Author: Antonio Villas-Boas

How to use YouTube like a pro

FILE PHOTO: YouTube unveils their new paid subscription service at the YouTube Space LA in Playa Del Rey, Los Angeles, California, United States October 21, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson FILE PHOTO: YouTube unveils their new paid subscription service at the YouTube Space LA in Playa Del Rey, Los AngelesThomson Reuters

I’m using YouTube more and more these days instead of using a regular Google search to find the answers I’m looking for.

From useful keyboard shortcuts to adding captions so I can watch a video without disturbing people around me, there are a bunch of good ways to make YouTube easier and better to use.

Check out the 16 best YouTube tips I’ve discovered that I’ll be using on a regular basis:

Use the new redesigned YouTube before Google rolls it out.

Use the new redesigned YouTube before Google rolls it out.

Google

You can check out YouTube’s design refresh before Google officially rolls it out by typing youtube.com/new[3] into your browser’s search bar

In the new version of YouTube, you can turn on Dark Mode. It’s easier on the eyes if you’re watching YouTube in a dark room, and it looks sleek, too.

In the new version of YouTube, you can turn on Dark Mode. It's easier on the eyes if you're watching YouTube in a dark room, and it looks sleek, too.

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After you’ve selected the new version of YouTube, click on your profile on the top right > click on Dark Theme > enable Dark Theme.

When you’re watching YouTube videos from a computer, press “J” to rewind 10 seconds

Press “L” to fast-forward 10 seconds.

Press “K” to pause the video.

On the YouTube mobile app, you can double tap the left or right of the video to rewind or fast forward in 10-second increments.

Keep tapping to fast forward or rewind for additional 10-second increments.

Press “M” to mute or unmute.

Save a video for later when you can’t watch it right there and then.

Save a video for later when you can't watch it right there and then.

Business Insider/YouTube

Click the “Add To” button on the right of “Share” underneath the video, then click the “Watch Later” box. You can see you your saved videos by clicking the Settings button on the top left of the YouTube screen, and clicking “Watch Later.”

Use your keyboard’s number keys to quickly jump around a video’s timeline.

The number keys from 1 to 9 correspond to your video’s timeline progress. So, if you press “2,” you’ll skip to 20 percent of the video’s timeline. Pressing “0” will restart the video.

You can share a video that starts at a specific time stamp.

You can share a video that starts at a specific time stamp.

Business Insider/YouTube

Pause the video > right-click on the video itself> and select “Copy video URL at current time”.  

Watch 360-degree videos by moving your mobile device around, or clicking and dragging with your mouse on your computer.

You can find a bunch of 360-degree videos by using the “360 degree video” search term in YouTube, or clicking here[4].

Watch VR videos with a mobile VR headset, like the Galaxy Gear VR or Google Daydream.

Watch VR videos with a mobile VR headset, like the Galaxy Gear VR or Google Daydream.

Samsung

Use voice commands to cast YouTube videos from your Google Home to your TV with Google Home.

Use voice commands to cast YouTube videos from your Google Home to your TV with Google Home.

YouTube

After awakening your Google Home, ask it to “play cat videos on TV.” It’ll work if you have a Smart TV with the YouTube app, Google’s Chromecast, or any other device that runs the YouTube app. (Pro tip: You don’t have to play cat videos. You can ask to play any video you want.) 

Play videos at different speeds.

Play videos at different speeds.

Business Insider/YouTube

Watch YouTube videos with captions if you don’t want to disturb those around you.

Watch YouTube videos with captions if you don't want to disturb those around you.

Business Insider/YouTube

Turning the captions mode on can also translate some videos from different languages. So far, there are one billion videos on YouTube that have automatic captions.

Control YouTube on TV with your mobile device.

You can use your phone, tablet, or computer to control a YouTube video’s playback on your TV. Just make sure your phone, tablet, or computer is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your Smart TV with the YouTube app, regular TV with a Chromecast, Roku, PlayStation 3 or 4, Xbox 360 or Xbox One, or any other device that runs the YouTube app.

 YouTube/TipsForBeginners[5]

References

  1. ^ One Page (uk.businessinsider.com)
  2. ^ Slides (uk.businessinsider.com)
  3. ^ youtube.com/new (www.youtube.com)
  4. ^ here (www.youtube.com)
  5. ^  YouTube/TipsForBeginners (www.youtube.com)

For $10-20, these wraps can give you the iPhone design of your dreams

I previously wrote about Colorware’s $1,900 gorgeous Retro iPhone 7[1], which is, indeed, gorgeous. However, the closest I’d get to owning a Retro iPhone 7 would be in my dreams, because of its insanely high price tag.

It was only a matter of time before someone came up with an affordable way to dress your iPhone in a classy and tasteful classic Apple Mac computer theme.

slickwraps retro wrapsSlickwraps

Slickwraps[2], a mobile accessories company, is seemingly bringing my dreams to reality. It makes $20 wraps and $37 cases for your iPhone that look nearly identical to Colorware’s Retro iPhone 7, but it also makes plenty of other designs for those out there looking for a different look than what Apple provides by default.

Slickwraps is just one of the many companies that make iPhone wraps. Check it out:

The star of this show is Slickwraps’ iPhone Retro Wraps that give your iPhone a retro Apple Mac look.

The star of this show is Slickwraps' iPhone Retro Wraps that give your iPhone a retro Apple Mac look.

Slickwraps

It’s complete with the rainbow Apple logo, and the simulated air vents on the sides. 

Slickwraps’ Retro Wrap is what it sounds like: It’s a wrap that you apply over your iPhone’s original design.

The Retro Wraps look nearly identical to Colorware’s $1,900 Retro iPhone 7 (below).

The Retro Wraps look nearly identical to Colorware's $1,900 Retro iPhone 7 (below).

Colorware

This is Colorware’s Retro iPhone 7, not Slickwraps’ cheaper retro iPhone wrap. Colorware’s Retro iPhone 7 is a custom paintjob rather than a cosmetic wrap.

The wraps look gorgeous. Here’s a similar angle of Slickwraps’ Retro Wrap compared to Colorware’s version (above).

The wraps look gorgeous. Here's a similar angle of Slickwraps' Retro Wrap compared to Colorware's version (above).

Slickwraps

Here’s what it looks like from the front. It would look nicer with the white/silver iPhone models with the white home button, in my opinion.

Here's what it looks like from the front. It would look nicer with the white/silver iPhone models with the white home button, in my opinion.

Slickwraps

Here’s an Apple Mac II, where the inspiration for this “Retro” design presumably came from.

Here's an Apple Mac II, where the inspiration for this "Retro" design presumably came from.

Wikipedia/Danamania

Slickwraps’ Retro Wraps are compatible with the iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, 6, 6 Plus, SE, and even the four-year-old iPhone 5s.

Slickwraps' Retro Wraps are compatible with the iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, 6, 6 Plus, SE, and even the four-year-old iPhone 5s.

Slickwraps

The wraps themselves won’t protect your iPhone from knocks and dents, but Slickwraps also offers cases with the retro design for $37 if you’re looking for something more protective.

The wraps themselves won't protect your iPhone from knocks and dents, but Slickwraps also offers cases with the retro design for $37 if you're looking for something more protective.

Slickwraps

The case is Spigen’s Ultra Hybrid case with Slickwraps’ retro design. Note that Slickwraps’ retro case[5] is a limited edition, and it’s not clear how long it’ll be on sale. 

It’s also compatible with the iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, 6, 6 Plus, SE, and the iPhone 5s.

And there are a bunch of other wraps from Slickwraps to customize your iPhone, like giving it a textured carbon look and feel.

And there are a bunch of other wraps from Slickwraps to customize your iPhone, like giving it a textured carbon look and feel.

Slickwraps

Or a wrap that makes your iPhone glow in the dark.

Or a wrap that makes your iPhone glow in the dark.

Slickwraps

There are a bunch of different colors, patterns, and textures to check out.

There are a bunch of different colors, patterns, and textures to check out.

Slickwraps

There’s also another brand that makes similar wraps for iPhones called Dbrand.

There's also another brand that makes similar wraps for iPhones called Dbrand.

Dbrand

Dbrand[6] has a similar lineup of iPhone wraps, except for the Retro Wrap. Dbrand actually sells wraps for around $10 compared to Slickwraps’ $20 wraps.

If you like the look of the (Product) RED iPhone that Apple recently released, you could get a nearly identical look for $10 instead of buying a whole new iPhone.

If you like the look of the (Product) RED iPhone that Apple recently released, you could get a nearly identical look for $10 instead of buying a whole new iPhone.

Dbrand

And if you didn’t like the white front panel on Apple’s Product (RED) iPhone, you can choose to get a black iPhone and add Dbrand’s red wrap instead.

Dbrand also has a different colors and textures, too, like wood, leather, and brushed metal.

Dbrand also has a different colors and textures, too, like wood, leather, and brushed metal.

Dbrand/Business Insider

There are plenty of other companies out there that make wraps for your iPhone, so there’s no shortage of designs for your iPhone.

There are plenty of other companies out there that make wraps for your iPhone, so there's no shortage of designs for your iPhone.

EasySkinz/Skinit/DecalGirl

Other companies that make wraps for iPhones include EasySkinz[7], Skinit[8], and DecalGirl[9] — just to name a few.

References

  1. ^ Colorware’s $1,900 gorgeous Retro iPhone 7 (www.businessinsider.com)
  2. ^ Slickwraps (www.slickwraps.com)
  3. ^ One Page (uk.businessinsider.com)
  4. ^ Slides (uk.businessinsider.com)
  5. ^ Slickwraps’ retro case (www.slickwraps.com)
  6. ^ Dbrand (dbrand.com)
  7. ^ EasySkinz (easyskinz.com)
  8. ^ Skinit (www.skinit.com)
  9. ^ DecalGirl (www.decalgirl.com)

Samsung just sent out invites for the unveiling of a new, unknown device

Samsung on Tuesday sent out press invitations for an event that will take place on February 26 during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

It’s unclear what Samsung plans to release during its MWC event. The invitation appears to hint at a device with similar dimensions as a tablet.

samsung mwc 2017 inviteSamsung

Normally, we’d expect Samsung to unveil the latest Galaxy S flagship smartphone during MWC, as it did with the Galaxy S7 phones. 

However, this particular invitation lacks the tell-tale “Unpacked” branding that normally features in invitations for new Galaxy smartphones, such as the Galaxy Note 7 invite below:

GalaxyNote7_Invitation_Main_1Samsung

The glaring omission of the “Unpacked” branding lines up with Samsung’s own statements that the company will delay the announcement of the Galaxy S8[1]. The delay could be related to the failed Galaxy Note 7, which was cancelled due to battery issues[2]. Indeed, Samsung would surely do everything and anything to avoid a similar debacle. 

Instead, Samsung will supposedly hold its Galaxy S8 event on March 29[3], according to the reliable gadgets leaker, Evan Blass.

Whatever Samsung has up its sleeve, we’ll have to wait until February 26 to see.

References

  1. ^ delay the announcement of the Galaxy S8 (www.businessinsider.com)
  2. ^ cancelled due to battery issues (www.businessinsider.com)
  3. ^ Galaxy S8 event on March 29 (www.businessinsider.com)

17 rumors we’ve heard about Samsung’s Galaxy S8, one of the biggest smartphones of 2017

Samsung Galaxy S7 EdgeFlickr/Răzvan Băltărețu[1]

Samsung’s Galaxy S8, as it’s expected to be called, is said to be announced within the next couple months, and we have a bunch of good rumors from reliable sources to share.

Most recently, one of the most well known gadgets leakers posted an image of the supposed Galaxy S8, leaving very little to the imagination of what it could look like. 

Check out what we’ve seen and heard about Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S8:

This is allegedly the Galaxy S8.

Reliable gadgets leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer posted the below on Twitter, claiming it’s the Galaxy S8.

We have no way to confirm if this is, in fact, the real deal, but it does line up with rumors we’ve heard…

The home button will be a little different.

The home button will be a little different.

Xiaomi/YouTube

As the leaked photo above suggests, the Galaxy S8 won’t have a physical home button.

The home button may be embedded underneath the front glass panel, according to ET News. If so, it could look and work similarly to the new home button on Xiaomi’s new Mi 5s smartphones[4] (pictured above).

That means it could react to touch rather than using a mechanical button you need to physically press down. 

There will be two models with different screen sizes.

There will be two models with different screen sizes.

Antonio Villas-Boas/Tech Insider

There are a couple conflicting rumors surrounding the screen size of the upcoming Galaxy smartphones from Samsung, which I’ll call the Galaxy S8 from now on.

One set of rumors claim the smaller model will have a 5.1-inch screen while the larger model will have a 5.5-inch screen, according to “industry sources” that spoke with the Korea Herald. However, the latest leaks suggest otherwise. GSM Arena[6] allegedly obtained details about the upcoming Galaxy phones’ dimensions form a case maker, and we could see the smaller Galaxy S8 model come with a large 5.7-inch screen. The larger Galaxy S8 “Plus,” as it’s being called, could have a huge 6.2-inch screen.[5]

Despite bigger screens, they won’t be much bigger than the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.

Despite bigger screens, they won't be much bigger than the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.

YouTube/Samsung Displays

The leaked photo, which was taken from Samsung’s marketing materials, above also reinforces rumors from ET News that the Galaxy S8’s display will have narrow borders.

In addition, Samsung released a couple of videos showing a mobile device with narrow borders[7], which hints at where Samsung’s mobile design is heading.

If true, Samsung could fit a bigger screen into a device that’s the same size as the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. 

Both Galaxy S8 models might have curved screens, but some rumors say there will be a flat-screened model.

Sources to the Korea Herald[8] claim both Galaxy S8 models will have curved screens, and there won’t be a flat-screened model. 

However, this particular rumor is a mixed bag, as the reputable SamMobile[9] claims Samsung will indeed release a flat-screened model.

It could have a dual-lens camera.

It could have a dual-lens camera.

Hollis Johnson/Business Insider

ET News[10] claims the Galaxy S8 will have a dual-lens camera, one of which will be 16 megapixels and the other 8 megapixels. A more recent leak from a known gadgets leaker on Chinese social media site, Weibo[11], claims the dual lens will have 13- and 12-megapixel sensors.

It’s still unclear what functionality a dual-lens camera will offer on the Galaxy S8, as dual-lens cameras on other smartphones do different things. Our bet would be on a similar functionality as the iPhone 7 Plus’ dual-lens camera, which can create background blur effects, as well as zooming into subjects optically rather than digitally. 

Optical zoom is better than digital zoom, as it’s actually moving the lenses to zoom into subjects. Digital zoom isn’t as good because it simply enlarges the picture, resulting in less sharp and pixelated photos.

The front-facing camera could potentially be the best out of any smartphone.

The front-facing camera could potentially be the best out of any smartphone.

YouTube/Android Authority

According to ET News[12], Samsung will add the Galaxy S7’s incredibly fast auto-focus feature to the front camera of the Galaxy S8. 

If so, it means no tapping on faces to make sure the camera focuses correctly. That means you can take faster selfies faster, and they’ll be better photos overall.

They will have powerful processors.

They will have powerful processors.

Апгрейд на табуретке/YouTube

According to ET News, Galaxy S8 models destined for the US market will use a new chip from Qualcomm called the Snapdragon 830. Other international models will use a version of Samsung’s own Exynos chip.

Few details on these chips exist, but they’ll surely be very powerful (and hopefully efficient).

Samsung might introduce an AI voice assistant that’s similar to Siri.

Samsung might introduce an AI voice assistant that's similar to Siri.

IBT

Multiple sources, including the previously-mentioned gadgets leaker on Weibo and a Dutch Samsung Galaxy blog called Galaxy Club[13], claim that Samsung will include a smart voice assistant with the Galaxy S8.

According to Galaxy Club, Samsung’s smart assistant will be called “Bixby,” and could join the ranks of other smart assistants like Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant.

There are a couple good reasons this rumor seems plausible. First, Samsung bought the AI smart assistant company, Viv, in October 2015, which at least shows some sort of interest form Samsung in the smart assistant space.

Secondly, Samsung wouldn’t want it premium flagship line of Galaxy devices to be left behind as the flagship without a smart assistant – the iPhone has Siri and the Google Pixel has Google Assistant.

The new AI assistant “Bixby” could use the Galaxy S8’s camera for search results.

The new AI assistant "Bixby" could use the Galaxy S8's camera for search results.

Rafi Letzter/Tech Insider

This rumor from SamMobile[14] could give “Bixby,” Samsung’s rumored AI for the Galaxy S8, its own set of eyes through the phone’s camera.

Instead of asking Bixby about something, you could potentially show it what you want to search for with the S8’s camera. It’s an interesting prospect, as neither Siri, Alexa, or Google Assistant are tied into any cameras or camera technology.

There are conflicting rumors about the headphone jack.

There are conflicting rumors about the headphone jack.

The iPhone 7 Plus (left) sans headphone jack, and the Galaxy S7 (right) with it.Darren Weaver

On one hand, SamMobile[15] claims the Galaxy S8 won’t come with a headphone jack. On the other, leaks of case designs[16], allegedly for the Galaxy S8, suggest that it will feature a headphone jack.

It’s a tough one to call, even when we’re so close to the Galaxy S8’s supposed launch. So far, only the iPhone and Motorola Moto Z phones have ditched headphone jacks to a mixed reception.

Yes, there are benefits to ditching the headphone jack, like forcing people to go wireless (which is a good thing). At the same time, it potentially means buying new wireless headphones or using a dongle adapter for your old wired headphones, which isn’t ideal.

It’ll likely use USB-C instead of microUSB.

It'll likely use USB-C instead of microUSB.

USB-C on the LG V20.Antonio Villas-Boas/Business Insider

Samsung released the Galaxy Note 7 with USB-C, which could indicate that the company is transitioning from microUSB to USB-C, at least with its flagship devices.

USB-C is the new standard that is slowly replacing microUSB for charging and data transfers. It can charge mobile devices faster than regular microUSB (without Quick Charge technology), but it can also be used to transfer data and stream video to external monitors as well.

It’s expected to come with the same features that made the Galaxy S7 one the best smartphones of 2016.

It's expected to come with the same features that made the Galaxy S7 one the best smartphones of 2016.

Tech Insider

While this is speculation that’s not based on rumors, we’re expecting that Samsung will include the water resistance that helped make the Galaxy S7 one of the best smartphones of 2016.

You might be able to connect the Galaxy S8 to a monitor to use like a computer.

You might be able to connect the Galaxy S8 to a monitor to use like a computer.

Microsoft Windows 10 Mobile Continuum in action.Microsoft

There’s talk about the Galaxy S8 coming with a feature that’s similar to Microsoft’s Continuum[17], which lets you plug in a Windows Phone to a monitor to use a light version of Windows 10 with a keyboard and mouse. The first hints of this came from allaboutwindowsphone.com[18], where the concept was seen during a Samsung presentation.

If the Galaxy S8 really does support USB-C, the ability to connect the phone to an external monitor could be a very real possibility.

It could have two speakers from a high-end audio company.

It could have two speakers from a high-end audio company.

Reuters/David Mdzinarishvili

According to GSM Arena[19], the Galaxy S8 may come with two speakers versus the traditional single speaker that many smartphones have, and they might be made by the high-end audio company, Harman. The rumor lines up nicely with Samsung’s recent acquisition of Harman in November 2015.

It’s not clear whether both speakers will be facing downwards, of if they’ll be on the top and bottom edges of the phone for stereo sound like the iPhone 7. And GSM Arena doesn’t rule out the possibility that Samsung could use Harman speakers for phone it’ll release in 2018. 

You’ll be able to unlock it with your eyes.

You'll be able to unlock it with your eyes.

Corey Protin/Business Insider

According to ET News[20], Samsung will include a similar eye scanner as the Galaxy Note 7 in the Galaxy S8. 

For the Galaxy Note 7, the eye scanner would have let you unlock your phone, as well as certain apps and folders for extra security. 

It’ll be announced in March and released in April.

It'll be announced in March and released in April.

Business Insider

Some rumors claim Samsung will release the Galaxy S8 earlier[21] than its usual announcement during Feburary’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. 

Yet, the reliable SamMobile[22] spotted rumors from Korean news site Naver.com[23] that claims Samsung may host its own event in New York City in March for a release on April 18.

References

  1. ^ Flickr/Răzvan Băltărețu (www.flickr.com)
  2. ^ One Page (uk.businessinsider.com)
  3. ^ Slides (uk.businessinsider.com)
  4. ^ Xiaomi’s new Mi 5s smartphones (www.businessinsider.com)
  5. ^ Korea Herald (www.koreaherald.com)
  6. ^ GSM Arena (www.gsmarena.com)
  7. ^ mobile device with narrow borders (www.businessinsider.com)
  8. ^ Korea Herald (www.koreaherald.com)
  9. ^ SamMobile (www.sammobile.com)
  10. ^ ET News (english.etnews.com)
  11. ^ Weibo (www.weibo.com)
  12. ^ ET News (www.businessinsider.com)
  13. ^ Galaxy Club (www.galaxyclub.nl)
  14. ^ SamMobile (www.sammobile.com)
  15. ^ SamMobile (www.sammobile.com)
  16. ^ leaks of case designs (www.slashleaks.com)
  17. ^ Microsoft’s Continuum (www.businessinsider.com)
  18. ^ allaboutwindowsphone.com (allaboutwindowsphone.com)
  19. ^ GSM Arena (www.gsmarena.com)
  20. ^ ET News (www.etnews.com)
  21. ^ Samsung will release the Galaxy S8 earlier (www.businessinsider.com)
  22. ^ SamMobile (www.sammobile.com)
  23. ^ Naver.com (news.naver.com)