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Aug

7 Moto Z2 Force tips and tricks to make you a better photographer and more


Lenovo’s latest, top-of-the-line smartphone is just as modular and powerful as its predecessor. But in addition to retaining support for the ever-expanding portfolio of snap-on Moto Mods, the Moto Z2 Force packs a powerful dual camera, a high-end processor, and software that lets you fine-tune its appearance. The Moto Z2 Force may not look all that complicated on the outside, but there’s plenty lurking beneath the surface if you know where to look. Here’s a handy list of Moto Z2 Force tips and tricks, including camera tutorials and directions for utilizing voice commands.

How to take DSLR-like bokeh shots

The Moto Z2 Force’s camera is an upgrade from last year’s model. It packs dual, 12-megapixel sensors and comes with sophisticated camera software to match. One of the coolest features is Depth enabled, which is kind of like the iPhone 7 Plus‘ Portrait Mode. The Moto Z2 Force uses the dual cameras to mimic the bokeh, or blur effect, you see on DSLR cameras, with the foreground subject in focus and the background blurred.

It’s pretty easy to use. Open the Camera app, tap the three-button Settings icon in the bottom-right corner of the app, and select the Depth enabled option. Afterward, tap on an object to bring it into focus, and tap on the shutter button to take the shot. Don’t like the result? Not to worry — the Moto Z2 Force’s editing tools allow you adjust the “blur” effect after you’ve taken the shot. You can adjust the intensity, location, and depth of focus using the Depth Editor

How to capture the world in black and white

The Moto Z2 Force’s camera is good for more than just applying bokeh effects. One of its dual sensors shoots in monochrome, meaning that the pictures it captures come out in black and white. This makes it easy way to make any moment more dramatic, and it’s better than using an Instagram filter.

To capture black-and-white images with the Moto Z2 Force, open the camera app and tap the Settings icon. Then, tap on the True B&W option, and enjoy the world in high-contrast monochrome.

How to shoot photos like a pro

The Moto Z2 Force’s cameras are a powerful pair, but you wouldn’t know it from the phone’s barebones camera app. If the default settings have you feeling a bit constrained, try Professional Mode, which exposes a lot more of the camera’s settings for you to tweak.

Open the camera app, tap the settings button, and tap Professional Mode to turn it on. Now, you’ll see a wealth of adjustable menus on the right-hand side, letting you change everything from white balance and exposure to ISO and focus. It’s every smartphone photographer’s dream.

How to use Moto Actions for quick access to the flashlight and more

Moto Actions have become a staple of the company’s Moto-branded smartphones, and the Z2 Force is no exception. With Moto Actions enabled, you can switch on the flashlight by making a chopping motion with your arm, twist your wrist twice quickly to open the camera app, and flip the phone face down to silence notifications and calls. That’s just the tip of the iceberg.

To switch on Moto Actions, tap the Moto icon in the Moto Z2 Force’s app drawer and tap Moto Actions. Afterward, scroll down the list of options and enable whichever action you want. A few of our favorites include one button nav, which lets you navigate the Moto Z2 Force’s home screen and apps by using the fingerprint sensor, and swipe to shrink screen, which lets you swipe down to the left or right to make the phone’s interface smaller for one-handed use.

How to use Moto Display to save battery — and your sleep

Moto Display, another component of the Moto Z2 Force’s Moto app, optimizes your phone’s screen depending on how you’re using it. When it’s night, the Moto Z2 Force’s screen automatically adjusts to warmer tones that are less likely to interfere with your circadian rhythm. When your phone’s sitting face up on a desk unused, new notifications fade in and out, allowing you to save battery life.

Tap the Moto app shortcut, followed by the Moto Display menu. Afterward, toggle the Moto Display mode you want to enable: Night Display, which enables the Moto Z2 Force’s night filter, and Moto Display, which shows notifications on the lockscreen.

Don’t want all of your apps showing up on the lockscreen? Tap Moto Display to block individual apps from appearing. Tap Night Display to set the mode’s start and end time.

How to use voice commands with Moto Voice

Moto Voice lets you open apps or check the weather just by using the phrase “Show Me.” To set it up, find the Moto app in your app drawer, and tap on Moto Voice. Hit Set up Voice, and make sure the toggle for Voice Control is on. Tap Change or improve voice enrollment, and the tutorial for Moto Voice will begin. Follow the instructions on the screen — you’ll need to be in a quiet environment for the set up process. Once set up, say “Show me Chrome,” or “Show me the weather,” to open apps or check the weather hands-free. You can even use this feature when your phone is on standby.

You can also use Moto Voice to read calls and texts aloud when you are driving. To set it up, launch the Moto app and tap Moto Voice. Tap the Talk to me menu, and enable activities during which you want the phone to talk to you (i.e., when you’re driving or wearing a headset). You can also add places where Talk to me will automatically activate, like your house or work.

How to disable the Google Now activity stream

Google Now, Google’s AI-powered assistant, is accessible from the left-hand side of the Moto Z2 Force’s home screen by default. It’s where you’ll see the weather forecast, sports scores, packages bound for your address, flight statuses, and articles related to the news you’ve been reading. But if you don’t use it, you’re under no obligation to keep it on your home screen. Disable it by pressing and holding anywhere on the Moto Z2 Force’s home screen until you see a settings menu with three buttons: Wallpapers, Widgets, and Settings. Tap the Settings menu, and then tap Swipe Access. To disable the Google Now feed, tap Nothing. That’s it. The next time you swipe to the left-most part of the lock screen, you won’t see the Google Now interface.




20
Aug

Ben Heck’s ‘IoT on Wheels’


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Ben and Felix are taking part in element14’s IoT on Wheels design challenge with help from a local electrical engineer, Bob Baddeley, to use ST Microelectronic’s Nucleo microcontroller board and Bluetooth module. The team decided to work on an Internet-of-Things project for use with a bicycle, perhaps to notify your local council about potholes found in the street. This project required Ben to do some 3D modeling and printing to create the mount, while Felix programmed with mbed to get the microcontroller working as planned. You can enter the IoT on Wheels design challenge, or give the team feedback over on the element14 Community.

20
Aug

Awesome tech you can’t buy yet: Stackable grills and laser engravers


At any given moment, there are approximately a zillion different crowdfunding campaigns happening on the Web. Take a stroll through Kickstarter or Indiegogo and you’ll find no shortage of weird, useless, and downright stupid projects out there – alongside some real gems. We’ve cut through the Pebble clones and janky iPhone cases to round up the most unusual, ambitious, and exciting new crowdfunding projects out there this week. That said, keep in mind that any crowdfunding project — even the best intentioned — can fail, so do your homework before cutting a check for the gadget of your dreams.

STCKBLS — stackable grill system

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If car camping and tailgating are your thing, then drop what you’re doing and check out STCKBLS: a modular, portable grilling system that just launched on Kickstarter. The grill promises to revolutionize outdoor dining by providing an efficient, powerful, and easily transportable way to make meals at the campsite, big game, or anywhere else you might want to go. The STCKBLS system consists of three individual units, each of which plays an important role in cooking.

At the heart of this modular approach is a portable gas grill capable of producing up to 12,000 BTUs per hour. The grill, which comes in both propane and butane versions, gives chefs 280 square inches of cooking space, which is sizable enough to cook plenty of food to feed a hungry crew. The other two STCKBLS modules include a utility storage unit for stashing cooking utensils and supplies, and a rugged cooler for keeping fresh food and beverages chilled.

What makes the STCKBLS system unique is how all of the different modules have been engineered to work together. The three components share the exact same 18-by-18-inch footprint, which makes them highly stackable. Get it?

Cubiio — ultracompact laser engraver

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Laser cutters/engravers are arguably one of the most versatile tools you can have in your workshop. With the right laser diode, they can do everything from etching patterns into leather, to cutting super-precise shapes in wood. They can handle a massive range of materials and can be used in a wide variety of different ways. Unfortunately, there aren’t many such devices on the market that are designed for the casual tinkerers and novice DIY types among us. If you want to fiddle with laser cutters, you typically need to know your way around all kinds of complex software and calibration procedures.

Not so with the Cubiio. This beast has been designed from the ground up to be ridiculously simple to use. Simply connect your PC, Mac, or tablet via Wi-Fi, choose the design you’d like to cut/etch, and hit go. The software makes it nearly foolproof, and the machine has presets for just about every material under the sun. Wood, leather, fabric, and even mirrors or anodized aluminum are no problem at all. The integrated software allows for pictures to be engraved directly onto your material, no matter what picture or material you choose.

Modius — Neurostimulation wearable for weight loss

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What if you didn’t have to work out to lose weight? What if there was a magical device that you could put on your head for just a few minutes every day, and the pounds would melt away from your body? Sounds pretty far-fetched, right? Well, despite the fact that it defies logic and reason, that’s exactly what the Neurovalens Modius can allegedly do. It’s a neurostimulation headset that essentially tricks your brain into thinking you’re exercising, decreases appetite, and helps you reach your weight loss goals without lifting a finger.

“Suspend your disbelief for a second,” Digital Trends reporter Andy Boxall says. “Here’s how it works. The Modius is a headset worn like a pair of headphones, just without the cups over your ears. Instead, two pads sit just beneath your ears and zap low-power electrical impulses to your vestibular nerve, activating the hypothalamus. This, Neurovalens says, fools the body into thinking you’re a physically active person, even though you’re sitting down watching Netflix. The nerve stimulated by the Modius prompts the metabolism to kick in and burn more fat, while also decreasing appetite so you don’t reach for the cookies — all of which should mean your body fat falls without having to listen to your stomach growl all day. In its FAQ, the company says this will happen without exercise or diet, but results will be improved if you do both. However, if you’re eating enough to feed several children on your own, then it’s unlikely to make a lot of difference.”

Brid: next-gen air filtration system

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Air filters are great. With the right setup, they allow you to filter out bacteria, allergens, pollutants, and even viruses — ensuring that nothing but clean, pure air enters your lungs. The only downside? They tend to get clogged up after a while, and when that happens, you typically have to buy a new filter. Old, clogged-up filters can cause a lot of problems: reduced air quality, higher energy bills, and potentially even HVAC system issues and failures if ignored for long enough. But what if there was a filtration system that didn’t require replacement filters and constant upkeep?

That’s where Brid comes in. Using patented nanostructured, honeycomb-shaped ceramic filters, the Brid air purifier breaks down harmful particles in the air. With a porous ceramic surface that has nano-titanium particles fixed into its structure, the filter is also extremely durable. While other filtration systems generally require owners to purchase additional filters, Brid’s will last virtually forever. Once it gets clogged, all you have to do is pull it out, run it under a faucet, let it dry, and put it back inside the Brid unit. No more filter replacements, no more hassle.




20
Aug

Awesome tech you can’t buy yet: Stackable grills and laser engravers


At any given moment, there are approximately a zillion different crowdfunding campaigns happening on the Web. Take a stroll through Kickstarter or Indiegogo and you’ll find no shortage of weird, useless, and downright stupid projects out there – alongside some real gems. We’ve cut through the Pebble clones and janky iPhone cases to round up the most unusual, ambitious, and exciting new crowdfunding projects out there this week. That said, keep in mind that any crowdfunding project — even the best intentioned — can fail, so do your homework before cutting a check for the gadget of your dreams.

STCKBLS — stackable grill system

Please enable Javascript to watch this video

If car camping and tailgating are your thing, then drop what you’re doing and check out STCKBLS: a modular, portable grilling system that just launched on Kickstarter. The grill promises to revolutionize outdoor dining by providing an efficient, powerful, and easily transportable way to make meals at the campsite, big game, or anywhere else you might want to go. The STCKBLS system consists of three individual units, each of which plays an important role in cooking.

At the heart of this modular approach is a portable gas grill capable of producing up to 12,000 BTUs per hour. The grill, which comes in both propane and butane versions, gives chefs 280 square inches of cooking space, which is sizable enough to cook plenty of food to feed a hungry crew. The other two STCKBLS modules include a utility storage unit for stashing cooking utensils and supplies, and a rugged cooler for keeping fresh food and beverages chilled.

What makes the STCKBLS system unique is how all of the different modules have been engineered to work together. The three components share the exact same 18-by-18-inch footprint, which makes them highly stackable. Get it?

Cubiio — ultracompact laser engraver

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Laser cutters/engravers are arguably one of the most versatile tools you can have in your workshop. With the right laser diode, they can do everything from etching patterns into leather, to cutting super-precise shapes in wood. They can handle a massive range of materials and can be used in a wide variety of different ways. Unfortunately, there aren’t many such devices on the market that are designed for the casual tinkerers and novice DIY types among us. If you want to fiddle with laser cutters, you typically need to know your way around all kinds of complex software and calibration procedures.

Not so with the Cubiio. This beast has been designed from the ground up to be ridiculously simple to use. Simply connect your PC, Mac, or tablet via Wi-Fi, choose the design you’d like to cut/etch, and hit go. The software makes it nearly foolproof, and the machine has presets for just about every material under the sun. Wood, leather, fabric, and even mirrors or anodized aluminum are no problem at all. The integrated software allows for pictures to be engraved directly onto your material, no matter what picture or material you choose.

Modius — Neurostimulation wearable for weight loss

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What if you didn’t have to work out to lose weight? What if there was a magical device that you could put on your head for just a few minutes every day, and the pounds would melt away from your body? Sounds pretty far-fetched, right? Well, despite the fact that it defies logic and reason, that’s exactly what the Neurovalens Modius can allegedly do. It’s a neurostimulation headset that essentially tricks your brain into thinking you’re exercising, decreases appetite, and helps you reach your weight loss goals without lifting a finger.

“Suspend your disbelief for a second,” Digital Trends reporter Andy Boxall says. “Here’s how it works. The Modius is a headset worn like a pair of headphones, just without the cups over your ears. Instead, two pads sit just beneath your ears and zap low-power electrical impulses to your vestibular nerve, activating the hypothalamus. This, Neurovalens says, fools the body into thinking you’re a physically active person, even though you’re sitting down watching Netflix. The nerve stimulated by the Modius prompts the metabolism to kick in and burn more fat, while also decreasing appetite so you don’t reach for the cookies — all of which should mean your body fat falls without having to listen to your stomach growl all day. In its FAQ, the company says this will happen without exercise or diet, but results will be improved if you do both. However, if you’re eating enough to feed several children on your own, then it’s unlikely to make a lot of difference.”

Brid: next-gen air filtration system

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Air filters are great. With the right setup, they allow you to filter out bacteria, allergens, pollutants, and even viruses — ensuring that nothing but clean, pure air enters your lungs. The only downside? They tend to get clogged up after a while, and when that happens, you typically have to buy a new filter. Old, clogged-up filters can cause a lot of problems: reduced air quality, higher energy bills, and potentially even HVAC system issues and failures if ignored for long enough. But what if there was a filtration system that didn’t require replacement filters and constant upkeep?

That’s where Brid comes in. Using patented nanostructured, honeycomb-shaped ceramic filters, the Brid air purifier breaks down harmful particles in the air. With a porous ceramic surface that has nano-titanium particles fixed into its structure, the filter is also extremely durable. While other filtration systems generally require owners to purchase additional filters, Brid’s will last virtually forever. Once it gets clogged, all you have to do is pull it out, run it under a faucet, let it dry, and put it back inside the Brid unit. No more filter replacements, no more hassle.




20
Aug

Awesome tech you can’t buy yet: Stackable grills and laser engravers


At any given moment, there are approximately a zillion different crowdfunding campaigns happening on the Web. Take a stroll through Kickstarter or Indiegogo and you’ll find no shortage of weird, useless, and downright stupid projects out there – alongside some real gems. We’ve cut through the Pebble clones and janky iPhone cases to round up the most unusual, ambitious, and exciting new crowdfunding projects out there this week. That said, keep in mind that any crowdfunding project — even the best intentioned — can fail, so do your homework before cutting a check for the gadget of your dreams.

STCKBLS — stackable grill system

Please enable Javascript to watch this video

If car camping and tailgating are your thing, then drop what you’re doing and check out STCKBLS: a modular, portable grilling system that just launched on Kickstarter. The grill promises to revolutionize outdoor dining by providing an efficient, powerful, and easily transportable way to make meals at the campsite, big game, or anywhere else you might want to go. The STCKBLS system consists of three individual units, each of which plays an important role in cooking.

At the heart of this modular approach is a portable gas grill capable of producing up to 12,000 BTUs per hour. The grill, which comes in both propane and butane versions, gives chefs 280 square inches of cooking space, which is sizable enough to cook plenty of food to feed a hungry crew. The other two STCKBLS modules include a utility storage unit for stashing cooking utensils and supplies, and a rugged cooler for keeping fresh food and beverages chilled.

What makes the STCKBLS system unique is how all of the different modules have been engineered to work together. The three components share the exact same 18-by-18-inch footprint, which makes them highly stackable. Get it?

Cubiio — ultracompact laser engraver

Please enable Javascript to watch this video

Laser cutters/engravers are arguably one of the most versatile tools you can have in your workshop. With the right laser diode, they can do everything from etching patterns into leather, to cutting super-precise shapes in wood. They can handle a massive range of materials and can be used in a wide variety of different ways. Unfortunately, there aren’t many such devices on the market that are designed for the casual tinkerers and novice DIY types among us. If you want to fiddle with laser cutters, you typically need to know your way around all kinds of complex software and calibration procedures.

Not so with the Cubiio. This beast has been designed from the ground up to be ridiculously simple to use. Simply connect your PC, Mac, or tablet via Wi-Fi, choose the design you’d like to cut/etch, and hit go. The software makes it nearly foolproof, and the machine has presets for just about every material under the sun. Wood, leather, fabric, and even mirrors or anodized aluminum are no problem at all. The integrated software allows for pictures to be engraved directly onto your material, no matter what picture or material you choose.

Modius — Neurostimulation wearable for weight loss

Please enable Javascript to watch this video

What if you didn’t have to work out to lose weight? What if there was a magical device that you could put on your head for just a few minutes every day, and the pounds would melt away from your body? Sounds pretty far-fetched, right? Well, despite the fact that it defies logic and reason, that’s exactly what the Neurovalens Modius can allegedly do. It’s a neurostimulation headset that essentially tricks your brain into thinking you’re exercising, decreases appetite, and helps you reach your weight loss goals without lifting a finger.

“Suspend your disbelief for a second,” Digital Trends reporter Andy Boxall says. “Here’s how it works. The Modius is a headset worn like a pair of headphones, just without the cups over your ears. Instead, two pads sit just beneath your ears and zap low-power electrical impulses to your vestibular nerve, activating the hypothalamus. This, Neurovalens says, fools the body into thinking you’re a physically active person, even though you’re sitting down watching Netflix. The nerve stimulated by the Modius prompts the metabolism to kick in and burn more fat, while also decreasing appetite so you don’t reach for the cookies — all of which should mean your body fat falls without having to listen to your stomach growl all day. In its FAQ, the company says this will happen without exercise or diet, but results will be improved if you do both. However, if you’re eating enough to feed several children on your own, then it’s unlikely to make a lot of difference.”

Brid: next-gen air filtration system

Please enable Javascript to watch this video

Air filters are great. With the right setup, they allow you to filter out bacteria, allergens, pollutants, and even viruses — ensuring that nothing but clean, pure air enters your lungs. The only downside? They tend to get clogged up after a while, and when that happens, you typically have to buy a new filter. Old, clogged-up filters can cause a lot of problems: reduced air quality, higher energy bills, and potentially even HVAC system issues and failures if ignored for long enough. But what if there was a filtration system that didn’t require replacement filters and constant upkeep?

That’s where Brid comes in. Using patented nanostructured, honeycomb-shaped ceramic filters, the Brid air purifier breaks down harmful particles in the air. With a porous ceramic surface that has nano-titanium particles fixed into its structure, the filter is also extremely durable. While other filtration systems generally require owners to purchase additional filters, Brid’s will last virtually forever. Once it gets clogged, all you have to do is pull it out, run it under a faucet, let it dry, and put it back inside the Brid unit. No more filter replacements, no more hassle.




20
Aug

Google tests tools that encourage you to pay for news


It’s no secret that Google and conventional news outlets have a fraught relationship, and that’s in no small part due to the problems publishers have turning Google searchers into paying customers. Why subscribe when you just read an article for free? It might soon give you more incentives to sign up, though. The company is conducting tests with the New York Times and Financial Times that would encourage and streamline subscriptions. They’re not necessarily good if you prefer free news, but they might influence your decision if you’re sitting on the fence.

Most notably, Google would help publishers find out who might subscribe, determine how much those people are willing to pay and accelerate the subscription process. While it’s not clear exactly how this would work, the company tells Bloomberg that it would involve both ad targeting and mobile payment services. Don’t be surprised if you can skip some of the usual hassles involved in paying for access.

Google is also experimenting with lowering the number of articles you can read for free on a given site when you click its stories in search results. The internet giant currently requires that news sites offer at least three free articles per day if they want to sign up for more prominent positioning, but it’s testing lower numbers to see how well they work. You should hear more about this in September.

There’s no guarantee that any of this will help, of course — there’s a good chance that many people will simply avoid reading subscription-focused sites altogether instead of reading the few pieces they do today. However, this might help ease tensions with those publishers who argue that Google has a grudge against any content it can’t show (and run ads against) on its search pages. If nothing else, it’ll help answer whether or not there’s much Google can do to cajole you into subscribing.

Source: Bloomberg

20
Aug

Apple Uses Hidden Web Page to Recruit for a ‘Critical’ Company Role


A hidden web page has been discovered on Apple servers containing a job description for a “talented engineer” to work on a “critical infrastructure component” and an invitation to apply for the position at the Cupertino-based company.

The web page, originally located at us-west-1.blogstore.apple.com but since taken down, was discovered on Saturday by ZDNet’s Zach Whittaker and describes a role within Apple that involves “exabytes” of data and “tens of thousands” of servers, as well as “millions” of disks. The introductory text reads:

Hey there! You found us. We are looking for a talented engineer to develop a critical infrastructure component that is to be a key part of the Apple ecosystem.

Applicants for the role must have the ability to design and implement scalable apps and web services, and be familiar with Java 8, distributed systems, and modern servers, according to the job description. The exact nature of the job is not given, but given that it relates to web services, it could have iCloud, Apple Music, iTunes or the App Store in mind.

It’s unclear when the role was actively being sought, but the fact that it is a hidden page suggests Apple was betting on the possibility that potential candidates for the job would have no difficulties uncovering it.
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20
Aug

Australian courts order ISPs to block 59 pirate websites


Australian authorities will make it much harder to keep up with the latest on Game of Thrones. They’re expected to crack down hard on dozens of pirate websites that serve unauthorized movies and TV shows within the next couple of weeks. That’s because federal courts down under have handed down rulings for two separate cases, both ordering major telcoms and internet service providers (ISPs) to block a total of 59 websites and 127 domains. That’s a huge number to block in one go and might actually help mitigate piracy in the country.

In the first case filed by entertainment company Village Roadshow, the judge said the websites, especially those that come with tutorials on how to evade legal action, “reflect a blatant disregard for copyright owners.” Roadshow specifically named 13 shows and movies available on pirate providers, including The Lego Movie, Kingsman: The Secret Service and The Big Bang Theory.

The judge for the Roadshow case ordered ISPs to block 42 of the 59 websites, while the judge for the lawsuit filed by Australian cable company Foxtel ordered them to block the remaining 17. Foxtel airs Game of Thrones in the country, but since it costs quite a bit of money per month, Australia has become one of the territories with the biggest number of GoT pirates. It’s not surprising that the company sought to block unauthorized sources, especially since a change in the laws back in 2015 allows rights owners to ask the court to ban offending websites.

All telcos and ISPs now have 15 days to comply — once they’re done, Australians won’t be able to access a total of 65 pirate websites via typical means. The online destinations they have to block include PrimeWire, MegaShare, Limetorrents, Project Free TV, Watch Series, PutLocker and GoMovies.

Graham Burke, Village Roadshow’s co-CEO and the head honcho of anti-piracy group Creative Content Australia (previously known as the IP Awareness Foundation), said:

“This is a historic moment for Australia to have what is effectively 95% of the criminal trade blocked. The thieves who run pirate sites contribute nothing to Australia — they employ no one and pay no taxes here. Of the enormous profits they earn, not one cent goes back to the original creators of the content.”

The group will take this chance to launch the country’s biggest anti-piracy campaign. They’re going all out, even to the point of producing TV ads that warn against identity theft and malware brought about by downloading pirated copies from shady websites. Burke has also revealed that Creative Content plans to sue any individual still downloading and watching pirated content later this year. You won’t lose your savings by watching an illegal stream of GoT, but you will be sued and might have to pay the equivalent of a speeding fine.

Source: News Corp Australia Network

20
Aug

Sorry, Amazon is canceling your ‘free’ Echo Dot


If you thought that free Echo Dot was too good to be true… well, you were right. Amazon is cancelling zero-cost orders for the tiny smart speaker, informing buyers that a “technical error” was responsible for the surprise Audible discount. You won’t walk away empty-handed if you seized the opportunity, mind you. Amazon is giving would-be buyers a $5 promotional credit, so you might still get a break on the Dot if that’s what you were after. Just don’t expect to see a repeat slip-up any time soon.

Source: Amazon

20
Aug

Google introduces six-second previews to video search results


Why it matters to you

If you have trouble finding the exact video content you’re looking for, Google’s new video preview feature could be what you’ve been waiting for.

It’s not just ads that Google wants to be six seconds long. The search giant is introducing the short and sweet video format to another medium — search results. Now, if you conduct a search on one of Google’s mobile apps, Google will let you watch a silent six-second clip of a video to help you determine if you need to see more. As it stands, any video that lives on the internet should be eligible for inclusion, although there may not be six-second clips available for some of the newest videos that are online.

While Google-owned YouTube videos are obviously included in this new video preview feature, Google notes that content from other video hosts should also have these little clips available. The feature is debuting first on Android, where you can find it in both the Chrome and Google apps. Initially, English will be the only language supported, but as Google rolls it out worldwide, it will also add more languages. The company also said that it plans to expand previews to further platforms, which likely means iOS in the near future.

Hopefully, this will help folks find what they’re looking for more efficiently, and without having to waste time watching irrelevant content. And don’t worry — Google won’t just show you six random seconds of a video. Rather, Google employed some of its machine learning capabilities, analyzing the entirety of the video before selecting which six seconds are most representative. The company hasn’t revealed too much about the algorithm behind this magic, but it seems to work quite well.

We should point out that the video preview feature will only work if you’re on Wi-Fi, as it takes up a lot of data (after all, you’re just playing tons and tons of video content, even if it’s only for six seconds at a time). If you really want to, of course, you can enable video previews when you’re on mobile networks. And similarly, you can opt out of them altogether — just navigate over to the settings for both the Google app and Google Chrome for Android. Happy video browsing, friends!




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