Remember several years ago when Twitter crashed quite often. They have not had that issue in a while, at least to my knowledge. Now, for YouTube to crash a few minutes ago, that’s something else. I’ve never seen it, ever. The problem was short lived. YouTube recovered less than a minute, but it was very interesting. The 500 server error and the monkey graphic was pretty cool. Here’s a snapshot of the crash.
YouTube has just created another service called YouTube Connect. It give users the ability to livestream that spur-of-the-moment type of videos akin to Twitter’s Periscope and Facebook Live.
YouTube Connect will have apps that will run on iOS and Android devices. Livestreaming is immediate and will include, chat and tagging features. The Live broadcasts are saved on YouTube so others can see it for later viewing.
All in all, YouTube now has seven apps. They are YouTube app, YouTube Gaming, YouTube Music, YouTube Kids, YouTube Creator Studio, YouTube Capture and YouTube Red. The latter is a add-free subscription service.
YouTube announced yesterday that they are ending support for auto uploads from webcams. Users can still record from webcams using third party applications. It can then be uploaded to YouTube. The direct upload is a feature not too many people use. The application uses Adobe Flash which YouTube has already kick to the curb earlier this year.
If you don’t want to see any ads on YouTube, then you need to pony up for a subscription. The commercial free service is called YouTube Red and will cost $9.99 per month. It will be available Oct. 28 in the United States and will be available globally in 2016. Just think about the countless minutes and hours wasted watching ads before the videos can load and play. Is this worth the subscription? I think if there’s additional content available with this service, then it would be worth the price. The commercial free service on its own isn’t worth the trouble for me.
I was dismantling the Xbox 360 last night since the DVD tray would not open. I tried every trick in the book, but no cigar. I ended up breaking the seal (gulp, don’t tell anyone) and removing the plastic covers. I vacuumed the unit. and poked the hole near the DVD tray with a metal wire to free up the DVD tray. It worked.
I’m not sure if I needed to remove the plastic covers to poke the hole, but since it was already open, I took the opportunity to vacuum the unit. I can’t believe the amount of dust collected over the years. I left the covers off momentarily. It seems to have better ventilation without it. Who would have thought? Maybe, this will fix the red ring of death which I still get ocassionally.
Upon bootup, I was prompted with a message to run an Xbox update. So, I ran the update. After 20 minutes, the update completed. The Xbox rebooted. Lo and behold, the new Xbox 360 interface was right before my eyes. In case you haven’t seen it yet, here’s the new XBox 360 interface, courtesy of theRadBrad.
I’m not sure what to think of it yet. What’s with the Bing Search? You can now search the entire Xbox for movies, games, etc, but it’s not for searching the internet. I seem to like the easy access to videos and apps, like Netflix, Hulu Plus, etc. I also noticed viewing Youtube is now possible? I haven’t tried it yet. I’m going to have to play around with it some more before making anymore silly comments.