Allo marketing material posted online


News broke over the weekend that Google’s Allo messaging platform was finally ready for release with an availability date of September 21st. Yes, this is the week when we should finally get the opportunity to try out Google’s latest offering for messaging. In a sign that the release is imminent as suggested by the earlier leak, an image that purports to be some marketing collateral for Allo surfaced on Reddit today. Read more

Pandora Plus brings unlimited skips, offline playback rolling out for $4.99 per month


Pandora Radio was one of the first companies to popularize internet music streaming when it was founded back in 2000. Its algorithms allowed for “smart radio stations” that grew with time and got better and more accurate to the users tastes based on their input of the songs played. But with the¬†successes of companies such as Spotify and the recent Apple Music, Pandora has struggled a bit to keep up with the rise of more on-demand music listening. With the just announced release of Pandora Plus, however, the company is bringing in new features that give users more control over what they listen to and how they do it.

Join us after the break for the details! Read more

YouTube Community adds more social aspects to platform


“Don’t read the comments.” That is a common refrain concerning YouTube as the comment section continues to hold out as a bastion of the darker side of the Internet even as other platforms continue to step up efforts to weed out undesirable activity. The struggles that Google and YouTube have with comments does not mean they do not recognize the need for YouTube to become even more social in nature. To accomplish that, YouTube is launching a new beta version of a feature called YouTube Community to help content creators strengthen the bonds with their viewers. Read more

Twitter’s expanded tweets reportedly coming on September 19th


Twitter is a great social media platform that allows you to put your views across to your followers, but one of the most frustrating things is devising the perfect tweet and finding out that the image you’ve added has bumped you well over the 140 character limit. Luckily, for the folk such as myself who keep falling into this trap, it appears that this will change in the very near future. According to The Verge, Twitter will no longer count added media as part of the 140 character limit from September 19. Read more

New Nexus Launcher gets renamed, will be called Pixel Launcher


By now you’ve probably heard a few rumors and leaks about a revamped launcher on Google’s newest Nexus devices this year. You’ve also probably heard that they won’t be Nexus phones anymore, but will instead adopt the Pixel branding.

So, what does that mean for the Nexus launcher, you might be wondering? It’s getting a name change, too, of course. Read more