YouTube Community adds more social aspects to platform

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“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

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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

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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

I ditched Google, used Bing for a month and here’s what happened

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Google is synonymous with search engines to the point where it’s turned into a verb on its own. If you need to find something online, you Google it. That stranglehold on the search engine market helps Google maintain their 70% hold on internet searches, but that hasn’t stopped Microsoft from heavily advertising Bing as a serious competitor to Google.

While Google has its name ingrained in the average person’s brain, Microsoft has thrown some advertising dollars at trying to make Bing a thing. The Bing It On campaign tried to highlight the strengths of Bing right next to Google, and while it hasn’t lead to 70% market share for Microsoft, Bing is sitting at #2 with a little more than 10% of the market. That’s a pretty sizeable gap, but hey, it’s something. Read more

Latest Project Fi APK reveals group plans are in the works

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Google’s Project Fi wireless service tends to fly under the radar when compared to the major U.S. carriers or even some of the second-tier carriers that focus on pre-paid plans. That status is not entirely bad for Google as Project Fi, like so many Google projects and initiatives, is a bit of a work in progress. This means Project Fi continues to work on new features for users. One of the most often requested items is a group or shared data plan option for Project Fi. A teardown of a forthcoming updated APK for the Project Fi indicates group plans may be close to becoming a reality.

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New LG video explains features of LG UX 5.0+

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When LG launched the new LG V20 in a bid to jump back in to the market as a leading contender for smartphone buyers, one of the benefits they claim is their new, enhanced user interface layer named LG UX 5.0+ to go along with the new hardware. If you are wondering what LG included or tweaked in this new interface you are in luck as the company has released a video that explains some of what you will find. Hit the break to check out the video and find out more about LG UX 5.0+. Read more

T-Mobile announces new partners for T-Mobile Tuesdays ‘thanks’ program

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T-Mobile announced the addition of some new partners for their T-Mobile Tuesdays promotion. The new companies joining in include Buffalo Wild Wings, PetSmart, Subway, and Shell. They will be joining existing brands like Wendy’s, StubHub, Fandango, VUDU and Lyft as partners with T-Mobile for the program. First out of the gate for the new partners will be Subway starting on September 6th when T-Mobile customers will be able to snag a free 6-inch oven-roasted chicken sub to go with a free Lyft ride and a VUDU movie rental. T-Mobile Tuesdays also include some contests and next week’s features the opportunity for a lucky winner to get free Subway sandwiches for a year. Read more

Facebook Messenger ready to compete against Google Duo

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For a long time, Apple ruled the roost when it came to face-to-face video chats via their Facetime platform. Through the years others have tried to compete, notably the major cellular carriers with not much success. This past summer has seen a new wave of entrants eyeing the market led by Google with their new Duo app for video chats. Not to be outdone by their social media platform competitor, Facebook announced today that they are bringing Instant Video to their Messenger platform for face-to-face video chats. Read more