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Before Mari Takahashi joined entertainment company Smosh, her job was ballet dancing, and her career aspiration was to make a living teaching dance. Now she's in charge of Smosh Games, a YouTube channel with over seven million subscribers, where she regularly appears in videos such as her Minecraft show MariCraft. She told us how she gets her work done, the tools she uses, and about being strategic but flexible.


When you're paying top dollar for a smartphone, you obviously want it to have the best camera on the market. Otherwise you might as well be buying a mid-range model.

Most flagship handsets now come with dual lenses, night-friendly sensors and advanced stabilisation software which means virtually anyone can take stunning photos and videos. But which smartphone is best? Watch these comparison videos from YouTube's technology experts and judge for yourself.


Order some hot chips from a fish'n'chip shop in Australia and you'll be graced by the quintessential Australian spice: Chicken salt. Most Australian kitchen cupboards are full of the stuff, but if you're looking to make your own this two minute tutorial by YouTube channel Free To Cook is ideal. You'll only need seven ingredients.


Android: If you're tired of suffering through annoying YouTube ads, the company's YouTube Red subscription is a solid option. Unfortunately, it also costs $10 a month. If you don't feel like paying and/or don't require access to YouTube Red's exclusive content, there's another ad-free YouTube player for Android you can get - for free.


The Second World War swallowed up the years between 1939 and 1945, affecting people across the globe and ending as the deadliest conflict in human history. As some of humanity's darkest days, it's origins and legacy are taught in schools across the world. It may be easy to understand who attacked who - but it isn't easy to fully comprehend the scale until it's laid out for you in simple, easy to understand terms.

Just like this two-part video series does.


Broadway superstars Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ben Platt dropped a bomb for theatre geeks early this morning, remixing two songs from their always-sold-out musicals into a lovely duet you can purchase or stream for free across a number of different online services, like YouTube.

As Hamilton and Dear Evan Hansen fans burn through their data plans putting this hot track on loop, it's a great time to revisit all the different ways you can save YouTube content offline for obsessively watching later.


At SXSW last week, YouTube's CEO, Susan Wojcicki, told attendees that YouTube will be using information from Wikipedia to complement videos relating to events. In that way, viewers will be able to determine the veracity of the video and to see alternate points of view for controversial subjects. Given the ease with which misinformation spreads, giving people divergent points of view so they can evaluate events seems like a good idea.


The New Yorker ran a story yesterday about the emotional experience of listening to a tinny version of Toto's "Africa" on YouTube. The popular video simulates the sound of hearing the pop song echoing through an empty shopping centre.


iOS: Staring at bright screens - especially at night - can be a pain in the butt and/or eyes. And it's difficult to resist the temptation for "just one more video..." when you're settling down for the evening. Thankfully, Google just updated the YouTube app for iOS to include the same kind of "Dark Mode" you'll find on its web site, which should make your evening cat video binges a little easier.


Here are last week's best online videos, including: World's Longest LEGO Walk, Macaulay Culkin responds to Home Alone conspiracy theories, the difference between Australia and New Zealand, Ronda Rousey at WrestleMania and more!