YouTube stars receiving bonuses in wake of competitors’ wooing


As rival online video services kick it into high gear, Google’s YouTube unit is pushing to lock up its top stars. This is happening in the wake of both Facebook and video start-up Vessel courting YouTube stars in hopes that they’ll move away from YouTube’s platform. This courting is forcing Google and YouTube to offer top videomakers bounses if they sign multi-year deals where they agree to post content exclusively on YouTube for a period of time before putting it on another service. But that’s not all.

[Deal] Get a Chromecast with $20 Google Play credit


Need another reason to purchase a Chromecast? Purchasing the $35 media stick through Google Play, Best Buy, or Amazon will include a $20 credit to the Play Store. The deadline to purchase the Chromecast is December 21 and the credit must be added to an account by January 31, 2015. Then, the $20 credit will remain available until January 31 of next year.

The code to activate the $20 Google Play credit should be emailed to customers the same day the Chromecast was ordered.

[Google Play Link] [Best Buy Link] [Amazon Link]

Google deletes multiple Pirate Bay related apps from the Play Store


In a bid to curb piracy related websites and services, Google has cracked the whip on a wide range of Pirate Bay related apps. Applications like The Pirate Bay Proxy, The Pirate Bay Premium, The Pirate Bay Mirror and PirateApp have been removed from the Play Store completely.

The developers were given the following warning – REASON FOR REMOVAL: Violation of the intellectual property and impersonation or deceptive behavior provisions of the Content Policy. Please refer to the IP infringement and impersonation policy help article for more information.

Existing users of these applications can continue to use them as normal, although new users will not be able to get it from the Play Store. The Pirate Bay Proxy app has been made available on the developer’s website, allowing users to sideload it on their devices.

Gavin, who is responsible for the app claims that Google has wrongly deleted his app as it does nothing different than what a myriad of other browsers do, including the Chrome browser. The Pirate Bay Proxy app directs users to a proxy website beforehand and lets them use the web browser as normal. We can expect Google to continue its anti-piracy push over the coming months with several other piracy related apps taking shape each day.

What do you make of this new revelation?

Via: Torrent Freak

Android 5.0.1 OTA updates for Nexus devices now available to download and manually install [Updated with Nexus 9]


As reported yesterday, Google has updated the Nexus 7 2013 (WiFi), Nexus 9 (WiFi), and Nexus 10 to Android 5.0.1. Factory images were already posted, which you can use to manually update your device, but unless you’re unlocked, the preferred method is updating with the actual over-the-air (OTA) update since you won’t lose your data.

Good news!! The OTA updates are now available to download for the Nexus 7 2013 (WiFi) and the Nexus 10. The Nexus 9 should be available shortly.

We have the download links after the break, and don’t forget to check out our extensive guide on installing the OTA update to your Nexus device. If you prefer to go the factory image route, we have an extensive guide on that one as well.

Google Play Store update brings visual tweaks, new features [APK Download]


Google is in the process of pushing out a new version of the Play Store app for Android devices according to Google UI engineer Kirill Grouchnikov. Coming from someone on the UI side of development, Grouchnikov naturally focuses on the interface changes which is headlined by a full-height drawer that pulls out from the left. This means Google’s Play Store app no longer needs a “hamburger” icon to access some features.

Google introduces “No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA” to do away with annoying captchas


Solving captchas can be quite annoying when you’re in a rush to shop at a website or sign into your account. And for years, Google has heard users complaining about simplifying the experience to distinguish humans from robots. And today, the Mountain View giant has introduced a massive update to its CAPTCHA experience which completely does away with the need to enter a string of random characters.

Young Internet users have the attention of Google


Google has started working on a new initiative to revamp the user experience for users of its services that are 12 years old and younger. Although no specifics have been released, it seems likely that widely tapped tools like YouTube, search and the Chrome browser will be first up sometime in 2015. The VP of engineering in charge of the project, Pavni Diwanji, says there is a “push to change our products to be fun and safe for children.”

Google Chrome Beta v40 for Android gets enhanced bookmarks [APK Download]


Google has updated Chrome Beta for Android, bringing it up to version 40. The biggest change in this update is the inclusion of the enhanced bookmark features, which is pretty similar to the former Google Stars bookmark manager. This new bookmarks experience makes navigating your bookmarks on multiple devices much easier, and there’s some added visual flair, too.

To enable it, just type this in the URL box: chrome://flags/#enhanced-bookmarks-experiment

The update should be hitting the Play Store soon, but as with all Google app updates, it’s going to be staggered. You can check the Play Store page below, or grab the apk from the link below that.

Google releases Device Assist for select Android 5.0 Lollipop devices


Google wants to ensure that each and every person using a device with Android 5.0 completely understands its capabilities. Today, an app known as Device Assist went live in the Play Store. Device Assist provides users with tips and troubleshooting so that the experience is as smooth as possible. The app wants the device to be extremely efficient; therefore, it will actually change settings automatically if you accept the recommendations made. If it recommends that you adjust your brightness to benefit battery life, select the Do It For Me option. Tips can be saved for later viewing. And if a user is still experiencing issues, contacting support is built-in.

Device Assist only works with Nexus, Google Play Edition, and Android One devices running Android 5.0 Lollipop at this time.

Hit the break for the gallery and download links.

PSA: Google Inbox invites gauranteed today if you request one between 10am – noon PST


Are you still in need of an invite for Google Inbox? Well Google is guaranteeing you one by the end of the day as long as you request one between 10:00 am and noon time PST today (1:00 pm – 3:00 pm EST).

All you have to do is send an email from your Gmail address to during the specified time, and you should receive an invite by the end of the day. What could be easier?

source: Reddit

Google may replace your smashed Nexus 6


You’re walking down the sidewalk with your brand new Nexus 6 in toe, then bam! The handset falls from your hand or pocket face-down. The device is completely wrecked. Unusable. Aside from feeling pretty embarrassed and maybe muttering or shouting a few obscenities, what do you do? Well, according to one user on Reddit, you simply give Google a call and they’ll replace it for you completely free of charge the very next day.

Google, Target work together for Bullseye’s Playground with Project Tango


Google had Winter Wonderland experiences constructed in select malls across the United States during the holidays last year. This year, the company is partnering with Target for Bullseye’s Playground. Who is Bullseye? The Bull Terrier that is Target’s official mascot. The experience allows Target guests to play interactive games from the mobile site while giving to charity. For each and every game played, Target will donate $1 to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. All you have to do is play. And stores will have unique codes throughout for new levels and characters to be discovered.

In four Target stores in the United States, people can try the Project Tango tablet. In Sunnyvale (CA), Chicago, Dallas, and Roseville (MN), Project Tango tablets will be alter the shopping experience to create a winter wonderland. Characters will appear and activities such as snowball fights can take place. There are specified dates and times for these stores, so be sure not to wait very long.