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Monday, 27 August 2018

Google Rolling Out Non-Skippable YouTube Videos Ads to all Channels,

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YouTube lovers, YouTube is rolling out anot
her update September 2018 which happens to be nextweek, and the major feature about t
he new update is the non-skippable advert option.

The non-skippable feature which would be made available to all channels next week will help channel owners on YouTube maximize profits on their videos.

What all this means is that whenever you want to watch a YouTube video you might not be able to skip ads like you do before, so you have no other choice than to watch the content of the ad.



This new feature was made available to some beta testers(Few people testing the app for experimental purpose), Now the non-skippable ads feature made it pass the beta stage. Now, the company says it’s releasing it to everyone in the YouTube Partner Program, so creators can get the chance to earn more money.

According to Google, the max video length for non-skippable ads is 15 to 20 seconds.

This is still longer than the typical 5-second “mandatory watch” period of skippable adverts, however, which many users are accustomed to seeing.

This means that YouTube Channel owners will make more money via this compulsory, ‘must watch’, advert from google.

This new feature is not going down well with me because some ads are so annoying and if you are managing data this new feature is not just for you. What do you think?

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

WhatsApp Officially Support Four-person (Group) Video Call

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Back in May, Facebook held its F8 developers conference where it announced new features for its Facebook family of apps. More specifically, it was at this event that WhatsApp was officially going to get group calling sometime in the future.



Today, WhatsApp has officially announced that group calling for both voice and video is finally here. The messaging app also shares that WhatsApp users spend more than 2 billion minutes on WhatsApp calls per day.




HOW TO START A GROUP CALL
✅To start a group call, start a one-on-one video or voice call with a single person.

✅ Then, you’ll see a button at the top-right corner of the screen that will let you add a participant.

✅You can add up to three participants for a total of four people in a video or voice call.


To start using this new feature grab the latest version of the app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

What do you think about this new feature? have Your Say! using the comment box below.

Monday, 30 July 2018

WhatsApp Restricts Forwarding of Messages to Just 20 Users To Curb Fake News

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The developers of WhatsApp have actively engaged in war with the distribution of fake news on Whatsapp. In the last update where they made it obvious by indicating whether the message was typed by the sender or just forwarded with a 'forward indicator'. Now the platform has taken the war to another level by restricting the forwarding of messages to just '20' users.



This move by WhatsApp would generate mixed reactions obviously, because for bloggers like me who share links to various groups now are also restricted, but nevertheless it is a welcome move because the issue of fake news is getting out of hands. This update now means the news or information passed by the message can now be easily traced to the source, confirming whether its fake or not. Maybe with this update from WhatsApp the 'forward this message of you want to make heaven to 50 people' will reduce now.


Other social platforms and online messaging apps are most likely to enforce similar rules in the future.

What do you think about the move by WhatsApp, Is it a favorable one or would reduce the user experience ratings? ... Have your Say! using the comment box below

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Google Maps on iOS Now Has Some Cute Cars to Use in Place of the Navigation Arrow

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Since the earliest days of Google Maps, your vehicle's location along your route has always been represented by a blue arrow. There's now a new way to customize your drive on Google Maps for iOS.

Depending on your mood, you can swap out the classic blue navigation arrow for a new icon-a stylish sedan, a timeless pickup truck, or a speedy SUV.

Get started by tapping on the arrow while in driving navigation mode to select your vehicle of choice, and hit the road with a brand new car, so you can have that new car feeling without the down payment.

To choose one of these little cars over the boring blue arrow, all you have to do is tap on the arrow itself when you're in active navigation mode.

U-turn Over Facebook Chief's EU Meeting

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 U-turn Over Facebook Chief's EU Meeting
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In a change of plan, the public will be able to watch Mark Zuckerberg's response to European Parliament leaders' privacy concerns.

The body's president, Antonio Tajani, has tweeted that tomorrow's 75-minute meeting would be livestreamed.

Earlier, news that the Facebook chief's meeting with the parliament's political group leaders would be in private, had been criticised.

The arrangement had been unfavourably compared to his Washington testimony.

"It is disgraceful how Zuckerberg promises more transparency, but does not want to make public statements in the European Parliament. Facebook operates a public platform and therefore has to publicly take responsibility for its actions," said an online petition launched by the German Green Party's MEP Sven Giegold.

"Like the American citizens, we are entitled to a public hearing of Zuckerberg as well."

More than 30,000 people had signed support for his Change.org campaign.


Friday, 18 May 2018

Youtube to Launch Music Streaming Service Next Week

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Youtube to Launch Music Streaming Service Next Week


Google’s YouTube will launch a music streaming service next week, it said on Thursday, looking to use its popular internet video brand to tap the growing market for paid music streaming.

YouTube Music will launch on May 22, and include features such as personalized playlists based on a user’s YouTube history. The service is expected to eventually replace Google Play Music, the Alphabet Inc unit’s existing music streaming brand.

“Google has an advantage given YouTube’s more than a billion users and viewers. So, it has opportunities to convert some into YouTube Music listeners or premium subscribers,” said Ali Mogharabi, analyst at Morningstar Research.

The growing adoption of paid music streaming has helped wean a generation of music listeners away from free or pirated music, and has led to services such as Spotify and Apple Music becoming the recording industry’s single biggest revenue source.


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Facebook Details Scale of Abuse on Its Site

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Facebook Details Scale of Abuse on Its Site


Facebook says it deleted or added warnings to about 29 million posts that broke its rules on hate speech, graphic violence, terrorism and sex, over the first three months of the year.

It is the first time that the firm has published figures detailing the scale of efforts to enforce its rules. Facebook is developing artificial intelligence tools to support the work of its 15,000 human moderators. But the report suggest the software struggles to spot some types of abuse.

For example, the algorithms only flagged 38% of identified hate speech posts over the period, meaning 62% were only addressed because users had reported them. By contrast, the firm said its tools spotted 99.5% of detected propaganda posted in support of Islamic State, Al-Qaeda and other affiliated groups, leaving only 0.5% to the public.

The figures also reveal that Facebook believes users were more likely to have experienced graphic violence and adult nudity via its service over the January-to-March quarter than the prior three months.

But it said it had yet to develop a way to judge if this was also true of hate speech and terrorist propaganda.

"As we learn about the right way to do this, we will improve the methodology," commented Facebook's head of product management, Guy Rosen.



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Friday, 11 May 2018

Chinese gaming firm Huya prices IPO in New York at $12 per share: source

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Chinese gaming firm Huya prices IPO in New York at $12 per share: source
Huya offered 15 million American Depository Shares (ADS), raising $180 million. The company had indicated a price range of $10-$12 each.
Following the offering, Huya’s parent company YY Inc will hold 54.9 percent voting power in the company, while a Tencent Holdings investment unit will hold 39.5 percent, Huya said in a statement.
Huya is one of China’s biggest live-streaming platforms for online gaming, covering over 2,600 different mobile, PC and console games.
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China had the world’s largest video games market in terms of revenues and number of gamers in 2017, Huya said. The company had nearly 40 million average mobile monthly active users in the fourth quarter of 2017.
Huya’s revenue almost tripled to 2.18 billion yuan ($344 million) in 2017 from the year previous. It made a loss of 80.9 million yuan.
Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs and UBS are lead underwriters to the offering.

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U.S. court revives challenge to Seattle's Uber, Lyft driver union law

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U.S. court revives challenge to Seattle's Uber, Lyft driver union law
The San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the city did not have the power to regulate payment arrangements between companies like Uber and Lyft and their drivers.
The litigation is unfolding amid a national debate over whether workers in the “gig economy” are independent contractors, who typically cannot form unions, or employees.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which sued over the law last year and counts Uber and Lyft among its members, did not respond to a request for comment. Neither did a spokesman for the Seattle city attorney’s office.
Seattle’s law, passed in 2015, requires the city to select a union as the exclusive bargaining representative of the estimated 9,000 drivers in Seattle who work for Uber, Lyft and other services. The law was put on hold pending the outcome of the Chamber’s lawsuit.
The Chamber argued that by allowing drivers to bargain over their pay, which is based on fares received from passengers, the city would permit them to essentially fix prices in violation of federal antitrust law.

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Hands-on pictures show off Samsung’s stunning ‘Burgundy Red’ Galaxy S9 and S9+

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Earlier
this week, Samsung quietly launched the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ in a new color variant, "Burgundy Red."

Now, some hands-on photos are showing us just how gorgeous that color is in person...

Provided by a user on Twitter, a handful of shots show off what the phone looks like in person with this new color variant.

Long story short, it's absolutely beautiful, and the renders Samsung previously provided definitely don't do it justice.

Samsung's take on a red phone gives us a dark color which looks incredible with the slightly more burgundy colors of the accents around the camera and side rails.



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Tuesday, 8 May 2018

New LG smartwatch revealed by FCC ahead of I/O 2018 w/ modified Wear OS app list

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Late last month, a rumor suggested the arrival of a new LG Wear OS device that would feature a hybrid analog design.

ZNFW315 (via Droid-Life) runs Wear OS as confirmed by screenshots of the on-device FCC ID E-Label. The LM-W315 model number matches the Watch Style (W270) and Watch Sport (W280), while the images confirm a circular display.

The first screenshot shows an interesting design for the app list that is notably different form the current vertical list. Instead, app icons are arranged in a half circle with a cutout up top that notes the name of the app currently at the 6 o’clock position

The change is possibly due to a hybrid factor rumored by Android Headlines. In addition to a 1.2-inch LCD screen, the device reportedly features analog hands with a traditional quartz movement. This allows for a longer battery life and meant at appealing to different demographics.

Supposed specs are otherwise standard for Wear OS with a Snapdragon 2100, 768MB of RAM, and 4GB of storage. As confirmed by today’s FCC filing, this model does not have cellular capabilities and will just use Bluetooth and WiFi.

At the very least, we’ll likely see an announcement at I/O 2018 by Google of the new hybrid form factor for Wear OS, but it’s also possible an on-stage launch is coming.



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Google emphasizing tech ‘responsibility’ at I/O 2018 with new Android usage tools

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Google emphasizing tech ‘responsibility’ at I/O 2018 with new Android usage tools


While Sundar Pichai and company will continue to tout AI advancements this year, the company is also focusing on "responsibility," with Android adding new time management controls.

According to the Washington Post, Google is planning to enter the industry’s broader discussion on the role of technology in people’s lives at I/O 2018. Apple faced criticism in March over technology addiction in regards to parental controls, while Facebook is constantly in the news about its role as a vast social network.

Noting that Google has managed to avoid the controversy, the WP reports that Android is adding new controls to help both families and individuals manage the time they spend on mobile devices. For the former, Google already has Family Link which allows parents to limit screen time down to the app-level, as well as pause Wi-Fi overnight and lock devices.

However, it appears that Google’s new controls will be aimed at everyone and not just kids.

Technology addiction and its impact on day-to-day lives is one common critique, as summarized by the Time Well Spent movement, while Silicon Valley is grappling with its outsized role as the overseer of platforms with billions of users. These issues will only increase in the coming years as new advancements led by AI will disrupt industries, with many jobs possibly no longer existing.


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Instagram’s upcoming ‘Music stickers’ will let you add soundtracks to your Stories

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Instagram’s upcoming ‘Music stickers’ will let you add soundtracks to your Stories


As it continues to expand its Stories platform, Instagram is seemingly planning a new feature that would make it easier to add music to Stories. According to TechCrunch, code found within the Instagram application indicates you could soon be able to add “Music stickers” to your Stories…

The code indicates that Instagram has a “Search Music” feature built alongside its other location and @ mention stickers. Such a feature would allow for users to add “music overlay stickers” to their Stories and search a catalog of songs based on genres, moods, and “trending.”

As it continues to expand its Stories platform, Instagram is seemingly planning a new feature that would make it easier to add music to Stories. According to TechCrunch, code found within the Instagram application indicates you could soon be able to add “Music stickers” to your Stories…

The code indicates that Instagram has a “Search Music” feature built alongside its other location and @ mention stickers. Such a feature would allow for users to add “music overlay stickers” to their Stories and search a catalog of songs based on genres, moods, and “trending.”

While it’s not explicitly clear, TechCrunch infers that this feature would then play a clip of the chosen song while a Story is played.


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Microsoft Build 2018 - All the Announcements That Matter

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Build is Microsoft's developer conference. This year's conference - Build 2018 - is from 7 May to 9 May, which is the same week Google plans to hold its own developer conference. The company will use the two-day event to discuss its plans around artificial intelligence (AI), cloud services, Cortana, Office, and Windows 10, of course. The full conference pass to attend is going for $2,495.



*Windows 10: Your Phone app:* Microsoft unveiled a new “Your Phone” app for Windows 10. It provides a mirror of a phone straight to a desktop PC, so that you can access texts, photos, and notifications from your workstation.

*Windows Mixed Reality*: Microsoft Layout. Microsoft announced a new “mixed reality” tool called Microsoft Layout. It lets you design and visualise real spaces in either Microsoft HoloLens or a virtual reality headset. Layout allows Windows Mixed Reality you to construct a virtual floor plan and move 3D models on it using a VR headset, so you can preview how a room would look. Then, you can go to the physical location and view that layout using HoloLens.



*DJI partnership*: DJI partnered with Microsoft to create a new drone SDK for Windows 10. This will enable full flight control and data transfer to Windows 10 PCs. So, with apps written for Windows 10 PCs, DJI drones will be able to be customised and controlled for a wide variety of industrial uses. This will also make it easy to integrate third-party hardware, such as multispectral sensors or custom actuators, with DJI’s drones.

*Alexa and Cortana*: We've been given a demo of Cortana running on Alexa and vice versa. It works by simply summoning Cortana with the command “Alexa, open Cortana.” You can then ask questions or commands (like “send an email”) to a specific person - something you can't do with just Alexa alone. Similarly, you can cue up Alexa within the Cortana interface on Windows 10 in order to access Alexa skills.

*Kinect in the cloud*: Microsoft is moving Kinect to the cloud, according to CEO Satya Nadella: “Kinect, when we first launched it in 2010, was a speech-first, gaze-first, vision-first device. It was used in gaming, and then, later on, it came to the PC, and it was used in many applications: medical, industrial, robotics, education... We’ve been inspired by what developers have done, and since Kinect, we’ve made a tremendous amount of progress when it comes to some of the foundational technologies in HoloLens. So we’re taking those advances and packaging them up as Project Kinect for Azure.”

*Meeting room*: Microsoft demoed "meeting room" - prototype hardware that should make meetings and conferences more manageable. Microsoft’s meeting room features a 360-degree camera and microphone array that can detect anyone in a meeting room, greet them, and transcribe what they say in any language. It also uses artificial intelligence to follow up on what meeting participants say in a meeting.

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Monday, 7 May 2018

ISRO Develops Desi atomic Clock, to Be Used in Navigation Satellites

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In a significant development, Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) has developed an atomic clock that will be used in navigation satellites to measure precise location data. The space agency currently imports atomic clocks from European aerospace manufacturer Astrium for its navigation satellites.

Tapan Misra, director of Ahmedabad-based Space Applications Centre (SAC), said, “SAC has developed an indigenous atomic clock and this clock is currently undergoing a series of qualification tests. Once it successfully clears all tests, the desi atomic clock will be used in an experimental navigation satellite to test its accuracy and durability in space.”

The SAC director said, “With the development of the desi atomic clock, Isro has become one of the few space organisations in the world which have gained the capability to develop this highly sophisticated technology. We don't know the design and technology of the imported atomic clock. But the desi clock has been developed based on our designs and specifications. This clock is as good as the imported one. We are hopeful that it will easily work for more than five years.”

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Boeing slams the Falcon Heavy rocket as “too small”

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Recently, Boeing created
a website called "Watch US Fly" to promote its aerospace industry—a grab bag of everything from Chinese tariffs to President Trump's visit to the company's facilities in St. Louis. Among the most intriguing sections is one that promotes the company's Space Launch System rocket and argues that SpaceX's Falcon Heavy booster is "too small" for NASA's deep exploration program.

"The Falcon Heavy launch turned heads in February, but SpaceX's rocket is a smaller type of rocket that can't meet NASA's deep-space needs," the website states. "Once the Boeing-built SLS is operational, it will be the most powerful rocket ever built."

The Boeing site backs up this claim by quoting NASA's Bill Gerstenmaier, who talked about the differences between the SLS rocket and Falcon Heavy at a meeting of the NASA Advisory Council meeting in March. Gerstenmaier, the chief of NASA's human spaceflight program, said the SLS had "unique capabilities" that the Falcon Heavy rocket does not have. However, as Ars reported at the time, Gerstenmaier actually struggled to explain why NASA needed the SLS rocket because the space agency has not yet built anything that will take advantage of those capabilities.



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Sunday, 6 May 2018

Chinese government is behind a decade of hacks on software companies

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Researchers said Chinese intelligence officers are behind almost a decade's worth of network intrusions that use advanced malware to penetrate software and gaming companies in the US, Europe, Russia, and elsewhere. The hackers have struck as recently as March in a campaign that used phishing emails in an attempt to access corporate-sensitive Office 365 and Gmail accounts. In the process, they made serious operational security errors that revealed key information about their targets and possible location.

Researchers from various security organizations have used a variety of names to assign responsibility for the hacks, including LEAD, BARIUM, Wicked Panda, GREF, PassCV, Axiom, and Winnti. In many cases, the researchers assumed the groups were distinct and unaffiliated. According to a 49-page report published Thursday, all of the attacks are the work of Chinese government's intelligence apparatus, which the report's authors dub the Winnti Umbrella. Researchers from 401TRG, the threat research and analysis team at security company ProtectWise, based the attribution on common network infrastructure, tactics, techniques, and procedures used in the attacks as well as operational security mistakes that revealed the possible location of individual members.

Attacks associated with Winnti Umbrella have been active since at least 2009 and possibly date back to 2007. In 2013, antivirus company Kaspersky Lab reported that hackers using computers with Chinese and Korean language configurations used a backdoor dubbed Winnti to infect more than 30 online video game companies over the previous four years. The attackers used their unauthorized access to obtain digital certificates that were later exploited to sign malware used in campaigns targeting other industries and political activists.

Also in 2013, security firm Symantec reported on a hacking group dubbed Hidden Linx that was behind attacks on more than 100 organizations, including the high-profile 2012 intrusion that stole the crypto key from Bit9 and used it to infect at least three of the security company's customers.


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Cambridge Analytica shuts down after Facebook user data scandal

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Cambridge Analytica shuts down  after Facebook user data scandal


Cambridge Analytica, the embattled London-based data analytics firm that famously did work for the Donald Trump presidential campaign, has shut down.

It was revealed last month that a 2014 survey app that required Facebook login credentials allowed the survey creator and his team access to their friends' public profile data.

The Cambridge Analytica dustup has resulted in Facebook now being on the defensive; the social media company has trotted out one change after another and CEO Mark Zuckerberg himself recently testified over the course of 10 hours to a joint Senate committee hearing.

According to the Journal: "Nigel Oakes, the founder of SCL Group, Cambridge Analytica's British affiliate, confirmed that both companies were closing down."

"Over the past several months, Cambridge Analytica has been the subject of numerous unfounded accusations and, despite the Company's efforts to correct the record, has been vilified for activities that are not only legal, but also widely accepted as a standard component of online advertising in both the political and commercial arenas," the company said.


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Facebook building a “simple way to clear your cookies and history”

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Facebook building a “simple way to clear your cookies and history”


On Tuesday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the company is working on a tool that would allow users a "simple way to clear your cookies and history."

While the company didn't say so explicitly, this move seems to be in response to the Cambridge Analytica fiasco.

Last month, it was revealed that a 2014 survey app that required Facebook login credentials allowed the survey creator and his team access to their friends' public profile data. In the end, this system captured data on 87 million Facebook users. This data trove wound up in the hands of Cambridge Analytica, a British data analytics firm, which worked for the Donald Trump presidential campaign.

"We're starting with something a lot of people have asked about recently: the information we see from websites and apps that use Facebook's ads and analytics tools," Zuckerberg wrote on his Facebook page.

"Once we roll out this update, you'll be able to see information about the apps and websites you've interacted with, and you'll be able to clear this information from your account. You'll even be able to turn off having this information stored with your account."



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Friday, 4 May 2018

Instagram launches new payments platform for making purchases directly in the app

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Amid its ongoing battle with Snapchat, Instagram is now looking to become a larger player in the commerce industry. According to a report from TechCrunch, Instagram has started rolling out a feature that would allow users to make purchases directly in the Instagram application…

The feature prompts users to register a debit or credit card to their profile, add a security pin, and begin making purchases within the Instagram application. Instagram has confirmed the feature’s existence, saying it is currently live with a handful of early partners.

Dinner reservation application Resy is one of those early partners. With this feature, users can make reservations through Resy partner profile pages and pay for that reservation directly within the Instagram application. TechCrunch notes that the payment settings interface is live for some users in the United States and U.K., but not for everyone just yet. The feature is backed by Facebook’s Payments rules.




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