There are times when I’m in a “mood”. It could be a good mood, but it might also be a bad mood. When I’m in that mood, I like to put on a song and listen to it over and over again. I often use YouTube as a way to do this, but you can’t close your phone screen to do that unless you have a YouTube Red subscription. Which is understandable. It’s a video app. It’s not meant to act as the soothing background noise of my life. That said, there might be a way to do this. Which makes me super excited.
If you’re using the Android version of the Telegram messaging app, you can play YouTube video links directly – without needing to go out of the app itself. Which is fairly normal, but it gets interesting when you minimize Telegram or even turn the screen off entirely. The audio from the YouTube content keeps going. With this trick, you can message yourself anything you want to listen to (rather than watch) and leave it playing while you do other things on your phone. But this will put an end to you being able to use the messaging app. Or at least using the two at the same time. Some phones like the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 offers split-screen multitasking that will let you have a YouTube window alongside some other activity. But that isn’t as neat nor as elegant as having the app work in the background.… Read the rest
Home assistants are going to bring us so many changes to technology over the next couple of years. We can already turn on our lights, adjust our thermostats, see who is at our front door and get the news that we want in the morning. The other thing that we are going to see more of is the integration of these devices. Google, for example, has their smart speaker (and a few variations now), but they also have literally everything else – including the ability to watch TV on a Chromecast device, but they also own YouTube. Do you see where I’m going with this? It’s no longer about just being able to turn something on. It’s becoming about integrating all of these devices into your life so that they can make your life easier.
You can already use your Google Home speaker in order to control regular YouTube videos if you have a Chromecast device. But now you can also use Home to watch YouTube TV. Google has enabled voice control for its cord cutting television service from Home speakers. Which makes it possible to change channels without even touching your remote. This is a great idea, but it also feels a bit lazy doesn’t it? I mean, you could literally just pick up your remote, couldn’t you?
You can ask the Google Assistant to play a specific channels or shows, and it’s even smart enough to pick up on some less straightforward requests. … Read the rest
According to several YouTube creators, the site will no longer let them add external links in the cards at the end of their videos. They will allow it, but only if the creator enables their channel for monetization through YouTube’s Partner Program. Channels don’t actually have to enable monetization on the video, but the channel must join the program for the external link cards to work. This change left creators confused about why they suddenly couldn’t link to their Patreon accounts.
When prompted to link, the notification reads as follows:
Before linking to approved external websites, you’ll need to enable your channel for monetization. You will be able to link to:
- Your associated website
- Merchandise sites
- Crowdfunding sites
Existing links won’t be affected.
Ian Danskin of Innuendo Studios had this to say about the change:
It’s also not clear yet whether or not just have to have ads enabled on your channel, or if a video will lose its links should it be demonetized, either through a copyright claim or YouTube deeming it “ad-unfriendly.”
YouTube has since released a statement in order to explain the change. YouTube states:
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In order to use externally-linking end cards in videos, creators are being asked to join the YouTube Partner program, so that we can evaluate the validity of the channel, as well as determine whether the channel is following our community guidelines and advertiser policies. This update is meant to curb abuse and does not affect current YouTube partners or existing end cards.