February 21, 2011 |
YouTube videos that show teens deliberately cutting and injuring themselves are viewed by millions of online watchers -- something a new study suggests might make these disturbing acts seem mainstream and normal. The study, published online Monday in the journal Pediatrics, notes that nonsuicidal self-injury -- cutting or physically hurting oneself in some way -- consistently appears in about 14% to 24% percent of children, teens and young adults. Researchers studied the top 100 videos of such acts on YouTube and found they had received more than 2 million page views.
April 15, 2013 |
If you long for the days of speckled images and crackling sounds, head to YouTube because it's now letting users relive the era of cassette tapes with a "VHS mode. " The new mode, which will only be around for one day, gives YouTube videos a shaky feel and grainy look -- reminiscent of what the images on a VHS tape would look like after being played too often. At times, the bottom right of the image curves inward, distorting the picture, and if you hit pause, the whole video starts to shake.
March 12, 2011 |
Google Inc. has launched an online tool that allows users to search for people or provide information about someone who may be missing as a result of the earthquake in Japan. Person Finder, which has been used in previous disasters, is a central database that individuals, governments and aid agencies can tap to find people and gather information about their condition. The 8.9-magnitude earthquake set off a massive tsunami and may have killed hundreds of people. Photos: Scenes from the earthquake Google launched Person Finder after the Haiti earthquake and most recently deployed the tool for the Christchurch earthquake, a 6.3 temblor that struck the New Zealand city Feb. 22. As of midday Friday, more than 7,200 queries had been recorded on Person Finder, which is available in Japanese and English.
June 7, 2012 |
Mr. Rogers doesn't seem like a likely candidate to be the next viral video, but now he is and there's nothing else to do but watch it. PBS Digital Studios, in an attempt to spruce up the images of its iconic personalities for a new generation, recruited artist John D. Boswell (a.k.a. melodysheep) to do to Fred Rogers what he's done to Carl Sagan, Neil DeGrasse Tyson and dozens of other scientists for his "Symphony of Science" autotuned YouTube videos. "Garden of Your Mind" is a collection of clips from "Mr. Rogers Neighborhood" remixed into a haunting tune.
August 12, 2013 |
Ever stopped to wonder how many other people might have just Liked a post on Facebook, searched for something on Google or tweeted at the same time as you? There's a website that purportedly shows you what that looks like. One Second on the Internet is a website that visually demonstrates just how busy the Internet may be every single second. PHOTOS: Six things rich tech execs splurge on The site starts by showing that every second a little fewer than 200 votes are cast on Reddit, but as users scroll down, Internet activity becomes far more expansive.
October 12, 2013 |
The tiny coal town of Gilberton has become a spectacle for the nation's gun debate, marshaling dozens of armed gun-rights activists who come to defend the borough's suspended police chief, whose profanity-laced YouTube videos sparked the controversy. At four meetings in as many months, the backers of Chief Mark Kessler showed their support by packing - they came to disciplinary hearings bristling with semiautomatic rifles and handguns. Several slung rifles over their shoulders, others holstered them on their hips or beneath clothing.
July 25, 2013 |
Many musicians and wannabe stars have enjoyed posting on YouTube their own versions of singer-songwriter Jason Mraz's first international hit, "I'm Yours. " Trouble was, Mraz had no quick and easy way to find those versions and collect royalties. Now he may have found a solution. Audiam Inc., which launched overseas last month and in the U.S. on Wednesday, searches YouTube for people using Mraz's copyrighted songs and collects part of the advertising revenue generated by those clips, under an agreement with YouTube.
November 4, 2013 |
Google kicked off November by killing off one of its little-used features. The Mountain View, Calif., company got rid of iGoogle, a tool that let users set up personalized home page on their Web browser. The service was essentially Google's version of the MSNBC, AOL or Yahoo home page. The decision isn't too surprising considering that these days, few set up a home page for their Web browser. Nowadays, most users set the Web browser to either bring up the last page viewed or their Facebook News Feed, for instance.
November 5, 2012 |
John St., the Canadian advertising agency that brought you the YouTube hits "Catvertising" and "Pink Ponies: A Case Study" is back with a new ad for Buyral, a (fake) service that promises to use a network of clickers to help your Web video go viral. "The viral video. Millions of views. Millions in sales," a warm male voice says as the video begins. "What's their secret? What made them go viral? We did. " As the camera pans across a room filled with people, he ads, “It's simple.