Posts Tagged ‘youtube’

Google doesn’t Give Up – YouTube the Next Social Network?

Monday, August 29th, 2016

In many ways, YouTube has always been a social network. The tricky part is that most folks who use the site do so in order to watch videos, rather than socialize.

Google tried to establish a social networking site several times in the past to complete with the almighty Facebook. But even the company’s latest endeavor in the social space, Google Plus, did not work out as planned. If you consider that Google went all in that time, forcefully integrating Google Plus in many of the company services, and pushing it on its prime properties such as Google Search, it is not far-off¬† to call Google Plus a failure.


Facebook Waves Goodbye to Flash Video

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

With both Facebook and Windows dropping Flash, it’s pretty clear that the end of Flash-based video is near.

Facebook announced on December 18, 2015 that it made the decision to switch from a Flash-based video player on Facebook to a HTML5-based media player. The company will use its HTML5 video player “for all Facebook web video surfaces” including videos on news feeds, pages, and in the Facebook embedded video player. Videos embedded directly from other sites, such as YouTube, use the HTML5 video player by default as well on Facebook.


Chrome Users won’t Get Flash Option on YouTube Anymore

Monday, May 19th, 2014

I’m not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing … I guess it depends on whether or not the HTML5 player crashes as often as Adobe Flash crashes.

Google has removed the option to switch between Adobe Flash and the HMTL5 Video Player on YouTube for Chrome users. You have two core options when it comes to playing videos on YouTube. You can use Adobe’s Flash Player for that or YouTube’s HTML5 video player. Flash was the format of choice up until now regardless of browser used and the only exception to that was if Flash was not available or enabled on YouTube. If that is the case, YouTube tries to switch to the HTML5 player automatically which may or may not work depending on the browser’s support for HTML5 Video.


Popular YouTube Options Extension for Chrome Not Free Anymore

Friday, April 11th, 2014

It’s never surprising when a company decides to make some money off of a popular extension; fortunately, there are still a few free options to this program.

After Media Hint a couple of days ago, popular Chrome extension YouTube Options too was turned into a subscription-based service. YouTube Options is without doubt one of the most popular video related extensions for the Google Chrome web browser. With more than 3000 reviews and 700,000 users, it is one of the heavyweight extensions in the Chrome Web Store.


Cisco to Release Open H.264 Codec; Mozilla to Integrate It in Firefox

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Thanks to Cisco’s flexibility and generosity, Firefox users now have improved access to video media on YouTube and other sites …

For a long time, Mozilla Firefox did not support H.264 in HTML5 which meant that you could not access all of the videos on YouTube if you switched on the HTML5 beta on the site or use it as part of other new technologies such as WebRTC. The core reason for this was that the popular H.264 codec is patent-encumbered and cannot be distributed with open source software such as the Firefox web browser without paying a license fee.


How to Remove Annotations on YouTube

Friday, October 26th, 2012

It’s finally Friday … so here’s something a little bit less business-like; an interesting trick for YouTube users …

YouTube’s annotation feature enables video authors to add annotations to their videos. Annotations can be passive text snippets that you see on the screen or interactive elements that can be clicked on, for instance to advertise a YouTube channel or video, or to provide you with multiple choices how the video that you are watching proceeds.


YouTube Combating Spam Problem with Switch to Real Names?

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Which is more annoying? The occasional spam message, or the complete loss of online anonymity?

Reports have appeared on a number of websites that YouTube seems to display prompts to users of the site at the moment that is asking them to start using their full name on the site. When you try to leave a comment on YouTube you may see a popup or overlay window instead entitled “Start using your full name on YouTube”.


10 Up and Coming Firefox Add-ons (May 2012)

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

The “Cinetonic” and “Convert YouTube to MP3” add-ons both sound pretty cool, but I bet that MP3 conversion add-on will make the folks at YouTube nervous …

Add-ons are one of the features that make the Firefox web browser great. Add-on developers update and create add-ons on a regular basis, and it has become quite time consuming to stay in the loop when it comes to new and exciting add-ons for the browser because of this.