A common trick when it comes to podcasts - audio shows that range from a couple of minutes to hours - is to speed up the playback to listen to the podcast in less time but without missing anything of importance. This is especially great if a moderator is talking slowly, but works very well up to a point for audiobooks and other types of audio as well. You can't speed it up too much though as you will end up understanding nothing at all anymore because of the speed. I guess it is possible to get accustomed to it, just like you can get accustomed to speed reading as well. The same technique can be applied to videos as well. While it may not make sense for many to watch the latest Game of Thrones or Vikings episode faster, as it is taking away much of the enjoyment, it works really well for presentations, documentations and other types of video that teach you something. A Reddit user noticed that you can play YouTube videos faster if you have joined the HTML5 beta. How you do that? You open YouTube's HTML5 Beta page and click on the join HTML5 trial link on that page. You may have troubles playing all videos if you do as it depends on whether the browser supports h.264 and WebM or only one of the formats. The player looks nearly identical, but when you click on the settings button in its toolbar, you will notice the speed listing next to the quality listing in the menu that opens up.