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Google announces gaming-focused service YouTube Gaming

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: 3 days, 4 hours ago

We knew it was coming, but Google has just officially announced YouTube Gaming, a new gaming-focused service that is launching tomorrow. YouTube Gaming will arrive as its own web service, as well as including Android and iOS apps.

 

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YouTube Gaming will be Google's portal for gaming video content, with the service automatically collecting all gaming-related videos. This will include livestreams on individual pages for more than 25,000 different games. More so, it will provide gamers with personalized recommendations based on the pages and channels that they follow.

 

Google is also making it much easier for people to livestream their games to YouTube, offering up a new page (which is currently sitting in beta form), providing a better way to start streaming your games from a personal URL. Frank Petterson, Engineering Manager for YouTube Gaming said: "Together, we all make gaming better. Our peers make us better gamers, and games are made better by the communities that surround them".

YouTube's 301+ view counter replaced with real-time stats

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Aug 6, 2015 6:35 am

A few days ago YouTube updated its web-based video player, with the video sharing giant now removing the iconic 301+ view counter. It has been replaced with a new real-time view counter, which is much better for viewers, and YouTube content creators.

 

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YouTube explained its 301+ view counter in an infographic, above, where it quickly became a placeholder to stop spammers from artificially increasing YouTube video views. Once a video hit 300 views, YouTube would halt the view counter at 301+ until it was able to confirm the views weren't spam bots, and then it would reveal the true view count.

 

But now, YouTube is confident that it can tell the difference between automated views and real-life people watching them. From now on, the view counter will drive up as more people watch the videos, with the iconic 301+ view counter now put to rest.

YouTube's web-based video player receives a slick new look

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Aug 4, 2015 9:27 am

Some of you may have already noticed, but Google has updated the look of YouTube on the web today, with the web-based video player receiving a slick new look.

 

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YouTube now features a transparent control bar which disappears after a few seconds, with the timeline bar being thin until you run your mouse cursor over it, which makes it easier to manipulate. The Settings menu has also been tweaked, which now has a more mobile-like feel, while the "watch later" button now gone, kinda.

 

The "watch now" button is still there, but you have to go into full screen mode to find it, where it's now hiding in the top right hand corner of the video.

The Arkansas Governor's URL now points to a LGBT forum

By: Chris Smith | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Aug 3, 2015 2:32 pm

Thanks to an expiring domain registration, someone has taken the Arkansas Governor's URL and ensured it redirects to a LGBT community focused chat room and forum.

 

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Expected to be in retaliation to Asa Hutchinson's harsh stance on the LGBT community, Hutchinson recently refused "to veto a bill which banned local governments in Arkansas from passing anti-discrimination ordinances to protect LGBT residents," as reported by Gizmodo.

 

According to Vocativ, this domain was taken over by a college student by the name of Dylan Hailey. In an interview with this news website, Hailey claims to currently own the domain registration details to 27 politicians now with no intentions to stop in the future.

Pew study finds 15% of US adults don't access the Internet

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Aug 3, 2015 11:40 am

Majority of citizens in the United States access the Internet, whether using a PC, smartphone, tablet, or some other device - but 15 percent of adults still don't access the Internet, according to the Pew Research Center.

 

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The US government and social service programs have increasingly invested in additional Internet adoption, and there has been a noticeable change. In 2000, a whopping 48 percent of the American adult population did not use the Internet.

 

"Despite some groups having persistently lower rates of Internet adoption, the vast majority of Americans are online," Pew said. "Over time, the offline population has been shrinking, and for some groups that change has been especially dramatic."

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Man responsible for killing Cecil suffering Yelp business backlash

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jul 30, 2015 2:11 am

Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer isn't a popular man these days, after it was reported he's the one responsible for killing Cecil the Lion in Zimbabwe.

 

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Not surprisingly, his business, River Bluff Dental, has been absolutely decimated, despite Yelp removing countless reviews.

 

Motherboard, a Vice-launched business, spoke with Connor Jones, a digital media associate from the Go Fish Digital online reputation and management firm. Based on the large volume of low ratings assigned by random Internet visitors, it looks like Palmer's business would need more than 7,000 five-star reviews - or more than 17,000 four-star reviews - for the River Bluff Dental to receive a 3.5 rating.

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Apparently, you can even use Wi-Fi on Mt. Fuji now

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jul 29, 2015 11:54 pm

Japanese officials have teamed up with telecom company NTT Docomo to install Wi-Fi hotspots at eight different spots on Mt. Fuji.

 

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Apparently, tourists and mountain climbers need a bit of Internet access, so they can post social media updates, publish selfies, and keep people informed about their travels. Cottages and buildings located near the summit of Mt. Fuji will also give people the chance to use the Internet and stay connected.

 

Realistically, this is a great way for Mt. Fuji visitors to receive updated weather and climbing condition reports wherever they are on the mountain. The trial period, which is active now until September, provides up to 72 hours of Internet access to each guest.

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Anger the Internet by killing Cecil the Lion? Suffer the backlash!

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jul 29, 2015 12:00 am

Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer isn't having a good day, as the Internet is flooding his business with angry phone calls, emails, and Yelp reviews.

 

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Palmer, an avid hunter, was hunting in Zimbabwe when he shot 13-year-old Cecil the Lion. The lion, which lived on protected national parkland, was lured out of its sanctuary - and was shot by the bow hunter. After being wounded, Palmer and his paid guides tracked the animal for about 40 hours before finally killing him.

 

The lion was extremely popular among tourists at the park, and had six lioness mates and more than a dozen cubs. Palmer paid more than $50,000 to go lion hunting while in Zimbabwe, and killed an animal that wore a GPS collar while being tracked by Oxford University researchers, according to The Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force.

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Islamic State restricting Internet access in its self-declared capital

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jul 27, 2015 5:24 am

The Islamic State is heavily restricting Internet access in its so-called capital of Raqqa, Syria, according to recent reports.

 

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The group recently began circulating leaflets that demand Internet cafes to remove all Wi-Fi boosters, private wireless adapters, and other hardware that helps provide Internet connectivity.

 

"You won't find computers in 95 percent of them," said Abu Ibrahim al-Raqqawi, c-founder of the Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently organization, in a statement to The Daily Beast. "It's more like a small shop where not even two or three people can sit down. You go there, bring your own cell or laptop. You tell them, 'I want an account with you.' The Internet café owner will give you a password and account username."

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iiNet and TPG ISP merger approved by shareholders

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jul 27, 2015 3:32 am

Australian ISP giant TPG are today one step closer to succeeding in their controversial bid to takeover Australian ISP iiNet, after iiNet shareholders voted overwhelmingly to accept a revised $1.56B AUD offer.

 

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According to the Australian Financial Review, 93% of shareholders voted in favour of the offer which would create the second biggest ISP in Austarlian, just behind Telstra Bigpond.

 

The next step in the bid is approval from Australian industry regulator ACCC, which the Financial Review specualate will be granted on August 20th.

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