BuzzFeed just killed your productivity with its new app, BuzzFeed Video

buzzfeed video app ios
Your productivity levels are about to take a nosedive. On Tuesday, BuzzFeed, otherwise known as ADD central of the already ADD-prone Internet, unveiled a new app called BuzzFeed Video, which, as one might guess, is a compilation of some of the site’s best videos for your quick-viewing pleasure. Debuted at Mobile World Congress, the app is almost painfully simple — but it may just be the lack of bells and whistles that makes Buzzfeed’s content as a whole so easy to consume. So buckle up, friends — you’re about to accidentally watch an inordinate amount of clickbait.

Effectively a running feed of some of BuzzFeed’s most popular videos, the app opens to a selection of most-watched footage, and auto-plays as you stop scrolling to check things out. Once you start scrolling again, the video pauses and you’re free to continue roaming. The two sections of the app include the trending feed and an original series compilation, which lets you take a deeper dive into some of Buzzfeed’s original serials. But let’s be honest — we’re mostly just here for the one-offs.

Available today for download on both iOS and Android, this latest announcement seems to be part of BuzzFeed’s plan to dive into the burgeoning video market, which is currently dominated by players like YouTube and (perhaps to a lesser extent) Facebook. To date, BuzzFeed seems to have depended significantly on other social media platforms for content dissemination — this exploration into a native app will certainly be a first for the site. But if it works, it’ll certainly be a testament to the popularity and viral nature of its content.

Already, the LA Times reports, the vast majority (70 percent) of BuzzFeed’s views come from smartphones or tablets, so they’re certainly digging in the right area. So if you ever need to kill time, you know what you need to download.

Mobile

Midrange phones can’t do A.I., but MediaTek’s P90 chip aims to change that

MediaTek has announced the Helio P90 mobile processor, which it says will bring the best A.I. features we see on high-end smartphones, to the mid-range. We spoke to the company about the chip.
Deals

Best deals for smart home plugs that control your lights and appliances

Smart hubs and speakers play central communication and management roles in your home, but smart plugs let you add lights and appliances to your system. Any smart plug you buy must support one feature or anything you plug in stays dumb.
Computing

Installing fonts in Windows 10 is quick and easy -- just follow these steps

Want to know how to install fonts in Windows 10? Here's our guide on two easy ways to get the job done, no matter how many you want to add to your existing catalog, plus instructions for deleting fonts.
Mobile

New Moment photo cases and lenses are a big plus for the OnePlus 6T

Moment has announced that it is now releasing photo cases and lenses for the OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T, giving owners of those phones the ability to add on some high-quality photographic accessories.
Computing

Our favorite Windows apps will help you get the most out of your new PC

Not sure what apps you should be downloading for your newfangled Windows device? Here are the best Windows apps, whether you need something to speed up your machine or access your Netflix queue. Check out our categories and favorite picks.
Mobile

5G’s arrival is transforming tech. Here’s everything you need to know to keep up

It has been years in the making, but 5G is finally becoming a reality. While 5G coverage is still extremely limited, expect to see it expand in 2019. Not sure what 5G even is? Here's everything you need to know.
Mobile

McLaren puts the pedal to the metal in special-edition OnePlus 6T

The OnePlus 6T is yet another flagship killer smartphone, bringing powerful specifications to a much lower price than the competition. Now, OnePlus has teamed up with McLaren for the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition.
Mobile

Want to watch Netflix in bed or browse the web? We have a tablet for everyone

There’s so much choice when shopping for a new tablet that it can be hard to pick the right one. From iPads to Android, these are our picks for the best tablets you can buy right now whatever your budget.
Mobile

G’day, Google: U.S. users can now give Assistant a British or Australian accent

U.S. Google Assistant users can give their Assistant a different voice. Google has updated Assistant with the ability for users to give it either a British or Australian accent, which could make it a little more personal for some.
Music

Tune in to the best internet radio stations for your listening pleasure

Even in the streaming era, radio stations get some of the best exclusives and curate some of the finest handpicked playlists around. Here are the best internet radio stations, for your listening pleasure.
Computing

Microsoft’s latest patent paves the way for Andromeda dual-screen mobile device

The latest patent discovery from Microsoft showcases a new hinge design for quickly opening a dual-screen mobile device with a single hand. Could this be additional proof surrounding the rumors of the company's Project Andromeda device?
Mobile

Need to record calls on an iPhone? Check out our handy guide

Are you wondering how to record calls on your iPhone? It isn't as easy as you might think, but we'll walk you through the process of doing so with Google Voice, and identify several other apps and external voice recorders that can help.
Home Theater

Set your ears free with the best completely wireless earbuds

If you can't stand the tangle of cords, or you're just excited about completely wireless earbuds, you're going to need some help separating the wheat from the chaff. Our list serves up the best true wireless earbuds around.
Mobile

Apple is spending $1 billion to hire up to 15,000 new employees in Austin

Apple has announced a series of expansions across the U.S. -- including a massive expansion to the company's Austin campus that will see it spending $1 billion to accommodate for up to 15,000 new employees.