Google Chrome Memory Leak Fix

It’s about time: Google vows to fix the worst thing about its Chrome browser

By on May 19, 2015 at 8:20 PM.

It’s about time: Google vows to fix the worst thing about its Chrome browser

Chrome is an awesome browser but it also has severe memory leak issues that can chew up resources on both your PC and your smartphone. KitGuru highlights some recent comments made by the Chrome for Android team during a Reddit AMA that show Google’s engineers are very much aware of Chrome’s memory leak problems and are vowing to fix it. More →

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YouTube Vs Netflix

YouTube’s plan to compete with Netflix

By on May 19, 2015 at 6:40 PM.

YouTube’s plan to compete with Netflix

Even though much of the discussion surrounding online video seems to center on Netflix, it’s easy to forget just how incredibly influential YouTube remains as a video powerhouse. In 2014, for instance, the Google-owned property was the third most visited website in the entire world.

Still, it’s not as if YouTube has been raking in the dough. Though revenue from YouTube now check in at around $4 billion annually, that’s just barely enough for the site to break even. One of the monetization problems that has long plagued YouTube is that many consumers happen to view YouTube videos from within Facebook or embedded within other websites. In short, not as many people were heading on over YouTube.com as a starting point for viewing video. Additionally, YouTube was experiencing problems keeping viewers on the site for long stints of time.

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The Pirate Bay Domains

The Pirate Bay is being stripped of its most popular domains

By on May 19, 2015 at 3:36 PM.

The Pirate Bay is being stripped of its most popular domains

Somehow, through all the rekindled controversy over the past several months, The Pirate Bay has managed to stay online, but it turns out there will be a few casualties. On Tuesday, TorrentFreak reported that the Stockholm District Court has ruled that The Pirate Bay’s popular Swedish domains will be seized. More →

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Home Internet Service

Nothing is more annoying than home internet outages, and now there’s a study that proves it

Nothing is more annoying than home internet outages, and now there’s a study that proves it

By on May 19, 2015 at 9:30 AM.

You toss a packet of popcorn into your microwave and drop a bag of chamomile slowly into a mug of hot water. The couch is calling your name as the microwave begins beeping to let you know that the piping hot buttery popcorn inside is ready to be devoured. With your popcorn bowl overflowing in one hand and your favorite mug in the other, you make your way to the living room and plop down on the couch with your family.

You turn on the TV as they attack the popcorn, and you navigate to the Netflix icon on your screen. But wait. Something is wrong. Netflix is stuck on the loading screen and it just won’t seem to open. Then, it hits you: Your home internet service is down. More →

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Opinions
AT&T Vs. FCC Net Neutrality Regulations

AT&T’s stunningly shameless new take on net neutrality

By on May 18, 2015 at 12:17 PM.

AT&T’s stunningly shameless new take on net neutrality

All big companies spin the truth in ridiculous ways, but every once in a while a company will try to distort reality in such a way that you just have to tip your cap in awe. Such was the case this week when AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson explained why his company plans to move forward with $18 billion worth of broadband investments despite the fact that the Federal Communications Commission earlier this year passed what he and his fellow big carriers depicted as investment-destroying net neutrality regulations. More →

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Wolfram Image Identification Project Website

Try this now: An addictive website that can identify almost any image you throw at it

By on May 15, 2015 at 9:10 AM.

Try this now: An addictive website that can identify almost any image you throw at it

Have you ever snapped a picture of a flower or bird that you’ve never seen before and wished you had a simple and fast way to identify it? If so, you’ll want to check out the new Image Identification Project website created by Stephen Wolfram that makes identifying images an absolute snap.

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YouTube 4K

Watching 4K YouTube videos on Google Chome is about to get much faster

By on May 13, 2015 at 7:30 PM.

Watching 4K YouTube videos on Google Chome is about to get much faster

The ability to watch 4K video on YouTube has been around for a few years now. Unfortunately, though, actually getting 4K video to run smoothly is a whole another story. The problem is that 4K video simply has so much data that many folks simply lack the requisite bandwidth and/or patience to make viewing 4K clips all that practical.

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AOL Decline

AOL’s fall from grace, by the numbers

By on May 13, 2015 at 9:55 AM.

AOL’s fall from grace, by the numbers

The biggest tech news of the week was a doozie, with Verizon announcing its plan to acquire AOL for $4.4 billion. Naturally, the acquisition led to a whole lot of chatter regarding what Verizon’s long-term plans with AOL truly are. After all, though AOL owns a number of extremely popular web properties (i.e Engadget, Huffington Post), the company still derives a good portion of its revenue via dial-up subscribers, of which there are currently 2.1 million.

Still, many believe that the deal was largely a play to acquire AOL’s ad platform. More →

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Featured
Top 10 Secret Google Projects

10 amazing Google apps and tools you probably never knew existed

10 amazing Google apps and tools you probably never knew existed

By on May 12, 2015 at 10:54 AM.

More so than any other company in the tech space, Google has a tendency to work on many projects out in the open, allowing users to access things that are still in development and provide feedback. As open as Google is, it’s also quite scattered, constantly launching new and interesting things that are either missed or forgotten by users because there’s just so much going on.

In this post, we’re going to show you 10 amazing Google projects that you probably either never knew about or have completely forgotten about. More →

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Gmail GIFs Giphy Extension

It’s now easier than ever to send GIFs with Gmail

By on May 11, 2015 at 11:15 PM.

It’s now easier than ever to send GIFs with Gmail

I never thought of email as an impenetrable fortress until I started writing for a living. Email is both where a significant portion of my time is spent at work and also where I am forced to glance at dozens of pitches that have no relevance to BGR every day of the week. It can be a living hell, but last month, Giphy made Gmail just a touch brighter with a fantastic new extension. More →

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Google Maps Map Maker

End of an era: You won’t see peeing Android mascots in Google Maps anymore

By on May 11, 2015 at 10:30 PM.

End of an era: You won’t see peeing Android mascots in Google Maps anymore

A few weeks ago, the Android robot that we’ve all come to know and love over the years was found in a very compromising position in a distant corner of Google Maps. Someone had taken advantage of the Map Maker feature of Google Maps to make a joke, but as you might have guessed, Google was not amused. More →

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Google Tips Tricks

5 great Google tricks you’ll wonder how you ever lived without

5 great Google tricks you’ll wonder how you ever lived without

By on May 11, 2015 at 11:10 AM.

If there is one single app that we would miss most if it ever vanished, there is no question that it would be the Google app on either Android or the iPhone. Beyond being a portal into the amazing world of Google Now on both platforms, it provides fast and easy access to a Google search box, which you can either type in to perform a search or use voice dictation.

But as many people know, Google search is about much more than just hunting down answers to your questions or finding the right webpage to explain how something works. Google can perform all sorts of functions for you — in fact, Google can probably replace more apps and services than you realize.

Here are five great Google tricks you can use on your smartphone, tablet or computer, and you might not know how you ever lived without them. More →

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