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YouTube Planning to End 30-Second Unskippable Ads

Google has announced that it will cease allowing 30-second unskippable preroll ads on YouTube videos from next year, reports Campaign. Google explained that its aim is to provide a better advertising experience for online users. “As part of that, we’ve decided to stop supporting 30-second unskippable ads as of 2018 and focus instead on formats that work […]

Twitter Adds More Tools to Stop Abuse

Twitter has added several new tools that users can employ to improve their experience on the social network. To start, Twitter is more aggressively identifying and hiding abusive and low-quality replies. The idea here is to prevent users from seeing potentially hurtful responses to their tweets. Twitter says these responses will still be accessible to […]

Google Adds New Features to Google+

Google today improved its Google+ community space with several new tools. First, Google+ now lets users hide “low-quality” comments. When turned on, a filter will weed out comments that don’t benefit or adhere to the post or conversation at hand. Second, Google+ makes improvements to the photo experience. Google says less white space built around […]

Facebook Wants Us to Talk About Holidays and Events

Facebook said it plans to offer people conversation starters about holidays, programs, and events that take place locally as well as around the world. The new Messages from Facebook will populate the top of users’ News Feeds and each will focus on a specific moment or event. The social network said its goal with this marketing […]

Google Open Sources DeepMind Lab

Google is open sourcing its DeepMind Lab to the artificial intelligence research community. Described as a “3D game-like platform,” DeepMind Lab serves as a testing ground for building smarter AI. For six years, DeepMind has been working on AI that can excel at arcade games like Space Invaders and Pac-Man, as well as complex Chinese […]

Google Updates Google Play Newsstand App – Brings It to the Web

Google today announced a wholly refreshed version of Google Play Newsstand that reimagines the newsreader and expands its availability beyond smartphones and tablets. To start, Google is relying on machine learning to make more personalized recommendations for readers. The launch screen now carries a better mix of major headlines, national news, local news, and personal […]

Twitter Has New Tools to Curb Abuse

Twitter has expanded the ways in which people can protect themselves from abusive content on Twitter. To start, people can now extend the mute tool to notifications. This means users can prevent keywords, phrases, and even entire conversations from reaching their notifications. Users can already mute abusive accounts. Twitter says this feature will roll out […]

Google Updates the Play Music Service with Machine Learning

Google today updated its Google Music service for Android, iOS, and the web with the hope that it will provide better, more personalized music recommendations. Moving forward, Google Music will match users’ existing libraries and playlists with outside cues, such as location, weather, and activity, to make smarter suggestions. The new machine learning features within […]

All Creators Can Now Use YouTube End Screens

After opening up early testing for a handful of creators over the past couple of months, YouTube has today opened up a new feature for all content creators ─ “end screens.” This new feature is specially designed to encourage viewers to continue watching content from that creator and subscribe to their channel.   To do […]

Google Photos Gaining AI Powered Tools

Google  is rolling out an update to Google Photos that introduces some new AI-assisted tools. First, Photos will reach deep into users’ libraries to pair old photos of people with the newest photos of those same people so you can reconnect with those older memories. Second, Photos plans to automatically assemble highlights from selections of […]

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