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Apple and Google show off their more inclusive emoji for 2019

The Unicode Consortium teased the next round of emoji additions for 2019, and now it's clear just what they'll look like when they reach your phone. Both Apple and Google are marking World Emoji Day (July 17th) by showing their adaptations of the doz…
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[TA Deals] Become an effective product manager with this discounted certification bundle (98% off)

Ready to take the reigns on your next big project? It’s a daunting task, but right now Talk Android Deals is offering a bundle to help you get certified in product management. This bundle includes a ton of useful info and material about managing teams and projects, including effective meeting and training strategies, time management, […]

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Samsung follows Qualcomm with overclocked Exynos 9825 in Note 10

Following yesterday’s reveal of Qualcomm’s slightly overclocked Snapdragon 855 ‘Plus’, Samsung’s own slightly overclocked Exynos 9825 has been leak-benchmarked in the Galaxy Note 10. Though less common amongst flagship chips in the last few years, it remains a common practice for chipmakers like Qualcomm and Samsung to rebrand their processors, typically with minor improvements to […]

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Huawei Harmony trademark hints at cross-platform software for smartphones and computers

Huawei has filed a trademark in the EU for Harmony, which could end up being some software to help get the company off of its reliance on Google’s Android OS. Ever since Huawei was tentatively given the green light to keep dealing with Google and other US suppliers they’ve been trying to figure out the […]

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[Prime Day Deal] Jump into Amazon’s ecosystem with these discounted Fire TV sticks, tablets, and Echo devices

It’s Amazon Prime Day(s) again, and this year the retailer is holding it over two days instead of one. We’ve covered the price reductions on Anker Accessories here and a whole host of other well-known brands in this constantly updated mega-deal post here, but what about Amazon itself? Well, as you would expect, the online […]

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The Amazon Prime Day strike could be a turning point for workers’ rights

Today, Amazon will start its fifth annual Prime Day, which has been expanded to 48 hours this year. Designed to enlist (and keep) Prime members, it is the company's biggest shopping event of the year — on the same level as Black Friday — with exten…
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Europe’s sat-nav network crippled by ‘technical incident’

Europe's Galileo satellite network, freshly approved by the FCC for US smartphones, has suffered a serious outage. The system has been down since Friday due to what officials at the European GNSS Agency (GSA) have described as a "technical incident r…
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JBL’s much-delayed Link Bar is finally on sale

Tech sites are well known for using the word ‘finally’ far too often, but in this case, I think it is perfectly justified because JBL’s Link Bar has finally gone on sale. First announced during 2018, the soundbar that pulls triple duty as an Android TV box and the smart speaker thanks to the Google […]

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Disney pulls the plug on FX Networks’ standalone streaming service

There's bound to be a lot of changes, both big and small, at 21st Century Fox now that Disney's acquisition of the media giant is completed. One of those is the shutdown of FX Networks' Plus subscription service, which it launched with Comcast back i…
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Backing up pictures and videos with Google Photos

There’s no denying you have way too many pictures and videos stored on your phone or tablet. Who’s really carrying around a dedicated camera these days? We all just use our mobile devices because of the convenience and image quality. But the potential problem with doing so is that you’ll be filling up internal storage […]

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Prime Day pro tip: Find extra deals with Amazon’s app

By Nathan Burrow Amazon Prime Day 2019 will begin July 15, and we're getting ready to bring you all the best deals on Wirecutter picks and recommendations from our expert staff. Bookmark our Deals page, follow Wirecutter Deals on Twitter, and sign u…
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[TA Deals] This Asus ZenPad 8″ tablet is dirt cheap right now (50% off)

Right now Talk Android Deals is offering a fantastic deal on an Asus ZenPad 8″, which is a perfect tablet for anyone looking to use a bigger screen on the go. Plus, Asus uses a 64-bit processor and the display sports a 76.5% screen-to-body ratio, so it’s no slouch of a tablet. MediaTek 8163 processor: […]

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Huawei looks set to announce EMUI 10 during its Developer Conference in August

Having launched the P30 Pro back in March sporting the EMUI 9.1 interface, Huawei is apparently gearing up to announcing version 10 during its Developer Conference keynote in China on August 9th. While details are scarce on we can expect to see with EMUI 10, there are a couple of things that we can be […]

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[TA Deals] Save 92% on the Microsoft Technology Associate mastery bundle

If you’re ready to take a deep dive and get more familiar with some of Microsoft’s security and networking fundamentals, we’ve got a bundle for you. The Microsoft Technology Associate mastery bundle includes three extremely comprehensive courses. If you’re trying to start up a career using Microsoft tech, these classes will help you ace any […]

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Live from VidCon: Creating new opportunities for creators

For the last decade, VidCon has brought fans, creators and industry leaders together to celebrate the power of online video. In honor of VidCon’s 10th anniversary, I took the stage to highlight how YouTube will continue to support and spark new opportunities for creators for the next ten years and beyond.

More revenue streams, more money for creators

Last year at VidCon, I announced our next big step for creator monetization with new ways for creators to engage with their community while generating revenue. We’ve built on a number of these initiatives and added a few more.

  • Super Chat allows fans to purchase messages that stand out within a live chat during live streams and Premieres. There are now over 90,000 channels who have received Super Chats, with some streams earning more than $ 400 per minute. And Super Chat is now the number one revenue stream on YouTube for nearly 20,000 channels – an increase of over 65% over last year.
  • Leaning into this momentum, we’re introducing Super Stickers. This new feature will allow fans to purchase animated stickers during live streams and Premieres to show their favorite creators just how much they enjoy their content. Stickers will come in a variety of designs across different languages and categories, such as gaming, fashion and beauty, sports, music, food, and more. These stickers are fun, and we can’t wait for you to use them in the coming months!
  • With Channel Memberships, fans pay a monthly fee of $ 4.99 to get unique badges, new emojis, and access to special perks, such as exclusive live streams, extra videos, or shoutouts. Today, we’re adding one of the most-requested features: membership levels. With levels, creators can now set up to five different price points for channel memberships, each with varying perks. We’ve been testing levels with creators like the Fine Brothers Entertainment on their REACT channel, who have seen their memberships revenue increase by 6 times after introducing two higher-priced tiers.
  • Our Merch shelf with Teespring allows creators to sell merch to their fans directly from their channel. And today, we are adding 5 new partners, so eligible creators merchandising with Crowdmade, DFTBA, Fanjoy, Represent, and Rooster Teeth can also use the Merch shelf.

Early last year, creator revenue on YouTube from Super Chat, Channel Memberships and merch was nearly zero. Today, these products are generating meaningful results to creators across the globe. In fact, thousands of channels have more than doubled their total YouTube revenue by using these new tools in addition to advertising.

Helping creators amplify their positive impact

Every day, people from around the world come to YouTube to learn something new – from math, science and literature to language lessons, music tutorials and test prep. Today, we’re introducing Learning Playlists to provide a dedicated learning environment for people who come to YouTube to learn. New organizational features will provide more structure, dividing a collection of videos into chapters around key concepts, starting from beginner to more advanced. Additionally, recommendations will be hidden from the watch page, allowing the viewer to focus on the lesson at hand. We understand the importance of getting this right, so we will start with content from a handful of our most trusted partners, like Khan Academy, TED-Ed and Crash Course, testing a variety of categories from professional skills like working in Java, to academic topics such as chemistry.

We’ve also seen creators use their megaphone to inspire their communities to join them in supporting those in need. To make that even easier, last year, we began to test YouTube Giving, our fundraising tool that allows creators to use their voice on YouTube to support the charitable causes they care about. YouTube Giving is moving out of beta and will be available to thousands of creators in the U.S. in the coming months! Creators simply select a nonprofit to create a fundraising campaign right next to their videos and live streams. Fans can donate directly on YouTube via a “Donate” button, making it easier than ever for creators and fans to raise funds for causes they care about on the platform.

YouTube creators are living proof that an open and responsible internet can change the world for the better. We’re going to continue working to give them the tools they need to do that.

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Google thinks it’s a good idea to try and make another social media network

Google’s favorite pastime is apparently making social media networks that are doomed to fail, and it’s been a few years since they’ve introduced a new one. Their latest is called Shoelace, and it’s trying to be really social. This is clearly something that Google struggles to do well, but sure the 3rd 9th time is […]

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Leaked Galaxy Note 10/10+ renders reveal Samsung’s inspiration

With less than a month until Samsung officially launches the Galaxy Note 10, Note 10+ (main image), and Note 10e at an Unpacked event in New York on August 7th, the leaks have continued to come. Today we have official images showing both Galaxy Note 10 and 10+ in a gradient color that can only […]

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Harley-Davidson offers free charging for its electric motorcycle

Harley-Davidson's first electric motorcycle will soon hit the roads, and while the LiveWire will have a longer range than first expected, at 140 miles of city driving on a single charge, you'll still need to hook it up to a charger once in a while. T…
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DeepMind’s ‘Starcraft II’ AI will play public matches

Players will soon get a chance to battle it out with DeepMind's Starcraft II AI. Alphabet and Blizzard will test AlphaStar in a small number of public matches. It'll be a Herculean task for the human players, to put it lightly. The AI has the accumul…
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Penultimate Android Q Beta reaching Pixels with messy gestures and tweaks

Google typically refrains from altering much in final betas of new Android versions, however the latest and final Beta 5 of Android Q addresses many issues introduced in earlier builds while introducing its own. Since the inception of Google‘s Android Beta program with Nougat in 2016, Google has followed a cadence of five pre-release builds […]

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Lady Gaga’s cosmetics line is just for Amazon

You won't find Lady Gaga's new beauty line at Sephora or Ulta, or even alongside the Fenty counter at your local department store. The songstress announced that Haus Laboratories — her upcoming line of cosmetics — will be sold exclusively on Amazon…
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Viral hoax Momo is getting its own movie

Momo, the viral hoax that took the internet by storm last summer, has always looked like it belonged in a horror movie. Now it will star in one. Deadline reported that Orion Pictures is planning a movie based on Momo, the creepy looking character at…
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Leave your smartphone at home with Mobvoi’s new TicWatch Pro 4G/LTE

When we reviewed Mobvoi’s TicWatch Pro last year we were impressed with its battery life and the innovative dual-display, today the brand has launched an updated model called the TicWatch Pro 4G/LTE. As you may have guessed, the Wear OS toting TicWatch Pro 4G/LTE gains cellular connectivity and is tied in exclusively to the Verizon […]

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Long overdue, Amazon Prime Video comes to Chromecast and Android TV (and Fire TV gets YouTube)

If you’re an avid media enthusiast or a cord-cutter, you’ve probably run into the painful reality of Amazon and Google not really getting along. So far that’s limited some app availability between the two platforms. Google semi-recently pulled YouTube from Amazon’s Fire TV platform, and Amazon has never had a Google Cast option or Android […]

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Virgin Orbit preps the LauncherOne rocket for its first drop test

Virgin Orbit has gotten the thumbs up to conduct the LauncherOne system's first drop test, and it can happen "in the very near future." The Virgin Group's launch services company has successfully completed its final captive carry flight test, almost…
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Mars crew could 3D-print skin and bones for injuries

A journey to Mars will take several years, and humans won't be able to turn back if an astronaut suffers a burn or a bone fracture. Which is why scientists at the University Hospital of Dresden Technical University have now produced the first bioprin…
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AT&T will automatically block fraud calls for new customers

AT&T is making quick use of FCC rules explicitly allowing carriers to block robocalls by default. The network will start automatically blocking fraud calls (and issuing suspected spam call alerts) for new phone customers as a matter course, at n…
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How to automatically receive MMS picture messages

“Those dreaded MMS messages are so frustrating! I can’t them to automatically download, and even when I manually try to download it, sometimes it still doesn’t even work!” This is the problem that many smartphone users go through. MMS messages not automatically downloading is widespread and extremely frustrating. There’s no telling as to why MMS […]

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[TA Deals] Take 71% off the premium ZX3 Bluetooth headphones

Itching for some new headphones to improve your workout? Right now Talk Android Deals is running a deal on 1 Voice’s premium ZX3 Bluetooth headphones, delivering high-quality sound and enough durability to make it through your exercises. These headphones utilize Bluetooth 4.1 and high-quality drivers so you won’t hate your music, and the whole thing […]

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Sling TV gets a new look on Apple TV and Roku

Sling TV has made some tweaks to its interface on Apple TV and Roku devices that should make for a better viewing experience. The company says the updates are in response to customer feedback, and should make it easier to sift through shows and movie…
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HTC catches a break, posts a massive increase in revenue for June

HTC has been riding the struggle bus for a very long time, going from one of the biggest smartphones manufacturers on the planet to a company that’s barely managing to keep the doors open. There have been tons of rumors about when and how HTC will finally go under, including being bought up by a […]

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New Nokia phone with droplet notch and circular 48MP camera leaked

Nokia has grown a broad portfolio of phones since their Android revival in 2017, however their newly-leaked device is their least-recognisable design yet as it resembles the Lenovo-Moto motif. Through all their trials and tribulations of the last decade, Nokia has maintained their own unique design language of typically relatively large, square bezels and minimalist […]

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Google is testing a global video play/pause button for Chrome

Google could soon add a play/pause button to its Chrome browser that would make it possible to pause or play video from any tab. A recent release of Chrome's Canary development version has a new feature called Global Media Controls, as seen by Techdo…
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Scientists store data inside molecules that drive your metabolism

Never mind using DNA to store data — there may be a simpler way to store info. Brown University scientists have shown that it's possible to store data in solutions of artificial metabolic molecules, such as amino acids and sugars. The presence or…
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[Review] I bought a bunch of shoes and Sperry sent me a free Bluetooth speaker

During the week of the 4th of July, Sperry was running their semi-annual sale on shoes. I like Sperry shoes, and I needed some new shoes, so I bought a few pairs. But on the way to checking out, I noticed a promo where Sperry was gifting a free Bluetooth speaker when you spent more […]

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The next version of Chrome could block resource-hogging ads

Browsing the internet is excellent until you happen across a site with intrusive adverts that hog the resources on your device, causing the page to either load at a snail’s pace and sometimes even completely fail to load. Google is reportedly on the case, though, with a new feature called “Heavy Ad Intervention” that may […]

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Huawei P30 Pro review: The phone to beat in 2019

2018 brought us the eye-catching P20 Pro from Huawei that featured a mesmerizing Twilight finish, a notched display, and perhaps more importantly, a trio of rear cameras that conspired to turn night into day. Taking handheld pictures in low-light conditions had never before yielded such fantastic results without the use of a tripod. And while […]

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The Morning After: AMD’s pre-release Radeon RX 5700 price drop

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Welcome to your weekend! While Steve Ballmer celebrates a couple of new LA Clippers arrivals, Microsoft spent this week dropping teasers for Windows 1.0. We also had some EV news from the Goodwood Festival of Sp…
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Jaguar confirms that the I-Pace team is building an electric XJ

While announcing plans to build a "range" of electrified vehicles at its Castle Bromwich, UK plant, Jaguar confirmed that the first new EV to roll off the line there will be an all-electric version of its flaship sedan, the XJ. Development of the new…
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The RAVPower FileHub is a great travel companion, when it works

  Every once in a while some company will cook up a gadget that makes even the most hardcore power user step back and say “wow.” RAVPower took a stab at that with their FileHub, a portable Swiss army knife for your smartphone. It’s a portable battery that also doubles as a travel router that […]

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IHMC’s Atlas robot can navigate its own way through tight spaces

Some of the biggest challenges for machines are tasks that are simple for humans. From mathematical puzzles like the famous traveling salesman problem to combining inputs from various senses, there are many functions that us dumb humans excel at but…
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UK regulator forces Amazon to put its Deliveroo plans on ice

Amazon must put the brakes on its potential tie-up with food delivery company Deliveroo, a UK competition regulator has ruled.
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China’s Alipay will add beauty filters when you pay with your face

We all know how startling it can be to accidentally open a front-facing camera and find your own unassuming face looking back at you. Now, imagine if you saw that image every time you made a purchase. In China, Alibaba's e-wallet affiliate Alipay wil…
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Our foldable future is running a little late, and that’s OK

From the moment it was first teased last year, Samsung's Galaxy Fold convinced many that foldable phones were the next frontier to conquer. To no one's surprise, it wasn't long before competitors announced foldable plans of their own, feeding a cycle…
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PlayStation Classic price drops to $25 at Best Buy, Amazon

We get it — you really don't like the PlayStation Classic. You've told us, over and over again. We weren't huge fans when we reviewed it, but that was when it cost $ 100. The price quickly dropped over the next few months, to $ 60, $ 40, and even $ 30….
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Google Photos will let you manually tag faces it doesn’t recognize

Google Photos' product lead David Lieb took advantage of some downtime this week to start a surprisingly open dialogue on Twitter. Yesterday, he asked users what they want to see next from Google Photos — new features, bug fixes, performance improve…
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Mobvoi teases July 10 launch for what could be the LTE-equipped TicWatch Pro

Mobvoi launched the TicWatch Pro smartwatch running Wear OS and sporting killer battery life almost a year ago, and now it seems that the company has a follow-up of some sort planned for July 10th. A video has been posted on Mobvoi’s website sporting a tagline of “New Solution to Boost Your Daily Efficiency” along […]

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Best wireless headphones for your Android smartphone [2019]

If you’re an avid music listener or movie watcher on your phone, you probably have a good set of headphones, or you’re looking for an upgrade. But with modern smartphones, you might not have the option to use older wired cans anymore, since many devices are ditching the headphone jack in favor of wireless options. […]

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US Cyber Command warns of nation-state hackers exploiting Outlook

The recent surge in state-backed hacking campaigns isn't dying down any time soon. US Cyber Command has reported that unnamed state actors are making "active malicious use" of a 2017-era Outlook vulnerability (long since patched) to escape the email…
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Instagram’s latest Stories sticker is a direct link to group chats

Instagram is introducing a new feature that will let users start private group messages around specific Stories. The company announced the change on Twitter today. Users will soon be able to add a "join chat" sticker to their Stories. If followers ta…
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