YouTube to fight conspiracy videos with an encyclopedia in hand

Two months ago, YouTube hired 10,000 moderators to form what is known as the “Intelligence Desk”. It had one goal in mind – to find and tackle conspiracy and hoax videos before they become popular. However, the peacekeepers failed when they let a video, depicting the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting to be a conspiracy also deeming all the survivors “crisis actors”, become #1 in the Trending video section. This was a huge fail, but YouTube will not give up, as it plans to arm for the ongoing battle between conspiracy and truth with the power of… knowledge.

Susan Wojcicki, …

A tiny Shetland pony had a munch on Prince Harry's hand


You don’t wanna mess with Shetland ponies.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made their first official visit to Scotland on Tuesday. They started their tour in Edinburgh, and were greeted at the castle by regimental mascot Cruachan IV — a tiny Shetland pony.

Cruachan clearly does not pander to royalty, as he gave Harry a warning nibble — presumably because he takes issue with the democratic implications of a non-elected head of state.

Prince Harry and Ms. Markle are greeted on arrival at Edinburgh Castle by the Band of the Royal Marines and the mascot of The Royal Regiment of Scotland, Shetland pony Cruachan🐴

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Cyborg strums 'Star Wars' theme song with bionic hand


Jason Barnes has used robotic prosthetics before, but this is the first time he has been able to move each finger independently and even play the piano again. 

Researchers at Georgia Tech’s Center for Music Technology developed the unique robotic arm using ultrasound sensors that allow amputees to control each prosthetic finger using muscles in their residual limbs. Read more…

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AT&T shakes hand with CBS for DirecTV Now streaming, Showtime included

Back in the fall, AT&T launched its zero-rated DirecTV Now streamer, aimed at cord-cutters everywhere, for the extremely enticing $35/month introductory offer, which includes more than 120 popular channels to choose from. Despite the great limited-time price, there were some caveats, like the lack of CBS, though AT&T promised that it will work with CBS execs to fold it in, and will add more features to the streamer further down the road.
It just delivered on that promise, and included programming as well as on-demand content from CBS …

Videographer goes to Yellowstone with the iPhone 7 Plus in hand, the resulting video is pretty impressive

So, we’ve all seen these “Shot on iPhone” pictures and videos, which Apple likes to endorse and put on its own website. But what we have here is, as far as we can tell, nothing but a fan project by photographer Harshit Vora, which is why it’s an interesting piece of media.

So, Mr. Vora visited Yellowstone earlier this Summer and decided to leave his mirrorless camera behind, taking a gamble with his iPhone 7 Plus. With the super-powerful app Filmic, some color grading, and nice editing, he got a really, really nice video. Want to do the same? Here are some really cool cinematic apps and …

The Gear VR successor's technology revealed, includes eye tracking and hand recognition

Thanks to Korean firm Visual Camp, we get our first glimpse at a reference variant of the Samsung Exynos VR III head-mounted display – a standalone unit with built-in displays that connects to a smartphone through the USB port. This is considerably more sophisticated technology than the Samsung Gear VR, which requires mounting the entire smartphone in the headset’s front.

Visual Camp boasted about having their eye tracking technology integrated in Samsung’s HMD. The system is designed to sharpen the resolution of the part of the display being viewed by the user’s eyes, while reducing the …

Patents reveal Apple might be working on a hand gesture technology that would interact with games, TVs and what not

The USPTO has published an Apple-owned patent this Thursday, describing an interface that would allow users to control electronic devices through hand gestures. While the patent images do not reveal anything interesting about the claimed technology, beyond a circuit scheme for the interface, the document makes a specific mention of exciting intended uses, namely: controlling computer games, consoles and home appliances, interacting with DVD, VCR or TV setups. Are we in the Avatar age or what?

Of course, a published patent is no guarantee that such an invention will ever …

Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) explodes in 4-year old's hand

Naureen Ahsan, a Pakistani mother, had lent her daughter’s Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) to her four-year old nephew so that he could play a game called “My Talking Tom.” Suddenly, the phone got overheated and exploded. Luckily, no one got hurt although “this incident was terrifying for all of us,” Ahsan said  on Facebook. The explosion comes at a rather bad time for Samsung since the company is about to release the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 (FE).

The Galaxy Note 7 (FE) is a refurbished “Fan Edition” of the phablet that was recalled twice before it was finally pulled off shelves for good following …

Man fleeing London attack with beer in hand becomes unlikely symbol of London pride


A young man who fled yesterday’s terrorist attacks with a pint of beer in hand has become something of an internet hero.

The photo, which has been retweeted over 28,000 times, features the man fleeing from the scene with a pint of beer in hand. For some, the photo provided a moment of profoundly dark comedy on a day otherwise entirely colored by tragedy.

“People fleeing #LondonBridge but the bloke on the right isn’t spilling a drop. God Bless the Brits!” Howard Mannella, who posted a photo of the tweet, wrote. Read more…

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