About the Author

Abner Li

@technacity

“It’s Google’s Alphabet’s world & we’re all just living in it.”

The above is truly Abner’s philosophy and why in his 4 years of writing about tech Google and Android has mostly been the main subject.

He resides in Los Angeles.

Send tips to abner@9to5mac.com.

Email or Twitter @technacity if you want to discuss anything remotely Android or Google related with him.

February 14

YouTube TV adds CNN, Turner channels, more NBA & MLB ahead of price increase for new subs

After launching an app on Apple TV earlier this month, YouTube TV is adding some notable channels and launching in new markets today. Meanwhile, the expansion comes as the cord-cutting service is raising its monthly fee for new subscribers next month.

January 22

Over the weekend, Google’s Gboard for iOS began rolling out a handy tool for creating GIFs right from the keyboard. Based on Motion Stills, users can create animations with a variety of effects, with quick access to them in the future.

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December 21, 2017

Recent years have seen the rise of smartphone videos shot in vertical orientation due to live streaming and other mediums. Back in June, YouTube announced that its mobile apps would better support these experiences. Now, this dynamically adapting video player is beginning to rollout on iOS.

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December 11, 2017

Inspired by the success of Motion Stills, Google is releasing more photography apps built on experimental technology. Today, Google is launching two new “appsperimentals” for iOS that take advantage of recent phone and computer vision advancements.

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October 30, 2017

YouTube TV announces dedicated TV apps, coming soon to Apple TV, smart TVs, and more

Google today announced that YouTube TV was getting a dedicated and optimized experience for the big screen. An Apple TV app will be available in the coming weeks, along with clients for LG, Samsung, and Sony smart televisions.

October 9, 2017

Following the rollout of 280 character tweets last month, Twitter announced that it is developing a bookmarking feature to save tweets. A highly requested feature, one product manager at the company today shared an early prototype.

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September 14, 2017

YouTube TV now available in eight more cities, nears 50 markets across the U.S.

Late last month, YouTube TV launched in 12 more markets around the United States. That brought the $35 per month cord cutting service to 41 cites, a fast ramp up since its late February launch. Today, the cable competitor is launching in eight more cities.

September 6, 2017

Twitter night mode officially rolling out to its desktop website

Earlier last month, Twitter began testing a night mode for its desktop website that matched its iOS app. The social network today announced that it is rolling out the darker theme to all users beginning today.

August 24, 2017

Google Glass will keep working on iOS as companion app updated w/ 64-bit support for iOS 11

Google Glass has seen a number of developments in recent weeks with the most significant being a wider launch of the Enterprise Edition. Meanwhile, the Explorer Editions and the Android companion app received their first updates in nearly three years. Over the weekend, Google has gone ahead and updated the iOS version of MyGlass with 64-bit support.

August 17, 2017

YouTube TV adds 14 more cities, now available in 29 markets around the U.S.

Last month saw YouTube TV expand to 10 more markets around the U.S. Today, the $35 per month cord cutting service is launching in an additional 14 locations, with Google’s cable competitor now available for residents of 29 areas around the country.

August 14, 2017

Google pays $3 billion for default search on iOS, estimated to be bulk of Apple services business

Being the default search engine on iOS is highly lucrative for Google, with Apple’s devices predicted to account for approximately 50% of Google’s mobile search revenue. So much so that one financial firm estimates that Google will pay Apple $3 billion this year to remain the default.

August 7, 2017

Earlier this year, YouTube launched a new private video sharing functionality for the service on mobile. After first launching in Canada and then expanding to the rest of North America, the Shared tab is now rolling out globally.

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August 1, 2017

Last year, Facebook poached Regina Dugan, the head of Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects, to lead a new hardware group. Building 8’s first products are now coming into light as a new report notes the development of a HomePod smart speaker competitor and a video chat device. For those that remember Mark Zuckerburg’s security advice from last year, the rumors of these new products come with some irony.

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July 25, 2017

Version 60 of Google Chrome is rolling out now to macOS with the long awaited Touch Bar support. This release also adds support for a number of developer-focused features, including the Payment Request API and an updated Credential Management API.

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July 20, 2017

YouTube TV expands to 10 new locations around the U.S.

As announced last month, YouTube TV is now available in 10 more locations around the United States. For $35 per month, users can watch the Big Four networks, sports, and other cable channels on iOS and Apple TV (via AirPlay) clients that feature an unlimited DVR for saving movies and TV shows.

July 12, 2017

After a brief delay last month, Google’s Backup and Sync desktop app for Mac is now available for download. With this revamped client, only one application is needed to back up files on a desktop to Google Photos and Drive.

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June 28, 2017

Google Photos starts rolling out Suggested Sharing, Shared Libraries to iOS and web

Google Photos is beginning to rollout Suggested Sharing and Shared Libraries following their announcement at I/O 2017 last month. The first feature recommends images to share, while the latter allows entire libraries to be continuously shared with another person.

June 23, 2017

Google will soon stop scanning your emails to personalize ads in Gmail

Since Gmail’s launch in 2004, one point of frequent contention was how the free service scanned emails to show tailored ads. Google has today announced that it is ending this personalization practice in Gmail later this year.

June 14, 2017

Google currently has separate desktop clients to back up to Google Drive and Photos. With the upcoming Backup and Sync for Mac, the company is replacing the Drive client with a new app that features better integration.

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May 10, 2017

Google Search adds ‘Events’ view to find and filter nearby activities on iOS

Google Search on mobile is adding a new view that better surfaces and summarizes events from sites like Eventbrite and Ticketmaster. Available on iOS, users will now be able to filter based on location and other factors.

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