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Fan Funding Lets You Directly Donate To Your Favourite YouTube Stars In Australia

Very, very few YouTube video creators make any real money off of those pre-roll ads, but that might soon change. Google has launched Fan Funding in Australia, a new way to tip your favourite YouTube stars directly from the video.


Watch This Guy Desperately Try To Save His Dying, Water-Bound Drone

Keeping your gadgets charged is important. More and more our very lives are stored on our smartphones. If they die, we’re cut off our friends, work email, and Reddit. There’s also the nightmare of realising your drone’s battery is dying while it’s 50-feet above a body of water.


Report: Amazon's Trying To Buy Twitch Out From Under Google (Update: Sold!)

According to The Information (paywall), Amazon is in “late-stage talks” with Twitch over a possible acquisition. This is particularly shocking since it’s been previously reported that a YouTube and Twitch team-up for $US1 billion was pretty much a done deal.


Swimming Manta Rays Look Like Sci-Fi Underwater Space Ships

Manta rays are just amazingly cool. This GoPro footage of a school of giant oceanic manta rays off the coast of Maui proves that in mesmerising detail.


Google Wants Your Children...To Be Safe On The Web

Internet services want users, and much like religions and smartphone ecosystems, it’s best to convert them when they’re young. But a string of federal regulation, including the last year’s overhauled COPPA rules, provide necessary restrictions and protections for youngling web surfers. But Google isn’t giving up and is working on a legal and kid-friendly solution.


Making GIFs From YouTube Videos Has Never Been Easier

There’s a wealth of YouTube-to-GIF services out there, but the newest kid on the block makes the barrier to entry a mere three keystrokes and a click or two. With GIF YouTube, you’ll be throwing around bespoke reaction GIFs in no time.


Report: YouTube Music Key Will Bring Offline Playback For $US10 A Month

Android Police reports that Google’s forthcoming subscription version of YouTube will be called YouTube music key. And even if there are lots of streaming music services out there, this YouTube offering sounds like it could be different in some exciting ways.


Pro Hackers Could Be Spying On You Through YouTube

Bad news, dudes and dudettes. It’s getting increasingly straight-forward for deep-pocketed hackers to buy commercial-grade equipment so sophisticated that it can infect your computer with malware when you do something as innocuous as watching cat videos on YouTube. This is why it’s time to encrypt your shit.


Looks Like YouTube Has Been Completely Redesigned For TV Sets

The visual refresh looks not unlike YouTube’s iOS and Android apps, complete with a pretty, scrollable sidebar and a special focus on playlists.


Slip Into The Sweet, Ambient Sounds Of Science Fiction

A specific number of variables need to be in place so I can shrug off procrastination and get some real work done. Chief among them is setting the right aural mood. Now, I love listening to music, but the kind of audio I consume — mostly hardcore and post-punk rock — is only a distraction. It’s hard to focus on the words in front of you when a band screams its existential crises and unending nihilism straight into your ear canal. I need something more nuanced.


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