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Google to finally get serious with Virtual Reality during I/O 2015

When the Google Cardboard was given away to developers at last year's I/O conference, it was done so with very litte fanfare, and in fact, close to no instructions as to what the virtual reality device was capable of doing. This year's I/O 2015 developer's conference seems a little more keen on exploring and sharing what VR can do for apps, devices, consumers as they are offering more sessions that has to do with this new frontier, which some may consider as a "sleeping tiger".

YouTube Kids app showing inappropriate content, FTC urged to investigate

YouTube has been making a lot of changes the past months. The Collections feature would be discontinued by tomorrow, May 20. Earlier in February, YouTube rolled out a Kids app version in the US only but a few months later, advocacy groups are urging the FTC to investigate the said app for deceptive ads. We didn't here any comment from YouTube regarding the issue and now it's being criticized for inappropriate content.

YouTube update: permanent cast button, maybe audio-only download soon

A new update that will soon arrive on your YouTube app (but is already available through APK) brings a few minor changes to the way it looks on your mobile devices, including icon changes and the appearance of a button that is both useful (for those who have Chromecast or Android TV) and useless (obviously for those who don't). But what's even more exciting is that there is a possibility that a much requested feature may come to us soon.

YouTube’s Collections feature to be discontinued May 20

If you're an avid YouTube viewer, subscriber, and creator, let it be known that Google is making some changes to the video sharing site and in how you manage channel and feed subscriptions beginning the 20th of May. The YouTube team has decided to discontinue Collections but promised to make subscriptions more enjoyable than ever.

Say bye to old YouTube apps, Data API v2 will no longer be supported

Google is currently updating YouTube and this includes the Data API v3 getting more additions like RSS push notifications, captions, and comments. This new YouTube API supports most features from the Data API v2. Video flagging will be added in the next few days so don't worry if you don't see this feature right now, it will come very soon. Just in case you forget, Google's YouTube team announced that they would be retiring the Data API v2 on April 20, 2015. That day has passed which means some apps will no longer be supported.

YouTube to reportedly have monthly ad-free subscription service soon

With the popularity of video streaming services as an alternative to watching TV shows on an actual TV, it looks like the way we consume media has been changing over the past few years. One major reason, aside from having videos on demand, is that these are ad-free platforms, and as analysts say, consumers are "learning to avoid advertising" and some are even willing to pay to do it. This is what YouTube is currently looking at, and reports say they will soon offer a monthly subscription service for users.

Investigate YouTube Kids for deceptive ads, says advocacy groups to FTC

Admit it or not, YouTube is one convenient babysitter. It's not just the tablet being used as an entertainer or sitter but the YouTube app particularly brings the entertainment to the kids who are already bored after playing dozens of games and apps. However, there is a problem of inappropriate videos, ads, and related videos showing up to entice the kids from clicking. I know because I'm a parent of a 5-year old who likes watching Minecraft, Star Wars, toy reviews, and cat videos. While I am grateful that the kid can be quiet for a few minutes (no, hours), I hate the ads that suddenly show. Good thing he knows how to press 'Skip ads' now.

Google adds interactive cards to YouTube Creator

Google Now cards are slowly becoming one of the standards in notifications. This special feature is used by several apps and services to bring quick and relevant information to a user at a single glance on his phone. Right on the lockscreen or notifications screen, you can view content and some suggestions to the information you need. For example, while watching a TV show, a Google Now interactive card can provide you information about the show including the cast, director, etc. Interactive cards have become so useful that Google decided to make them available for YouTube creators.

YouTube announces support for 360-degree videos

Ever heard of those eccentric new video cameras that take 360-degree videos? Well, it looks like we will be seeing a lot of those soon on YouTube as the Google-owned video hosting site has announced that it will be supporting these specific uploads. If you haven’t seen one, we’ll show you one below, but suffice it to say it is a totally different experience when you are able to see all the way around.

HTC RE camera can now stream live on YouTube

Do you have dreams of becoming the next YouTube sensation? (and don't laugh at that dream because some of the YT stars earn millions just for people watching their videos). Well, you don't need to have a great set-up at home or in a studio to be able to launch a YT show. The HTC RE camera can now stream live videos to the video channel, so you can bring your show to the Internet even while you're in a mobile setting.
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