YouTube becomes App Store’s top-grossing app for the first time


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The world's most popular video streaming app is unsurprisingly a big money spinner.
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Ad blitz will make listening to music on YouTube unbearable — on purpose


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A for-pay YouTube music service is in development, but free users have to be convinced to switch.
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Freeloaders who use YouTube as a cheap alternative to Apple Music should get ready to be annoyed. YouTube is about to intentionally irritate users who treat the video site as a jukebox by increasing ads between songs.

The goal? Driving subscriptions to an as-yet-unannounced paid YouTube music service.

YouTube lets you livestream right from your browser


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You can give fiddly streaming software the boot.
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YouTube has made livestreaming easier for everyone by allowing us to broadcast directly from a web browser. Chrome now lets you “go live” with nothing but a webcam — and support for other browsers is coming soon.

It’s going to get a lot easier to livestream from your smartphone, too, unless you use an iPhone.

Face ID unlocks mayhem in new iPhone X ad


Face ID irl would be ahmazing!
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Face ID completely changes the way users interact with their iPhone, but imagine if every physical lock could be opened with just a glance.

In Apple’s newest iPhone X ad, the powers of Face ID get unleashed on the real world after a high school girl discovers (or imagines?) she has the power to open anything with her face.

Watch the mayhem unfold:

YouTube finally goes dark on iOS


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Dark mode has landed on iOS.
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YouTube’s dark mode, introduced just under a year ago, has finally landed on iPhone and iPad. It was the most requested feature among mobile users, YouTube says — and it makes late-night video binges even more enjoyable.

How to control any app or website with your Mac’s media keys


Take back control of your Mac's media keys with BeardedSpice.
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Did you ever hit your macBook’s play/pause key to pause that YouTube video, only to have iTunes launch instead, and start playing that embarrassing tune from your last home workout session? Then you may be interested in a way to have your media keys control the site or app you want to control, instead of the app that Apple decides it will control. Luckily, there’s an app for that, called BeardedSpice.

Vintage Apple camera gets an unboxing straight from 1994


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Apple's QuickTake may have been ahead of its time.
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In order to appreciate one of Apple’s most successful products, the iPhone, you have to respect one of the company’s biggest failures. The QuickTake digital camera was not a threat to the camera market the way today’s iPhone is.

The sensor was 0.3 megapixels. Shaped like a set of binoculars, the QuickTake 100 could only hold eight pictures, most of which were fuzzy, washed out and with funky colors that convinced photographers of the time that film photography was not in danger.

But as the retro-computer YouTube channel, LGR, points out, the QuickTake does not deserve to be bashed as a failure. It should be lauded as a pioneer of digital photography.

Apple’s new videos show how to master slo-mo and more


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Get the most out of your iPhone's camera with these tips.
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Apple published a new set of tutorial videos for iPhone owners today showing how to use some of the device’s advanced camera features.

The new videos offer how-to instructions on how to use the grid to shoot perfect overhead videos or the power of slo-mo and how to perfectly adjust it for each action clip you shoot.

Watch all of three right here: