Snapchat released an update this morning with a new way of viewing your snaps. Instead of having to hold your finger down in order to view the snap you can now just tap a new snap or story once to view it all. The update also brought a new feature that allows users to customize their Snapcodes or so called BooR code. You can now take a selfie and add it to you code and make it a little more personal or make it easier for others to recognize you when wanting to friend you. The update allows you to share your code to your contacts in case they haven’t added you to make it even easier to friend someone.
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Don’t let a dirty screen keep you down, these are the best ways to clean everything from fingerprints, dust, and grime from the screen of your smartphone.
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Remember being a teenager? At times it was tough, especially if you were a girl. The gossip. The bullying. The self-doubt. For many girls, the path to finding themselves was littered with doubt, uncertainty and pressure from all sides.
But what if you could speak to your younger self? What if you could offer advice and encouragement to help make that path a little smoother?
In honor of International Women’s Day, we’re encouraging people to upload a video letter to YouTube, addressed to their younger selves. It all starts with two words: #DearMe
Whether you’re worrying about your body (Laci Green), fearing being afraid (Grace Helbig), questioning who you are (Hannah Hart), failing to fulfill stereotypes (Issa Rae), or learning to be comfortable being your weird, wonderful self (Superwoman), you can share your experiences to help make that journey easier for a new generation of girls.
Take part in this movement by uploading a video letter to your younger self to YouTube and join the conversation with #DearMe. You can also put together a GIF using our easy GIF-maker on our Tumblr page at youtubedearme.com.
YouTube is a place where people can come together, share interests, relate experiences and offer each other support. From #ItGetsBetter to #ProudtoPlay, we’ve seen our community inspire and empower those in need of encouragement. Today, we’re asking you to do the same for girls who don’t have to face their problems alone.
It all starts with two words.
Cathy Tang, Marketing Manager for YouTube, recently watched “Girls & Body Image.”
DJI has just made its UAV platform a lot more developer-friendly with a new test drone and collision avoidance system, along with an SDK for its current DJI Inspire 1 and Phontom 3 models. The Matrice 100 (M100) is a new quadcopter made specifically …
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Designers are doing amazing things with light these days, including with LED bulbs and connected tech. There are so many cool lamps and lights, we decided to round up 10 of our favorites.
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The Google Play Store is chock full of great apps, but it can be hard to decide what to download. We browsed through a bunch of awesome apps to find the best ones you should try out in June.
It’s more difficult than ever to seek out the best new apps released each week, even if you have the will to trawl through the app store on a regular basis. To make life easier, we’ve gathered our favorite app picks together in a handy list.
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It can be challenging to keep track of everything that happens in the tech world. That’s why, we have compiled a list of the top 10 tech stories from this week – just for you.
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According to Ray Kurzweil, humans will be artificially intelligent by 2030, making us half-homo sapien, half-computer. Kurzweil predicted, “Our thinking then will be a hybrid of biological and non-biological thinking. “
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Google’s standalone photo service, the aptly-titled Google Photos, is the perfect tool for uploading and retaining all your favorite memories in one place. Check out our guide on how to quickly share photos using the service’s Web interface or mobile app.
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When it comes to the App Store, it can be challenging to find the best iPhone games, so to help you discover the best of what’s available, here’s our roundup of our favorite new games.
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How are you going to get through this week? By pulling up your favorite streaming service and queueing the finest films and TV shows available now. Up this week: Sense8, Sid and Nancy, and more.
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This online radio platform believes the traditional radio format — listening to music curated by a DJ — is still pertinent in 2015. Dash Radio has already partnered with artists like Snoop Dogg and brands like Entourage for its launch.
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A young woman with copper hair, thick-framed glasses and a bright blue trench coat sneaks around the edges of shadowy mansion. She’s searching for clues — something about a nefarious man, a ghost ship and science experiments gone awry. Behind a book…
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Apple today announced ResearchKit, an open-source software framework designed for medical and health research that can help doctors and scientists gather data more frequently and more accurately from participants using iPhone apps. World-class research institutions have already developed apps with ResearchKit for studies on asthma, breast cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and Parkinson’s disease. “iOS apps already help millions of customers track and improve their health. With hundreds of millions of iPhones in use around the world, we saw an opportunity for Apple to have an even greater impact by empowering people to participate in and contribute to medical research,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s senior vice president of Operations. “ResearchKit gives the scientific community access to a diverse, global population and more ways to collect data than ever before.”
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The Iris is a laser heads-up display that bundles smartphone connectivity, a unique navigation system, gesture control, and geolocation information into one device. It’s made to replace the sun visor in any car.
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It’s been about two years since we first discussed the NSA plan for “bulk metadata” monitoring of phone calls. At the heart of that information and so many revelations since, is Edward Snowden, the man who leaked documents to Glenn Greenwald and Laur…
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In a response to its weak start to 2015, HTC promised to improve its performance across the board. It may also release a new product this October. HTC didn’t reveal details on the product, though.
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Verizon has reportedly signed a deal with NASA to allow the use of its cell phone towers in a proposed air traffic control system for quadcopters and other remotely controlled flying machines.
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Huawei unveiled the P8 Lite today, a mid-range smartphone bound for US shores. It’s the company’s next big attempt to capture a larger slice of the unlocked phone market.
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Huawei is celebrating the anniversary of its online store launching with a bundle deal that can save you over $ 200. What’s involved? Everything from phones and discounts to SIM cards and freebies.
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As Google continues to deal with the European Commission over a variety of claims that the company has become too large and is creating an anticompetitive environment, a new complaint has been lodged by Disconnect Inc., developers of an ad-blocking and privacy app. The crux of the complaint is Google’s decision to ban the Disconnect Mobile app from the Google Play Store. Disconnect is demanding their app be included in the Play Store along with unspecified damages.
Disconnect provides a service to protect “users from invisible tracking and malvertising, malware served through advertisements” according to a statement issued by the company. Disconnect makes their service available through apps for both Android and iOS systems as well as extensions that can be deployed on desktop computers. Disconnect has tried twice in the past year to get the Android version of the app listed in Google Play, only to see Google ban the app. The second time it happened, Google threatened to remove the company’s developer account, which would have impacted other apps produced by the company.
Google has responded to the complaint stating it is baseless. According to their statement,
“Our Google Play policies (specifically clause 4.4) have long prohibited apps that interfere with other apps (such as by altering their functionality, or removing their way of making money). We apply this policy uniformly – and Android developers strongly support it. All apps must comply with these policies and there’s over 200 privacy apps available in Google Play that do.”
Disconnect, founded by former Google execs, currently offers the app through their own site so users can sideload the app. They have also worked on deals to get the app pre-installed on devices, like the Blackphone provided through Deutsche Telekom. However, the company clearly believes they are losing out on potential revenue due to the lack of exposure from not being listed in the Google Play Store. In a statement, CEO Casey Oppenheim says,
“We want what the lawyers call ‘equal treatment.’ We want Android users to be able to get our products quickly and easily through the Play Store and we want to be fully supported by Google, just like other apps in the Store.”
Disconnect has not yet released the actual complaint with all of the details regarding the claimed impact from not being listed in the Play Store. They have also not launched any complaints outside of the European Union.
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We’re now only two weeks away from the start of the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, and you can get a front-row seat to the action with YouTube! We’re inviting your favorite YouTube creators to show us what’s cool and coming up next in the world of gaming, so you can experience every jaw-dropping demo and announcement LIVE.
We are building out a dedicated E3 YouTube hub where you will be able to follow all the live streams and trailers from the event, starting on Sunday, June 14, with the Nintendo World Championships, followed by the Bethesda press conference and the unveiling of the latest installment in the “Doom” series.
On Monday, June 15, at 9 a.m. PT, the wall-to-wall coverage will continue with a 12-hour live stream marathon, hosted by Geoff Keighley, brought to you by the movie “Self/less” – in theaters July 10. Geoff and YouTube gaming creators will bring you live coverage of press conferences from publishers like Xbox, Sony, EA and Ubisoft.
The program will include live “Let’s plays” of new titles, plus celebrity interviews along with other video game stars from the YouTube family. You’ll also get live coverage from IGN and GameSpot, just like last year.
The play-by-play coverage will continue with hundreds of hours of live and on-demand content throughout the week directly from YouTube’s booth at E3, hosted by RoosterTeeth, along with our legendary Trailer Battle, Nintendo’s Digital Event and Treehouse Live, as well as other exclusive gaming content.
From live reactions and gaming demos, to trivia showdowns and “Meet the Makers” sessions with industry experts, the E3 YouTube hub will offer you the easiest place to explore the best of E3. Stay tuned starting on June 14.
Ryan Wyatt, global head of gaming content, recently watched “E3 Live on YouTube 2015 announcement video.”
New data from Google shows that we’re searching on our phones more often, from crazier locations, and wanting results faster. Here’s what people are looking up on YouTube and search, and the new ways Google plans to make money from them.
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Imagine what it would be like if, with the help of technology, you could make your already good hearing better. What if you could filter out certain noises and amplify other ones to customize what you can hear?
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Apple will be live streaming its WWDC event on June 8, starting at 10 a.m. PST (1 p.m. EST). Find out how you can watch Apple’s WWDC 2015 live video stream on your iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV.
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Software management company Movimento has unveiled a new ‘On-The-Air’ automotive platform at the TU-Automotive event in Detroit. We spoke with Movimento CTO Mahbubul Alam about what the platform can do and the future of the software-defined car.
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Microsoft’s strategy to support multiple platforms with various services continues today with the acquisition of 6Wunderkinder, the developer responsible for to-do list app Wunderlist. Microsoft had to spend somewhere between $ 100 million and $ 200 million in order to successfully acquire Wunderlist and its developer.
As part of the deal, the developer’s offices located in Berlin will continue to be called home. The 6Wunderkinder team, however, will be reporting back to the folks in Microsoft’s headquarters in the United States.
The company has completed acquisitions of three productivity services since the end of 2014. To build up Outlook for mobile devices, Microsoft spent around $ 200 million for Acompli. Sunrise Calendar was then absorbed by Microsoft for $ 100 million in February. And now it has Wunderlist to act as the go-to to-do list for users.
Select Microsoft apps and services are already pre-installed on a myriad of Android phones and tablets.
Source: The Wall Street Journal
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Instead of capturing energy through the circular motion of a propellor, Vortex turbines take advantage of a physical phenomenon known as vorticity — an aerodynamic effect that creates a pattern of spinning vortices or whirlwinds.
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Google Project Jacquard and Project Soli will bring user interfaces to your clothes and to your fingertips, with the introduction of tiny motion-sensing radar sensors and touch-sensitive fabrics.
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Singer Enrique Iglesias on Sunday showed what can happen if you get your fingers caught up in the propellers of a quadcopter – and it ain’t pretty. The Spanish performer was on stage at a concert in Mexico when the bloody incident occurred.
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Owners of the LG G Watch R who are willing to do some hacking work on the device now have an option available to enable the WiFi chip on the device. User Tasssadar on the XDA site figured out how to get the needed drivers off an LG Watch Urbane, with the help of intersectRaven, in order to make this possible.
The files needed to make everything work have been put together as a flashable ZIP for G Watch R owners who are willing to give it a go. Currently the solution has only been tested on devices running the 5.1.1 Android update. Users will also need TWRP installed as a custom recovery and an unlocked bootloader.
Tasssadar does note that this solution breaks over-the-air updates, so owners will have to be prepared to restore to a stock image when the next Android update rolls out if they want to get it OTA. In addition, although most people think LG did not enable WiFi on the G Watch R as a way to push buyers to the Watch Urbane, there is a possibility that some actual hardware issue exists and this could cause permanent hardware damage.
If you have a G Watch R and want to give this a try, just hit the source link below for links to the ZIP file and some kernels that will be needed.
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The Leaf is a discrete piece of smart jewelry specifically designed for women. It tracks activity, sleep, stress, breathing, and reproductive cycles. We chatted with the company’s founder and its medical advisor to find out more.
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The fact that your Apple Watch now takes heart rate readings less often than it used to is actually a feature not a bug, according to an updated support document on the Apple website.
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Apple has updated the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display and the 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air. “Today, the popular 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, 11-inch MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Air all received significant upgrades,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “The 13-inch MacBook Pro has been updated with the latest processors, more powerful graphics, faster flash, longer battery life, and the all-new Force Touch trackpad. We’re also bringing the latest processors and graphics and faster Thunderbolt 2 to the 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air, as well as up to two times faster flash to the 13-inch MacBook Air.”
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Every year, the Sydney Opera House invites artists to bring along their projectors and beam animations onto the building’s iconic sails. This year’s display was entirely hand-drawn, and the results were stunning.
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Solar Impulse has already shown the potential for sun-based aviation in its attempt to fly around the world, but it just embarked on its most ambitious trip yet. Pilot Andre Borschberg has taken off from Nanjing, China on a cross-Pacific flight whose…
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Every adventure starts somewhere, and YouTube’s began on Saturday, April 23, 2005, when “Me at the Zoo” became the first video uploaded to a new site no one had ever heard of. Captured at California’s San Diego Zoo, the clip is a 19-second description of what exactly makes elephants so cool. Its brief runtime and casual setup suggest little of the online video craziness that would follow over the subsequent decade.
“Me at the Zoo” proved to be a simple distillation of the premise of a new platform, where anyone could just turn on a camera and broadcast themselves with ease. Who could have predicted that, in that same environment, new genres, new forms of expression, and new paths to stardom would evolve? That engaging and unique personalities borne of this place could be more influential than Hollywood’s biggest names? Or that more than a billion people from all corners of the globe would come together in that space to experience what the world creates, broadcasts, and shares?
Yeah. We were surprised, too.
For our 10th birthday this month, we’ve gone from A to Z celebrating the adorable, empowering, awesome, weird and wonderful moments that represent the many sides of YouTube. But, of course, if we’re really going to capture 10 years of YouTube, we’re going to need to do it in … a video:
Thanks for a wild and inspiring 10 years. Now, you’ve got 300 hours of video to capture and share in the next minute. So get back to it!
**Bonus Points: How well do you know YouTube, A to Z? Play the YouTube trivia game to find out at YouTube.com/10
Apple today unveiled the all-new MacBook, a thinner and lighter line of notebooks available in gold, silver, and space gray aluminum finishes. MacBook features a 12-inch Retina display; a full-size keyboard; the all-new Force Touch trackpad; a compact USB-C port for data transfer, video out, and charging in a single connector; and a new battery designed to deliver all-day life. “Apple has reinvented the notebook with the new MacBook, and at just 2 pounds and 13.1 millimeters, it’s the thinnest and lightest Mac ever,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Every component of the MacBook reveals a new innovation. From its fanless design, ultrathin Retina display, and full-size keyboard that’s 34 percent thinner, to its all-new Force Touch trackpad, versatile USB-C port, and breakthrough terraced battery design, the new MacBook is the future of the notebook.”
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We take a quick look at the recently released Android M developer preview. Highlights are a new app drawer, improved permissions management, and tweaked volume controls.
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According to Bloomberg Business, the National Transportation Safety Board is investigating an incident wherein Google’s solar-powered Solara 50 plane reportedly crashed shortly after takeoff. The event occurred on May 1st at a private airfield outsid…
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Windows 10 won’t have Media Center included but this week Microsoft revealed that it will have support for surround sound in some new ways, and it could make Netflix streaming even better. Beyond supporting Dolby Digital Plus in the Windows 10 OS — …
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A new Chrome extension uses Messenger to display a map of your Facebook friends’ recorded locations, based on their Messenger usage. It’s pretty much as scary and creepy as it sounds.
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Following in the footsteps of a slew of big-name tech firms, Uber has revealed plans for a plush new headquarters in San Francisco. The complex, which is set to house around 3,000 workers, should be open for business by early 2018.
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Google’s 2015 I/O Keynote wasn’t packed with flash, but it did offer some solid improvements on the company’s platform and a few surprises. Here’s the 10 highlights you have to know about.
Google has announced it’s working hard on an offline feature for Google Maps, but rather than a simplified version, it will contain many of the major features, including turn-by-turn navigation — all without a data connection.
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Apple today announced that Apple Watch will be available April 24 to customers in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, the UK, and the U.S. Apple Watch brings an entirely new way to receive information at a glance and interact with the world through third-party apps designed specifically for the wrist. “Apple Watch begins a new chapter in the way we relate to technology and we think our customers are going to love it,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We can’t wait for people to start wearing Apple Watch to easily access information that matters, to interact with the world, and to live a better day by being more aware of their daily activity than ever before.”
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Apple has updated Final Cut Pro X, Motion, and Compressor with new features for motion graphics and key enhancements to accelerate video editing, packaging, and delivery. Final Cut Pro 10.2 introduces stunning 3D titles that are easy to use, improved masking for color grading and effects, native support for more camera formats, and GPU-accelerated RED RAW processing. Motion 5.2 extends the power of 3D titles with the ability to create custom materials and environments and instantly publish them to Final Cut Pro X. Compressor 4.2 makes it easy to package a movie for sale on the iTunes Store. “From Hollywood blockbuster directors to first-time movie makers, Final Cut Pro X is changing the way we edit movies today,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.
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