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Here’s a look at everything noteworthy that happened in the world of the Internet and technology recently:

1. YouTube Red

YouTube Red
YouTube Red

Google finally took off the wraps from its longtime rumored ‘ad-free video subscription service’ called YouTube Red. YouTube Red is priced at $9.99 a month and will include everything on YouTube without ads, as well as a lot of other content. The best part is that users will now not have to face annoying advertisements between videos. Moreover, one can download videos from YouTube straight on their device for offline viewing later. The tech giant must have put in a lot of thought before unveiling this new service – let’s see how the world is going to perceive and how much one wants to skip ads and download YouTube videos in this modern era where we all have ad blockers and video downloaders.

2. BlackBerry Priv

BlackBerry Priv
BlackBerry Priv

BlackBerry has announced its latest Android-powered handset, the BlackBerry Priv, which is available for pre-order and starts shipping early November. It is the world’s first Blackberry secured smartphone powered by Android. The phone has a 5.4 inch dual-curved plastic AMOLED screen with a display resolution of 2560×1440. The device has an 18 MP dual flash camera which should give us better pictures than an iPhone ( we hope). The phone has 3 GB RAM and a 32 GB storage which is expandable to a whopping 2 TB via a microSD card. The pre-orders are open and the phone will ship November 6 onwards.

3. Nextbit Robin

Nextbit Robin
Nextbit Robin

Say hello to Nextbit’s Robin, a smartphone which promises to offer unlimited storage – all thanks to the integrated cloud connectivity right into the Android OS. It is possibly the coolest smartphone in the world right now and the developers have loaded the phone with a pre-sim slot which makes it really easy to choose the right carrier. The phone has unlocked bootloader (Android jargon) which basically means that the user can load customisable ROM like CyanogenMod or any other and the phone will still be in warranty.

Robin comes with a 5.2” IPS Full HD display coupled with Gorilla Glass 4. The phone has everything which a user needs like a 13 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera, 3 GB RAM, 32GB onboard storage and 100 GB of online storage. The phone is priced at about $400 and with an additional $70 one can get it in India as well (almost for 30,000 INR).

Image Credits: androidheadlines.com

Sahil Siddiqui

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