BTLR; YouTube Director App, Netflix On The IPad, Deleting IOS10 Apps, And AppleTV Gaming

YouTube Director app helps business owners on a budget create DIY video ads. YouTube today announced a new suite of tools to help business owners get started with creating video ads on a budget. You can finally watch Netflix while doing other stuff on your iPad. You can now watch Netflix videos while using other apps on your iPad. It’s about time. Deleting Apple’s pre-installed apps in iOS 10 doesn’t actually ‘delete’ them One of the most talked about features in Apple’s upcoming iOS 10 is the ability to delete many of the apps that come pre-loaded on your iPhone […]

BTLR; Net Neutrality Win, Game Center, Batman, And Android Messenger

Net Neutrality upheld by appeals court. An appeals court in Washington DC has upheld the FCC’s Open Internet Order, affirming that Net Neutrality can live to fight another day. While the appellate judges have had to rule in favor of telecoms companies in previous cases, the FCC’s law is now watertight and is acting within its powers. The decision is likely to stick in the craw of many networks, including AT&T and Verizon, which fought bitterly against provisions to maintain a free and fair market online. Unfortunately, Net Neutrality still has plenty of critics in high places, and several Republican […]

BTLR; Samsung And Ads, New Fraud Alert, Tinder For Insurance, And Paypal Kills Windows Phone

Samsung is adding new obtrusive ads to your old smart TV. If you’re Samsung and you want to wring additional cash out of your television business, what do you do? Add annoying advertisements to TVs that people already have in their homes, apparently. The Wall Street Journal reports that Samsung is readying the European expansion of an initiative it started in the United States last June: adding interactive advertisements to the menu bars of its high-end smart TVs. The impact isn’t going to be limited just to customers buying new Samsung televisions, either, as the company reportedly plans to use […]

BTLR; Omen Gaming Hardware, Apple And TV Content, Jamming Cellphones, And Old Tech Worth Money

HP unveils a bunch of new Omen gaming hardware. To be fair, an omen isn’t necessarily a portent of negative things. If it was, we wouldn’t feel obligated to qualify it using words like “bad.” Still, the word carries with it some fairly ominous overtones, surely not helped by the 1979 film that carried the title, centering around a young antichrist. Apple considered buying Time Warner last year, will ramp spending on original TV content. The Financial Times is reporting that Apple considered a buyout of Time Warner late last year, with Apple executive Eddy Cue raising the idea at […]

BTLR; Google Offices Raided, Google Nexus Player, Twitters Character Limit, And Google Maps

Google offices raided in Paris as prosecutors announce fraud probe. French investigators have raided Google’s Paris headquarters, saying the company is now under investigation for aggravated financial fraud and organised money laundering. Google stops selling the Nexus Player. The writing has been on the wall for a while, but it finally happened: Google has stopped selling the ASUS-made Nexus Player through its own store. Google hasn’t said what prompted the move, but it tells us that you’ll have to go to the handful of third-party retailers still stocking the Android TV box if you just have to get the official […]

BTLR; ITunes, Walmart, Twitter And Google

Apple Releases iTunes 12.4 With Design Tweaks. Apple today released iTunes 12.4, bringing some minor design tweaks and important bug fixes to its media software. iTunes 12.4 comes seven months after the launch of iTunes 12.3, which was released to the public in September, and nearly two months after the last minor iTunes update. Apple Pay holdout Walmart brings its own digital wallet to over 500 stores. While Walmart remains among the list of stores stubbornly resisting Apple Pay, the retail giant is slowly pushing forward with its own mobile payment service called Walmart Pay. An update to Walmart’s mobile […]