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9 YouTube Accounts That Are Better Than Cable

9 YouTube Accounts That Are Better Than Cable

With endless commercial breaks, ceaseless reality programming and repetitive concepts, it’s no wonder television is waning in popularity next to online media. While many people know about the most popular YouTube personalities, including Smosh, Epic Meal Time, and PewDiePie, today’s online entertainment options go far beyond that. Particularly with YouTube, users are treated to an ever increasing number of original musicians, filmmakers, vloggers, and comedians. A mix of channels from all genres, the following 10 incredible YouTube channels are ones you absolutely can’t miss out on.

1. UCB Comedy

UCB stands for Upright Citizens Brigade, and is a stand up comedy company doing weekly shows in Los Angeles and New York. The company comprises of well known talents, as well as new ones, and is popular among college students in both cities. This YouTube channel brings the best of UCB to the web, featuring short sketches, satirical news casts, and web series’. A hilarious channel you should already be subscribed to.

2. SciShow

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SciShow is YouTube channel dedicated to uncovering science tidbits from our everyday lives. This informative and entertaining channel boasts over 2 million subscribers. The channel uncovers the science behind a wide range of topics, from brain freeze and morning sickness, to sharks and graphene. A simple way to stay up to date on topical science news, this YouTube channel has something for everyone.

3. Crash Course

This innovative channel sees internet personality Hank Green and author John Green come together to deliver bite sized lessons on a massive variety of subjects. Each video is under 15 minutes long, and covers everything from world history and psychology, to biology and chemistry. A magnificent channel for casual learners, as well as students who need a little help studying, these entertaining videos will keep you up to date on a world of topics.

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4. Troye Sivan

Troye Sivan is a massively popular voice from Australia. Originally gaining popularity by covering other songs, this talented teen is working on his first solo album. Having been featured on The Fault In Our Stars soundtrack, this incredible singer has over 100 million views on his videos. Also amassing almost 3 million subscribers, it appears that the sky’s the limit for this talented YouTuber.

5. Miranda Sings

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One of the funniest satirical YouTube channel is Miranda Sings. With 2.2 million subscribers, this caricature of a wannabe popstar is always happy to talk about herself. A lampoon of our self obsession on the internet, Miranda Sings is both an effective musical channel, as well as of the more humorous destinations on YouTube.

6. Flula

Learning English from online gaming has certainly influenced German YouTuber Flula. This unique user creates vlogging, gaming and interview videos. He started mainly with gaming videos, modding games, then narrating the ridiculous worlds he’s created. In one video for example, Flula mods a first person shooter so all the enemy soldiers are sheep, then creates an action movie like story as he fights his way out. Recently however, Flula has branched out to additional types of comedy, even starting a web series of celebrity interviews. An incredible junction between gaming and internet entertainment, Flula is another must subscribe YouTube channel.

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7. Grace Helbig

Often dubbed the queen of the Internet, Grace Helbig is one of the more popular YouTube vlogging personalities. Beginning her online presence as part of MyDamnChannel, she soon moved to her own YouTube channel. Growing in popularity to nearly 2 million subscribers, this comedian is now a frequent host of online media events. Also a popular guest on other YouTube channels, Grace is even signed on for the upcoming Smosh film.

8. Hannah Hart/My Drunk Kitchen

Gaining popularity through her series My Drunk Kitchen, this YouTube personality he’s been making us laugh since 2009. Now a frequent host and published author, Hannah keeps her YouTube channel constantly updated with entertaining content, including how to videos, My Drunk Kitchen recipes, and collaborations with other YouTube stars.

9. Superwoman


This popular YouTube personality hails from Canada, and brings humour, internet culture and activism together. With an incredible 4 million subscribers, Superwoman is in many ways the voice of new generations. Commenting on everything from women’s rights to misunderstood millenials, Superwoman is a truly interesting, entertaining channel.

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Last Updated on May 14, 2019

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

  1. Zoho Notebook
    If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
  2. Evernote
    The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
  3. Net Notes
    If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
  4. i-Lighter
    You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
  5. Clipmarks
    For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
  6. UberNote
    If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
  7. iLeonardo
    iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
  8. Zotero
    Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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