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Chrome is testing a new custom search engine trigger following tab debacle

Chrome is testing a new custom search engine trigger following tab debacle

Not too long ago, Google disgruntled many power users by changing a shortcut in Chrome related to custom searches. Instead of being able to follow up a trigger word with a tap of the space key to start a custom search, Google forced users to press Tab. It quickly changed the trigger as it became apparent that people weren't willing to adjust their muscle memory that much. It looks like Google still hasn't decided on how to trigger keyword mode, as it's experimenting with activating it via a double space.

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Story time: YouTube is adding a button to quickly make TikTok-style videos

Story time: YouTube is adding a button to quickly make TikTok-style videos

If TikTok's explosive growth has proven one thing, it's that short-form videos are not something that social platforms can afford to pass on — they're catchy, they help improve app retention rates, and they're attracting more ad dollars than ever before. Google has certainly realized this, and it's making sure that YouTube adapts to changing times. In its latest attempt to make it easier to produce short videos, the video platform is experimenting with a prominent Create button.

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Google is testing a redesigned Play Store settings screen

Google is testing a redesigned Play Store settings screen

Google is working on a minor Play Store redesign that does away with the hamburger menu, moving its contents to the account switcher instead. But as a tipster shared with us, that might not be the only change coming at us once that new interface rolls out widely. We've received screenshots of a redesigned settings page that separates and orders options better.

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YouTube tests option to share short looping clips instead of full videos

YouTube tests option to share short looping clips instead of full videos

YouTube is always testing new features, some more controversial than others. The latest experiment revolves around sharing short, looping clips from longer videos. Creators and fans have been asking for a way to easily highlight memorable moments in long-form content, particularly when it comes to livestreams. With the new test, YouTube is working on bringing just that to the platform.

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Alphabet’s Project Loon goes down like a lead balloon

Alphabet’s Project Loon goes down like a lead balloon

As the old adage says, "what goes up must come down," and that's literally what's happening to Project Loon. Alphabet's X subsidiary (formerly Google X) was responsible for the idea of beaming internet to rural areas with the help of balloons, but CEO Astro Teller has announced that Loon will be winding down operations in the coming months.

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Samsung C-Lab 2021 projects include pocketable oxygen and a virtual sommelier

Samsung C-Lab 2021 projects include pocketable oxygen and a virtual sommelier

Innovation is key to maintaining your market dominance, and Samsung knows this very well. To help push its employees to think outside the box, the South Korean electronics giant has its C-Lab (Creative Lab) Inside program that churns out some really interesting products and solutions — there's also Samsung C-Lab Outside, which is the same, but for startups external to Samsung Electronics. These projects usually get showcased at CES, and while we can't check them out in person this year, there are still 21 C-Lab projects starring in Samsung's virtual showcase.

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YouTube briefly tested cross-device downloads

YouTube briefly tested cross-device downloads

It looks like YouTube wants to make video downloads easier to manage for Premium users. A cross device offline settings entry has popped up and subsequently disappeared in the most recent Android app versions for some. While the feature apparently wasn't fully functional yet, it looks like it might allow you to download videos on your phone and make them automatically appear on other devices someday.

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Forget foldables — Oppo's latest concept phone is rollable

Forget foldables — Oppo's latest concept phone is rollable

There are a lot of weird phones out there, but I've never seen one quite like this before. Oppo's new concept phone, the Oppo X 2021, might at first appear to be a standard 2020 phone with a 6.7" display. One quick swipe on the side, however, and the screen expands to a more tablet-like 7.4" size. Magic? Almost — it's thanks to a flexible screen and a motorized scroll mechanism.

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Google compares similar apps head-to-head in new Play Store experiment

Google compares similar apps head-to-head in new Play Store experiment

As one of the most important apps on a smartphone, Google is always making tweaks to the Play Store to improve its usability and design. Earlier this month, a controversial test was spotted that took hamburgers off the menu. Now the Play Store is experimenting with a new change that shows direct comparisons between similar apps to let users decide which best fits their needs.

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YouTube is experimenting with a language selector in voice search

YouTube is experimenting with a language selector in voice search

Shortly after starting to test an all-in-one record-and-publish function in the YouTube app, its developers have added another experiment that'll be useful for those of us who'd rather only watch videos. They're working on a button that lets you switch voice search languages right on the input screen. If you're multilingual and like using voice search, this will finally make it possible to search for videos that aren't available in the language you've set up in your YouTube app settings.

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