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Internet provider Optimum announces upload speed reductions

As the pandemic has forced most people in the US to work from home rather than the office, having fast Internet connectivity has become critical. An Internet provider in some parts of the US called Optimum has announced a move that doesn’t seem to make sense. The Internet carrier has announced that starting on July 12, it will be reducing upload speeds for all of its plans regardless of speed.

A chart on the carrier’s website shows that the basic Optimum Online package offering 100 Mbps download that currently offers 35 Mbps uploads will see its upload speed reduced to a scant 5 Mbps. Other plans currently featuring 35 Mbps uploads, but 200 Mbps and 300 Mbps downloads will see their upload speeds reduced to 10 Mbps and 20 Mbps, respectively.

The company’s fastest plan is its 1 Gig package that does not offer gigabit speeds, capping out at 940 Mbps download maximum, offered a 50 Mbps upload speed, but after July 12, that speed will be chopped to 35 Mbps. Users who are on Optimum’s fiber network will continue to maintain upload speeds that are synchronous with their download speed.

So why is the carrier reducing its upload speeds? If you think it’s because of some sort of problem with network performance, that’s not the case at all. Optimum told Ars Technica in an emailed statement that it was reducing its upload speeds to be more on par with its competition. It’s taking way speeds it offered to customers who are paying because it’s faster than the competition?

The company went so far as to say in the statement that its network was operating just fine despite the significant increase in data usage during the pandemic. One of the biggest challenges that consumers around the United States face today is that in many areas, there is no or very limited competition leaving users unable to change providers if they’re unhappy with policy like this. Claiming that its network is performing well but reducing upload speeds to be on par with the competition makes no sense.

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GitHub now lets developers upload videos to their repositories

GitHub just added support for videos in its project repositories. This makes it easier for developers and  other contributors to show design concepts or bug reproductions without writing lengthy descriptions and uploading a bunch of screenshots.

The code hosting company started testing this feature last December, and now it’s available to everyone. You can upload .mp4 and .mov files to issues, pull requests, and discussion comments.

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How to Upload a Video to YouTube

As one of the most popular video streaming platforms online, if you want to have your vlog, comedy sketch, or music video seen by someone, getting it on YouTube is a must. Those new to the streaming scene may be wondering how to upload a video to YouTube. Here’s how in just four easy steps.

Note: For this guide, we will assume that you’ve already made your YouTube/Google account. While those starting from scratch will need to do so, there are many elements involved in setup and customization that aren’t covered by this guide.

Step 1: Sign in to your account

Head to the YouTube homepage or YouTube Studio and click the Sign In link in the top right corner. If you have multiple accounts associated with the device you’re using, choose the appropriate one. Enter your password, and you’ll go back to the main YouTube page.

Things may look a little different in terms of video recommendations, but don’t fret — you’re now well on your way to uploading your first video.

Users of the YouTube Android mobile app should log into their accounts, and tap the Create icon (a plus sign within a circle). Then: Select Upload a Video. Choose a video from your device.  Edit your video and fill out the form on the next screen. Select the blue Next button. Choose your audience settings from the two drop-down menus. Then select the blue Upload button.

Apple iOS users should: Tap the Create icon. Choose the option that lets you upload a video from your device. Edit your video as desired and then tap Next. Fill out your video’s information. Choose your audience settings. Then select Upload.

Step 2: Click the Create button

The next step is even shorter than the first. Click the Create button — it’s located in the top right-hand corner represented by a camera with a plus sign — then select Upload Video. That will take you to a dedicated upload page, which will take you through the process of uploading your upcoming viral sensation.

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Step 3: Upload your video and choose your video settings

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The Upload Videos page lets you select the video file from your computer (by clicking the Select Files button) or drag-and-drop to upload them. Once you’ve uploaded your files, YouTube gives you a few different options to choose from when it comes to customizing your video, and they’re all worth considering.

After choosing the video you want to upload, you’ll be taken to a new screen called Details. Here you’ll fill out the details of your video and begin choosing some options. The Details section is where you’ll name your video, write a description for it, choose a thumbnail photo for it, and you’ll also get to choose your audience and age restriction options. Once you’re done here, click Next.

Under the Video Elements section, you can choose to add optional elements to your video like end screens or cards. Such elements can help you promote your other content. Click Next when you’re done choosing your elements.

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The Visibility section lets you pick when your video gets published and who gets to watch it. Under Save or Publish, you can choose from three visibility options: Private, Unlisted, or Public. Private means only you and others you choose to share it with can view it. Unlisted means people can watch it, but only if they have the link to it. And Public means anyone can watch it. You can also choose Schedule to pick a date for when the video should go public. Once you’ve picked your options, click on the Save or Publish button to finish (what this button will say depends on your visibility settings).

Step 4: Video management

After a minute, you’ll see your loaded Dashboard. Choose Content from the left-hand menu to review all your uploaded videos, complete with the number of views and other statistics for each. Find the video you need to edit and mark the checkbox to its left.

Now click Edit. A pop-up menu will appear with at least 13 options for editing different aspects of your video such as: the title, the description, its tags, or even its audience settings.

You can also click Add to Playlist or More Actions. Add to Playlist will allow you to choose an existing playlist to add your video to or create a new playlist for your video. Clicking More Actions will allow you to either download your selected videos or delete them forever.

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That’s it. That’s how to upload a video to YouTube in less than five steps!

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