Happy Friday, guys and gals! While Apple and Microsoft have been silent for the last day, there is little to talk about in Google country. But the biggest news? Office Depot has been used by users. And it makes me sad.
Google News: Gmail on iOS finally gets gestures
Google has a new game, Gmail on iOS gets gesture-ized and Photos get some document to store chops. All this and more!
- YouTube TV is now available in all US television markets. Although it goes to a rocky start, this is a fantastic streaming TV solution that is insanely simple. [Engadget]
- Google has a new offline Easter egg game. It's like Flappy Bird, but neither. Spoiler: It's a cloud that's involved. [Android Police]
- If you've ever used Gmail on Android, you know it has some incredibly useful sweep treatments. So far, they have been missing on iOS. [The Verge]
- Photos provide document cropping, which should make it easier to save receipts and other important things without a lot of junk around the edges or in the background. [XDA Developers]
When it comes to choosing a good streaming service for your needs, it is a challenge. There are a handful of good vendors out there, everything is out for your earned dollars, and each as its own set of benefits.
It's hard to beat YouTube TV in terms of sheer simplicity ̵1; it's a price and a package. That's all. You can add some extra channels if you want, but otherwise it's about as simple as it can happen. It is available on virtually any device you want it on. It provides an even better (and easier) experience, as it probably works on what you already have.
I am currently in a position where I am considering changing my Sling package, but after watching YouTube TV, it seems that it may be an even better fit for my family. If you haven't looked at it lately, it might be worth a shot for you as well.
Other News: Office Depot, Why Have You Lost Me?
Office Depot has forced users to make money from PC repairs. Verizon launched its free spam service. Prime members can get a free year for Switch Online. There are some cool things to talk about today.
- Office Depot has rigs PC computers, even new ones! -With infected malware scans to upsell virus and malware removal services. It was busted, and now it has to pay $ 25 million money to the FTC. [Ars Technica, Gizmodo]
- Amazon Prime members can get a free year for Switch Online through Twitch Prime. Just create a Twitch account, connect it to Amazon, and you're in. It's a deal you can't beat. [Ars Technica]
- Verizon launched its free service to block spam calls. No extra payment, no bullcrap. Only fewer spam calls (we still hope). [The Verge]
- In the case of spam calls, the FCC has fined robokallers $ 208 million since 2015 but has only collected $ 6,790 of it. Why is it not surprising that anyone involved in this shady debris would not be willing to pay? [Ars Technica]
- In other troubled news, there is a serious shortage of Magento e-commerce platform that puts it at a much higher risk for card skimmers. A patch has been released, but vendors still need to install it. Carefully shot, my friends. [Ars Technica]
- A 24-year-old "security researcher" pleads guilty to hacking into Nintendo, Microsoft and Vtech. He barely wondered about the imprisonment time. [The Verge]
- Alexa for Business will let companies create special Alexa skills just for their employees. It's … pretty cool, actually. [Engadget]
- Sony handed over the majority ownership of Crackle to Chicken Soup for Soul Entertainment, and the couple plans to re-launch it as Crackle Plus with much more content. All still free, of course. [Variety]
I can 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 I would mostly go there just to see and touch the computers I couldn't afford to buy.
With the advent of online shopping, stores like Office Depot have been struggling to continue. It's not the source it once was, and apparently desperate times require desperate action. It's really a bummer to see it go down on this endless road, but it's not surprising either.
Oh Office Depot, you're just one shell of your previous glory. It's sad to see things happen this way, but that's what it is.