As of tomorrow (May 22),, and it will also cost 20 percent more, moving to $11.99 per month from $9.99 per month. But you don’t have to pay that higher price to get the perks that Premium will offer, if you act fast.

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Existing subscribers, as well as those who subscribe today (May 21), before the change, will get to keep the current $9.99 per month pricing. Of course, that’s always subject to change, as month-to-month billing means that YouTube can change its mind at some point in the future.

, the price is more than worth it for me. Not only does the service give you an ad-free YouTube — getting rid of car insurance ads alone is incredible — but it also allows you to save videos for watching offline, which I take advantage of during my commute and on trips.


Another major perk of YouTube Red is listening to clips in the background on mobile devices, so you can multitask and not lose the thread. You also get access to YouTube Originals, such as Cobra Kai (the Karate Kid reboot) and the upcoming animated series Dallas & Robo, which tells the story of a boozy space trucker and her robot partner, voiced, respectively, by Kat Dennings and John Cena.

Also, if you subscribe to YouTube Red before the switchover, you also get Google Play Music, a streaming music service.

The transition from YouTube Red to YouTube Premium is a part of the launch of YouTube Music, the service’s new competitor, which is is launching in both free and paid ($9.99 per month to get rid of ads) tiers. YouTube Premium will cost more, in part, because it includes YouTube Music Premium.

When it comes to PC accessories, few manufacturers come close to matching Logitech’s massive portfolio.

Today only, Amazon is taking up to 30% off a handful of Logitech’s best accessories including some of its mice, keyboards, and a 2.1 speaker system. The sale includes many of our favorite Logitech devices, such as:

K400 Plus Wireless Touch Keyboard: The K400 Plus is a wireless TV keyboard designed to let you navigate your smart TV from the comforts of your couch. It features a built-in, 3.5-inch touchpad and media playback keys.

Logitech K400 Plus Wireless Keyboard

HD Pro Webcam C920: The C920 is proof that standalone webcams still have a place in today’s tech world. Its image quality surpasses that of many built-in webcams and at $46.84, it’s the lowest price we’ve ever seen for it. The 1080p webcam is flanked by LEDs and microphones and features a 78-degree field of view, which is more than enough to squeeze a second person into the frame.

Logitech C920 Webcam

MX Master Mouse: The MX Master Mouse combines a gorgeous, ergonomic design with a host of intelligent features. It’s an excellent every day mouse designed strictly for productivity. Although Logitech sells it for $100, today it’s selling for $49.99 on Amazon.

Logitech MX Master Mouse

Z523 Speakers: Whether you’re playing games or streaming movies, this 2.1 speaker system offers room-filling, 360-degree sound. The accompanying down-firing subwoofer features a 6.5-inch pressure driver with ultra-deep bass.

Logitech Z523 2.1 Speaker System

This Logitech sale ends today and only applies to items sold via Amazon (excluding third-party merchants).

All speech is not equal, especially if it’s on YouTube. CEO Susan Wojcicki said at Google I/O that the site is different from traditional media because it serves as a “two-way conversation,” allowing people to interact with those they watch.

Then, product manager Barbara Macdonald stepped on stage and proved that’s not true anymore. She showed off Super Chat, a tool for viewers to have their message highlighted during a livestream and pinned to the top of the stream for up to five hours. It’s not a brand new tool (it launched in January), but the company wanted to show off new APIs to make videos interactive to those who pay.

YouTube says that this makes sure that your chat “stands out from the crowd to get even more of your favorite creator’s attention,” but it won’t be because it’s in bright green; it’s because you paid them.

This also fetishizes YouTubers to a degree that can be uncomfortable. As, it’s somewhat similar to chat systems that live porn cam websites have used for a long time. You’re paying for attention, for a connection that’s not there when the camera shuts off.

YouTube isn’t the only site with a system like this. Twitch, a streaming service aimed at people playing video games, has a system called cheering in which audience members pay for emoticons that draw attention to their messages. It’s kind of gross, but the intent is slightly different — to celebrate during awesome moments (think like a tip jar for headshots in Call of Duty or goals in Rocket League). YouTube’s is purely for attention from the people you admire who make videos.

Earlier this month, Kotaku’s Cecilia D’Anastasioabout people who fall in love with Twitch streamers, and those who took that love further than is appropriate. Surely, there are people who believe they have connections with YouTubers, too, and they’ll be willing to pay to further those feelings.

The whole idea, paying for an e-celebrity’s attention, is bad for the internet and its users. It’s a slow step in making sure the rich’s speech have more influence, and it can help further unhealthy obsessions with celebrity. If this is how YouTube is going to foster “two-way” conversation, it will leave a whole lot of people sitting on the sidelines.

While many digital cameras these days can shoot 4K-resolution video, it’s a feature that often takes a back seat to still-photo features. But if you’re the type of photographer or filmmaker who tends to focus on video, you can spend thousands of dollars for a high-end professional, full-size camcorder, which will provide you with a lot of quality — but you may not have the budget for it. Aside from that, most stand-alone, camcorder-like models offer consumer-grade video that’s more low-end.

It’s one of the reasons Blackmagic introduced the, which is actually the successor to the company’s first ‘pocket’-type camera, which debuted in 2014. The new model targets those who want a very portable, relatively rugged, versatile camera (or device) that primarily shoots video.

To give you a sense of how the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K stands apart from other digital-imaging devices (or falls short of that goal), here’s what you need to know:

Is the Blackmagic a digital camera camcorder or some other type of device?

It’s a device that doesn’t easily fit into any one category. For many years, nearly all consumer-targeted camcorders and action cams have had fixed lenses, meaning that you couldn’t swap out lenses the way you can with DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. The Blackmagic is an exception, since it can accept various mirrorless lenses.

But it’s not the first of its kind: Several years ago, Sony introduced the NEX-VG20, an interchangeable-lens Handycam camcorder, which accepted Sony mirrorless zoom and prime lenses (A-mount and E-mount lenses).

How portable is it, and who is this product for?

Blackmagic’s camera looks to be about the size of a large DSLR, which means it’s probably not what most consumers have in mind when they think of something that’s ‘portable.’ It definitely won’t fit in a pocket.  

However, enthusiast and prosumer filmmakers will probably put up with a little inconvenience, bulk and weight, if the camera captures high-quality video and has powerful, versatile features. They’re also the group who will pay extra for a pricey step-up camera like this. Blackmagic is targeting independent filmmakers, documentary photographers, fashion shooters, travel vloggers, and wedding and corporate videographers, as well as sports and event shooters.

What type of sensor does it have?

Blackmagic says it uses a full-size Four Thirds HDR sensor, which has a native 4096 x 2160 (4K) resolution-size sensor.

What type (or types) of lenses does it accept?

Here’s one way Blackmagic’s camera stands out from most interchangeable-lens cameras, although it’s questionable how valid the claim is. When you buy a Nikon, Canon, Sony, Olympus, Panasonic or Pentax camera, you are committed to that company’s lens mount. So, if you buy a Canon camera, you can only use lenses that fit a Canon mount. Likewise for Nikon, Sony and Pentax. Olympus and Panasonic use the same Micro 4/3rds mount, so they’re compatible with each other, but not the others.

According to Blackmagic, the Pocket Cinema Camera 4K is compatible with MFT-mount lenses, which is ‘extremely flexible and allows for different lens adapters so customers can also use PL, C, EF and other types of lenses from manufacturers such as Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Leica and even Panavision.’ In most other cases, a manufacturer introducing a new camera doesn’t say that it’s compatible with other manufacturers’ lenses via an adapter. That’s because such adapters generally come with compromises, such as fewer autofocus options. It will be interesting to see how well this camera works when users are swapping out different lens brands.

Will MFT lenses have a crop factor?

What will be intriguing to see is how the MFT lenses from Panasonic and Olympus perform using a full-frame 4/3rds sensor. Most often, MFT lenses used on Panasonic and Olympus cameras have a 2x crop factor: That means that a 42mm lens is cropped so that it actually appears to function like an 84mm lens. That’s nice if you’re looking to use a telephoto lens, but if you want to shoot wide angle, your 24mm lens will be cropped and have a view of 48mm, which isn’t wide-angle at all.

However, on this Blackmagic model, a 14mm or 42mm will have no crop factor, in the same way a full-frame DSLR or mirrorless camera lack a crop factor.

What video resolutions and frame rates are supported by the Pocket Cinema Camera 4K?

The camera has three video shooting resolutions: two 4K settings; 4096 x 2160 (4K DCI) and 3840 x 2160 (Ultra HD); and one full HD, at 1920 x 1080.


It can also capture 4K at a top frame rate of 60 fps, which should yield smooth video. It can also capture HD video at 120 fps, which allows for slow-motion video (although it won’t be at 4K resolution).

Can the Blackmagic camera shoot still photos?

Yes, since it has a still-photo button control. However, technical specs were not yet available. It will probably be 4096 x 2160, or around an 8-MP photo.

How sensitive is the Blackmagic’s sensor?

The top ISO for the Pocket Cinema Camera 4K is 25,600, which is quite high, and decent for a 4/3rds sensor. However, cameras such as the, a mirrorless camera that has very similar specs to the Blackmagic camera, can go up to ISO 51,200, and can be expanded up to ISO 204,800.

What kind of memory card does it accept?

The Blackmagic camera can record to SD memory cards as well as UHS-II cards or CFast 2.0 cards. (The latter two cards allow for more professional-level video capture.) However, what many filmmakers are excited about is the fact that you can hook up an external drive, like a solid-state drive (or SSD), and record your footage directly to those drives via a USB-C port. Blackmagic is also claiming that photographers can use the same drive they captured video footage on to do their video editing and post-production work.

Additionally, Blackmagic is claiming that there are no proprietary files, so it will work with all types of software. (In contrast, in still photography, all RAW files are proprietary — to use a Canon RAW file, you need to makes sure your software packages have the proper plug-in.)

How does it record audio?

Audio, one of the most underappreciated aspects in filmmaking, looks quite promising on the Pocket Cinema Camera 4K. First of all, it includes four built-in microphones. But perhaps even more important is that it has a mini XLR input with 48 volts of phantom power. That means you can connect very good-quality, professional-grade mics, which will undoubtedly allow for compelling audio, from interviews to shooting street or on-location footage.

What’s the camera body made of, and what’s the LCD like?

According to the company, the body of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K is made of a new, lightweight but-sturdy material: carbon fiber polycarbonate composite. The LCD is a very large, 5-inch touch-screen LCD.

Does it come with software?

Blackmagic is offering a full license for DaVinci Resolve Studio video editor (normally $299), for editing footage, adjusting color, adding visual effects and working with audio.

How much will the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K cost?

In its press release, Blackmagic priced this camera at $1,295.  

When will the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K be available?

Blackmagic hopes to make the Pocket Cinema Camera 4K available in September 2018.

Stay tuned for our full review later this year, when the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K becomes available, and we can put it through our battery of tests.

Credit: Blackmagic Design

The manufacturer will be shipping with a technology called ‘Duralock’, which guarantees power storage for at least 10 years.

To achieve the increase in storage duration, Duracell said that it uses 24 karat gold as ‘fuel’ for creating chemical power, protects the anode and cathode with a unique separator that limits power transfer when not in use, and applies ‘triple corrosion protection’ that surrounds the contents in an acid resistant. There is also a battery anti-corrosive exterior.

‘We know that consumers typically don’t spend a large amount of time thinking about batteries,” said Volker Kuhn, general manager for Duracell North America, in a prepared statement. “But with the demand for more battery power on the rise due to the large amount of battery-operated devices on the market, it’s important that Duracell is recognized as a power solution they can trust.’ Duracell said that the average household has about 20 devices that rely on batteries.

The company said that it will launch the new technology with the support of its ‘largest marketing campaign in [the company’s] history’. The new batteries are scheduled to be available in U.S. retail by late summer.

Not in the mood to hack the PSP?offers a $90 clone that serves as an emulator, playing old classics found on Sega’s MegaDrive, Nintendo’s Famicom, and other classic consoles.

Called the PXP-900, this Mp5 player isn’t merely a hardware emulator, but offers other features that should have come with Sony’s PSP in the first place. But don’t let its appearance be deceptive: the device doesn’t have the capability to play PSP games, and honestly, it’s a wonder that Sony doesn’t crack down on the manufacturer for mimicking the PSP look and control scheme so close to the original.

According to China Grabber, the PXP-900 has an internal memory capacity of 2 GB, but is also capable of accepting SD cards up to 4 GB. On the video side, the device sports a 4.3-inch QVGA TFT LCD screen (320×240 resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio), churns out 25 FPS  during emulation, and also offers a cool TV-out function. Additionally, the PXP-900 has a built-in camera, FM radio, a loudspeaker, and MP3/MP4 drag-n-drop capabilities; Sony’s PSP doesn’t feature any one of these items.

And unlike the PSP, the PXP-900’s specs reveal that a built-in Ebook reader supposedly will read aloud any TXT file in Chinese or English. A movie bookmark feature will allow the viewer to return to the specified place in the movie at any time. There also seems to be a built-in microphone as well, recording sounds in WAV format. However, the lack of network information in the specifications probably means that that the device doesn’t have Wi-Fi capabilities. This means that anything downloaded for the device–whether it’s a console rom or a converted movie–can’t be done across the network, but rather through a USB connection to the PC.

Of course, the built-in emulator is probably the device’s biggest selling point. While the company didn’t offer any specifics, the software is capable of running games from classic consoles including the NES, Famicom, GameBoy, GameBoy Color, and Sega’s MegaDrive; the emulator supports the 32-bit Super Famicom and MegaDrive CD-ROM (aka Sega CD in the States) games as well. While it’s not apparent if the portable emulator will come packed with pre-loaded ROMs, the company did say that gamers can download additional titles. Are these games legal? We assume that’s a ‘yes,’ however China Grabber did not provide additional details on availability, pricing, or method of acquiring the games.

Still, for roughly $90, consumers will get the portable emulator, a user manual, earphones, an AV-Out cable, a USB cable, and a power adaptor. The unit comes in four standard colors–black, white, blue, and red–and is powered by built-in rechargeable lithium batteries (notice the plural). Additionally, the PXP-900 works with Windows 98, 98 SE, ME, 200, XP, Mac OS 10, and Linux 2.4.2 operating systems; the company did not specify Windows Vista or the upcoming Windows 7 OS in the product details.

While we haven’t checked out the device in-house, the specs certainly sound better than Sony’s PSP in certain aspects, especially with the built-in camera, Ebook reader, and console emulator. ON a graphical level, the PXP-900 doesn’t stand up to the PSP–at least not in a gaming aspect. In all actuality, the PXP-900’s cheap price tag means that consumers could have the best of both worlds, especially if they already own Sony’s portable gaming device.

It’s been two years since Microsoft revamped its mobile efforts and introduced us to Windows Phone. Still, the company has a long way to go before it can stand up to the likes of Android in terms of apps. Back in October, Microsoft revealed that the Windows Phone marketplace now boasts 120,000 applications. In comparison, Google’s Play Store hit a milestone of 700,000 apps around the same time. Obviously, Android’s got a lot of apps that Windows Phone doesn’t. However, it seems one app in particular is being kept away from Windows Phone on purpose.

According to Microsoft, Google is preventing Microsoft from offering consumers a fully featured YouTube app for the Windows Phone. Redmond first complained about this back in 2010, claiming that Google refused to give Windows Phones the same access to YouTube metadata that was offered to Android and iOS devices. This meant Microsoft’s YouTube app was actually just a browser displaying the mobile version of YouTube. Microsoft actually went as far as to complain to the European Union and the FTC about Google’s conduct. This week, Microsoft raised the issue once again.


Though Google may not have any interest in developing apps for Windows Phone (or Windows 8), refusing a competitor access to data that is made readily available to other competitors (in this case, Apple) isn’t exactly conducive to a level playing field, is it? Google has yet to comment on Microsoft’s allegations, but we’ll be sure to update if we hear anything.

All messaging apps will eventually offer the same feature set, or at least that’s the vibe I’m starting to get. The latest copy-paste moment in this sector comes from Facebook Messenger, which just added live Instant Video sharing, just like Apple FaceTime, Snapchat and Google Duo, to its iOS and Android apps.

Facebook is rolling this feature out today (Sept. 1) as a background update, so you won’t have to download anything to access it. While it’s just as easy to use as the offerings from its competitors, some may not realize the option is even available, as Facebook does little to notify you of its addition.

First, while you’re in a message, tap the Video Camera icon in the top right corner, and tap OK if Messenger prompts you for permission to access the camera and the microphone. After your call is picked up, tap once on the screen and again on Messages in the top left corner to return to the chat. Facebook says you need to tap on the Microphone icon to hear the other person, but that wasn’t required when we tried it out.

The video from your call’s recipient will now appear in the top right corner, and you can make it go full-screen by tapping the video from the other person twice. To share the view from your rear lens, tap the Switch Cameras icon in the top right corner while in full-screen video mode.

While this is a great addition for Facebook Messenger users who love sharing video, it also feels like a general flattening of all the major apps out there. Nothing feels special or unique anymore, and everything looks the same. On the other hand, now that Messenger lets you send money to friends, order an Uber and speak to, it could become the only messaging app you need.

GameSpot reports that while testing out Kinect, the system failed to identify two dark-skinned employees, while lighter-skinned employees were recognized immediately. However, the situation with Kinect’s facial recognition isn’t so black and white. GS’s Brendan Sinclair writes that though system recognized one employee inconsistently and was never able to properly identify another despite repeated calibration attempts, it was able to recognize a third dark-skinned staff member. Though this could be put down to Kinect’s facial recognition software just being dodgy as a whole, Sinclair reports lighter-skinned employees were consistently picked up on the first try.

The situation is reminiscent of.


[Update] Consumer Reports has done a little test to see if Kinect really is ‘racist,’ as many sites are reporting. The consumer advocate group says that it is similar to the HP webcam problem in that the Kinect cameras need a certain amount of light to recognize faces. CR found that the system had problems recognizing users with both light and dark skin when there was insufficient light in the gaming environment, and added that there wasn’t any instance when one person was recognized and another wasn’t under the same lighting conditions.

Check out what Consumer Reports had to say: today introduced the company’s second generation electronic reader, the Kindle 2. The follow up from the company’s successful Kindle ebook reader offers customers a slim new design with longer battery life, faster page turns, over seven times more storage, sharper images, and a new read-to-me feature.

Rumors that Amazon was about to unveil the next Kindle did the rounds at the very end of January. The company announced it would be holding a press conference at the Morgan Library in New York City on February 9; and while there was no mention as to whether or not we’d see the revamped Kindle, the notice on the Kindle site that says orders placed for the device will ship in 4-6 weeks didn’t go unnoticed, especially when you consider the Kindle drought a result of the device’s Oprah debut. 

Despite the fact that the newest Kindle sports a 600 x 800 6-inch electronic paper display that looks and reads like real paper, most will be a little disappointed to find out there’s still no touch screen on Amazon’s reader. With 2 GB of memory, Kindle 2 can hold more than 1,500 books, compared with 200 with the original Kindle. More memory is always welcome and Amazon has kept the price for this version the same as the old: $349

A few hours before the event, word went around that Stephen King would be launching the Kindle and true enough, the novelist was there. King said he would be writing a story for the Kindle and he read an excerpt of ‘Ur’ to the crowd, which is actually about a Kindle and sounds completely dire, but there you go.

‘Author Stephen King announced today that he is releasing a novella, “Ur,” which will only be available on Kindle. At the center of Ur is lovelorn college English instructor Wesley Smith, who can’t seem to get his ex-girlfriend’s parting shot out of his head: ‘Why can’t you just read off the computer like the rest of us?’ Egged on by her question and piqued by a student’s suggestion, Wesley places an order for a Kindle. Smith’s Kindle arrives in a box stamped with the smile logo and unlocks a literary world that even the most avid of book lovers could never imagine. But once the door is open, there are those things that one hopes we’ll never read or live through.

Customers can preorder now and units are set to ship February 24.