YouTube’s latest experiment uses AI to divide lengthy videos into chapters

Earlier this year, YouTube introduced a new feature called Chapters – which as the name suggests – essentially divides a video into separate chapters using timestamps. I love chapters. They save me the hassle of watching the boring parts or doing hit-and-miss adjustments on the seek bar to get to the interesting part. However, chapters can only be added by creators, so you’re essentially at their mercy to enjoy this little gift. However, that dependence might end soon, thanks to AI.

As part of its latest experiment, YouTube is banking on AI that will go through a video and identify certain visual markers to break a video into chapters. YouTube says it will rely on machine learning to recognize specific text-based signs for automatically generating video chapters. So, if a video has text cues for jumping into the next section, the AI will automatically identify it and use that time-stamp to create a chapter.

YouTube chapters are quite convenient and save a lot of time.

Say for example a smartphone review video, where the creator adds frames with prominent text such as ‘build quality’, ‘camera performance’, and more in order to jump to the next part of the review. With the new experiment, YouTube says that it wants to make it easier for people to navigate videos and quickly jump to the relevant part by taking advantage of chapters.

YouTube is currently testing the AI-generated chapters on a small set of videos. However, the company will let creators opt out of the experiment, and they can also provide some feedback on how it works or can be improved. It can be a tedious task for creators, especially those with a lot of videos on their YouTube channel, to add timestamps and chapter names to each section of their older video. This is where the AI-generated time-stamp feature comes to their aid. And of course, it is a great convenience for viewers as well.

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Motorola’s latest budget offering is the Moto E7 that offers a 48MP camera for €119.99

A couple of months ago, Motorola launched a budget smartphone called the Moto E7 Plus. Today, the company has lifted the covers from Moto E7, a toned-down iteration that packs a weaker MediaTek processor, fewer megapixels on the front camera, a smaller battery, and as expected, a lighter price tag. The Moto E7 starts at €119.99 and will be sold in European markets, while a few Latin American, Middle-East and Asian countries will also get it in the coming weeks. 

The Moto E7’s design is quite familiar as it borrows heavily from its pricier sibling, but it is claimed to be water-repellant. The fingerprint sensor is at the back, and there is also a dedicated button for summoning the Google Assistant. Over at the front, you’ll find a 6.5-inch HD+ display with a notch at the top and fairly thick bezels at the bottom. 

Moto E7

The octa-core MediaTek Helio G25 processor keeps things running, in tandem with 2 gigs of RAM and up to 64GB of onboard storage which can be expanded by another 512GB using a microSD card. A 4,000mAh battery provides the juice, while Android 10 handles things on the software. The UI is almost stock Android, but it is disappointing to see that the device doesn’t run Android 11 out-of-the-box.

In the camera department, the latest budget offering from Motorola packs a 48MP primary snapper and a 2MP macro camera, while selfies are handled by a 5MP shooter. There are not many fancy camera features to play, but there is a dedicated night mode and the nifty Google Lens integration in the main camera app.

Motorola Moto E7 specifications

Display6.5-inch Max Vision HD+
1600×720 pixels
269PPI pixel density
20:9 aspect ratio
ProcessorMediaTek Helio G25
2.0GHz octa-core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU
IMG GE8320 GPU
RAM2GB
Storage32GB / 64GB
Battery4000 mAh
10W charger
CamerasREAR:
48MP (f/1.7, 1.6 µm) primary camera
2MP (f/2.4, 1.75 µm) macro camera
Portrait mode, HDR, Night Vision, Google Lens
FRONT:
5MP (f/2.2, 1.12 µm) selfie camera
Portrait Mode, HDR
SoftwareAndroid 10
ColorsMineral Grey, Aqua Blue and Satin Coral
AuthenticationRear fingerprint scanner

Source: Motorola

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POCO M3 with 6000mAh battery, SD 662 SoC debuts in Europe

POCO has launched the successor to its POCO M2. The POCO M3 comes with a refreshing new design. It has about one-third of its rear panel covered by a black rectangle in the top portion filled with the camera setup and the company logo. The camera module houses three cameras, while the logo sits parallel to the camera module on the other side. The rest of the rear panel is textured and is seen featuring yellow, blue, or black finishes. It will be made available in Cool Blue, POCO Yellow, Power Black color options.

The POCO M3 features a 6.53-inch FHD+ dot drop display with Gorilla Glass 3 protection on top. It can go up to 400 nits in brightness and comes with TÜV Rheinland Low Blue Light Certification and L1 Widevine certification. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 SoC, paired with 4GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 64GB/128GB of internal storage. It runs MIUI 12 for POCO, which is based on Android 10. The smartphone comes equipped with dual speakers, a 3.5mm audio jack and dual SIM slots + a microSD card slot. The storage is expandable up to 512GB.

It sports a triple rear camera setup of 48MP + 2MP + 2MP.
– 48MP main camera:

  • 1/2″ sensor size
  • 1.6μm 4-in-1 Super Pixel, 0.8μm pixel size
  • f/1.79, 6P lens, AF
    – 2MP macro camera:
  • 1.75μm pixel size, f/2.4, FF
    – 2MP depth sensor:
  • 1.75μm pixel size, f/2.4

On the front lies an 8MP selfie shooter. The POCO M3 packs a 6,000mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging. Moreover, POCO says that it bundles a 22.5W charger in the box. It has a side-mounted fingerprint sensor and IR Blaster as well.

The device is priced at $149 for the 4GB/64GB model, while the 4GB/128GB variant costs $169. However, these variants will be available on Black Friday for just $129 and $149 respectively. The phone will be available via Amazon, AliExpress, Lazada, and Xiaomi’s website.

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Moto G 5G, Moto G9 Power could be launched in India soon

Motorola is tipped to be prepping for the launch of two new smartphones in India. It could soon unveil the Moto G 5G and Moto G9 Power in the Indian market. For the unaware, the two phones were launched in the European market earlier this month and at the time, Motorola did not share details about Indian availability for either. However, it announced that the Moto G 5G will be coming to India, Latin America, Middle East, and Asia in the coming weeks. While the company hasn’t revealed official details about the two phone launches, a tipster claims that they could be launched soon.

The rumour comes from noted tipster Mukul Sharma, who tweeted that Moto G 5G and Moto G9 Power will be launched in India soon. The tweet does not mention an exact launch date, but in one of the replies the tipster wrote that Motorola won’t be launching these phones this month. This means, the two upcoming phones are likely to launch in India in the month of November.

The Moto G 5G is priced at EUR 299.99 for the sole 4GB + 64GB storage model, while the Moto G9 Power costs EUR 199 for the single 4GB + 128GB storage model. Both phones run Android 10.

The Moto G 5G features a 6.7-inch full-HD+ (1,080×2,400 pixels) LTPS display with 394ppi pixel density. It is powered by the Snapdragon 750G SoC. The smartphone sports a triple rear camera setup of 48MP primary + 8MP wide-angle + 2MP macro, and a 16MP selfie shooter. it packs a 5,000mAh battery with support for 20W fast charging.

On the other hand, the Moto G9 Power comes equipped with a big 6.8-inch HD+ (720×1,640 pixels) IPS display. It is powered by the Snapdragon 662 chipset, and packs a massive 6,000mah battery that supports 20W fast charging as well. The smartphone sports a triple rear camera setup of 64MP primary + 2MP macro + 2MP depth sensor, while a 16MP camera lies on the front.

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Twitter will now warn you before liking a disputed tweet

Ahead of the US elections, Twitter rolled out several new features including ‘read an article before retweeting’ prompt and quote tweet instead of retweeting. It started flagging disputed and potentially misleading tweets as part of the election and COVID-19 as well. Now, Twitter will show you a warning every time you try to retweet or quote a post that’s been labeled as disputed content. It is being done to curb the spread of misinformation. When you tap on the heart button on any of such tweets, the website will trigger a prompt with a “Find out more” button to pop up.

The update comes from Twitter Support account on the social media website. It said, “Giving context on why a labeled Tweet is misleading under our election, COVID-19, and synthetic and manipulated media rules is vital. These prompts helped decrease Quote Tweets of misleading information by 29% so we’re expanding them to show when you tap to like a labeled Tweet.”

The feature was discovered earlier this month by the app experimental feature researcher Jane Manchun Wong. Her tested tweets were related to elections that said, “Official sources may not have called the race when this was tweeted.”

According to Twitter, it labeled 300,000 tweets as misleading between October 27 and November 11. Moreover, 456 of those were blocked from being retweeted or liked. These were hidden behind a warning before they could even be viewed. 

The new feature is rolling out on the web and on iOS to all users around the world this week. Further, Android users will start seeing prompts in the coming weeks.

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Pocketnow Daily: Confirmed? Samsung is COMPLETELY Changing Their Strategy! (video)

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2, Apple’s latest iPad Pro and more on sale today

And let’s begin the week with deals as we usually do, but this time let’s just say Samsung is the most interesting offering. The company’s Black Friday sale is in full effect, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 is currently available for just $1000 but, hold your horses, you have to trade in an eligible device. Actually many of these deals require a trade-in to sweeten the pot. For example, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is available for a crazy $550, the regular Note 20 for $250 and the S20 FE for $140. Seriously, if you’re looking for a new phone, go check these deals out! Moving on to your usual set of Apple deals, the 12.9in iPad Pro is $100 off, leaving the Wi-Fi only and 128GB of storage model for $900. Finally, the OnePlus 8 Pro is available for $100 off, leaving it at $799 for 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. We have more deals on the Pixel 5, OnePlus 7T, more iPads and even more in the links in the description.

Snapchat ‘Spotlight’ is yet another TikTok rival

And let’s be honest, Snapchat may be my least favorite service ever, but it’s probably the most copied service we’ve ever seen as. Look at Instagram stories, Whatsapp, Facebook, and even Twitter now with Fleets. Well, it looks like now they’re doing it to someone else. The company just launched a new feature called “Spotlight” which is basically made to compete with TikTok and Instagram’s “Reels” but, Snapchat’s got a trick up their sleeve. So, Spotlight let’s users showcase their 60 second videos which are focused on memes and jokes rather than your day to day life like stories where meant to. For the viewer, it will pretty much work like TikTok where the algorithm shows you content related to what you’ve seen in the past. The thing about it is that Snapchat will be paying creators to post on the platform, they will award $1M between the most popular creators on the app per day through the end of this year so, if you have a viral video you might get a piece of the $1M. Spotlight is currently launching to 11 countries so, if that’s your thing go check it out. Let’s hope this algorythm finally fixes their lack of good discovery.

New M1 MacBook Air has been found with 128GB for just $799

Let’s move on to Apple Silicon Macs as yes, Apple did end up making at least one of them more affordable, but there’s a catch. The latest M1 MacBook Air was spotted in Apple’s US Education Institute Hardware and Software list and it’s actually cheaper. This was found on Reddit and this is the regular 8-core CPU and 7-core GPU MacBook Air, with 128GB of storage and 8GB of RAM for $799. The thing about it is that, this is strictly for education purposes so, if you work or study at a school that purchases these then you might get your hands on one but, it looks like that might be the only way. This is not a variant that consumers can buy in a store. And on another note, Craig Federighi, aka Mr Wiggle Mode himself, went on an interview and talked about M1 Macs running windows. Please stop trying to run Parallels on them. He claims that Windows could run on these Macs but it’s really up to Microsoft. Thing is since this version of Windows on ARM is emulated, who knows if that will happen. Can any of you imagine Windows running on these ARM chips like a champ?

iPad Pro to get OLED displays after adopting mini-LED in early 2021: Report

And since we’re talking Apple, let’s discuss their future plans for iPads, especially when it comes to the display technology they’re using. We’ve been covering rumors of miniLED iPads for years, but now according to a new report from The Elec, Cupertino is finally planning to adopt OLED displays for the iPad Pro line up. It seems there will be a wait, though, as we know that Apple is working on the transition to miniLED displays for Q1 of next year. The report claims that OLED displays on these will actualy happen shortly after, meaning also within 2021. These displays would be provided by Samsung but, it also says that the adoption of OLED could be delayed, depending on the scale of adoption of miniLED. Again, these miniLED displays are slated for Q1 while OLEDs should come later. This means that Apple might really just upgrade their current LCDs to miniLED and then eventually move on to OLED at least when it comes to iPads because, we know that miniLEDs should be a huge thing for Macs. Whatever the case may be, this might be what will differentiate the next generation of iPads and Macs in 2021, and let’s hope that enables new designs.

OnePlus 9 might sport two 48MP camera sensors

OnePlus 9 Pro leak gives us our first look at its design prior to a March 2021 debut

Now how about if we shift focus to Android and particularly the OnePlus 9 as, we’re expecting this phone to launch a little earlier than usual so the rumors are starting to intensify. Beginning with the regular variant, last week we got some CAD renders for it showing a new white color variant and a triple camera array. Now, we have a new leak from 91Mobiles that claims that the two main cameras from these renders are two 48MP sensors. This means we’ll get a 48MP primary that delivers 12MP images, as well as a 48MP ultra wide. The third and smaller lens would be a macro or monochrome sensor in typical OnePlus fashion. Now, moving on to the Pro variant, we have some new CAD renders from OnLeaks showing off the design changes. From these we can see some smaller bezels, a “Pacific Blue” colorway if you know what I mean, and the new camera array which is pretty similar to the one on the 8T. The 9 Pro is expected to bring a 6.7in display, probably running at up to 144Hz and it will be powered by the Snapdragon 875, or whatever the latest Qualcomm chip will be called. We’ll keep you posted as it’s expected to come some time in March, and I seriously wonder what is it with companies wanting to launch phones earlier next year.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 might launch sooner than expected

And finally the hottest news today have to do with Samsung, and how the company plans to re-imagine their approach to flagships in 2021. We’ve covered the possibility of the Galaxy Note lineup saying goodbye, and today we get more credible information that goes beyond not seeing it in a listing. According to a new report from Korea, we might be getting this phone earlier the Galaxy Z Fold 3 earlier in 2021. The report suggests that Samsung is already working on this phone and it could possibly launch in June 2021. The report also mentions that this foldable could have support for the S-Pen like we’ve heard before. It also reiterates on the report we covered last week, that claims that we’re getting an under the display selfie shooter, even if we were expecting that until Q3. It also adds that Sammy was able to add an in-screen WACOM digitizer but, they still faced some difficulties with the protective layer which scratches with the S Pen but it’s sounding like they were able to fix it, maybe thanks to the new UTG we’re expecting. With all of the reports on the missing Galaxy Note 21, and the Galaxy S21 Ultra supporting an S Pen, it looks like Samsung is about to re-invent it’s approach to its second batch of product launches.
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Samsung Galaxy S21 has received BIS certification

November is almost over, meaning that we are getting closer to the end of 2020. This also means that we are getting closer to the launch of the new Samsung Galaxy S21 series. Samsung’s new flagship is rumored to become official in less than two months, and it seems that the company has started to get the necessary certifications ready for the possible launch on January 14.

The new Samsung Galaxy S21 has recently been certified by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) in India. This certification makes us believe that Samsung may be getting ready for an early launch of its new Galaxy S lineup.

The certification doesn’t give us details about the phone’s internals or an idea of how many devices we’re getting since only the regular Samsung Galaxy S21 has appeared on the bureau’s database. However, it is believed that just like this year, we will initially get three devices, a Galaxy s21, a Galaxy S21+, and a Galaxy S21 Ultra. The new devices are also expected to arrive powered by two different processors, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 for the US version and an Exynos 2100 for the international version.

We have also been receiving quite a bunch of Galaxy S21 leaks and rumors in the last few days. Some of them have confirmed the design of the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, which is also expected to feature stylus support, which would also end up leading to the possible demise of the Samsung Galaxy Note series.

A massive spec leak has recently revealed the new lineup’s display sizes, battery sizes, sensors inside each camera setup, color options for every variant, and more. We have also received word that this time, you should look for the Exynos version of the Galaxy S21, as Samsung’s processor could finally more powerful than its Snapdragon counterpart.

Source GSM Arena

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2, Apple’s latest iPad Pro and more on sale today

You can already start taking advantage of tons of early Black Friday deals. We will start today’s deals with a vast selection of discounts over at Samsung.com, including the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G. you can currently get yours for just $1,000 when you trade in an eligible device. The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 5G can be yours for just $250, or get the Ultra variant for $550, the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G at just $140, The Galaxy S20 for $390, Galaxy S20+ for $540, and the S20 Ultra for $740 with trade-in.

iPad Pro mini-LED

Moving onto your favorite Apple discounts, Apple’s 12.9-inch and 11-inch iPad Pro models are also on sale. The 12.9-inch version is getting a $150 discount in its Wi-Fi + Cellular version with 1TB storage, which leaves it at $1,499 or get the Wi-Fi only version with 128GB storage for $900 with $99 savings. The smaller 11-inch version with Wi-Fi and Cellular connectivity and 512GB storage is selling for $1,150 with a $99 discount, and the Wi-Fi only version with half the storage space can be yours for $800 with the same $99 discount.
Now, if you’re looking for the previous iPad Pro model, there’s a huge sale at B&H Photo Video, with some iPad Pro models starting at $799 with $350 savings, so take a look and see if there’s anything that fits your needs.

You can also get interesting deals on OnePlus products right now, as the OnePlus 8 Pro with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage can be yours for $799 with $100 savings, and you also get a pair of OnePlus Buds for free. The OnePlus 8 is selling for $599, down from its regular $799 price tag with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage.
The OnePlus 7T T-Mobile edition is up for grabs for $349 with 128GB storage and 8GB with $150 savings, and you also get a pair of OnePlus Bullets Wireless for free. You can also go for the OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage for $699 with a $200 discount, and you get a pair of OnePlus Bud included for free upon purchase.

Google products are also on sale, as you can currently get a Google Pixel 5 with 128GB storage for $649 with $50 savings. The Google Home Max is selling for $149 with $150 savings, and the Nest Hub 7 can be yours for $50 after a $40 discount. The second-gen Google Nest Wi-Fi Router is getting a $30 discount, which leaves it at $139.

Finally, the Apple Watch Series 6 40mm version with cellular and GPS with a gold stainless steel case and gold Milanese loop is getting a $120 discount, leaving it at $629. If you want the GPS only version, you can get the PRODUCT RED version for $330 with $69 savings. The Apple Watch SE 44mm GPS-only variant is selling for $289 with a $20 discount, while last year’s Apple Watch Nike Series 5 is currently available for $249 with $250 savings.

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iPad Pro to get OLED displays after adopting mini-LED in early 2021: Report

We have been hearing rumors about Apple devices with mini-LED displays for quite some time now. It was recently reported that a new iPad Pro with a mini-LED display is in the works and it will be launched in the first quarter of 2021. A new report from the Korean website The Elec reiterates the rumor, but it has a twist. It says that at least one iPad Pro model will come equipped with a mini-LED display in the first half of 2021. However, Apple could move to the OLED panels soon after.

According to the report, after the release of the first iPad Pro model with Mini-LED backlighting in the first half of 2021, the Cupertino company is planning to release new iPad Pro models featuring OLED displays in the second half of the year. Moreover, it says that Samsung and LG are already in the process of developing the OLED displays for the iPad Pro. Till now, rumors have suggested that mini-LED backlighting may be limited to the high-end 12.9-inch iPad Pro launching around March. Hence, there is a possibility that rest of the iPad lineup continue to use traditional LCDs until they are upgraded with OLED displays later in the year. That said, the launch roadmap isn’t clear at this point.

For the unaware, mini-LED and OLED displays offer many similar benefits over the LCD displays. They provide higher brightness, improved contrast ratio, and increased power efficiency over the traditional LCD counterparts. The latest iPhones and Apple Watch already make use of OLED technology.

Previously, we reported that Apple has been preparing its supply chain for the future mini-LED devices since July. Moreover, the company is also said to be working to include mini-LED displays in future MacBook models

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HomePod mini is facing WiFi connectivity issues, with no permanent fix available

Apple unveiled the $100 HomePod Mini recently. It is the smaller and more affordable version of the standard HomePod that comes in a spherical form factor. It comes wrapped in a woven mesh fabric and features a display on top. Within few days of going on sale, HomePod Mini users have started reporting issues with WiFi connectivity. There is a thread on Apple’s support forums that highlights the problem. And for now, the suggested fix appears to only be a temporary remedy.

The affected users are complaining that their HomePod Mini is disconnecting from the internet. This is leading Siri to respond with an error message saying “I am having trouble connecting to the Internet,” reports one user on Reddit. Another user wrote, “Having this problem with one of my mini’s as well. It seems to stream music fine when I control it directly (not airplaying from phone/device, but this also works fine). However, when I ask it to do something. It says it is having trouble with the connection. When I restart it. It works for a while and eventually runs into the same issue.” Moreover, these HomePod minis seem to be running on the latest tvOS 14.2 update.

One of the users on Apple’s support forum reported that Apple suggested them to wipe their router out completely. They tried it, and the HomePod Mini ran without any issues the entire day. However, the next day, they started having troubles again. “The only thing that worked was swapping my router out for a new one,” wrote the user. Other troubleshooting steps provided by Apple include rebooting HomePod mini. But it seems like a temporary fix.

9to5Mac’s Chance Miller reported that he has noticed similar issues. Plus, the only fix that works for him is to factory reset the HomePod mini, then re-add it to the Home app. However, this fix isn’t a permanent one either. We expect Apple to fix this problem by releasing a new version of the operating system soon. 

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POCO M3 key specs revealed, price tipped ahead of launch

POCO is all set to unveil its next smartphone, the POCO M3 tomorrow, November 24. Ahead of the launch, the company has revealed key specifications of the upcoming device. It has teased the display size, processor, and battery capacity. Further, the POCO M3 is reported to offer a refreshing design and sport a triple rear camera setup. It could come with a waterdrop-style notch upfront. It is tipped to come in a dual-tone finish on the back panel.

The latest development comes from a series of tweets confirming key specifications of the POCO M3 that have been released by POCO’s global Twitter account. The tweets confirm that POCO M3 will offer a  6.53-inch display. It will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 SoC, and pack a 6,000mAh battery. Further, the company has also released a video teaser that reveals the design of the upcoming phone. It is identical to the one that was leaked a few days ago.

The POCO M3 will sport a dual-palette design. It will have about one-third of its rear panel covered by a black rectangle in the top portion filled with the camera setup and the company logo. As for the camera module, it will house three cameras. It is rumored to have a 48MP primary camera. The logo, on the other hand, sits parallel to the camera module on the other side. The rest of the rear panel seems to be textured and is seen featuring sport blue or black finishes. It is also expected to come in yellow color.

According to a report from 91Mobiles, the POCO M3 will debut at EUR 149-159 for the base 4GB RAM + 64GB storage variant and the 4GB RAM + 128GB storage option will cost EUR 169-179.

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Snapchat ‘Spotlight’ is yet another TikTok rival

Ever since TikTok gained a reputation for being the go-to short videos app, other companies have launched their own variant of the popular app. Instagram was one of the first social media apps to launch its own variant of TikTok, called Reels. Now, Snapchat is pulling the trigger and launching ‘Spotlight’, which is yet another app to showcase user-created videos. While it is not the first time Snapchat has highlighted videos from users, it is the first time that the company will feature them prominently in the app. Moreover, it has a trick up its sleeve to motivate users to create videos.

Snap will pay creators to post on the platform. The new section in Snapchat, Spotlight will surface vertical video content from users. It is focused more on memes and jokes instead of the day-in-the-life content Snap previously encouraged. These videos will be up to 60 seconds long and, as of right now, cannot be watermarked. Hence, you can’t just download viral TikTok videos and upload them on Spotlight. The new tab will show users what it thinks they might enjoy watching. The algorithm bases its decision mostly on what they have viewed in the past and how long they’ve watched. 

TikTok is the new Snapchat stories. Every other social media app wants to imitate it.

To motivate users to post short-videos regularly, Snapchat says it will award $1 million between the most popular creators on the app per day through the end of 2020. This means, if you have a viral video on Snapchat Spotlight, you might earn a large chunk of the $1 million. In this, the number of subscribers won’t be taken into account. The awarded amount will be primarily based on unique views compared to other snaps that day. Further, you can continue to earn from your video if it’s popular for multiple days at a time.

Right now, Snap is launching Spotlight in 11 countries, including the US, UK, France, Germany, and Australia.

Source

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Motorola is prepping a high-end phone with Snapdragon 865 codenamed ‘Nio’

Motorola made a return to the Android flagship arena by launching a no-compromises device called the Motorola Edge+. The device was an appealing package with top-of-the-notch specs and a sleek design. However, sub-par cameras, a not-so-competitive asking price, and white-hot competition kept it from really making a dent in the segment. But the company is far from giving up. As per new rumors, the company is preparing to launch a new flagship device codenamed ‘Nio’.

As per information received by TechnikNews, the company is reportedly working on a device powered by the Snapdragon 865 and it will likely arrive next year. It will be among the first wave of new Motorola smartphones that will debut running Android 11. The processor of choice is a bit confusing, as Qualcomm is just over a week away from launching a successor that will likely debut carrying the name Snapdragon 875. As for the device itself, it carries the model number XT2125 and will reportedly debut in Q1 2021. 

90Hz display, triple rear cameras and Android 11 on software side

The Snapdragon 865 chip at the heart of Motorola’s new flagship will be paired with 8 gigs of RAM and 128GB of onboard storage. Over at the front, there will be a 90Hz display with full-HD+ (2520 x 1080 pixels) resolution, but the size of the panel is not known yet. Also, it is unclear if the company will carry forward the curved screen aesthetics of the Motorola Edge series, or if it will rely on a flat display for the upcoming ‘Nio’ device. 

Coming to the imaging department, Motorola will reportedly equip its next high-end smartphone with the 64MP OmniVision OV64B sensor. The wide-angle camera uses the 16MP ov16a10 sensor which is again supplied by OmniVision. There is also a 2MP depth camera that relies on the OV02PB OmniVision sensor. There are two selfie cameras on the front, sitting in what is likely going to be a hole-punch cut-out. The main camera uses the 16MP OV16A1Q sensor, and is assisted by an 8MP secondary camera that uses Samsung’s S5K4H7 sensor. 

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Google directs Chrome extensions to disclose what they do with user data

Back in September, Google made some linguistic changes to the Play Store policies concerning the in-app payment system to clearly define how it is implemented. The company has now made some updates to its policy governing Chrome browser extensions, specifically around how user data is processed, to make it easier for users to understand before they hit the blue ‘Add to Chrome’ button. Google says that the update to its policy will limit the scope of what developers can do with all that user data and prevent misuse.

“Starting January 2021, each extension’s detail page in the Chrome Web Store will show developer-provided information about the data collected by the extension, in clear and easy to understand language. Data disclosure collection is available to developers today,” the company said in a Chromium blog post. Developers will be required to disclose data usage behavior directly in the privacy tab of the developer dashboard. Data disclosures collection has already been released for developers, and they will start showing up on Chrome Web Store listings starting January 18 next year.

The data usage certification that developers will be required to disclose to the users.

In order to ensure that users are fully aware, developers will have to disclose – in simple words – the type of data that their extensions collect. Plus, they will also have to show the certification that they get from Google for complying with the updated data usage policies. In case a developer hasn’t received the compliance nod from Google, a notice telling users the same will be shown on Chrome Web Store listings of their extensions.

Additionally, Google has also introduced additional policies that govern the ways in which user data can be used, some of which are listed below:

  • Ensuring the use or transfer of user data is for the primary benefit of the user and in accordance with the stated purpose of the extension.
  • Reiterating that the sale of user data is never allowed. Google does not sell user data and extension developers may not do this either.
  • Prohibiting the use or transfer of user data for personalized advertising.
  • Prohibiting the use or transfer of user data for creditworthiness or any form of lending qualification and to data brokers or other information resellers.

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