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YouTuber assaulted by flying cheese fondue in spectacular viral video

YouTuber Tasty Hoon has gone viral with his latest mukbang video, in which his attempt at a cheese fondue went incredibly, hilariously wrong. At least it still seemed to taste good. In the eight-minute clip uploaded on Wednesday and shared over 42,000 times on Twitter, the South Korean YouTuber prepared to enjoy a delicious-looking meal of fried chicken and cheese. It’s a common food combination, and many YouTubers before him have pulled it off without incident. Tasty Hoon’s downfall, however, was that he attempted to liven up his video by putting the cheese in a fountain. It sounds like an inspired idea — cheese fondue fountains are absolutely a thing, and it would add an interesting visual element to his mise en scene. Unfortunately his cheese wasn’t quite liquid enough, and the situation quickly got messy. To his credit, Tasty Hoon was a true professional. After shutting off the destroyed fountain and momentarily pausing in teary, dazed bewilderment, he picked a string of the cheese flung around him, draped it over a drumstick, and proceeded to eat.  Come rain, come shine, come snow, come cheese, the show must go on. Source linkContinue readingYouTuber assaulted by flying cheese fondue in spectacular viral video

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Tech Radar

Refresh your Mandalorian memory with this season 1 recap video

As is often the case whenever a brand new season of an awesome show arrives, it can be tricky to remember everything that happened in the previous one. And, with the second season of The Mandalorian due to land on Disney Plus tomorrow, chances are you might need a refresher course on everything that took place in the action-packed season 1. Thankfully, Disney has provided just that, dropping a handy recap video of the first season that should refresh your memory in just a little over a minute and a half. Apart from offering a quick rundown of The Mandalorian season 1, the recap below quickly brings us up to speed with all the show’s main characters, reminding of which side they’re on and what their goals are.  It also gives us a chance to relive some of Baby Yoda‘s most adorable moments, which we can all agree is definitely welcome. The Mandalorian season 2 lands on Disney Plus this Friday on October 30, 2020. Not a Disney Plus subscriber yet? Sign up with the handy links below. Today’s best Disney Plus deals Source linkContinue readingRefresh your Mandalorian memory with this season 1 recap video

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TechCrunch

Face to Face, Tinder’s opt-in video chat feature, is now rolling out globally – TechCrunch

Tinder, currently the world’s biggest biggest dating app for people to find matches and connect with them, is expanding another feature today to extend the time people spend in the app, and the communications they can have within it. Face to Face, an opt-in-only feature that Tinder launched earlier this year that lets users video chat with each other without exchanging personal information and only when they’re facing the cam, is now expanding globally, perhaps a timely move in a moment when many people are not meeting in person. Tinder is well aware of the creepy aspects of dating services, and so tellingly it has touted how it’s not the company’s video team but its Trust and Safety team that built this one. “We’re excited to share that our Face to Face feature is rolling out to our global community after receiving positive feedback from our members who have had early access to it,” said Rory Kozoll, Head of Trust and Safety Product at Tinder. “This adds to our growing list of features built focused on member safety throughout their dating journey, like Photo Verification, Safety Center and our offensive message detection technology. ” Dating apps might seem like a strange category to thrive in a period where many are focusing — either because of government rules or on recommendation from health experts, or both — on social distancing and congregating in small, known, regular bubbles. But in fact there seems to be an opportunity here: they become a way…Continue readingFace to Face, Tinder’s opt-in video chat feature, is now rolling out globally – TechCrunch

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VentureBeat

NFL sacks all comers as video games’ best source of ad impressions

Gaming industry TV ads generated over 1.54 billion impressions from September 16 to October 15, nearly identical to the amount in the previous 30-day period. Just under 75% of impressions came from PlayStation and Nintendo. Of the top five programs that delivered impressions, only one — SpongeBob SquarePants — wasn’t sports-related. The NFL led for impressions (247.8 million), delivering over 100 million more than the NBA playoffs (131.6 million), at No. 2. GamesBeat has partnered with iSpot.tv, the always-on TV ad measurement and attribution company, to bring you a monthly report on TV advertising by the gaming industry. These are the ads, and by extension the games, that game marketers have been putting major muscle behind. Below are the top five most-seen gaming industry TV advertisers from the period measured. PlayStation continues to be a heavy hitter, this time generating 650.2 million TV ad impressions from over 1,300 airings of six spots. With 422.1 million impressions, the brand’s most-seen commercial was “The Edge: Play Has No Limits.” Top programming driving impressions: the NFL, NBA, and MLB; top networks included ESPN, ABC, and ESPN2. At No. 2: Nintendo, which aired 26 spots over 3,300 times, resulting in 435.9 million TV ad impressions. “A True Hero,” promoting Super Mario 3D All-Stars, was the most-seen ad with 60.9 million impressions. Once again, Nintendo was the only top-five brand that didn’t target sports fans; instead (and per usual), it prioritized reaching a family-friendly audience: Nick, Disney Channel, and Cartoon Network were the top impressions-driving…Continue readingNFL sacks all comers as video games’ best source of ad impressions

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Engadget

GitHub takes down YouTube video download tools after an RIAA notice

You won’t find the source code for YouTube-DL, a popular tool that can be used to download videos from YouTube, and for some of its forks and copies on GitHub anymore. When you visit their pages, you’ll find a notice that says the “[r]epository [is] unavailable due to DMCA takedown” instead. That’s because the Microsoft-owned code hosting platform took them all down after getting a legal request from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Public Knowledge Legal Director John Bergmayer explained on Twitter that the letter wasn’t exactly a DMCA takedown notice despite what GitHub posted on the source codes’ now-empty pages. The association said in its letter that YouTube-DL violates section 1201 of the US copyright law and hence is illegal in and of itself. It argued that the tool violates copyright law, because it’s clearly meant to “circumvent the technological protection measures used by authorized streaming services such as YouTube” and to “reproduce and distribute music videos and sound recordings owned by [RIAA’s] member companies without authorization for such use.” Source linkContinue readingGitHub takes down YouTube video download tools after an RIAA notice

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The Verge

See inside the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro in iFixit’s latest teardown video

In its latest teardown video, iFixit took apart an iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro, and found that the devices look pretty similar to each other on the inside. The displays are interchangeable, iFixit found, and so are the 10.78 Wh batteries. The iPhone 12 is on the left, the iPhone 12 Pro is on the right. iFixit When they removed the camera shield on the iPhone 12, iFixit found a plastic spacer where the iPhone 12 Pro has its telephoto lens and LiDAR sensor. Both devices have 12 MP wide and ultra-wide cameras. iFixit also examined an X-ray (courtesy of Creative Electron) of the insides of the phones, which show the MagSafe wireless charging array. The X-ray of the iPhone 12 Pro appears to have a black border, but it’s the stainless steel frame (the iPhone 12 has an aluminum frame). iPhone Pro is on the rightCreative Electron As for a repairability score, iFixit gave the iPhone 12s a 6 out of 10; the devices have a lot of screws to keep track of when you’re tinkering (which iFixit notes is better than glue), and the improved waterproofing may make some repairs more difficult, but will reduce the likelihood of needing to repair water damage. The biggest downside is the glass on the front and back of both devices, iFixit said, which increases the chances the phones would be damaged if dropped. Check out iFixit’s full iPhone and iPhone 12 teardowns here, and The Verge reviews below. Source linkContinue readingSee inside the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro in iFixit’s latest teardown video

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Tech Radar

Video doorbells: the cheaper option for home security

Home security, be it an alarm system, electric fencing or security gates are an important amenity in single-standing homes in South Africa.  As technology develops, so do our home security systems.  For those who want that extra bit of assurance that they are safe on their property, a camera system may provide that comfort.  Camera systems though are not 100% fool-proof as they have blind spots and surveillance footage can be tampered with.  They are also incredibly expensive as they require professional installation of multiple cameras at different spots.  Thus, the video doorbell was born. This invention allows home owners to see who is at their front door without the awkward interaction of asking “Who’s there?”.  It’s also amazing as it can double up as a security measure.  Security camera meets doorbell  The Ring Security kit is officially available in South Africa and the product is the ultimate smart security system.  Designed to replace your regular doorbell and sit on your front door or right next to it, a video doorbell has a camera inside. It allows you to check who is ringing on your phone, tablet, or computer without opening the door or peeking out of a window. You can also carry on a two-way conversation with whoever is there. How do you install it?  Ring video doorbells are designed to be easy to install, and everything you need to mount one is included in the box. They have rechargeable batteries inside and connect to your Wi-Fi network. In…Continue readingVideo doorbells: the cheaper option for home security

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The Next Web

Why I start all my video meetings with collaborative games (spoiler: it’s not boredom)

My career has taken a long and winding road — from part of Shutterstock’s early executive team, to a Senior Director serving under Secretary of State John Kerry, to moving back into the startup world while managing a remote team across eight different time zones. Suffice it to say, I have been through more meetings than I can count. The one common thread through almost every meeting across the private and public sector — both physical and remote — is the awkwardness at the beginning of meetings while waiting for all participants to show up. Are we all here?  We’ve all been through it. “She accepted the calendar invite, right?” “Let me ping him and see what’s going on.” Humans are social creatures, but a lot of us start to squirm when forced into prolonged periods of small talk or awkward silence. Now add constant interruption by new meeting arrivals, each one bringing a host of new social considerations into the room. This is magnified in video conferences where limited body language and eye contact make it even harder to read cues. [Read: You should call in sick more often — even if you’re WFH] Many people solve this by being on mute and keeping their cameras off until the meeting is ready to start. Others make a point of arriving late or ‘just in time’ in order to avoid this awkwardness, which, of course, only extends the awkwardness for others.  I might sound like I’m overthinking this, but there’s…Continue readingWhy I start all my video meetings with collaborative games (spoiler: it’s not boredom)

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Nobel Prize winner who slept through the big call gets the news in adorable 2 a.m. video

Winning the Nobel Prize sounds like a fairytale so huge and momentous it couldn’t possibly be true. So much so, in fact, that one of this year’s laureates literally ignored the call telling him he’d won. It was down to Paul Milgrom’s co-recipient and neighbour Robert Wilson to bang on his door at 2:15 am on Monday, waking him up with the news they’d been awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences.  The moment was captured on the Nest Cam outside Milgrom’s home in Stanford, California. Accompanied by his wife Mary, Wilson repeatedly knocked and rang the doorbell, rousing Milgrom to inform him of their accomplishment. “It’s Bob Wilson,” he says. “You’ve won the Nobel Prize, and so they’re trying to reach you but they cannot. They don’t seem to have the number for you.” “We gave them your cellphone number,” interjects Mary. “Yeah, wow,” responds Milgrom, probably still wiping sleep from his eyes and half convinced this was a dream. He’d ignored the initial call from the Nobel committee because he’d thought it was spam, unplugging his landline. “Yeah, okay.” The pair of economists from Stanford University have been awarded $10 million Swedish kronor for their work in auction theory and invention of new auction formats. That’s about US$1 million.  “There are times that I have ideas and people think, ‘That’s too novel, that’s crazy, we’re not going to try that,’” Milgrom told Stanford University. “But I think that one of the effects of a prize like this…Continue readingNobel Prize winner who slept through the big call gets the news in adorable 2 a.m. video

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Prison video visitation system exposed calls between inmates and lawyers

Prison video visitation systems are sometimes the only way family and lawyers can talk to inmates, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the security of those systems recently suffered a major lapse. Researcher Bob Diachenko told TechCrunch that video visitation provider HomeWAV left a database dashboard publicly accessible without a password since April, exposing “thousands” of calls between inmates and their attorneys. Anyone could read call logs and transcripts. HomeWAV shut down the dashboard shortly after TC reported the issue. Company chief John Best confirmed the incident and said that a third-party vendor inadvertently removed the password restriction that kept the server private. He also promised to notify inmates, their families and lawyers. Source linkContinue readingPrison video visitation system exposed calls between inmates and lawyers