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  • Uptime is the latest messenger from Google in their latest effort to win the mobile messenger wars. I have been using a lot different messengers lately and I started noticing how many messengers Google is supporting. Unlike Facebook or Microsoft who are working to perfect one messenger, Google has several all with different user bases and features. Google has been trying to see what catches on with users in the app messaging space over the last several years. Google announcement yesterday of Uptime messenger for YouTube adds another messenger Google needs to support so you need to ask yourself. How many messengers does Google need? Let’s take a look at what Google is offering in the message space. Google Hangouts Google Hangouts is built into Gmail and YouTube and I would think Hangouts has the largest most frequent user base due to the huge popularity of GSuite, YouTube Live and Gmail users. Hangouts integration with YouTube Live and Google Hangouts Group messaging appeals to many users both personally and at the business level. Google Duo Google Duo is aimed more towards video chat and reminds me a lot of Skype with the look and feel.  Google Duo lets users make video calls in high definition and points out it’s End-to-end encryption to users concerned about security. Google Duo is based on phone numbers, allowing users to call someone from their contact list. Due has the “Knock Knock” feature which lets users see a live preview of the caller before answering. Google Allo Google Allo is a more advanced messenger then Hangouts or Due allowing users to exchange messages, files, voice notes, images and using Google AI for a virtual assistant. Google Allo uses phone numbers as identifiers, not social media or email accounts which make Allo capable of being the default...
  • YouTube Red is the subscription service offered by YouTube to its users for $9.99 a month offering added services and revenue to content creators. I would like to point out as well, YouTube Red is 12.99/month if purchased through iOS because of Apple’s fees. Sign up on YouTube.com then sign into the app and save a few dollars. Some of the added benefits you get from a subscription is as follows Offline playback Google Play Music Background videos Exclusive content YouTube Ad-Free Using YouTube Red, you won’t see ads on the YouTube website or within the YouTube apps on mobile and TVs. This does not apply to paid content on YouTube, such as paid channels or TV and movie purchases and rentals. You may still see ads with that content. Here’s a full list of devices where you can watch ad-free videos with YouTube Red: YouTube and YouTube Gaming apps for Android and iOS Chromecast Android TV Apple TV Xbox and PlayStation 4 Roku Smart TVs Is YouTube Red Helping Content Creators Earn Money? As great as these benefits are the real reason behind YouTube Red was to help content creators generator more revenue. All YouTube channels that monetize their content were required to agree to the terms of YouTube Red, with channels getting a payout of 55 percent of revenue, based on watch time. Creators get money based on watch time based on 55% of YouTubes total net revenue. I would like to point out that statement meaning 55% after the cost of what YouTube has to pay to show the video. It’s not 55% of $9.99 a month subscription it is 55% after YouTubes costs are paid to show and host the video. Creators have to deal with YouTube Red users viewing their videos during his/her free trial...
  • December 8, 2016

    Google Music Review

    So I recently started using Google Music as a trial to see if I could get off of Spotify. I liked the idea of Google music for a few reasons because unlike Groove my 10,000 songs does not count towards my space on my OneDrive or in Google’s case Google Drive. Google Music just like Microsoft Groove or Spotify you don’t need a subscription to listen to your own music. One thing about Google Music that really caught my attention is the extra benefits you get from a Google Music account which I feel is a lot. When you sign up for a Google Music account you automatically get a YouTube Red account with not addition cost. YouTube Red Includes Offline Videos Ad Free YouTube Original shows YouTube Music App YouTube Kids App This is all on top of the Google Music Service offerings which I thought was a lot of value for $9.99 a month for an individual and $14.99 for a family plan. The Google Music user experience I thought was a little weird it has that very “Were Google were different feel”. While most services like Spotify, Groove and iTunes have the same simple layout for their interface, I found Google Music at times weird to use and a little unorganized even on the iOS and Android App. The way Google separates your personally uploaded music from the subscription part of the service is nice and makes find personal MP3 files easier then searching the entire library for music you know you purchased. Google Music radio is really the shining light here, Google does a great job of building out a great playlist for you to consume on any device. Since Google knows your search history and music information they can pick great songs for you to listen...
  • A study conducted by Coverity has found open-source Python code to contain a lower defect density than any other language. The 2012 Scan Report found an average defect density of .69 for open source software projects that leverage the Coverity Scan service, as compared to the accepted industry standard defect density for good quality software of 1.0. Python’s defect density of .005 significantly surpasses this standard, and introduces a new level of quality for open source software. Python software has been in use for more than 20 years, enabling secure and reliable programs for industry, service sector and research and science applications. Industry-leading organizations including CERN, Google, Mozilla and YouTube, among many others, incorporate the popular programming language into their applications. Coverity’s code-scanning system for open-source projects, including Python, has been in place since 2006, when the effort was first funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The original DHS funding grant was only for a three-year term, and since its expiration, Coverity has been funding the open-source code scanning on its own. The open-source Python programming language has continued to steadily improve its code quality in recent years and now surpasses that of its open-source and proprietary peers. I myself love the Python language it’s my language of choice.
  • What does 1 billion monthly YouTube users signify? It means that nearly one out of every two people on the Internet worldwide goes to YouTube. That’s a serious amount of people. Google’s video hosting service announced today that for the first time, it’s driving these colossal numbers — more than a billion unique users on the site, every month. “If YouTube were a country, we’d be the third largest in the world after China and India,” YouTube wrote in a blog post today. “Our monthly viewership is the equivalent of roughly 10 Super Bowl audiences.” Not bad for a company that’s just eight years old. It’s not only viewers who are prodigiously using the service, but content creators are also creating videos at a growing rate. According to YouTube, thousands of channels have been created and every single one of the Ad Age top 100 brands have run advertising campaigns on the site. While Google hadn’t released YouTube’s latest unique visitor numbers in January, it did say that people were watching a total of 4 billion hours of YouTube per month. Read Full Article