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Roborace’s self-driving car isn’t faster than a human (yet)

Ever since Roborace unveiled plans for driverless track cars, there's been a lingering question: can its technology outpace a human? The answer is a solid "no…" for now. The company used the recent Formula E race in Rome to pit its DevBot prototy…
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More information, faster removals, more people – an update on what we’re doing to enforce YouTube’s Community Guidelines

In December we shared how we’re expanding our work to remove content that violates our policies. Today, we’re providing an update and giving you additional insight into our work, including the release of the first YouTube Community Guidelines Enforcement Report.

Providing More Information
We are taking an important first step by releasing a quarterly report on how we’re enforcing our Community Guidelines. This regular update will help show the progress we’re making in removing violative content from our platform. By the end of the year, we plan to refine our reporting systems and add additional data, including data on comments, speed of removal, and policy removal reasons.

We’re also introducing a Reporting History dashboard that each YouTube user can individually access to see the status of videos they’ve flagged to us for review against our Community Guidelines.

Machines Helping to Address Violative Content
Machines are allowing us to flag content for review at scale, helping us remove millions of violative videos before they are ever viewed. And our investment in machine learning to help speed up removals is paying off across high-risk, low-volume areas (like violent extremism) and in high-volume areas (like spam).

Highlights from the report — reflecting data from October – December 2017 — show:

  • We removed over 8 million videos from YouTube during these months.1 The majority of these 8 million videos were mostly spam or people attempting to upload adult content – and represent a fraction of a percent of YouTube’s total views during this time period.2
  • 6.7 million were first flagged for review by machines rather than humans
  • Of those 6.7 million videos, 76 percent were removed before they received a single view.

For example, at the beginning of 2017, 8 percent of the videos flagged and removed for violent extremism were taken down with fewer than 10 views.3 We introduced machine learning flagging in June 2017. Now more than half of the videos we remove for violent extremism have fewer than 10 views.

The Value of People + Machines
Deploying machine learning actually means more people reviewing content, not fewer. Our systems rely on human review to assess whether content violates our policies. You can learn more about our flagging and human review process in this video:


Last year we committed to bringing the total number of people working to address violative content to 10,000 across Google by the end of 2018. At YouTube, we’ve staffed the majority of additional roles needed to reach our contribution to meeting that goal. We’ve also hired full-time specialists with expertise in violent extremism, counterterrorism, and human rights, and we’ve expanded regional expert teams.

We continue to invest in the network of over 150 academics, government partners, and NGOs who bring valuable expertise to our enforcement systems, like the International Center for the Study of Radicalization at King’s College London, Anti-Defamation League, and Family Online Safety Institute. This includes adding more child safety focused partners from around the globe, like Childline South Africa, ECPAT Indonesia, and South Korea’s Parents’ Union on Net.

We are committed to making sure that YouTube remains a vibrant community with strong systems to remove violative content and we look forward to providing you with more information on how those systems are performing and improving over time.

— The YouTube Team

1 This number does not include videos that were removed when an entire channel was removed. Most channel-level removals are due to spam violations and we believe that the percentage of violative content for spam is even higher.
2Not only do these 8 million videos represent a fraction of a percent of YouTube’s overall views, but that fraction of a percent has been steadily decreasing over the last five quarters.
3This excludes videos that were automatically matched as known violent extremist content at point of upload – which would all have zero views.


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VW’s electric Pikes Peak racer accelerates faster than an F1 car

After months of promises and teases, VW has formally unveiled its electric Pikes Peak race car… and its performance might be surprising even in light of earlier hype. The I.D. R Pikes Peak is built to smash Pikes Peak's EV record of 8 minutes and 5…
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Upgraded Raspberry Pi 3 delivers more power and faster networking

Despite selling over 14 million of its low-cost DIY computing boards, the Raspberry Pi Foundation adheres to a slow release cycle. The company typically waits over a year to refresh its range, and even then improvements can be very subtle. That's exa…
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Faster, lower power, and auto friendly improvements for memory in latest UFS spec

The group responsible for setting standards for a variety of tech, JEDEC,  released a new standard for mobile storage that uses UFS, moving the specifications from v2.1 to V3.0. The new specs raise the bar for speed and power consumption for memory cards and lay the groundwork for better adoption by the automotive industry. Standards […]

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Palette’s Lego-like controls made me a faster video editor

Until robots take over video editing, you'll still have to fiddle with cuts, colors and sound levels. A keyboard is not always the best tool for that, and many control surfaces, like Loupedeck, are strictly targeted at Lightroom users. So what's a vi…
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Better, stronger, faster microrobots may take inspiration from ciliary cells

Nature is a source of infinite inspiration. From submarines to solar panels, natural designs found in plants and animals guide the work of engineers so much so that the field has earned its own name: biomimetics.

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Let there be water! OnePlus will merge Oxygen OS and Hydrogen OS for faster updates

OnePlus announced it will merge Oxygen OS and Hydrogen OS, the company’s two Android skins. According to the company, it will do so in an effort to deliver faster software updates to its users.

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Fujifilm launches faster Instax instant photo printer for mobile

Fujifilm’s Instax Share SP-2 is the company’s latest mobile printer that works with smartphones and tablets to make instant prints. Fujifilm says it is faster and quieter, and offers better image quality.

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Spring back faster with 7 gadgets that speed your workout recovery

Nothing puts a cramp in your gym style like an actual cramp. Here’s some of the best gear for shortening your recovery times, whether you prefer an electric muscle stimulator or cold wraps and insoles.

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New Raspberry Pi Zero micro computer is smaller, faster, and more capable — and it costs $5

The new Raspberry Pi Zero has launched for the holidays and instantly sold out. Costing just $ 5, it is more powerful and less expensive than the older Raspberry Pi. It is a full-blown programmable computer that can run Linux.

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Sprint is bringing their stronger, faster LTE Plus network to 77 markets

sprint_logo_wall_signSprint has announced a revamped LTE services to deploy to markets with a significantly improved wireless experience for customers. This new network is deploying to 77 markets today, and it offers some notable new technologies that should make a world of difference for Sprint customers.

LTE Plus utilizes all three of Sprint’s bands of spectrum, using the 2.5 GHz band for speed, the 1.9 GHz band for coverage, and the 800 MHz band for building penetration. Carrier aggregation allows LTE Plus to bond multiple spectrums together to beef up the bandwidth and speed available to users, and Sprint claims the new network doubles both of those. Pretty impressive, especially considering that claim means capable devices can reach theoretical speeds of up to 100Mbps on that network.

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The biggest claim that LTE Plus can make? It’s faster than Verizon and AT&T’s LTE network. Third party testing in 44 of the biggest markets show that data is transferred faster on Sprint’s LTE Plus network than Verizon or AT&T’s LTE network, which should give Sprint’s marketing department some serious ammunition to work with.

You can hit the link below to check out where Sprint is deploying this new network.

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Ay dios mío! Motorola launches a faster, pricier version of the Moto G in Mexico

Motorola unveiled the Moto G Turbo Edition, a speedier version of this year’s Moto G smartphone. There’s no word on whether the Moto G Turbo Edition will leave the confines of Mexico, though it will carry a heavier price tag.

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