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Your Facebook Year In Review, OK Google, Buy Me A Chromebook [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 22-12-2014

Also, Sony wants to release The Interview online, Google+ improves your videos, Reddit Notes $5 million giveaway, and LG trolls pets using televisions.


Your Facebook Year In Review For 2014

Facebook is offering all its users a review of the past year. Unlike last year’s much-parodied video-based effort The Best Facebook 'Look Back' Parodies So Far [Weird & Wonderful Web] Facebook is 10. To celebrate its birthday it invited everyone to 'Look Back' at their time on the social networking site. This made the Facebook 'Look Back' videos perfect for parodying. As usual, the Internet... Read More , 2014 is summed up for each individual by way of a montage of best moments, with photos, videos, and status updates organized by month. That is if you’re active enough on Facebook that there are highlights for each and every month.

This is being rolled out slowly, so you may not yet have the option to create your Facebook Year In Review. Mobile users are able to customize their Year In Review to show the content they prefer before sharing it with their Facebook friends How Many Friends On Facebook Is Too Much? [Opinion] I never thought that we would be so ‘obsessed’ with friends. Collecting friends seems to be a fad that refuses to die down thanks to social networks. When we talk about social networks, we usually... Read More , but for some reason the same option isn’t being offered to desktop users. Still, it’s a nice gesture regardless of its limitations.

OK Google Coming To Chromebooks


OK Google, buy me a Chromebook,” may become an oft-repeated sentence during 2015, as the Windows laptop alternative continues to improve. The latest feature being added to Chrome OS is always-on voice commands triggered by the two simple words that began this paragraph.

Android devices have been capable of conducting Web searches and completing simple tasks via the OK Google voice command OK, Google: 20 Useful Things You Can Say to Your Android Phone Google Assistant can help you get a lot done on your phone. Here are a whole bunch of basic but useful OK Google commands to try. Read More for some time, but it’s finally now coming to Chromebooks as well. Already available in the Chrome Dev Channel, this should come to all Chromebooks The Fundamental Advantages Of Using A Chromebook Chromebooks are highly divisive and a consensus about the merits of Google's offering is a long way from materialising. Here are the key advantages of using a Chromebook when compared to Windows and Macs. Read More in the not-too-distant future. Fingers crossed.


Sony Wants To Release The Interview

Despite the fact it’s still at risk of causing a major international crisis, Sony still wants to release The Interview. With a theatrical release unlikely due to movie theater chains refusing to screen the flick Sony Pulls The Interview After Terror Threat From Hackers, & More... [Tech News Digest] Also, the BlackBerry Classic brings sexy back, Netflix is never going offline, Yo gets festive, Wikipedia edits 2014, and the best Star Wars Christmas lights ever. Read More , Sony is instead looking at the online options. Unfortunately, it seems to be struggling to find a partner, with Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton revealing:

“There are a number of options open to us, and we have considered those and are considering those. As it stands right now, while there have been a number of suggestions… there has not been one major VOD distributor [or] one major e-commerce site that has stepped forward and said they’re willing to distribute this movie for us… Again we don’t have that direct interface with the American public.”

It isn’t clear from this whether Sony has actively pursued the likes of Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon, or whether it’s waiting for them to approach it with a bag full of cash. Either way, it looks unlikely that we will be seeing The Interview anytime in the near future. Which is set to annoy the Internet more than ever Hackers Vs. Haters: How Twitter Reacted To Sony Pulling The Interview [Weird & Wonderful Web] To say the Internet didn't take kindly to Sony Pictures pulling The Interview is putting it mildly. Twitter was equal parts annoyed and amused about the whole thing. Read More .

Google+ Makes Your Videos Look Better

Google+ has been capable of automatically enhancing your photos for some time, but videos are now being taken care of in the same way. After uploading a video, desktop users will see a banner offering the chance to preview enhancements. The original upload and the enhanced upload will then play in a side-by-side comparison video.

This one-click option is designed to fix any lighting, color, and stability issues. As well as being available for new uploads, it can be applied to any video previously uploaded to Google+ by finding and selecting the Auto Enhance option.


It took Facebook two years to catch up with Google+ in terms of auto-enhancing photos Apple Innocent In iTunes Indictment, Facebook Enhances Your Photos [Tech News Digest] Also, Instagram adds filters, a free Chromecast for all, GTA V teases Online Heists, and Cards Against Humanity is bulls**t. Read More , but we doubt it will take as long to copy imitate Google in adding video to the mix.

Reddit Gives Away Millions Of Reddit Notes


Reddit The Awesome Guide to Reddit Wonder how your friends always find cool stuff on the Internet before you? They're probably using Reddit, the self-proclaimed "front page of the Internet". Read More has announced plans to give away $5 million in Reddit Notes. Details are rather thin on the ground at this early stage, but we do know that Reddit Notes are a form of digital currency giving 950,000 (of the 6 million active users) a piece of equity in the company. Recipients will be able to “save it or use it to tip, donate, or trade.

And there’s the rub… less than one-sixth of all registered users will receive Reddit Notes, and they will be doled out on a seemingly random basis. Anyone active on the site prior to Sept. 30, 2014, will be eligible when Reddit Notes are digitally handed out in “the fall of 2015.


LG Taunts Pets In Order To Sell TVs

And finally, in order to demonstrate the picture quality of its television sets, LG has trolled a selection of innocent household pets. Cats and dogs are both equally taken in by the ultra-realistic video footage shown on the TVs, which is all well and good until they start having flashbacks in their beds years later. Like a stereotypical Vietnam vet. Should we be calling PETA?

Your Views On Today’s Tech News

Did Facebook do a good job of reviewing your 2014? Are you considering buying a Chromebook in 2015? Will you watch The Interview if it gets released online for free?

Let us know your thoughts on the Tech News of the day by posting to the comments section below. Because a healthy discussion is always welcome.

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  1. Chris
    December 23, 2014 at 8:33 am

    I could customise my year in review on my desktop.

  2. Greg
    December 22, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    I kind of hope "my year" is something more than just a collection of drunk poorly focused photos.