The Right to Repair bill in Minnesota, which is currently being discussed by lawmakers, would support tech repair shops such as Device Pitstop. Find out more about it in this quick video featuring Device Pitstop Maple Grove.
Watch YouTube videos with your friends via Uptime, a new app from Google. Read the article below from appleinsider.com to find out more.
Google launches Uptime collaborative YouTube viewing app exclusively for iOS
By Mike Wuerthele
Google’s “Area 120” incubator project has developed Uptime —an iPhone app for watching YouTube videos collaboratively with other users of the app.
Users of the app will see other viewers icons progressing along the video’s progress bar. Users can follow other Uptime users to see what they’re watching, and share clips from the service from within the app.
The app also features live commentary by people watching the video, as well as the ability to like videos, and get daily video recommendations from friends and people you follow.
At present, the app is iOS-only, with no sign of an Android app.
The app itself is currently available on the iOS App Store, and is free, but requires an invite to use. According to TNW, code “PIZZA” can be used to garner an invitation for the service.
The Uptime app came out of Google’s incubator program, first launched formally in 2004.
“We encourage our employees, in addition to their regular projects, to spend 20% of their time working on what they think will most benefit Google,” Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin wrote in 2004, launching the program. “This empowers them to be more creative and innovative. Many of our significant advances have happened in this manner.”
The 20% rule turned into the Area 120 incubation program, which is now helmed by long-time Google executives Don Harrison and Bradley Horowitz. Other 20% projects in the past have included Gmail, and Google News.
With a whopping $9,000 price tag and bulky design, the new Acer Predator 21 X laptop may not be the most practical portable computer out there, but it sure is cool. Check out this video from The Verge featuring the gamer-focused computer:
Check out this quick article from techcrunch.com to learn about some new updates expected to come with the new Samsung Notebook 9 line:
Samsung’s slim Notebook 9 line gets a boost
By Brian Heater
Samsung’s gone the simple route with its latest notebooks – right down to the Notebook 9 name, which likely unintentionally invokes a very Cat’s Cradle vibe. Less then a year after launch, the line’s 13- and 15-inch models are getting a refresh, because the company just couldn’t wait the few extra weeks for CES.
The laptops are getting a new design, one that, from the press photos, at least, looks a bit like a Chromebook that made a wish upon a star to become a full-fledged laptop. It’s a model of minimalist efficiency that includes an extra-thin bezel and a display that swivels back to 180-degrees.
More impressively, the laptops are quite light, with the 13.3-inch version coming in at 1.8 pounds and the 15-incher weighing in at 2.17. Samsung also claims the little notebooks are fairly durable as well, with thermal and shock-resistant shells. The laptops promise seven hours of battery life (a notable step down from the former promise of 12 hours), coupled with quick charging, which should give users a full charge in 80 minutes.
There’s also a fingerprint scanner and USB Type-C port onboard, along with some souped up processing power with seventh-gen Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, coupled with up to 16GB of RAM. No word yet on pricing and availability, but probably don’t plan on getting one for Christmas this year.
Device Pitstop’s expert technicians will repair your gently used smartphone, tablet, laptop and more quickly and for a great price! Check out this quick video, one of our 2016 TV commercials, to learn more: