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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.

YouTube Kids app now available for Android devices (US only)

Most kids nowadays, particularly those who have Internet access and gadget-toting parents/guardians, have been watching TV shows not on an actual TV anymore but through YouTube. And while the video channel does have filters in place, we all know that "inappropriate" videos slip in every once in a while (okay, a lot of times) when you're not looking or supervising their viewing time. Google has now finally come up with their first app that is built specifically for children: the YouTube Kids app.

YouTube rolls out a new kid’s app

The sheer number of clips on YouTube is astounding and much of the content there is far from appropriate for kids. So far there has been no real way for parents to ensure their kids see only clips they want them to see short of being with them at all times to see what they are watching. Netflix has long had an app just for kids that removes any movie or content not appropriate for children.

Enjoy all the NFL side action on YouTube and Google Search

Last year, the world was gripped by everything football as the 2014 edition of the World Cup was held in Brazil. Google was at the forefront of providing all the action for people who unfortunately couldn't be there in person. Now, it's the time for a different kind of football, as SuperBowl Weekend is almost upon us. Once again, Google wants to provide NFL fans with an easy way to be caught up in all the pre, during and post game goodies.

Streamus extension brings YouTube Music to Chrome

YouTube is great for one for reason and one reason only - hosting a massive amount of videos. Late last year, YouTube launched its music platform which offered subscribers unlimited amounts of music for $7.99 per month. Streamus is the new Chrome extension which gives you the freedom to stream music without having to pay. Search your favorite songs, create playlists, and play songs all day - without ever accessing YouTube directly.

HTC RE camera update will let you stream live to YouTube

Every photo or video needs an audience, whether it be ourselves or others and what better audience is there for an action camera like the HTC RE than a live one? With a firmware update coming tomorrow, HTC's rather odd-looking action camera will be gaining a new ability, allowing users to share their precious memories and moments as they happen with anyone in the world. And by anyone, they mean those who will be tuning in to your live stream performance on YouTube.
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