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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Nexus 9 Keyboard Folio now on sale in Google Play Store

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If you are hoping to grab a Nexus 9 for $100 less than the regular price thanks to the trade-in deal Best Buy is running you have a new way to spend those savings. The Nexus 9 Keyboard Folio is now on sale on the Google Play Store site with an indication that it is in stock and ready to ship in 1-2 days. You will use that $100 credit and then some as the case runs $129.
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Samsung possibly facing trademark infringement from Milk Studios

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The music and video streaming applications from Samsung are called Milk Music and Milk Video, respectively. The somewhat strange names, though, are not as unique as one would think. Multimedia company Milk Studios has filed a lawsuit against Samsung regarding trademark infringement. The complaint specifically goes after the music streaming service, claiming that Samsung did indeed know of Milk Studios’ existence.

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Cyanogen announces Themes, turning customization into personalization

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The software experience provided by Cyanogen is about to become much more tailored to each and every user. The company is well-known for its deep customization capability, but the new Themes app takes things further. Themes for Cyanogen OS devices gives control to what the user experience is like. It is effectively a way to fully personalize a device. What kind of things can be personalized? Everything from the font to status bar and more.

Stay tuned for when the Themes app is available. As for pricing, Cyanogen has yet to say if all themes will be free or premium options carry a price tag.


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Samsung’s ChatOn messaging service being phased out

ChatOnIf you’ve owned a recent Samsung device, you’ve probably seen their instant messaging client ChatOn somewhere on the device. ChatOn was Samsung’s in-house competition to apps like WhatsApp that came preloaded on nearly every Samsung smartphone.

Unfortunately, it turns out that just being preloaded on devices wasn’t enough to strike up users, and Samsung has announced that they’ll be gradually turning off the service around the world. Since profits have been constantly declining this year, Samsung’s management is looking to focus on successful key areas of their business while chopping off the services that aren’t doing well. Samsung’s music and video hub closed earlier this year, and now you can throw ChatOn to that pile.
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SwiftKey theme packs are up to 66% off for Black Friday weekend

swiftkey saleTo kick¬†off Black Friday and the shopping holiday season, SwiftKey has started a sale on keyboard themes in their theme store. The individual themes aren’t marked down, but you can pick up entire theme packs up to 66% off, which is a great deal.

These theme packs are only available on Android, so be sure to pick up a few to show your iOS friends that some Android apps still have some pretty cool exclusive stuff.

source: SwiftKey

Microsoft Office integration hits Dropbox app

dropbox_businessMicrosoft and Dropbox had previously announced a partnership integrating Microsoft Office with Dropbox’s excellent cloud storage services. The new features have finally rolled out to the application, so users will now be able to edit Office documents from within Dropbox, or to save their files directly to Dropbox from an Office program.

The new features have made their way to the Android and iOS versions of the app, so you should be able to access the new stuff by updating your app. We should see the improvements on the web versions of the services soon.

source: Dropbox

Twitter Offers attaches deals to credit or debit cards to be redeemed later on

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There is no better market for Twitter to expand itself to other than e-commerce. With millions users constant in one place (the timeline), the social network acts as prime real estate. The launch of Twitter Offers is not surprising. It is a way for merchants and brands to give Twitter users exclusive discounts and rewards. Twitter Offers works by linking a credit or debit card to an account. Deals are then attached to the card for redemption later on. Twitter forwards a pushes a notification to users displaying the amount of money saved.

Twitter Offers is only available for users in the United States.

Source: Twitter
Via: Engadget

[Deal] HTC RE Camera available for $99 from November 27 to December 1

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Today, purchasing a RE Camera directly from HTC will net bar and suction mounts at no extra cost. The total with the deal is $199. You may want to wait, though, as HTC is running a 50% discount on Thanksgiving Day. Options to purchase the RE Camera online for $99 include HTC, Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Best Buy. Alternatively, Verizon, AT&T, and Best Buy stores will carry the device in retail stores.

This deal begins on November 27 (9:00PM PT) and runs through December 1 (9:00PM PT), but inventory is expected to run out before then. Keep a credit or debit card nearby the Thanksgiving table to ensure you don’t miss out.

Update: We crossed out T-Mobile after HTC reached out and said they will not be part of the deal.

How to download Android APK files from the Google Play Store

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There might be various reasons that you would want to download an APK directly from the Play Store. One might be that an app (especially Google apps) is showing that it has been updated, but you can’t push it to your device. By downloading the APK directly, you can simply sideload it on your device and get the updated version that much quicker. You also might be a tinkerer in that you want to sideload an APK to your Android TV device (or some other device) to see how it works.

Now you can find various sites that host APK files, but they might not have the latest versions, not to mention they could be altered with malware. Grabbing it directly from the Play Store is the safest way, but how do you go about doing that? It’s actually pretty simple, so hit the break to get started.


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