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Google brings its AI-powered SmartReply feature to YouTube – TechCrunch


Google’s SmartReply, the four-year old, A.I.-based technology that helps suggest responses to messages in Gmail, Android’s Messages, Play Developer Console, and elsewhere, is now being made available to YouTube Creators. Google announced today the launch of an updated version of SmartReply built for YouTube which will allow creators more easily and quickly interact with their fans in the comments.

The feature is being rolled out to YouTube Studio, the online dashboard creators use to manage their YouTube presence, check their stats, grow their channel, and engage fans. From YouTube Studio’s comments section, creators can filter, view and respond to comments from across their channel. Read More

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The Next Web

Amazon Prime Video rolls out Watch Party feature for movies with friends


Just a month after Hulu began testing an official ‘watch party’ feature, Amazon has decided to join the bandwagon.

The company today began rolling out a beta of the feature (US-only, for now) that allows up to 100 viewers to participate in synchronized playback of a TV show or movie. Playback is controlled by the host, and there’s a chat window that participants can communicate with. And because it’s 2020 and all, you can communicate in stickers too.

To start a watch party, simply head on over to the content you’d like to watch; you’ll see the watch party button right on the show or movie’s title. Read More

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Mashable

Google Phone app gets feature to let you know WHY a business is calling

It’s one thing to know who’s calling or that it’s likely a spam call, but now some Android users on Google’s Phone app will know a lot more about why a particular business is bothering to ring them.

Google recently updated its Phone app to included Verified Calls, which identify who is calling and also a reason for the call when coming from certain businesses. Google’s support site explains that you’ll see the business logo and name along with a call reason, “like ‘Scheduling your internet installation’ or ‘Your food delivery.'” Suddenly, picking up that unknown number isn’t as nerve-wracking. Read More

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Tech Radar

This Raspberry Pi laptop has a feature even the most expensive MacBook Pro lacks

Currently hosted on Kickstarter is a Raspberry Pi project called CrowPi2; a device its creator describes as a “STEAM Education platform and Raspberry Pi laptop” (sic). With 50 days to go at the time of writing, it has achieved more than $150,000 in pledged donation from 580 backers.

The project, created by Elecrow, aims to deliver a working product by August 2020 with the basic kit costing about $170 (circa £140/AU$250), and with various optional extras capable of almost doubling the price. Surprisingly, the most expensive bundle (the Advanced Kit) is also by far the most popular. Read More

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Tech Radar

Xbox Smart Delivery: everything you need to know about the Xbox Series X feature


We now know plenty of details about the Xbox Series X, but one of the most exciting features we’ve heard about is the next-gen console’s new Smart Delivery feature.

What is Smart Delivery? It relates to game ownership: in short, if you buy one version of an Xbox game that supports Smart Delivery, you’ll always have access to the best version of that game no matter which hardware you’re playing it on.

So if you buy Halo Infinite on Xbox One, then later want to play it on Xbox Series X (or vice-versa), your one-time purchase means you’ll have the best version possible of the game whichever Xbox console you choose to play on. In addition, save data will be compatible across both consoles, too, meaning you can pick up where you left off on the console of your choice. Read More

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Engadget

The affordable OnePlus Nord phone will reportedly feature dual selfie cameras


When OnePlus entered the smartphone scene back in 2014, it made a name for itself by building an affordable phone with top-of-the-line internal components. If you could put up with their lackluster cameras, OnePlus phones were some of the best value phones you could buy for a while. But that started to change slowly. Minus the OnePlus X, each subsequent OnePlus phone has cost more than its predecessor. We’re now at the point where the company’s latest flagship, the $899 OnePlus 8 Pro, is only $100 less than the iPhone 11 Pro and Galaxy S20. But that’s about to change as well.  Read More

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Engadget

iOS 14’s copy and paste detection forces TikTok to remove anti-spam feature


TikTok has rolled out an update that would prevent the app from accessing iOS users’ clipboards, according to The Telegraph. See, iOS 14 comes with a new feature that alerts users if an application is copying and pasting text from their clipboard. A number of people who got early access to the mobile OS discovered that the short-form video app would copy-paste what they’re typing as often as 1 to 3 keystrokes based on the alerts they kept getting.

Okay so TikTok is grabbing the contents of my clipboard every 1-3 keystrokes. iOS 14 is snitching on it with the new paste notification pic.twitter.com/OSXP43t5SZ Read More

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The Next Web

YouTube is targeting TikTok with a new 15-second video recording feature

Facebook and Instagram are both trying their hand at short-video platforms to rival TikTok, with Lasso and ReelsSo why should YouTube feel left out? The video streaming company is now experimenting with a new feature that will let you record 15-second videos.

Earlier this week, YouTube said it’s letting some people record short videos with this feature called multi-segment videos. It is rolling out the test to some users on both iOS and Android.

The idea is to record 15-second clips that will eventually merge into one video. YouTube’s announcement suggested that this feature will let creators record multiple clips easily directly from the mobile app: Read More

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Tech Radar

Google Nest Hub Max gets group calling feature for your next morning meeting

Starting today, you’ll be able to use your Google Nest Hub Max for group video calling using Google Duo or Google Meet.

To set it up, use the Google Duo app on your phone to set defined groups – say, all the members in your family or a group of friends – and then say, “Hey Google, make a group call,” and tap on the Duo group you want to connect with.

According to a new Google blog post, Google Meet group video calls can be setup using a Google Meet room code or you can say, “Hey Google, join my next meeting” to jump onto the next call on your personal Google Calendar – a handy feature while most of us are working from home. Read More

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Mashable

Tinder is making its ‘Orientation’ feature global and you can list up to 3

Tinder is making its Orientation feature global after debuting it in Australia one year ago.

The dating app’s feature lets swipers list up to three of nine sexual orientations in their Tinder profiles.

Users can identify as three of the following: straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, asexual, demisexual, pansexual, queer, and questioning.

Since launching a year ago in Australia in partnership with GLAAD, 62 percent of swipers have set an orientation, and one in five matches made identify as queer.  Read More