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You Can Now Pay to Watch YouTube, The Dangers of Tesla Autopilot… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 22-10-2015

YouTube Red adds subscription fees, testing Tesla Autopilot, Android stops draining your battery, polling your friends on Twitter, Mythbusters stops busting myths, and Back to the Future in 90 seconds.

Are You Prepared to Pay for YouTube?

YouTube is launching a new paid subscription service called YouTube Red. Anyone willing to pay the asking price of $9.99-per-month gets to removes the ads from all videos, download videos for offline viewing, and watch original content created by some of the most famous YouTube stars 15 Entertaining YouTube Celebrities Worth Watching YouTube has changed our idea of what it takes to become a celebrity. You don't really need a skill, with a personality and the ability to entertain and inform an audience the only prerequisites. Read More . As an extra sweetener, subscribers will also get access to Google Play Music, Google’s audio-only streaming service.

Arguably the most important element of YouTube Red is the original programming that will be available exclusively to subscribers. Shows include Scare PewDiePie, which sees PewDiePie experience scary situations inspired by video games; Sing It!, a scripted satire of talent shows such as American Idol and The X Factor; and Lazer Team, a feature-length action-comedy from Rooster Teeth.

It’s important to note that YouTube Red won’t affect the average YouTube user, especially those who have no interest in people such as PewDiePie and don’t mind occasionally watching ads to fund their habit It's About Ethics in Stealing Games Journalism: Why AdBlock Needs to Die A simple, free browser plugin killed Joystiq – and is ruining the Internet. Read More . YouTube is not forcing anyone to pay for YouTube Red, and the standard, ad-supported YouTube will continue alongside the premium offering. In other words, carry on, there’s nothing to see here.

YouTube Red launches in the United States on October 28th, with users being offered a free one-month trial of the service.

Drivers Testing Tesla Autopilot

When Tesla launched its Autopilot effort last week Beware of Tesla Autopilot, Microsoft Will Buy Your Old PCs... [Tech News Digest] Watch out for that passing Tesla, sell your PC to Microsoft, Intel asks PC Does What?, YouTube Gaming gets subscriptions, Amazon shuts Destinations, and Back to the Future II in real life. Read More , rolling it out to 60,000 cars around the world, we warned other drivers and pedestrians to be “a little wary of the Tesla driving past them”. And now we have Tesla drivers proving us right by testing Tesla Autopilot to its limits.

At least two videos have surfaced showing Tesla Autopilot putting drivers in danger. In one, the Tesla tries to steer into oncoming traffic. In the other, the Tesla seems to decide it likes the look of that bush by the side of the road. So, either some Tesla cars have developed suicidal tendencies or the Autopilot is living up to its beta billing.

To be fair to Tesla, both of these drivers had Autopilot engaged when it’s inadvisable to do so, as it’s designed to be used on highways where every car is heading in the same direction. However, that isn’t going to provide much comfort for the victims if and when a Tesla being driven in Autopilot actually hits someone or something.

Marshmallow Saves on Battery Life

Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) Android 6.0 Marshmallow: What It Is and When You'll Get It Android Marshmallow is here -- but why should you care? Read More looks set to preserve your battery for longer periods of time, especially when your phone is inactive. Currently, most Android owners will struggle to get more than a few days out of their handset, even if they barely touch it for the duration. However, Google is actively trying to improve the situation.

The most important weapon being used in this fight is Doze, a power-saving mode which kicks in when the phone is not in use. We now know that this is mandatory for any manufacturer wanting to include Google’s core apps on their handsets. Which will prevent lazy/cheap manufacturers from ignoring the feature.

What’s more, according to Android Police, manufacturers are now required to track and report power usage on individual handsets, which should help weed out the apps and services responsible.

Twitter Introduces Polls

Twitter has launched Twitter Polls, which is exactly what you would expect it to be. Once it has rolled out to Android, iOS, and, you will be able to create a simple two-choice poll in the same way you would compose a tweet Do You Know How to Create the Perfect Twitter Post? Almost everyone knows how to use Twitter. But what if you're trying to kickstart a new Twitter account? What if you're trying to break into a new field and need to meet some like-minded folk? Read More . It will remain live for 24 hours, with anyone able to vote. Thankfully, no one can see how you voted, allowing you to vote on contentious issues.

Mythbusters Ends After 14 Seasons

Mythbusters is coming to an end, with hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman currently filming their 14th and final season. The pair confirmed the news that the long-running show was ending in interviews with Entertainment Weekly. Savage said:

“Three or four years ago we started wondering more if we were going to be renewed. We’ve been filming the last season this year and we get to send it off. We get to pay homage to this thing that’s changed our lives.”

Mythbusters debuted on Discovery in 2003, but with more than 250 episodes under their belts, the pair have decided to go out on a high. The final season, set to start airing in January 2016, will put “an emphasis on looking back,” with the pair determined to “go out with a bang”.

Back to the Future in 90 Seconds

And finally, with October 21st now having passed, the present has caught up to the future. Which means the future no longer exists in Back to the Future, as it’s all Doc and Marty’s present and past. Confused? So am I, and I wrote it. That sentence, not the Back to the Future trilogy.

I suspect everybody is well and truly sick of Back to the Future by now, so let’s close the subject out with a video distilling the whole series down to just 90 seconds. Congratulations, you have just saved yourself five hours of sitting through movies that have actually stood the test of time. No pun intended. [H/T io9]

Your Views on Today’s Tech News

Would you ever consider paying to watch YouTube? Should Tesla pull Autopilot until it works better? Are you looking forward to Android Marshmallow? Can you see yourself using Twitter Polls? Are you sad to see Mythbusters coming to an end? Are you over Back to the Future yet?

Let us know your thoughts on the Tech News of the day by posting to the comments section below. Because a healthy discussion is always welcome.

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  1. Anonymous
    October 23, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    I would trust Tesla's Autopilot much more than the idiot human drivers. Autopilot will not look straight at you and assume you are going to stop and let it pull out of a side street or a driveway. Autopilot will not decide to make a right turn across 4 lanes of an Interstate because it is about to pass its exit. Inasmuch I am not enamored with self-driving cars, at least they do not pull stupid human stunts on the road.

    It is interesting that a site (MUO) that is pushing self-driving cars as The Next Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread and the salvation of humanity, would try to do a hatchet job on Tesla Autopilot. Or maybe MUO wants Google's self-driving Kozy Koupes to succeed over Tesla's real cars? Google's Kozy Koupes have been involved in several accidents with barely a mention by MUO.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 27, 2015 at 7:25 pm

      This isn't a hatchet job, it's just an opinionated look at the news (the news being that people have filmed themselves almost crashing as a result of Tesla Autopilot.

      If Google released self-driving technology too early, and it caused similar problems, we would also report on that. We are also a collection of individual writers with individual opinions, so we don't talk with one voice.

  2. Anonymous
    October 23, 2015 at 4:16 am

    To be fair to Tesla, the only dangers that the author of the article was able to identify were two loose nuts behind the wheel. What's the follow-up article? The dangers of Tesla's rear looking camera system because two drivers decided that having seen various movies and TV programs where the hero escaped the bad guys by driving backwards out of a parking garage and through the surrounding neighborhood to safety, they'd give it a try?

    Maybe it will be about the dangers of Conair hair dryers because two owners used them while taking a shower? The dangers of using a Skil power saw with all of the safety measures removed and/or disengaged because a couple of owners decided that would make it lighter weight so easier to handle and thus work better?

    When any end user uses anything in a way that the manufacturer does not intend or says is unsafe or otherwise advises against, makeuseof considers this justification for using such a sensational and misleading title for an article? In this case the article, ultimately, seems to report that the Tesla system operates as designed when used as Tesla directs? Anyone at makeuseof familiar with the term "yellow journalism?"

    • Dave Parrack
      October 27, 2015 at 7:28 pm

      The headline is "The Dangers of Tesla Autopilot". I stand by that, because there are dangers involved with using it. Sure, these drivers used it inappropriately, but there are other people at risk here, such as passengers, other road users, and pedestrians, so I feel the reporting is appropriate.

  3. Anonymous
    October 22, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    It will be a cold day in you know where when I pay for YouTube content.Of course,if TPP is adopted,that might be the only option if I don't want to pay a $10,000 fine for viewing someone's copyright protected material.

  4. Anonymous
    October 22, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    I'm not going to pay for YouTube Red because Google will be stealing away 50% if the subscription fee for themselves. The remainder is split up by some as-yet unknown process, but it seems that YouTube will be able to divvy it up as they see fit.

    Even if it does get divided evenly and fairly, it's likely that anybody who watches a large amount of YouTube will end up giving less to the creators through Red than if they just watched the adverts. The only real winner is Google, who get a stable income stream to shore up the falling YouTube CPMs.

    I think that I will support creators directly through Patreon in the future. That way I know exactly who my money is going to, and Youtube still gets money from me seeing adverts. That seems like it will work out much better all around.