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Finishing touch: How scientists are giving robots humanlike tactile senses

Giving robots sight and hearing is fairly straightforward these days, but equipping them with a robust sense of touch is far more difficult.
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Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3300 leaks again, giving hope for better Wear OS watches

Qualcomm’s current flagship smartwatch processor, the Snapdragon 3100, really isn’t that great. It gets the job done, sure, but it can’t quite match custom SoCs from companies like Samsung and Huawei. And Wear OS watches clearly haven’t taken off, so some ingredient in the recipe is off. We’re hoping that changes with a next-generation wearable […]

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Queen launches ‘You Are The Champions’ campaign, giving fans a chance to star in three new user-generated videos on YouTube

Queen — in partnership with YouTube Music, Universal Music Group and Hollywood Records —has launched “You Are The Champions,” a unique new campaign that gives fans an exclusive chance to become a part of Queen history with a starring role in three brand-new, user-generated videos for three of the band’s most celebrated tracks. The campaign launched to celebrate Queen’s iconic music video for “Bohemian Rhapsody,” becoming the first pre-1990s video to reach one billion views on YouTube.

Speaking from the band’s current sold-out North American tour, founding Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor said, “We are honoured that Bohemian Rhapsody has just hit one billion views on YouTube. We want to thank you all and celebrate with our amazing fans all around the world by creating three new music videos to our songs, all featuring you! Whether you are a musician, singer, dancer, visual artist or you just want to have some fun. Go to to find out more and we’ll see you on the road somewhere.”

As part of the campaign, musicians, singers, and instrumentalists can take on “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Visual artists will get the chance to design any word or phrase from the lyrics of “A Kind of Magic.” And, finally, dancers will be able to give their own interpretations for “Don’t Stop Me Now,” with a special instructional video created by Polly Bennett (Rami Malek’s movement coach from the hit film, “Bohemian Rhapsody”).

“I was so happy to be asked to choreograph for this initiative,” said famed movement director and choreographer, Bennett. “Rami (Malek) and I spent a lot of time moving to Queen’s music while filming ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ so I’m thrilled to encourage the world to do the same. Get dancing! I can’t wait to see what you make.”

In addition to the three music videos created by user content, a fourth video for “We Will Rock You” will re-create the song’s iconic BOOM BOOM CLAP using a collage of sporting event sounds. As a result, the new version will live as a sonic homage to the song’s energized relationship with sports.

Fans can visit to find out more and add their submissions* through August 18 by 11:59 p.m. ET. The final videos will be available on Queen’s official YouTube channel this fall.

*Terms and Conditions for UGC submissions here.

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Giving you more control over your Homepage and Up Next videos

Connecting our users with the content they love is important to us. We want to help viewers find new interests and passions — such as a new favorite artist, a new creator they can follow or simply the best food recipes. But there’s one true expert in what you want to watch: you. One thing we’ve consistently heard from you is that you want more control over what videos appear on your homepage and in Up Next suggestions. So we’re doing more to put you in the driver’s seat. Three specific changes we will be rolling out in the coming days:

  • Explore topics and related videos on your Homepage and in Up Next videos: You can now more easily explore topics and related videos — such as baking videos, the latest late-night talk shows or your favorite music genre, and see more of what you love on YouTube. The options that you see are based on your existing personalized suggestions and are meant to help you find what you’re looking for faster. They could be videos related to the one you’re watching, videos published by the channel you’re watching, or other topics which may be of interest to you. This new feature can be found on the homepage when you scroll up, and on Up Next when browsing. It will be available for signed-in users in English on the YouTube app for Android and will be available on iOS, desktop and other languages soon.

  • Remove suggestions from channels you don’t want to watch: Although we try our best to suggest videos you’ll enjoy, we don’t always get it right, so we are giving you more controls for when we don’t. We’ve now made it simple for you to tell us to stop suggesting videos from a particular channel. Just tap the three-dot menu next to a video on the homepage or Up Next, then “Don’t recommend channel.” After that, you should no longer see videos from that channel suggested to you on YouTube. You may still be able to find them if you subscribe, search for them, or visit the channel page or Trending tab. This new feature is available globally on the YouTube app for Android and iOS today, and will be available on desktop soon.

  • Learn more about why a video may be suggested to you: Finally, sometimes, we recommend videos from channels you haven’t seen before based on what other viewers with similar interests have liked and watched in the past. When we’re suggesting videos based on this, you’ll now see more information underneath the video in a small box. Our goal is to explain why these videos surface on your homepage in order to help you find videos from new channels you might like. This new feature is available globally on the YouTube app for iOS today, and will be available on Android and desktop soon.

We hope you’ll find that these new features help you navigate the incredible breadth of content available on YouTube and more easily find great videos to watch. We’re looking forward to hearing your feedback.

Essam El-Dardiry, Product Manager, YouTube

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The Giving Season is Upon Us

Earlier this year we launched #YouTubeGiving, a suite of tools that empowers creators to raise money on behalf of their favorite charities. As we enter the giving season, we’re making these tools available to even more organizations and creators.

To kick things off, next week some of YouTube’s biggest creators will celebrate Giving Week and team up with charities that hold a special place in their hearts. See below for a preview of who and what to expect, and look for the donate button on their videos to lend your support:

Throughout the month of December, we’ll continue our season of giving with #Dancember, a charity fundraiser founded by YouTube creators Benji and Judy Travis of itsJudysLife. This is leading up to a 24-hour live stream fundraiser on December 14th, benefitting the global humanitarian organization, Save the Children.

At YouTube, we believe in the power of video to build community and empathy. We hope you’ll join us in supporting these incredible creators and organizations.

Julia Paige, Director of YouTube Social Impact, recently viewed Leaving Things in Mouthwash for a Month

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Nat Geo and OpenROV are giving away 1000 robot submarines

Despite having lived in close proximity to it for hundreds of thousands of years, humanity has yet to explore even a fraction of the Earth's ocean. We have more thoroughly mapped the surfaces of moon and Mars than we have the seafloor. National Geogr…
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[TA Deals] We’re giving away a SNES Classic Edition through Talk Android Deals!

Did you want a SNES Classic but couldn’t find any in stock over the holidays? Don’t worry, we’ve got your back. We’re giving away one of Nintendo’s retro consoles through Talk Android Deals, and it’s incredibly simple to enter the contest. This console includes a ton of classic games, including hits like The Legend of […]

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[Giveaway] We’re giving away Evo Max Tech21 cases for theGalaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+!

Need a case for your Galaxy S9? We’ve teamed up with Tech21 to help get you covered, literally. We’re giving away 10 black Evo Max cases from Tech21, and you’ll be able to pick either a case for either the Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9+, whichever size you have. All you have to do is […]

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Mercedes-Benz is giving all its customers a year of Tidal HiFi

Tidal has had a rough few months, what with Kanye leaving in a huff, having to find a third CEO in two years and exclusives like Jay-Z's 4:44 being held back from new subscribers. The streaming service continues to stay relevant, though, perhaps thro…
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T-Mobile is giving away free Samsung Galaxy smartphones this summer

T-Mobile is kicking off a new promotion that starts tomorrow, July 13th, and it’s one of the carrier’s most aggressive pushes yet. Any customer that has the 6 GB or 10 GB plan will be able to walk out of a T-Mobile store with a free Galaxy smartphone, covering up to 12 people on one […]

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Apple Pay Giving Shoppers Even More Ways to Pay

Apple today announced Apple Pay is adding support for rewards programs and store-issued credit and debit cards with iOS 9. Apple Pay will also give shoppers more ways to pay in the U.S., expanding merchant acceptance to over one million locations next month and bringing support for Discover this fall. With this addition, Apple Pay will accept credit and debit cards across all major card networks, issued by the most popular banks, representing 98 percent of all credit card purchase volume in the U.S. “Apple Pay has kicked off a new era of payments and our users love the incredibly easy, secure, and private way to pay,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “We’re bringing our customers the most requested features with support for rewards and store-issued cards, and expanding how and where Apple Pay is accepted, which truly transforms the way people pay.”
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Apple Introduces ResearchKit, Giving Medical Researchers New Tools

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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Nvidia giving away Shield Android TV consoles everyday up until release day


Nvidia has sent out an email to their Shield newsletter subscribers, announcing a Shield Android TV console giveaway, which will take place everyday up until the console is available for consumers to purchase.

If you received the email from Nvidia, you don’t have to do anything to enter to win. As an email subscriber, you’re automatically entered into the giveaway, and you’ll be notified if you win an Nvidia Shield console.

In the email sent out, it wasn’t clear if you can enter the giveaway by signing up or not or if the giveaway is solely for past subscribers. The way its delivered, it sounds like its for past subscribers only. Either way, it doesn’t hurt to sign-up just in case.

What do you think of Nvidia’s new Shield TV console? Will you be picking one up? Let us know in the comments.

Update: If you sign-up for the newsletter, even after the initial announcement was sent out, you can still enter to win a Nvidia Shield console.

Thanks, Brandon!

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