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YouTube TV comes to more markets, YouTube mobile app announced
By Dima Aryeh
YouTube TV is a very interesting service but it’s limited to only a few markets. Thankfully, Google has finally deemed it time to expand.
In a few weeks, YouTube TV is coming to Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas-Fort Worth, Detroit, Houston, Miami-Fort Lauderdale, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C.
The YouTube mobile app is also going to be updated in the next few weeks. It will adapt to the aspect ration of the video, showing it without black bars. This comes alongside the new desktop UI preview that was launched last month.
If you’re interested in more info, hit the source link. If you’re in one of the 10 markets that YouTube TV is coming to soon, are you going to try the service? Leave a comment!
Google introduces VR180, a new 180-degree virtual reality format
By Dima Aryeh
YouTube has long supported 360-degree video, but let’s be honest: It’s mostly useless. Having a full 360-degree view is rarely useful for most videos, so Google decided to create a new format called VR180.
This new format is not just a 360-degree video cut in half. It’s much sharper and features stereoscopic 3D, giving it a far more realistic appearance. It also supports livestreaming and works on Google Cardboard, Google Daydream, and Playstation VR as well as non-VR platforms.
The company is also pushing to make it easy to use for creators. The Daydream team is helping with the development of 180-degree cameras, which will be priced about the same as regular point-and-shoots. There are cameras from companies like Lenovo and LG coming this winter. These videos will also be compatible with Adobe Premiere Pro and more.
With only 180 degrees of view to worry about, VR180 will surely be more useful than 360-degree videos. Hit the source link for more info!
Google cuts 360-degree videos in half with YouTube’s new VR180 format
For the past few years, there’s been a ton of hype about viewing video content in virtual reality headsets. However, many content creators, and indeed some VR headset owners, are still getting used to making and watching full 360-degree clips that are made specifically for those devices.
Today, YouTube announced a kind of middle ground between regular videos and VR-oriented 360-degree clips. The new format is called VR180, and as you might have guessed, it’s been designed to give people a more immersive experience than normal videos, but not quite as difficult or overwhelming as 360-degree movies can be to watch.
In a blog post announcing the new format, Google stated that VR180 videos will show high-resolution clips that will look normal when viewed on a smartphone or PC, with no need to pan a phone around to see the entire scene. However, when viewed in a VR headset, the same clip turns into an 180-degree experience. The video also appears to be in 3D when it is viewed through such a headset.
Google says watching VR180 videos on YouTube will not only be a cool experience for VR headset owners, they should make things easier for video creators who won’t have to worry about creating or editing content designed to be shown in a full 360-degree viewpoint. Any videos in the new VR180 format will also support livestreaming. A number of VR180 videos, such as the one above, have already been uploaded to YouTube.
The new format will work with headsets that support Google’s Cardboard and Daydream VR platforms, along with the YouTube app made for Sony’s PlayStation VR device. Google says it is also working with OEMs like Lenovo, LG, and YI to help them release cameras made specifically to take videos that support the new format. They will go on sale sometime later this winter. Pricing was not revealed, but Google says they should cost about the same as standard cameras.
Source:: android authority
What LG needs to do to make the V30 a success
It’s been just two and a half months since the last flagship phone from LG, the G6, went on sale in the US. Unfortunately, it looks like the phone got caught up in the wake of Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus launch just a couple weeks later. We have seen prices for the G6 go down quite a bit in the brief time it has been on sale. The unlocked version can now be bought for less than $500 on eBay, well below its original launch price.
Even US carriers are selling the G6 below its launch cost. That includes T-Mobile, which has cut the price down to $500, both with monthly payments and even if you pay for it in full. Sprint is selling it for $14.75 a month for 24 months, which means you can snap it up for just $354 over two years. Add all of this activity up, and it seems clear that retailers and carriers want to get rid of their G6 inventory quickly.
Of course, this puts a ton of pressure on LG to make sure its next flagship phone is more of a success. Rumors and image leaks about that device, the V30, have started to pop up more frequently in the last few weeks. The latest rumor claims LG will officially announce the V30 at a press event on August 30, one day before the official start of the IFA trade show in Berlin, Germany. The phone is expected to face the most competition from the rumored launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, which is expected to be officially revealed just a few days beforehand at a separate press event in New York City on August 26.
So what can LG do to make the V30 a success, in order to avoid what happened to the G6? We have a few suggestions for the company on that very subject!
Don’t skimp on the specs
For consumers, one of the LG G6’s biggest issues was the fact that it came with the slightly older Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor. If the phone launched in January 2017, that wouldn’t be an issue. But because the G6 launched so closely to the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus (which are both powered by the faster Snapdragon 835), many users felt that the G6 was instantly less capable when it came to market.
Recent V30 rumors have indicated that the phone will indeed sport the new 835 chip, which is indeed good news for folks who want the latest-and-greatest specs powering their smartphones.
Use a larger version of the G6’s 18:9 display
While the LG G6 may not be selling all that well, reviews for the phone have praised its 5.7-inch screen with its unusual 18:9 display ratio. We would love to see a larger version of this same kind of display on the V30, and it would certainly be a good contrast to the rumored curved Infinity Display that is expected to be part of the Galaxy Note 8. We have heard rumors that the V30 may have a curved display as well, but we think it would be better if it kept the flat screen like the G6 did.
Price the LG V30 competitively with the Galaxy Note 8
If LG really wants to cut into Samsung’s vast customer base, it also needs to make sure its phones are priced to compete immediately. LG could cut the price of the V30 so it’s $100 to $150 lower than the price of the Galaxy Note 8 right from the start. If LG can launch the V30 with both a lower price and hardware that can match or exceed the Note 8’s, it will likely have a much bigger success than the G6 did when it went up against the Galaxy S8.
Offer the new two-year warranty that was just added to the G6
Last week, LG announced that new and current owners of the G6 in the US will be able to take advantage of the company’s newly revealed Second Year Promise Program. It extends the free limited warranty for the phone from one year to two years.
Offering that same Second Year Promise Program for the V30, and making it available worldwide instead of just the US, could be a huge selling phone for the upcoming phone as well. Adding an extra blanket of consumer security is a win-win in our book.
Launch the V30 worldwide at around the same time
One of the big problems with the release of the G6 was that LG decided to stagger its launch. The phone first became available in South Korea in early March, followed by a release in North America in early April, and a European launch later in that same month. If LG can get its shipping infrastructure together so that the V30 can launch worldwide on or around the same timeframe, that would certainly help its overall sales.
What do you think?
Of course, these are just our opinions on what we think the LG V30 needs to be successful, but we definitely want to hear from you. What features would you like to see included with the V30? Sound off in the comment section below.
Source:: android authority
OnePlus 5 vs LG G6: quick look
OnePlus just took the wraps off their highly anticipated 2017 flagship, and it’s only natural to wonder how the latest and greatest from OnePlus compares to the other high-end smartphones out there. In this post, we go hands-on and give you a quick look at the OnePlus 5 vs LG G6!
OnePlus has made significant design changes with the OnePlus 5, and the reaction to the new look has been divisive to say the least. There’s no denying that the OnePlus flagship shares a lot of similarities with the iPhone 7 Plus and even more so with the recently-announced OPPO R11. Regardless of how you feel about that, it has to be said that that the OnePlus 5 is definitely the most premium feeling flagship from the company yet. With its sleek full metal unibody, it’s also the thinnest smartphone released by OnePlus, with a thickness of just 7.25 mm.
The LG G6 is definitely the more unique looking of the two, with ultra-thin bezels along the sides of the display that also comes with rounded corners to provide better impact protection. However, the metal and glass combination is increasingly common, with phones from Samsung, HTC and others featuring similar build materials.
Despite the slightly larger display, the LG G6 is the more compact of the two smartphones, which is a testament to what great job LG has done to keep the bezels thin and leave the front free of any capacitive or physical keys.
Speaking of the display, the LG G6 comes with a 5.7-inch screen with a Quad HD+ resolution, while OnePlus sticks with a 5.5-inch display with a Full HD resolution. This is another polarizing decision on the part of OnePlus — even though 1080p more than gets the job done and there are certainly some benefits in terms of battery life, it’s not wrong to expect or want a Quad HD screen from your flagship phone. That’s particularly true given that the OnePlus 5 is not as affordable as its predecessors.
Hardware and performance
Where the OnePlus 5 does have a leg up is when you take a look at what’s under the hood. OnePlus has always offered the latest and greatest in terms of specs and this device is no different, coming with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor and either 6 GB or 8 GB of RAM. Both options are more than the 4 GB of RAM you get with the LG G6, and LG has also decided to stay with the Snapdragon 821 as the processor. Of course, this setup is still very capable and performance is not an issue at all with the G6, but it’s still an odd choice nevertheless.
(The brand new LG G6 Plus offers 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage space, for what it’s worth.)
32 GB and 64 GB are the built-in storage options available with the G6, while the OnePlus 5 comes with either 64 GB or 128 GB, which also dictates how much RAM you are getting. However, the G6 does support expandable storage via microSD card. Another great feature of the G6 that the OnePlus 5 does not have is the IP68 rating for dust and water resistance.
In terms of battery, both smartphones come with 3,300 mAh units. The battery life of the LG G6 has been quite impressive, and we can expect even more from the OnePlus 5 because of its lower resolution display and more power efficient processor. Of course, we’ll only know for sure once we conduct our battery tests with the OnePlus 5.
Both devices support fast charging, but while the Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 with the LG G6 is fast, OnePlus’ upgraded Dash Charge offers impressive charging speeds, with OnePlus promising that you can get a full day of use after charging the phone for just half an hour.
The biggest change with the OnePlus 5 is when it comes to the camera. The device features a dual camera setup on the back, with one 16 MP sensor with an f/1.7 aperture, and another 20 MP telephoto lens with an f/2.6 aperture. OnePlus says this is the highest resolution dual-camera system on any smartphone. The OnePlus 5 camera is central to the phone’s marketing message, and we are definitely excited to run it through its paces.
LG has its own take on the dual camera system, with the G6 featuring two 13 MP units on the back. The standard lens comes with a f/1.8 aperture, while the wide-angle lens unit comes with a f/2.4 aperture. The cameras of the LG G6 are excellent and are capable of taking breathtaking photos, and it will be interesting to see how the OnePlus 5 fares against the great smartphone cameras we now have in comprehensive comparisons.
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Source:: android authority
Get to Google page 1 without SEO expertise
By AA Picks
It doesn’t matter how good your blog or website is, if no one sees it then what’s the point? Unfortunately the internet isn’t a meritocracy; you don’t get traffic to your website by being innovative or hilarious with your content. You get it by playing the SEO game. Webtextool is the hack for that game.
Webtextool gives you real-time optimization tips as you write your content. Ok yes you could learn the secrets of SEO or pay a professional to look after it. But that’s plenty of time and/or money. Webtexttool is the best of both worlds – Easy to do but also affordable. In fact, right now it’s very affordable.
This bit of tech takes care of SEO so you needn’t worry nor care.
On your way to page 1 of Google, Webtexttool creates predictive data by analyzing the data of all users. This is how it generates live SEO optimization tips, as you focus on getting your genius onto the page. If these buzz-words don’t mean a lot to you then don’t sweat – that’s the whole point. This bit of tech takes care of SEO so you needn’t worry nor care.
You don’t need to pay a subscription for Webtexttool, just a one-off purchase. Its usual retail price is $986, but check this out for an offer – This week it’s just $49. We thought you ought to be the first to know.
Companies who use Webtexttool raise their Google ranking by an average of 300% and double on-page time. If that kinda boost is worth $49 to you then hit the button below to find the deal.
Source:: android authority
Moto E4 now available on Verizon Wireless prepaid
By Evan Selleck
Earlier this month, Motorola officially announced the Moto E4, its latest entry-level handset. Motorola didn’t have a concrete launch date at that time, saying only that the E4 would launch sometime later in June. Now the U.S. launch date has been revealed.
The Moto E4 is available today, June 22, from Verizon Wireless prepaid at a price of $70. If you prefer to go the unlocked route, Motorola has confirmed that the unlocked E4 will be available from Amazon, Best Buy, B&H, Fry’s, NewEgg, and Motorola’s website for $130 at some point in the future. It’s still listed as “coming soon” on Motorola’s website at the time of publication.
The Moto E4 will also be available from Boost Mobile, Sprint, Flash Wireless, Jet.com, Target, Republic Wireless, and Ting at some point in July. And if you’re waiting for the Mot E4 Plus in the United States, Motorola now says that handset will arrive later this summer.
Verizon is the first to begin selling the Moto E4 for the price of just $70
A few weeks ago, Motorola officially took the wraps off a pair of cheap smartphones, the Moto E4 and E4 Plus. Today, the Moto E4 goes on sale at Verizon Wireless, and you can buy it for the near rock bottom price of just $69.99 – a $60 discount compared to its already low normal price of $129.99.
You will have to sign up for one of Verizon’s prepaid plans to get the Moto E4, but there’s no denying that the price of this new phone will be hard to beat. It comes with Android 7.1.1. Nougat out of the box, which is something that some new flagship phones don’t even offer. The phone comes with a 5.0-inch, 1,280 x 720 display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of onboard storage, and a microSD card slot for adding up to 128 GB of storage.
The phone also comes with an 8 MP rear camera, a 5 MP front-facing selfie camera and a 2,800 removable battery that is supposed to last up to one day on a single charge. Finally, the Moto E4 has a nano-coating to help protect it against spills, splashes, and light rain.
Verizon will be the only place to purchase the Moto E4 until June 30, when the unlocked version will become available from Motorola’s online store and other retailers such as Amazon, Best Buy, B&H Photo, and Newegg. The phone will go on sale via other US carriers sometime in July. If you want to wait, you can get the Moto E4 Plus, with its larger 5.5-inch display and its massive 5,000 mAh battery, in July for the low starting price of $179.99.
Source:: android authority
Facebook is using new tools in India to stop profile photo theft
Facebook now has over 1 billion users worldwide, and it has become a major way for people to communicate and share experiences with others. However, there are concerns in some countries about the outside use of profile pictures when they are uploaded to a person’s Facebook account, especially for women. This week, Facebook announced they are trying out a new set of tools in India designed to keep profile images from being downloaded and copied.
The optional profile guard tools, when applied to images uploaded to Facebook, will keep those images from being downloaded, shared or sent via a message by others. If a person is not your Facebook friend, the new tools won’t allow him or her to tag anyone, including themselves, in a profile picture. In addition, the tools will prevent screenshots of profile images if they are displayed on an Android device.
Any profile picture that has these extra protections will be indicated by a blue border and shield around the image. Also, Facebook is allowing people in India to choose from a number of designs, based on Indian textile patterns, that can be added to profile pictures. Early results show that other people are at least 75 percent less likely to copy that picture if such a design is put into place.
Facebook says that if this trial period in India is successful, it plans to roll out these image guard tools to other countries. Hopefully they will be a deterrent to anyone who might want to copy and use these photos without the consent of their owners.
Source:: android authority
Google wants to make it easy for law enforcement to access user data overseas
By Mitja Rutnik
Google will reportedly urge lawmakers in the US today to update laws regarding how governments can gain access to user data stored on servers in other countries.
Right now, the process is quite complicated as well as extremely slow. It involves a formal diplomatic request for data and requires the host country to get a warrant on behalf of the requesting country. This can often take months to complete and is seriously slowing down important criminal investigations.
Kent Walker, who is Google’s senior vice president and general counsel, will share the company’s thoughts on the subject during a speech in Washington, D.C., at the Heritage Foundation. Although Google hasn’t announced all the details regarding how it would change the current laws yet, we do know the main idea the company has come up with.
Google thinks that it’s best to allow countries that commit to baseline privacy, human rights and due process principles to request the data they need directly from providers in different countries. This means that they wouldn’t be required to contact the middleman anymore, which is normally the government.
However, those countries that don’t comply with the principles mentioned above would not be able to obtain data without reaching out to the government first.
Source:: android authority