Microsoft's latest update for Office 2016 on Mac adds features that make it a much better tool for collaborative projects. (Or worse, depending on how you prefer attacking group work.) It gives you the ability to work with others in real time à…
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Google made significant strides in shutting down malicious apps and distributing security updates last year, but has identified areas of improvement in a year-in-review blog post.
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You're here, in the middle of the week. Over the last 24 hours, you may have missed that Sprint is buying a huge chunk of Tidal, how Samsung's Note 7 debacle came and went, and the mixed future of games for both the Xbox One's Kinect and Nintendo's 3…
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Apple is making some gains on Google’s Android mobile operating system and devices — a new report shows the iPhone 7, 7 Plus, and 6S were the three most popular smartphones in the U.S. at the start of the holiday period.
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Facebook is celebrating 2016 by showing off some of its favorite hackathon-developed products, including a richer Safety Check, Account Kit instant verification, and “adaptive attachments.”
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In its end-of-year wrap-up, T-Mobile announced it covers 313 million people in the U.S. That figure is just shy of Verizon’s, but it shows the strides T-Mobile made in the last half-decade or so.
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Here at Engadget, we don't have the time to review every new laptop, but we wanted to make time for HP's redesigned Spectre x360 convertible. After all, when the original came out a year and a half ago, we quickly named it one of our favorite Windows…
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What do cultural relevance, empowerment and mobile all have in common? Each is a prominent theme throughout the 2016 Year-End YouTube Ads Leaderboard – our annual look at the most watched and engaging ads of the year globally. Once again, advertisers delivered spots that took us on a rollercoaster of emotions, ranging from laughter to inspiration to “awwww…,” compelling viewers to both watch and share.
As we reflect on this year’s list, we see ads like Mountain Dew’s #puppymonkeybaby that added to the cultural conversation (because who doesn’t love puppies, monkeys and babies??), while spots from Always and Pokemon evoked a “can-do” spirit.
Mobile proved to be a key platform for viewers again this year. In fact, across the five Super Bowl ads on our Year-End Leaderboard, 81 percent of watch time came from mobile devices, with over 205 million combined mobile views.
And now, for your viewing pleasure, the top 10 ads of 2016 on YouTube:
Meredith Argeris, YouTube Marketing, recently watched “John Lewis Christmas Advert 2016 – #BusterTheBoxer.”
Let's not be mealymouthed: 2016 sucked. As a stark reminder, Twitter has released its "Top 10 Global Conversations" for the year, a change from last year's #YearOnTwitter format. This time, it lumped events into categories like #RIP, #Brexit, #Trump…
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It’s the first week of December, so let’s check-in and see what shape Android is in today. There’s good and bad news for Google with this month’s Android distribution numbers. That’s expected, though, every time we take a look at which versions of Android are rising and falling. These are the percentage point changes: Nougat: […]
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Google’s giving presents a little early this year — the company announced the best apps, books, movies, and shows of 2016 on Google Play. The winners represent global top-trending content and they span six categories,
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We’re celebrating Cyber Monday 2016 on Talk Android Deals with a special sale on each and every virtual private network service you see in our vast catalog. Because we’re aware browsing the web privately and without limitations is important to you, we selected VPNs to be featured on Cyber Monday this year. There’s a 25% […]
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Today begins with the proliferation of political Twitter bots, testing Sony's pricey full-frame camera, tens of thousands of recipes from your Amazon Echo and LG's new phone for audiophiles.
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It's the middle of the week, and (aside from other news) scientists think they've found where consciousness resides in our brains, Amazon might start cleaning your house (for a fee), and Nintendo's new 3DS will get a substantial price cut for this Bl…
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It's Tuesday morning, Election Day, and you should be reading about the PlayStation 4 Pro, how Audi might have cheated on its emission tests, Mass Effect's grand space opera teaser and oh-so-much more. Fortunately, that's why I'm here. This is the Mo…
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Want Oprah’s O-pinion on a tech gift this year? She put a TV, headphones, and kitchen gadgets on her list of Oprah’s Favorite Things for 2016. Check out her tech picks here.
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This year, more news organizations live streamed the U.S. presidential debates on YouTube than ever before, and we saw record-breaking interest from the YouTube community. The 2016 presidential debates rank as the three most-viewed political live streams of all time. In total, these debates drove 8.5M live watch hours and averaged 1.7M live peak concurrent viewers.
Last night’s final presidential debate delivered:
Elections-related YouTube searches are also at an all-time high. Searches for U.S. election content are up 547 percent compared to this time in the last presidential race.
Throughout the debates, millions of viewers tuned in and stayed engaged. The average live session duration was 22 minutes across all three presidential debates and concurrent viewership consistently peaked towards the end of the debate.
In true YouTube fashion, Americans weren’t the only ones involved. Have a look at who was watching the most around the globe:
With only 18 days until U.S. Election Day voters are preparing to head to the polls. If the voter registration deadline in your state hasn’t passed, register today! It only takes 1 min., 34 seconds.
Kurt Wilms, Product Lead, Live Streaming at YouTube, recently watched “The Third Presidential Debate.”
IFA 2016 is quickly approaching and reports are coming out stating that Lenovo will introduce at least one refreshed tablet: the Yoga Tab 3 Plus 10. Join us after the break for all the details. So aside from the long name, the tablet is expected to come with a mix of mid and high-end specs […]
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The Olympic Games Rio 2016 have yet to commence, but for sports fans the world over, the excitement is already well underway. In the last 12 months, over 23,000 years of content have been watched on YouTube for the four most popular Olympic Games’ sports alone – athletics, gymnastics, diving and swimming, and volleyball. To put this in perspective, that’s the equivalent of watching all 17 days of the Olympic Games, 24 hours a day, not once, but over half a million times. Nearly two thirds of that viewership has happened on mobile devices — and even more in countries like the U.S., U.K. and Japan.
As the miles continue to rack up on the Olympic torch, viewership on YouTube continues to rack up as well. To help make that viewership experience even richer, we have partnered with broadcasters in more than 60 countries, including the BBC (U.K.), America Movil (Latin America excluding Brazil), NHK (Japan) and many others. These partners will bring official highlights from the Games on YouTube to make sure you can keep up with the most breath-taking moments. We will also link these official broadcasters’ highlights directly into Google Search and YouTube Watch Cards for Rio 2016.
And if you want to experience Rio and the environment surrounding the Games through the eyes of some of your favorite creators, 15 of them will be on the ground bringing you the best of Rio. Creators such as Liza Koshy, Brodie Smith, Ben Brown, Caeli, Chloe Morello, and Felipe Castanhari will provide an on-the scene view of the celebrations in Rio, everything from their own commentary of the Games’ celebrations, from the first victory to the last defeat, to long days around Rio on bike rides and aerial tours. These creators will take advantage of our brand new mobile live streaming feature to share real-time moments from Brazil as they unfold, as well as 360-degree videos that will make fans feel like they are on the streets of Copacabana.
But it’s not just creators and broadcasters getting into the action. Brands are already uploading ads celebrating the athletes, culture, and passion around the Olympic Games–and viewers are taking notice. From April 2016 through June 2016, ads from Worldwide and National Olympic Partners have already received the equivalent of over 400 years worth of watch time. Here’s a look at a few of the top ads so far: “Always #LikeAGirl – Keep Playing,” Minute Maid’s “#doinggood | See What U.S. Olympian Missy Franklin Has To Say,” Samsung’s “The Chant,” P&G’s “Thank You, Mom – Strong,” and Visa’s “The Carpool To Rio.”
From epic wins to all-star performances, YouTube will bring you the best from Rio, before, during and after the Games through official broadcaster channels and celebration via content creators.
Christoph Heimes, Head of News and Sports Partnerships, EMEA, recently watched “Gillette: Perfect Isn’t Pretty.”
During the CE Week convention taking place in New York City, Targus displayed its new Mobile ViP line of travel bags for professionals. A smartphone-sized USB 3.0 dock for adding ports and an additional display to a laptop was also on hand at the show.
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After working with LG and Huawei last year, Google could partner with HTC on a pair of new Nexus devices. It would mark the first time Google and HTC have collaborated on a mobile device since 2010. We’ve got all the news and rumors here.
With the unveiling of the latest flagship out of Lenovo, the Moto Z, it seemed like the demise of the Moto X line was imminent. The Moto X line had been Motorola’s flagship for the last few years, with the Moto G and the Moto E representing mid-range and budget offerings. The launch of the Moto […]
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Another year, another massive, exciting E3 showcase. The biggest names in the video game industry brought out their newest games and hardware, including two console announcements (and controllers) from Xbox and a ton of fresh games from PlayStation w…
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Augmented World Expo this year was home to a ton of cool new gadgets and technologies. Here are a few of the coolest we saw at the show, from augmented reality glasses to fitness tracking wearables.
In December 2015, word got out that ASUS began production on its next flagship(s). Jump to last week and we’re hearing about a June release for the ZenFone 3 and its variants. It seems very likely that the phone will be made available next month as the company scheduled a Computex 2016 event for the […]
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Google I/O is almost upon us, and you can be sure to see more details on the upcoming version of Android N, Android VR, an Amazon Echo competitor, and more. The keynote begins at 10 a.m. P.T. on May 18 and will feature CEO Sundar Pichai.
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Alphabet reported their 2016 first quarter financial results this past week. Although revenues were up compared to a year ago rising 17%, they did miss Wall Street expectations by the slimmest of margins coming in at $ 20.3 billion versus an expected $ 20.4 billion. Google Inc. still makes up the overwhelming portion of the Alphabet portfolio, but the company’s “moonshot” segments are getting capital support to keep them growing.
For Google Inc., the company breaks things down between the advertising business and all other businesses. If you want to understand why Google positions services and platforms to capitalize on advertising revenue streams, just realize that ad driven revenues accounted for 90% of the $ 20.1 billion in revenue for the quarter. That is a big reason why Google continues to invest in technologies like machine learning and natural language processing in order to ultimately deliver better ads. The remaining 10% is primarily sales through Google Play and other cloud services.
Google indicated advertising driven revenues increased thanks to growth in mobile search. Other Revenues also grew, by a healthy 24% year-over-year, thanks to growth in cloud enterprise businesses. A part of that positive result may be due to long-time rival Apple moving part of its data cloud from Amazon to Google.
Google’s other segments include all of the smaller businesses, sometimes referred to as “moonshots” that have been added to the portfolio. The biggest of these are Nest, Verily and Fiber which produce 99% of the revenue generated by these “Other Bets” companies. For the first quarter, these companies produced $ 166 million in revenue, a sizable 108% increased compared to a year earlier. However, that positive growth is offset by increases in spending, the majority of which was capital spending to build out Google Fiber infrastructure.
Alphabet and Google CFO Ruth Porat noted in a conference call that the pressure is on the various “moonshot” divisions to meet their milestones during 2016. She also indicated that the company is evaluating the portfolio of teams that may be working on similar projects or technologies to determine whether it is really appropriate to continue in an “anything goes” manner.
In response to just barely missing forecasts, the share price for Google stock fell by about 5%. Analysts think the stock was priced for “perfection” and when the company did not quite achieve that, the market responded negatively. However, other analysts noted that there is “nothing wrong with this company” and the swing was perhaps a bit more dramatic than it should have been.
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In 2016, 14.0 million Apple Watches will be shipped around the world, good for nearly half of the market. Android Wear smartwatches will follow with 6.1 million units, or 21.4 percent of the market.
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Day two at Mobile World Congress brought us a brilliant portable home theater for one, LG’s take on BB-8, Oppo’s idea for a shake-less camera phone, and Sony’s interactive projector of the future.
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Mobile World Congress is the biggest mobile tech show of the year, and it kicks off on February 21. Here’s everything you can expect to see at the show from Samsung, LG, HTC, Huawei, and other big industry players.
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MWC 2016 will begin on Monday, but apparently ARCHOS can’t wait that long. The company just announced two new smartphones called the Diamond 2 Note and Diamond 2 Plus, both which feature some high-end specs.
The Diamond 2 Note, not the Diamond Note 2, is the larger of the duo at 6-inches. The display is of IPS LCD and has a resolution of 2560 x 1440 good for QHD. The recently launched MediaTek MT6795 Helio X10 processor is powering the device along with 3GB of RAM. On the back is a 16MP camera, and on the front is a lower-resolution 8MP camera. On the outside, the Diamond 2 Note features a metal design that is very pleasant to the eye.
The Diamond 2 Plus packs a smaller 5.5-inch display with a Full HD resolution. This is also an IPS LCD panel. This device runs an octa-core MediaTek MT6755 processor with 4GB of RAM. The back houses a 20.7MP camera from Sony, and the front houses an 8MP shooter. Both sides have their own flash. Like the Diamond 2 Note, the design is made of metal. However, this one contains a fingerprint scanner just below the rear camera lens. 64GB of internal memory is onboard and so is a USB Type-C port for charging, unlike the Diamond 2 Note which has a microUSB port.
Both devices run Marshmallow and will be showcased next week. Both phones will be priced in the $ 200 range at launch, which is scheduled for May.
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Another football season is in the books, but the Big Game ads continue to live on – on YouTube. While there’s been plenty of Monday morning quarterbacking about the best Big Game spots, fans have been weighing in this week by voting for their favorite ads on YouTube AdBlitz.
All the votes have now been tallied, and it’s time to reveal the Top 5 winners. With more brands and more overall ads competing in this year’s YouTube AdBlitz than ever before, the competition was fierce. But one brand rose to the top as the clear-cut fan favorite:
Congratulations to Pokémon! With over three times as many votes as the second place ad, and more votes overall than the other four winners combined, Pokémon has been voted by fans as the YouTube AdBlitz Champion of 2016!
Here are the rest of the Top 5 – all fan favorites as determined by your votes. Second place belongs to T-Mobile’s “Drop The Balls” starring a completely faultless (this time) Steve Harvey:
In third place is … T-Mobile again! This time featuring a very agreeable Drake:
It would be hard to imagine a Big Game ads season without puppies, monkeys or babies. So Mountain Dew Kickstart came to the rescue, snagging fourth place with Puppymonkeybaby:
Finally, KFC became the first brand ever to make the YouTube AdBlitz Top 5 without airing their ad during the Big Game’s national TV broadcast. The ad aired during the CBS live stream of the Big Game, connecting with fans online who then came to YouTube AdBlitz to cast their votes.
Visit YouTube AdBlitz to watch all of this year’s Big Game ads.
Posted by Natalie Marchant, YouTube Sponsorships Program Manager, recently watched “Beyoncé & Bruno Mars Crash Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show | NFL.”
After reporting shrinking profits, Nintendo teased upcoming projects and new areas of corporate “interest,” including mobile gaming, virtual reality, and the upcoming NX console.
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Samsung will hold a press event on February 21, just before Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, where it will show off this year’s new Galaxy mobile hardware. Plus, if the teaser video is anything to go by, we’ll see some new VR toys as well.
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This may be the year that some significant changes are made to Google’s Play Games service.
Google wants to eliminate permission requirements that are unnecessary and reduce the amount of times users have to sign into apps. To fix the issue, Google is thinking about moving the Games API’s to a new model. However, they’re skeptical because of the issues that could arise for developers. Hopefully this is nothing too major. Here are some of the changes taking place:
The most significant change users may realize is that Play Games will no longer require the need of a Google+ profile. The two services will no longer be connected, meaning that Play Games will provide you a name that is completely unrelated to the name on your Google+ profile. This has been complained about for quite some time and it’s great to see that Google has finally noticed it. Users may also notice that the amount of times they’re required to log-in is significantly lower. Users will only have to sign-in to the service once. Best of all, it will be done automatically when going into a new game for the first time, unless you have more than one Google account tied to your phone/tablet.
The changes will me made sometime in 2016.
Source: Android Developers Blog
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Sony will reveal new mobile hardware at Mobile World Congress 2016, at an event to be held on February 22. The company’s not hinting at what’s to come, but some of its older products are due an upgrade.
Audi unveiled its “virtual cockpit” display at CES in 2014, and this year the German carmaker said its planning a “virtual dashboard” for future models, with “seamless” device integration.
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Today we have received more information on the upcoming Huawei P9. Huawei has had an amazing year and is looking to start off the year with a bang in its P9 handset.
According to earlier reports, the Huawei P9 carries a 5.2-inch display, the Kirin 950 SoC and 4GB of RAM. The new leak exposed details on all three P9 models, the standard P9, the P9 Lite and the P9 Max. Based on the leak, the Huawei P9 will indeed have a 5.2-inch display. The P9 Lite will sport a 5-inch display and the P9 Max will have a super large 6.8-inch screen.
Onboard the Huawei P9 will be the previously rumored Kirin 950 SoC. A 13MP camera lens will be included on the back and the front side. Most notably, the new report indicates a possible 6GB of RAM, which would be the most on any smartphone to date. From a design standpoint, the P9 is expected to include a metal body similar to that on other high-end Huawei models.
Unlike the previous report that indicated a March release, analyst Pan Jiutang expects to see the device pop-up at CES 2016 this week. If this stands true, we’re looking at a late March or early April launch.
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Three exciting tech projects from inside Samsung’s C-Lab innovation workshop will be on display at CES 2016. They include a cool smart belt that works like a fitness tracker, and a weird smart band that turns your finger into a speaker only you can hear.
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Oculus Touch, the motion-based controller designed to accompany the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, will not ship until “the second half of 2016,” the manufacturer announced Thursday.
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LG has revealed even more of its CES lineup by announcing it will be showing an update to its Tone Infinim audio headset, the HBS-910, at this year’s show. Unlike most wireless in-ears, these use an around-the-neck base unit that allows for much more battery life.
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Samsung will be expanding its mobile payment system in the US next year by allowing users to shop online, also adding support for more smartphones.
The news, detailed by Reuters, means that lower-priced Samsung smartphones will support the system ‘within the next year’.
Speaking about the changes to Samsung Pay, Thomas Ko, global co-general manager of Samsung Pay, said: “[Wider] handset availability of Samsung Pay as well as online payment support is coming soon”.
Despite the announcement, there was no mention of which other countries will support Samsung Pay in the future.
Ko notes that Samsung Pay is already ‘the most widely accepted mobile wallet in the United States’, largely due to compatibility with both old and new credit card terminals. In a press statement, HTC said:
“Samsung Pay continues to expand its reach and provide its customers unparalleled choice, flexibility and access.”
Apple Pay, which launched in September 2014, requires stores to install new equipment to function correctly, ‘hindering wider acceptance’ in the process, consultants have said.
Earlier in the month, we reported on news that Samsung has added 19 new issuers to the Samsung Pay ecosystem, with the line-up now featuring PNC Visa credit and debit cards and KeyBank MasterCard credit and debit cards.
Samsung’s decision to support online payments will see the mobile group take on PayPal, a massive player in the online retail game. Bitcoin will also serve as another competitor.
Samsung Pay first arrived in South Korea on a handful of Samsung gadgets including the Galaxy Note 5, S6 and S6 Edge+.
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A new rumor out of China indicates Huawei still has plans to release the Huawei D8 even though the timing has been pushed back to 2016. An original roadmap for Huawei devices showed the Huawei D8 on schedule for 2015, but that is not going to happen.
The Huawei D8 will be powered by the as-yet-unannounced Kiron 960 processor. The device will have a quad HD 5.5-inch sapphire glass screen and come equipped with 4 GB of RAM. All of this adds up to a device targeted at the high end where Huawei hopes to start competing against Samsung’s devices. Early indications are that the device will be priced in excess of 5,000 yuan ($ 774 USD).
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New photos posted on Reddit Thursday revealed what appear to be the consumer versions of the HTC Vive headset and controllers. The leak comes just ahead of CES 2016, where HTC may unveil new details about the device.
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TAG Heuer’s first smartwatch is the Carrera Connected, made in conjunction with Google and Intel. The watch costs $ 1,500, and can even be swapped for a mechanical TAG Heuer watch after two-years. Here’s everything you need to know about it.
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Harmonix and Oculus announce they’ve teamed up to create, Rock Band VR a virtual reality adaptation of the Rock Band music game series.
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Six months after its initial announcement, Samsung might finally be planning to launch the Galaxy Note 5 in Europe by early 2016, according to a variety of different sources. Here’s everything you need to know.
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More than a year ago, Google acquired Songza to bolster its music streaming efforts with personalization. But Songza continued to operate the same despite being owned by Google; however, today the music streaming service announced its fate. It will be folded into Google Play Music early next year.
Come comment on this article: Songza folds into Google Play Music in early 2016