Watch YouTube videos with your friends via Uptime, a new app from Google. Read the article below from appleinsider.com to find out more.
Google launches Uptime collaborative YouTube viewing app exclusively for iOS
By Mike Wuerthele
Google’s “Area 120” incubator project has developed Uptime —an iPhone app for watching YouTube videos collaboratively with other users of the app.
Users of the app will see other viewers icons progressing along the video’s progress bar. Users can follow other Uptime users to see what they’re watching, and share clips from the service from within the app.
The app also features live commentary by people watching the video, as well as the ability to like videos, and get daily video recommendations from friends and people you follow.
At present, the app is iOS-only, with no sign of an Android app.
The app itself is currently available on the iOS App Store, and is free, but requires an invite to use. According to TNW, code “PIZZA” can be used to garner an invitation for the service.
The Uptime app came out of Google’s incubator program, first launched formally in 2004.
“We encourage our employees, in addition to their regular projects, to spend 20% of their time working on what they think will most benefit Google,” Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin wrote in 2004, launching the program. “This empowers them to be more creative and innovative. Many of our significant advances have happened in this manner.”
The 20% rule turned into the Area 120 incubation program, which is now helmed by long-time Google executives Don Harrison and Bradley Horowitz. Other 20% projects in the past have included Gmail, and Google News.
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Check out this quick article from theverge.com, which explains how you’ll soon see more audiobook sources available on iTunes:
Apple and Amazon end decade-long audiobook exclusivity deal
Regulators said the deal was limiting competition
By Jacob Kastrenakes
Apple and Amazon have agreed to end an exclusivity agreement that made Audible the only seller of audiobooks inside of iTunes.
The agreement had been in place for over a decade, since 2003, but came to an end earlier this month following complaints from German publishers and investigations by European antitrust regulators, who were concerned that the agreement was stifling competition and raising prices.
Regulators began investigating in late 2015. It appears all investigations are being suspended in light of the companies’ decisions to end the exclusivity agreement.
“With the deletion of the exclusivity agreement, Apple will now have the opportunity to purchase digital audiobooks from other suppliers,” Andreas Mundt, president of Germany’s antitrust agency, said in a statement. “This will enable a wider range of offer and lower prices for consumers.”
In a statement, Audible confirmed that it had removed the exclusivity provision in its agreement with Apple, and added that it will continue to offer audiobooks through iTunes. Apple did not respond to a request for comment.
The European Commission said it welcomed the agreement. It said the change is “likely to improve competition” for audiobook distribution in Europe — though, since the agreement applied elsewhere, it could have the same affect globally, too.
Audible has dominated the audiobook market for years now. And with iTunes being one of the key places that consumers go to buy audiobooks, the agreement could have put serious limitations on the industry. Publishers either had to go through Audible, or miss out on a major storefront. They’ll now be able to go directly to Apple for distribution.