WhatsApp clamps down on forwarding to reduce hoaxes and spam

While parent company Facebook shifts policies on how to handle content that it said can lead to violence, WhatsApp is also in a state of change. A blog post describes how it's limiting the ability to forward messages to multiple chats at once, appare…
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Huawei might have found a way around the display notch

The notch is easily one of the hottest topics of 2018, with tons of people on both sides of the argument. Samsung is pretty much the only manufacturer that hasn’t tried their hand at it, with almost everyone else offering some kind of phone with a notch somewhere in their lineups. Huawei is guilty of […]

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Microsoft’s strong quarter was powered by the cloud, Surface and Xbox

It's honestly getting a bit tough to write about Microsoft's quarterly earnings without sounding like a broken record. For years, its booming cloud business has pushed revenues higher, and the same is true for the past fourth quarter. The company rep…
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Hey Google, Android actually does stifle competition

Sundar Pichai knows that the choice of mobile OS nowadays boils down to Android or iOS. He published a blog post yesterday in response to the European Commission's competition decision against Android, which opens saying, "If you buy an Android phone…
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NYC bill could force Airbnb to turn over its hosts’ info

The New York City Council voted in support of regulation that would force Airbnb, HomeAway and other short-term rental services to hand over about hosts using their sites. State law already prohibits rentals of most apartments for less than 30 days u…
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Hyperloop TT will build a test track in China

The Hyperloop race is much of a political battle as it is a technical one, with companies grabbing territory like players starting a game of Risk. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, the crowdsourced enterprise that has lagged behind rivals in som…
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Gorilla Glass 6 gives phones a better shot at surviving multiple drops

Toughened glass has long protected your phone against a singular drop, but one-and-done isn't how it works in real life — we've all seen butterfingers users whose device falls to the floor on a seemingly weekly basis. Those not-so-coordinated peopl…
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The Morning After: VAR and Roborace

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. You've made it to the middle of the week. We have just enough time to discuss the future of Nest and how VAR impacted the World Cup, along with a significant promise for the future of AI.
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DeepMind, Elon Musk and more pledge not to make autonomous AI weapons

Today during the Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, the Future of Life Institute announced that more than 2,400 individuals and 160 companies and organizations have signed a pledge, declaring that they will "neither participate in nor suppo…
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Galaxy Note 9 gets leaked in a full press render, fingerprint scanner still on board

Evan Blass has managed to sneak everyone a look at Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 9 with a full press render, confirming a few details and design changes. The most striking feature is probably that yellow-accented S-Pen, which looks really slick, but there’s a few other things on the backside that are worth mentioning. This particular […]

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Girl Scouts add badges for cybersecurity and the environment

The US Girl Scouts campaign to promote STEM education is advancing to its next logical step: even more badges. The organization is introducing 30 new badges that promise to foster scientific and computer know-how across the Scouts' age groups. Youn…
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Samsung is offering a major Galaxy S9 smart home bundle for Amazon Prime Day

If you needed a good promotion to finally jump the Galaxy S9, Samsung is bringing something huge. Exclusively for Amazon Prime Day, if you purchase a Galaxy S9 through Amazon today you’ll get a bundle worth over $ 400, including some smart home monitoring stuff and some Echo devices. Dollar for dollar, this is easily the […]

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WeTransfer finally lands on Android

It is hard to imagine that there are app developers out there that still limit themselves to the iOS world considering how dominant Android is. Nevertheless, they are out there. However, the group got smaller by one with the announcement this past Friday that WeTransfer is now available for Android through the Google Play Store. […]

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YouTube TV offering a credit for going down during the World Cup

We love the new wave of cord cutting services like Sling TV and YouTube TV, but they’re not without their own set of problems. In this case, YouTube TV decided to take a nap on Wednesday in the middle of the World Cup semifinal match between England and Croatia. It’s one thing to go down […]

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Best cases for the BlackBerry KEY2

BlackBerry breathed new life into the physical keyboard when it launched the KeyOne back at MWC 2017, and it certainly lived up expectations for BlackBerry fans. In 2018, though, the company launched the KEY2 to carry the torch onwards with a more powerful Snapdragon 660 processor, 6GB of RAM, dual rear cameras and Android Oreo. […]

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Rolls-Royce is the latest to develop a flying taxi

The flying taxis from Airbus and Uber may have some fresh competition, albeit not quite in the way they might have expected. Rolls-Royce has unveiled an EVTOL (Electric Vertical Take Off and Landing) concept that could carry four to five passengers…
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Disney reduces the chances of CG hair disasters

Movie studios often want computer-generated hair to have a specific effect, whether it's a seductive toss or a careless flick that knocks something over. But there's a problem: most rough-cut simulations don't realistically simulate hair, leading to…
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Twitter’s Android app is getting a new bottom navigation bar

Twitter has announced (on Twitter, of course) that they’ll be updating the Android version of their app to bring the navigation bar to the bottom, departing from the top navigation bar that we’ve had for years. It also brings the app in line with how Twitter’s iOS version behaves. With phones bigger than ever now, […]

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Even the World Cup couldn’t escape the ‘Fortnite’ fever

Now that England is out of the 2018 World Cup, there's one thing we're really going to miss about its team: The goal celebrations from midfielders Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard. While professional athletes creatively expressing themselves after scoring…
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Facebook hires top Google engineer to head its chip development

Google snapped up a few Apple chip design talents over the past year to create its own processors, but now it has lost one of its own to another rival. According to Bloomberg, Facebook has hired Shahriar Rabii to head its silicon development efforts….
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TicWatch Pro review: Layered displays make it a battery champ

Wear OS hasn’t been taking the world by storm lately. The tech world has all but abandoned it and the fashion brands that adopted the software haven’t pushed the needle forward. Things have been stagnant for over a year. Notwithstanding Google’s lack of effort to improve Wear OS, some truly innovative and fresh hardware could really […]

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Carrot Weather officially brings storms and earthquakes to the Google Play Store

A few weeks ago Carrot Weather launched into a quiet beta on the Play Store, finally giving Android users a taste of one of the best weather apps on iOS, which also happens to be one of my personal favorite apps, period. Today that app leaves its beta tag behind and is officially available for […]

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MoviePass rolling out changes to service, plans IMAX, 3D movie access by Labor Day

Over the last week MoviePass started rolling out an unwelcome change to its service – surge pricing for popular titles at popular times. Called Peak Pricing, MoviePass will tack on an extra $ 2 – $ 6 surcharge for moviegoers who insist on seeing the titles during these especially popular times. The move is part of an […]

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California has already hit its 2020 greenhouse gas emissions goal

The EPA may be in shambles after Scott Pruitt's short but brutal tenure, but California actually has some good news on the global warming front. The state is well ahead of its schedule for cutting greenhouse gases. According to data released by the C…
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‘Fortnite’ season five adds a desert locale, golf carts and rifts

Fortnite players, the event you've been waiting for is finally here. Epic Games has officially kicked off the battle royale shooter's fifth season, offering a whole host of new locations, weapons, vehicles and mechanics. After teasing a historical th…
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Anker Soundcore Flare Bluetooth speaker review: LEDs make everything better

Anker recently released the Soundcore Flare, a portable Bluetooth speaker with a built-in LED lighting system. It’s very clearly designed for being a social speaker, since the lighting reacts to music to liven things up a bit, but it’s also ruggedized and water resistant so you don’t have to worry about any spills or drops […]

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Twitter is removing locked accounts from your follower count

Your Twitter follower count might soon shrink. The microblogging service announced today that it will begin purging locked accounts from your follower count starting this week. "Most people will see a change of four followers or fewer; others with la…
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Incognito mode for YouTube rolling out with latest update

Earlier this year signs surfaced indicating Google was working on an incognito mode for YouTube. As spotted during testing, the new mode was designed to be similar to what Google did with Chrome’s incognito mode in that the app will not retain the watch and search history. With the latest update for YouTube that started […]

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Apple’s iOS App Store changed the way we think about software

Ten years ago today, Apple officially launched the iOS App Store and — for better or worse — it helped rewrite the rules of society. The iPhone, which debuted about a year prior, came with just north of twelve built-in apps to start. But with the c…
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Microsoft Launcher for Android gets a major update with tons of new features

Microsoft has released a pretty major update for the Microsoft Launcher home screen experience onto the Play Store, bringing a ton of new features centered around Microsoft’s apps and services. The update bumps the app to version 4.11 and includes some interface tweaks on top of the new integrated features. Here’s the changelog: What’s new […]

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Google Pay redesigns its web app, rolling out now

Google Pay has had a pretty busy year, including a name change and some heavy redesigning, at least on the mobile side of things. The desktop site for Google Pay has been left behind, though, although it did keep the new branding instead of Android Pay. Google’s not that inconsistent, come on. Anyway, the website […]

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Building a better news experience on YouTube, together

The work of trusted journalistic organizations is as critical as ever, especially when it comes to seeking information about current events online.

In March, the Google News Initiative (GNI) kicked off with the goal of helping journalism thrive in the digital age. Today, we’re announcing steps we’re taking with the GNI to support the future of news in online video, and product features we’ve been working on to improve the news experience on YouTube.

Supporting journalism with technology that allows news to thrive
We believe quality journalism requires sustainable revenue streams and that we have a responsibility to support innovation in products and funding for news.

For example, in 2015 European publishers came to us to ask about how they could scale their video efforts, especially because maintaining video delivery infrastructure is costly. Working alongside them we launched Player for Publishers, a solution that enables news organizations to use YouTube’s video player to give viewers a world-class video experience across their own websites and mobile apps. Player for Publishers reduces costs and offers improved monetization for news organizations.

Since then, we’ve expanded these efforts beyond Europe. Today, over 100 publishers in more than 25 countries use Player for Publishers.

As part of the launch of GNI in March, we announced funding to support the future of news. Today we are committing $ 25M to a YouTube-specific investment:

  • Expertise. We’re establishing a working group with news organizations and experts from around the world to help us develop new product features, improve the news experience on YouTube, and tackle emerging challenges. News organizations including Vox Media, Jovem Pan, and India Today are early members of the working group. We’re looking forward to having more join as we convene the group in the coming weeks.
  • Innovation Funding. We will provide funding across approximately 20 global markets to support news organizations in building sustainable video operations. Provided on an application basis to news organizations of all types, these grants will enable our partners to build key capabilities, train staff on video best practices, enhance production facilities and develop formats optimized for online video.
  • Support. We’re significantly expanding our team focused on supporting news publishers. These specialists will be based around the world and support partners with training and best practices in formats, audience development, day-to-day platform operations, and sophisticated technical integrations.

News organizations interested in more information about these efforts can sign up here.

Making authoritative sources readily accessible
Authoritativeness is essential to viewers, especially during fast-moving, breaking news events, so we’ve been investing in new product features to prominently surface authoritative sources:

Providing more sources and context on breaking news
After a breaking news event, it takes time to verify, produce and publish high-quality videos. Journalists often write articles first to break the news rather than produce videos. That’s why in the coming weeks in the U.S. we will start providing a short preview of news articles in search results on YouTube that link to the full article during the initial hours of a major news event, along with a reminder that breaking and developing news can rapidly change.


Expanding Top News and Breaking News
To make it easier to find quality news, our Top News shelf prominently highlights videos from news sources in search results (see the picture below on the left). And when a breaking news event happens, we want users to know about it. That’s why our Breaking News shelf highlights videos from news organizations about that event directly on the YouTube homepage (see the picture below on the right). Today, our Top News and Breaking News features are launched in 17 countries, including the U.S., U.K., France, Italy, Japan, India, Mexico, Brazil, South Africa, Nigeria and more. We will double that number in the coming months.

Showcasing more local news, starting with the U.S.
Many people want, value, and trust local news. And when a major event happens, local reporters are often the first on site to capture events as they unfold. We’ve begun testing features that surface local news in the YouTube app for TV screens across 25 media markets around the United States, making it easy to access local news in the living room–our fastest growing screen. So far, local news has seen strong engagement, and we will be expanding it to dozens more markets like Cincinnati, Las Vegas and Kansas City.

Providing context to help people make their own decisions
We also believe users should be able to choose and make their own judgments about the information they consume along with context to inform their judgments. That’s why we’re rolling out a few new features that we will continue to build upon:

Giving users more sources of information on topical searches and videos
Starting today, users will begin seeing information from third parties, including Wikipedia and Encyclopædia Britannica, alongside videos on a small number of well-established historical and scientific topics that have often been subject to misinformation, like the moon landing and the Oklahoma City Bombing.

Investing in digital literacy education
Along with the Google News Initiative and Google.org, we have teamed up with the Poynter Institute, Stanford University, Local Media Association, and the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) to support MediaWise, a U.S.-based initiative designed to equip 1 million teens with digital literacy skills. Six incredible YouTube Creators, including John Green, Ingrid Nilsen, and Mark Watson, will be working with MediaWise to bring awareness to digital literacy and help educate teens.

We remain committed to working with the journalism community to build a more sustainable video ecosystem for news organizations. We know there is a lot of work to do, but we’re eager to provide a better experience to users who come to YouTube every day to learn more about what is happening in the world from a diversity of sources.

– Neal Mohan, Chief Product Officer and Robert Kyncl, Chief Business Officer


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iOS 11.4.1 update ‘improves’ Find My AirPods feature

It has been almost three months since Apple's last incremental update for various devices like Apple Watch, iPhones and Apple TV. While the upcoming iterations of the company's operating systems (iOS 12, watchOS 5 and macOS Mojave are still in beta,…
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Not all of the Galaxy S10 models will have an in-display fingerprint sensor

Recently we heard that there might be three models of the tentatively titled Galaxy S10 next year, but we weren’t crystal clear on the exact differences between all of the models. The models are codenamed Beyond 0, Beyond 1, and Beyond 2, and they’re likely to sport different camera systems, but that might not be […]

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Microsoft wants to bring its Movies and TV app to your Android smartphone

Microsoft offers their own movie and television show store on Windows 10, which is really useful for anyone that relies primarily on their PC for entertainment. It’s great for anyone in Microsoft’s ecosystem, but considering just how dead Windows Phone is, that’s a pretty limited platform right now. Microsoft knows that, and Microsoft wants to […]

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Deep Silver hasn’t killed off ‘Dead Island 2’

Dead Island's long-awaited sequel is alive and well despite numerous setbacks after its trailer was revealed way back in 2014. The game's Twitter account has reassured a fan asking about Dead Island 2 that it's still in development — the release of…
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[Weekend Deal] Grab a discount on this dimmable Bestek lamp to upgrade your workstation

Bestek’s desk lamps are one of our favorite gadgets to throw on your desk, and right now you can save some cash on your own. The lamp features multiple lighting modes, all of which are dimmable, and it even has a built-in USB charge for charging some of your devices without losing a plug. Bestek […]

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Spectrum Mobile wireless service now offered by Charter

Increasingly we are seeing companies attempting to become both the source and the delivery platform for the consumption of entertainment, in particular sources that would have traditionally been considered part of cable television packages. This move is accelerating as the providers of services, notably subscription services like cable and satellite TV, fight off the cord-cutters […]

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Samsung Galaxy Watch to be next version of company’s smartwatch

Samsung has never been shy about flooding the market with a variety of products. This becomes especially noticeable in areas where there is not much competition. We recently saw more news about the next high end tablet device from Samsung despite the tablet market waning in recent years. Another market that has not lived up […]

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OnePlus 6 review, one month in: Still a flagship killer?

OnePlus has never shied away from taking on the giants of the mobile industry dating all the way back to the original OnePlus One device, which offered killer hardware and specs at a fraction of the price of your typical flagship smartphone. That philosophy has changed a bit over the years (and we’ve certainly complained […]

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[TA Deals] Save 62% on an endoscopic camera for your Android device

Here’s a gadget that you probably don’t have in your drawer: a cheap, waterproof, full HD endoscopic camera for your smartphone. Yeah, didn’t think so. You can change that today with our featured deal, and you’ll save a big chunk of change in the process. While this would normally cost $ 49, you’ll save 62% bringing […]

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OnePlus shares an update on key actions to take based on what it heard

OnePlus has been working hard to position themselves as a company that values the input of customers. They tend to be one of the more transparent companies in providing updates and soliciting feedback. To that end, today OnePlus posted a summary update regarding their Open Ears Forums held during the first half of 2018. The […]

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‘Severed’ gets a lavish PS Vita physical release

DrinkBox Studios released the stylized first-person dungeon crawler Severed as a PS Vita exclusive back in April 2016, but the game moved on from Sony's ailing handheld to iOS by year's end. Yet two years later, the title is making a triumphant retur…
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Amazon may add to its ‘free’ TV streaming in the UK

Amazon's next foray into video probably isn't what you expect. No, the e-commerce juggernaut isn't jumping into VR (that we know of), it will potentially start offering more free, ad-supported channels however. At least in the United Kingdom. Accordi…
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Google Duo gets some support for multiple devices including tablets

Lagging way behind most of the market, Google finally seems to figured out that users want to be able to send and receive messages from whatever screen they are viewing at the moment. Last month Google rolled out the ability for Android Messages users to sync text messages on the desktop, joining their Google Allo […]

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Google claims Gmail safe from their prying eyes

Over the past couple days, Google found itself embroiled in some new controversy regarding the company’s treatment of users’ email. This is not the first time Google has dealt with fears that their employees may be reading user email messages, but this time around access by third-party developers is thrown into the mix. Yesterday Google […]

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[TA Deals] Name your price on this comprehensive DevOps bundle

If you’re aspiring to work in the IT field, you’d certainly benefit from mastering DevOps to help guide your projects from start to finish. It’s becoming increasingly popular in the development world due to its agile and efficient application and results, and we’re here to help you learn it without breaking the bank. You can name […]

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AI-enabled Guess store helps you create an ensemble

You can try Amazon's Echo Look if you want AI to offer fashion advice at home. But what if you're at the store, and would rather not hem and haw while you decide if that top goes with those jeans? Guess and Alibaba think they can help. They've wor…
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US says ZTE can resume limited business while sanctions are debated

The Trump administration has handed ZTE another lifeline, Bloomberg reports, allowing it to resume certain business activities while US lawmakers decide how to deal with the company going forward. In April, the US Commerce Department banned ZTE from…
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