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Just a few Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube alternatives

Just a few Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube alternatives

If you no longer want to be part of the connected world that's also the ad-supported world, there are alternatives. They aren't the same as the apps and social networks you use now, and it's not often that they get as big a celebrity following - but maybe that's not why you're on the internet in the first place. Today we're having a peek at a few alternatives to the major social networks as they roll right this minute.

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YouTube Music and Premium international launch: What you should know

YouTube Music and Premium international launch: What you should know

After launching in early access back in May, Google has officially opened the YouTube Music floodgates. If other music streaming services leave you wanting, you can now see if YouTube Music satisfies in a handful of regions around the world. It isn't launching alone either, as YouTube Premium is rolling out to 17 regions as well.

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YouTube break reminder gets precise timer feature

YouTube break reminder gets precise timer feature

Earlier this year, YouTube launched a break reminder tool on Android, enabling users to set a certain amount of time they could watch videos before getting a reminder to step away. That original tool offered reminder options in specific preset blocks of time, such as 15 minutes and 30 minutes. A new update changes that, making the feature far more useful.

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Nintendo Switch to get Netflix, YouTube, says Best Buy

Nintendo Switch to get Netflix, YouTube, says Best Buy

While the Nintendo Switch is a great portable gaming console, it is by no means perfect. Among its list of flaws is the fact that it's really just that, a portable gaming console. Despite hardware and software capabilities, Nintendo has limited the Switch’s feature set to that particular use case. Wouldn’t it be great if the Switch could also be a great portable multimedia player? If Best Buy’s accidental project listing is correct, that will be the case soon. At least if all you do is watch on Netflix and YouTube.

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Google Assistant users get early access to Impulse original drama

Google Assistant users get early access to Impulse original drama

Google Assistant users are getting first access to a YouTube Originals Drama called Impulse, the company has announced. The show won't be premiering until June 6, however, Google Assistant users can get access to the first episode now using a special command and password. The episode is currently unlisted on YouTube for everyone else.

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10 questions for Battlefield 5 WWII history buffs

10 questions for Battlefield 5 WWII history buffs

It was necessary this week for DICE GM Oskar Gabrielson to make a public statement about a female character in Battlefield V. For more than one reason. Twitter users (bot, troll, or otherwise) reacted to the latest trailer for the World War II-themed game with vitriol because they saw a woman, and that woman had a prosthetic arm. Apparently there was some issue with the fact that she existed.

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YouTube subscribers aren’t happy about the new feed

YouTube subscribers aren’t happy about the new feed

YouTube is optimizing itself for views - more views, as many views as possible, at all costs. It begins with the changing of the chronology of the videos in YouTube subscriber feeds. This is real, it's happening, and for some users it's already happened. Instead of acting as a platform, as it should, YouTube is turning into Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. It's becoming awful.

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Get YouTube Music “early access” now: Here’s how

Get YouTube Music “early access” now: Here’s how

YouTube Music's 2018 reincarnation just launched, and it's available for SOME users. If you live in the United States, Mexico, Austalia, New Zealand, or South Korea, you might be in luck. Today Google launched "early access" to YouTube Music for some users - but not ALL users.

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YouTube Music, YouTube Premium will be included in Google Play Music subscription

YouTube Music, YouTube Premium will be included in Google Play Music subscription

This week saw the announcement of two new services from Google: YouTube Music and YouTube Premium, with the latter replacing YouTube Red. YouTube Music is the company's latest attempt at a full-fledged streaming music service, while YouTube Premium will continue offering the library of original series and movies that were previously on Red. Where this gets confusing, however, is for Google Play Music subscribers, which will exist alongside these two new services.

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YouTube Music Premium: 5 things you need to know

YouTube Music Premium: 5 things you need to know

Today Google "revealed" YouTube Music and YouTube Premium - but it's not that simple. This is a re-branding and a changing of the guard. Much like previous Google app products (we're looking at you, chat,) Google's released several products that are relatively similar. Today we're going to make sense of the whole lot.

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YouTube Music launch next week will test brand’s profitability [UPDATE: it’s official]

YouTube Music launch next week will test brand’s profitability [UPDATE: it’s official]

YouTube may be the household name when it comes to online videos and some music but when it comes to monetizing that popularity, it has nothing on Netflix, Spotify, or even Apple Music. YouTube Red was Google's attempt at turning the free video streaming service into a business, lumping together a variety of subscription-only features, whether you have need for all of those or only some. So far, however, it hasn't exactly taken off, pushing Google to launch a new YouTube Music service that will hopefully make things a bit less confusing.

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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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