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Facebook opens 'Watch Party' group video watching to all

Ever wanted to watch Facebook videos in sync with friends over the internet? Well, apparently somebody has. To that end, Facebook is opening a feature called Watch Party to all Facebook Groups. Watch Party lets users of the social media platform synchronize their viewing of video content with others and chat about it in real time.

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JerryRigEverything heaps abuse on the Vivo Nex S, and the pop-up camera survives

Odds are you won't have the chance to buy a Vivo Nex S. The company is only selling the phone in China despite the really neat pop-up camera. You can at least see how durable it is thanks to the latest JerryRigEverything video. It turns out, surprisingly durable.

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YouTube is running an auto-generated video thumbnail experiment with a small segment of users

YouTube channels often use custom thumbnails for their videos, many of which are examples of the "YouTube Face" phenomenon. YouTube may soon have a compelling alternative for creators, though. The site is running a quick experiment with auto-generated thumbnails. If you're suddenly seeing different video previews, that might be why.

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BlackBerry Key2 teaser video confirms dual camera and new keyboard button

BlackBerry teamed up with TCL a while back to produce Android phones, but the first few were just re-branded Alcatel devices. The KeyOne was the first truly "BlackBerry" phone to come out of the partnership, and a sequel is imminent. A teaser video from BlackBerry shows off some bits of the upcoming Key2, including the new dual-camera setup.

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Huawei P20 Pro durability test reveals more flexing and cracking than expected

There's a new smartphone hitting the market, and that means YouTube channel JerryRigEverything is going to get a unit to mess up. The Huawei P20 Pro isn't available officially in the US, but you're looking at the equivalent of at least $1,000 to get your hands on one. Is it going to break after you spend all that dough? Well, that's a big maybe.

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Maps v9.74 beta expands upcoming food review feature to also encompass activities and other products [APK Teardown]

A new version of Google Maps came rolling out super-late last night. While there are a few changes to note, this one looks like it may be one of the quietest of updates for the Maps app in a long time. There are a couple of basic cosmetic adjustments to discuss, plus a short teardown. As always, we're still looking for more changes, so let us know if there are any other interesting features that deserve attention.

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Android Messages v3.0 drops KitKat support, prepares notification improvements, more on purchases and enhanced chat features [APK Teardown]

Android Messages just hit version 3.0. While hitting a new major version number might be an occasion for big things in some apps, this one appears to be a simple incremental step up from version 2.9. While there aren't any immediately obvious changes on the surface of this update, there are some things happening under the hood. It looks like support for KitKat has been dropped with this update, leaving behind about 12% of previously supported Android devices. There are also clues about changes to notifications about pictures and videos, enhanced chat features, and making purchases.

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Huawei Mate 10 Pro comes through JerryRigEverything testing (mostly) unscathed

Huawei's Mate 10 Pro is finally launching in the US, but not the way Huawei would probably like. Both AT&T and Verizon are reported to have dropped plans to sell the phone after pressure from the government. You can get the phone unlocked, but it's spendy. At least it'll be a durable device if you do drop the cash. YouTube channel JerryRigEverything has subjected the Mate 10 Pro to the usual battery of tests, and it earns a passing grade.

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Google raises the bar for monetizing videos on YouTube [Update]

It's no easy feat to keep YouTube respectable enough for big advertisers when it relies entirely on user-created content from legions of video makers. Advertisers have complained to Google with increasing regularity when their ads show up alongside content that's inappropriate or just plain creepy. Google's solution is a change to the YouTube Partners Program (YPP) that will make it harder for small channels to monetize videos.

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Nokia 5 gets the JerryRigEverything treatment, fares better than most

Nokia hasn't been a player in smartphones for years, but it's back with the help of manufacturer HMD. There have been various Android-powered Nokia phones this year, and the latest is the mid-range Nokia 5. The Nokia phones of old have a reputation for being durable, but what about this new one? The JerryRigEverything YouTube channel seeks to find out. Spoiler: things went pretty well for the Nokia 5.

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