Brave Browser is out of beta with version 1.0

Brave is a free open-source browser with a focus on privacy and security. It has previously only been in beta with eight million monthly users, but a stable 1.0 version has now launched for Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, and iOS. Security includes blocking trackers, autoplay videos and third-party ads automatically. Brave isn’t the only browser […]

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Introducing a fresh new look for YouTube on desktop and tablets

Starting today, we’re bringing you the new YouTube homepage — a design that brings more features to the viewing experience on Home to help you find the next great video to watch. The updated design will begin rolling out today across desktops and YouTube apps on Android and iOS tablets, and will be available to everyone soon. Here’s what you can expect to see:

More easily find the next great video to watch

This new look includes longer video titles and larger, richer thumbnails to give you clearer information about the video at a glance, plus higher resolution video previews. As part of this cleaner design, you’ll notice we’ve also removed some content shelves. You can still find rows of videos for breaking news, music mixes, and more.

When browsing on Home, you’ll also see channel icons below each video making it easier to recognize your favorite creators and content you love.

Customize what to watch next with your queue

You’ve told us you want a better way to queue up the next video to watch, so we’re introducing the option to add to queue on desktop. You can select a handful of videos to watch next without interrupting the video you’re currently watching. Videos in your queue won’t save after you’ve closed your browser, but you can always save videos to your permanent “Watch Later” playlist, too.

Remove suggestions from channels you don’t want to watch

We launched a feature on mobile earlier this year to make it even simpler for you to tell us to stop suggesting videos from a particular channel, and today we’re bringing this to desktop. Just select the three-dot menu next to a video on the homepage, then select “Don’t recommend channel.” After that, you should no longer see videos from that channel suggested to you on the YouTube homepage. You may still be able to find these videos if you search for them, or visit the channel page or Trending tab.

Coming soon: select topics to refine your Homepage and Up Next videos

Earlier this year, we added a new feature to the YouTube Android app that lets you select your favorite topics and customize your Home feed with related videos. We’ll be releasing it on desktop and tablets soon!

We’ve been experimenting with this updated design for a few months and — based on your input — have made dozens of improvements to the layout, most notably adjusting the thumbnail sizes and showing more videos on larger screens. We’re excited to roll this out to everyone, and we hope you’ll find the updated design and new features helpful as you navigate the incredible breadth of content available on YouTube.

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[Deal] Save up to £100 on these Honor smartphones ahead of Black Friday

If you are waiting for Black Friday to buy a new handset perhaps there’s a case for instant gratification because Honor has reduced a number of its bestselling smartphones by up to £100 in the UK. The deals include the Honor 20, Honor 20 Pro, Honor 20 Lite, and the Honor 10 Lite, with savings […]

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Adobe Lightroom for iPad and iOS will directly import photos

It's been a long time coming, but you can finally import photos directly from your SD card or USB drive into the iOS version of Lightroom. Previously, users had to import images to their camera roll, then copy them over into Lightroom's library. This…
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MediaTek is launching an affordable 5G chip on November 26

Taiwanese (mid-range) chip maker MediaTek has been on a roll lately, announcing their G90 series of gaming chips back in July with a new 5G chip about to drop at the MediaTek Summit on November 26. The company’s upcoming 5G chips will cover both high-end and mid-range devices with prices starting at around $ 300. That’s […]

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Nate Boyer: From Green Beret to the starting lineup

Nate Boyer at the Texas Longhorns stadium. (YouTube)

Nate Boyer is no ordinary football player. While being deployed in Afghanistan, the former Green Beret learned how to play football by watching YouTube tutorials. At age 30, after practicing relentlessly, Boyer joined the Texas Longhorns as the team’s long snapper.

YouTube caught up with Boyer in advance of Veterans Day to learn more about his journey from the military to the football field, and to get his advice for others who might want to follow in his footsteps.

YouTube: Today is Veterans Day. What does this day mean to you?

Nate Boyer: Veterans Day for me is a time for us all to come together — veterans, civilians, families, everybody — to recognize those who have defended this country. In particular, it’s important to me that we honor the vets who didn’t come home to the same kind of appreciation that we get today, especially Vietnam vets. It’s also an important moment for vets to recognize each other and ourselves. It’s okay to receive that appreciation and pat yourself on the back; you’re somebody who was willing to make a sacrifice for their country.

YouTube: Your story is incredibly inspiring for many young people. What would you say to a kid who dreams of making it in the big leagues?

NB: I’m a testament that anything is possible. I’m not a great athlete. I’m good, but not great. I’m not very big. I was too old, too inexperienced. I had every reason to not even try. I knew I was capable, because of my experience in the military, and that’s what gave me the confidence to go all-in and chase my dream. But it’s important for all young people to know that they can keep plugging away, against all odds. Don’t quit, and you’ll get better every day. Be okay with the process and understand that it takes time to improve. It will happen.You will achieve some success and you will probably get a lot farther than you had imagined.

YouTube: How can we help?

NB: The cool thing about YouTube is that it helps you see what is possible. I had a dream that I wanted to make come true for myself, to play college football. People have dreams and crazy ideas, and they wonder if it’s possible to make it happen. On YouTube, you can find all kinds of examples of what other people have made happen for themselves, and it makes you believe that your dreams are possible, that there is a path you can follow. We’re all capable. We need to believe that we can take a chance to follow our dreams.

If you can dream it, you can YouTube it. If you can YouTube it, you can do it.

YouTube: What else have you learned from watching YouTube?

NB: I have learned all kinds of things around the house: how to replace the lightbulb in my headlight, putting together a bed, following recipes. I’m now working in film and television, and I even use YouTube to learn about acting and hosting. You can learn anything from YouTube.

— The YouTube Team


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Disney+ cuts off ‘Simpsons’ jokes with widescreen episodes

The Disney+ launch didn't just have some technical hiccups — it also irritated The Simpsons fans. Viewers have discovered that all classic Simpsons episodes are the cropped widescreen versions, not the 4:3 originals that FXX brought back in 2015….
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Microsoft workers say it’s making progress on diversity

Microsoft's push for greater diversity in its workforce appears to be paying off, and it's not just the company's management saying so this time. The tech giant's 2019 Diversity and Inclusion report offers the first public glimpse at Microsoft's Incl…
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Samsung’s flagship Exynos 990 chip is also the Exynos 9830 for the Galaxy S11

Following the announcement of their new generation of Exynos 990 chipset a few weeks ago, Samsung has confirmed that the same chip will be known as the Exynos 9830 in their future smartphones, such as the S11. Samsung slightly confused us a few weeks ago when it announced its newest flagship and sub-flagship Exynos processors […]

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Disney+ has arrived, here’s everything you need to know

It's November 12th, and Disney has thrown the doors open on its streaming service Disney+. If you live in the US, Canada or the Netherlands, then you can get unprecedented access to the Disney vault as well as some interesting new original content. T…
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The Black Desert Mobile combat game by Pearl Abyss launches on the Play Store on December 11

After a soft-launch in seven countries and more than three million pre-registrations, Pearl Abyss has announced that its Black Desert Pearl free-to-play game will officially launch on December 11. The launch will bring the addition of new gameplay features as and support for nine languages. The fast-paced combat game offers open-world gameplay, detailed character customization […]

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T-Mobile teases a $15 data plan ahead of its merger with Sprint

T-Mobile has been relatively quiet about any plan changes leading up to its proposed merger with Sprint, but now it looks like they might be using that potential acquisition to build up some goodwill with states and customers alike. They’ve announced a new plan that’s priced pretty cheaply, plus some other discounts for specific customers. […]

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[Deal] Save on some brand new Aukey accessories exclusively for Talk Android readers [50% off]

Aukey has released a new line of mobile chargers and accessories for your smartphone designed at delivering the fastest possible charge without taking up a ton of space or costing a ton of money. The Omni-Power line has power adapters for your home and car, wireless chargers, portable batteries, cables, and more, and we’re here […]

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 pegged for a December launch

Qualcomm typically hosts a tech event in December every year, showing off their latest and greatest mobile processors for phones and other devices the next year. That’s still happening this year, and we have a few events to look forward to next month. Snapdragon 865 improvements The Snapdragon 865 will replace Qualcomm’s current Snapdragon 855 […]

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OnePlus might up their game with a 120hz display in the OnePlus 8 Pro

We haven’t heard much about the OnePlus 8 Pro yet, but some new rumors have started to pop up to fill in the details. If these rumors end up being right, we might see an insanely high refresh rate screen make its way into the next OnePlus flagship. High refresh rate screens have been making […]

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Lenovo announces a super cheap $60 tablet for the US, butts head with Amazon Fire Tablets

Lenovo has announced an incredibly cheap tablet for the US market, and it looks like it’s going to compete right with Amazon’s extremely affordable Fire Tablet line. It’s pretty capable for its price, though. Lenovo Tab M7 The aptly named Lenovo Tab M7 sports a 7-inch display with a middling 1024 x 600 resolution powered […]

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Production is finally starting on the ‘Halo’ TV series

After six long years, filming for the Halo TV series is ready to start. Showtime has announced that production on the game-based show is "about to begin," and has revealed three new cast members in the process. Danny Sapani (of Doctor Who and The L…
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CDC says a toxic compound may be responsible for vaping illnesses

The Center for Disease Control is edging closer to an explanation for vaping-related lung illnesses. The agency has determined that vitamin E acetate, a compound present in all 29 lung tissue samples obtained from patients, is a "potential toxin of…
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Hitting the Books: Did the advent of the first desktop computer lead to murder?

Welcome to Hitting the Books. With less than one in five Americans reading just for fun these days, we've done the hard work for you by scouring the internet for the most interesting, thought provoking books on science and technology we can find and…
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Mercedes-Benz will build an electric G-Class SUV

Two years ago, then-head of Mercedes Dieter Zetsche said the brand planned to have electric versions for all of its models by 2022. One year ago Mercedes unveiled its first electric SUV. Now, per a tweet by Head of Digital Transformation at Daimler A…
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‘Westworld’ season three teaser brings us to Silicon Valley

While the first two Westworld seasons were centered around the use of AI and robotics technology at a sort of vacation getaway, the teaser revealed tonight turns the lens back toward Silicon Valley tech giants. In a promotion linked to the Wired 25 e…
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Apple orders Ben Stiller workplace drama starring Adam Scott

Apple is continuing to expand its post-launch TV+ lineup with high-profile shows. The company has ordered Severance, a workplace drama directed by Ben Stiller and created by The Good Fight's Dan Erickson. The 10-episode first season will star Adam…
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The Morning After: ‘Death Stranding’ is here — but is it a good game?

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. It's finally Death Stranding day, and if you're still on the fence about playing Hideo Kojima's latest project, perhaps our added perspective can help. Apple has released another update to iOS 13 that should mak…
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Xiaomi announces the Mi Note 10, offering its 108MP to the rest of the world

Xiaomi has followed up its announcement of the Mi CC9 Pro (and Mi Watch) with the global version of the phone, bringing its whopping 108MP shooter to the rest of the world. As usual, the Mi CC9 Pro will be ditching that naming convention on the global stage, and Xiaomi will be selling it as […]

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Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 Review: Android’s best Apple Watch contender

We recently learned that Google has acquired Fitbit for $ 2.1 billion, a huge boost for the tech giant’s floundering Wear OS and its fitness cred. It remains to be seen how well the next generation of Google’s watches perform, but as of now, Samsung’s Tizen-based watches remain the kings of Android. Similar to the Apple […]

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Uber may have to pay Waymo or redesign its self-driving software

In 2017, Waymo accused Uber of stealing its autonomous driving trade secrets. You may have thought the Uber-Waymo legal battle was over when, in 2018, the companies reached a settlement and Uber agreed to pay around $ 245 million. But as part of the s…
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The Pixel 4 November update modifies the behavior of the 90Hz display

One of the selling points of the new Pixel 4 models is the screen’s 90Hz refresh rate, which provides a faster, smoother experience. Gaming, in particular, really benefits. It’s not an “always on” feature, however, and drops to 60Hz often to preserve battery life. Screen brightness plays a role and it’s been shown that the […]

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Adobe’s experimental ‘sneaks’ could make editing so much easier

Adobe has revealed a lot more experimental tools — or "sneaks," as what the company calls it — other than Project Awesome Audio at this year's MAX conference. One of them is Project All in, and it could be the answer to your woes if you're always t…
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Razer’s latest wireless mice promise low-lag gaming from $60

Razer is expanding its Basilisk mouse family with a pair of models that aim to make low-latency wireless mice both more accessible and more powerful. The most interesting model may be the affordable option, the six-button Basilisk X HyperSpeed (abov…
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Sports teams are using Signal to duck deflategate-like scandals

Facebook isn't the only company struggling over the prospect of end-to-end encryption in messaging apps, as a report from Yahoo Sports cites examples from "every level of sport" turning to encrypted messaging. While Whatsapp and iMessage provide encr…
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Microsoft merges all of their mobile productivity apps into one Office hub

Microsoft has announced that they’ll be taking their existing Word, Excel, and Powerpoint applications on Android and iOS and merging them into a single Office app. Fortunately there’s no loss of functionality with this change, but it should make things a little more fluid on your phone and take up less space, too. Alongside this […]

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Facebook is testing a facial recognition tool to verify your identity

Facebook isn't entirely shying away from facial recognition, it seems. Code explorer Jane Manchun Wong has discovered a reference to a facial recognition system in Facebook's mobile app that would verify your identity. You'd have to take a "video s…
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What’s on TV this week: ‘Death Stranding’

Hideo Kojima's next game is almost here. Later this week you can finally play Death Stranding on your PS4 and probably either be confused about what exactly the game is, or thoroughly enjoy being confused about exactly what the game is. Other options…
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[Deal] Amazon has a ton of Logitech accessories and peripherals on sale today only

Whether you’re looking to build out your workstation at home, you need a new keyboard for your laptop or NVIDIA Shield, or you’re ready to start buying discounted gaming gear for the holidays, Logitech is running a sale that you might be interested in. The deal is today only on Amazon and knocks a big […]

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8chan returns without its most notorious community

The anonymous forum 8chan is back, although it might not be the anything-goes site it once was. The newly rebranded 8kun launched on November 3rd with many of 8chan's boards having made the migration. There's now a more prominent disclaimer that 8k…
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Xiaomi teases a new smartwatch and a 50x camera zoom on the Mi CC9 Pro

Xiaomi is prepping an announcement for a new smartwatch and phone, so it’s about time to drum up some interest. They’ve released a few photos and specs of these devices to get us interested until they’re officially announced, so let’s dig in. Xiaomi Mi Watch Xiaomi’s upcoming Mi Watch definitely looks a little Apple Watch-y, […]

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Study casts doubt on the chances of life on watery alien planets

Scientists searching for habitable planets often see the presence of water as a key sign, but they might not want to raise their hopes too high. A recently published study has indicated that there was no clear evidence of extremophiles (life that ca…
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Tesla Autopilot now recognizes traffic cones

Tesla's Autopilot has been adept at recognizing other cars on the road, but those aren't the only things you have to worry about on the road — what about the traffic cones that wall you off from roadwork? You can relax after today… well, for the…
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After Math: It’s sequel season

Friday's announcement that the second coming of Into the Spider-Verse will arrive in theaters on April 8, 2022, came amidst a flurry of franchise follow-up news. Motorola really is bringing back its famed Razr flip phone, Blizzard confirmed the new e…
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Huawei MatePad Pro leaks with some serious Apple inspiration

Huawei has done a good job of building their design language into something distinct and recognizable, but every once in a while you’ll see them do something that throws back to the old Huawei that took way too much inspiration from Apple. The newly leaked Huawei MatePad Pro, for example, could very easily be mistaken […]

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China tells online stores to stop selling e-cigarettes

E-cigarette sales bans are quickly becoming an international phenomenon. China's tobacco regulators have asked online shopping companies to "temporarily" close online stores that sell e-cigarettes — effectively, it's banning e-cig sales on the inte…
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How to add widgets to your Android home screen

Widgets are one of Android’s signature features that you really don’t get on iOS or other mobile operating systems. They allow you to quickly check information, like the time or weather, right from your home screen without opening an app. They can also simulate an app, too, like a music widget that will start your […]

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Chromebook sales explode following a 300% increase in Android app usage

Popularity of Chromebooks has dramatically increased in the last couple of years as Google has integrated the Play Store and its millions of Android apps into Chrome OS. In 2019, almost fifty new Chromebooks hit the market, compared to just over a hundred between 2011 and 2018. According to The NPD Group that tracks US […]

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LG announces Korean update schedule including imminent Android 10 for G8 and V50

LG is infamous for their slow Android updates even as the competition has improved, though their newly announced update plans include decent timeframes for their newest flagships in South Korea. LG is amongst the worst smartphone companies when it comes to supporting their devices’ software with Android security updates and OS upgrades, and they’re pretty-well […]

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Google’s Fitbit acquisition is official for $2.1 billion

Despite being one of the first in the wearable game and buying up Pebble, Fitbit is going to fold under Alphabet’s wing. Google’s parent company was reportedly trying to buy them earlier this week, and that deal has now closed. It’s worth $ 2.1 billion, too, so some serious money was spent. What’s Google going to […]

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TikTok’s parent company reportedly faces a national security review

Recently TikTok's popularity has exploded worldwide, and so has scrutiny over the app's parent company ByteDance and its relationship to the Chinese government. Now Reuters reports that the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS)…
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Scrolling lyrics for Spotify starts coming to Google Smart Displays

If you own a Google Smart Display and you’re still hanging on to Google Play Music, you might have seen lyrics scroll on your screen while listening to music. That’s been a pretty limited feature so far, but considering Google isn’t keeping Play Music around long-term, it’s time to bring other music services in to […]

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This Android malware is impossible to uninstall and somehow survives factory resets

It’s been a pretty bad month for security-minded people, and it’s not getting better. Apparently there’s some new Android malware floating around, and it goes beyond your average annoying app on the Play Store that just serves up a bunch of intrusive ads. This new malware, dubbed xHelper, is apparently exploiting some flaws in Android […]

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The Pixel 4’s face unlock feature is supported by these apps so far (Continuously updated)

One of the things you may have noticed with the Pixel 4 and 4 XL is that Google has courageously omitted the fingerprint sensor from the handsets and gone all-in on Touch ID face unlock. This means that instead of just being used to log in on your phones’ lock screen, you’ll be able to […]

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Incognito Mode for Google Maps has arrived on Android

Earlier this month Google announced that its new Incognito feature for Maps had started to roll out, and now it should be here on your Android devices. Android Police points out a post on the support page from yesterday indicating that the rollout ha…
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