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An update on our commitment to fight violent extremist content online

In June, we announced four steps we’re taking to combat terrorist content on YouTube:

  1. Better detection and faster removal powered by machine learning;
  2. More expert partners to help identify violative content;
  3. Tougher standards for videos that are controversial but do not violate our policies; and
  4. Amplified voices speaking out against hate and extremism.

We shared our progress across these steps in August and wanted to update you again on where things are today.

Better detection and faster removal

We’ve always used a mix of human flagging and human review together with technology to address controversial content on YouTube. In June, we introduced machine learning to flag violent extremism content and escalate it for human review. We continue to get faster here:

  • Over 83 percent of the videos we removed for violent extremism in the last month were taken down before receiving a single human flag, up 8 percentage points since August.
  • Our teams have manually reviewed over a million videos to improve this flagging technology by providing large volumes of training examples.

Inevitably, both humans and machines make mistakes, and as we have increased the volume of videos for review by our teams, we have made some errors. We know we can get better and we are committed to making sure our teams are taking action on the right content. We are working on ways to educate those who share video meant to document or expose violence on how to add necessary context.

More experts

Outside experts are essential to advising us on our policies and flagging content for additional inputs that better train our systems. Our partner NGOs bring expert knowledge of complex issues like hate speech, radicalization, and terrorism.

We have added 35 NGOs to our Trusted Flagger program, which is 70 percent of the way towards our goal. These new partner NGOs represent 20 different countries and include NGOs like the International Center for the Study of Radicalization at King’s College London and The Wahid Institute in Indonesia, which is dedicated to promoting religious freedom and tolerance.

Tougher standards

We started applying tougher treatment to videos that aren’t illegal and don’t violate our Guidelines, but contain controversial religious or supremacist content. These videos remain on YouTube, but they are behind a warning interstitial, aren’t recommended, monetized, and don’t have key features including comments, suggested videos, and likes. This is working as intended and helping us strike a balance between upholding free expression, by providing a historical record of content in the public interest, while also keeping these videos from being widely spread or recommended to others.

Amplify voices speaking out against hate and extremism

We continue to support programs that counter extremist messages. We are researching expansion for Jigsaw’s Redirect Method to apply this model to new languages and search terms. We’re heavily investing in our YouTube Creators for Change program to support Creators who are using YouTube to tackle social issues and promote awareness, tolerance and empathy. Every month these Creators release exciting and engaging new videos and campaigns to counter hate and social divisiveness:

  • In September, three of our fellows, from Australia, the U.K., and the U.S., debuted their videos on the big screen at the Tribeca TV festival, tackling topics like racism, xenophobia, and experiences of first generation immigrants.
  • Local YouTube Creators in Indonesia partnered with the MAARIF Institute and YouTube Creators for Change Ambassador, Cameo Project, to visit ten different cities and train thousands of high school students on promoting tolerance and speaking out against hate speech and extremism.
  • We’re adding two new local Creators for Change chapters, in Israel and Spain, to the network of chapters around the world.

In addition to this work supporting voices to counter hate and extremism, last month Google.org announced a $ 5 million innovation fund to counter hate and extremism. This funding will support technology-driven solutions, as well as grassroots efforts like community youth projects that help build communities and promote resistance to radicalization.

Terrorist and violent extremist material should not be spread online. We will continue to heavily invest to fight the spread of this content, provide updates to governments, and collaborate with other companies through the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism. There remains more to do so we look forward to continuing to share our progress with you.

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Essential rolling out new system build, camera update for Essential Phone

After a rocky road to get from device leaks and teasers to announcement and finally to taking actual orders, the team at Essential is working to prove to customers and the market that they can in fact keep up with the speed of the smartphone market and consumer expectations. Essential has already promised to make […]

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Samsung pushes out firmware update for Galaxy Note 8 with camera improvements and security patches

The Galaxy Note 8 was officially announced last month at an Unpacked event held in New York, with preorders going live on August 24th. With the official release date of September 15th coming up in just a couple of days time, Samsung is rolling out a day one update for the Galaxy Note 8 that includes […]

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Google Allo gets a web update including ‘volume’ and Smart Smileys

Google has been quite slow to expand the Allo ecosystem since first revealing yet another messaging platform from the tech giant. One piece that seemed to take forever was the launch of a web interface for users wanting to access Allo from their desktops. Google finally released a web interface last month, but users quickly […]

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HMD Global to update all current Nokia smartphones to Android 8.0 Oreo

In a tweet sent out over the weekend, HMD Global‘s chief product officer, Juho Sarvikas, confirmed that current Nokia smartphones will be receiving the Android 8.0 Oreo update. Sarvikas even committed to the budget Nokia 3 getting the update despite some delays in that device getting the Android 7.1.1 Nougat update. The updated operating system […]

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An update on our commitment to fight terror content online

A little over a month ago, we told you about the four new steps we’re taking to combat terrorist content on YouTube: better detection and faster removal driven by machine learning, more experts to alert us to content that needs review, tougher standards for videos that are controversial but do not violate our policies, and more work in the counter-terrorism space.

We wanted to give you an update on these commitments:

Better detection and faster removal driven by machine learning: We’ve always used a mix of technology and human review to address the ever-changing challenges around controversial content on YouTube. We recently began developing and implementing cutting-edge machine learning technology designed to help us identify and remove violent extremism and terrorism-related content in a scalable way. We have started rolling out these tools and we are already seeing some positive progress:

  • Speed and efficiency: Our machine learning systems are faster and more effective than ever before. Over 75 percent of the videos we’ve removed for violent extremism over the past month were taken down before receiving a single human flag.
  • Accuracy: The accuracy of our systems has improved dramatically due to our machine learning technology. While these tools aren’t perfect, and aren’t right for every setting, in many cases our systems have proven more accurate than humans at flagging videos that need to be removed.
  • Scale: With over 400 hours of content uploaded to YouTube every minute, finding and taking action on violent extremist content poses a significant challenge. But over the past month, our initial use of machine learning has more than doubled both the number of videos we’ve removed for violent extremism, as well as the rate at which we’ve taken this kind of content down.

We are encouraged by these improvements, and will continue to develop our technology in order to make even more progress. We are also hiring more people to help review and enforce our policies, and will continue to invest in technical resources to keep pace with these issues and address them responsibly.

More experts: Of course, our systems are only as good as the the data they’re based on. Over the past weeks, we have begun working with more than 15 additional expert NGOs and institutions through our Trusted Flagger program, including the Anti-Defamation League, the No Hate Speech Movement, and the Institute for Strategic Dialogue. These organizations bring expert knowledge of complex issues like hate speech, radicalization, and terrorism that will help us better identify content that is being used to radicalize and recruit extremists. We will also regularly consult these experts as we update our policies to reflect new trends. And we’ll continue to add more organizations to our network of advisors over time.

Tougher standards: We’ll soon be applying tougher treatment to videos that aren’t illegal but have been flagged by users as potential violations of our policies on hate speech and violent extremism. If we find that these videos don’t violate our policies but contain controversial religious or supremacist content, they will be placed in a limited state. The videos will remain on YouTube behind an interstitial, won’t be recommended, won’t be monetized, and won’t have key features including comments, suggested videos, and likes. We’ll begin to roll this new treatment out to videos on desktop versions of YouTube in the coming weeks, and will bring it to mobile experiences soon thereafter. These new approaches entail significant new internal tools and processes, and will take time to fully implement.

Early intervention and expanding counter-extremism work: We’ve started rolling out features from Jigsaw’s Redirect Method to YouTube. When people search for sensitive keywords on YouTube, they will be redirected towards a playlist of curated YouTube videos that directly confront and debunk violent extremist messages. We also continue to amplify YouTube voices speaking out against hate and radicalization through our YouTube Creators for Change program. Just last week, the U.K. chapter of Creators for Change, Internet Citizens, hosted a two-day workshop for 13-18 year-olds to help them find a positive sense of belonging online and learn skills on how to participate safely and responsibly on the internet. We also pledged to expand the program’s reach to 20,000 more teens across the U.K.

And over the weekend, we hosted our latest Creators for Change workshop in Bandung, Indonesia, where creators teamed up with Indonesia’s Maarif Institute to teach young people about the importance of diversity, pluralism, and tolerance.

Altogether, we have taken significant steps over the last month in our fight against online terrorism. But this is not the end. We know there is always more work to be done. With the help of new machine learning technology, deep partnerships, ongoing collaborations with other companies through the Global Internet Forum, and our vigilant community we are confident we can continue to make progress against this ever-changing threat. We look forward to sharing more with you in the months ahead.

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Pixel and Nexus devices get security update for July 2017

It’s the start of the month, and that means a software update will be rolling out to Pixel and Nexus devices to benefit security. Google’s fixes were started on July 1 and completed on July 5. Here’s the biggest upgrade for the July 2017 security patch level: “The most severe of these issues is a […]

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U.S. unlocked Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ receive minor software update, includes June 2017 security patch level

It’s the same software update you heard about recently but without the long wait. With the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, you’re getting one of the best Android phones today. Samsung went all-in on design, performance, and software. Not everyone wants to be chained down by a carrier, though. So, like it did in 2016, […]

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Google breaks fingerprint sensor for Pixel, Nexus phones with latest Android Nougat update

Keeping things in-house should be a recipe that prevents problems from cropping up when a phone manufacturer decides to update a device. After all, they have all of the software code and hardware specs. Unfortunately, that does not seem to be the case, even after extensive testing. Google is the latest example of an update […]

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Allo 9.0 update contains code for several unreleased features

Google started updating Allo to version 9.0 recently and those diving into the code for the app found evidence of several features that are not yet enabled. The assumption is that Google will eventually make these available to users, possibly by throwing a server-side switch, but this is not guaranteed. There have been instances in […]

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Samsung’s ‘Value Pack’ update brings goodies to Gear S3 smartwatch users

Samsung’s latest update for its Gear S3 smartwatch brings with it a host of enhancements and tweaks to Samsung Health, Reminders, accessibility, and various other apps and functions.

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Samsung Gear S3 Value Pack update brings new health features and other functions

Samsung’s Value Pack update for the Gear S3 is finally available in most major markets after being released late in March, so now more people will get to enjoy the extra features and functions the update brings. It’s mostly health app upgrades, but there are a few other things here. Samsung Health on the Gear […]

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Apple’s iOS 10.3 update is finally rolling out to the iPhone, iPad, and more

After a lengthy beta, Apple officially released iOS 10.3. Here is what is new and notable about the latest operating system for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV, and Apple Watch.

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Gboard’s latest update for Android lets users translate in real time

Gboard, formerly known as Google Keyboard on Android, now lets you translate text in real time in the subject box. The keyboard app will also suggest emojis and GIFs as you type, and voice typing has an improved new interface.

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Android Wear 2.0 update brings swimming metrics to Polar M600

Beyond the standard distance and pace, swimmers using the Polar M600 can see a real-time look at their strokes per minute and strokes per pool length. The smartwatch can even determine the type of stroke being used.

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Samsung app update suggests Chromecast-like streaming on HDTVs

Potentially useful for anyone that’s interested in purchasing a new Samsung television, a recent app update alludes to the addition of mobile device casting from popular video apps like YouTube and Hulu.

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OnePlus 3T gets software update, but it’s not Nougat

The software update rolling out today to the OnePlus 3T isn’t what you think it’s for. A software update for OxygenOS 3.5.4 is being pushed to the OnePlus 3T, and it includes a bunch of fixes as well as optimizations for device owners on T-Mobile’s network. Here’s the full changelog: Optimizations for US-TMO Network Optimizations […]

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Latest Google app update adds Lite Mode for its most data-conscious users

Google recently updated the News & Weather app with Lite Mode, allowing users to save on their data usage. Now, that same Lite Mode is coming to the Google app, specifically for markets with slower internet, like India.

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Algorithms helped design this smart update on the orthopedic cast

A team of engineers have reinvented the orthopedic cast for the 21st century, using some algorithms and smart materials. We still don’t think we want to break our arm to test it, but we’re weirdly tempted.

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Pebble 4.0 update brings new health features and quick actions

Pebble’s latest software update is here, bringing the smartwatch up to version 4.0. The update tweaks and reworks the health features that Pebble has been polishing up for the past few months, but there are some new UI changes, too. The Pebble app itself has been cleaned up a bit to make it easier to […]

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Windows 10’s Anniversary Update arrives

After a few months of hype, the Windows 10 Anniversary Update is here… well, mostly. Microsoft has started rolling out the upgrade to desktop users, who'll automatically receive it stages with "newer machines" getting it first. You can update man…
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Watch any Youtube video in VR mode with Google’s new iOS update

Android users have had access to VR mode on YouTube for a while now, but iOS users have been left out — until now, that is. Google has finally updated the YouTube iOS app to offer VR mode, for use with Google Cardboard.

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Lenovo issues update fixing software vulnerabilities on many of its computers

Trustwave has discovered vulnerabilities in older versions of Lenovo’s pre-installed Solution Center software, which can be found on most of its PCs. The company has updated the software to address the issues, so customers are encouraged to upgrade the tool.

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LG V10 on T-Mobile to get Marshmallow update next week

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According to a new post on Twitter from Des Smith, a product manager with T-Mobile, the carrier will be rolling out the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update to the LG V10 starting next week. This comes a little more than two months after T-Mobile started the upgrade process to Marshmallow for last year’s flagship, the LG G4. Since then, LG also released their newest flagship device, the LG G5.

No details were shared about what the upgrade may include outside of the normal Marshmallow features and updates like Doze, Now On Tap, and the changes to app permissions. Since the LG UI on the LG V10 was essentially the same as what came on the LG G4, this upgrade should be similar. The one thing that is different is the second screen that LG makes available on the LG V10, but owners who received the Marshmallow update on their LG V10 with other carriers have not noted any issues.

source: Des Smith (Twitter)

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Windows 10’s Anniversary Update arrives this summer

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Some carrier Priv units begin to receive the March security patch update

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Earlier this month, BlackBerry pushed their March update containing all the latest security patches to the Priv smartphone. According to sources, some carrier units have begun receiving the update.

While unlocked BlackBerry Priv units received the update a few weeks ago, some carrier variants are just beginning to receive it now. Some users on AT&T and T-Mobile have reported the arrival of the update on their Priv smartphone. Unfortunately, both carriers are yet to speak out about what has been fixed with the update, but one can assume that most of which is posted on BlackBerry’s site will be included. This will be liked below the article.

The update contains no major release, therefore it shouldn’t take up too much space. However, we still recommend charging your device and connected to a nearby Wi-Fi network before beginning the installation process. BlackBerry has taken updates with all seriousness since they began their transition to the Android ecosystem, let’s just hope it continues.

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Today’s Instagram update contains just small cosmetic changes

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Earlier today, Instagram started pushing out a small update to users of its Android app. It includes just two small cosmetic changes that the average probably won’t even notice.

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Notice anything?

If nothing jumped out from the screenshot above, I’ll just tell you what Instagram changed:

  • Icon for Instagram Direct, the feature that allows direct messaging between users, now sits within a circle of a lighter shade of blue
  • Timestamps have moved from the top of posts to beneath the comments section

In 2016, Instagram has been pretty active pushing out little updates like today’s in addition to implementing new features. Multi-account support came in February and Instagram started showing video views days shortly after. Then Instagram brought in two-factor authentication to enhance security for users worldwide.

Instagram actually started the year by hiring Twitter’s Kevin Weil as its Head of Product. Since then, the Facebook-owned service began cracking down on users who promote other social media profiles on Instagram.

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Huawei rolls out February security update for the Mate 8

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Chinese smartphone manufacturer Huawei has been making good on its promise to distribute Google’s monthly security updates for its flagship smartphones, and today has started rolling out February’s patches for the Mate 8. This upgrade’s objective is to fix a multitude of “critical bugs” present in the open-source operating system, which, if not dealt with, could have permitted devices to be remotely accessed by a simple text message. It also addresses users concerns regarding privilege escalation as it plasters over any previous holes exposing the resources that had the facility to brick a handset if tampered with.

As usual, the update is being distributed in stages. All unlocked Mate 8 units should receive the update within the next few days, whilst carrier-branded variants are expected to get it sometime next week — so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for that push notification prompting you to download and install the update. It’s worth noting, however, as this is a relatively large piece of firmware,  you’ll probably want to connect to a Wi-Fi network prior to pulling it from the servers in order to ensure you don’t run over your data allotment and rack up a nasty bill with your service provider.

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Samsung pushing 91MB update to the Gear S2

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People with Samsung’s Gear S2 are being greeted with a software update that ushers in performance improvements and bug fixes.

Here’s the full changelog:

  • This update includes new features, performance improvements, and bug fixes.
  • Add new applications: World Clock, ESPN, News Briefing
  • Add new watch faces: Mendini watch faces
  • Add search function in the Contacts application
  • Add new screen time out Setting (Settings – Display – Screen timeout)
  • Show an unread notification indicator on the watch face
  • Alert shown when Bluetooth connection is disconnected
  • Enter emojis directly using the keyboard
  • You should upgrade the Samsung Gear application to the latest version for this update.
  • Some changes may vary depending on countries

The software update, which is labeled as version R720XXU2BPA4, is 91MB.

Samsung’s Gear S2 (along with the Gear S2 Classic model) was released in October 2015 after debuting at IFA 2015. Then, at CES 2016, the company announced two new variants of the Gear S2 Classic are on the way. The Gear S2 Classic in Rose Gold and Platinum will be sold by Amazon, Best Buy, Macy’s, and other retailers starting tomorrow, February 12.

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Get smart with new Google Calendar update

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Google is rolling out an update to the Calendar app on both Android and iOS devices that make the app just a little bit smarter than it has been. That is a good thing for users as they can access new holidays, new languages and adding events has a new workflow available to make it a little bit quicker.

The big change with the update is a new feature called “smart suggestions” that is supposed to help make it easier and quicker to add an event. When a user starts typing the title for a new event they are adding, Google will suggest possible matches in a list that appears below the data entry field. Users can click on one of those to finish populating the title or just keep typing if it is something new.

The enhancements do not stop with the title though. If users keep typing “at…” or pick it from the list that appears, they can quickly add a location. Google will again provide options to selection a location from a list based on what is being typed. Users can continue with the “with…” option to add people – though this does not send an invite – and they can type “on…” to pick a date, time and duration. The last option is only available for English language users. The other features are available in several languages.

Along with the enhancements to the suggestions routine, Google added over 30 languages – I count 41 in the list although some are variations of the same language – that support the smart suggestions feature and the Calendar app in general. Google also added 54 new country-specific holiday calendars that can be activated by users by going to Settings -> Holidays. This brings the total number of country-specific holiday calendars to 143. Those join four religious holidays calendars covering Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Orthodox holidays.

Finally, Google also made it a bit easier to delete calendar entries by tapping on the overflow button and selecting the Delete option without having to do a full edit job.

You can get the Google Calendar app from the Play Store using the link below.

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Vodafone UK now rolling out Wi-Fi calling update for the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

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Vodafone UK has started pushing out a rather unexpected update to all its carrier-branded models of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge located in the United Kingdom. This upgrade carries support for the operator’s fairly new Wi-Fi calling service, which authorizes users to place calls via the Internet when they have no cellular signal without incurring any extra charges.

Unfortunately, you will need to be a subscriber of either a Pay Monthly Red, Red Value, Red+ or Business Premier plan to use the Wi-Fi calling platform. You’ll also need to ensure that your device was bought directly from Vodafone because if you purchased it from a third-party company, it won’t bundle the correct drivers for the feature to work. Other than these two provisos, using the service couldn’t be easier. Simply install the upgrade, then text the word “CALLING” to 97888 to enable it.

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Rogers to distribute Marshmallow update for the LG G4 in late January

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Canadian carrier Rogers Wireless has today announced that it will initiate the rollout of the long-awaited Marshmallow update for the LG G4 in late January. In addition to bringing the latest build of the open-source operating system to the handset, the upgrade will also transport Google’s latest security patches which fix any critical issues that may otherwise have put user data at risk.

As always, be sure to keep your browser pointed to Talk Android as we’ll let you know as and when the OTA starts rolling out to the handset, along with any details you may need to be aware of in order to make the updating process as smooth as possible.

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How to download and install the Android Marshmallow OTA update on Nexus devices

The Android Marshmallow update is rolling out to Nexus devices, but waiting for it over-the-air can be a drag. That’s why we put together this complete guide on how to download and install the update right now.

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YouTube Kids app update helps parents tackle dodgy content

Google touts it as a “family friendly” app but since YouTube Kids’ launch in February a number of consumer groups have been complaining about inappropriate content on the service. Google says a new update aims to tackle ongoing concerns about the app.

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OS X El Capitan Available as Free Update Tomorrow

OS X El Capitan, the latest major release of the world’s most advanced desktop operating system, will be available Wednesday, September 30, as a free update for Mac users. El Capitan builds on the groundbreaking features and beautiful design of OS X Yosemite. “People love using their Macs, and one of the biggest reasons is the power and ease of use of OS X,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “El Capitan refines the Mac experience and improves performance in a lot of little ways that make a very big difference. Feedback from our OS X beta program has been incredibly positive and we think customers are going to love their Macs even more with El Capitan.”
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iOS 9 Available as a Free Update for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch Users September 16

Apple announced that iOS 9 will be available on September 16 as a free update for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users. iOS 9 makes iOS devices more intelligent and proactive with powerful search and improved Siri features, all while protecting users’ privacy. The way you interact with iPad gets even better with iOS 9, thanks to new multitasking features that let users view and interact with two apps at once, side by side. “iOS 9 is packed with intelligence that makes every experience with iPhone and iPad even more powerful — Siri can do more than ever and new proactive assistance helps you get more done before you ask, all while protecting users’ privacy,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering.
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OnePlus 2 gets a manual camera mode with OxygenOS software update

OnePlus has started sending out an update to its OxygenOS mobile operating system, and the standout new feature is the addition of a manual camera mode for the new OnePlus 2 smartphone.

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Verizon is now rolling out the Lollipop update for the first-generation Moto X

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Contrary to popular belief, Verizon is currently in the process of rolling out the long-awaited Lollipop update to the first-generation Moto X. In terms of added functionality, this upgrade transports the latest build of the Android operating system, together with a much-needed patch for the Stagefright vulnerability.

Hit the break for the full changelog.

  • Material Design: You will quickly notice a whole new colorful look and feel to your device – from fluid animations to new application and system themes, colors and widgets.
  • Notifications UI & Priorities: In order to alert you to the mosttimely and relevant information, the format and behavior of notifications have evolved:
    • notifications will appear on the lock screen and are intelligently ranked by type and who sent them.
    • you double-tap to open one, swipe left or right to clear one, or clear all notifications from the bottom of the list.
    • you can set the priority and privacy of notifications for each application.
    • very high priority notifications will pop up briefly over other applications so that you can take action.
    • when you dismiss a notification on one device it will be dismissed on your other Android devices, if they are connected to the Internet.
    • you can further tailor how notifications behave with the new Downtime and Ambient Display settings (see below).
  • New Interruptions & Downtime Settings: You can tailor how interruptions behave, choosing to allow all, none, or only priority interruptions.  You can personalize what counts as a priority interruption (reminders, events, calls, messages) and even tailor them to be from only contacts you specify.  The Downtime setting will allow only priority interruptions during the times and days that you specify.  e.g. allow only priority interruptions on the weekend.
  • Recent Apps (Multi-tasking): The redesigned Overview space (formerly called Recents) will include both applications and separate activities within those applications.  For instance, each open tab in Chrome will also appear here along with recent applications; both your Gmail Inbox and a draft email message will appear as separate cards.  This provides a consistent way to switch amongst tasks.
  • Flashlight: Lollipop includes a new flashlight option as part of Quick settings (swipe down with two fingers from the status bar to see it).
  • Pin a view/app: Screen pinning allows you to keep a specific app or screen in view. For example, you can ‘pin’ a game and your child will not be able to navigate anywhere else on your phone.
  • Battery: The Battery settings panel now shows an estimated projection for how much time you have left while discharging or charging.  You can also enable a new battery saver mode that will save power by reducing performance and most background data operations to extend your battery life.
  • Smarter Internet Connections: With Android Lollipop, your phone will not connect to a Wi-Fi access point unless there is a verified Internet connection. This feature improves hand-offs between Wi-Fi and cellular connections, helping to maintain your video chat or voice-over-IP (VoIP) call as you switch.
  • Performance: Your phone now uses the new Android Runtime to help optimize application performance.  After upgrading to Lollipop, your applications will undergo a one-time optimization process.  Note that the optimization for ART requires more space.
  • Security: Encryption can now use a stronger 256-bit key to help protect your data.  Note that the stronger key willonly be used after you perform a factory reset on Android Lollipop.  Otherwise encryption will continue to use 128-bit key.  You can turn on encryption in the Security settings menu.

If you don’t feel like waiting for a notification confirming that the update is ready for your device, you could always search for the upgrade manually. To do so simply follow the four steps below:

  • Open the Settings app
  • Scroll to the bottom and tap on “About Device”
  • Hit “System Updates”
  • Tap on “Check for update”

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Fallout Shelter gets a huge update, hits Android

Fallout Shelter is a runaway hit on iOS, and the game is now available on Android along with a massive update. New enemies to kill your Vault Dwellers and a free robot butler are some of the biggest additions.

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Snapchat update brings new “Tap to View” functionality and other improvements

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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.

Source: DroidLife

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T-Mobile’s popular social media figure, Des on Twitter has subtly hinted that the WiFi calling update for the Nexus 6 could be rolling out starting today. His tweet said the following – “This is shaping up to be a very Happy Memorial day weekend… #Nexus6

While he’s not making it obvious that the update is being sent out, the responses to the tweet mention that it is currently being sent out to the devices. Also the hashtag leaves nothing to the imagination.

We’re yet to see anything on the company’s site at the moment, but we’ll update you with more information as we have it. There shouldn’t be any other changes bundled with the update as the carrier is only enabling the WiFi calling feature.

So T-Mobile Nexus 6 users, are you seeing the update yet?

Source: @askdes – Twitter

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