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YouTube’s new desktop video player ditches black bars

YouTube’s new desktop video player ditches black bars

YouTube is home to tons of different videos and, therefore, tons of different aspect ratios. While YouTube's desktop player is 16:9 by default (and indeed, that seems to be the go-to aspect ratio these days), there are still plenty of older videos that were recorded and uploaded in 4:3. Then, of course, we have the always controversial vertical aspect ratio of videos recorded on a smartphone.

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Android P Update download DP4 released

Android P Update download DP4 released

This morning the folks at Google revealed - officially - the last Developer Preview Android update for Android P before release. This will be the last time - before the public beta release - that Google will deliver a software update for Android P preview before it's available completely to the public at large. This update is called Android P DP4, and all downloads are ready to roll now.

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This Galaxy S9 update has likely Note 9 camera feature details

This Galaxy S9 update has likely Note 9 camera feature details

In an update to a select few Samsung Galaxy S9 smartphones showed what's likely a release day feature for the Galaxy Note 9. The version of the Galaxy S9 in question is the South Korean version - of course - and the feature upgrade is in the camera realm with super-duper slow-motion. This new mode offers up 480fps (frames per second) slow-motion capture at 0.4s - above and beyond anything we've seen here before.

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Netflix TV interface simplified with new navigation sidebar

Netflix TV interface simplified with new navigation sidebar

Netflix has simplified its TV interface by adding a new sidebar with quick access icons. The redesign somewhat resembles the YouTube TV interface, making it easier to access the items you'd previously have to scroll to the top to find. The company is rolling out its new interface to subscribers around the world while teasing similar future updates that are already in the pipeline.

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nuraphone G2 update adds active noise cancellation and a Prime Day deal

nuraphone G2 update adds active noise cancellation and a Prime Day deal

The consumer tech market today seems to have embraced a “launch and forget” strategy. That’s almost true for smartphones, at least after two years, and even more so for other accessories. But just as nura rebelled against the status quo with its successfully crowdfunded nuraphones, the startup is bucking the trend with its latest G2 software update that does more than just breathe new life into its headphones. It also makes them feel like the nuraphone v2.

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Pokemon GO update: Gen 4 first details droppin’

Pokemon GO update: Gen 4 first details droppin’

This morning the folks at Niantic posted a teaser for their biggest update since the beginning. The release of Gen 4 - the fourth year and fourth region in the Pokemon universe proper. That's the region where all the FUN stuff was. And that's where all the fun stuff is going to be in the next update to Pokemon GO, if all goes according to plan.

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Google Clips update improves expression recognition, adds Timelapses

Google Clips update improves expression recognition, adds Timelapses

Google's tiny smart camera, Google Clips, has received a big update that improves its ability to recognize facial expressions, among other things. The changes come in Version 1.6, which also brings a new Timelapses feature, though it's not quite the same as a timelapse you'd create using a regular camera. The update is live now on the Google Play Store and iTunes.

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Xbox update: 1810 Preview released with Dolby Vision streaming support

Xbox update: 1810 Preview released with Dolby Vision streaming support

Inside the latest Xbox One update (preview edition) is a whole bunch of bits and pieces you're going to want to get a handle on. This update brings about Dolby Vision Video Streaming - that's a first. With this update, Dolby Vision video streaming brings HDR "up a notch" with systems such as Netflix Premium - you'll need a premium subscription for that, but still.

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Minecraft Aquatic Phase 2 update arrives on almost all platforms

Minecraft Aquatic Phase 2 update arrives on almost all platforms

The second phase of the Minecraft Aquatic update is rolling out to nearly all platforms. The update began rolling out yesterday, bringing various new features, changes, and improvements that build upon the first phase released in May. The Aquatic updates bring a massive change to the game, adding underworld elements, new in-game items, underwater zombies called "The Drowned," and much more.

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Instagram Questions Sticker: Download the update

Instagram Questions Sticker: Download the update

This week the folks at Instagram released a new feature for their social media platform - for you iPhone users, and Android, and everyone in-between. This new feature allows users to ask questions of their followers with a sticker. A sticker is a piece of media that's placed OVER a photo or video, and a "question" is somewhat more of a poll sort of thing, if you catch my drift. The update is out this morning.

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Slack updates search with expanded view and intelligent filtering

Slack updates search with expanded view and intelligent filtering

Slack has been updated with new search filters to simplify the searching process, helping users find what they're looking with less time needed. Among other things, the update adds a new expanded search view, which helps users shift through the results to find specifically what they need. The search filters are presented within that expanded view, including channels and users.

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Unlocked US Galaxy S9, S9+ phones now support FM radio

Unlocked US Galaxy S9, S9+ phones now support FM radio

The unlocked version of the Galaxy S9 and S9+ smartphones sold in the United States now support FM radio. The newly accessible feature was made available via the latest software update, enabling anyone to plug in a pair of wired headphones and listen to their local terrestrial radio broadcasts. The Galaxy S9 and S9+ handsets sold through US carriers already support FM radio.

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