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Google Maps puts a huge arrow over the real world

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Following Google Maps navigation on foot isn’t always the easiest, especially if you’re on a busy street or a shaky connection means that navigation lags ever so slightly. Trying to follow the small blue dots guiding you to your destination can be a challenge — they’re just not easy to see and don’t always pinpoint exactly where you are. But a new feature in the Google Maps app for iPhone and Android makes it 100% crystal clear where you’re supposed to turn. How? By superimposing a massive arrow on the screen to tell you so. It’s called Live View and it’s here to help you get to your destination.

The Live View feature presents the area around you as viewed through your phone’s camera, using AR to place huge arrows that tell you exactly when to turn left or right. If you get lost, you can swivel your phone or body until you see the arrows pointing you in the right direction. 

As of right now, Live View is only available for walking navigation, but we wouldn’t be surprised if Google eventually opened it up to driving directions, too. (Google didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.) This week, Google will slowly roll out the function to Android phones and iPhones, so keep checking back. 

Here’s how to use Live View on your phone.

Google Maps shows you where you are using AR.Google

1. Open the Google Maps app on your phone. (This isn’t available on desktop navigation, of course.)

2. In the search bar, type the address or business name you’re going to and select the location.

3. Tap Directions.

4. Select the Walking icon.

5. Tap the blue Live View button (it’s right next to the Start button). Now when you start walking toward your destination, large arrows and the street name will appear on your screen to guide you.

For even more Google tips, see how you can use Google Maps to check your driving speed and how to stop drowning in Google Chrome browser tabs — here’s how to reclaim sanity.

Source: https://www.cnet.com/how-to/google-maps-puts-a-huge-arrow-over-the-real-world-so-you-cant-get-lost/

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YouTube’s new policy creates uncertainty among content creators

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Online streaming service, YouTube seems to have instilled fear in content creators with its newly updated Terms of Service scheduled to take effect from December 10, 2019.

Although the new terms do not change the way YouTube treats or uses content uploaded by users, it has clarified some policies that were making users get worried that their accounts could be deleted.

According to the section titled ‘Account Suspension & Termination’ with the subheading ‘Terminations by YouTube for Service Changes’, “YouTube may terminate your access, or your Google account’s access to all or part of the Service if YouTube reasonably believes that its provision of the Service to you is no longer commercially viable.”

What this means: This means accounts of YouTubers, who aren’t making enough money nor generating enough views, may be deleted. This is one of the updates that are not in YouTube’s current policy.

The new policy gives YouTube the power to delete a creator’s account if they upload or livestream video that doesn’t pull in enough advertising revenue. It is pertinent to note that apart from content creators, YouTube could also remove accounts of viewers as the terms do not explicitly state content creators alone.

Reactions: Since the pop-up window of notification for the new policy started showing when users log on to the app, YouTube has been criticized as YouTubers have been lamenting on Twitter.

Nevertheless, some think the policy applies to users who make videos without following the rules and regulations of YouTube and so hurt the brand, instead of users who do not make enough money for the company.

napkin 252@napkin_yaboi

THE END IS HERE, THE END OF YOUTUBE IS HERE!

Starting around December 10th, YouTube’s new terms of service basically says if your channel doesnt make enough money, it has a chance of being terminated. this is legit unacceptable, i dont use that word often. spread the word please

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5313:58 – 10 Nov 2019Twitter Ads information and privacy40 people are talking about this

Tori Wesley@WesleyTori

YouTube is deleting channels that don’t make enough money (or any money at all) as of December 10. This takes away our freedom of expression, and I will not stand for it! https://weirdmixofweirdness.tumblr.com/post/188951126067/as-of-december-10th-youtube-will-add-a-new-policy …As of December 10th, YouTube will add a new policy to their terms of service.According to these new terms, if you do not make enough revenue (or none at all) for YouTube, your account will be deleted. This means that… If you run a small channel, your account will be…weirdmixofweirdness.tumblr.com317:24 – 10 Nov 2019Twitter Ads information and privacySee Tori Wesley’s other Tweets

Bunty(Thanksgiving Month)ジョシュア@GalacticalCrew

GUYS STOP COMPLAINING ABOUT THE NEW YOUTUBE TERMS OF SERVICE!

I wanna let yall know that in reality, they have the right to take your account down if they no longer make money, so we’re ok.1016:50 – 10 Nov 2019Twitter Ads information and privacySee Bunty(Thanksgiving Month)ジョシュア’s other Tweets

 ADG  @captain_adg

@YTCreators @YouTube @SusanWojcicki

Your new terms of service have actually revealed your true colors. There’s thousands of content creators who do this for fun, and you might actually terminate them cause they don’t give you enough money?!?!

Disgraceful
Selfish
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Sophie  BM@boopstawista

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@TeamYouTube Dear YouTube,

I’m pretty offended after reading your new Terms of Service.

Basically what this means is that you are terminating small accounts for no reason!

This is not acceptable and I don’t like the direction you are going at all.

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Christian Maracle@MaracleMan · 9 Nov 2019

YouTube has new Terms Of Service on December 10th. This basically says that if channels don’t make enough money, THEY WILL POSSIBLY TERMINATE THEM!!!

Looks like I fought to the very end but now I may be close to losing my livelihood, losing my passion, my audience and my…

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CartoonFan12@CartoonFan12

If provision of the service is no longer commercially profitable for YOUTUBE, it’s not that if you don’t make money, is if YouTube Loses money by allowing your channel to exist. It means don’t make hate videos that hurts YouTube as a brand.6320:22 – 9 Nov 2019Twitter Ads information and privacy16 people are talking about this

The company was said to have sent a mail to inform content creators first before throwing it out to the general public. This move by YouTube could either make or mar the company as it now seems it is focusing more on its biggest, most profitable creators while giving smaller creators fewer chances of monetizing their work.

Source: https://nairametrics.com/2019/11/11/youtubes-new-policy-creates-uncertainty-among-content-creators/

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Lasers can silently issue ‘voice commands’ to your smart speakers

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Laser pointers can apparently trick smart speakers, phones and tablets into following voice commands to open doors or make purchases, even from hundreds of feet away. Researchers from Tokyo and the University of Michigan have revealed that they were able to take over Google Assistant, Apple Siri and Amazon Alexa devices by shining laser pointers or flashlights at their microphones. One of the researchers, Daniel Genkin, was also part of the team that discovered the Meltdown and Spectre CPU vulnerabilities.

The team has published a paper detailing the light flaw after seven months of experimentation. They were able to hijack smart speakers 230 to 350 feet away by focusing lasers using a telephoto lens. In fact, the Google Home they tricked into opening a garage door was inside a room in another building. The laser modulation they beamed at its microphone port through the window is equivalent to the voice command “OK Google, open the garage door.”

They explained that there’s a small plate called a diaphragm inside devices’ microphones that moves when hit by sound. Lasers can replicate that movement and convert it into electric signals that the device can understand. They said opening the garage door by taking over Google Home was easy to do, and they could’ve easily made online purchases, opened doors protected by smart locks and even remotely unlocked cars connected to voice AI-powered devices by using the same method.

The researchers have already notified Tesla, Ford, Amazon, Apple and Google about the issue — a move that’s highly important to get the problem fixed, since simply covering microphones with tape wouldn’t solve it. Most microphones, they said, would have to be redesigned. The team was able to hijack Google Home/Nest, Echo Plus/Show/Dot, Facebook Portal Mini, Fire Cube TV, EchoBee 4, iPhone XR, iPad 6th Gen, Samsung Galaxy S9 and Google Pixel 2 devices using the technique. It was much easier hijacking smart speakers from afar, though. The method only worked on the mobile devices from a maximum distance of 16 to 65 feet.

This is far from the first digital assistant vulnerability security researchers have discovered. Researchers from China’s Zheijiang University found that Siri, Alexa and other voice assistants can be manipulated with commands sent in ultrasonic frequencies. Meanwhile, a group from the University of California, Berkeley found that they can take over smart speakers by embedding commands, which aren’t audible to the human ear, directly into recordings of music or spoken text.

Source: https://www.engadget.com/2019/11/05/lasers-voice-commands-smart-speaker/

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Gender-neutral emojis hit screens in new Apple update

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Apple has put out new gender neutral emojis of most of its people icons — including punks, clowns and zombies — as part of an update to its mobile operating system.

The tech giant has offered growing numbers of inclusive emoji designs in recent years, putting out a range of skin tones and occupations, with Google’s Android publishing its own non-binary faces in May.

A wheelchair, guide dog and a flexing prosthetic arm are among Apple’s latest batch — put out on Monday with the iOS 13.2 upgrade — that users can slip into messages to get their points across.

The new gender-neutral emojis differ slightly from the male and female ones.

In some, the style and colour of their clothes are changed. In others the haircuts are different and a “gender-neutral facial structure” is used, says the Emojipedia website.

The attempt at on-screen inclusivity has not pleased everyone however, with some suggesting the icons indicate how gender-nonconforming people should look.

“How do u determine that these emojis are how gender-neutrality should be represented or that these emojis even represent most gnc people,” wrote one Twitter user.

“I don’t understand why they weren’t just all neutral to begin with,” wrote another.

“Regular old smileys were neutral. I don’t know why we had to go and start gendering everything in the first place.”

When it unveiled the designs earlier this year, Apple said they would “bring even more diversity to the keyboard” and “fill a significant gap” in the selection of emojis.

“Users will now be able to select any combination of skin tone, in addition to gender,” it said.

Apple also serves up some niche offerings in the new update including a plate of falafel, a skunk and a banjo.

Businesses have paid increasing attention to becoming more inclusive in recent times.

Toymaker Mattel, for example, released gender-neutral dolls last month with none of the curves or large muscles of the traditional Barbie or GI Joe, while many small fashion brands and make-up companies are marketing non-binary products.

Source: https://punchng.com/gender-neutral-emojis-hit-screens-in-new-apple-update/

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