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Three YouTube stars died after falling 100 feet off a waterfall

Ryker Gamble, Alexey Lyakh, and Megan Scraper are three YouTube stars who died on Tuesday after falling off a waterfall in Canada. Gamble, Lyakh, and Scraper were part of the High on Life travel vlog that has more than 1.5 million followers combined on Instagram and YouTube.

The three were swimming with a group of friends at the top of the Shannon Falls in British Columbia on Tuesday, a police statement reads, via Business Insider. They slipped and fell into a pool 30 meters (98 feet) below. The area where the three people fell is very dangerous, making the recovery of the bodies a daunting task.

“[Squamish Search and Rescue] teams, multiple Helicopter Units, and RCMP have been working in all capacities to locate the three people,” Corporal Sascha Banks said. “At around 8:30 PM [on Tuesday] night teams were able to confirm the location of the three people in one of the lower pools. The RCMP and Squamish SAR have transitioned to a recovery of the bodies from the pool but the terrain is extremely difficult, very dangerous, and the water flow will be heavy with the warm temperatures today, increasing the risk to those in the recovery effort.”


Canadian police did not give out any names when announcing the accident, but it’s now confirmed that Gamble, Lyakh, and Scraper were the victims. High on Life posted a heartbreaking video (above) on YouTube confirming the event, as well as a link to a memorial fund for the three, which has a goal of raising $100,000.

The travel blog is encouraging people to respect the privacy of their families and loved ones, but also to use the hashtag #HOLinsipired to mention all the ways High on Life has inspired them.

Survey says Netflix is more popular than cable, broadcast TV, and YouTube

An inflection point for the television industry has seemingly arrived as a new survey from financial firm Cowen & Co. shows that Netflix is now more popular than traditional TV. In a survey of 2,500 US adults, Cowen & Co. asked which platforms everyone used most often to view video content on TV. Netflix came out on top with a sizable lead of 39.7% of the results, while YouTube trailed behind at 17%, and basic cable came in third with 12.6%.

Meanwhile, Hulu (7.6%) managed to top broadcast (7.5%) by a hair, with Amazon Prime Video (3.4%) and premium cable (3.5%) circling the bottom of the drain. All in all, the four streaming services listed in the survey took home more than two-thirds of the votes, while cable and broadcast combined for a paltry 20%.

Cowen & Co. also separated users who still subscribes to traditional pay-TV services (in other words, everyone but cordcutters) into their own category and found that basic cable jumped back in front with 26% of the vote. But Netflix (24%) wasn’t far behind, even for traditional viewers — in fact, Netflix came in ahead of broadcast (19%).

“Over the long term, assuming [Netflix] is able to continue to increasingly offer great content, this lead clearly bodes well for further value creation,” Cowen analyst John Blackledge said in a research note on Tuesday.

Blackledge believes that Netflix will give shareholders plenty of reasons to be excited on July 16th when the company discloses its quarterly earnings. Netflix released 452 hours of original content in the second quarter of 2018, which is up 51% year-over-year and just slightly under the record 483 hours in Q1.

YouTube’s picture-in-picture mode is now available on Android for free

You know that cool feature that lets you watch videos while you’re using other apps? It’s called picture-in-picture (PiP), and YouTube is making it available to all Android users free of charge. As in, they won’t have to pay for YouTube Premium to get it, which used to be the case. Don’t get too excited just yet, as only US-based Android users will get it for now. And of those, only folks with Android Oreo devices will be able to use (PiP) — and Oreo is only on 5.7% of Android devices currently in use.

It’s safe to say that Google will roll out the feature to more users soon, but you’ll have to wait a while longer for it.

First spotted by xda-developers, the feature is now available inside the regular YouTube app, even if you don’t have a Red or Premium subscription. PiP was a premium-exclusive feature for the YouTube, which didn’t make much sense at the time.

Google now sees the light. In fact, Google’s own help pages have been updated to reflect the change.

A PiP toggle is available in the Settings section of the YouTube app, complete with instructions on how to use the feature on your device. All you have to do after enabling the mode is to tap the home button while watching a YouTube video. A miniature player will appear on top of other apps so you can continue to enjoy your video while doing something else. If you want to resume the full YouTube experience, just double-tap the PiP window. Drag the video window to the bottom of the screen to kill video playback completely.

As xda further explains, it’s also up to the video creator to allow or disallow PiP mode. So if the feature seems to work erratically, that’s because some YouTube clips don’t support picture-in-picture. If you need more instructions, check out Google’s help page.