Google to counter Amazon’s Echo Show with smart screen device, sources say

Google is rumored to have a new smart device in the works, TechCrunch reports. The tabletop smart screen for the home will serve as the competitor for Amazon’s Echo Show, which has been on the market since June 2017. If true, such a device would keep Google in the smart home market race with Amazon and Facebook.

The rumors follow Amazon’s announcement Thursday of a cast of new Echos. The company now has a total of seven Amazon Echo devices to choose from. With Amazon covering all the bases in the home, and essentially ruling the current smart home market, it’s about time Google expanded from Google Home into other smart home products.

TechCrunch gathered their information from two confirmed sources, one of which received the intel from a current Google employee. TechCrunch learned that the new Google smart screen has been dubbed “Manhattan” internally. It is unclear if this will be the final launch name for the device.

As far as size goes, it appears to be measuring up with the Echo Show, with a screen around 7 inches. One source told TechCrunch that Google previously played around with much larger sizes for the smart home screen, some designs as large as television screens. For now, the plans seem to have honed in on the smaller, tabletop screen.

Manhattan will offer Youtube, Google Assistant, Google Photos and video calling. It will also be able to act as your home’s “smart hub,” connecting with other smart home devices like Nest.

The original launch date was planned for mid-year 2018. Sources report that there is “internal pressure” to get the launch date moved up after Amazon’s Echo Show. With October and the end of 2017 just around the corner, it’s probably safe to assume that the release date will remain some time in 2018. As TechCrunch points out, “establishing smart hub partnerships” and “exploring the possibility of service partnerships with Best Buy Geek Squad and Enjoy for home installation,” the many moving parts surrounding the launch for Manhattan seem to ensure a 2018 launch.

Sources told TechCrunch that Manhattan will run on a version of Android. This will ensure flexibility for third-parties to build apps for it.

What remains unclear is the final price for such a device or even the final look. As the Amazon Echo Show retails for $230, it’s possible Google’s competing device will come out at a similar price range.

Earlier this week Google removed Youtube from Amazon’s Echo Show without any warnings for current Echo Show owners. Critics claim the removal was strategic, as Youtube will be available on Manhattan. With Youtube capabilities on offer, Manhattan owners would be able to stream music videos from Youtube or watch live cable channels on Youtube TV.

It’s too soon to tell if this would give Manhattan enough of an edge to topple the Echo Show. Many disagree with such a prospect. Fast Company has said that once the mystery device finally arrives on the market, assuming it will, “Amazon will already be a step ahead with its second-generation Echo speaker and new devices like the Echo Spot.”

With a biting finish, Fast Company challenges Google’s ingenuity, claiming that Google should stop “lifting ideas” from Amazon and start bringing to market fresh perspectives of their own making.

Changes are coming to Google’s search results page

As reported by TechCrunch, changes are coming to Google’s mobile search.

Now: video previews

Now, whenever your Google search query returns video results, Google will automatically play a six-second video clip on the results page to give you an idea of its contents.

Don’t worry: the preview will be silent. Your search results will not be broadcasted to the world.

The video previews will not simply be the first six seconds of every video since the first six seconds of any video aren’t necessarily the most accurate reflection of the contents of the full video. That’s why Google has devised a program which can sift through the whole video and select a sex-second clip which, hopefully, gives you a better idea of what you’re about to watch. For each video, the same six-second clip will load for every user.

Google’s servers individually set the previews for each video, so not all videos will have previews yet. But the majority of videos people are likely to search will already have video previews ready. It may take a bit of time for newly-added videos to have previews available to load.

The new feature will work with most major video servers, including Google’s own YouTube.

Google hopes this new feature will give users an idea of what a video has in it, without any need to scrub through the video manually. It will also help users filter out videos that only ever show a single frozen image.

Currently, the preview feature is only available for mobile users via the Chrome and Google apps.

Upcoming: Google’s data-friendly search app

Video previews are not the only change Google has brewing for its search page. Google has been testing a data-friendly version of its search app, as Android Police reports.

The advantages of the new app are pretty straightforward: low data usage, high offline capabilities, and workability with slow connections. It won’t include as much pre-loaded data. It won’t include all the bells and whistles of the full Google search app, but it should work well for users who only need or can support the basic functions.

The app has also been designed to be simple and easily accessible.

The app is not yet available to the U.S. — a pilot version called “Search Lite” is currently being tested in Indonesia.

Facebook is making moves in the realm of video

In an effort to break into the video entertainment market, Facebook is introducing a new video platform called Watch. The platform will be made available to a select group of Facebook users today. Everyone else will have to wait to try it.

In making this move, Facebook is most likely looking to open up new sources of revenue. If Facebook Watch catches on, users will spend more time on Facebook watching TV-length videos. That means that users will be exposed to more ads, thus generating more revenue for Facebook. And users won’t be required to pay for a subscription.

According to Facebook, Watch will be special among streaming video platforms because it can make TV-watching more social. Users will be able to comment on videos and to see what videos their friends are watching and commenting on. Each user will be watching alongside all two billion other Facebook users.

Watch will have two main components: a watchlist and a discovery section. The discovery section will be a feed of videos curated for you based on your Facebook profile. It will also suggest videos to you based on your friends’ activity on Facebook. It will include subdivisions such as “Most talked about” and “What’s making people laugh,” which is made up of videos that many people responded to with “Haha.”

Although Facebook has a huge user base, it still has ways to go in the realm of online video. Netflix, Youtube, Amazon, and Hulu have already come to dominate the market. Users may be reluctant to migrate their TV-watching time from those services over to Facebook Watch.

Facebook will offer a wide variety of programming on Watch. Some shows will focus on direct communication with their audiences through social media. Other shows might have long narrative arcs, like conventional TV shows.

So far, the list of programs available on the platform includes Gabby BernsteinNas Daily, Returning the Favor, and Kitchen Little, among others. Additionally, Facebook has permission from Major League Baseball to broadcast one game live per week.

Facebook funded these early programs in order to “seed the system,” but it does not intend to continue to fund new shows for very long. Eventually, anyone will be able to post videos to Watch, but they won’t get any money from Facebook to get going. By then, Facebook plans to take 45% of ad revenue from shows on Watch.

You can read Facebook’s statement on the launch of Watch here.

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Verizon Not Delivering to Customer Expectations

Customers of Verizon have noticed a decrease in their mobile data speeds especially being limited whenever they streamed or accessed videos on Netflix and YouTube. This has sparked a response in Verizon to optimize video applications on its mobile network in order to satisfy Verizon Wireless subscribers.

The speed cap by Verizon was noticed by both users of Reddit and the mobile-focused Howard Forums. Verizon users in both threads reported slower speeds than what they had been left to believe by Verizon advertisements and services whenever streaming Netflix and YouTube. A majority reported the speed maximums around 10 megabytes per second (Mbps) whenever using these services on their mobile data network.

To counter suppositions that the entire network was performing slower than usual, the same users also reported that they were receiving the normal, faster download speeds Verizon offers and advertises when connecting to other apps and websites. This suggests that this was not just a bug or mobile traffic issue, but rather a tampering or direct influence over Netflix’s and YouTube’s streaming services.

Specifically, in Netflix’s case, a majority of those who noticed the change are largely using internet speed test tool called connects to and is directly powered by Netflix’s servers, serving as a barometer for overall Netflix speeds. A similar internet service tool is Ookla’s, which measures overall internet speeds. When comparing the results of both tools, it was found that the speeds reported by were significantly slower that the overall internet speeds.

In order to continue testing and ensure the problem was at Verizon’s end, users also tried using a VPN to access both Netflix and YouTube. VPNs circumvent a direct connection to Verizon’s mobile data networks, which removes any impact Verizon may have on internet streaming speeds. Results show that with a VPN both Netflix and YouTube had much faster streaming speeds.

Netflix has in the past tampered with both AT&T and Verizon users streaming speeds in order to still provide users with an acceptable video quality without pushing users over their monthly data caps and having to pay larger fees. Despite their good intentions, Netflix faced some backlash, and have since last year stopped this practice, and therefore has nothing to do with the lower speeds Verizon users are reporting. Netflix has also reported that is not having any technical difficulties.

On the other hand, Verizon have acknowledged that it has been doing network testing in recent days, but cited the video experience issues reported by users as something that should not have been affected. Despite substantial evidence arguing that user’s video experience had been altered, Verizon state that customer experience was not affected by the network testing. Verizon have not clarified what the network testing consisted of, and have given no reports regarding speed capping for Netflix, YouTube or other streaming services.

There is tension between mobile network providers and streaming services as the Republican-led Federal Communications Commission is on the verge of overturning its existing net-neutrality rules. These rules are designed to prevent mobile network providers like Verizon from blocking, restricting or limiting certain websites indiscriminately or creating fast lanes that allow services to be delivered faster in exchange for financial payment.

It should be noted that 10 Mbps is a sufficient internet streaming speed for even HD video streaming, with only 4K video experiences suffering. Considering that only a few mobile phones are capable of streaming 4K resolution videos, the overall impact does not completely restrict user access to video streaming. However, the main issue is not the quality of the video streaming, but that paying Verizon customers are not receiving the appropriate services that they pay for.

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Delta Removes Passenger for Restroom Use

Another airline scandal has erupted after a YouTube video of a man being kicked off of a Delta Airlines Flight for using the restroom went viral. On April 18th Kima Hamilton of Milwaukee boarded a plane home and soon realized that he needed to use the bathroom.

The Unlikely Disturbance

Hamilton was initially told that he must remain in his seat. However, the flight was delayed and after 30 minutes Hamilton found himself unable to wait any longer. He rushed to the restroom while plane remained motionless on the tarmac.

Once he returned to his seat a Delta employee approached him. The employee ordered Hamilton to leave the plane. Hamilton and the crew member argued causing the crew to force all other passengers to temporarily exit the plane.

Passenger Removed from Flight

As is shown in the video, Hamilton calmly argued with the Delta employee. He explains that he will not leave the plane without being told what the situation is. Despite Hamilton’s seemingly reasonable behavior he is still ordered to leave.

Eventually, upon exiting with the employee, Hamilton was met outside by a group of FBI agents. Although the agents came to the scene to take Hamilton into custody they decided against taking action.

A Third Person’s View

The video of the argument was recorded by Krista Rosalino. She described the incident in an article posted online. Rosalino sat near Hamilton on the plane with her young child. She mentions that he was friendly and kind as they waited for the plane to begin moving.

Rosalino said in her blog post that Delta Airway’s treatment of a paying customer was shocking and disappointing. She described the incident as humiliating for Hamilton and uncomfortable for the other passengers.

The spokesperson of Delta Airways answered inquiries regarding the incident explaining that Hamilton was only require to leave because he did not cooperate with the employee. Furthermore, Delta stressed the importance of customer compliance with company rules.

Hamilton, desperate to return home to Milwaukee, had limited options. He purchased a ticket home for three times the cost of his original ticket. Unsurprisingly, this time he bought from a different airline.

Hamilton made it known that he is looking into legal options. However, he does not at this time have an attorney. He is concerned that his treatment was partly due to his race as an African American.

Facebook’s New Apps In Competition With YouTube?

Social Media giant Facebook is always coming up with new ways to improve its usability for its consumers. In fact, the company is now coming up with ways get its users to upload and stream more and more videos. In order to achieve this, the social media site has made new changes when it comes to how its users distribute and display video.

However, that’s not all the good news that Facebook is sharing. Just recently vice president of partnerships, Dan Rose, announced that Facebook would start a series of apps for things like Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and even Samsung Smart TV.

With the capability to stream TV, Facebook would be opening up its site and apps to more people who want to share their videos. During his announcement at CODE Media, Rose says this change began with automatic video ads. Those are the ads on the news feed that automatically play. From there it moved to Facebook live and Instagram video. Of course, from here there’s no place to go but up for the company and others.

Facebook also says that a few changes are coming in regards to the way videos are displayed. First things first. When it comes to sound, if your devices sound is on, the audio of the video will automatically play. Second change involves video cropping. Facebook says it won’t be cropping vertical video making it a bit more like Snapchat. Finally, users will have the ability to watch videos and slide them to the side as they scroll through their news feeds.

However, even though Facebook is more than optimistic about these new changes what the company is even more enthusiastic about are the new apps. These will allow Facebook users to watch Facebook videos on their televisions. Although Facebook has always been able to stream videos to an Apple TV or AirPlay, this will expand that ability.

There was also talk that Facebook was on the hunt this week to license music from a few big labels. This would greatly increase the number of videos shared on the company’s site. That doesn’t really put Facebook side by side with companies like Spotify or Apple Music, but it does cause the social media site to bump heads with YouTube. YouTube as already established itself as a great site for creators to stream and build views around their videos. Facebook is hoping to start a similar campaign with its new announcements.

Yet there are a few things that Facebook will have to look into before it gets too excited. Facebook will have to come up with a way to pay video creators for their work as well as find a way to prevent piracy of any kind.

Facebook is looking to add many more types of professionally made videos to its new streaming options. Just last year, Ricky Van Veen from CollegeHumor. It’s said that Van Veen is in the process of creating new content.

However, its user’s happiness isn’t the only benefit Facebook will get. The company stands to bring in a large amount of revenue. That’s due to the fact that Facebook user base is a growing 1.2 billion. This stands to boost video production by developing a broader platform for mobile, desktop, and, TV production for viewers around the globe.


Alphabet’s Earnings Remain Consistent

Alphabet, unlike many of is tech conglomerate peers, remains consistent in earnings. Fourth quarter results announced on Thursday that Google’s parent company beat analyst exceptions as revenue rose 22% to $26.06 billion. Alphabet’s net income also rose from $4.92 billion a year earlier to $5.33 billion.

Alphabet is distinct from Apple, Amazon and Facebook due to the company’s search engine. Google’s search engine is a necessary tool for anyone using the internet. While Apple is profitable, its earnings come from fluctuating preferences of smartphone buyers, and the consumer can delay purchasing an iPhone. Amazon, in order to retain customers who can shop elsewhere, is liable to push quality profits aside in order to invest in faster delivery times or even bigger data centers. Facebook’s volatility can be attributed to its relative young nature.

Even the perceived threat of the shift toward mobile devices has worked out in the company’s favor. According to research from, Google’s market share on searches made on desktops is approximately 78%, while it is above 90% on searches made on mobile devices. Mobile devices also pull in more ad revenue–the ads occupy a larger portion of the screen on smaller displays, which increases the likelihood that a user will click on them.

The quarter saw a 36% rise in clicks on Google ads, but a 15% decrease for what advertisers paid per click. While Alphabet did not release results for Google’s other websites, the company runs ads on Youtube, where more than a billion people watch videos every month, according to Google.

Amidst this success, Alphabet has experienced mild setbacks. The company’s earnings per share were reported to be 11 cents below analysts’ estimates at $7.56. The company explained this shortfall was the result of paying more in taxes in the United States but did not explain why. Alphabet’s effective tax went from 5% a year earlier to 22% this quarter.

Alphabet’ stock reached a record high on Wednesday and dropped 2% in after-hours trading on Thursday.

Amazon Starts New Video Sharing Service: Amazon Video Direct

In it’s quest to constantly grow and expand, Amazon has it’s eyes on a new rival: video sharing services, but namely, YouTube. No longer simply being content with Amazon Video and Amazon Instant Video for Prime members, Amazon has of today, begun offering a service called: Amazon Video Direct.

Amazon Video Direct will allow users to have their videos right up next to the professionally made TV shows and movies, and offers a revenue model differing from YouTube’s. Amazon has stated that videos will be viewable by all Amazon customers and will be available via an ad-supported format (where uploaders earn 55 percent of the revenue) or through renting and purchasing the user uploaded videos (uploaders earn 50 percent of revenue). Views by users with Prime accounts, while not yet being confirmed as Ad free (but likely to be), will generate uploaders $0.15 per hour viewed in the US, and $0.06 when viewed elsewhere. There is also a monthly bonus pool named “AVD Stars” where the top 100 videos will get a piece of one million dollars. Amazon has been very forthcoming with these revenue share numbers, which is in stark contrast to YouTube, who tends to keep those hidden.

The list of supported countries so far includes: the United States, Japan, United Kingdom, German and Austria. One standout difference between Amazon Video Direct and YouTube is that Amazon Video Direct seems to be directed towards more professionally inclined uploaders. Uploaders have to register an account with a company name (normal Amazon accounts will not work), and are required to connect a bank account as well as submit tax information. Meanwhile, YouTube simply requires an email address to start uploading, only requiring more when you partner with YouTube for Ad revenue.

Amazon Video Direct also has a lineup of content creators ready to go, including notable names such as: Machinima, HowStuffWorks, StyleHaul and Mashable. Amazon has stated that all Amazon Video Direct content will appear on all Prime Video supported devices, such as: Fire TV, IOS, Android, Video Game Consoles, Smart TVs, and computers.

It is a bold step for Amazon, and it will be interesting to see how this pans out. YouTube is so ingrained in today’s society that another video sharing service has an uphill battle, especially one with so many hoops to jump through to upload video.


The app to Boost Your Stories is Here!

There is no bigger turn off for anyone than telling a funny story whereupon a person utters the degrading phrase: ”Yeah, probably should’ve been there.” Well, those days are over!

If you have never had one of your stories fall flat you are just flat out lying. Some times words just aren’t enough to take it all the way home, and it too is for a reason that the saying “A picture says more than a thousand words” is a cliché. But sometimes a picture wont quiet do the trick.


Plotagon is a new app that allows you the recreate your memorable stories and adventures; even the not-too-funny-to-tell ones. Plotagon animates your stories and creates videos of you experiences.

In the app you can create characters to be in the stories, your friends, yourself, that random guy you met in the subway or who ever the stories may include. The graphic of the app is surprisingly realistic and also has features such as different locations, background music and a register of emotions.

You pick your characters and location and then all you are left to do is write down the story and the app will do the rest, reliving your stories.

To make the experience even more realistic Plotagon has a feature that allows you to record your own voice for the animated version of yourself.

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Español: Logo Vectorial de YouTube (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You can save your movies in the app, upload them to YouTube and you can even browse other Plotagon-user’s videos. The app is free and is available for iOS.

How to get rid of YouTube ads

It’s a common to find people speaking ill about ads, especially when it means that you’ll have to watch 23 second of ad when going to see a 6 second Vine (at least it fells that long).

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Español: Logo Vectorial de YouTube (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you find yourself among these people, Youtube is giving you an option. That is of course if you are willing to pay the modest amount of $10 every month.

On Wednesday, October 21, YouTube opened the doors for their new subscription service that allows you to watch YouTube clips without dealing with the ads prior, YouTube Red. At the high-profile event held in Los Angeles YouTube elaborated that the subscription also offers the ability to download videos for offline playback where the website or app on more has to be open for you to listen to music. Also YouTube presented a new service called YouTube Music.

The new subscription service will have exclusive features whereof only subscribers have access to view new original programming on the website. An example of this is the YouTube phenom PewDiePie who will be staring in a horror series along with a producer from The Walking Dead.

YouTube is staying true to their successful community by turning to them and not Hollywood celebrities when producing these high-budget video series.

The YouTube Music will be offering offline playlists which is a win in it self. To top this the playlists will be based on songs you liked on YouTube along side radio stations of same genre, artist or playlists.

If you’re not interested in being a part of this specific community and will bear over with the ads and saving money, don’t worry: 99% of all YouTube’s content will still be available to non-subscribers.

Pewdiepie Responds to Haters

Felix Kjellberg, better known to the YouTube community as ‘Pewdiepie’ made a video in response to hate comments he’s gotten because of the money he’s made from his career.

In an article posted on July 3 by Expressen, a Swedish newspaper, it was estimated that on advertising alone, Kjellberg made over $7 million in 2014. In the past YouTubers have been hesitant to talk about how much they make, but Kjellberg was very straight forward with his fans.

The six minute long video titled “Lets Talk About Money.”, features a sit-down style video with Kjellberg retelling his story about how he got to be where he is, the gist of it being that although the money helps him, he didn’t start YouTube for that reason.

With over 37 million subscribers, and multiple videos uploaded every day, the YouTube gamer is in high demand and has no shortage of viewers.

Kjellberg said in the video that over the past five years he wanted to avoid the topic of money because it isn’t important.

According to Social Blade, Kjellberg makes an estimated $84.4 thousand to $1.3 million a month. These figures are based off of subscribers and views gained per day on his channel.

Kjellberg is a partner with YouTube, has his own merchandise line, has a book coming out in October, and made a cameo appearance in South Park. Despite his lack of care for the topic, he clearly doesn’t have a shortage of it.

Before his YouTube career skyrocketed, Kjellberg had student loans, had recently dropped out of college, and to support himself, he was selling artwork online and working at a hotdog stand.

He reflects on this time of his life by saying,

“I was the happiest I was at that time because I was finally for the first time, in many many years, doing what I wanted to do, and the fact that I could make videos was so much more important to me that I had to spend a few hours a day doing a job that wasn’t that prestigious.”

His YouTube success story isn’t much different from others who have made it big on the media platform, but he undoubtedly has the largest following, with Jenna Marbles behind him at 15.2 million subscribers.

The Atlantic sited Kjellberg’s rise to fame as part of the “Let’s Play” video category on YouTube.

A YouTuber will play a game, usually one they don’t have any idea about, and record their funny reactions and possible failures.

According to The Atlantic, “The top five Let’s Players collectively have more YouTube subscribers than Peru has people.”

Back when Kjellberg started YouTube, he explained that at the time there weren’t many people doing gaming videos, and he didn’t know there was money to be made from doing so.

“It’s just something I loved to do,” said Kjellberg.

The gamer went on to explain that people don’t always realize the amount of viewers he gets, collectively 9 billion on his channel as of now, and how he gets money from the ads that plays before or during his videos.

Kjellberg isn’t in denial that his videos are him goofing off and playing video games, but he does work hard at his job.

“I do work a tremendous amount, ask my girlfriend,” Kjellberg said.

Kjellberg ended the video on a lighter note, reading hate comments from people who saw the headline about his financial situation, and telling people that this topic really shouldn’t matter because he does what he does because he loves it.

Kjellberg also pointed out that he and his viewers worked to raise over $1 million in 2014 and brought water to the Gasaka Community and 20 other projects.


Kendall Jenner’s Vandalized Billboard is Replaced

In New York City, Kendall Jenner’s Calvin Klein billboard was vandalized and within days a new and improved billboard was put up in its place.

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The billboard is located in the heart of SoHo and features Keeping Up With the Kardashian star in a Calvin Klein crop top and jeans.

The old billboard was similar yet Jenner was in a crop top and sweat shorts and it was a side profile instead of the frontal one up now.

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Wednesday, April 29, a famous graffiti artist Katsu used a phantom drone to draw red lines across the model’s face. The whole act was even put on YouTube.

Katsu told Wired, “It turned out surprisingly well. It’s exciting to see its first potential use as a device for vandalism.”

Katsu does realize that his act is extremely illegal and as he puts it “a bit tense.” He also admits the drone he used is “a bit frightening.”

Considering that he has developed an easier way for graffiti artists all around to vandalize, the matter could be extremely chaotic for other city billboards and buildings.

Jenner took no defeat to the vandalization of her billboard as she posted the new one on instagram with the caption, “What drone?”


Beauty Bloggers Making Millions of Dollars

With the growing craze of social media platforms like Instagram and YouTube, beauty bloggers are bringing in a salary similar to famous celebrities.

They’re known as internet famous and have millions of subscribers who watch their videos or visit their blogs like a TV show.

Whether it is to share their personal style or share tips on makeup application, viewers are addicted.

Women’s Wear Daily reported back in 2014 that top beauty bloggers could be earning up to $1 million a year.

Now how could they be earning so much from personal posts and videos?

Just as companies pay TV programs for commercial time, they pay these bloggers to advertise their products.

YouTube may sponsor a blogger once their traffic reaches high numbers and then advertisements will pop up on the page or a commercial will be shown before their video. The popularity of their channel determines their revenue on these ads.

Companies will also personally connect with the YouTuber to feature their products on their videos. Some bloggers may even be sponsored by a certain company; for example Maybelline partnered with beauty YouTuber Claudia Sulweski for featured videos called “Maybelline Recreate the Runway” where she uses their products to create different makeup looks.

Young YouTuber Bethany Moto even started her own clothing line at clothing store Aeropostale with her popularity growth from doing fashion hauls and lookbooks.

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Non YouTube bloggers are also making a living from writing on their personal blog and making appearances.

It is very common for companies to pay various bloggers to write about a product of theirs. Coty Inc. paid bloggers $1,000 to $2,000 to make a post about the Marc Jacobs’ Daisy fragrance.

Bloggers can even make commission for linking a product on their page and receive revenue from readers who purchase the item via the link.

In order for a blogger to write about an event companies will send them to their event to make an appearance and generate more popularity through their social media profiles. Depending on the bloggers popularity they can receive anywhere in the thousands to attend. blogger Danielle has made a career from the creation of her blog and is invited to events like Fahion Week globally and more recently Coachella music festival.

Ultimately all bloggers have started from the bottom as a mere hobby but have the potential of earning big bucks as they grow and turn this hobby into a career.


Rhino Aircraft Breaks the Sound Barrier

The United States Navy accomplished quite the task, as they successfully broke the sound barrier.

The speed of sound travels at 761 miles per hour, a speed that a navy jet was able to outrun. The F/A-18E/F Rhino military plane was designed by engineers equipped to accomplish travel faster.

The plane, that was nicknamed Rhino, travelled so fast that if you blinked for a second you would have missed its arrival. Its approach on the middle section of the carrier it was scheduled to land on, created a sonic boom as the sound waves caught up to the vehicle as it slowed down. The result of the noise is because the sound waves cumulate back into one creating this extremely thunderous noise. A noise that will most certainly cause a person to lose their hearing if unprotected.

The United States government has attempted and accomplished on several occasions in breaking the sound barrier, the newest technology allows for engineers to travel faster each time. And each time is as impressive as the next, and the Navy Officers in the video can see that, as well as everyone else who has watched the clip below.

First Official Trailer Released for the Upcoming “Entourage” Film

The television show, “Entourage,” has gained a cult following as a show, which demonstrates a bond between four friends that can never be broken, even when stretched as thin as possible. The television series, which originally aired from 2004 to 2011, has one last story to tell that is going to be shown on the big screen.

After almost four years of production and planning, the first official trailer was released on December 23, with a release date on June 5, 2015. The film picks up right after the events of the final season, and focuses on the gangs attempt to make and finance his most recent film project. The film stars the original cast for the show which includes; Adrian Grainer, Kevin Connolly Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferra, and Jeremy Piven as the fan favorite, Ari Gold.

The Official Trailer can be seen here, and starts by showing the actor Vincent Chase in his most recent film, with credits to the makers of the factious films of the series such as “Aquaman,” and “Medallion”


Rooster Teeth (Achievement Unlocked)

If you’re a gamer, than you’ve probably heard of Rooster Teeth. With the 8th largest viewed YouTube channel in the world, over 5 million subscribers and 2.2 billion views Rooster Teeth provides entertaining videos of guys who basically get paid to sit around and play video games all day. Not only do they add hilarious comedy to their videos, they provide instructional advice as to what to do in a specific game, like Minecraft, Halo and even The Legend of Zelda. Rooster Teeth is a $1.4 million company, so they must be doing something right (achievement unlocked).

Rooster Teeth Production Studios was founded by Burnie Burns April 1st 2003 IN Austin Texas. He is the active Creative Director of ‘Red vs. Blue’, which is the longest running web series in history. Other series in which the company does include, ‘RT Recap,’ ‘Social Disorder’, ‘How To with Joel and Adam’, ‘Let’s Play Minimations’, and recently ‘Ten Little Roosters’.

There are no limits with these guys. If they think of it, it gets created. Meaning, if they are just sitting around one day and get an idea, they get on it and send it out there for viewers, no matter how ridiculous or professional it may be.

Not only do they produce entertaining gamer videos but live action game role-play as well as the Best Gaming Podcast of 2012.

“Rooster Teeth has won multiple awards, including 2011 and 2012 Best Animated Series (Red vs. Blue) from the IAWTV, and has been featured by hundreds of major publications and networks including MTV, G4, The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone Magazine, Wired Magazine, and many more.”

As said, these guys basically play video games all day, make movies and have fun while getting paid for it. If you’re thinking, “What the Hell?” here is the official Rooster Teeth Response:

Q: What the hell?
A: Yeah, we know.
Q: No seriously. What the hell?
A: Oh. We just write scripts and then use videogames to act them out. It’s a new style of animation that some people call machine. It allows making weekly pieces of animation with a small group of people.

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Dom Hofmann, Rus Yusupov, and Colin Kroll Discuss Vine

Before June 2012, video’s had the ability to be endless and last forever. With unlimited time, there was an unlimited amount of unnecessary information. When Vine was created in New York by Dom Hofmann, Rus Yusupov, and Colin Kroll, instead of an everlasting film, Vine only allowed users six seconds of film time, which meant every image had to be relevant. The app itself allowed users to create short looping videos and share them with fellow viewers; almost like a restricted YouTube. Acquired by Twitter, in October of 2012 for $30 million, users are able to sign up using their Titter account to the free app, as well as share their creations on various social networking platforms.

Wired was able to sit down with Vine creators and get inside information about why loyal users are only allowed six seconds of film time and the time loop.  According to Hofmann, “It began with unlimited time. But when we saw our friends trying to share their videos over text message, we realized that it needed a social component—and that meant we needed to make it quick to share and view.”

Like YouTube, Vine provided countless videos that can be shared all over the world; though the world already had YouTube. Vine needed to be unique and have several defining features in order to make it stand out. “As soon as we started limiting the length, we noticed that the videos started to feel anticlimactic. So we put in a tweak to make them loop. As soon as we got that working, we could tell it was a defining feature—really, one of our two defining features, the other being the time limit.”

With 40 million registered users, Vine is a driving force with features unlike any other form of social media. Vine is available in the app store for both android and iOS users at the wonderful cost of nothing.


YouTube to Feature Crowdfunding: PayPal and Patreon Beware

Youtube is bringing a few changes to its website soon, including a feature that allows users to donate money directly to their favorite channels. The Guardian reported that other crowdfunding websites, especially Patreon, should take note of that.


Read also: Patreon Puts Money into Internet Artists’ Pockets


According to NBC News, people who earn money from Youtube usually do so in two ways: advertising and fan funding. Advertising happens on the Youtube website itself, but fan funding is usually done outside of Youtube, through websites like PayPal. By adding a crowdfunding feature to the site, Youtube will be able to keep all of their users on their own website.

The Guardian said there is no concrete date released by Youtube, but the crowdfunding feature will be tested soon with certain channels in the U.S., Mexico, Japan and Australia.

In addition to the crowdfunding feature, Youtube will also be creating a mobile app that includes new comment management and a way to earn money for eligible cover songs.




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Patreon Puts Money into Internet Artists’ Pockets

Patreon puts a different twist on crowdfunding for creative artists. Instead of focusing on a specific project, Patreon has fans, or “patrons,” pledge money for creators who post new content regularly, like a cartoonist who serially publishes Web comics.

“It’s different from Kickstarter because it’s not about one big project that requires lots of funding,” founder Jack Conte explained in an informational video on their website. “It’s more for bloggers, or Youtubers, or Web comics—anyone who creates on a regular basis.”

Youtube musician Conte founded the crowdfunding startup last year with his Stanford roommate Sam Yam, who built the website. Conte found that he could not make a living by posting his music videos to Youtube, so he came up with the idea of Patreon, which offers fans a kind of tipping service for their favorite artists.

Patrons agree to give a tip in the amount of their choosing for every time the artist releases new content. They also have the option to set a monthly limit to make sure they do not go over budget. In exchange for the pledge money, artists offer perks or rewards to their patrons.

When Conte publishes a video to Patreon, he earns directly from his patrons’ pledges, and he offers early access to concert tickets in return.

Using Patreon, Conte now earns about $7,000 per video from his patrons, which is a substantial increase from the $50 a month he would earn from advertising revenues through Youtube.

Patreon is proving itself to be a viabale alternative to Kickstarter. Just 13 months old, the startup has already raised $15 million from venture capitalists. Patreon offers a service that Kickstarter and Youtube do not: a way for Internet artists to pay the bills.







YouTube Star Michelle Phan Details Her Road to Success

Last week, YouTube’s #1 makeup tutorial guru, Michelle Phan detailed her steps toward success in Forbes Magazine. The YouTube star who joined the video-making website in July 2008, currently has over 6.5 million subscribers and over 900 million views. She started by filming short video tutorials of herself applying makeup to create certain looks, and over time created not only a huge fan base on YouTube, but also started her own makeup line with L’Oreal called “EM by Michelle Phan.”

Forbes magazine calls the beauty expert a “millennial mogul,” yet asserts her success is easy to replicate. Upon asking Phan to outline her steps to success, the YouTube sensation asserts that one must “think of life as the ultimate road trip.”

The first step toward succeeding is to have a goal and create a vision. Phan stresses the importance of knowing what it is you want to accomplish. She says: “Just like you wouldn’t set out on a road trip without knowing if you are going east or west, you have to know what you want to accomplish. I knew I wanted to inspire women and build confidence, so everything from that point on was built around that goal.” Her vision to build confidence in women started in 2005 with her beauty blog, and really took off in 2008 when she got a laptop computer at Ringling College and was able to post makeup tutorial videos.

At first, her videos attracted about 40,000 views, but soon took off. She was motivated to create a career out of making videos for women, and after partnering up with YouTube to make money for videos, she was able to quit her job as a waitress and start making her dreams, and the dreams of others come true.

The next step according to Phan is to find a vehicle, or to pick the right medium to establish presence. For Phan, her “vehicle” is YouTube. The third step is to find some accomplices or co-pilots. “Whether it’s a business partner, friend, or online fan base, you need to have someone to bounce ideas off of and seek advice,” explains the YouTube star. For Phan, her co-pilots are her fans who provide feedback, or fellow YouTube stars who offer collaborations, advice, and inspiration throughout the journey.

Step four is to “optimize your fuel.” According to the Phan, one must always keep track of where they are on their path or journey to be sure they’re still headed in the right direction toward accomplishing their goal, or if one is aimlessly wasting their fuel. Phan is constantly reassessing her path to be sure she’s aiding in inspiring and building confidence for women.

Step five is to look at what’s coming down the road. For Phan, this includes staying on top of emerging and upcoming trends and predicting what’s going to be hot next. “You can’t just look at what is just right ahead of you. You always have to look at what’s also on the side of the road,” Phan says.

The YouTube sensation asserts that the road trip toward success is ongoing, and can never be completely mapped out. Long-term goals should be established, but road blocks should always be accounted for.


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