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Hallelujah: YouTube announces simpler way for creators to block comments with links in an effort to reduce spam

Recently, popular YouTube videos have been plagued with spam comments much like the one you see above. It's become a legitimate issue, and one that YouTube hasn't done much about. But now, to alleviate this issue, the YouTube team has implemented a new method for creators to filter out potentially spam comments with links and hashtags.

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[Deal Alert] Save up to $290 on a Pixel or Pixel XL at Best Buy with Verizon service

The Pixel and Pixel XL are both great phones, although they're getting a bit long in the tooth. Buying one for full price is a tough sell right now, but it's about time for some deals. If the Pixel 2 hype hasn't completely taken you over, you can pick up one of these devices for a good price at Best Buy, assuming you're cool with using it on Verizon.

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Google Search upgrades its dictionary card with a separate search box, autocomplete, and history

No matter what crazy projects Google works on, Search is still the company's bread and butter. Over the years, it's continued to build up the good old Google Search page with small but useful improvements. The latest of these is a change to the way its built-in dictionary operates, separating it out from the main search function.

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[Update: It's now live in all 10 locations] YouTube TV will be expanding to 10 more markets soon

When YouTube TV was announced a few months ago, it was off to a slow start and limited to a few markets. Our very own Ryan had to do some tomfoolery to get it to work in his hometown so he could write up his thoughts. In the beginning, this initiative was available only to customers in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, and the San Francisco Bay Area. But as part of a slew of new announcements, YouTube has stated that the live TV service is expanding to ten more markets.

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Fail: Android Wear 2.0's Russian and Hungarian keyboards are missing letters, but a fix is coming soon

Something that Android Wear 1.x was sorely missing was support for on-screen keyboards. It just isn't ideal in some circumstances to have to talk to your watch. Naturally, one of the features people got most excited for in Wear 2.0 was the ability to type using a keyboard. However, it appears that some languages' keyboards have some missing characters.

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YouTube's Video Editor and photo slideshows are being discontinued on September 20th

YouTube has been the biggest video-sharing site out there for many years, but that doesn't mean that everything about it is good. Two of those not-so-good things include the Video Editor and photo slideshows, which are both sparingly used. For that reason, YouTube is discontinuing the use of these two features after September 20th, 2017.

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Level 6+ Local Guides can apply to preview new Google Maps features before they go public

Google's Local Guides program for Google Maps has proven to be quite successful, with tons of people offering additional feedback and providing photos about various destinations. Part of this is due to the rewards that Google gives to Local Guides; for instance, Google is currently offering me three months of free Play Music and 75% off a movie rental. The latest reward is kind of a double whammy for Google - an opportunity to preview new Google Maps features before the public does.

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Google creates coffee making sim to test VR learning

Most VR experiences so far have been games and 360-degree videos, but Google is exploring the idea that VR can be a way to learn real life skills. The skill it chose to use as a test of this hypothesis is making coffee. So of course, it created a coffee making simulator in VR. The result was surprisingly supportive of VR learning.

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You can now take a tour of the International Space Station in Google Maps' Street View

Many people's lifelong dreams include visiting outer space. While it's probable that the vast majority of people won't get to visit space, at least in this lifetime, space can still be experienced via the wonders of the Internet. Case in point: the International Space Station can now be explored in Google Maps' Street View.

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Google launches Motion Stills app on Android to capture quick, stabilized videos as GIFs [APK Download]

Google launched an app on iOS last year called Motion Stills that could capture short videos as GIFs with advanced stabilization technology. Android users were a bit miffed to be left out, but Google has finally produced an Android version of the app. You can grab it now in the Play Store.

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