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Week in review - August 29, 2015: YouTube Gaming FTW!

This week YouTube Gaming launched, making it easier to find your favorite gaming content and be notified of new live streams (and Hangouts on Air)!  There are also tips for Google+, Google Photos, AdSense and more.

Image: my YouTube Gaming channel (with no gaming content). You can find it at gaming.google.com/PeggyKTC

YouTube Gaming live stream notifications: not just for gaming videos!

One of the cool features of the new YouTube Gaming is that it will notify you on your mobile device when a new live stream from one of the channels you follow starts. That means that when your favorite Call of Duty player starts their stream, you can watch - and live chat - from the beginning.

And those live streaming notifications work even for non-gaming channels!

1. Find the channel on YouTube Gaming

2. Click the Plus (+) to add the channel to your YouTube Gaming channels

3. In the mobile YouTube Gaming app, enable notifications of new live streams

4. When you see the YouTube Gaming heart notification on your mobile device, watch the live stream!

More details below.

Week in Review - August 22, 2015: Google Photos, Hangouts, Google+ Collections

This week we have new Google Photos features, a home page for Hangouts, Google+ Collections search and Google support on Twitter. 

We also learned "M" is for Marshmallow, YouTube Audio Library has 1000 new tunes, Maps "Views" was retired, and there are updates and tips for Blogger, Google Photos, Google Docs and Sheets.

Image: Elegant Ladies at the Racesby Oscar Blum (1867-1912). The lady on the right would have loved Google Photos!

Week in Review - August 15, 2015: Alphabet City

Alphabet, Hangouts and more: This week Larry Page announced Alphabet, a new parent company, with Google as a subsidiary headed by new CEO Sundar Pichai. It doesn't appear this will bring any significant changes to the apps and services you know and love, at least for the near future.

Also version 4 of the Android Hangouts app was (finally) released, with group MMS updates and Outbound Caller ID. And there are more updates and tips. Read on!

Week in Review - August 8, 2015: YouTube Player, Plus for G+, Android Security Updates

This week YouTube launched their new video player, stopped freezing views at 301+, and stopped displaying comment updates under the Bell icon.  Olivier Jobert shared the unofficial "Plus for Google+" Chrome extension  that brings back a few retired Google+ features.  Google, Samsung, LG and Motorola announced regular security updates for their Android devices (goodbye Stagefright security bug).
There were also big changes in Local search results, AdSense introduces a new richer text ad, and you can now share from the Android Slides app to a Hangouts video call.  There are also tips and tricks for Google+, YouTube, Maps, Blogger and more.

Dive in!
Image: Clarice Beckett - Beach Scene 1932 (now in the public domain)

GPF Basics: Find your discussions in the Google Product Forums

If you have posted a question in the Google Product Forums and are waiting for an answer, or you've replied to someone's question and want to their response, you can easily find your discussions.

If you have email notifications enabled you will get an email message when you get a response. But email isn't necessary - you can find all your discussion topics in the Google Product Forum itself. 

You have two options:
Select "My Discussions" in the left menu - this will display all your discussions in every Google Product ForumOpen a particular Google Product Forum and Filter your discussions Read on for more details!
GPF Basics: getting around the Google Product Forums

1. Find the right google product help forum!
2. Join the forum and configure your membership and email settings
3. Search the forum for similar questions
4. Reply to a topic
5. Post a new topic of you own

>> 6. Find your discussions

Click "My Discussions" in the left menuUse Actions > …

GPF Basics: Post a question in the Google Product Forums

Do you have a problem, question or feedback about a Google product or service such as YouTube, Gmail, Hangouts or AdSense? You have checked the appropriate Help Center and searched the product's help forum, but you still can't find an answer.

What can you do next? Post your own new topic in the Google Product Help Forum!
This is easy to do:
Open the correct help forumClick the red New Topic button on top rightType up your question - including all the necessary details!Select a CategoryClick POST There are more advanced posting options that can help you better compose a question that will get you the answer you want and need. Read on for all the details.

GPF Basics: getting around the Google Product Forums

1. Find the right google product help forum!
2. Join the forum and configure your membership and email settings
3. Search the forum for similar questions
4. Reply to a topic
>> 5. Post a new topic of you own 
Click the "New Topic" button at the top of the forumSe…

GPF Basics: Reply to a topic or answer a question

The Google Product Forums are the best place to get assistance from your fellow users - and sometimes the only place other than the product's Help Center.

Your first step is to find the right google product help forum.  You may find the answer to your question or the information you have been looking for in the forum's Pinned topics or after doing a search. Or maybe you stumble on a question you know the answer to.

If you want to add your own voice to a conversation in a Google Product Forum, all you need to do is to click Reply, join the forum (if you haven't done so already), and post your response.

If you want more details about your post reply options, read on!

GPF Basics: getting around the Google Product Forums

1. Find the right google product help forum!
2. Join the forum and configure your membership and email settings
3. Search the forum and read pinned topics 

>> 4. Reply to a topic
Open the topicClick "Reply" or the reply icon at the top or bottom o…

GPF Basics: Search for the answer to your question in the Google Product Forums

Looking for help with a Google product or service such as Blogger, Gmail or YouTube? Check the official Google Product Help Forum for answers!

Your first step is to find the right Google product help forum.  You will have to join the forum to post a topic, but you may find your question has already been answered.

You can just dive in and post a new topic of your own - but if you'd like to become more effective in finding answers to your questions, read on!

GPF Basics: getting around the Google Product Forums

1. Find the right google product help forum!
2. Join the forum and configure your membership and email settings

>> 3. Search the forum 
View pinned topicsSearch for posts in a categorySearch for terms, keywords or error messagesSort search results by Relevance or DateSpot "Answered" questionsFocus on expert answers (or, "what do those badges mean?") 4. Reply to a topic
5. Post a new topic of you own 
6. Find your discussions

Enjoy answering questions? …

GPF Basics: Join a Google Product Forum and Configure Your Membership

If you are having trouble with a Google product or service such as YouTube, Gmail, Hangouts or AdSense, you can get expert assistance in the Google Product Help Forums.

Your first step is to find the right Google product help forum.  It's easy enough to simply open the forum and post your question. But if you'd like more details, and learn a bit more about forum features, read on!

GPF Basics: getting around the Google Product Forums

1. Find the right google product help forum!

>> 2. Join the forum and configure your membership and email settings
Join the forum: Start a new topic or reply to a post to be prompted to joinOR click the gear icon on the top right of the forum to check your settingsSet your forum nameChoose whether to show your profile photoSelect your email notification default settings 3. Search the forum 
4. Reply to a topic
5. Post a new topic of you own 
6. Find your discussions

Enjoy answering questions? You might be interested in Google Top Contributor Pr…

GPF Basics: Get Help in Google Product Forums

If you are having trouble with a Google product or service - YouTube, Hangouts, Gmail, Blogger, Drive, AdSense - your first stop should be the Help Center for that product. There you should find instructions, troubleshooters and even direct contact options for some products.

But what if you are still stuck? You can't figure out YouTube channel settings, your AdSense application keeps getting rejected, or Blogger keeps showing an error message? Or maybe you want to provide feedback and discuss a new feature? Or find out if other users are experiencing a problem after an update?

Your next stop should be the Google Product Forums, where other users and experts may be able to help you out. It's easy to do!

Posting a question in the Google Product Help Forums does not require any special knowledge.

Find the right product help forumClick the red New Topic button on the top right (you'll be prompted to join the forum)Post your questionCheck back on the post page (or in your email) …

Week in Review - August 1, 2015: Google+-YouTube breakup edition

This week's big news: Google+ is changing focus. It will no longer be a social layer across all Google products, but instead will focus on being an "interest-based social experience" - Google+'s biggest strength. To that end, Google+ integration will be gradually removed from other Google products and services.That separation has already been happening with Google Photos, Hangouts and Local business reviews.

The biggest change over the coming months will be disconnection of YouTube from Google+. The first step in that process is the separation of Google+ posts and YouTube comments. A Google+ share of a YouTube video will no longer appear as comment on that video, and the option to share a comment to Google+ will be removed. Sharing a video to Google+ will still be an option, but it probably won't be different from sharing to Facebook, Twitter, VK or any other social network. The process has just begun  - don't delete your YouTube-connected Google+ Profile ye…