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YouTube Finally Lets Users Outside Of The US Multitask While Watching Videos

Picture in Picture mode is pretty convenient and if you’ve used it in apps such as Netflix, WhatsApp you will know how neccesary it is for YouTube to add the feature. Picture in Picture is a special type of multi-window mode mostly used for video playback. It lets the user watch a video in a […]

WWE’s Wrestling YouTube Channel The Second Most Viewed Channel In The World

That headline may come as a surprise to many of you as it did to me. I used to watch a lot of wrestling but I just eventually grew disinterested as many of us do. The side of the story which is rarely explored however is the fact that regardless of how many of us […]

One of Zim’s Biggest YouTube Channels Shut Down Over A Copyright Wrangle, Over 1000 Content Pieces No Longer Accessible

Two days ago I wrote an article in the Newsday focusing on how Youtube is changing and shaping showbiz and entertainment in Zimbabwe. The riveting yet revealing piece touched on the silent but raging storm and battles amongst artists, managers, content creators, and Youtube bloggers. I made reference to an ensuing tiff between a leading […]

How YouTube Now Shapes Zimbabwe’s Musical Landscape

A decade ago radio and television were the main platforms pushing music and artists to stardom, but it is no longer the case as we witnessed a bloodless musical coup with the emergence of the internet that now owns and controls the power matrix in Zimbabwe and the world over. The Google-owned American video-sharing website […]

YouTube To Give Users “Fact-Checks” When They Search On Sensitive Topics

Fake news is still a huge problem and many internet giants are still trying to figure out how they can tackle that issue. YouTube has chimed in with its own solution and soon the video-sharing platform will mark videos that are suspected of inaccuracies. According to Buzzfeed, the site will show “information panels — boxes […]

YouTube Vanced Is The Best YouTube App Period

I am an avid music fan and I am one of those people who prefer to videos to audio tracks. When it comes to music videos YouTube has no equal. Naturally for most people that would mean you launching the official YouTube app which kind of sucks in a number of ways. The many failings […]

YouTube Demonetises Anti-vax Videos On Its Platform

On Friday YouTube took the bold step of demonising several video channels run by anti-vaxers. This was after a lot of reputable companies, some of them from the health field, discovered that some of the adverts were showing on these channels. What are anti-vaxers This is a group of people who typically rely on pseudo-science […]

Blame YouTube For Making More People Believe That The Earth Is Flat: Report

If you feel as though there are a growing number of people online who think the world is flat (a peculiar conspiracy theory that ignores centuries of evidence that the planet is actually round), you might not be wrong. According to a new study, the alarming growth of the number of people who think the […]

Content Creators Here’s Language You Should Avoid If You Want Your YouTube Videos To Make Money

Ok so if you have a YouTube channel and you’ve reached the acclaimed monetized status on your channel you wouldn’t want to compromise the bag because of some colourful language. Considering Zimbabwe’s largely conservative population I don’t think there should be too much of an issue when it comes to language. Anyway if you do […]

5 More Things You Didn’t Know You Can Do With A VPN

A VPN (Virtual Private Network) has recently been a remarkably useful tool in Zimbabwe, owing to the shutting down and throttling of internet by the government amid the #ShutdownZimbabwe protests. Many Zimbos now know that a VPN can encrypt their internet connection and allow them to ‘virtually’ locate their phones and computers in different locations […]

The EU Wants To Pass A Law That Could Potentially Kill YouTube

Earlier this year, the European Union put into effect a controversial and internet-shattering law that came to be known as the GDPR. Online publishers had to change their websites to deal with user data much differently than they had before. The GDPR was centred on the EU but it ended up affecting everyone, including people outside […]

YouTube’s Highest Earner Is 7-years-old And Made $22 Million This Year, Its Not Entirely Bad After All For Your Kids To Use The Internet

YouTube has grown to become a phenomenon where an increasing number of video creators have started posting content with the intentions of racking advertising (Adsense) money. The best part is, there’s no age limit. Allow me to introduce this year’s highest-paid ‘YouTuber’, Ryan of Ryan Toysreview. Ryan is a household name in homes with kids. […]

Here Are Two Trivial Features That You Will be Using On WhatsApp Soon

WhatsApp added multiple new features to its platform this year. For instance, the social media company launched the group calling, Swipe to reply, Stickers and more features in 2018. But that does not stop the app from coming with more ideas. The Facebook-owned chat app has two new features up its sleeves according to WaBetaInfo, […]

Ministry Of Information Now Has A YouTube Channel

Soon after the cabinet announcement different ministries starting setting up social media accounts in order to ensure that there are communication channels for them to easily get input from the public. This movement by the government was one we commended and it seems the Ministry of Information wants to continue leading when it comes to […]

YouTube Was Down For A Couple Of Hours

As I type this YouTube (0457hrs) has restored some order and the service is working again but for the most part of the last hour, the video streaming platform hasn’t been working. If you have owl-like tendencies; you are awake during these early parts of the morning and part of that routine involves YouTube then […]

Instagram Gets Serious With E-Commerce As It Starts To Build A Standalone App For Shopping

Fresh from a successful launch of a YouTube competitor, IGTV, Instagram is looking to step up to rivals in the e-commerce category with a ‘standalone’ shopping app. This means that the already existing Instagram app will be used for communication only and the incoming ‘standalone’ shopping app will be used for shopping only rather than using one […]

YouTube Now Rolling Out The Stories Feature That Looks Exactly Like Instagram’s

According to Android Police, YouTube has been testing a new ‘Stories’ feature for some weeks that looks and works similarly to the identically-named service on WhatsApp and Instagram. While the test was only limited to very few users initially, the company is now apparently rolling it out to a wider user-base. Alas at the moment its available […]

Content Creators, YouTube Titles With All Caps Are A Very Bad Idea

If you upload videos on YouTube you may be tempted to put out some videos that capitalised titles. “It will definitely draw a viewer’s attention” you tell yourself as you hit the upload button. Well, it turns out using titles that are entirely capitalized is actually a terrible idea. And this is coming from YouTube’s […]

Facebook Launches Their Video Platform Globally, Can They Take Down YouTube? Probably Not…

So Facebook continues to ape other platforms they’ve turned their attention to YouTube. Instagram (which is owned by Facebook) recently released IGTV which is YouTube for portrait videos (or maybe not much of a YouTube at all). They are also now making Facebook Watch globally available, as it was only available in the USA. There […]

YouTube’s Efforts To End Your Smartphone Obsession Are Now Rolling Out

If YouTube (as an entity) had a choice between a user watching videos on their platform for 2 hours each day vs that same user watching videos on the platform for fewer hours, YouTube would probably pick the former and scowl at the latter. I think this goes a long way in explaining why some […]

Google Releases A List Of The Best Smartphones For Viewing Videos YouTube

If you’re a massive fan of YouTube and your purchase decisions are actually influenced by your love for the video sharing platform then the recently released list can help you buy your next phone. The devices on the list are called YouTube Signature Devices. “What is a YouTube Signature Device?”, is probably something you’re thinking […]

Social Media Influencers Can Get As Much As $30 000 For A Single Post! Even Pets Are Getting In On The Action

The culture of ‘social media influencers’ has not really extended to Zimbabwe yet. Of course people go on social media and they have people who influence their taste or actions and what not but I don’t think there are many Zimbos (within Zimbabwe) who are leveraging social media platforms such as Instagram and YouTube to […]

WhatsApp Will Soon Allow Users To View YouTube and Instagram Videos In The WhatsApp App Itself With ‘Picture-To-Picture Mode’ Feature

WhatsApp had recently launched the much-awaited feature group calls for voice and video. Now, the messaging platform is working on a feature called Picture-In-Picture  (PIP) mode for Android. The PIP  feature will allow its users to continue their video calls or watching videos on a small window while chatting and browsing in WhatsApp (without the […]

Google Accused Of Slowing Down YouTube In Mozilla Firefox And Edge Browsers

A Technical programmer at Mozilla has accused Google of slowing down YouTube on other browsers. Chris Peterson –the guy pointing a finger at Google- says since Google owns both YouTube and Chrome, they are implementing some exclusive tools that rob Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Edge users of the best experience: YouTube page load is 5-times […]

Watch YouTube Videos Without Leaving Any Trace In The New Incognito Mode On YouTube’s Android App

A feature that Google Chrome users are well accustomed to has made its way to the official YouTube app for Android. Youtube has added an incognito mode to its app which is quite similar to the one in Google’s popular web browser. When one turns on the incognito mode on the YouTube app, it means […]

YouTube Commits $25 Million To Fight Fake News

In its continuing efforts to fight fake news and conspiracy theories on the platform, YouTube on Monday said it will make “authoritative” news sources more prominent, especially in the aftermath of breaking news events, such as terrorist attacks, natural disasters, major accidents and other situations where misinformation can spread quickly. The company committed $25 million […]

Ever Wondered How Much Time You Spend On Facebook?, Facebook Will Soon Start To Tell You

Facebook is working on a new feature that will let users know how much time they spend on the social media platform on a daily basis and will also alert them when they have exceeded their usage limit. The feature is called ‘Your Time on Facebook’ and it is currently in the development phase. Facebook’s […]

Caught The World Cup Fever? Here Are Some Stats That Prove You’re Not The Only One

The World Cup kicked off last Thursday and it’s safe to say in the few days it has been going on it has been exciting. Anyway, we are not here to talk about the soccer itself but instead, we will look at some stats that have been released by Google in relation to the World […]

The Kwese PLAY-ZOL Deal Is Not As Attractive As We Thought But It’s Still A Good Package

Yesterday, we wrote on ZOL’s partnership with Kwese Play and we were really excited about the offering. It seems our excitement was short-lived as ZOL has provided clarification on this package and how it will work. Netflix comes at a cost The $33 monthly subscription does not include a Netflix subscription. If you have never […]

Instagram To Bring Hour Long Videos: Can They Dethrone YouTube?

In a quite surprising move, Instagram is going to introduce hour-long videos. The videos will only be accessible in portrait mode (vertically) and thus this is not an outright copy of YouTube but it does seem Instagram is spreading its wings once again. The picture/video sharing social media platform has been consistently changing since it’s […]