Microsoft puts AI to work in Office 365

Microsoft isn't just trying out artificial intelligence through bots and voice assistants — it's going all-in. The crew in Redmond has revealed that Office 365 is wielding cloud-based AI to automate many tasks. Tap for Word and Outlook surface rel…
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Project Loon achieves new milestone in flight time

Google has been getting a lot of attention the last couple weeks as the industry tries to figure out what the company may reveal next week in a big October 4th announcement. The search giant is not the only part of the Alphabet portfolio with exciting news to share though. Over the weekend the Project […]

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Plex Cloud lets you dump your home media server

Thanks to streaming, physical formats like CDs and Blu-rays aren't as popular than they once were. Some people choose to sign up for a monthly subscription like Netflix or Spotify, while others take the DIY approach. For many years, Plex has helped p…
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Growing our Trusted Flagger program into YouTube Heroes

YouTube has always allowed people to report content they believe violates our Community Guidelines and we often hear questions about what happens to a video after you’ve flagged it. When a flag is received, the reported content is always reviewed by YouTube before being removed. We have internal teams from around the world who carefully evaluate reports 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, and these teams remove content that violates our policies or are careful to leave content up if it hasn’t crossed the line.

Back in 2012, we noticed that certain people were particularly active in reporting Community Guidelines violations with an extraordinarily high rate of accuracy. From this insight, the Trusted Flagger program was born to provide more robust tools for people or organizations who are particularly interested in and effective at notifying us of content that violates our Community Guidelines.

As part of this program, Trusted Flaggers receive access to a tool that allows for reporting multiple videos at the same time. Once content is flagged, our trained teams review them to determine whether to remove the flagged videos or not. Our Trusted Flaggers’ results around flagging content that violates our Community Guidelines speak for themselves: their reports are accurate over 90% of the time. This is three times more accurate than the average flagger.

Given the success of the Trusted Flagger program, we want to do more to empower the people who contribute to YouTube in other ways. That’s why we’re introducing YouTube Heroes, a program designed to recognize and support the global community of people who consistently help make YouTube a better experience for everyone. These “Heroes” do this in big and small ways by adding captions & subtitles to videos, reporting videos that violate our community guidelines, or sharing their knowledge with others in our help forums.

The program is now available to a select group of contributors from across the globe who have histories of high quality community contributions. People who are interested in joining the program can express interest here and we will gradually admit other top contributors into the program. 

YouTube Heroes will have access to a dedicated YouTube Heroes community site that is separate from the main YouTube site, where participants can learn from one another. Through the program, participants will be able to earn points and unlock rewards to help them reach the next level. For example, Level 2 Heroes get access to training through exclusive workshops and Hero hangouts, while Level 3 Heroes who have demonstrated their proficiency will be able to flag multiple videos at a time (something Trusted Flaggers can already do) and help moderate content strictly within the YouTube Heroes Community site.

A sneak peek at the new YouTube Heroes Community site

YouTube Heroes will also be able to track their own contributions and see their overall impact. They can easily find out when a video they reported has been removed by YouTube for violation of our policies, a subtitle they contributed has been approved by the creator, or a help forum answer they’ve posted has been marked as best answer.

A look at how YouTube Heroes can track their contributions

To kick the program off, we brought our first class of YouTube Heroes together for the first time this week at a two-day summit at YouTube HQ.
Meet our first class of YouTube Heroes!

It’s early days for the program and we will continue to roll out the details of YouTube Heroes and the dedicated YouTube Heroes Community site over the coming months. We’re excited to learn through this initial launch and to continue improving the program over time, as we’ve done with our Trusted Flagger program. We appreciate everything our community does to make YouTube vibrant and diverse, so on behalf of the team: thank you!
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iOS 10 was not great for Apple’s backup security, experts say

In love with the new iOS 10? If you’re a hacker, you might be as well. That’s because the newest operating system allegedly makes it “considerably easier” to hack iTunes logins for backup passwords stored on a Mac or PC.

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Danish students take to the seas in floating shipping container apartments

By making use of modular shipping container homes in Copenhagen’s urban harbors, Urban Rigger and architecture firm Bjarke Ingels have reinvented student housing and offer units for just $ 600 per month.

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Linguist offers a tribute to the period on National Punctuation Day

The lexicon of the digital age is one that seems to ignore much of the grammatical conventions that have ruled for the last millennia. But don’t worry, traditionalists. One thing is here to stay — the period.

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Moto Mods Development Kit announced

This past summer saw two smartphone manufacturers try to incorporate some modular concepts into their flagship phones with LG and Lenovo employing the strategy. In the case of LG, the implementation of modules was fairly slick for the LG G5, but the company dropped the ball on items like availability, pricing and building an ecosystem. […]

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UPS test drives drone delivery with mock package

UPS announced it is starting to test emergency deliveries with help from CyPhy Works. The partnership is nothing new for UPS, as the shipping giant participated in a $ 22 million round CyPhy raised last year.

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Prices for Google Home and new 4K Chromecast have leaked

October 4th is all but certain to tell us how to actually purchase Google Home (as well as some fancy new phones) but it looks like the price tags for Google’s upcoming home automation assistant have leaked ahead of time. If you were expecting Google Home to be a cheap device in the realm of […]

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Pokémon Go Plus review

Still playing Pokémon Go? Nintendo’s Pokémon Go Plus $ 35 wearable is now available to help with the grind of earning more stardust, and hatching more eggs.

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Smart’s diminutive vehicles will all have EV options in 2017

Smart's teeny-tiny and highly parkable vehicles aren't exactly known for their highway speeds, but they do make sensible grocery-getters for city folk with limited space. So it makes sense that the next model year from Mercedes-Benz's pint-sized line…
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Snapchat unveils its first wearable: a chic pair of “Spectacles” that let you record snaps

Snapchat has finally revealed its first hardware product, and it’s not what everyone was expecting (well not quite). “Spectacles,” as the company has branded them, are a pair of video-recording sunglasses that sync with your smartphone.

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Samsung’s Galaxy S8 might go Exynos-only next year

Lately there’s been a ton of buzz over Apple’s incredibly impressive A10 Fusion CPU in the iPhone 7, and an appropriate head scratching over why we don’t see blistering edge processors like that on Android’s side of the fence, especially from Qualcomm, especially since Qualcomm is the de facto flagship CPU manufacturer. Samsung is wondering […]

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Xbox controller support is coming to Samsung’s Gear VR headset

Last month, Microsoft announced plans to bring Xbox Wireless tech to PCs and other gaming accessories starting with Lenovo's IdeaCentre Y710 Cube. Today, the company went a step further with controller support for Samsung's Gear VR headset. That's ri…
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UK broadband customers also affected by Yahoo hack

Yahoo might not be quite as big in the UK as it is in the US, but that doesn't mean the shockwaves from the company's enormous hack won't be felt on the both sides of the Atlantic. In total, 500 million users were affected by the 2014 breach, which w…
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Apple may open a retail store on Samsung’s turf in South Korea

South Korea doesn’t have an Apple store, but the iPhone maker is trying to change that. While Samsung already is dealing with the recall of its Galaxy Note 7, it now has to worry about a possible physical retail presence from its rival.

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Deezer’s family streaming plan is now available across Europe

Like most streaming services, music or otherwise, Deezer has a family plan that offers enough individual accounts to cover your whole household for a significantly discounted price. This particular subscription option, however, was previously exclusi…
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Amazon’s Kindle for Kids bundle offers children’s books for $99

To offer kids a way to read via Kindle, Amazon is back with another $ 99 bundle. The Kindle for Kids offer combines the latest e-reader with a cover and a "2-year worry-free guarantee." It's meant to boost reading habits for children complete with too…
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Elsewhere’s app and glasses make videos pop out in 3D

With $ 50, an iPhone, and a pair of glasses that look like Benjamin Franklin’s bifocals, you can add some depth to your videos, thanks to Elsewhere. The iOS app comes with a pair of spectacles.

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Next-generation U.S. military grenade is two grenades in one

There are many different types of grenades used by the military and law enforcement alike. For the first time in 40 years, the U.S. military is designing a new model for use in the field.

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Smile and take a selfie, and you’ll feel your confidence grow, study suggests

A small team of researchers from the University of California have detailed a small study showing that taking daily selfies can actually improve one’s confidence over time.

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China’s first space station will fall to Earth, but where will it land?

After six years of service in testing systems for a future larger station, China’s prototype station dubbed “Heavenly Palace” will fall back to Earth sometime in 2017. Where will it land? We don’t know yet.

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Want to watch the presidential debates? Just head over to Twitter

A new deal brokered between the social media platform and Bloomberg Television will allow the Twitterverse to view a live-stream of all three presidential debates, the first of which is to take place on September 26.

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Apple has filed a patent for a paper bag, really

Apple has filed patents for a myriad of tech stuff over the years, from VR goggles to a wraparound phone display to a tablet cover with a built-in screen. Its latest one, however, is for a paper bag.

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Instagram now lets you save your edited photos as drafts

Like to jazz up your Instagram pics before sharing them? Then you’ll love the app’s latest feature, which allows you to save your edited photos as drafts. In testing since July, the feature is now officially available to everyone.

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The eyes have it: Samsung Pay will let you purchase items using your retina

The latest update to Samsung Pay allows consumers to pay with nothing more than your retina (that is to say, your eye). But there’s a catch — this feature only works if you have a Galaxy Note 7.

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BlackBerry ‘Neon,’ ‘Argon,’ and ‘Mercury’ rumors, news, price, release date, and more

BlackBerry isn’t dead yet! The company may be readying three new Android smartphones for release later this year. Here’s everything we know about the devices, what they look like, and what they can do.

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HTC announces the mid-range Desire 10 Pro and Desire 10 Lifestyle

HTC debuted two new handsets in its mid-range lineup this morning: the Desire 10 Pro and the Desire 10 Lifestyle. Both are bound for European, Asian, and Middle East markets overseas.

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Google confirms October 4 for Pixel, Pixel XL launch

Google has confirmed it will be announcing a new device (and possibly more) on October 4. It is now official that the company will be hosting a launch event in San Francisco for the Pixel and Pixel XL, the two flagship devices positioned to replace the Nexus line that we’ve known for years. Hit the break for the […]

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Here’s our first look at Panasonic’s video-centric GH5

Panasonic held it's Photokina 2016 press conference today and finally spilled the beans on the 4K GH5, the successor to its popular GH4. The big news was 10-bit 4K capture at up to 60 fps, and even up to 6K — but only for short photo bursts. We also…
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In a mad dash to dethrone Apple, Samsung put too much stress on suppliers

Samsung execs learned that Apple wasn’t going to offer new major features in the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, and seized the chance to “dazzle consumers” with the Galaxy Note 7. An earlier release date forced suppliers to meet new deadlines.

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Xiaomi Mi 5S news and rumors

Xiaomi may be gearing up to release a refresh of the Mi 5, even though it’s less than a year old. It’s expected to come with a Snapdragon 821 processor. Here’s everything we know about the Xiaomi Mi 5S so far.

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Google Allo to go live on September 21, according to Evan Blass

It could be an important week for Google as the company is said to be releasing its marquee messaging platform for the public. Allo’s release date is, according to a very strong source, scheduled for September 21. 9/21. https://t.co/8Ne6gj0NJS — Evan Blass (@evleaks) September 19, 2016 Going by what Evan Blass says, you’ll be using […]

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Download these 5 apps to fight off flying monkeys, take 360-degree photos, and more

Hunting for new apps to try out on your shiny new iPhone 7 or 7 Plus? Take a look at some in our best apps of the week, including the new iOS Cardboard Camera app from Google, and Oz: Broken Kingdom.

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Incipio’s Offgrid Galaxy S7 Edge case boosts battery life and supports wireless charging

If your Galaxy S7 Edge keeps running out of power, the Incipio Offgrid battery case is for you. This case offers an extra 3,700mAh of power and supports wireless and QC 2.0 pass-through charging.

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Awesome tech you can’t buy yet: Atomizing faucet nozzles, robot hands, and more

Check out our roundup of the coolest crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You can’t buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!

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A whole bunch of new Google Pixel device info surfaces

Yesterday we posted a new video outlining our wish list for the new Google Pixel smartphones coming to market in early October. Although it does not look like we have much more clarity regarding the items we are hoping for, several new pieces of data about the devices have surfaced over the past day as […]

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Want to go for a run? Snap your iPhone 6S into Moshi’s Endura case and get going

The iPhone 6S is a great companion to fitness as a tracker, route map, or for motivational music, but carrying it while being active isn’t always convenient. Moshi’s Endura slim case mounts to compatible accessories that make taking your phone along easy and is rugged enough for outdoor sports and activities.

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Keep the fire going with these 10 apps for couples

When you’re in a relationship, you should always try to keep that fire burning. Here are 10 romantic apps to help you stay closer to your loved one, whether you’re in need of a date suggestion or a safe space.

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[Video] Google Pixel Phone: Wish List!

Ready for Google to announce the Pixel (Sailfish) and Pixel XL (Marlin)? We are! There are just a couple of things we’d like to see Google implement for its upcoming phones expected to replace the long-tenured Nexus line. Our Joshua Chopy, the new Talk Android video creator, put together a video highlighting what we’d like […]

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[TA Deals] Pick up a 3-year Privatoria VPN subscription for $29! (97% off)

Looking for a VPN provider to keep you browsing the web in secrecy? We’ve got the right item for you on Talk Android Deals. That’s where you can get a 3-year subscription to Privatoria VPN for 97% off its overall value. Hit the break for details. Choose from 10+ worldwide servers & encrypt all your […]

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Twitter makes it slightly easier to interact on iOS

There was a time when a Twitter user on iOS had to click from their timeline all the way into a tweet in order to interact with it or its account. Imagine that: Like, two taps of your finger to share it elsewhere or unfollow that person. Ugh! But Twi…
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A police robot disarmed a violent suspect in Los Angeles County

Last week, on September 8th, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's department successfully used a remote-controlled bomb squad robot to snatch a rifle out from under an armed and violent suspect. The standoff between the suspect and an armored SWAT team l…
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Battle of the 7s: Apple iPhone 7 vs. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

The iPhone 7 is finally here, boasting top-of-the-line specs and a stunning design. But how does it stack up against the lauded Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge? We put the two devices head to head to find out which is better in terms of hardware and software.

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‘Drone surfing’ is now a thing

Drone surfing is now a thing, apparently. Keen to show off the power of one of its flying machines, Washington-based firm Freefly swapped a kite for its ALTA 8 octocopter and sent a guy out on the water to see what happened. And yes, he did come back.

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Why Flagging Matters

YouTube allows people anywhere to share their stories with the world. They share their sense of humor, their talents, their opinions, what’s happening around them and within them. YouTube is also a community, and over the years, people have used the flagging feature located beneath every video and comment to help report content they believe violates our Community Guidelines.

We want to empower you, the YouTube community, to better understand how flagging works and how you can get involved in maintaining our community guidelines. To shed some light on how your flagging activity has helped keep YouTube a platform where openness and creative expression are balanced with responsibility, here are some of the latest data:

  • Over 90 million people have flagged videos on YouTube since 2006 – that’s more than the population of Egypt – and over a third of these people have flagged more than one video.
  • As YouTube grows, the community continues to be very active in flagging content: the number of flags per day is up over 25 percent year-on-year.
  • Community flagging on YouTube is international: People from 196 countries have flagged a video. The five countries with the most accurate flagging rates are: Indonesia, Turkey, Germany, Ukraine and France.
  • We’re also continuing to strengthen our policy enforcement processes: In 2015 alone, we removed 92 million videos for violation of our policies through a mix of user flagging and our spam-detection technology. While we are vigilant and fast in removing terrorist content and hate speech, it’s worth noting that it actually represents a very small proportion of the content that violates our guidelines – those two violations account for only 1 percent of the videos removed in 2015.

When flagging, you can report which policy you think a video violates, from spam and sexual content to harassment and violent content. This helps us route and review flagged content more efficiently and effectively:

We have trained teams, fluent in multiple languages, who carefully evaluate your flags 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year in time zones around the world. They remove content that violates our terms, age-restrict content that may not be appropriate for all audiences, and are careful to leave content up if it hasn’t crossed the line. As YouTube grows, we continue to scale our policy enforcement resources to meet your needs as a community.

Flagged content, however, doesn’t automatically get removed. YouTube is an important global platform for information and news, and our teams evaluate videos before taking action in order to protect content that has an educational, documentary, scientific or artistic purpose.

We also take into account local laws in the countries where we operate and if we receive a valid legal notice that content violates a local law, we will restrict that content in the local country domain. You can find information about government removal requests in Google’s Transparency Report. Similarly, if we remove content for policy reasons after receiving a valid legal request, we will include that in our transparency reporting.

We want to encourage you to continue flagging and we hope this additional transparency will help you continue reporting responsibly. For more information about how these processes work, visit our Policy and Safety Hub.

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D-Link’s new Wi-Fi security camera gives a wide 180-degree view of your home

D-Link’s latest home security camera can show you an entire room without having to pan, tilt, or use a second camera. It shoots in Full HD, offers integrated night vision, and and stores up to a week of 1080p video on a MicroSD card.

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Lenovo Moto G4 Play review

Lenovo has another Moto G4 ready to join its lineup. The Moto G4 Play is the cheapest one yet, but is it a good deal?

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A fake ‘Pokémon Go’ app tricked half a million players into downloading malware

Cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab says it’s identified a malware-infected Android app called “Guide for Pokémon Go” that it believes has been downloaded more than half a million times by fans of the hit smartphone game.

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