Connect with us

General

Twitter’s New Website Mirrors Its Mobile App

Advertisement
Code: VZWDEAL. Enter this coupon code at checkout to get $100 discount on Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Includes free shipping. Restrictions may apply. Device payment purchase required.

Twitter’s desktop experience just got a lot more streamlined.

The microblogging service is rolling out a refreshed website that looks and feels like a large-screen version of its mobile apps.

“We’ve been testing aspects of this for a while so we could make sure the new site reflected how you use Twitter,” the company blog said. “Thanks to hundreds of thousands of responses we received during those tests, Twitter.com’s features make conversations easier to find and follow—and just a bit more fun.”

Look for the same smooth timeline as your phone or tablet, but with added features that you don’t need to tap or scroll to find: A large-font main menu (with access to notifications, messages, bookmarks, and lists) and trends bookend the main feature.

“Expect more live video and local moments personalized for wherever you are in the world,” Twitter boasted. “Get context with profile information within conversations and check out your Top Trends in any view so you never miss what’s happening.”

Plus, Direct Messages have expanded, so you can see conversations and send texts from the same view.

Whether you have one profile or a few, switching between accounts has never been so easy. Simply tap “More” at the bottom of the left-side menu, and click the corresponding profile icon.

“Your stan, foodie, and cat meme accounts thank you,” the blog said.

Twitter now offers different themes and color options, along with two options for dark mode (via Twitter)

A real extension of the mobile app, the updated site includes dark mode options Dim and Lights Out, as well as the ability to change font size and color scheme (choose from blue, yellow, pink, purple, orange, or green).

“Today is a big step as we continue building Twitter to best serve the people who use it every day,” according to the social network. “This update also gives us a much stronger foundation to build on so we can continue to bring you updated features faster than before.”

More on Geek.com:

SOURCE

Advertisement
Code: VZWDEAL. Enter this coupon code at checkout to get $100 discount on Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Includes free shipping. Restrictions may apply. Device payment purchase required.

General

LGBTQ+ Video Creators Sue YouTube, Google

Advertisement
Samsung J7 V just $5 mo. New device payment purchase req'd. Plus, free shipping.

A group of LGBTQ+ video creators are suing YouTube and parent company Google for discrimination.

Eight plaintiffs are alleging their content was suppressed, their ability to advertise was restricted, and their subscribers were culled, according to The Washington Post.

The suit, filed this week in the Northern California District Court, also asserts that YouTube enforces it policies unevenly, giving a pass to channels with large audiences—even if their content is prejudiced.

“Our LGBTQ+ content is being demonetized, restricted, and not sent out to viewers, which has highly affected our ability to reach the community that we strongly want to help,” singing duo and lesbian couple Bria Kam and Chrissy Chambers said in a video explaining why they’re suing Google/YouTube.

“YouTube is supposed to be a safe space for us. I don’t feel safe at all,” transgender cat lover Chase Ross added.

“Things need to change. The algorithm needs to change. We need to stand together, because we’re more powerful in numbers,” he said. “And honestly, standing here, watching our videos get demonetized, it’s disheartening; it hurts. And it needs to end right now.”

The class action lawsuit maintains that YouTube’s software algorithms, as well as its human reviewers, single out and remove content featuring words like “gay,” “lesbian,” or “bisexual.”

[embedded content]

As a result, those video creators are losing followers and advertising revenue.

Kam and Chambers, whose BriaAndChrissy channel boasts more than 850,000 subscribers, claim that YouTube’s enforcement reduced their monthly earnings from $3,500 to about $500.

Brett Somers’ channel Watts the Safeword—”kink-friendly” sex education—lost more than $6,000 in average monthly sales as a result of restrictions, he said.

YouTube, meanwhile, denies the allegations (two years after it was caught censoring LGBTQ+ users).

“Our policies have no notion of sexual orientation or gender identity and our systems do not restrict or demonetize videos based on these factors or the inclusion of terms like ‘gay’ or ‘transgender,’” company spokesman Alex Joseph said in a statement published by FFWD.

“In addition,” he continued, “we have strong policies prohibiting hate speech, and we quickly remove content that violates our policies and terminate accounts that do so repeatedly.”

The Google-owned video streaming site—the world’s largest, with nearly 2 billion monthly views—wields enormous power over creators. It can promote or bury content as it sees fit, and there’s very little anyone can do about it.

“By controlling an estimated 95 percent of the public video communications that occur in the world, Google and YouTube wield unparalleled power and unfettered discretion to apply viewpoint-based content policies in a way that permits them to pick winners and losers,” Peter Obstler, lead attorney for the plaintiffs, told WaPo.

“We are not going to stand by and let our community get dismissed, belittled, or discriminated against,” Somers said in the video, encouraging supporters to spread the word and stand up against YouTube.

Neither Google nor YouTube immediately responded to Geek’s request for comment.

Watch This Next: 12 Tips to Troubleshoot Your Internet Connection

More on Geek.com:

SOURCE

Advertisement
Click this link to get the Moto Z2 Force for just $31.50/month. Unlimited and device payment activation required. Includes free shipping. Restrictions may apply.
Code: USAHOTEL. Enter this coupon code at checkout to get up to $10 discount on bookings luxury 4-star stays. Restrictions may apply.
Continue Reading

General

Robot Dog Astro Can Sit, Lie Down, and Save Lives

Advertisement
Code: VZWDEAL. Enter this coupon code at checkout to get $100 discount on Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Includes free shipping. Restrictions may apply. Device payment purchase required.

Who’s a good boy? Astro, the four-legged seeing and hearing intelligent robodog.

Using deep learning and artificial intelligence, scientists from Florida Atlantic University’s Machine Perception and Cognitive Robotics (MPCR) Laboratory are bringing Astro to life.

A robotic tail wagger is not exactly new: Boston Dynamics has been honing its all-electric Spot lineup for years.

But Astro has a head start—literally.

FAU’s quadruped features a 3D-printed noggin (designed to resemble a Doberman pinscher) that contains a computerized brain.

He doesn’t just look like a dog, though. He learns like one, too: Astro is being trained via deep neural network to learn from experience and perform real-life tasks.

[embedded content]

Built-in sensors, radar imaging, cameras, and a directional microphone help ensure that, just like a flesh-and-blood pooch, he can respond to commands like “sit,” “stand,” and “lie down.”

Eventually, researchers hope Astro will be able to understand hand signals, detect different colors, comprehend various languages, coordinate with drones, distinguish human faces, and recognize other dogs.

“Astro is inspired by the human brain and he has come to life through machine learning and artificial intelligence, which is proving to be an invaluable resource in helping to solve some of the world’s most complex problems,” Ata Sarajedini, dean of FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, said in a statement.

Designed to engage and react to his surroundings in real time, the intelligent machine will be able to navigate rough terrains and respond to dangerous situations.

As an information scout, Astro can assist police, the military, and security personnel in sniffing out guns and explosives. He is also capable of rapidly searching faces in a database, smelling the air for foreign substances, and hearing distress calls well outside a human’s audible range.

As if that weren’t impressive enough, the heartwarming hound may be programmed to work as a service dog for the visually impaired or provide medical diagnostic monitoring.

More on Geek.com:

SOURCE

Advertisement
Get 39% discount for $16.99 Two open pockets Durable Candy Color Solid Two Pieces PU Leather Handbag Tote, free shipping
Code: JOLLY30. Enter this coupon code at checkout to get 30% discount when you use your store charge card. Includes free shipping on orders over $75. Restrictions may apply.
Continue Reading

General

Easily Assign Tasks With Google Assistant

Advertisement
Code: VZWDEAL. Enter this coupon code at checkout to get $100 discount on Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Includes free shipping. Restrictions may apply. Device payment purchase required.

With less than four weeks left until our wedding, my fiance and I are in full productivity mode.

Planning the seating chart. Issuing responsibilities. Finalizing table decor. Trying to ensure nothing slips through the cracks while also enjoying the everyday activities of Edinburgh’s many August festivals.

We could certainly use an extra set of hands—or a digital helper.

Google Assistant now features assignable reminders to help families and housemates collaborate and stay organized at home or on the go.

“This means you can now create reminders for your partner or roommate to do things like pick up the groceries, pay a recurring bill, walk the dog,” Glenn Wilson, group product manager for Google Assistant, wrote in a blog post.

Or get the programs and table-name placards printed.

To assign a reminder, simply tell your Assistant, “Hey Google, remind Greg to take out the trash at 8 p.m.”

Greg will receive one notification on his Assistant-enabled smart display, speaker, and/or phone when the reminder is created, and a second at its set time.

Your absent-minded mate can even access all of his cues with a quick, “Hey Google, what are the reminders for Greg?”

The feature is rolling out to phones, speakers, and smart displays (via Google)

The feature also works for location-based prompts with a specific address or landmark.

Say you want to nudge Claire to pick up flowers but don’t know when she’ll be shopping. Just say, “Hey Google, remind Claire to pick up flowers when she gets to the San Francisco Ferry Building.”

Using her phone’s GPS, Assistant will alert Claire when it recognizes that she’s arrived at the Ferry Building.

Users can send and receive reminders only from people in their Google family group, or those whose accounts are linked to the same smart display or speaker and are voice matched.

The recipient must also be in a sender’s Google contacts.

“In addition, you have the control to block anyone from sending you reminders at any time through the new Assignable reminders section in Assistant Settings,” Wilson explained.

The feature is rolling out in English over the coming weeks to phones, speakers, and smart displays in the US, UK, and Australia. It will also work with Google Nest Hub Max upon release later this fall.

Watch: The Rise of Big Tech monopolies — From Microsoft to Google

More on Geek.com:

SOURCE

Advertisement
Samsung J7 V just $5 mo. New device payment purchase req'd. Plus, free shipping.
Code: VZWDEAL. Enter this coupon code at checkout to get $100 discount on Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Includes free shipping. Restrictions may apply. Device payment purchase required.
Continue Reading

Deals

Advertisement
Code: VZWDEAL. Enter this coupon code at checkout to get $100 discount on Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Includes free shipping. Restrictions may apply. Device payment purchase required.
Click this link to get $200 discount on iPad. Includes free shipping. Restrictions may apply.
Click this link and shop women's jacket and coats. Includes free shipping. Restrictions may apply.

Trending