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YouTube just changed a major rule for anyone who uploads videos, ostensibly to protect kids — but now content creators are confused as to how to follow it.Starting next year, all YouTube content creators will have to tick a box when they upload a video, indicating whether or not said video is “kid-directed.” Creators will also have to categorize each of their previously uploaded videos and even their entire channels the same way.Content for kids in this case means children are the primary audience or the content that is “directed to children but children are a secondary audience,” to use YouTube’s own words.Earlier this year, YouTube agreed to pay the Federal Trade Commission $200 million to settle an investigation.The FTC was attempting to determine whether the site had violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).Under COPPA, sites cannot collect information on children without the consent of their parents, or at least without providing a means for the parents to control what’s being collected.
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If you are looking for affordable alternatives to the latest Apple iPad, the previous model is one of your best options.You can even pick up a cellular 9.7-inch iPad at $160 less on Walmart ahead of Black Friday.Grab this iPad deal to save on one of the best tablets before the holiday shopping craze begins.The 2018 Apple iPad Wi-Fi and cellular tablet with 32GB of storage is down to $299 from $459 with Walmart’s discount.The retail giant also drops the 128GB variant to $399 from $559.2018 Apple iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular Tablet
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TLDR: 12min summarizes hundreds of best-selling non-fiction books to an essential 12 minute microbook.Get access to their library for just $29.Nobody has time to read anymore.Ok, so maybe you’re reading this right now.But you get what we mean.Between work pressures, family responsibilities and other daily time sucks that sop up hours like a hungry sponge, we’re all lucky if we find enough time to read our Twitter feeds, let alone an entire book.
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Writer Sara Lynn Michener says it doesn’t help that a large chunk of the movie is wasted on a bombastic action sequence set aboard an exploding cargo plane.“I think there’s this idea with, especially, male directors where they get really excited about trying to top what’s been done before, but do it even bigger and better and more Michael Bay-ish,” Michener says in Episode 386 of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast.Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy host David Barr Kirtley agrees that the cargo plane sequence was silly, and stands in sharp contrast to the sense of realism captured in the franchise’s best installments, The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day.“To my mind, the power of those movies comes from the juxtaposition of these creepy robots from the future set against this completely believable everyday reality,” he says.Screenwriter Rafael Jordan warns that needlessly bloated budgets are placing unrealistic expectations on sci-fi movies.Hollywood has to figure out a way to make $400 million a viable amount of money again.”
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It was confirmed for local release back in September, but now we finally have an Australian release date and pricing information for Huawei's controversial new flagship, the Mate 30 Pro.Available in Australia from November 21, 2019, the Mate 30 Pro is the first Huawei handset to be released since the US government introduced trade sanctions against the Chinese tech giant – sanctions which specifically restrict American companies from doing business with the smartphone maker.For its local release, Huawei has priced the phone at AU$1,599 – a surprisingly high cost for a device that lacks official access to any Google apps or services, including the Play Store.Only 200 units will be available at launch, and you'll need to enter a competition for the chance to even purchase the phone.Huawei has also confirmed to TechRadar that, currently, there are no plans to sell the Mate 30 Pro outside of this limited promotion.While the Mate 30 Pro may be lacking in the Google apps department, it does run Android 10, albeit with Huawei's own EMUI 10 interface.
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WhatsApp is updating a feature that allows you to control who adds you to group chats and is rolling it out to all 1.5 billion users around the world.Anyone who relies on WhatsApp to communicate with friends, family, and everyone in between knows how easily people can add them to group chats without consent.This is why the Facebook-owned messaging giant in April introduced a feature that allowed some users to stipulate who can add them to a group.Before today, the privacy setting had only been available in India, where the company has been fine-tuning the feature ahead of today’s global rollout.It’s worth noting that with more than 400 million users, India is a big market for WhatsApp, but it is also one that has struggled with the spread of incendiary messages and fake news.WhatsApp has previously tried to address these issues with stricter message-forwarding restrictions.
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YouTube’s present to marketers comes in the form of its debut of shopping ads in its home feed and search results just in time for the holiday shopping season.Nicky Rettke, director of product management for the Google-owned video site, said in a blog post that 48% of shoppers are open to buying from new retailers during the holiday season, adding, “And how are they discovering these new brands?Increasingly, shoppers are leaning into videos and inspirational imagery.”According to YouTube, watch time of shopping videos with “holiday” in the title shot up more than four times over the past two years.On that note, YouTube revealed Tuesday that it is introducing shopping ads in its home feed and search results, enabling advertisers on its platform to extend their reach.Shopping ads had already been available in the form of cards on the right side of videos on desktop and below videos on mobile, and Rettke said brands already using shopping ads with campaigns that are opted into YouTube on Display Network may see their ads appear on the home feed and in search results.
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Climate change has triggered an array of impacts that severely affects human, as well as animals on earth.When CO2 (carbon dioxide) emissions are released into the atmosphere, it forms a blanket that prevents heat from escaping.Eventually, this leads to one of the most dreaded impacts of climate change: a hotter world.According to a report from UCSUSA, the hottest daily temperatures occurring in a specific year in the United States could increase by at least 10 F by the end-of-century if we fail to stop the carbon emissions soon.As a result, glaciers and ice sheets will melt, and ocean water will expand.While mega-storms such as Hurricane Harvey used to occur once in every hundred years, it now occurs every sixteen years.
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Opioid addiction is easily one of the top widespread healthcare issues facing the U.S., and research indicates we’re nowhere near achieving any kind of significant mitigating solution.But a team of medical researchers working at the West Virginia University Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute (RNI) and West Virginia University Medicine (WVU) are beginning a new clinical trial of a solution that uses brain-embedded technology to potentially curb opioid addiction in cases that have resisted other methods of treatmentA team of neurosurgeons from RNI and WVU successfully implanted what’s called a ‘deep brain simulation’ or DBS devices into the brain of a 33-year old man, the first person to participate in the trial.The DBS device consists of a number of tiny electrodes, attached to specific parts of the brain that are known to be associated with addiction and self-control behaviours.The DBI should, in theory, be able to curb addiction as related impulses are sent, and also monitor cravings in real-time in the patient, providing valuable data to researchers about what’s occurring in cases of treatment-resistant opioid addiction.Opioid addiction resulted in as many as 49.6 deaths per 100,000 people in West Virginia in 2017, WVU notes.
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Mobileye, the Israeli-based automotive sensor company acquired by Intel in 2017 for $15.3 billion, is partnering with Chinese electric car startup Nio to develop autonomous vehicles that consumers can buy.The companies, which describe this as a “strategic collaboration” aims to bring highly automated and autonomous vehicles to consumer markets in China and “other major territories.”Under the agreement, Nio will engineer and manufacture a self-driving system designed by Mobileye.The self-driving system will target consumer autonomy — meaning cars people can buy — a departure from the traditional industry approach of developing autonomous vehicles just for ride-hailing services.Nio will mass produce the system for Mobileye’s driverless ride-hailing services and also plans to integrate the technology into its electric vehicle lines for consumer markets.This variant will target initial release in China, with plans to subsequently expand into other global markets, the companies said.
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Developers crowned Rust their “most loved” language in Stack Overflow’s 2019 developer survey, while Redmonk’s semi-annual language rankings saw Rust get within spitting distance of the top 20 (ranking 21).This, despite Rust users “find[ing] difficulty and frustration with the language’s highly touted features for memory safety and correctness.”In conversations with developers, it seems the answer comes down to the idea that Rust is “systems programming with guard rails,” as Oso CTO Sam Scott describes it, with one of those “guard rails” being an exceptionally welcoming community.Application developers, for example, tend not to need to get close to the underlying hardware.Fast forward a few years, however, and Rust just keeps getting better.For example: “For latency-sensitive network services, Rust’s lack of runtime garbage collection results in almost non-existent tail latencies.”
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Using data from the search engine, UK internet-research site Comparitech analyzed all government content-removal requests received during that period, and ranked the countries by the number of requests made.Every year, the search engine receives hundreds of requests from governments around the world requesting that content hosted on Google's platforms — be it a blog post, YouTube video, or anything else — be removed.Pakistan — 292 requests, with more than half citing religious offenses.China — which notoriously censors all content that offends the Communist Party — is low down on this list likely because Google was banned from operating in the country in 2010, and therefore isn't widely used among citizens.Japan — 720, with more than three in four requests citing defamation.South Korea — 2,098, the most cited concern being privacy and security.
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New technology aims to improve the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder by allowing veterans to virtually take their doctor with them during prolonged exposure therapy.The system gives the doctor physical and psychological information about the veterans in real time.He's a professor in the College of Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina and co-founder and president of Zeriscope, the company that developed the system.The drawback has been that the veteran has had to go into the situation alone, then tell the doctor how it went at a later appointment.The system will also let them talk with the therapist while sensors monitor heart rate and galvanic skin response, feeding the doctor real-time information.If the Zeriscope system does well in the clinical trial for PTSD, she says it could be considered in the treatment for anxiety disorders as well.
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I’m not a fan of electric bicycles.As an avid bike commuter, I clock a healthy 2,000 miles on my Specialized Diverge in a any calendar year.It’s a nice bike — though, it’s certainly not Tour-caliber — and I’ve steadily grown accustomed to its jet-black frame and abundance of gears, which allow me to traverse the damp hills of Portland, Oregon with ease.The thing is, the Schwinn Monroe 250 (I reviewed the disc model with an MSRP of $1,35) is a hard bike to hate.Like the Swagtron EB12, it’s aimed at box-store dominance.Unlike the aforementioned three-speed of ‘55, the Monroe is one of several similar models built to capitalize on the burgeoning ebike market in the United States.
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Following a cyberattack that installed spyware on users' smartphones, WhatsApp is fighting back and the Facebook-owned company has filed a lawsuit against the Israeli cyber intelligence firm NSO Group claiming it created an exploit that made the attack possible.According to the lawsuit, which was filed in a California federal court, the NSO Group “developed their malware in order to access messages and other communications after they were decrypted” on target devices.The attack itself exploited an audio-calling vulnerability in WhatsApp and targeted users would think they were getting a call, when really the malware would infect their device with spyware that gave attackers complete access to their smartphone.Breaking WhatsApp's end-to-end encryption has proven difficult which is why governments and mobile spyware companies have started targeting the devices that sent or received messages instead.Why hack the service itself when you can hack a device to obtain its data?WhatsApp was able to quickly patch the vulnerability that made the attack possible and while the NSO Group was believed to be responsible at that time, WhatsApp did not publicly call out the cyber intelligence firm until now.
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A new study suggests an ancient Mesopotamian civilization was likely wiped out by dust storms nearly 4,000 years ago.The Akkadian Empire, which ruled what is now Iraq and Syria from the 24th to the 22nd Century B.C., was likely unable to overcome the inability to grow crops, famine and mass social upheaval.An ancient civilization that ruled Mesopotamia nearly 4,000 years ago was likely wiped out because of disastrous dust storms, a new study suggests.The Akkadian Empire, which ruled what is now Iraq and Syria from the 24th to the 22nd Century B.C., was likely unable to overcome the devastating aftereffects of the dust storms, including an inability to grow crops, famine and mass social upheaval.“Although the official mark of the collapse of the Akkadian Empire is the invasion of Mesopotamia by other populations, our fossil samples are windows in time showing that variations in climate significantly contributed to the empire’s decline,” said Hokkaido University professor Tsuyoshi Watanabe in a statement.3,000-YEAR-OLD TOOLS DISCOVERED IN EUROPE SHOW HOW FAR WARRIORS TRAVELED FOR BATTLE
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Amazon announced on Tuesday that Prime members are now eligible for free grocery delivery, effectively doing away with the monthly $14.99 fee previously required to access Amazon Fresh.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Amazon wants to deliver your groceries for free — but there are a few caveats.Previously, Amazon shoppers would opt in to pay the Amazon Fresh fee in addition to the annual $119 — or $12.99 monthly — required to access Prime.Under the new program, members are eligible for two-hour grocery delivery from participating grocers and Amazon-owned Whole Foods."Grocery delivery is one of the fastest growing businesses at Amazon, and we think this will be one of the most-loved Prime benefits," Stephenie Landry, VP of grocery delivery, said in a statement to the press on Tuesday.
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Much like the politically focused fakenews that’s drawn headlines in the lead-up to the 2020 election, brand-based misinformation can come from anyone with a decent internet connection and a strong opinion.And while the search-engine software outfit Yext can’t stem the tide of internet wiseguys completely, it can keep those voices a little quieter.The company today debuted its first ad campaign with the help of agency TBWA\Chiat\Day New York, targeting digital marketers in major U.S. cities like New York and Chicago.“The Man Without the Answers” as the campaign’s called, features exactly that.The ads follow internet user Todd Munion as he doles out well intentioned but consistently flawed expertise on everything from dry eyes (over “1.1 billion Americans” suffer from it, he says), to literature (Kafka’s first name was apparently “Francis Ford”), to golf (the key is apparently “following the club with your head”).To coincide with the rollout of its first campaign, Yext is also debuting “Answers,” a standalone search engine that plugs directly into any brand’s website to let users source intel directly from the company.
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Even if the clock is not a complete product, all the way, had a lot of difficulty to see what Apple was going to be able to add to the smartklockan of the year.the Always-on screen, the Apple Watch, the Series 5 is less bulky.the Apple Watch and the Series 5 has now been on our own wrists every day for about a month, and it is, without a doubt, the display that has made the biggest difference in how the watch is perceived.Instead of that, a little bit of reasons to raise your arm all the interactions, it is sufficient to glance at the Watch to check out the main features.to see what time it is, check out how far the rörelseringarna made, and check out other complications such as the temperature and the weather conditions.This is a definite improvement, which makes the watch much less cumbersome to use.
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A little over a year ago, a group called The Ocean Cleanup launched an unprecedented campaign to rid the seas of plastic, complete with an unprecedented device: a 600-meter-long, U-shaped tube that was meant to passively gather debris in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch for a ship to come along and scoop up and take back to land.A few months later, the plastic catcher not only wasn’t catching plastic, it had split in two, so The Ocean Cleanup had to tow it to Hawaii for repairs and upgrades.Then earlier this month the group announced its device was at last gathering plastic, though one researcher pointed out on Twitter that it was also gathering marine life.Not such smooth sailing, it would seem.Scientists started raising the alarm about The Ocean Cleanup’s design choices years before the device even launched.The potential to harm ocean life, the fact that the giant piece of plastic would slough off its own microplastics, the vulnerability of 600-meter-long tubes amid brutal seas: all were obvious causes for concern from the start.
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Hot on the heels of its Tesla's Q3 earnings call, the company held another, more media-focused call on Friday to talk about the commercial launch of its Tesla Solar Roof product.In case you've been living under a rock, Tesla's solar roof is essentially a roofing tile system that looks similar to traditional roofing systems but has solar cells embedded within it.The system links all of the tiles together and can power your house via a Tesla Powerwall.This version -- the company's third -- is already available to consumers through Tesla's website.It's targeted at people who need a new roof, whether that's due to their old one wearing out, damage or new construction, and aims to be competitive in cost with a traditional roof plus the cost of conventional solar panels.Tesla's solar roof is being built at the company's Gigafactory 2 in Buffalo, New York -- a facility that has only relatively recently sprung back into life after being slowed significantly by the brand's Model 3 production needs for battery cells and packs.
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The relentless daily drudgery of dealing with Type 1 diabetes was significantly more of a grind before professor Ian Shanks came along and revolutionised glucose testing in 1982, with versions of the innovative blood testing system he pioneered still being used today.Shanks was working for Unilever at the time, which pocketed the credit and sizeable global patent returns for his invention of the electrochemical capillary fill device – a simple method of measuring live glucose concentration levels in the blood.This is very important for people with diabetes, as low blood glucose can lead to blackouts and high blood glucose levels damage cells and cause long-term health problems.Hence pretty much every blood glucose monitor made since the invention was proven and patented has paid to use this system, benefiting Unilever's financial bottom line by around £24 million over the years; but not benefiting professor Shanks in any way other than generating a non-bankable warm glow that comes from knowing he's helped millions of people better manage their condition.However, the Supreme court -- yes it went that far -- has ruled that professor Shanks deserves financial credit and a share of this substantial benefit, though, with a £2m reward now set to come his way.Unilever says the professor received "salary, bonuses and benefits" and his whole job was to work on product innovation, so feels hard done by as a result of the decision.
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New technologies and evolving consumer behaviors are impacting ecommerce marketing at its core.Last year, Rand Fishkin, the founder of Moz and SparkToro, reported that 61.4 percent of tested Google mobile queries in September 2018 did not result in a click.In many of these cases, Google simply answered the question posed in the query directly on the results page, no click required.You get a picture, a map, and the word “Boise” along with some of the content from the “Idaho State Capitol” Wikipedia post.For 2020 and beyond, optimizing for position zero isn’t the only new SEO-related fundamental.You’ll also need to optimize for semantic phrases, not just traditional keywords and phrases.
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Here’s something you might not know (at least it was news to me): While Intuit does market to consumers, B2B customers comprise a large portion of the company’s base – its ProConnect division sells products to tax and accounting professionals, while Intuit, in general, is reliant on such pros to recommend TurboTax and QuickBooks to their own clients.And on this B2B front, Intuit was facing a challenge: Leads had been flat for five years.Despite extremely high product awareness (I doubt anyone reading this hasn’t heard of those two main products) and strong tax firm industry retention rates around 90%, Intuit simply wasn’t bringing in new business at the desired rate.Intuit’s Digital Director, Brian Hood, detailed their story during an eye-opening session full of practical takeaways at MarketingProfs B2B Forum last Thursday afternoon.Any marketer should aspire to this level of empathy, but it is not easily attained.Data and conversations with the sales team are certainly key pieces of the puzzle, but the team at Intuit sought a more direct perspective.
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A place in the Rugby World Cup semi-finals is at stake - which team will hold their nerve?England have had an unexpected extended break thanks to Typhoon Hagibis, which begs the question - will they come into the match rested and prepared?Meanwhile, their opponents Australia have been somewhat underwhelming throughout the pool stage, with head coach Michael Cheika still seemingly unsure of his best team.But coach Eddie Jones hasn't been afraid to shift around his side for this showdown, springing a huge surprise by dropping in-form George Ford and restoring his captain Owen Farrell at fly-half.For their part, Australia have also made a bold selection choice, with teenager Jordan Petaia set to start at centre.You can watch all the action from pretty much anywhere on Earth by following our Rugby World Cup England vs Australia live stream guide below.
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The new Google Pixel 4 and Google Pixel 4 XL brought with them a new and improved version of Google Assistant.The updated app includes some welcome additions, such as a smarter, pared-down look and improved voice recognition, but not every change has been warmly received.Google has also decided to abandon the three-button interface from previous versions of Assistant and replace it with gesture controls – and not everyone is happy about it.Take a look at our complete guide to the best Android appsA new Google support document explains that although three-button navigation is still available in Android 10 (and can be activated through System > Gestures > System navigation), if you select it, you won't be able to use the new Assistant.As Android Police notes, the new gestures may prove tricky for users with limited mobility, who would find Google Assistant particularly useful, and reception from the Reddit Android community has been mixed to say the least.
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You can see this throughout the phone thanks to a design that’s ditched the two-toned colour scheme of previous Pixels for something that bucks current trends of sleek metal and glass.Instead of colour-matching the Pixel 4's metal frame with the phone’s glass back (on the white and orange models), Google kept the same matte black band for all three colour options.Then Google put a big square camera module in the top left corner to highlight one of the Pixel line’s most important and defining characteristics while retaining the brightly coloured power button from previous handsets.And yet on the inside, it feels like Google is eschewing the traditional definition of a smartphone by making something that’s as concerned with being thoughtful as smart.With a simple swipe, you can tell the phone to skip to the next song in your playlist.If you leave the Pixel 4 on a table and walk away more than 0.6 metres (which is the max range of Google’s Soli radars), the phone will disable its always-on display to save battery life.
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Mac owners who depend on the Mail app to read and manager emails may need to hold off on the macOS Catalina upgrade.Many users are reporting of missing or incomplete messages after the upgrade.Others claim moving emails between mailboxes results in blank messages.The warning arrives by way of SpamSieve plug-in developer Michael Tsai.His post is based on feedback provided by customers, though the Mail problems aren’t related to his apps.“Most of the damage has occurred without my Mail plug-in even being installed,” Tsai said.
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It's easy to leave a Family Sharing plan on your iPhone or iPad.Family Sharing is used to share calendars, photos, and even subscriptions across family members' devices — but you may want to leave the group, especially if you have to change countries.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.It's also necessary to leave a group if you are moving and need to change your device's country settings to match your new residence.Before leaving, keep in mind that you will immediately lose access to everything shared by your family — including photos, calendars, and more.Check out the products mentioned in this article:
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We’ve already seen some great deals on Apple’s outgoing 12-inch MacBook, and this one is even better than some of the major price cuts we witnessed earlier this year – so much so that you might be forgiven for thinking that Black Friday has come early for 2019…Normally Apple’s 12-inch MacBook commands a price tag north of a grand, but you can save a startling £350 with the discount eBuyer has currently applied to the Intel Core m3-powered laptop.The notebook comes with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD, plus of course you get that beautiful Retina display in a supremely portable package with long-lasting battery life.The price was the main sticking point when we reviewed the 12-inch MacBook, but with this discount knocking the machine down to a penny under £780, that might persuade you to pull the trigger.Particularly given that these 12-inch MacBooks will only be around for so long, given Apple is no longer making them.You might just get a better deal come Black Friday 2019 (or indeed on Cyber Monday), but with this particular MacBook model, we’re really not sure how likely that is...
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