despite the criticism it's receiving. You may have seen it on television already, and if not, check out the 30-second spot below. In it, Microsoft compares the... Read more...
When it comes to downstream internet traffic, the streaming-video service continues to dominate by a large amount. Netflix alone, at the top of the list, accounts for 34.89 percent in North America according to the latest report from broadband networking company Sandvine. In second place is YouTube with 14.04 percent. Netflix has maintained that usage amount for the past six months, with a slight increase from 34.21 percent, with YouTube gaining almost one percent during the same time period. Meanwhile, Amazon’s Instant Video has been growing slowly and accounts for 2.58 percent. It isn’t a lot,... Read more...
YouTube has spent some time working on a paid subscription service that would let users listen to music without ads. Today, it has announced YouTube Music Key which is now in beta. YouTube Music Key is a monthly subscription-based service that will provide viewers with ad-free music, background play, and even offline viewing. It will cost $7.99 a month, which has been discounted from $9.99 a month, and will also come with a subscription to Google Play Music. Users will already notice the new home for music on the YouTube app for Android and iOS platforms as well as YouTube.com. The new location... Read more...
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