YouTube adding easier URL switching for larger YouTube accounts

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It is probably a dream of most YouTube content creators to build an empire of fans who regularly check a channel for the latest video to be released. To reach that point though, virtually everyone has to start from scratch with no fans. The problem is the creative process can take many different turns and where a user may start a YouTube with one name, over time that can change to something else. Until now, getting a new custom URL changed meant starting a new channel and hoping your followers find their way to it or living with the old name. YouTube announced yesterday that they are changing that to make it a little easier, at least for larger accounts.
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New, huge Billboard on Times Square gets Android-ified by Google

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New York City’s Times Square has a huge new billboard lighting things up and Google managed to land the inaugural advertiser spot on the billboard. The billboard runs from 45th Street to 46th Street, roughly the length of a football field, and is eight stories tall. Located above the Marriott Marquis and operated by Clear Channel, the billboard is made with a display running 24 million pixels and is the “highest resolution LED screen of its size in the world.”
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Google introduces new Device and Activity Dashboard

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Today, Google announced new security tools to keep track of the devices attached to an account. The Devices and Activity Dashboard is a hub for connected hardware. It monitors phones, tablets, computers, and Chromebooks to show activity. Where was the device used? When was it used? What browser was used? All of these questions are answered by the Devices and Activity Dashboard. If a user notices something suspicious, he or she can hit the dedicated “Secure your account” button.


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T-Mobile adds 14 new music streaming services to Music Freedom, including Play Music and SoundCloud

t-mobile-storeOne of T-Mobile’s more popular decisions┬álately has been to remove music streaming from what counts against a customer’s data caps. This Uncarrier 6.0 move meant users could stream as much Spotify as they’d like and it wouldn’t count against any of their monthly data allotment, which is great for heavy music streamers.

The carrier has slowly been adding new music to what’s covered under that Music Freedom umbrella, and today they’ve announced 14 new services that you can now stream without worrying about data usage, and Google Play Music has finally made the cut.
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Google rolls out new shopping features for Search in time for Black Friday

google shoppingJust in time for Black Friday, Google Shopping results have gotten several new features to make your Black Friday shopping that much easier. According to Google, nearly 50% of holiday shoppers between the ages of 25 – 34 use their phone to buy other things while standing in line, and Google wants to take advantage of that to help you find the best deals as quickly as possible.
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Nexus 10 owners reporting no audio from any apps after Lollipop update

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A lot of Nexus 10 owners lost the ability to hear any audio after receiving the Lollipop update. This includes all sources, whether it be apps, or even music stored on the device.

The good news is that there appears to be a fix at the user level. Some people found that just rebooting the device several times in a row (5 or 6 times) did the trick.


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EU targeting Google for possible breakup

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New reports have surfaced over the past couple days indicating the European Union may be planning to introduce a motion at a meeting this upcoming Thursday suggesting Google unbundle its search engine from other offerings the company makes available.┬áReports indicate executives within Google are “furious” about this latest move by the EU and the short notice they have received.
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Google Search for Android TV pops up as a standalone app

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This year, the trend for companies has been to release core services as standalone applications because it makes for easier updates. Rather than updating the entire system software, a standalone app can be updated through the Play Store alone. Google Search for Android TV now has a place in the Play Store. It acts as an exploration tool for Android TV to find information and not just content.

Don’t have an Android TV device? Well, the Nexus Player is available through Google Play and it comes with a $20 credit. So now may be the time to make a purchase and reap the benefits.

Hit the break for the gallery and download links.


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[Deal] Nexus Player with $20 Google Play credit

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On the fence about purchasing a Nexus Player? Now there is a little incentive that may push you to seal the deal. Customers purchasing a Nexus Player through Google Play will include a $20 credit to the store. An email with the promotional code will be sent as a followup for ordering the Android TV device.

The deal runs through December 31, and the Google Play credit must be redeemed by January 31 of next year.

Source: Google [Play Store Link]

Google giving 1TB of free Drive storage to new Chromebook owners

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We expect Chromebooks to be a very hot item for holiday shoppers this year. The devices running Chrome OS are cheap and the hardware is vastly different than what it once was. The value of a Chromebook just keeps getting and better. And it gets even better now because Google is giving new Chromebook owners free Drive storage. How much? An astounding 1TB for two years. That is nearly $240 that you do not have to spend. It is more than enough space for the average user, that’s for sure.

The offer expires on January 1, 2015. Don’t leave it sitting underneath the Christmas tree for too long!

Source: Google Drive Blog