Here are last week's best online videos, music clips and movie trailers, including Kate Miller-Heidke's Zero Gravity, Black Mirror Season 5 trailer, Game of Thrones finale trailer, The Death of Classic Anime and heaps more!
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If you want to entertain your cat, or get some juicy phone footage of your cat going nuts and peeking behind your computer screen, then play these YouTube videos of English songbirds and squirrels. Cornwall resident Paul Dinning shot hundreds of wildlife videos, in which birds (and the occasional squirrel or mouse) flit around chirping and eating seeds off a stump or fencepost.
Writing is 1% writing, 1% staring into space, and 98% doing little errands to “prepare” for writing. My favourite method of not writing is to compose a very specific playlist to “soundtrack” the thing that I’m writing. If you go hunting for the right music to write to, sorry, I’ve just ruined your excuse: here is Lifehacker’s four-hour playlist of writing music.
YouTube Kids has had some, um, problems with inappropriate, disturbing and sometimes downright gruesome content slipping past the algorithms created to keep young viewers safe. Videos of Peppa Pig drinking bleach. Mickey snipping off girls' bikini tops at the beach. Conspiracy theories claiming the moon landing was a hoax. Sure, there are tools to block certain channels and turn off the search function, but parents have been generally wary of the grab bag-like nature of the app.
YouTube has been producing some excellent exclusive content over the past few years, but it’s all hidden behind a premium paywall.
For those who are interested in YouTube’s premium content, but have avoided paying the $14.99 monthly subscription to access it, you’re in luck: All users will soon be able to stream ad-supported versions of YouTube’s premium shows for free — but you’ll need to be vigilant if you want to watch in time.
One of our readers emailed us with an interesting problem: He’s the father of three boys, ages six, 10 and 12, and they love watching gaming streamers on YouTube, but all the gamers they watch are white dudes.
Guys such as DanTDM and Ninja make fantastic content that really connects with kids, but they do it from a white man’s point of view, and don’t represent the diversity that exists among people who actually play games.
Between all that talk of Family Sharing for Apple’s new “Plus” services, and the fact that I finally set up my house’s shared Netflix account on my TV the other day, I think a lot about how to minimise the financial impact of my technological needs.
And that always leads to a conversation with my roommates where I gauge how much they might want to contribute to services that I really want (or vice versa).