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YouTube Now Has 1.5 Billion Logged-In Users Every Month

We all know YouTube is basically everybody’s first choice (or at least among the top choices) when it comes to watching video content, but during this year’s VidCon, the Google owned service revealed some information showing how it is really lording the competition in terms of mobile video usage. Plus, the service is also beginning to accumulate viewers on TVs, too.

 

Are We Ready For eSIMs?

eSIM is the shorter version of the term embedded SIM, and this piece of mobile technology has the potential of allowing consumers to connect to cell networks more efficiently. But ever since the tech debuted around four years ago, adoption has been slow, mainly because for so long, no consumer friendly specs have been established. Last year, however, the GSM Alliance (GSMA) has published updated guidelines for tech manufacturers to include support for eSIMs.

IDC: Global Shipments Of AR, VR Headsets To Grow To Nearly 100 Million Units In 2021

Four years from now, shipments of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) headsets across the globe will increase to almost 100 million units, at least according to projections made by IDC. In a recent report released by the market research firm, worldwide shipments of AR and VR headsets will grow from the 10 million units recorded last year to a tenth of a billion units by the year 2021.

 

Musical.ly Now Offers Original Content, Thanks To Viacom, NBCU, Hearst

Musical.ly is primarily known as a social media platform for those who like to do lip syncing vids, but the company is now starting to offer original content, made possible through recent partnership deals struck with content providers such as Viacom, NBCU, and Hearst. These three entities will be providing short length video series to the Musical.ly mobile app. 

 

The Voiceitt App: Helping The Speech-Impaired Use Voice-Controlled Tech

Voice controlled digital assistants are increasing in popularity nowadays, with services like Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Echo allowing consumers to basically manage tech gadgets or retrieve useful information just by issuing verbal commands. Normal users tend to take this technology for granted, but for those who deal with impairments in their speech, it could prove a little tricky.

Phablets Really Are The Future Of Smartphones

When cellular phones were first invented, they were big, awkward things. But through the years, phone makers found a way to make them smaller, cuter, and even more durable (here’s looking at you, Nokia). And then ever since Apple introduced the first iPhone device, handsets had gone big again around a decade ago. But it was in recent years that big sized smartphones, or phablets, really took off with the masses.

 

No Laptop Ban On Flights From Europe

Well, at least for now. After several weeks of careful deliberation, the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has decided not to impose a proposed ban laptop devices and other personal electronic devices on flights from the European continent to America. US officials though maintain that they will be looking to take any and all measures needed in order to ensure the safety of any commercial airplane entering the US.

 

Are We Likely To Make More Rational Decisions While Using Phones As Compared To Using PCs?

According to the results of a study recently published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior, it appears that today’s consumers are more likely to make a rational decision when encountering a dilemma presented on a smartphone device. The study showed that users on personal computers (PCs) depend more on intuitive emotional decision making, and thus may not always pick the most rational choices.

 

Study: Instagram Is Worst Social Media Platform For Mental Health

A recent study was conducted by the Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH) and the Young Health Movement on the effects of social media platforms on the mental health of today’s mobile users. What the research team did was poll about 1,500 consumers based in the United Kingdom, especially those between 14 years old to 24 years old. 

 

Republican Party: Robocalls Should Go Directly To Voicemail

According to a report recently published by Recode, the Republican Party, among others, is urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to have robocalls be funneled directly to the user’s voicemail, even stealthily (with the smartphone device not even sending an alert to that regard).

 

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