Verily shelves its glucose-monitoring contact lens project

In 2014, Verily, Alphabet's life sciences subsidiary, teamed up with Alcon to develop a contact lens that could measure glucose levels in tears. The idea being that diabetics would have an easier, less invasive way of keeping track of their glucose l…
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Facebook is testing a Watch Party-like feature for Messenger

Earlier this year, Facebook rolled out Watch Parties, a way for group members to watch the same videos together. Now, it looks like the company is testing a similar feature for Messenger. TechCrunch reports that code spotted by mobile investigator An…
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[TA Deals] Pick up a portable microscope with 1000x zoom at a big discount!

If you want a unique gadget to play around with, you might want to check out this portable microscope with a 1000x zoom lens. It’s easy to use with a single shutter button for pictures, but it’ll also let you zoom into anything you might want to examine extremely closely. Coins, old documents, plants, phone […]

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Sharp takes the joke too far, announces a phone with two notches

I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t really mind notches on phones, within reason. But that all pretty much goes out the window when talking about Sharp’s newest phone, the Aquos R2 Compact, which features a notch on both the top and bottom of the screen. Sharp’s reasoning for this is that the […]

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How Aardman made a WWI game look like an oil painting

Most video games set in the First or Second World War shoot for gritty realism. In Battlefield 1, for instance, there's an extraordinary amount of detail in every uniform, firearm and mud-filled trench. It's the visual fidelity, paired with addictive…
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The Morning After: Pixel ‘Night Mode’ sees in the dark

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. This morning, there's more bad news for Facebook, plus our joint investigation with Point is highlighting the way big tobacco markets smoking in the social-media era. Also, it's time to experience Night Mode on…
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Amazon strikes a global deal with Blumhouse for eight thrillers

Jason Blum's Blumhouse Television, the production house behind TV shows like Eye Candy and Cold Case Files, has struck a deal with Amazon Studios to create eight dark/thriller films that will all be thematically connected. If the name Jason Blum soun…
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Facebook starts rolling out Messenger’s ‘unsend’ feature

Facebook didn't take long to roll out Messenger's unsend feature, although it may be a while before you have the option of correcting missteps in your part of the world. Unsending is now available in Messenger's Android and iOS apps in Bolivia, Colo…
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‘Pokemon Go’ creator Niantic’s Harry Potter game will arrive in 2019

Pokemon Go developer Niantic Labs said last November that it was working on a Harry Potter mobile game, which will also focus on location-based and augmented-reality gameplay. The company has now revealed it will release Harry Potter: Wizards Unite i…
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Talk Android’s 2018 Gift Guide for the Holidays

Need to get started on your holiday shopping? Don’t panic, Talk Android is here to help you out. We’ve rounded up our favorite phones, smart home devices, and accessories to give you some ideas of what to get for the holiday season, and we’ve tagged some reviews so you can read up on everything before […]

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Google announces the Material Design Awards 2018 winners

Google recognizes a handful of apps each year for their exceptional use of Material Design and the 2018 winners have been announced. The Material Design Awards 2018 has four categories – expression, innovation, experience, and adaptation. A winner for each was selected from hundreds of nominations and recognized at SPAN Helsinki on November 1st. Material Design was […]

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Swatter behind deadly ‘Call of Duty’ hoax pleads guilty to 51 charges

Tyler Barriss is poised to face a stiff punishment for the game-related swatting call that ultimately killed Wichita resident Andrew Finch, not to mention a host of other crimes. Barriss has pleaded guilty to 51 charges as part of a deal, including…
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Waymo may launch its self-driving car service in early December

It's been a long time in coming, but Waymo finally appears to be on the cusp of launching a commercial self-driving car service. Bloomberg sources claim that the Alphabet-owned brand will launch its autonomous transport option in the Phoenix suburbs…
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GM’s Maven program will rent Teslas and Fords in 2019

Earlier this year, GM officially launched a program called Maven that gives people a way to earn extra money by renting out their cars. It's only open to Chevrolet-, Buick-, GMC- and Cadillac-branded vehicles, though — in other words, cars from GM's…
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Every View Can Create Change: Introducing the 50+ new Creators for Change Impact Films

In anticipation of the International Day for Tolerance on November 16th, we are proud to celebrate the creators who are using the power of one view to open minds, inspire understanding, celebrate culture, and make a difference. From a beauty vlogger in California to a rapper in Sudan, a painter in Germany to a comedy collective in India, YouTube’s Creators for Change program brings together storytellers from around the world to share moments of hope, humanity, and acceptance. At YouTube, we believe that the world is a better place when we listen, share and build community through our stories. YouTube Creators for Change is a critical part of this mission and we are incredibly proud of the continued momentum of the creators from around the world who are using their voices to overcome divisiveness and hate.

Today, YouTube’s Creators for Change Ambassadors came together to release over 50 new films that aim to promote tolerance, encourage empathy, and spark dialogue, locally and globally.


In May we announced that 47 Global Ambassadors joined the Creators for Change program, a global initiative dedicated to amplifying and multiplying the voices of YouTube creators who are using their platforms to spread messages of positivity, hope and acceptance. Since the announcement, they’ve been working with mentors like award-winning filmmaker Eliot Rausch, the Founder of The Nzinga Effect, Eliza Anyangwe, and Anthony Robinson, the Director of Training & Public Engagement at the Truman National Security Project on persuasive storytelling and bridge-building to create inspiring Impact Films. Some highlights from this year’s films include:

  • US-based singer-songwriter MILCK composed “A Little Peace” in response to violence globally. As part of her project she created a music video where multiple singers harmonized with one another in the name of peace.  
  • Australian-based YouTube Creator and rapper, L-FRESH the LION created a project that follows his work with Manbir SIngh (Akaal Fauj – kirtan teacher) trying to preserve Sikh culture through hip-hop and traditional music. 
  •  UK-based skin-positivity Creator Em Ford created a follow-up video to her 2015 viral video “You Look disgusting” called “Redefine Pretty;” a short film detailing how beauty standards psychologically affect young women. 
  • India’s biggest female comedy YouTube creator, MostlySane’s video “No Offence” is a funny yet timely follow-up rap video to “Shameless”, focused on dealing with various kinds of hate speech – both online and in real life. 
  • Dentist by day, YouTube creator by night, Maha AJ created the “Salimmik” music video as a way to pay homage to her home country of Sudan. This love-letter to Sudan aims to show a side of Sudan that is not typically portrayed in media

Driving impact locally

In addition to the global program, creators around the world are using their voices to stand for positivity through our local chapter efforts in 9 countries. Through a combination of creator-led videos that opens minds to educational workshops that inspire critical though, local initiatives span 9 markets and continue to inspire local communities. For example:

  • in Asia, Creators for Change joined forces with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and social change agency Love Frankie to support emerging YouTube creators committed to tackling tough social issues in their videos through a regional Creators for Change Fellows program. Following a series of kick-off Boot Camps across Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand, a committee selected 15 regional Fellows from these 5 countries, collectively representing an audience of over 2 million fans. Armed with production funding and opportunities to work with civil society organizations, these up-and-coming voices have created over 15 inspiring videos
  • Be Internet Citizens, the United Kingdom’s local Creators for Change chapter, is on target to reach 20,000 students you the end of the year with content about responsible Internet use and empowering young adults to be positive voices online. 
  •  Israel hosted almost 100 top creators for a Tolerance Summit in connection with the local chapter initiative, #Ovdim_Al_Ze. The 2018 Tolerance Challenge was announced, an invitation for local creators to share meaningful and heartfelt videos for release on the International Day for Tolerance taking place on November 16th, 2018. 
  • The German chapter of Creators for Change, #NichtEgal, kicked off a nation-wide roll-out of school-focused workshops in October. Targeting 61 schools in all 16 German states, this program aims to train 200 teachers and 1,500 mentor students, who are forwarding their knowledge to 10,000+ students within the program until the beginning of December. These workshops are supported by our local YouTube creators who share their experiences and advise the students on how to have a positive impact in their communities. 
  • So far this year, 35 000 youth have benefited from anti fake-news and hate speech related workshops in France as part of the Toi-même Tu filmes program, working closely with partners like Les Petits Débrouillards and Génération Numérique to deliver trainings all over France. Additionally, YouTube Creators for Change has partnered with the United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner to sponsor the 2018 Mobile Film Festival, encouraging youth around the globe to create short films that celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights.

To all the creators who participated in this year’s program: thank you. We are grateful for your passion and dedication.

— Juniper Downs, Head of YouTube Public Policy


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[Deal] Amazon has the 128GB LG V30+ for $400 right now

It may not be the most current phone on the market, but Amazon is currently running a pretty slick deal on the LG V30+ right now, bringing the price of the phone down to just $ 399. And it specifically is the “plus” version of the phone, so you do get the extra onboard storage totaling 128GB. […]

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Thunder Purple OnePlus 6T goes on sale in the US and Europe from Nov. 15

The OnePlus 6T was announced on October 29th in Midnight Black or Mirror Black options, with fans wondering when a more exciting color, or at least one that wasn’t black, would be announced. It turns out that we didn’t have long to wait because OnePlus has just announced that the OnePlus 6T will be available […]

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Facebook reportedly pressured Palmer Luckey to support a politician

When Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey left Facebook, neither said exactly why. The implication that it was due to his quiet donation to a group spreading pro-Trump memes. Now, however, we might have a better idea — and it raises questions about Fac…
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House Democrats to investigate Trump actions against Amazon, AT&T

Now that Democrats are poised to control of the House of Representatives, they're planning investigations into the Trump administration's actions against technology companies. Inbound House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff told Axios in a…
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Christianity and conservationism collide in ‘Pangolin’s Puzzle’

Pangolin's Puzzle is a new mobile game that offers a refreshing approach to the puzzle genre — instead of relying solely on spatial manipulation or number-based solves, it serves up written logic problems. Players manipulate patches of the environme…
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[TA Deals] Grab these totally wireless Metallic Air Bud headphones 67% off!

The industry is moving towards completely wireless headphones, which means you won’t have to deal with any wires getting in the way, period. We’re offering a highly discounted pair of truly wireless earbuds through Talk Android Deals that will give you high-quality audio with zero wires, and it even includes a charging case. Stay reliably […]

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Tesla raises prices, cuts options to simplify its EV lineup

Tesla has made good on its plan to cull options for its electric cars, and the changes are… mixed. Electrek has learned that Tesla has raised the prices of the Model S 75D and Model X 75D by $ 1,000 to $ 78,000 and $ 84,000 respectively, albeit with…
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Google Pixel 3 XL Review: Google nails it, even with the notch

Where the affordable Nexus phones were made with tech enthusiasts in mind, the advent of the Pixel and Pixel XL in 2016 saw Google develop a handset aimed at the average consumer combining the power of stock Android with premium design and a higher price tag. In 2017 the search giant took another step forward […]

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Disney’s streaming service is called Disney+ and set to launch late 2019

Disney has a ton of TV shows and movies available via a variety of streaming services and networks that often involves paying for multiple subscriptions, but the entire catalog of content isn’t possible to view from a single source. This could soon change, though, with news of a new streaming service called Disney+ run by […]

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Google apparently can’t fix any damaged Pixel 3 phones right now

If you’ve already purchased a Google Pixel 3, don’t break it. According to some horror stories on the internet, Google is apparently unable to fix broken devices just yet, and they aren’t able to get the parts to their partner repair store, uBreakiFix. The story, which comes from 9to5Google, saw a Pixel 3 XL take […]

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Roborace won’t use a fully driverless car for its first season

Roborace has long talked of completely driverless cars hitting the track when its first season gets underway, but the company has had a change of heart. CEO (and Formula E winner) Lucas di Grassi has revealed to Motorsport.com that Roborace's "Season…
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Google finally admits that dark mode helps with battery life on OLED displays

It’s something that most Samsung users have been aware of since the Galaxy S2 launched; AMOLED (OLED) displays use much less power when showing dark or true black wallpapers. In its quest to implement its Material Design that brought blinding white brightness to its apps as well as encouraging app developers to follow suit, Google has […]

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Expect Android Pie for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note in January 2019

Samsung’s been on a roll with software lately, so even if you’re not terribly excited about a phone that can bend itself in half, you might still have something to look forward to. In addition to showing off One UI, Samsung made sure to note that the Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, and Galaxy Note 9 […]

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iFixit takes a peek inside the new MacBook Air

You know the drill — new hardware arrives and iFixit pulls it apart. Apple's revised MacBook Air just hit the shop table, so you can look inside while figuring out which of the company's portable computing solutions fits your lifestyle (if any of th…
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YouTube is available for the Nintendo Switch

After some not-so-subtle hints, it finally happened: YouTube is available for the Switch. As you'd expect, you can watch videos (including your subscriptions) on Nintendo's console whether it's docked to your TV or on the move in handheld mode. You…
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The last of the Nexus phones receive their final update

The Nexus 6P and budget-friendly 5X launched in 2015 with a three-year update guarantee from Google. This included two years of major software upgrades and three years of security updates. That makes 2018 the last year for Nexus updates as the new Pixel line replaced them in 2016. A spontaneous two-month extension was granted last […]

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DIY repairs a challenge for Huawei Mate 20 Pro

With the release of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro a few weeks ago, it is time for the folks at iFixit to check out what kind of potential there is for consumers to do their own repairs on the smartphone. Considering how complex smartphones are getting as they try to balance top hardware with durability, […]

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Election day: Live on YouTube

It’s election day in the United States. From candidates launching their campaigns to debating issues that matter to voters, you’ve come to YouTube to hear directly from the candidates and follow the midterm election.

Now it’s time to make your voice heard. If you haven’t already cast your ballot, head to Google and search “where to vote” to find your voting location and make your voice heard.

As polls close, tune into YouTube, where these news organizations will bring you live election results coverage throughout the evening:

 Brandon Feldman, YouTube News and Politics


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Top ten best cases for the Pixel 3 XL

Google officially took the wraps off the Pixel 3 XL at its launch event on October 9th, unveiling a handset with a two-tone glass design and a rather large notch on its display. While there isn’t much you can do about the notch other than disabling it, you can protect the Pixel 3 XL’s glass rear […]

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[TA Deals] Save big on the MCSA SQL server certification training bundle! (96% off)

Getting certified in Microsoft SQL server management is going to be a big plus on your resume, and Talk Android Deals is offering a bundle to help get you started. The bundle includes two comprehensive courses dealing with SQL Server 2016 and Microsoft Azure, totaling around 200 lessons and over 50 hours worth of content. […]

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[Deal] Save up to 43% on these Anker accessories

November is upon us which means its time to start thinking about preparing for the holiday season if you haven’t already begun. Helping to get the party started in both the US and the UK is Anker with an array of accessories ranging from soundbars to chargers to pressure washers and dashcams that are discounted […]

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[TA Deals] Save up to 95% on a discounted Windscribe VPN lifetime subscription!

Lifetime subscriptions to VPNs can be an excellent deal, since you’ll always want privacy and security but you probably don’t always want a recurring charge on your credit card. Right now we’re offering multi-year and lifetime subs to Windscribe VPN so you can lock into a deal without paying every month for it. Windscribe is a […]

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What’s on TV: ‘Tetris Effect’ and ‘Great British Baking Show’

This week Netflix premieres Outlaw King, starring Chris Pine as a hero in medieval Scotland, as well as "Collection 6" of The Great British Baking Show. On PS4 and PS VR, there's Tetris Effect which puts a Tetsuya Mizuguchi spin on the classic puzzle…
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The Galaxy Note 9 gets leaked in yet another new color

The Galaxy Note 9 just recently picked up black and silver paint jobs after only blue and purple options were available at launch, continuing Samsung’s trend of releasing additional colors after the initial launch window of the phone. Now there’s another leaked render of the Note 9, but this time in a very clean looking […]

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Samsung Galaxy F rumors heat up with model numbers and firmware

Samsung is set to announce something very soon, but we’re still not 100% sure what exactly that’s going to be. There are plenty of rumors about a folding phone being shown off, but some overlap between the Galaxy F and Galaxy X codenames make it hard to pinpoint exactly what to expect. Now more rumors […]

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Google’s Project Fi will soon be known as Google Fi

Google’s Project Fi, the mobile virtual network operator that utilizes Sprint, T-Mobile, Three, and US Cellular networks for service, is being rebranded as Google Fi. This follows similar rebranding from Google such as Android Wear to Wear OS and so on. A Redditor discovered a promotional card inside a Pixel 3 box that showed the new […]

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Motorola One launches in the US on November 11th for $399

You'll soon be able to buy the Motorola One in the US. The phonemaker says it's bringing the Android One phone stateside "after a successful launch" in Latin America, Asia Pacific and Europe where it's sold for €299. In the US, the device will s…
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Facebook reorganizes Oculus to further its long-term VR goals

Facebook isn't done shaking up its strategy for Oculus. TechCrunch has learned that Facebook reorganized its augmented and virtual reality teams this week to focus on areas of technical expertise, rather than specific products. The company acknowle…
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OxygenOS 9.0.2 OTA brings Nightscape, Studio Lighting, and November Security patch to OnePlus 6

The OnePlus 6T launched on October 29th with its new gesture navigation system, the fancy Nightscape low-light imaging feature, Studio Lighting, as well as the improved UI for the About Phone section. Just like it promised, OnePlus is bringing these features and more to the OnePlus 6 via a stable software update. Rolling out as an […]

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There are some catches to buying a OnePlus 6T through T-Mobile

Thinking about pulling the trigger on the OnePlus 6T through T-Mobile? That’s not a bad idea, especially while the carrier is offering a killer trade-in deal, but there are some differences you’ll probably want to know about first. OnePlus has posted some of those details on their blog so you’ll know what to expect from […]

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Ask Engadget: Which USB-C mic will improve my vacation videos?

The support shared among readers in the comments section is one of the things we love most about the Engadget community. Over the years, we've known you to offer sage advice on everything from Chromecasts and cameras to drones and smartphones. In fac…
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Google Walkout protest included 20,000 participants Friday

According to its organizers, a protest put together over the last week pulled together 20,000 workers in 50 Google offices around the world who walked out at 11:10 AM local time yesterday. While the response came to a boil after the New York Times wr…
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[TA Deals] Save 30% on the Nix Mini Color Sensor and improve your design workflow!

Color coordinating things can be tough, whether you’re trying to match something for your next web project, plan on repainting a room in your house, or making a major purchase where color is a big deal. And unless you’re some kind of savant with colors, you’re going to have a bad time if you just try […]

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Scientists find evidence of a black hole at our galaxy’s center

Researchers have long suspected that a supermassive black hole lies in the center of our galaxy, and now they have strong evidence to support that suspicion. Using the Very Large Telescope — an array of four individual telescopes stationed in the At…
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OnePlus 6T is available now available to buy in matte of glossy black

Having launched just a couple of days ago on October 30th, the OnePlus 6T is now available to buy from the widest range of retailers and carriers ever (for OnePlus). Besides ditching the audio jack and moving to a slightly bigger AMOLED display with a teardrop notch, the OnePlus 6T also features an in-display fingerprint […]

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