The world’s most popular apps I actually use

Social media apps

A study by research firm SensorTower reports that the world’s most popular apps (based on number of downloads) are largely dominated by Facebook. WhatsApp, a messaging app bought a few years ago by Facebook, is the most popular app by far, with 41.2 million global downloads as of May 2016. WhatsApp is followed by Facebook Messenger … Read more

Google launches non-free “YouTube Red” service

YouTube

On October 28, Google is replacing “YouTube Music Key” with the formal launch of YouTube Red, a subscription service for YouTube. At $10/month, subscribers will get an ad-free experience. They’ll also get other features, including exclusive access to videos specifically produced for YouTube Red (using “top YouTube creators”), as well as Google Play Music subscription access. … Read more

Back to the Future: 7 things that changed between 1985 and 2015

Back to the Future 2's 2015

The classic “Back to the Future” films are popular for good reason, but lately they’ve particularly gotten a lot of buzz. The second film, made in 1989, saw Marty McFly and Doc Brown (and a dubiously-knocked-out-early-on Jennifer Parker) travel from 1985 to the futuristic year of… 2015. Wednesday, October 21, 2015 to be precise. The … Read more

New YouTube videos, including a blog promo and obsolete tech list

YouTube

I’ve created two YouTube videos, for those interested in my attempt at video production without, well, actually hearing me speak. Thus, they’re more photo/graphic slide shows with music. The first one is a 30 second promo for the blog: The second is a video version of my blog post about when seven pieces of tech became … Read more

Google plans to unlink Google+ from its services

YouTube

Google’s recent moves to decouple Photos from Google+ isn’t the only Google+ news. Google announced on its blog earlier today that the search engine giant also plans to unlink Google+ as a requirement for its various other services, starting with YouTube comments. YouTube comment users hated the shift to requiring Google+ for comments, so they’ll presumably be … Read more

My choice of music services (summer 2015)

iPod Classic

Here’s an updated look (since almost a year ago) at what music services I’m using these days. These days, my choice of audio services include: TuneIn Radio I use TuneIn Radio’s mobile app and website for two purposes: listening to NPR, and listening to Chicago Blackhawks hockey games (on Chicago’s WGN radio). Spotify I still … Read more

Anthony’s eight favorite YouTube channels

How It Should Have Ended

Like others, I have a few favorite YouTube channels I enjoy following. While they’re admittedly low on cute cats, they’re all still entertaining and/or educational. CGP Grey www.youtube.com/user/CGPGrey CGP Grey is a channel offering several minute long videos explaining various subjects, ranging from why the US should kill the penny (among other reasons, it’s lost … Read more