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Weekly Update - December 5, 2020: Hangouts, YouTube, Maps

So this week is not off to a great start. My county is implementing new stricter stay-at-home rules as COVID-19 cases surge, so the new Explore local feed in Google Maps is nothing but takeout and parks. I’m looking forward to a time when there are actually local things to do. But for now I’ll take YouTube videos and video calls to keep me entertained.

This week there are also tips and updates for business owners, YouTubers, photographers and more. Plus highlights of the “best” of 2020.

This week’s tutorials

The "Best" of 2020

Giving Season


  • YouTube has announced a number of updates in the works for Premieres, including new countdown themes, the option to set countdown length, and the option to add a trailer, rather than a thumbnail. Plus they are testing a feature that lets you automatically redirect viewers from a livestream to your Premiere, then back to a livestream when the Premiere is over. Features are being tested by “a few” eligible creators with at least 1000 subscribers and no Community Guidelines Strikes.
  • YouTube is working towards being a more inclusive platform. Part of that effort are changes to comment moderation. In 2021 YouTube will be asking creators to voluntarily share their gender, sexual orientation, race and ethnicity. This will help YouTube improve their systems, and will not be used for advertising.

Photos in the cloud

  • Flickr’s “Your Best Shot” contest is open through January 4. Winners will receive an Adobe Creative Cloud Photography annual plan and a lifetime subscription to the DxO Nik editing plugin collection. And in a twist, they are also running a “Your Worst Shot 2020” competition, winners will receive a PicsArt Gold subscription.

Creating in the cloud



Small businesses


Events this week

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