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YouTube notification offers to resume a paused video on your Chromecast-connected TV

If you're watching a YouTube video on your Android phone and pause it then move to another app, you may start seeing a new notification. It will offer you the option to resume playback, not on your phone but on your TV. Obviously you need to have a Chromecast-connected TV or an Android TV on the same network for this to work.

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YouTube is back on Amazon Echo Show

Back in May, Amazon unveiled the Echo Show, an Alexa-powered Echo speaker with a touchscreen. One of its features was searching for YouTube videos, until Google blocked it due to an unspecified Terms of Use violation on Amazon's part.

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Google removes its own CitizenTube YouTube channel for some reason, reinstates it, but leaves it full of spam

Way back in 2007, Google introduced the CitizenTube YouTube channel as the site's "political video blog." Though it hasn't been used in quite a few years (the most recent video was uploaded in 2012), it was recently terminated for violating YouTube's policy. CitizenTube is now live again, but given the types of videos that have populated the channel's homepage, it looks like it was hacked.

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YouTube v12.45 reveals a dark mode is in the works [APK Teardown]

We've all been there. You're caught up in a YouTube spiral, each video you watch ends with a recommendation that you can't refuse. Day turns to night and the bright background of the app contrasts sharply with the darks and midtones of most videos, making your eyes more tired than they need to be. You rub your eyes to bring them back to life, but it's only a temporary fix. What you really want is to make those bright white backgrounds go away. There's some good news: Dark mode is coming.

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YouTube 12.44 brings pinch-to-zoom to more devices like the Galaxy S8+ and LG V30

YouTube 12.40 brought one small but neat change: a pinch-to-zoom gesture that lets you expand the video to fit an entire 18:9 display. Since most videos are made for the 16:9 format, black bars would sit on each side of the display when you're viewing YouTube videos in fullscreen mode, which sort of detracted from the illusion of having that big shiny nearly full-front display.

With 12.40, only the Pixel 2 supported the gesture, leaving other 18:9 smartphones behind. Now we've verified that v12.44 of the YouTube app makes the gesture available to the Galaxy S8+, LG V30, and possibly more devices.

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YouTube partners with Ticketmaster to show artist gig listings with music videos

Music has always been integral to the success of YouTube, and the platform is well aware of the importance of its relationship with the entertainment industry. As good as watching a music video or live performance can be, it's no substitute for actually seeing your favorite artists live. YouTube wants to connect the two experiences and has partnered with gig ticket seller Ticketmaster to do just that.

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Google cracking down on creepy YouTube videos targeting children

As you may be aware, Google has been having problems managing YouTube lately, especially when it comes to advertising. The famous 'Adpocalypse' taking a toll on many creators' incomes has been a prevalent topic, but Google has been seemingly oblivious to another major problem - disturbing videos specifically targeting children.

These videos take on many forms, but they usually involve characters children are familiar with, so the videos will appear in searches from kids. Some of them are live-action videos of people dressed up as these characters (Spider-man, Elsa from Disney's Frozen, etc), some show kids unwrapping 'Kinder eggs' with toys inside, and others are just re-uploads of TV shows.

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YouTube Music v2.06 adds double-tap to seek and officially becomes available to tablets [APK Download]

Two frequently requested features were added with the release of the latest YouTube Music update. Version 2.06 brings with it the double-tap to seek feature from the main YouTube app, and perhaps just as importantly, it can now be installed to tablets directly from the Play Store and has a new tablet-oriented layout for the video player.

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HDR in YouTube app now maxes out at 1080p

Back in September, Google added the ability to play HDR content to the YouTube Android app. It's still only available to a handful of devices, but even on those, many noticed performance issues on higher resolutions. Especially at 1440p, videos often stuttered with dropped frames.

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YouTube Kids v3 introduces profiles for kids and brings updated artwork [APK Download]

Keeping young kids entertained is a full-time job and sometimes the only solution is to give them something to watch. If you have more than one kid, especially at different ages, that gets much harder to do because video content changes quite a bit as they grow up. The latest update to YouTube Kids is making this a little more manageable with a brand new system for kid profiles. Once set up, all kids have to do is switch to their own profile and they'll immediately get recommendations appropriate to their age.

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