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The Federal Trade Commission has reportedly finalized a settlement with Google after an investigation found that YouTube was in violation of federal children's privacy laws.Specifically, the investigation found that YouTube was collecting data of children under the age of 13 on its video platform — a violation of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).The Washington Post report, which cited two people familiar with the matter, said the fine would likely be in the "multimillion-dollar" mark.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.The Federal Trade Commission has reportedly finalized a settlement with Google after an investigation found that YouTube was in violation of children's privacy laws.Specifically, the investigation found in part that YouTube had been collecting the data of children under the age of 13 — a violation of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).
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Children of the '80s, rejoice.The realm of Thra is returning to life as Netflix's The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance unveiled its mystical wares at a Saturday Hall H panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2019.Netflix tweeted it was going full "behind the scenes" at SDCC, along with another look at the trailer.Age of Resistance is set 1,000 years before the action in the original 1982 Jim Henson and Frank Oz muppet fantasy movie.The prequel will touch on a lot of familiar characters, including the wise and grumpy Aughra, a fluffy Fizzgig, Landstriders, Skeksis and Mystics.Mark Hamill, who voiced Chucky in the 2019 remake, plays a scientist who uses the Dark Crystal for experiments.
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Amazon’s Audible has announced plans to add captioning to audiobooks and publishers aren’t happy about it.Though many users are receptive to the idea of ‘close captioning’ for audiobooks, which Audible announced last week, the publishing industry is revolting against the plan, in some cases demanding the feature be made unavailable on certain titles.Audible announced plans to offer captions on audiobooks earlier this week, something certain users have been requesting for years.The idea is that users can turn on the machine learning-powered subtitles feature to reach what they’re listening to, which seems a bit beside the point, though still sought after by some users.It’s already possible to do this using Amazon’s platform…it just requires the user to also pay for and download the ebook version of the audiobook on Kindle.The days of having an ereader read ebooks to us are long gone and, it if the publishing industry has its way, the idea of audiobook captions will never get off the ground.
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Netflix has dropped the first trailer for The Witcher, the streaming service’s long-awaited adaptation of Andrzej Sapkowski’s fantasy novels.The short video, which debuted at the 2019 edition of Comic-Con International, offers fans their first look at Henry Cavill as the title character, Geralt of Rivia, and quickly establishes the rules of The Witcher‘s monster-filled world.As the trailer describes, elves and humans used to live in harmony in The Witcher‘s fantasy realm, known as The Continent, until the elves decided to teach humanity how to use magic — a favor that men repaid by killing the elves off.Now, monsters roam the land, and monster hunters called Witchers must take them down to keep the people safe.In addition to Cavill’s Geralt, the trailer also features Anya Chalotra as Yennifer, a powerful sorceress and Geralt’s longtime girlfriend, and Freya Allan as Princess Ciri.From the look of things, The Witcher‘s first season will hew pretty closely to the plot summary leaked in casting notices, which claimed that the three characters will be “bound together by destiny, often against their will,” as Geralt and Yennifer realize that Ciri “might just destroy the world.”
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in its firmware to learn from consumers’ unique typing habits and adjust the responsiveness of each key to improve the accuracy of the keyboard overall.The Keystone keyboard relies on the magnetic actuation register mechanisms under the keys to measure the per-key actuation point patterns that typists generate by using it.Because keypresses are actuated magnetically, the peripheral is able to measure the force, or even simply the distance, of a key depression by measuring the change in the relative strength of the magnetic field.Once the keyboard has been used for “a few hundred presses,” it is able to analyze the collected data and start making actuation point adjustments to accommodate typist-specific quirks like using more force with certain fingers.In their Kickstarter pitch video, Input Club notes that the Keystone is intended for more than just simple word processing, but is versatile enough to improve the workflow for creative work like audio or visual editing, and even for the traditional stronghold of mechanical keyboards, gaming.a lower actuation force threshold on a key) to map key combinations to half-presses.
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Rick and Morty fans have been waiting nearly two years for the arrival of the show’s fourth season and, unfortunately, there are more months of waiting ahead of us.Despite that, we’ve finally received a look at Season 4 via a clip recently published by Adult Swim after it first premiered at San Diego Comic Con.The clip, which is simply titled ‘Glootie,’ is 50 seconds long and features the three character Morty, his father Jerry, and an alien played by Taika Waititi, director of Thor: Ragnarok.As we see in the clip, this alien has developed an app that Jerry and Morty want removed, but the alien is proving less than cooperative.The clip starts in the middle of a scene and ends the same way less than a minute later; in the absence of a proper season 4 trailer, however, it’s the most exciting content fans have received since season 3 wrapped up in October 2017.Presumably we’ll see a proper trail arrive in coming weeks ahead of the anticipated November season 4 release.
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Amazon Prime Day ended but that’s not stopping the other competing retail giant from extending its own summer savings event as Walmart continues to run The Big Save until July 21.Perfect for summer outdoor activities, Walmart discounted select Mongoose Boys’ BMX bikes for kids by up to 47% as part of The Big Save event.MONGOOSE X-JUMP BOYS’ BMX BIKE, 20-INCH WHEEL, BLACK – 30% OFFMake the most out of your child’s summer and introduce them to the exciting sport of BMX riding with the Mongoose X-Jump Boys’ BMX Bike.It is a durable kid’s bike made with a sturdy steel frame and an alloy four-bolt top-load stem for secure handlebar clamping.It also has an alloy caliper brake and rear U-brake for guaranteed stopping.
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Are you in need of a laptop that you’ll just use primarily for web browsing?If so, you should get your hands on a Chromebook, which is a cheaper alternative to Windows and MacBook laptops and is packed with only the most important features, like the Acer Chromebook Spin 11.As part of Walmart’s summer clearance sale, this Chromebook is available for only $229 , which is $70 less than its normal retail price of $299.This stylishly designed Chromebook/tablet hybrid is powered by an Intel Celeron processor and boasts 32GB of storage.The Acer Chromebook Spin 11 sports a minimalist metal-like plastic chassis.The Chromebook feels solid to the touch and its touchscreen rotates 360 degrees that convert it into a tablet.
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App developers: Business Insider wants to know what your job is really like.From advice for getting your apps featured in Apple's App Store to the best and worst parts of your job, we want to hear about it all.Take our survey to help us give our readers a deep dive into the world of app development.You can choose to remain anonymous.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Calling all app developers: Business Insider wants to hear from you!
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Instagram debuted Stories in August 2016, and by March 2017, businesses of all sizes were allowed to run ads alongside the ephemeral content format.However, despite the theoretical lack of barriers for smaller brands looking to capitalize on Stories ads, a recent study found that larger companies still enjoyed many advantages.Software-as-a-service company Socialinsider—which offers marketers an analytics tool covering Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube—examined 135,976 Instagram Stories from 2,548 business accounts and shared its findings.The study found that, on average, brands posted Stories on seven days each month, but follower size was a factor.Brands with 100,000 or more followers posted Stories an average of roughly every two days, while those with fewer than 1,000 followers did so approximately every four days.And Socialinsider pointed out that only business accounts with over 10,000 followers can include links in their Stories, giving them more incentive to create content for this medium.
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Smartphones are wonderful things, but there is something that’s even better than smartphones.T-Mobile is offering free smartphones to customers when they purchase a new line in T-Mobile’s Magenta tier or above.With a selection of five affordable smartphones on offer, T-Mobile is looking to capitalize on the back-to-school crowd.All you need to do is add a line to your existing or new T-Mobile account, and select the $40 per month per line Magenta option.You’ll be able to select from four currently available smartphones, or wait a short time for a fifth.You’ll be able to choose from T-Mobile’s own Revvlry and Revvl 2 Plus, the LG Q7 Plus, or the LG K30.
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As you inch closer to the end of the FFXIV: Shadowbringers storyline, this particular dungeon is here to test you in a few interesting ways.More or less confirming Vauthry wasn’t eating his own Sin Eaters, his comfortable cushion is here to play.Untelegraphed attacks are a real problem going forward, and Forgiven Cruelty kicks things off with just that.It lifts off from the ground to cast it.You’ll have plenty of time to gauge where’s safe.Get ready to match the spooky faces on the boss with their relative positions on the area!.
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The Parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee has unveiled a statement to rubbish delays put on the Supply Chain Review, demanding a decision ASAP.In the same week as the Chair of the Science and Technology Committee suggested there are no technical reasons to ban Huawei, the Intelligence and Security Committee has demanded a sharp decision or risk losing a strong position in the digital economy.However, the extent of the delay is now causing serious damage to our international relationships: a decision must be made as a matter of urgency.”While the UK fell drastically behind the norm when it came to adopting 4G, progress has been much more promising for 5G.While calling oneself a global leader usually means little coming from the mouths of groomed politicians, in this case the UK is a genuine leader in the 5G race.There are only a handful of nations who launched ahead of the UK and the opportunity to scale nationwide rapidly is certainly is present.
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Huawei's Hongmeng OS, which was initially thought to be an alternative to Google's Android, is not designed to be a replacement smartphone operating system, a company executive recently said, according to Xinhua.Hongmeng OS is being developed for industrial use, Chen reportedly said at a media roundtable in Brussels, adding that the company intends to continue using Android.The comments come after President Trump said American firms could resume business with Huawei following a blacklisting that was announced in May.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Huawei has been working on an operating system called Hongmeng OS that was initially thought to be an alternative to Google's Android.Catherine Chen, Huawei's board member and senior vice president, said Hongmeng OS is designed for industrial use rather than consumer smartphones, Chinese news agency Xinhua reported citing a media roundtable in Brussels.
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After several years of theorizing and experimenting, an international team of researchers including scientists at Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) has finally succeeded in measuring how heat passes between two gold electrodes through a single molecule.They report their findings in Nature on July 17, 2019.Around 2000, scientists first measured how electrons flow through single molecules.But quantifying the heat transfer, or thermal conductance, at the molecular scale remained a persistent challenge because of the high measurement resolution required.To achieve this elusive goal, the international team of collaborators had to work on both an experimental and a theoretical level.Scientists at University of Michigan developed a setup called a scanning thermal microscope, which positions a single alkane molecule between a gold-coated probe and a gold layer.
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Smart speakers are designed to fit into the aesthetic design of most homes, but some homes have a unique look that the cool metallic grays and blacks just don’t mesh with.If your home is particularly colorful — or you just have a lot of stuffed animals that you like to show off — then Kenzie might be the go-to company for you.Kenzie was founded by Eric Grudzien and Karen McIlquham with the intent of changing the way people decorate their nurseries.If you want to keep an Alexa or Google Home in your child’s nursery for the sake of playing lullabies or controlling smart home technology within the room, you can now hide it.Kenzie designs crocheted and knitted creatures that slide down over the top of smart speakers and mask them from view–and from the prying hands of curious toddlers.According to an interview with GeekWire, the idea sprang out of a desire to change up the look of their homes.
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Zappos, the company that made free shipping and returns the norm in ecommerce, is turning 20.To celebrate, Zappos is unrolling a series of marketing initiatives to bring old and new customers into the fold.To start with, the company is reverting its website to its original 1999 look on July 19 for one day only, bringing back a 110% price-match guarantee on August 12 and offering several items for $19.99.Zappos is also partnering with seven brands for limited-edition exclusive collections.While most of this is a play on nostalgia, Joseph Grusman, general manager of ecommerce marketing at Zappos, said it’s part of Zappos taking a 360-degree approach to marketing and attempting to reach different parts of the customer funnel.It’s coming up with new value propositions.”
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Nokia's cheap as chips smartphone finally get a launch date – and that day is today.You can pick up the Nokia 2.2 from Carphone Warehouse and Amazon right now, and at Very and Tesco later this summer.The price tag makes it the cheapest smartphone to get Android Q."We believe that the latest and greatest innovations in the industry should be available for everyone.With the Nokia 2.2, we’ve brought the pinnacle of AI experiences to more people than ever before," said Sarah Edge, HMD Global general Manager of UK and Ireland."And including features like biometric face unlock with liveliness detection adding extra security to your phone, AI imaging, Google Lens and Google Assistant at the press of a button, we aim to revolutionise the way our fans interact with the phone.
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Perfect opportunity to confront safety and security onlineAfter years of speculation around the impending arrival of 5G, it has now well and truly arrived.In May this year, EE became the first wireless carrier to switch on the service, which is currently available in a number of cities throughout the UK; and already in London, download speeds of up to 460Mbps are being reported, albeit with “patchy and inconsistent” network coverage, writes Neil Cook, VP Security Products at Open-Xchange.At minimum, 5G networks will be able to support one million devices for each square kilometre with ultra low-latency, high-bandwidth internet access.Yet, already we’ve seen hackers use IoT for DDoS botnets, while last year a casino’s database was hacked via a smart fish tank thermometer.Without the correct cybersecurity measures in place – and with the IoT world set to explode – every smart device represents a potential opening for cybercriminals to launch an attack.
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But a new study suggests that local conditions could be changed using an inch of “aerogel” – a synthetic and ultralight material made by taking a gel and replacing the liquid component with a gas.The authors behind the paper, published in Nature Astronomy, claim the technique could produce habitable regions on the red planet and potentially allow life to develop and thrive thanks to photosynthesis – the process by which plants can convert sunlight into energy.But is this really the case?Some 3.8 billion years ago, when life was starting on Earth, conditions on Mars were habitable.The red planet had water on the surface, clouds in its blue sky and volcanism provided part of a water cycle.Meanwhile the Opportunity and Curiosity rovers have proved that these features were due to water, by finding tell-tale water-rich minerals.
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