Google launches non-free “YouTube Red” service


On October 28, Google is replacing “YouTube Music Key” with the formal launch of YouTube Red, a subscription service for YouTube. At $10/month, subscribers will get an ad-free experience. They’ll also get other features, including exclusive access to videos specifically produced for YouTube Red (using “top YouTube creators”), as well as Google Play Music subscription access. … Read more

Back to the Future: 7 things that changed between 1985 and 2015

Back to the Future 2's 2015

The classic “Back to the Future” films are popular for good reason, but lately they’ve particularly gotten a lot of buzz. The second film, made in 1989, saw Marty McFly and Doc Brown (and a dubiously-knocked-out-early-on Jennifer Parker) travel from 1985 to the futuristic year of… 2015. Wednesday, October 21, 2015 to be precise. The … Read more

New YouTube videos, including a blog promo and obsolete tech list


I’ve created two YouTube videos, for those interested in my attempt at video production without, well, actually hearing me speak. Thus, they’re more photo/graphic slide shows with music. The first one is a 30 second promo for the blog: The second is a video version of my blog post about when seven pieces of tech became … Read more

Google plans to unlink Google+ from its services


Google’s recent moves to decouple Photos from Google+ isn’t the only Google+ news. Google announced on its blog earlier today that the search engine giant also plans to unlink Google+ as a requirement for its various other services, starting with YouTube comments. YouTube comment users hated the shift to requiring Google+ for comments, so they’ll presumably be … Read more

My choice of music services (summer 2015)

iPod Classic

Here’s an updated look (since almost a year ago) at what music services I’m using these days. These days, my choice of audio services include: TuneIn Radio I use TuneIn Radio’s mobile app and website for two purposes: listening to NPR, and listening to Chicago Blackhawks hockey games (on Chicago’s WGN radio). Spotify I still … Read more

Anthony’s eight favorite YouTube channels

How It Should Have Ended

Like others, I have a few favorite YouTube channels I enjoy following. While they’re admittedly low on cute cats, they’re all still entertaining and/or educational. CGP Grey CGP Grey is a channel offering several minute long videos explaining various subjects, ranging from why the US should kill the penny (among other reasons, it’s lost … Read more

Anthony’s 10 favorite Roku channels

Roku Streaming Stick

I’ve been getting a lot of mileage out of the Roku Streaming Stick I bought a few months ago. It’s completely replaced my Xbox 360 for streaming purposes. Also, since the Roku‘s platform neutral (versus Amazon, Google, and Apple’s devices), it supports an extremely large number of streaming “channels.” Admittedly a lot of them are useless for me; … Read more

My choice of music services (fall 2014)

iPod Classic

Here’s an update of a previous post I’d written about what music services I use. These days, my choice of music/audio services include: TuneIn Radio I’ve written about TuneIn Radio before. TuneIn’s quite useful in letting me listen to NPR streaming audio on my phone. The Pro version is only a dollar, but gets rid of … Read more

A look at my social network usage (Summer 2014)

Twitter screenshot

As everyone knows, social media networks dominate online life for most Internet users these days, with Facebook and Twitter the dominant ones. I thought I’d write up my feelings and experiences so far about the social networks I use. Most of the ones I use can be reached via the links section in the left sidebar. Facebook … Read more

Animation winners of the 2014 Daytime Emmy Awards

The 2014 Daytime Emmy Awards were given out yesterday evening. Unlike previous award shows, this year’s couldn’t find a television network to carry it, so it was only streamed online. This begs the question: what’s the point of the Daytime Emmys, if the very medium it’s giving awards to won’t televise it? I suppose one could argue … Read more