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YouTube incognito mode will stop the annoying video suggestions

YouTube incognito mode will stop the annoying video suggestions

It's a common issue all YouTube users face: you can't resist the lure of a clickbait title, click on it out of interest, and suddenly your recommended video list is full of similar garbage. Users have complained about this issue and requested an incognito mode to avoid it; by using this mode, any videos watched wouldn't influence recommended videos.

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Discord’s big birthday update makes a ton of improvements

Discord’s big birthday update makes a ton of improvements

If you're a Discord user, you may have noticed a rather long changelog upon logging into the app today. Discord turned three years old this week, and what better way to celebrate than with a massive update? That's precisely what Discord's developers thought, and the update they've delivered makes a lot of big changes across the board.

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Snapchat unskippable six-second ads start rolling out

Snapchat unskippable six-second ads start rolling out

Snapchat's previously announced unskippable six-second advertisements are now rolling out to users. This is a new type of advertisement that forces the user to watch the entire short ad, blocking their ability to skip them as has, until now, been possible. The advertisements are limited to Shows and are professionally producer, often centering on content like new movies and hot gadgets.

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Opera for Android adds night mode, QR code reader and more

Opera for Android adds night mode, QR code reader and more

Opera has pushed out an update for its Android mobile app and with it comes several new features, not the least of which is night mode. As in other apps, the new night mode turns the interface black and gray, making it easier to stare at for long periods of time at night, as well as reducing eye strain for individuals sensitive to bright backlights.

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YouTube TV voice remote feature appears in app for some users

YouTube TV voice remote feature appears in app for some users

Voice control is more popular than ever and increasingly available on different platforms. Fire TV owners, for example, can use voice commands by pressing a button on their microphone, and Roku users enjoy similar functionality. YouTube TV is about to expand its own voice control options via the addition of a voice remote feature within the platform's mobile app.

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YouTube HDR support for iPhone X is quietly rolling out

YouTube HDR support for iPhone X is quietly rolling out

YouTube has quietly introduced High Dynamic Range (HDR) support for the iPhone X. Some handset users report being able to view HDR videos using the latest and greatest iPhone model, hinting at a slow rollout that, unfortunately, hasn't made its way to the iPad Pro. Though it's not available to all users at this time, iPhone X users can check whether they have access via the app's "Quality" menu.

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Netflix video previews on Android have arrived for some users

Netflix video previews on Android have arrived for some users

In early March, Netflix introduced previews for mobile, a feature that would offer 30-second teaser trailers for certain shows in a vertical orientation. About a month later, the company began rolling out those previews to iOS users, and now some Android users are seeing them appear on their phones. Once available, users will readily notice the previews due to their circular thumbnail.

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Steam Link app for iOS and Android: Streaming at last

Steam Link app for iOS and Android: Streaming at last

Two new apps from Steam were announced this morning - one for video, the other for playing games on your phone. The Steam Video app will be released later this summer and will feature the ability to watch Steam-based movies and shows on iOS and Android devices. The Steam Link app is a bit more revolutionary - if it works. With Steam Link, users will be able to play their PC games on their iPhone or Android device.

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Apple now removing apps that sell your data

Apple now removing apps that sell your data

Today, we're hearing new reports that Apple has started taking measures to remove apps that collect and share location data with third-parties from the iOS App Store. As privacy concerns seem to be growing by the day - thanks in large part to the recent Cambridge Analytica scandal from Facebook - it seems that Apple is attempting to crack down on app developers misusing information they've collected on their users. To a lot of people, this will probably be a refreshing bit of news.

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Google Maps is about to get personal: all the new features coming soon

Google Maps is about to get personal: all the new features coming soon

Google Maps is about to be revamped with a more personal experience, Google has revealed, helping users figure out where to eat, where to stop for drinks, and more. The company aims to eliminate the current seemingly endless scrolling involved with "recommended restaurants," replacing it with faster, smarter suggestions. In coming months, users will see a new Explore tab and more.

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Google News gets an AI-driven makeover

Google News gets an AI-driven makeover

Google News is a handy little tool, and lately, it's been given a lot of attention over at Google HQ. It's about to get even more, as a new makeover for Google News was announced a Google I/O 2018 today. After a brief introduction by CEO Sundar Pichai today, Trystan Upstill took the stage to discuss the new Google News, which leverages Google's work in AI to offer a deeper perspective on the stories of the moment.

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Instagram music stickers feature appears in APK teardown

Instagram music stickers feature appears in APK teardown

Instagram may offer a music feature in the future, at least according to an APK teardown report that found hints of the change. According to the report, the Instagram Android app contains mentions of "music stickers," a way to search for songs to include with posts. The feature would apparently be offered under licensing agreements parent company Facebook has established with record labels.

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