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Gmail, YouTube, Google Calendar, and more interrupted by an outage this morning

Looks like we weren’t the only ones hitting the snooze button this morning. Several Google sites and services such as Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs, YouTube, and many more went down worldwide right before 7 AM ET this Monday morning. It didn’t take long for users to vent their frustrations when #YouTubeDOWN began trending on Twitter within minutes of the popular video-sharing site going down.The issue was acknowledged by Google and has since been resolved with service being restored for the “vast majority of affected users” at 7:52 AM ET. However, Google hasn’t yet revealed the cause of the issue. Currently, a look at the Google Workspace Status Dashboard shows everything lit up in green. That’s a far cry from how it looked earlier this morning with every service lit up in red.If you’re lucky, you slept through the entire thing. However, I was not so lucky, and was greeted with error messages when first trying to load Gmail this morning. Many other users also reported having troubles with controlling their smart homes showing that Google Assistant was also affected.One bright spot seemed to be that Google Search continued functioning throughout this outage. Also, YouTube continued working for users who signed out of their accounts or used incognito mode. Making it look like the main issue had something to do with Google login services.Third-party services that rely on Google were also affected, such as Pokémon Go as shown by Downdetector. Don’t worry, it’s back online with everything else, now you can get back to catching them all.The recent outage illustrates just how dependent many of us are on Google, myself included. When you can’t access your calendar, email, work documents, or even control the lights in your home; it can feel a bit paralyzing. Fortunately, this outage only lasted for an hour, but it’s a good lesson to always have a backup and to never rely fully on “the cloud”.

YouTube has 22 James Bond films free to stream this December

Years ago, before streaming was mainstream, I used to enjoy watching the Bond marathons on cable during the holidays. Over the past few years, those marathons have all but disappeared and I find myself streaming content more than watching cable. That’s meant a lot less 007 in my life and the nostalgia of being able to watch the movies back to back.Fortunately, YouTube is here to save the day with 22 of the iconic spy films available for free on its platform. The movies even include commercials just like when I used to watch them on cable. However, if you’re a YouTube Premium subscriber then you can watch them ad-free, lucky you.The full list of movies can be found below and it includes everything from Dr. No starring Sean Connery all the way up to The World is Not Enough with Pierce Brosnan. You won’t find any of the Daniel Craig films though or Pierce’s last one Die Another Day.Casino Royale (1954 version)Dr. NoFrom Russia with LoveGoldfingerThunderballYou Only Live TwiceOn Her Majesty’s Secret ServiceDiamonds Are ForeverLive and Let DieThe Man With the Golden GunThe Spy Who Loved MeMoonrakerFor Your Eyes OnlyNever Say Never AgainOctopussyA View to a KillThe Living DaylightsLicense to KillGoldenEyeTomorrow Never DiesThe World Is Not EnoughIf you want to binge your way through all of the movies, you might want to get started. Google’s generosity runs out at the end of December, and even if you start right now, you’d need to watch at least one a day to finish them all up by the end of the month. So what are you waiting for, click here to start browsing and grab the popcorn. We prefer it shaken not stirred.

Live streaming to YouTube is coming to Stadia tomorrow

Stadia celebrated its one-year anniversary last month, and as I mentioned in my one-year review of the service, it has grown a lot, but there are still key features missing from the platform. Arguably, one of the biggest is the integration with YouTube.One would think getting two of Google’s own services to work together in harmony wouldn’t be too difficult of a feat. Yet, here we are, a little more than a year after launch and many of the features Stadia teased us with are still absent, such as clicking an ad on YouTube to jump into a game, live streaming games on YouTube, and the ability for creators to invite viewers to jump into games with them.The good news is, one of the most important features is said to launch tomorrow. Speaking with The Verge, a representative confirmed that Stadia users will be able to live stream to YouTube beginning on December 9, 2020. To prepare for the launch of the new live streaming feature you can open up the Stadia settings menu to link your YouTube account.The feature couldn’t come at a more opportune time with Cyberpunk 2077, one of the year’s most anticipated games, set to launch on December 10, 2020. Google is certainly betting that many Stadia users will be playing the game and streaming will certainly help promote the service. Even better, it doesn’t appear you need the Pro subscription in order to stream. However, you can assume streams for free users will top out at 1080p 60fps since you have to pay for Pro to access 4K HDR at 60fps when playing Stadia games.In fact, this isn’t the first time Google has used Cyberpunk 2077 to promote Stadia. Last month, there was a promotion offering a free Stadia Premiere bundle with the purchase of the game.At a time when buying the latest next-gen console or video card can be hard to come by, Stadia might offer the quickest and easiest way to play Cyberpunk in 4K HDR at 60fps for many gamers.

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Grab 3 free months of YouTube Premium with this holiday deal

Everybody loves YouTube, but one thing no one likes is ads. Lucky for you, Google is being generous this holiday season offering three free months of YouTube Premium for new subscribers. Yeah, I know, it’s a bummer that it’s not for all users, but if you’ve never given YouTube Premium a try, here’s the perfect opportunity. Click this link to find out if you’re account is eligible, but you’ll have to hurry because this offer expires on December 6, 2020.Now, you can spend the holidays bingeing through cat videos, educational content, music videos, and even how to cook the perfect turkey for Christmas–all without ads. Lest we forget, YouTube also has a host of original shows that are included with Premium, such as the highly-rated Origin, Wayne, and Impulse.As if ad-free YouTube videos wasn’t reason enough, YouTube Premium also allows you to play videos in the background or with the screen off. Plus, you can download videos and view them later without worrying whether or not your signal is strong enough.Additionally, YouTube Music Premium is included, providing you with tons of ad-free music to get you through the holidays. Whether it’s Christmas hits or a way to drown out all the non-stop Christmas music, this service has you covered.YouTube Premium normally costs $11.99 and that makes this a value of over a little $35. Google will even send you an email to remind you seven days before your trial ends to prevent you from getting charged. However, it’s also possible to cancel immediately after signing up, if you only want the free trial.

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How to download YouTube playlists and entire channels with 4K Video Downloader

With so many apps promising to download YouTube videos with the highest quality available, it’s quite challenging to choose the best one. Yet, it is not impossible to do; you just have to search more thoroughly.4K Video Downloader is one of the apps, which saves any YouTube videos, playlists, entire channels and even subtitles in any video format and with the highest quality supplied by YouTube itself.4K Video Downloader enables you to enjoy video and audio content offline with no Internet connection. How does it work? Let’s dive deeper into the stunning functionality of the app.What is 4K Video DownloaderThe 4K Video downloader software is a desktop tool compatible with Windows, macOS and Ubuntu.With this tool, you can:Download YouTube videos, playlists, and channels in MP4, FLV, MKV or 3GP.Extract subtitles from YouTube in the .srt format and select them from over 50 languages.Download your Watch Later playlist, Liked videos YouTube Mix, and your private playlists after logging in with the Google account.Save videos in 4K and 8K resolutions.Download TikTok videos.Download Like videos and channels.Download videos from SoundCloud, Vimeo, Dailymotion, Flickr, Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitch.Download 3D and 360° videos from YouTube.Convert videos into audios without quality loss in M4A, MP3 or OGG.Turn on Smart Mode to save the desired setting for all further downloads.4K Video Downloader operates amazingly straightforwardly: you just need to copy the link from your browser and click ‘Paste the link’ within the app. As the program name implies, you can download videos in HD 720p, HD 1080p and 4K quality, but it supports up to 8K.If you need a smaller file that takes up as little space as possible, it’s not a problem, either. 4K Video Downloader also allows you to save videos in low, standard and high definition.Within the app, you can also subscribe to YouTube channels, and the newly uploaded videos will be downloaded on your PC automatically. Yet, this feature is only available to the Premium users.Let’s dig deeper into some of the 4K Video Downloader functionalities.How to download YouTube playlists with 4K Video DownloaderDownloading of a YouTube playlist with 4K Video Downloader is very simple. You just need to take these six steps:Download and install the app from the official website. It’s completely free.Open the playlist you want to download on YouTube.Copy the playlist URL.Click on ‘Paste the link’ inside 4K Video Downloader.Choose your preferred resolution, format and output path.Download the playlist.That simple! When the video is downloaded, you can open it in your default player.4K Video Downloader pricingThe app has a free version which is perfect for trying out the outstanding functionality of the software. With a free tier, you can download playlists and channels which contain not more than 25 videos or download only 25 first videos in a bigger playlist or channel.As a free user, you also won’t be able to subscribe to YouTube channels within the app and have new videos saved on your device automatically.However, the free version of the tool has all the basic features: downloading videos, small playlists, channels, subtitles, converting videos to audio, and save video content from all other supported websites.If you want to get rid of these limitations, you can upgrade to one of the paid plans and buy Personal or Business license. This is a one-time payment which does not recur monthly nor annually. Personal license costs $15 and offers in-app channels subscription, unlimited playlists, channels and subtitles download, has no advertisements and is available to use on 3 computers simultaneously.Business license costs $75 and, additionally to all the Personal tier provides, it’s available for 5 computers and has more control and support.Download and try 4K Video Downloader for free now!EDITOR NOTE: This is a promoted post and should not be viewed as an editorial endorsement.

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YouTube Music for Android now displays lyrics to now playing screen

YouTube Music is one of the most popular music streaming apps available out there and it has over 20 Million subscribers and millions of songs in multiple languages to stream. The YouTube Music app is available to download for both Android and iOS devices and the app now introduces a new feature that displays song lyrics on the now playing screen whenever you are playing a song from within the app.You can access the lyrics for the songs it is available by simply tapping on the info icon to the left on the name of the song that is currently playing from the now playing screen. Once you tap on the info icon, there is a new ‘Lyrics’ section in the end apart from the previously existing options like likes and views count, artist and album information. There is also information about where the lyrics were extracted from at the bottom of the lyrics panel.This new built-in lyrics feature is similar to the one Apple introduced last year to Apple Music in iOS 13 which also displays built-in lyrics to the currently playing song with a live transition to the current line. However, the built-in lyrics feature in the YouTube music app is currently just static and does not advance to the current line as the song plays like the feature in Apple Music. The lyrics section is available under the info screen irrespective of whether the lyrics are available for a particular song or not.The new built-in lyrics feature is currently only available to the YouTube music Android and iOS apps, however, you might soon expect the feature to make its way to the web app as well. Since the feature has just started to roll out it might take a while before the lyrics are added to the millions of songs in the YouTube Music library. YouTube is said to get updated lyrics for the songs from LyricFind on a daily basis, so you can expect most of the songs to have built-in lyrics soon enough.

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EU approves Google’s Fitbit acquisition with some restrictions

Nearly a year ago, Google announced it was acquiring the popular fitness band maker Fitbit for $2.1 billion dollars. However, as per usual, big acquisitions such as this aren’t a simple transaction. They require the approval of government bodies and wading through a lot of red tape before being finalized.The EU has given Google a reason to be jolly for the holidays though by approving the acquisition of Fitbit, although it comes with some conditions.For starters, Google must agree to keep Fitbit user’s health data separate from its ad business. This was the number one concern of many Fitbit uses upon hearing the news of the Google buyout. Users in the EU will also have the option to prevent Google apps such as Assistant and Maps from viewing their data from Fitbit.Next, Google is required to maintain Fitbit’s previous web API that gives third-party software access to the data that is collected. For example, apps that allowed syncing of your Fitbit data such as calorie counting apps.Lastly, Google cannot give itself an unfair advantage by giving its products exclusive access to features or degrade the experience for third-party wearables. All improvements and changes must be made freely available as part of the Android Open Source Project giving access to its competitors.All of this sounds perfectly reasonable, and Google must abide by these restrictions for a term of 10 years, at which time the ad restrictions may be renewed if deemed necessary.The EU approval is an important hurdle for Google to clear, however, it is still waiting on approval from the U.S. government. Unfortunately for Google, the Justice Department and several states are currently suing the search giant over antitrust violations. It may be more difficult to get the rubber stamp on the Fitbit acquisition considering all of the heat Google has on it from regulators in America.

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus already has a video review and leaked renders show off new colors

We’re only weeks away from Samsung’s upcoming jam-packed Unpacked event on January 14, 2021. At the event, we expect to see the launch of the Korean brand’s latest Galaxy S21 lineup of smartphones, along with the new Galaxy Buds Pro.As is tradition with these big launches, pretty much everything has leaked out ahead of time. We’ve already seen renders of the S21, official teaser videos, and even a hands-on video. Now, we’re getting a fresh set of renders that show off the S21 in four different colors.The renders come from us via notable leaker Ishan Agarwal’s Twitter account and reveal the S21 in Phantom Violet, Phantom Pink, Phantom Grey, and Phantom White. Is that enough Phantom for you? Perhaps we should throw in a Phantom of the Opera as well.Besides the colors, the renders don’t really show off anything we haven’t seen before. Samsung is going for another center hole-punch camera on the front, and making use of a unique metal frame around the camera housing on the back. What is sure to be the Galaxy S21’s defining design characteristic.Those aren’t the only renders to have leaked out though. Alongside the Galaxy S21 images, we also saw WinFuture publish press renders of the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra in Phantom Silver. The device really stands out with its massive camera bump which takes center stage, featuring five cameras in total. It’s speculated one of those cameras will feature a 108MP sensor.If photos don’t get you excited then maybe a hands-on review of the Galaxy S21 Plus will. Following up from his previous videos, YouTube user Random Stuff 2 has uploaded an unofficial review of the device weeks before the official announcement.In the video, he confirms the Galaxy S21 Plus comes with a Snapdragon 888, 8GB of RAM, a choice of 128GB or 256GB of storage, and runs Android 11 out of the box. On the camera side, we see that the S21 Plus will use a 64MP, 12MP, 12MP triple rear camera setup featuring 3X optical zoom.The video also gives us a look at some preliminary sample images with a comparison to the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Just remember the Galaxy S21 Plus isn’t running final software so the image quality may change.It seems just about everything has leaked out about Samsung’s latest flagship, but we’re still waiting on confirmation that the S Pen will make its way to the S21 Ultra. Earlier reports suggested Samsung would kill off the Note series of phones this year after adding support for the S Pen to the S-series. However, it looks like the death of the Note may be delayed for a later date.

Pete Lau discusses the future of OnePlus, smartwatch confirmed

OnePlus has been said to be working on a smartwatch as early as 2016, but now it seems like a soon-to-be-realized reality.On December 14, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau held a meeting over video call with various journalists discussing the future of OnePlus and some of the events in the past year or so of their history. He discussed Carl Pei’s departure from the company, the controversy over the Facebook partnership, how their TV is a step towards building an ecosystem of devices, and how the upcoming smartwatch ties into that ecosystem.Lau discussed how a smartwatch was scrapped in 2015 because the company wanted to stay focused on phones at the time, having just made the OnePlus 2 with its own issues and the production of the budget X phone.More things are coming to the OnePlus ecosystem. It’s just a matter of timepic.twitter.com/r6RIILU8AQ— OnePlus (@oneplus) October 14, 2020Now, though, OnePlus has been well-established in the smartphone market and they’re looking to build an ecosystem. According to Lau, they are working with Google to improve Wear OS and the interconnection between Wear OS, Android TV, and Android smartphones.In addition, Lau discussed the company’s goals to improve their phone cameras as well as a desire to stay out of the foldables market.

Qualcomm announces QCC305x chipset for budget wireless earbuds

The other day, Qualcomm announced their QCC305x Bluetooth chipsets meant to power mid-tier and entry-level true wireless earbuds, bringing some premium features to the lower end.The new chipset supports Qualcomm aptX Voice and cVc Echo Cancellation and Noise Suppression for better voice callsIn addition, the Qualcomm QCC305x supports:Always-on wake wordsQualcomm Adaptive Active Noise CancellationQualcomm aptX Adaptive with up to 96Khz audio resolutionBluetooth Low Energy & Bluetooth 5.2This is assisted by the new support on Snapdragon 888 which supports Bluetooth 5.2, LE Audio, aptX, and other featuresYou can read the entire press release here.