Have a nice Friday, boys and girls! While Apple and Microsoft were quiet on the last day, Google has plenty to talk about. But the biggest news? Office Depot has outsmarted users. And that makes me sad.
Google News: Google Mail for iOS finally gets gestures
Google has a new game, Gmail for iOS is being gestated, and Photos is getting some document storage. All this and more!
- YouTube TV is available now in every US TV market. Despite the stony start, this is now a fantastic streaming TV solution that is incredibly easy. [Engadget]
- Google has a new offline Easter egg game. It's like Flappy Bird, but it's not. Spoiler: There is a cloud involved. [Android Police]
- If you've already used Gmail for Android, you know there are some incredibly useful swiping gestures. These have been missing on iOS so far. [The Verge]
- For photos, the document is cropped, which should make it easier to save receipts and other important things without cluttering the edges or background. [XDA Developers]
If you want to choose a good streaming service for your needs, this is a challenge. There are a handful of good sellers out there, all looking for hard-earned dollars, and each as his own.
That is, YouTube TV is hard to beat when it comes to sheer simplicity. It is a price and a package. That's it. You can add a few extra channels if you want, but otherwise it's as easy as possible. It's available on virtually any device you want it on. This results in an even better (and easier) experience, as it is most likely based on what you already have.
I'm currently in a position to consider changing my sling package but after taking a closer look YouTube TV seems to be even better for my family. If you have not looked at it lately, it may be worth a try.
Other news: Office Depot, why did you leave me?
Office Depot Outwitted Users to Make Money PC Repairs Verizon has introduced its free spam blocking service. Main members can get a free year from Switch Online. There are some cool things we need to talk about today.
- Office Depot has manipulated PCs ̵
- Amazon Prime members can receive a free year from Switch Online through Twitch Prime. Just create a Twitch account, connect it to Amazon and you're there. This is a deal you can not beat. [Ars Technica]
- Verizon launched its free spam blocking service. No additional payment, no bullcrap. Just a few spam calls (we hope so). [The Verge]
- Speaking of spam calls: The FCC has been charging $ 208 million to Robocallers since 2015, but has only collected $ 6,790. Why is not it surprising that someone who is busy with this dodgy rubbish is not ready to pay for it? [Ars Technica]
- In other disturbing news, there is a serious bug in Magento's e-commerce platform that significantly increases the risk of card glitches. A patch has been released, but it still needs to be installed by the vendors. Be careful, my friends. [Ars Technica]
- A 24-year-old "security researcher" pleads guilty to being hacked into Nintendo, Microsoft and Vtech. He barely avoided jail time for the intruders. [The Verge]
- Alexa for Business enables companies to develop special Alexa skills for their employees only. That's actually pretty cool. [Engadget]
- Sony handed Crackle a majority stake in Chicken Soup for Soul Entertainment, and the pair plans to re-launch it as Crackle Plus with much more content. All of course still free. [Variety]
I remember spending a lot of time in Office Depot as a young man. It was the best place in my city to buy something computer-related, but most of the time I would go in and deal with the computers I could not afford.
Of course, with the advent of online shopping stores like Office Depot had to struggle to keep up. It's not the source it once was, and desperate times seem to require desperate measures. It's really shitty to see that this way of dishonesty is trodden on, but it's not surprising either.
Oh Office Depot, you are just a shell of your former glory. It's sad to see things happen this way, but it's what it is.