This is a clip from Jimmy Kimmel Live! in which Jimmy challenged parents to turn the television off while their kids are in the middle of a game of Fortnite. Those first two kids’ cracking voices will forever haunt my dreams. Highlights include cursing, a bunch of kids trying to slap the phone out of their parents’ hands (those boys are presumably dead now), and a mom who tries to turn the TV off manually but can’t find the button. But mostly it’s just pure sadness. And these are the videos they were able to air on television — I’m trembling at the thought of the ones they weren’t and are now police evidence.
Keep going for the video of our doomed youth.
Source: Geekologie – Compilation Of Parents Turning The TV Off While Their Kids Are Playing Fortnite
It looks as though Geekbench is providing us with some pretty good insight on incoming Ryzen 3000 Series processor from AMD. However, these aren’t the 7nm Zen 2 monsters that we’ve been talking about in recent weeks. Instead, the leaks pertain to upcoming Picasso APUs that pair 12nm FinFET Raven Ridge CPU architecture with Vega GPUs.
Source: Hot Hardware – HP Laptops With AMD Ryzen 3000 Series Picasso APUs Debut In Benchmarks Leak
YouTube has warned its creators that they are going to “see a noticeable decrease in your subscriber count” today when it bans hordes of spam subscriptions from the platform. This action is being taken to verify the legitimacy of accounts and actions on YouTube channels. A bug has been fixed that didn’t allow for spam subscriptions to be removed from the system. “Removing spam from the platform helps ensure that YouTube remains a fair playing field for everyone and should result in higher confidence that you’re organically building a community of authentic fans.”
What if I have fallen below the YouTube Partner Program (YPP) threshold of 1,000 subscriptions as a result of the removal? Channels that had a high percentage of spam and fall below 1,000 subscribers will no longer meet the minimum requirement for YPP and will be removed from the program. They are encouraged to reapply once they’ve rebuilt their subscribers organically. You can learn about how to apply for YPP here.
Source: [H]ardOCP – YouTube Targets Spam Subscriptions
An anonymous reader writes: Plenty of high-tech electronic components, like solar panels, rechargeable batteries, and complex circuits require specific rare metals. These can include magnetic neodymium, electronic indium, and silver, along with lesser-known metals like praseodymium, dysprosium, and terbium. These metals are mined in large quantities in countries around the world, and they make their way into the supply chains of all sorts of electronics and renewables companies.
A group of researchers from the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure determined how many of these important metals will be required by 2050 in order to make enough solar panels and wind turbines to effectively combat climate change. With plenty of countries, states, cities, and companies pledging to go 100 percent renewable by 2050, the number of both solar panels and wind turbines is expected to skyrocket. According to the analysis, turbines and solar panels might be skyrocketing a bit too much. Demand for some metals like neodymium and indium could grow by more than a dozen times by 2050, and there simply might not be enough supply to power the green revolution.
Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Source: Slashdot – We Might Not Have Enough Materials for All the Solar Panels and Wind Turbines We Need, an Analysis Finds
Just as ballet dancers need to learn a few words of French, and runners need to be able to hear and speak the Swedish word fartlek without giggling too much, people who practice yoga will do best if they can understand the Sanskrit and other terms that are common in yoga classes and yoga videos.
Source: LifeHacker – The Yoga Terms You Should Know
In an effort to usurp Steam’s position as the one-stop shop for gamers, Discord announced that it will open up its game store for all developers in 2019. Game makers who choose to use the Discord store will receive 90 percent of the revenue share. Me…
Source: Engadget – Discord will let anyone sell games on its platform
Gift wrap is expensive and wasteful—you spend so long wrapping something up all pretty, just to have the paper ripped off and thrown out immediately.
Source: LifeHacker – Save Money (and the Planet) By Wrapping Your Gifts With Trash
The precise location of NASA’s InSight lander within Elysium Planitia is now known, thanks to images captured by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
Source: Gizmodo – Martian Satellite Spots NASA’s InSight Lander From Space
Facebook has disclosed yet another privacy flub. This time around, it says a bug in the Photo API led to third-party apps being able to access not only timeline photos (which users had permitted them to do), but Stories, Marketplace images and photos…
Source: Engadget – Facebook bug let apps access unposted photos for millions of users
This is some helmet-cam footage from Scottish cyclist David Brennan on the A739 Switchback Road between Bearsden and Glasgow when he gets into an argument with a motorist he spots texting and driving. He tells the guy to put down his phone, but the guy argues he can text and drive safely, before rear-ending the car in front of him shortly after. Obviously, while texting and driving has already been proven dangerous, I think it’s high time we add arguing with cyclists and driving to that same list. I’ll get to work on the PSAs.
Keep going for the video while I really wish it showed the aftermath.
Source: Geekologie – Cyclist Tells Driver To Put Down Phone, Driver Argues He Can Text And Drive Safely, Crashes
Google just made it a bit easier for Android users to make charitable donations. The company started rolling out a new donate feature on Google Play this week that allows Android users in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Germany, Great Britain, France, Spain, Italy, Taiwan, and Indonesia to make a donation to a number of…
Source: LifeHacker – How to Donate to Charity Through Google Play
The tech world told a lot of lies in 2018, and it was caught in those lies at what feels like an unprecedented rate. Some Silicon Valley players even began to wake up to the lies they told themselves over the years. With such a flurry of falsehoods, it’s worth taking a look back to see who went big in the year that…
Source: LifeHacker – The Biggest Tech Lies of 2018
2016’s Your Name is not only the most successful anime film in history, it also cemented director Makoto Shinkai as one of the greats in modern-day anime. Now, Shinkai has finally announced his long-awaited follow up to his iconic anime. And yes, it is being released internationally.
Source: io9 – The Director of Your Name Announces His Next Anime Masterpiece
I’ll level with you…there’s nothing particularly special about these Sceptre TVs. They don’t have HDR, there’s no smart functionality to speak of, and they don’t have anything I’d describe as a memorable industrial design. But for all the things that they aren’t, what they are are cheap screens that you can use to…
Source: Kotaku – These Cheap TVs Are Even Cheaper Than They Were On Black Friday
Imax is making its exit from virtual reality (VR) official: The company notified shareholders with a SEC filing this week that it will close down its remaining three VR centers, and write off “certain VR content investments.” From a report: A company spokesperson confirmed the planned closures and shared the following statement with Variety: “With the launch of the IMAX VR centre pilot program our intention was to test a variety of different concepts and locations to determine which approaches work well. After a trial period with VR centres in multiplexes, we have decided to conclude the IMAX VR centre pilot program and close the remaining three locations in Q1 2019.”
The company previously closed four of its seven VR centers, including most recently its sole European outpost in Manchester. Imax launched Imax VR in early 2017 with a flagship location adjacent to the Grove mall in Los Angeles. At the time, the expansion into VR was billed as an experiment, and a way for Imax to determine whether VR could be the next big thing for the company. […] Imax also set up a $50 million VR content fund, and got CAA, China Media Capital, and the Raine Group to co-produce VR experiences.
Further reading: The virtual reality dream is dying.
Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Source: Slashdot – Imax is Shutting Down Its VR Business, Closing Remaining Three VR Centers in Q1
After investing in virtual reality experiences, IMAX has officially decided to cut its losses. In an SEC filing yesterday, the company revealed it’ll shutter its remaining three VR theaters—including its flagship location in Los Angeles—in early 2019 and write off “certain VR content investments.”
Source: Gizmodo – IMAX Officially Bails on VR Business
As criticism of the site increases, and lawmakers start to clamp down on Google, Alphabet is shining a spotlight on their efforts to reign in YouTube’s problematic content. According to a report by Reuters, YouTube took down 58 million videos and 224 million comments last quarter. That’s over 7 videos and 30 comments a second, by my calculations. In an effort to filter the massive amount of content, Google now employs over 10,000 moderators aided by AI detection algorithms, but they still claim pre-screening every video is “unfeasible.”
Nearly 80 percent of the channel takedowns related to spam uploads, YouTube said. About 13 percent concerned nudity, and 4.5 percent child safety. YouTube said users post billions of comments each quarter. It declined to disclose the overall number of accounts that have uploaded videos, but said removals were also a small fraction. In addition, about 7.8 million videos were removed individually for policy violations, in line with the previous quarter.
Source: [H]ardOCP – YouTube Took Down 58 Million Videos Last Quarter
Finland announced plans for a digital drivers license this year, and several U.S. States are running similar pilot programs of their own. So far, digital drivers license systems have been fairly limited, but a report by IEEE Spectrum claims that could change in Louisiana soon. According to the report, the developers of the app LA Wallet claim that “bars, restaurants, grocery stores and other retailers” will be allowed to accept digital IDs as proof of age next week. The founder of the app company claims about 71,000 people have downloaded the app, but so far, only police offers are required to accept it as a form of ID, limiting its usage. Spectrum points out that it would be possible to steal someones digital identity in the same way that credit card info is stolen, but there are major security benefits to the system too, and Louisiana has no plans to make plastic IDs obsolete yet.
There’s also a handy security feature that allows anyone with the LA Wallet app to authenticate another person’s Louisiana digital driver’s license. In our Bourbon Street bar scenario, the bartender and the young woman would use the app’s “VerifyYou” feature. It allows the bar patron to select which information she would like to reveal to the bartender-in this case, simply the fact that she is over 21. That information is displayed on the phone with a photo and embedded QR code. The bartender scans the code with her app, which tells her that the woman seated on the other side of the bar is indeed over 21. None of the customer’s personal information, such as her name, birth date, or address, is displayed or stored on the bartender’s phone. Together, the VerifyYou feature and the security seal make the digital driver’s license hard to fake. That’s because the cryptography is time-based and can only be used once.
Source: [H]ardOCP – Drivers Licenses are Going Digital in Louisiana