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Netflix: ‘Stranger Things’ directors aren’t leaving the show

We haven't heard much about the next season of Stranger Things, but a rumor on indicated that its directors, Ross and Matt Duffer, will be less involved after season three wraps up. This evening, Netflix tweeted "Rumors that the Duffer…
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It’s time to turn up the music: Watch The BRITs LIVE with Ed Sheeran, Dua Lipa, Stormzy, and Justin Timberlake on YouTube

Do you remember the BRITs, where Ed Sheeran famously brought Stormzy out to perform, Adele showed us that she doesn’t like being rushed, and Ginger Spice unveiled her iconic Union Jack dress? It’s almost time for the action to begin again as the excitement of The BRIT Awards 2018 is almost upon us. What memorable pop culture moments will this year bring?

We’re letting you in on all the fun as we’re streaming the BRITs right here live for the fifth year running. Just tune in at on whatever screen you find yourself closest to: mobile, tablet or TV, on February 21 at 11:30 a.m. PT / 2:30 p.m. ET / 7:30 p.m. GMT. (If you’re in the U.K., you can catch up on performances after the show).

YouTube star and music sensation, Conor Maynard is hosting the livestream alongside none other than BBC Radio 1Xtra’s Yasmin Evans. The pair will share all sorts of behind-the-scenes gossip from the show live, so you won’t want to miss it on the night.

This year, nominated stars like Dua Lipa, Stormzy and Ed Sheeran – who got their start on YouTube – are set to grace the main stage, so you’ll want to keep your eyes peeled for brilliant renditions of their hits. And as British hitmakers are not just popular at home, their BRIT performances will be beamed on YouTube to their massive followings abroad. …

Comedian Jack Whitehall will bring his hilarious antics to the party as host of the BRITs, too, so there’ll be plenty of laughs to go with the great music.

Livestream host Conor Maynard said: “I’m super excited to be hosting The BRITs coverage on YouTube. My career started on YouTube, so it feels great to be doing something on YouTube and the BRITs. Can’t wait to have an awesome night!”

Geoff Taylor, Chief Executive of The BPI & BRIT Awards said: “We are delighted to be streaming The BRITs live to fans all around the world with our partner YouTube, for a fifth successive year. We are thrilled to have such popular and talented hosts.”

After the show, you’ll find performances from the artists on a YouTube playlist for you to relive and rewatch, plus further catch-up content on the BRITs channel. So, tune in at on February 21 at 11:30 a.m. PT / 2:30 p.m. ET / 7:30 p.m. GMT for unforgettable performances and must-see shenanigans.

— The YouTube Music Team

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Chrome app cleans up URLs automatically for sharing

As more and more complicated services and information is accessed through web sites, you have probably noticed that some of the URLs have become unbelievably long and complicated. This can be due to the code used to get a page to display just right or for other things like tracking and referral information. Often when […]

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Swype, the original swiping keyboard, is officially dead

Who remembers Swype? Back when Android was still booming and exploding with every new release, Swype was the go-to keyboard for anyone that wanted swipe gestures to speed up their typing on the otherwise terrible keyboards of the day. Brings back memories, right? Don’t get too nostalgic, though. Swype has confirmed that they’re no longer […]

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Samsung never learns, might unveil a new social network with the Galaxy S9

Samsung likes to throw things at a wall to see what sticks, but man, they’ve had some absolute duds and failures over the years, especially on the software side. We’ve had messaging apps like ChatOn, social networks for Galaxy Note users with PenUp, music streaming services and video hubs with Milk Music and Milk Video, […]

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Latest Samsung Galaxy S9 leak reveals specs and possible pre-order details ahead of MWC launch

With MWC 2018 fast approaching, the big news of the show is Samsung’s Unpacked event on February 25 where the Korean giant will finally unveil the Galaxy S9 and S9+. Samsung posted a few video teasers last week, and it’s well known that the Galaxy S9+ will sport a dual rear camera setup thanks to […]

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How to set up your Google Home device

Whether you own the regular sized Google Home or the diminutive Google Home Mini, setting the smart speakers up is as straight-forward as A-B-C. Almost all the setup can be done in the Google Home app on your smartphone or tablet, and it just takes a couple of minutes to complete. Join us after the break where […]

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[TA Deals] Learn to build apps for Android Oreo and save 95% with this bundle

A new version of Android is starting to roll out worldwide, and developers are already tailoring their apps and games for it. Let’s introduce you to the Complete Android Oreo with Kotlin Bundle on Talk Android Deals. With this bundle, you’re going to learn everything there is to know about creating smooth, quick experiences for […]

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Get $80 credit when you buy a Pixel 2/2XL or Moto X4 from Google’s Project Fi

If you are on the lookout for a new phone and carrier, this deal from Project Fi that gives you $ 80 credit when you buy a Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, or Moto X4 (Android One) from the Google Store could be just what you need. The offer is unfortunately only available to new Project […]

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The best portable SSD

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Best cases for the OnePlus 5T

The OnePlus 5T is a great example that owning a smartphone with high-end specifications doesn’t have to break the bank. With the Snapdragon 835 and 6GB/8GB of RAM under the hood along with a dual rear camera setup and a display with 18:9 aspect ratio, the OnePlus 5T is excellent value for money. But just […]

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Facebook will send postcards to verify US election ad buyers

Facebook has a new yet very old solution to fighting Russian manipulation attempts during future US elections: conventional mail. Global policy program director Katie Harbath has revealed that the social network will send postcards to verify the ide…
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The Essential Phone is now available with Alexa built-in direct – exclusively from Amazon

It isn’t long since it was announced that the Essential Phone was finally available in the awesome Ocean Depths color, with Copper Black and Stellar Gray following suit a few days after each other. Now, Essential has unveiled another new variation which is called Halo Gray that offers something different – it comes with Alexa […]

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New video shows Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ LED View and Hyperknit cases

It’s no secret that Samsung is launching its latest flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, on February 25 at an Unpacked event in Barcelona, the day before MWC2018 begins. Thanks to serial leaker Evan Blass, we even know what both phones look like. But what about the official covers? Well, accessory retailer, Mobile […]

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LG’s next flagship phone may tout an extra-bright, low-power screen

Just because LG is shying away from typical smartphone release cycles doesn't mean it will have nothing big to show in 2018. Well-known leaker Evan Blass has heard that LG is planning to unveil a new flagship phone, nicknamed Judy. The star attract…
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White House also blames Russia for NotPetya attacks

The White House has officially joined the UK government in blaming Russia for last year's NotPetya attacks. Shortly after the UK publicly accused Kremlin of unleashing the wiper worm on various organizations around the globe, particularly in Ukraine,…
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Official Pixelbook Sleeve is now available from the Google Store for ‘just’ $100

When Google launched the Pixelbook back in October, there was no denying that it was the Chromebook to beat all other Chromebooks. With such a high level of specification and the unquestionably slick design, though, it could only be one thing – hellishly expensive. Which, with a starting price of $ 999, it was. An official sleeve […]

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YouTube TV’s got game on Valentine’s Day: more channels and markets

Last year we launched YouTube TV, the best way to enjoy cable-free live TV, and we’ve been working hard to make it better every day. Today we are excited to wish all our members an extra Happy Valentine’s Day by bringing more of the networks you love to YouTube TV, including TNT, Adult Swim, TBS, CNN, Cartoon Network, truTV, Turner Classic Movies and more!

That’s great news for everyone, from Anderson Cooper addicts to Rick and Morty binge-watchers, and everything in between. Now you can also get breaking news from CNN, watch cable’s #1 new drama series The Alienist on TNT, catch up on TBS’s hit comedy series The Detour, check out the popular kids series Teen Titans Go!, and enjoy the new season of truTV’s Impractical Jokers – all included now with your YouTube TV membership.

For sports lovers in particular, we’ve got you covered: you now have access to March Madness and you can watch nationally televised NBA games, NBA All-Star weekend, NBA Playoff games, MLB Postseason games, the PGA Championship and soccer from the UEFA Champions League.

But wait, there’s more! We’re thrilled to announce that we’re soon adding NBA TV, the league’s 24-hour network, and MLB Network, Major League Baseball’s award-winning 24/7 TV network, to the YouTube TV base package. And in the coming months, you’ll also be able to watch NBA League Pass, the league’s premium out-of-market live game service, or MLB.TV, the longest running sports streaming service in the U.S., for an extra fee. Game on!

It would break our hearts for you to miss out on the action, so in the coming weeks, YouTube TV is also expanding to all top 100 U.S. markets! While we started out in just five markets and expanded to over 80 from there, we’re thrilled to announce that we are taking YouTube TV to over 85 percent of U.S. households, with the most live local broadcast stations in markets where YouTube TV is available. New markets include: Lexington, Dayton, Honolulu, Richmond, Mobile, and Syracuse. Check out here if YouTube TV is available in your city.

We will be increasing our price to $ 40/month on March 13 for new members. However, if you are already a member or sign up before March 13, we are keeping your original price of $ 35/month.

YouTube TV offers cable-free live TV through a simple and easy experience that’s built from the ground up for the 21st century. It includes:

  • Over 50 networks, including ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, plus popular cable networks like TNT, TBS, CNN, ESPN, AMC, and FX, and local sports networks from NBC Sports, FOX Sports, and NESN in select markets.
  • Ability to watch on any screen – mobile, tablet or computer – and easily streamed to your TV with apps built for Roku (new!), Apple TV (new!), Xbox One, Android TVs and Samsung and LG 2016 and 2017 smart TVs; and Chromecast, Chromecast built-in TVs, and AirPlay through Apple TV.
  • A cloud DVR, with no storage space limits that travels with you within the United States so you can stream recordings on any device, whenever and wherever you want. It enables you to record live TV and never run out of storage space, plus record shows simultaneously, without using precious data or space on your phone. Your programs are stored for nine months.
  • Six accounts per household, each with its own unique recommendations and personal DVR with no storage space limits.
  • Half the cost of cable with zero commitments. A YouTube TV membership is only $ 35 a month (if you sign up before March 13) and there are no commitments – you can cancel anytime.

So hop on the couch with us, fire up the TV remote and let’s celebrate the best way to watch cable-free live TV together. Happy Valentine’s Day, YouTube TV members! We’re having so much fun in our new relationship and are committed to making YouTube TV the live TV experience you’ve been waiting for. And if you are not a member, remember to join by March 13 to experience the new live TV service everyone’s talking about for only $ 35/month.

What can we say, YouTube TV is a cheap date 🙂 Enjoy the game!

Posted by Heather Moosnick, Director of Content Partnerships, YouTube TV, who will be rooting for Team Curry #30 this Sunday in the NBA All-Star Game on TNT live on YouTube TV.

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Best cases for the Moto X4

It took a little while for Lenovo to produce a new handset in the Moto X series, but it was definitely worth waiting for. With a glass rear panel and edges that curve slightly into the sides of the phone, the Moto X4 is one of the prettier Motorola phones around, albeit a little slippy […]

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Samsung’s Exynos 9810 bests Snapdragon 845 in Galaxy S9 benchmarks

Depending on just how much stock you put in benchmark tests, a new entry on Geekbench points to the Exynos 9810 being a stronger processor for the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ than the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845. If accurate, that situation would be consistent with historical differences between Samsung’s in-house chips that they use in […]

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Factory images are now available for the Razer Phone

The Razer Phone launched at the tail end of 2017, aimed at discriminating gamers who wanted a smartphone that was tailor-made for gaming. With a 5.72-inch 120Hz  UltraMotion QHD display, Snapdragon 835 processor, 8 GB of RAM and a dual rear camera setup, Razer Phone certainly isn’t lacking in hardware. Still, some of us like to […]

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LG confirms smartphone AI for MWC, but only for the new 2018 V30

LG has announced its plan for MWC this year, and if CES wasn’t a big enough clue for you, it’s going to be totally centered around smartphone AI. With smart assistants in vogue right now, every major OEM is building out artificial intelligence solutions for daily problems and tasks, and LG couldn’t pass up that […]

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Amazon offering refunds for ad removal fees on Prime Exclusive phones

In recent years, one way Amazon tried to make a little coin in the smartphone market after their own attempts to produce a smartphone fizzled out was to sell other manufacturer phones at a significant discount. The Prime Exclusive program was the source for these devices. The trade-off for consumers getting a deal on the […]

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Best 5 mounts for the Google Home Mini

Many of us either bought or received the Google Home Mini as a gift over Christmas and while it’s a nifty device that offers great value for money, finding space for it on a flat surface near a plug isn’t the easiest thing to do. Luckily, the Google Home Mini doesn’t have to lay flat […]

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ASUS puts discrete graphics inside its ultra-thin ZenBook

ASUS showed off its ridiculously thin and light ZenBook 13 at CES earlier this year, but the model was missing a key component: a dedicated GPU. Now, though, the new ZenBook 13 UX331 offers the whole shebang at just 0.47-0.55 inches thick and weighin…
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Cryptocurrency mining site hijacked millions of Android phones

Smartphone users are just as vulnerable to cryptocurrency mining hijacks as their PC counterparts, and sometimes on a dramatic scale. Malwarebytes has detailed a "drive-by" mining campaign that redirected millions of Android users to a website that…
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Boston Dynamics’ robots are the politest ‘pets’ you’ll meet

We hope you weren't planning on sleeping tonight. Boston Dynamics has posted a video showing that its SpotMini robot can hold the door open for its fellow automatons. If one bot needs a helping hand, it'll signal to another machine nearby that can…
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Verizon plans to start locking new smartphones this spring

In a move that brings Verizon in line with the rest of the wireless carrier industry, the company says they will start locking smartphones that it sells to consumers. By locking the devices, consumers will not be able to just pop in a SIM card from another carrier and have a working phone. The reason […]

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Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 845 is a graphics powerhouse

Qualcomm recently let journalists benchmark the upcoming Snapdragon 845 on its own reference smartphone, and the results look promising for the Galaxy S9 and other new devices. On the one hand, CPU improvements were merely incremental, despite a swit…
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Google Play expands 4K and HDR movies to more countries around the world

Google brought 4K movie rentals and purchases to Google Play Movies late last year, but like most of Google’s brand new features, it was limited in rollout to just a few countries. In this case, only the US and Canada had access to Google’s full selection of digital 4K content. That’s apparently changing as of […]

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‘Monsters Inc’ is the next Pixar world coming to ‘Kingdom Hearts 3’

Pixar's presence in Kingdom Hearts 3 won't be limited to the Toy Story crew. Square Enix and Disney have revealed that Monsters Inc will play a role, too. You'll see Boo, Mike and Sully (minus the famous actors, of course) as well as settings from…
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Equifax breach may have exposed more data than first thought

The 2017 Equifax data breach was already extremely serious by itself, but there are hints it was somehow worse. CNN has learned that Equifax told the US Senate Banking Committee that more data may have been exposed than initially determined. The ha…
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A weird quirk with Bixby prevents installing a baseball card app on the Galaxy S8

Samsung’s Bixby virtual assistant wasn’t exactly met with open arms, and throughout reviews we’ve noted some general weirdness with the app. Every time I use a Galaxy S8 device I always accidentally hit the Bixby button, too, so it’s pretty obvious it needed more time in the oven before officially being released. But going beyond […]

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Android P will let carriers control the signal bars on your next smartphone

    Android P is still pretty far out from being official and loaded on our smartphones, but we’re already hearing quite a bit about how much control it will give wireless carriers over how the software displays signal strength. An earlier rumor suggested that carriers could hide signal strength entirely in the next version […]

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Tweet with #GIFhistory to learn your favorite GIF’s origin

There's a good chance you've seen a classic GIF and wondered just where it came from. But where do you start looking if the answer isn't obvious, and you don't want to comb through a dedicated website? If you use Twitter, you just have to ask. Fil…
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Facebook patents tech to determine social class

We've got great news this week for nation-state employees tasked with using social media to spark a class war in previously stable democracies! Facebook is patenting technology to decide if its users are upper, middle or working class — without even…
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Samsung leak shows off the Galaxy S9’s new DeX Pad

When reports came out late last year that Samsung was going to reveal the Galaxy S9 at CES 2018, it was bundled with rumors about a new DeX docking station. Well, the S9 reveal didn't happen at CES, but that part about a new DeX device might just be…
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Google facing a lawsuit over original Pixel microphone issues

The original Google Pixel was a pretty fantastic phone, and one Google should be proud of. However, it wasn’t without its flaws, including a few isolated problems for some users. One of those problems, however, happened enough that now Google is facing a class-action lawsuit over the defect. Yikes. That class action complaint was filed […]

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Qualcomm rejects Broadcom’s revised takeover bid

Broadcom will have to try again in its bid to take over Qualcomm. The Snapdragon chip-maker has rejected a revised proposal to buy all of its outstanding shares, stating that it "materially undervalues Qualcomm and falls well short of the firm regula…
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That’s a wrap! See you in Atlanta in 2019

It was a nail biting matchup with the underdogs prevailing in a game that came down to the last second.

Hundreds of thousands of people made their way to the Twin Cities this past Sunday to catch the action live. But for the millions of you that weren’t there in person, you haven’t missed the chance to watch and rewatch the Big Game’s always-entertaining slate of ads on YouTube.

On YouTube, fans engage with the Big Game well before the kickoff and long after the last touchdown. We saw over a 16 percent increase in viewership of ads on YouTube this year, with viewership on Living Room devices increasing by 52 percent.1 In fact, one in every eight ads on YouTube watched on Sunday were watched on Living Room devices.2

For the 11th year, fans turned to YouTube AdBlitz to watch, cheer, and share their favorite ads. This year, we expanded AdBlitz to include even more content beyond ads for fans to enjoy — like top football content, custom creator videos from ThreadBanger, Wong Fu Productions, devinsupertramp, and more.

The cheers and in-hub views of the ads in AdBlitz have now been counted, and … drumroll … it’s time to reveal the three ads that came out on top. The battle for these top spots was fierce this year with 80+ brands participating in AdBlitz, and more fans visiting the site than ever. In fact, in just two days, AdBlitz site traffic this year exceeded total AdBlitz traffic during the entire Big Game week last year.

The AdBlitz 2018 fan favorites are: Amazon Alexa, Bud Light, and Groupon!

Amazon’s Big Game ad takes the top spot. In this hilarious ad, Alexa loses her voice and counts on a star-studded team including Cardi B and Gordon Ramsay to come to her rescue.

Bud Light’s “The Bud Knight” came in second among AdBlitz fans, bringing their well-known Dilly Dilly creative to the Big Game with the introduction of the “Bud Knight.”

In third, Groupon and Tiffany Haddish join forces to let you know that every time you use Groupon in your neighborhood, you’re supporting local businesses.

The Big Game may be over, but you can visit YouTube AdBlitz at any time to watch and rewatch all the top videos from this year’s event. After you’ve watched the ads, test your knowledge of the Big Game’s most popular spots and YouTube trends with Deja:View trivia. Play now!

Meredith Bailey, YouTube Product Marketing Manager, recently watched “Pink Belts Out the National Anthem! | Super Bowl LII NFL Pregame.”

1 YouTube Internal Data, U.S., February, 2018
2 YouTube Internal Data, U.S., February, 2018

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Google doesn’t use Pixel Visual Core for its own camera app, but Snapchat does

When the Pixel 2 was announced, Google trumpeted how great its camera was, but they conveniently forgot to mention that a dormant Image Processing Unit called the Pixel Visual Core was inside the phone. It wasn’t active after the Pixel launched but was reportedly made available to other apps in Android 8.1. The biggest difference […]

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Google contemplates a GeForce Now streaming competitor with Yeti service

Google is considering testing the streaming gaming market and jumping directly into competition with NVIDIA and Sony, according to a new report. It would function like GeForce Now or PlayStation Now, but instead use a Chromecast or Google home console as a delivery device. Details are scarce, but the service is internally referred to as […]

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Bundle up and tune in: Get inspired for the Winter Olympics with YouTube

The Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, will bring together athletes from all corners to compete in 102 events across 15 sports.

Starting February 8, if you miss a competition, you can watch select Olympic Winter Games video highlights from official Olympic broadcasters on YouTube in more than 80 countries around the world including from NBCUniversal (USA), BBC (UK), NHK (Japan), France TV (France), and Eurosport (Rest of Europe). In the U.S., YouTube TV will also show NBCUniversal’s live coverage of the Olympic Winter Games, and in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Maldives and Nepal, the Winter Games will be for the first time live and free on the Olympic Channel on YouTube.

YouTube holds a treasure trove of content to get you excited for the 2018 games. Learn about the games, go behind the scenes, brush up on your figure skating facts, and get up to speed on the stories to watch.

In fact, in 2017, people tuned in to watch many sports on YouTube, with ice hockey receiving the most views among all Winter Olympics sports, followed by figure skating. In the battle of skiing vs. snowboarding, skiing takes the bronze, overtaking snowboarding for the #3 spot.

While some sports are globally popular, there are some interesting cultural differences when examining each country’s top sport compared to the global average. In host country South Korea, speed skating is 10x more popular than in the rest of the world, while in Norway – which leads the all-time medal table – skiing is king. And does latitude make a difference? Southern Hemisphere countries tend to prefer bobsleigh, luge and curling, while countries up north like Canada and Russia love hockey.

And to get in the spirit, do as the locals and shout “Fighting (화이팅)!” for your home team. … 

Tomos Grace, Head of Sports for YouTube EMEA, recently watched Wales in the Six Nations.

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Snapchat and NBC are going all-in on the Winter Olympics

Snapchat is teaming up with NBC to put the 2018 Winter Olympics in your pocket. Starting February 10th you'll be able to watch the Games live in the Discover tab. More than that, it sounds like there will be daily highlights as well. "Snapchatters ca…
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The Morning After: Falcon Heavy away

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Elon Musk did it. The Falcon Heavy has launched Starman on his trip through the Solar System, but we're still here to bring you the latest news. Take a peek at the launch if you missed it, and then find out what…
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Streaming ESPN Plus launches this spring for $4.99

As Disney announced its quarterly earnings results today, CEO Bob Iger told CNBC that the company plans to price its standalone streaming version of ESPN at $ 4.99 per month. We've already heard that ESPN Plus will include "10,000 live regional, natio…
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Mercedes will build an electric version of its popular Sprinter van

It's all well and good to drive your own electric car, but what about the companies delivering your mail or fixing your water heater? They could stand to benefit from EVs, too — and Mercedes-Benz is happy to help out. It's launching a refreshed Spri…
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Grammarly patches bug that could expose everything you write

Grammarly, a copyediting extension for Chrome and Firefox that points out typos and grammatical mistakes, had a major bug that allowed any website you visit to log into your account and read everything you ever wrote. It made all your documents, hist…
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Nike rolls out a rewards program for NikePlus members

Nike is rolling out some a new rewards program for NikePlus members to encourage and reward consistent exercise. Called NikePlus Unlocks, you’ll be able to score a ton of free stuff that’s even personalized just for you. The concept is pretty simple: work out and exercise often and consistently, and Nike will kick some rewards […]

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HTC Breeze will be an entry level phone with full screen 18:9 aspect ratio

HTC’s next device has been tipped by leakster Evan Blass, and it’ll push some high-end features down into the budget section of the market. Internally, the device is referred to as Breeze (which is actually the second time HTC has used that name) and will sport a full screen, 18:9 display like many flagship phones. […]

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