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Let’s Fix Twitter’s new “best Tweets” algorithm

Let’s Fix Twitter’s new “best Tweets” algorithm

Today's edition of "Let's Fix" sets its eye upon Twitter's newest feature - one that's said to enliven your feed with Tweet's they've chosen for you. We don't like that. Especially since we watch Twitter to keep up with the latest in all things technologically forward and newsworthy - we want our feeds to be as straightforward as possible. As such, we're going to need to fix this. Let's fix this right this minute on all platforms.

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Google agrees to T-Mobile’s “Binge On” terms because they’re “opt-out”

Google agrees to T-Mobile’s “Binge On” terms because they’re “opt-out”

T-Mobile's "Binge On" service allows more video apps to stream media to devices without using up the customer's data allotment. While for the end customer this may seem like a really great deal, (who doesn't like so-called free data?), it continues to hold the door open for internet services to charge different amounts of money for different internet services. True Net Neutrality requires that all internet be treated the same - here that's just not true.

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Google will tweak mobile search results this May

Google will tweak mobile search results this May

Google’s mobile search results will soon be tweaked, the company announced in a statement today. Starting in the beginning of May, Google will further its effort to give mobile-friendly websites higher rankings in search results presented to mobile users. This will increase the number of mobile-friendly results those using smartphones and tablets receive, but will give publishers another change to contend with.

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Minecraft VR for Android will make Gear VR a monster

Minecraft VR for Android will make Gear VR a monster

The Samsung Gear VR (powered by Oculus) is set to get its own version of the upcoming VR version of Minecraft. This Microsoft-owned game was previously announced to be coming to the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset as well as the Microsoft HoloLens holographic headset - now it's coming to the mobile VR universe as well. This will not be the first time the non-VR version of the game hits mobile - that's been out for several years.

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How to turn on YouTube’s background loading feature

How to turn on YouTube’s background loading feature

So you've heard that YouTube has a new way to load videos while you're doing something else on your smartphone. You want that feature. That's the sort of feature you've been wanting forever. Ever since you first saw that your smartphone could load a 4K 60-frames per second video (or whatever you were super hyped about) for the first time and you realized it'd take an hour to buffer, you wanted the ability to load it all while you did something else. That time is now!

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Inbox by Gmail finally gets Smart Reply on the Web

Inbox by Gmail finally gets Smart Reply on the Web

Inbox has always been a rather odd beast. It is made by the very same people who still develop and run Gmail but isn't exactly replacing it. At least, not yet. Inbox by Gmail, as it is formally known, is instead aiming to replace the way we do emails. It might be a lofty goal, but not everyone uses Inbox. Those still use email traditionally and, more often than not, you also have to reply, traditionally. With Smart Replies, now available also on the Web, you can at least be, well, smart about it.

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You’ll be happy with this Android update with Material Design

You’ll be happy with this Android update with Material Design

This week Google updated their spec guidance for bottom navigation for developers making Android apps - for the apps you use. What does this mean for you? It means that the apps you're working with tomorrow should look a whole lot more pleasing than they do today. ...If they're following Google's rules, that is. Google's Material Design library makes all apps look like they belong in the Google Android universe, and with this update, they'll be ready to tap through with extreme ease.

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Google wants you to name the new Android

Google wants you to name the new Android

A Google Opinion Rewards poll has been launched to find the next name for the company's next Android dessert. That'll be the next version of the mobile operating system - the naming of which appears to be falling on the user - you. This method of finding the next name for Android was hinted at back in December of 2015 when Sundar Pichai was in India. He also mentioned that it might be named after an Indian dessert specifically - but we'll see.

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Google Maps is getting more cab options than Uber

Google Maps is getting more cab options than Uber

Summoning a ride is about to get even easier, with Google Maps extending its ridesharing integration to cover options other than Uber. The new version of the app will be rolling out to Android users over the next few days, though those with an iPhone will have to wait a little longer before they see it.

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Google webpage encryption made transparent

Google webpage encryption made transparent

This week Google has opened up a new section in their ever-changing, ever-updating Transparency Report for the public. In this new section, google delivers encryption for the masses. Not that they hadn't been moving toward encryption and data security in all things public before - now it's just that they're making more of an effort to show you, the user, how they're doing in their move to HTTPS. This new Transparency Report section is called - appropriately enough - HTTPS at Google.

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The top bounty for hacking Chromebooks just doubled

The top bounty for hacking Chromebooks just doubled

Google wants to give you $100,000, and all you have to do is show how insecure its Chromebook is. The company has doubled its top bounty for Chrome OS exploits, having seen no security researchers or experts step forward over the past year to collect the previous prize with a working hack.

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Freeform, floating windows might be in Android N after all

Freeform, floating windows might be in Android N after all

Android Marshmallow on the Google Pixel C was disappointing in its lack of multi-window support. In truth, however, it already carried the seeds of split window support that is now arriving in Android N. In a similar vein, it seems that Android N lay the foundations of another most wanted Android feature as far as multi-tasking is concerned: free-form, floating windows. Spotted both in code and now also in developer documents, Google has revealed its plans to possibly include the feature in the next Android release. Unless it actually lands in Android N already.

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