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Top 5 Google Tips and Tricks for a Better Searching Experience

You can’t deny that Google is now an essential part of life. Whenever you need something, you only need to input the keyword and voila! The answers are there for you. It can, however, get tricky sometimes and the results are far from what you’ve expected. Don’t worry though; in this article, we’re going to help you use this giant search engine better.

5 Tips and Tricks Every Researcher Should Know:

  1. Use double quotation marks – “word/phrase” – when searching for an exact key phrase or word. By adding quotation marks, you’re asking Google to provide you with results that specifically has the exact lines you’ve searched for.
  2. Use the minus sign. This trick is handy to reduce unnecessary results or when searching for general words with multiple meanings. Think of it as a filter. For example: social media marketing tips -LinkedIn, or Mustang -automobile.
  3. Use an asterisk within quotes. If you’re not that sure with what you’re searching, perhaps looking for a song you’ve just heard, you can add an asterisk in the key phrase that’s enclosed with quotation marks. For example: “I need * love.” Google will provide you with all the popular variations of that phrase.
  4. Use the “related:” prefix command. Did you know that you can search for similar sites by just adding “related:” (without the quotation marks) before the website. For example: related:facebook.com. The results will show you other social media sites such as LinkedIn and Twitter.
  5. Use the “site:website” prefix command. This trick allows you to only see results from that specific website. For example: site:thenybanner.com tech. It is useful if you’re looking for articles published in a particular site.

With the help of these tricks or search modifications, you’re going to get better results and appreciate the power of Google even more.

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Android Users Can Now Enjoy YouTube Dark Mode

One of the biggest mysteries we have today in the social space is YouTube’s “Dark Mode” feature. As small of a feature as it is, people are still confused as to why only iOS users are able to enjoy it, until today. Although it’s not that much of a deal, it is useful for people using the app lights off (to reduce eye stress), and for individuals who want to save more battery life while enjoying their favorite shows on the app.

When Was This Feature Officially Launched on Android?

Although there is no official statement or press release from YouTube, we speculate that it was just this week. The giant video sharing platform did announce this feature will be available to Android way back in March.

How to Activate Dark Mode?

If you want to give it a try right now, you should start by opening the YouTube app. After that, you should then go to the settings page. And once you’re there, tap on “General.” You should see the Dark theme toggle just below the “Remind me to take a break” feature.

Don’t be surprised though that the theme is not purely black but more of a darker shade of gray. The only white things in the interface are texts and icons. There are speculations that in the future, you’ll be able to customize a few things including the level of darkness.

In the unlikely event that you haven’t seen the dark theme feature on your Android device, just give it a quick update. And as an added suggestion, we don’t recommend using this feature during daytime as it will hurt your eyes in the long run. Although it is practical for saving more juice, it’s still not worth doing if it’s possibly going to compromise your vision.

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Is IGTV Ideal for Newbie YouTubers?

Ever since Instagram launched its new extension app, IGTV, fresh YouTube creators lost a bit of their balance. Who could blame them, YouTube, being the biggest video sharing platform on the internet, is full of competition. And for those trying to break into the market, it would be understandable to sway into a platform with fewer battles to fight, which is what Instagram TV is at the moment. But is it really a good move?

Things to Consider When Focusing Solely on Instagram TV

  • It’s an integrated app or an extension feature of Instagram.
  • It only allows vertical videos, so almost all of your viewers are likely mobile users.
  • Video lengths vary from a minute to an hour.
  • You can add links in the video description, unlike regular Instagram posts.
  • The platform is incredibly new and the rules are more lenient compared to YouTube’s.
  • If you already have an Instagram account, your followers will be carried over on your IGTV account.
  • It’s designed to act more of a television, the moment you open the app, you will instantly see videos playing.

If you’ve considered all of the above, and you think that you have a better shot at it compared to YouTube, by all means, go and focus on it.

Is Focusing on Both Platforms Ideal?

In a nutshell, no. It’s very tricky to create the same video for YouTube and IGTV as their orientation are complete opposites. Not only will working on both platforms demand more time and effort but doing so will also compromise quality.

It is, however, possible and actually beneficial only if you have an established YouTube account. IGTV is more of a complementary platform for those who are already successful on YouTube. But for those who’re still struggling, one is more than enough.

 

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Which 2018 Flagship Phone Has the Longest Battery Life?

One of the essential qualities everyone considers when buying a phone is its battery life. Who wants a smartphone that ends up 50 percent right in the middle of the day only after recording a 10-minute video? Although I am exaggerating, it is frustrating when your phone gives up on you when you wanted more out of it.

If you’re having a difficult time thinking about what smartphone to buy this time of year, you’re in luck because Digital Trends has just conducted a battery test on all the flagship phones from the leading brands in the market. Here are the participating phones: OnePlus 6, LG G7, Galaxy S9 Plus, iPhone X, Google Pixel 2 XL, and Huawei P20 Pro.

To make the test results more reliable and accurate, they’ve tested all the typical activities a regular user would do to his/her phone. Furthermore, they’ve set the phones to have the same brightness level, connect to the same Wi-Fi network, and ran the same apps.

Here’s the test summary: each phone was used to play a video game for half an hour, ran Instagram’s “Explore” section for an hour, opened Google Maps for 30 minutes, recorded a 1080p video for 30 minutes, watched YouTube videos for two hours, web browsing for another hour, opened Facebook for 60 minutes, streamed music on SoundCloud for two hours, and continued streaming YouTube videos until the battery dies.

Smartphone Battery Test Results

  • 1st: Huawei P20 Pro
  • 2nd: OnePlus 6
  • 3rd: Galaxy S9 Plus
  • 4th: iPhone X
  • 5th: Google Pixel 2 XL
  • 6th: LG G7

Huawei P20 Pro had the most powerful battery (4,000 mAh) and was able to last for 11 hours. It will probably last longer in the hands of a typical user who often has idle time. LG G7 (3,000 mAh) is at the last place, which was only able to perform for six hours and 45 minutes.