How To Block People In Gmail

New Gmail feature makes it easy to block annoying people – here’s how to use it

By on September 22, 2015 at 1:00 PM.

New Gmail feature makes it easy to block annoying people – here’s how to use it

Email filters have existed forever. In fact, a few particularly annoying PR flacks probably would have driven me insane years ago had it not been for the ability to block their persistent pitches for clients whose products aren’t even close to being a fit for BGR. I’m sure everyone can relate — there are just always going to be some people you never want to hear from again.

Google has supported filters just like every other email provider out there ever since Gmail first launched. Today, however, the company announced a new feature that makes it very easy to instantly block annoying senders in just a few quick clicks. More →

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Beats 1 Playlist

See Every Single Song Apple Plays on Beats 1

By on July 3, 2015 at 7:00 PM.

See Every Single Song Apple Plays on Beats 1

Apple Music is here. Some people love it. Some people think it’s doomed. Wherever you stand on matters, one thing is clear: Apple did a good job hitting most of the notes it needed to hit, and it also added a couple of unique features users can’t find elsewhere. One of them, of course, is Beats 1.

Beats 1 is Apple’s global radio station that streams around the clock. But what happens if you hear something you like and don’t catch it in time to see the name? More →

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Apple Music Review

Acclaimed Music Industry Critic Lists 7 Reasons Apple Music Is Doomed to Fail

By on July 3, 2015 at 1:20 PM.

Acclaimed Music Industry Critic Lists 7 Reasons Apple Music Is Doomed to Fail

Bob Lefsetz is one of the most well-known and well-respected music industry critics in the business. He has worked with and consulted for major labels for years, and he pens a regular newsletter covering every aspect of the industry. With the launch of Apple Music earlier this week, Lefsetz has given the new service plenty of attention recently, as you might expect.

But while many people are bullish on Apple’s new streaming music service, Lefsetz says it looks doomed to fail. More →

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Streaming TV Shows Online Free

Community-powered Internet TV Portal Offers 200,000 Channels of Streaming Content

Community-powered Internet TV Portal Offers 200,000 Channels of Streaming Content

By on July 3, 2015 at 10:00 AM.

Cord cutters, your prayers have been answered. Sort of.

Households no longer need pay TV packages to enjoy movies and TV shows at home, and cord cutting has reached new heights thanks to services like Netflix, which offers tens of thousands of movies and TV shows that are each just a few clicks away. Networks are also finally getting in on the action, as HBO, ESPN and others launch services that stream paid content without the need for a pay TV subscription.

Netflix, HBO Now and WatchESPN are all paid options, though. What if you want to stream content for free? Sure, you can steal content by streaming it illegally, but there are plenty of legal options out there as well. The key, however, is getting them all in one place, and now there’s a community-powered service that looks to do just that. More →

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Apple Music Free Trial

How To Stop Apple From Automatically Charging You When Your Free Apple Music Trial Ends

By on June 30, 2015 at 2:04 PM.

How To Stop Apple From Automatically Charging You When Your Free Apple Music Trial Ends

Apple Music launched today. It’s pretty great. Apple was late to the game when it comes to streaming, and its first crack at a streaming music offering didn’t really resonate. Now, however, iTunes Radio has been completely reimagined and mixed in with Beats to create Apple Music, and it covers all the bases.

The new service comes with a generous three-month free trial that provides more than enough time for you to decide whether or not you like the service. If the answer is no, however, you’re still going to get charged unless you follow our simple guide. More →

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Apple Music Beats Launch

Apple Music First Look: Spotify, Who?

Apple Music First Look: Spotify, Who?

By on June 30, 2015 at 8:28 AM.

The music industry is in ruins. As we’ve gravitated over the last 10 years to purchasing, and now streaming, single songs as opposed to albums, record labels have taken a huge hit in revenue. But I actually still buy music. And I buy it on iTunes. I just like having something locally stored on my computers and devices so it’s always there. If you don’t have cell or Wi-Fi service, you still have your full music collection at your fingertips.

But over the past couple of years, my usage of streaming services has grown. First Pandora, then Spotify. I didn’t mess around with any of the junky ones with whatever horrible names you can think of. I did, however, sign up for a Beats Music subscription and I fell in love with two things about it: curated playlists from different brands and artists, and playlists for different activities. It made for an incredible listening, discovery and rediscovery experience.

That’s why I’m so excited about Apple Music, which will be launching soon after this article is published. More →

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Free Streaming TV

Now You Can Really Cut the Cord: Pirate TV Service Now Has 500 Free TV Channels

By on June 22, 2015 at 8:55 AM.

Now You Can Really Cut the Cord: Pirate TV Service Now Has 500 Free TV Channels

The biggest barrier for cord cutters today remains the same as it was a month ago and a year ago: live TV. Eliminating your standard pay TV subscription means relying on on-demand services such as Netflix and Hulu, which are both fantastic solutions for streaming TV shows and movies. But with only a few exceptions such as HBO Now and WatchESPN that are only available to a limited number of people who subscribe to certain services, cord cutters cannot watch most live broadcasts.

Now, however, there’s a pirate TV service that aims to change that — and as of Monday, it’s home to well over 500 channels of free streaming content. More →

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Apple Music Best Features

The best features of the new Apple Music streaming service

The best features of the new Apple Music streaming service

By on June 8, 2015 at 5:00 PM.

During the WWDC 2015 keynote on Monday, Apple unveiled its long-awaited music streaming service, Apple Music. It wasn’t much of a surprise after weeks worth of leaks spoiled most of the service’s features, but it was still exciting to see the original king of digital music enter the latest (and most competitive) arena. More →

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YouTube Player Redesign

How to start using YouTube’s new interface right now, before it launches

By on June 2, 2015 at 6:40 PM.

How to start using YouTube’s new interface right now, before it launches

YouTube has been toying with a sleek new design for its video player interface for quite some time, but only a select few had been able to try it. Then, people discovered a reasonably simple hack of sorts that let them force the new player UI to appear by using an editor to manually make some changes to the cookie YouTube plants in your browser cache. Of course, most people had no interest in editing their cookies in order to see the new UI.

Well guess what: YouTube has finally made it easy for anyone and everyone to check out the new video player interface before it’s released to the general public. More →

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How To Charge For Email

Finally: A service that lets you charge people to email you

By on June 2, 2015 at 11:39 AM.

Finally: A service that lets you charge people to email you

If I were to charge people to email me, I could likely retire before the year is done. I get more than 100 emails per day on a slow day, and my inbox can easily top 200 emails on a busy day. This, of course, is why I had no choice but to destroy email.

Of course, it wouldn’t be ethical for me to charge companies to pitch me, so I would never use a service like Wrte.io. For others out there without ethical barriers, however, a service that lets you charge people to email you might just be your new favorite thing in the world. More →

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Apple Streaming Music Service

WSJ: Apple will unveil it’s new streaming music service next week – here are the details

By on June 1, 2015 at 3:03 PM.

WSJ: Apple will unveil it’s new streaming music service next week – here are the details

Try to act surprised: Apple is set to unveil a completely revamped streaming music service next week during the annual Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco. The service will cost $10 per month, as expected, but contrary to some rumors there will indeed be a free streaming tier that is ad-supported. And as reported over the weekend, there will also be a series of high-profile guest DJs to help draw attention away from streaming music mainstays like Spotify and Pandora. More →

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Apple Outage

Outage alert: 11 Apple services are having serious problems this morning

By on May 21, 2015 at 7:45 AM.

Outage alert: 11 Apple services are having serious problems this morning

Bad news, Apple fans: you may wake up on Thursday to find that a whole host of Apple’s cloud-based services are completely down or at least slow to respond this morning. Apple’s service status page shows that 11 different services in total are experiencing downtime or are at least having problems that will cause them to perform slowly for some users.

Here’s the complete list of affected services: More →

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