TechSummit Rewind 187

This is the TechSummit Rewind, a daily recap of the top technology headlines.

YouTube Music now lets you save songs, albums, playlists for offline listening

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YouTube Red options have had the ability to listen to music offline in YouTube Music for some time now through the offline mixtape feature, which is automatically populated based on your listening history. While this technique worked, there was no way to have more control over what you listened to. Now, users can also choose to save specific songs, playlists, and albums for offline listening.

To save music for offline listening, tap the Menu icon (marked by three dots) next to any song, playlist, or album and select Save Offline. A pop-up will then appear, asking if you want to save the sound, SD or HD video (when available). On iOS, you can also swipe left on a song in a playlist, and then select Offline. Then, to access your offline files, tap your profile photo and select Offline.

Steam gaining 1.5M new users a month

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Numbers released from Valve’s Casual Connect event in Seattle revealed that Steam has added 1.5 million new users every month for the last 18 months.

According to Valve business development staffer Tom Giardino, Steam added 27 million first-time purchasers since Jan. 2016. The service is averaging 14 million peak concurrent daily users, up from 8.4 million in 2015. There’s also been an influx of users from Asia, accounting for 17 percent of Steam’s sales so far this year.

Steam’s monthly user base is hovering around 67 million so far this year, compared to the 53 million users on Xbox Live.

TrackR secures $50M Series B funding round led by Revolution Growth

TrackR

TrackR, a Bluetooth device that can track your lost keys has secured $50M in Series B funding led by Steve Murry at Revolution Growth. Also participating are the Foundry Group, Amazon Alexa Fund, DoCoMo Capital, The Glenmede Trust, and Bespoke Strategies.

Company CEO and co-founder Chris Herbert says that the money will be used to expand TrackR’s community features like its Crowd Locate network:

“With this round of funding, we will redefine personal organization by ensuring nothing is ever lost for millions of consumers while continuing to maintain our leadership position in the intelligent tracking space.”

-Chris Herbert, TrackR co-founder & CEO

Coinbase will support Bitcoin Cash

Coinbase

Bitcoin exchange Coinbase will support Bitcoin Cash, a new cryptocurrency split from the main one to speed up transactions.

According to a blog post, Coinbase’s decision came after a careful review. Ensuring the security of Bitcoin Cash’s network was a priority, along with customer demand, trading volumes, and regulatory considerations. However, the exchange wanted to be clear that “both bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash remain safely stored on Coinbase,” and “that customers with balances of bitcoin at the time of the fork now have an equal quantity of bitcoin cash stored by Coinbase.”

Assuming no issues emerge, Coinbase will start supporting Bitcoin Cash on Jan. 1. Once that happens, customers will be able to withdraw their new cryptocoins.

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