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Live streaming is coming to YouTube for mobile

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Soon, you’ll be able to broadcast video from your phone’s YouTube app. Taking a cue from Facebook and Twitter, YouTube today announced that mobile live streaming will be available in its app for mobile devices, which totally makes sense given its history with live broadcasting. It has previously live streamed the Royal Wedding in 2011, and in the following year, Felix Baumgartner’s momentous leap from the stratosphere.

The announcement is a major win for content creators who have been begging for a Periscope and Facebook Live competitor from the Google-owned company that has built its business on democratizing video creation and consumption. And it comes just as Periscope seems to be reaching new heights of popularity. Yesterday, U.S. Democrats used the platform to broadcast a sit-in protest over gun-control legislation when TV cameras couldn’t. The Periscope stream was viewed by more than 32,000 people.

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Despite competition from fellow industry giants, YouTube appears confident enough in its platform, adding that “it’ll be faster and more reliable than anything else out there.” It also helps that all mobile live streams, like regular videos, will be searchable wherever YouTube is available, and will be protected from unauthorized use. We’d love to see Periscope and Facebook Live take YouTube’s lead to keep their users happy.

For now, only a select few can stream from the app, but YouTube says the new feature will find its way to more users “soon.”

Source: YouTube Creator Blog

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Barack and Michelle Obama join forces with Netflix

Are you ready to watch with the Obamas?

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Netflix announced that former US President Barack Obama and wife Michelle Obama signed a partnership with the streaming service under an entity named Higher Ground Productions over a press release and a twitter post.

In case you’re wondering why the former White House residents are teaming up with Netflix, the Obamas stated they want to share the experiences of the fascinating people they meet.

The two always believed in the power of storytelling. “We hope to cultivate and curate the talented, inspiring, creative voices who are able to promote greater empathy and understanding between peoples, and help them share their stories with the entire world,” said President Barack Obama.

Michelle added, “Netflix’s unparalleled service is a natural fit for the kinds of stories we want to share, and we look forward to starting this exciting new partnership.”

“Barack and Michelle Obama are among the world’s most respected and highly recognized public figures and are uniquely positioned to discover and highlight stories of people who make a difference in their communities and strive to change the world for the better,” said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos, who’s proud to have the Obamas on board.

SEE ALSO: Netflix adds HDR support for new Sony and Huawei phones

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Android P: YouTubers React

Android Pineapple or Android Popcorn?

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It’s that time of the year again when we make guesses on what the next version of Android will be called. We saw some clues at the Shoreline Amphitheater and this is what your favorite YouTubers think.

Is it going to be Android Pineapple? Android Popcorn? Android Popsicle? Android Pie? Your guess is as good as ours. Sound off in the comments section what you think it will be called!

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Instagram will tell you how much time you spend on the app soon

Good thing or bad thing?

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Just how much time do you spend stalking on Instagram? You may not know the answer now, but Instagram knows. And pretty soon, you’ll be able to check.

According to TechCrunch, code hidden on the Instagram app showed a “time spent” feature under “Usage Insights.”

It’s still unclear how the function would work. When it was discovered, it was also unclear whether Instagram was testing out the option for eventual rollout, until Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom had this to say:

As of now, there’s still no news on when “time spent” would roll out, but the move is unsurprising. Tech companies are now moving towards features that allow users to monitor usage time and statistics. Earlier this month, Google announced similar functions on digital well-being for Android P that includes a dashboard that will give you information on your phone usage.

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