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AI-Powered Chrome Extension Automatically Turns on YouTube Subtitles While You Eat Noisy Snacks

A year into the pandemic most of us have honed our daily routines into a regular pattern of YouTube bingeing and snacking. But munching on crunchy snacks often makes it impossible to hear a video. The solution isn’t to turn off our computers and attempt to re-enter society, but to install a new Chrome extension that…Read more...
Tags: Science, Chrome Os, Food And Drink, Chip, Snack, Operating Systems, Snack Foods, Potato Chip, Pringles, Lays, Subtitles, Convenience Foods, Technology Internet


What If Clubhouse, But With State Censorship, TikTok Owner ByteDance Ponders

China’s ByteDance, is planning on launching its own version of audio chat app Clubhouse for the Chinese market, Reuters reported on Thursday.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Science, China, Software, Computing, Freeware, Internet Culture, Operating Systems, Clubhouse, Tencent Holdings, Reuters, South China Morning Post, Mobile Applications, Bytedance, Tiktok


WhatsApp Can Now Do the Same Thing as Google Meet and Zoom and FaceTime

WhatsApp on Thursday announced the introduction of voice and video calls on its desktop apps for Mac and PC, expanding the ways in which you can create the illusion of meaningful human interaction in this moment of crushing isolation. Read more...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Science, Social Media, Whatsapp, Walgreens, Software, Facetime, Operating Systems, Zoom, Communication Software, Instant Messaging Clients, Cross Platform Software, Videotelephony


'Frustrated' Facebook Oversight Board May Seek to Examine Its Algorithm (or 'Whatever')

Facebook’s so-called “Supreme Court” is reportedly planning to seek the company’s permission to review the underlying machine-learning models that determine which posts are granted the most prominence in each Facebook user’s feed.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Supreme Court, Software, Edward Snowden, The Guardian, Alan Rusbridger, Operating Systems, World Wide Web, Anna Eshoo, Tom Malinowski, Oversight Board, Facebook Oversight Board, Technology Internet


Twitter Launches Five-Strike System to Ban Users Who Spread Covid-19 Lies

Twitter will ban users who spread misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic and covid-19 vaccines under a new five-strike system, according to a new blog post from the social media company. Twitter bans all medical information that’s “demonstrably false or misleading and may lead to significant risk of harm.”Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Science, Articles, Software, Operating Systems, Text Messaging, Misinformation, David Duke, Fake News, QAnon, Pseudohistory, Universal Windows Platform Apps, Covid 19 Pandemic, Covid 19 Misinformation


Instagram Rolls Out New Way to Say Something Stupid in Public

Instagram is expanding its livestreaming offerings with a new feature dubbed Live Rooms, which is just like Instagram Live but with up to three more people haphazardly broadcasting their thoughts into the world simultaneously. Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Science, Instagram, Social Media, Software, Computing, Streaming, Livestreaming, Twitch, Operating Systems, Instagram Live, Video Software, Universal Windows Platform Apps, Technology Internet, Internet Broadcasting


Facebook's New Ad Campaign Tries To Remind You That Targeted Ads Are Good, Actually

Just two months after running a full-page ad decrying Apple’s impending updates, Facebook is rolling out another campaign meant to defend the targeted ads that make up about 98% of its multi-billion dollar revenue stream.Read more...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Science, Instagram, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, Ipads, Software, Grace Jones, Operating Systems, Targeted Advertising, Online Advertising, Internet Privacy, Dipayan Ghosh, Social Information Processing


Twitter Passes Stimulus Package for the Very Online

Twitter is finally rolling out a way to get paid for tweeting that doesn’t involve putting a Venmo link in your bio, promoting a Patreon, or using the app to hunt for a rich spouse.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Science, Instagram, Social Media, Software, Pandora, News Feed, Computing, Operating Systems, Venmo, Real Time Web, Text Messaging, Elliott Management, South of Market San Francisco, Samantha Cole


Now You Can Filter Your Liked Spotify Jams by Mood

Finally, you can sort the music in your Liked Songs playlist on Spotify.Read more...
Tags: Spotify, Science, Software, Microsoft Windows, Operating Systems, Playlist, Phoebe Bridgers, Steely Dan, Filter, Entertainment Culture


Google's Live Caption Tool Is Now Available as a Hidden Feature in Chrome

Live Captions is one of the most useful features on Android phones, allowing your mobile device to automatically transcribe any audio it’s currently playing. And now it seems Google is bringing Live Captions to Chrome, with the feature already available as a hidden option in the browser.Read more...
Tags: Google Chrome, Google, Android, Science, Software, Chrome Os, Chromebook, Computing, Operating Systems, Alphabet Inc, Closed Captioning, Assistive Technology, Cloud Clients, Portable Software, Technology Internet


Facebook Finally Bans Myanmar Military After Feb. 1 Coup

Facebook finally banned the military in Myanmar, known as Tatmadaw, from the social media platform several weeks after the military staged a coup that toppled the democratically elected government. The ban on the country’s military includes Instagram, which is owned by Facebook.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, Science, Social Media, Software, Myanmar, Operating Systems, World Wide Web, Facebook Read, Tatmadaw, Social Information Processing, War Conflict, Myanmar Protests, Facebook Finally Bans Myanmar Military




How Android's Nearby Share Compares to Apple's AirDrop

Android finally has its own version of Apple’s AirDrop. It’s called Nearby Share, and it makes it easy to quickly send files to another Android device.
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Google Chrome, Android, Science, Technology, Bluetooth, Smartphones, Computing, Airdrop, Operating Systems, Android Beam, Nearby Share, Technology Internet


Google Maps Dark Mode and More Useful Android Features Are Rolling Out Today

While we wait for Android 12 to officially go live later this year, Google has a bunch of tweaks and updates coming to Android this spring. Read more...
Tags: Google Chrome, Google, Android, Google Play, Science, Gmail, Smartphones, Software, Chrome Os, Computing, Google Maps, Operating Systems, Alphabet Inc, Cloud Clients, Technology Internet


What I Hear on Clubhouse: For Black People, Will Silicon Valley’s Hot New Thing Be More Terrordome Than Mecca?

What happens when everyone is an “expert?” How to navigate a world where everyone’s “insights,” no matter how dubious, are cloaked in corporate-speak, strenuously hyped by like-minded cohorts, then injected straight into your brain via a mechanism intentionally designed to push your emotional buttons? And how much do…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Science, Social Media, Software, Social Issues, Computing, Freeware, Operating Systems, Clubhouse, Mobile Applications, Playstation Home, Universal Windows Platform Apps, Social Networking Services, Black People Will Silicon Valley




Microsoft Announces the Next Subscription-Less Versions of Office

Microsoft has announced an update to its productivity suite, Office 2021, for consumers along with a variant specifically geared toward businesses, Office Long Term Servicing Channel.Read more...
Tags: Science, Microsoft, Cloud Computing, Office 365, Software, Microsoft Office, Operating Systems, Subscription Services, Microsoft Word, Microsoft 365, Microsoft Onenote, Universal Windows Platform Apps, Screenshot Software, Technology Internet, Office Long Term Servicing Channel Read


The First Android 12 Developer Beta Is Here

Google just announced the release of the first developer preview build of Android 12, giving us a few hints at what changes to expect when the software upgrade rolls out widely.Read more...
Tags: Google, Android, Science, Smartphones, Software, Chrome Os, Computing, Operating Systems, Pixel, Blackberry Priv, Wear OS, Technology Internet, Android Version History


Facebook Accidentally Blocks Its Own Page in Australia Following News Ban

Facebook blocked dozens of charity groups, nonprofit organizations, and even random big box retailers in Australia late Wednesday (early Thursday, local time), a move that appears to be collateral damage from Facebook’s ban on news in the country. Facebook even briefly blocked its own page in Australia, according to …Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Australia, Social Media, Software, Computing, Operating Systems, Social Information Processing, Universal Windows Platform Apps, Criticism Of Facebook, Technology Internet


Google Maps Adds Tools to Pay for Parking and Transit in App

As part of Google’s continued efforts to expand the features of its popular mapping app, today Google announced the ability to pay for both parking and transit fares directly in Google Maps. Read more...
Tags: Google, Android, Google Drive, Science, Environment, Software, Transit, Computing, Google Maps, Operating Systems, Alphabet Inc, Google Pay, Technology Internet, Toronto Transit Commission Fares, Google Maps Adds Tools


Texas Mayor Announces Resignation After Unhinged Facebook Rant About Power Outages Goes Viral

Tim Boyd, the mayor of Colorado City, Texas, announced his resignation on Tuesday following a viral Facebook post where he whined about residents who wanted help during the extreme weather that has caused widespread power outages and dangerously cold conditions for millions of people throughout the state. Boyd accused…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Social Media, Software, Operating Systems, World Wide Web, Boyd, Human Interest, Tim Boyd, Social Information Processing, Colorado City Texas


A Hugely Popular File-Sharing Android App Also Has Giant, Terrible Security Flaws

An Android app used by a significant chunk of the global population also has glaring security flaws that would allow a savvy hacker to steal a user’s data or even hijack the app’s operations using arbitrary code.Read more...
Tags: Android, Science, Vulnerability, Software, Computing, Operating Systems, Trend Micro, Mobile App, Arbitrary Code Execution, Shareit, Technology Internet, Smart Media4u


Spotify's Employees Can Now Work Wherever They'd Like—No Office Required

As the global pandemic rages on, we’ve been seeing a slew of tech companies consider making remote work an option for their employees even after covid. Now Spotify is on board: On Friday, the company announced the rollout of its Work From Anywhere program, which will give the thousands of Spotify employees around the…Read more...
Tags: Spotify, Science, Labor, Software, Microsoft Windows, Operating Systems, Telecommuting, Working time, Flextime


Good Lord, It's Only February

It’s called bipartisanship: Both major political parties have some bad ideas for reforming Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, the foundational internet law that shields websites from lawsuits over user-generated content or their moderation decisions.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Software, Computing, WeChat, Operating Systems, Mobile Applications, Video Software, Parler, Tiktok, Alt Tech, Universal Windows Platform Apps, Conservatism In The United States


Here's Your Windows 10 Set-Up Checklist

If you’ve finally upgraded your PC’s software or unboxed a new machine and are getting started with Windows 10 for the first time ever, there are a few things you need to know.Read more...
Tags: Science, Windows 10, Windows 8, Operating Systems, Computer Architecture, Taskbar, X86 Architecture, Technology Internet, Bookwindows


Chrome Beta Lets iOS Users Lock Incognito Tabs With Face and Touch ID

Google appears to be testing a tool to make Incognito browsing even more private in Chrome for iOS.Read more...
Tags: Google Chrome, Google, Science, Web Browsers, Smartphones, Software, Chrome Os, Computing, Operating Systems, Incognito, Private Browsing, Cloud Clients, Portable Software, Technology Internet


Facebook to Restrict Content From Myanmar's Military Government Following Coup

Facebook has pledged to restrict the widespread distribution of content from Myanmar’s military regime following a successful coup that toppled the democratically elected government on Feb. 1. The pledge comes from a new blog post at Facebook’s website that seems to implicitly acknowledge the potential for…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Asia, Politics, Science, Social Media, Software, Myanmar, Operating Systems, Misinformation, Deception, Tatmadaw, Rohingya people, Social Information Processing, Technology Internet, Islam In Myanmar


Twitter to Start Labeling Personal Accounts of Heads of State

Starting next week, you should start seeing new labels on more government-run Twitter accounts as well as the personal accounts of heads of state. It’s part of Twitter’s latest expansion of its policy on government-affiliated accounts, with the idea being that this additional context should help users “have a more…Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Politics, Science, Software, Computing, Donald Trump, Operating Systems, Real Time Web, Text Messaging, South of Market San Francisco


Google Photos Is Adding New Editing Tools, but You'll Have to Pay

For people who have been debating about whether to pay Google for extra cloud storage or not, today Google just sweetened the deal by giving new photo-editing tools to Google One subscribers. Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Cloud Storage, Software, Computing, Google Photos, Operating Systems, Web Applications, Alphabet Inc, Microsoft OneDrive, Google One, Cross Platform Software, Technology Internet, Online Backup Services


Twitter Wants to Bring Tipping to the Platform

Pretty soon, you might be able to tip your favorite tweeters. Why you’d want to is anyone’s best guess.Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Science, Technology, Software, Jack Dorsey, Operating Systems, Real Time Web, Text Messaging, Business Finance, South of Market San Francisco



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