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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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Instagram tweaks feed order to show users preferred content

Instagram tweaks feed order to show users preferred content

Instagram is shuffling your feed, and you’ll hopefully be seeing more of the content you’re interested in as a result. According to the social network, users miss out on an average of 70-percent of the content in their feed, an issue that itself grows as Instagram’s user base expands and the amount of content with it. To address that issue, Instagram will soon ditch the chronological feed order in favor of a specialized one.

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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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Skype for Web adds landline and mobile phone calling

Skype for Web adds landline and mobile phone calling

The Web version of Skype has added support for calling landlines and mobile phones directly, making it a bit easier to make cheap calls from your browser. That’s not the extent of its update, though — the service has also added support for watching YouTube videos within Skype for Web, as well as adding anyone (including non-Skype users) to a Skype for Web conversation, and new notifications that appear in the browser.

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Adobe Flash Player update fixes critical vulnerabilities

Adobe Flash Player update fixes critical vulnerabilities

In a story similar to many from the company's history, Adobe has pushed out a new emergency update that patches many critical Flash Player bugs. In a security bulletin released yesterday, Adobe announced updates for Linux, Windows and Mac that fix several affected versions of Flash, including Flash Player for Chrome, Edge, Internet Explorer 11, and Linux. These ‘critical vulnerabilities’ were used to initiate some cyberattacks.

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Waze update 4.0 aims to replace Google Maps

Waze update 4.0 aims to replace Google Maps

Release after release, Google's own Google Maps has made the case for being the best - and only - maps app for Android. Now comes along Waze 4.0 for Android (incidentally also owned by Google) to try to take the crown. Can swanky graphics and what may be a more personal set of controls do the trick for you, the Android-based Google Maps addict? Could you possibly replace the most basic map app in the world with one that's... just a little bit different?

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What’s New in Android N?

What’s New in Android N?

This week we've been running down the many features that appear in the next version of Android from Google. As we remember that this is only a developer preview release thus far, we can also conclude that not all features will be delivered to end-users by the time OEMs get onboard. What we've got today is a video from Google. This video shows what's new in Android N for everyone able to load the software right this minute.

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Android update: what’s the point?

Android update: what’s the point?

Google releases another new version of Android and I have to ask: what is the point? Why continue to allow the public to be misled? We asked this question a few years ago, suggesting that Google should never have promised Android updates in the first place. They called it the "Update Alliance" - a group of manufacturers and mobile carriers that promised quick updates to Android whenever Google had them available. It was absurd then. It's still absurd today.

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Do not download Android N

Do not download Android N

Google's new Android N Developer Preview software shows off new features as well as plentiful reason why it's not meant for general users. Google has made clear that this update to the operating system is made for developers - not for everyday average Android device owners. As such - and since it's been released so very early - Android N is not for you. Unless of course you're a developer. A developer who likes to find bugs.

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Facebook Lite adds emoji, video, batch image uploads

Facebook Lite adds emoji, video, batch image uploads

Facebook’s ultra-lightweight app for slow connections and lower-tier phones, Facebook Lite, has been updated with some new features including support for emojis in messages and batch image uploading. The features are a welcomed addition, adding a bit more functionality to the barebones version of Facebook's mobile app without adding too much of a burden on applicable handsets.

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Google Docs outline tool parses your docs for fast access

Google Docs outline tool parses your docs for fast access

Google Docs just made life easier for Android and desktop users, adding an outline feature that appears when you're scrolling through a document. The outline tool picks out pertinent sections of your document and takes you straight to them when selected. Also recently added to Google Docs is an EPUB export option, making it easier to export documents directly for ebook readers and ebook platforms.

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5 Android N features you need to see (plus split-screen)

5 Android N features you need to see (plus split-screen)

Google's newest software, Android N, has been released this morning, and with it comes a batch of new abilities for smartphones, tablets, and Android TV. We've combed through the developer bits and pieces to find the most relevant and experience-changing features that've been delivered with this software preview - not all of which might end up on your devices out in the wild by the end of the Summer.

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