Google Introducing 6-Second “Bumper” Ads to YouTube, Like Cute Little Haikus of Video Ads

Because you watch a ton of “snackable” video on your smartphones, Google is introducing a new ad format for advertisers to use on YouTube that only lasts 6 seconds. These new ad styles are called “Bumper” ads and Google is hoping that advertisers will use them to get creative in showing you commercials in between video binges.  (more…)

YouTube App Refreshes Home Screen, Updated Recommendation System

Beginning today, users on Android and iOS will be treated to an updated Home screen experience when opening the YouTube app. While the overall layout does not appear to be changing drastically, users should notice larger video thumbnails while looking through search tabs, and YouTube details that its recommendation system has received a boost in intelligence.  (more…)

Coming Soon: Pay for Netflix Subscription With Google Play Billing

Listed as coming soon, users of Netflix will be able to pay for their subscription via Google Play billing, just as you would for Google Play Music or Google Play movie rentals. While this change will likely not affect current users, anyone who downloads Netflix from Google Play and wants to begin a subscription, this change will be quite convenient.  (more…)

Lifeline Series of Games on Sale for $0.10 a Pop

The Lifeline series, published onto Google Play by 3 Minute Games, is available on sale for only $0.10 a pop, bringing the price for the entire 3-game series to just $0.30. Lifeline games are branching story games, where choices you make affect the outcome of characters.

Played in real time, you utilize incoming notifications to help make decisions on what your character will do next. If you are too busy to play, just follow the notifications when time suits you. Beware, though, as each choice can mean life or death. Once complete, players can go back in time, seeing how a different choice could bring about a different outcome.  (more…)

Poll: Using Official Twitter App or Something Else?

Now that Fenix, one of the better 3rd party Twitter apps, is more than likely dead after reaching Twitter’s 100K token limit, today seems like the perfect day to ask you all how you go about consuming the Tweets. Have you given up buying Twitter apps that will one day be left for dead and instead gone with the official Twitter app? Or, are you still doing your part in supporting awesome 3rd party developers who continue to make better apps than Twitter can?

In the poll below, let us know which way your Twitter life has taken you. As a follow-up, head into the comments to let us know why you gave up and stuck with the official Twitter app or which 3rd party apps you are all using.

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This (Free) Icon Pack is Hot: Saturate

Funny you mention it, Felix, because I just so happened to spend some time this weekend looking for a new icon pack to give me a fresh home setup. So, yeah, we have a new icon pack that is indeed hot and worth a look, if anything because it’s free. Mmmm free.

Today’s icon pack is called Saturate. I don’t know why, since the listing says that there are “strong splashes of color” in some places, yet then “desaturated” in others, but we’ll go with it, because it’s nice.

The pack features almost 1,500 icons with 150+ matching wallpapers, icons to support Marshmallow’s settings shortcuts, dynamic calendars, a matching clock widget, all sorts of icon alternatives, and built-in launcher support for your favorites. Did I mention you get all of that for free? Yep. Sure, there are ads, but we’re talking about all of those goodies for free.  (more…)

Tip: Not Seeing Podcasts in Google Play Music App? Hit the Refresh Button.

If you have yet to see the Podcasts section show up in your Google Play Music app, a simple tap on the “Refresh” button in settings should force it to arrive. Seriously, just pop into your app, slide out the side navigation menu, tap on Settings and then “Refresh” and you should then see the option for Podcasts just under Music Library.  (more…)

Chase Mobile App Updated With Fingerprint Support

The Chase Mobile banking application received an update this week, bringing support for many to use their smartphone’s built-in fingerprint reader to log into the app, instead of using a name and password. While this news will be glorious for quite a few, Chase details on the app listing that not all fingerprint readers are support, and users will need to be on Android 6.0+ to take advantage of the feature.  (more…)