YouTube Hiring To Help Curb Shady Videos

YOUTUBE is hiring more people to help curb videos that violate its policies, according to apnews.com.

This was revealed by YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said “some bad actors are exploiting” the Google-owned service to “mislead, manipulate, harass or even harm.”

Google will have more than 10,000 workers address the problem by next year, though her blog post Monday doesn’t say how many the company already has. Spokeswoman Michelle Slavich said Tuesday that some have already been hired, and the team will be a combination of employees and contractors.

Wojcicki said the company will apply lessons learned from combating violent and extremist videos to other “problematic” videos. YouTube will expand the use of “machine-learning” technology, a new form of artificial intelligence, to flag videos or comments that show hate speech or harm to children. It’s already been using the technology to help remove violent extremist videos.

Several advertisers have reportedly pulled ads from YouTube in the past few weeks as a result of stories about videos showing harm to children, hate speech and other topics they don’t want their ads next to. Some 250 advertisers earlier this year also said they would boycott YouTube because of extremist videos that promoted hate and violence. YouTube said Monday that it is also taking steps to try to reassure advertisers that their ads won’t run next to gross videos.

There have been reports of creepy videos aimed at children and pedophiles posting comments on children’s videos in recent weeks. There was also a conspiracy-theory video that came up in a YouTube search a day after the October Las Vegas shooting that killed dozens.

Google isn’t the only tech company that’s stepping up human content reviews to help it police its platform after criticism. Facebook in May said it would hire 3,000 more people to review videos and posts, and, later, another 1,000 to review ads after discovering Russian ads meant to influence the U.S. presidential election.

 

Pre-Loaded Apps Cause Of Battery Short Duration – Nokia

HMD Global, developers and marketers of smartphones under the Nokia brand name, has blamed phone battery short duration on pre-loaded applications.

The General Manager of HMD Global in-charge of West, East and Central Africa, Mr Joseph Umunakwe, made the observation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Lagos.

Umunakwe said that many pre-loaded applications were not needed by the phone users.

”What happens is that even when you keep the phone on the table, you are not aware that the software are running on the background and are draining your battery.

”When we say that our android is pure, what we are saying is that we will have no preloads, no hidden processes.

”What we have done is to give a choice to consumers to download and install the apps they need,” he said.

According to him, Nokia has democratised technology by giving consumers the opportunity to make the choice.

He said that Nokia had six service centres across Nigeria and over 100 collection points, where customers could drop their phones for repairs.

”With the aid of the Nokia Support App, Nokia Android smartphone users can talk with the company’s representatives regarding any problems with their devices.

”The Nokia Support App also helps smartphone users to find details on care centres around them.

”It will let the user to locate the nearest Nokia mobile care centre, check the warranty on the device, view the user guide of the phone, and get tips on how to get the most out of their Nokia smartphones,” Umunakwe said.

Source: PM News

Samsung Electronics CEO Resigns, Citing Unprecedented Crisis In The Coy

The chief executive of Samsung Electronics Kwon Oh-Hyun, resigned on Friday, saying the South Korean tech giant was facing an “unprecedented crisis”, even as it flagged record third-quarter profits.

His resignation comes as the company struggles to overcome a bribery scandal that sent Lee Jae-Yong, its de-facto head and heir to the Samsung empire, to jail.

“As we are confronted with unprecedented crisis inside out, I believe that time has now come for the company (to) start anew, with a new spirit and young leadership to better respond to challenges arising from the rapidly changing IT industry”, Kwon said.

“Fortunately, the company is now producing best-ever results but this is merely a fruit of decisions and investment made in the past”, he said in a statement.

South Korea’s largest company has been seeking to move past a bribery scandal that saw Lee thrown into jail, and to overcome a damaging recall last year of its flagship Galaxy Note 7 smartphone over exploding batteries.

Lee, who was found guilty in August of bribery, perjury and other charges relating to payments made by Samsung to the secret confidante of ousted president Park Geun-Hye, is appealing his five-year sentence and says he is innocent.

Kwon’s sudden departure may be a calculated legal tactic to seek a softer punishment for Lee, said Shim Jung-Taik, an author of several books on Samsung and its corporate culture.

“Lee’s lawyers may argue that Samsung, with the veteran Kwon gone, needs its vice chairman back more than ever to lead the firm,” he said, adding that the tactic had often been used by other family-run South Korean business empires.

One analyst who declined to be named said the departure of the 64-year-old Samsung veteran may signal a broader reshuffle at the top.

“Samsung’s CEO-level leadership has remained largely unchanged for past three years, which is like an eternity in the fast-changing tech industry,” said the analyst.

The group has not made any radical changes in its leadership since 2014 when the current chairman Lee Kun-Hee suffered a heart attack that left him bedridden.

 

Uber Declared Unfit To Work In London

Uber has been declared unfit to work in London by it’s transport authority. This was announced by Transport for London (TFL) today, and the reasons given were that Uber is not fit and proper to operate due to concerns over public safety, and also their approach to reporting criminal offences.

A petition with 100,000 signatures was submitted to TfL, calling on Uber to improve workers’ rights or ‘get out of London’ ahead of the licence decision.

They are now barred working in London after their current licence expires on September 30.

‘TfL considers that Uber’s approach and conduct demonstrate a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues which have potential public safety and security implications.’

Finally, Porsche CEO Speaks On All-Electric Mission E Pricing

Porsche has kept its customers on the edge going silent after it revealed the stunning Mission E concept which was to be its first all-electric model at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. After rumors that the four-door will actually enter production to challenge Tesla’s growing dominance in the EV market, the silence had been deafening.

Well that seems to be behind us as the German carmaker’s CEO Oliver Blume has shared concrete information on the Mission E’s release date and pricing.

Development on the production version of the Mission E is on schedule, with prototypes to start public testing in the near future, Blume said in an interview with Car Magazine earlier in the week at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show. One of the most exciting tidbits, however, is that the EV’s design is already finalized, and while it will be a little different from the original concept, it’s still “very close” to what we saw in 2015

One of the most exciting tidbits, however, is that the EV’s design is already finalized, and while it will be a little different from the original concept, it’s still “very close” to what we saw in 2015

The Mission E production model will be on sale before the end of 2019, Blume confirmed, reiterating that it will be an all-electric car and not a hybrid with a combustion engine. In addition, there will be more than one power output engines available, although Porsche isn’t ready to offer specifics just yet.

The company is designing the Mission E to slotted in between the Panamera sedan and the 911 sports car icon. This is fitting, as the four-door EV will be “priced like an entry-level Panamera,” putting in the ballpark of $85,000 — right in the middle of the price range for Tesla’s Model S. Lastly, Blume hinted that we might eventually see the Mission E get badges like S and GTS, similar to the rest of the Porsche lineup.

Rising Repair Costs Trigger Demand For Rugged Phones

The increasing cost of repairing a damaged smart phone may trigger demand for durable phones across the globe because the market for resilient smart phones, which can take rough handling and sturdy screens, is bucking the stagnant trend in the wider market.

Indeed, new data from CCS Insight, a research company, predicted the market for tough handsets will boom 25 per cent this year to 22.2 million units, as more people opt for durable phones that can withstand a harsh environment. CCS expects the niche to continue to expand rapidly, with volumes of 54.5 million by 2021.

 

This is in contrast to a growth of less than four per cent for the global smartphone market, which has slowed as more consumers opted to hold on to their phones for longer.

 

In Nigeria, though, smartphone penetration as at 2016 was put at 30 per cent. The Guardian gathered that the cost of repairing damaged phones, especially those with screen problems, costs as much as between N80, 000 and N150, 000, especially for the high-end ones such as Apple, HTC, Samsung, LG, and many others. While the low end ones could go for between N10, 000 and N50, 000, depending on the negotiating power of the owner.

 

A computer engineer, with office at the Computer Village, Ikeja, who gave his name as Chijioke Magu, said most smartphone problems are usually damaged screens, which got broken in the process of handling.

 

Magu decried that he has close to 70 pieces of notable brands dumped by owners in his shop because they couldn’t afford to pay between N100, 000 and N150, 000 to repair a screen, especially now that the economy is bad, “rather, they go for cheaper feature phones of between N20, 000 and N30, 000.”

According to him, the possibility is high that in the next few years, phones whose screen and other parts are not tough will lose market share, “especially those that flaunt themselves as high end.”

 

CCS noted the market for rugged phones is split between consumer models and more expensive ultra rugged ones. It identified consumer durable phones to include the Cat Phone, made by Britain’s Bullitt Group, Samsung’s Galaxy Active, and Xcover models, plus ones from Japan’s. It stressed that ultra strong models aimed at industry are made by Sonim, Motorola Solutions, and Bartec Pixavi.

 

Resilient phones represent a small portion of the overall smartphone market, which is expected to reach 1.6 billion unit shipments this year. Yet CCS believes more consumers that work in manual labour are using their tough phones as a primary device, given improvements in their designs to make them less “thick and bulky.”

 

Head of research at CCS Insight, Ben Wood, said the durability of sturdy phones makes the devices more attractive to consumers who are fed up with fragile phones. “The mainstream Android smartphone market is now dominated by a small number of large players offering similar looking devices with near similar features. Differentiation is becoming increasingly challenging,” he said.

 

During its return to Nigeria, President, Sub-Sahara Africa, HMD Global, owners of Nokia, Justin Maier, said the brand will be able to offer something for everyone. From the new Nokia 3310 feature phone to the premium Nokia 6 smartphone, “we are bringing phones to Nigeria that will entice and delight, while offering simplicity, reliability, quality, durability and importantly, the human touch.  I am looking forward to this new chapter in Africa for Nokia Phones.”

 

Asked why it returned to the country after about 10 years of absence, the Business Operations and Development Manager, Motorola Africa, Marcel Van De Pas, said apart from the fact that the market in the country is huge, “If we go back to the days of the Razor brand, it was disruptive and rugged, which made people bought into it immediately. The same will happen with the set of smartphones we are bringing into the country. Nigerians are looking for trusted and durable brand and that we have in Motorola and that also forms part of why we have returned to the market powerfully.”

 

At the launch of Freetel, a new Japanese smartphone in Nigeria, Vice President, International Sales, Freetel, Eugene Yoshioka, boasted of the phones ruggedness, saying the company would help Nigeria to deepen smartphone penetration.

Source: Guardian

Uber Has Picked Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi To Be Its New CEO

Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has been selected to be the CEO of Uber by the company’s board, a source close to the company has confirmed to Business Insider.

Uber has not yet publicly announced the news – apparently Khosrowshahi hasn’t officially accepted the offer. But a spokesperson did say, “The Board has voted and will announce the decision to the employees first,” reports Recode’s Kara Swisher.

Khosrowshahi’s appointment comes after embattled Uber cofounder Travis Kalanick was ousted as the CEO of the world’s most valuable private company in June, and as Uber has suffered an exodus of its top ranks amidst mounting public scandals.

The board had narrowed the CEO search down to three people, with different factions backing different candidates. Former GE CEO Jeff Immelt was a top candidate, but he publicly backed out on Sunday.

Another of the three candidates, HP CEO Meg Whitman, met with Uber’s board over the weekend despite her publicly saying she wouldn’t take the job last month.

Khosrowshahi’s involvement in the CEO search wasn’t made known until Sunday, making him a dark horse in the race.

Khosrowshahi, 48, has been CEO of Expedia for 12 years and during that time Expedia’s revenues grew from $2.1 billion in in 2005 to $8.7 billion in 2016. He turned Expedia into the biggest online travel agency in the US, owning travel sites like Hotels.com, Orbitz, Trivago, HomeAway, Travelocity as well as sites for vacation rentals, car rentals and so on. When the 2008 financial meltdown hit the company hard, he reorganized and doubled down on technology.

Prior to running Expedia, he was the CFO at IAC. IAC bought Expedia in 2003, then spun it out in 2005.

Khosrowshahi was born in Iran but came to the US as a kid, grew up in New York State and is a US citizen. He has a degree in electrical engineering and before landing at IAC, he went into finance, working for investment bank Allen & Co.

He has a reputation as a good leader, according to ratings on Glassdoor, with a 93% approval rating.

He will need good leadership to help Uber recover from its tumultuous past that created so much division, board members were suing each other.

Uber and Expedia couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

Source: Business Insider

4 Ways To Avoid Twitter Scams

Created in March 2006 by Jack Dorsey, Noah Glass, Biz Stone and Evan Williams and launched in July of that year, Twitter is today one of the world’s most popular social media networks. The micro-blogging service was one of the 10 most-visited websites in 2013 and has been described as “the SMS of the Internet”. As of 2016, Twitter had more than 319 million monthly active users.

The growing popularity of the medium and the numerous revenue-generating opportunities it offers to users has seen scammers and other con artists come up with unscrupulous means to compromise the accounts of unsuspecting users and/or swindle them of their hard-earned money.

This piece by the research and development unit of Yudala, composite e-commerce site, sheds some light on the most common Twitter scams to avoid.

1. Pay-for-new-followers scam: In addition to individuals caught in the vanity trap of acquiring more followers to shore up their social media image, a number of organisations have also fallen prey to this particular scam. In most cases, the perpetrators of this phoney scheme succeed in tricking the user to sign up for a service that is guaranteed to deliver loads of new followers for a fee. Victims of this scam are often won over by the bogus promises of the scammers who claim to possess databases of millions of Twitter users with the right interests who can be targeted and converted to new followers by the subscriber. Apart from the financial losses that come from falling prey to this scam, you or your organisation may also end up being accused or reported for spamming other users and eventually have your account suspended from Twitter.

2. Work-from-home schemes: With the growing popularity of the micro-blogging service, a number of new revenue-generating streams have emerged on Twitter. Users who have managed to organically build up a huge follower base have risen to the status of influencers, often patronised by brands and other advertisers to endorse their products with targeted tweets often for an agreed fee. Riding on this, a very common Twitter scam, offering users an opportunity to make money from home by tweeting about other people’s products, has also become popular. Research shows that most gullible victims are often asked to part with some money as sign-up fee to get a starter kit for the service. This involves parting with a credit card number from which the fraudsters keep charging a hidden membership fee on a monthly basis. This scam goes on until the exasperated user wises up to the game and cancels the credit card.

3. Twitter phishing scam: Phishing refers to the activity of tricking people by getting them to give their identity, bank account numbers and other sensitive information over the Internet or by email and then using these to steal money from them. Ever come across a link on Twitter which re-directs you to a legitimate-looking site that requires you to supply personal information? You may just be about to become a victim of one of the most sophisticated Twitter phishing scams. By forging emails from legitimate sites such as banks, e-commerce sites, airline companies and educational institutions,  phishing scammers lure users into disclosing personal details such as name, credit card details, and password, among others.

4. Fake Direct Messages (DMs): Direct messages are communications or posts sent privately to another Twitter user while signed on to the platform. Scammers have been known to rely on sending fake DMs as a means of gaining access to or compromising the accounts of other users. This occurs when scammers use a hijacked account to send out seemingly innocuous direct messages.

In most reported cases, the messages include links which re-direct users to fake login pages requiring the supply of credentials or login details. Once a user falls victim and provides the required details, the compromised account is taken over by the scammer who can then use it for a number of nefarious purposes. Fake direct messages are also used by other fraudsters whose interests go beyond compromising users’ accounts to actually swindling them of money and other valuables often by offering phantom oil blocs and other incredible investments or preying on elderly ladies in what is popularly known in these parts as 419 scams.

-Twitter viruses and spyware: This is another less popular means of hijacking the accounts of Twitter users. In most cases, the scam originates from tempting messages or erotic pictures sent by faceless accounts followed by a link. Once a user clicks on the link, it immediately re-directs to a site from which malicious software is uploaded onto your computer or device. A few cases have also been reported of messages that originated from a regular follower, a friend or relative whose accounts have been hijacked and used to trap their unsuspecting contacts. Another variant of this particular scam is the sending out of messages offering access to a programme that, when installed, could let you know who has been checking out your Twitter profile or who has unfollowed you. Once downloaded, the user inadvertently installs spyware which grants unauthorized access to his/her account.

Source: PM News

Google Store Offers Discounts On Pixel, Home, OnHub And LG Style Watch

As the end of the summer nears Back to School offers discounts on a variety of products across different retailers, and Google is no different. The Google Store has announced the sale and has slashed the Google Pixel by $125 price to $524. Google will also be bundling a free DayDream VR headset taking up your savings all the way up to $200. Google is also offering similar discounts on other products including Google Home, OnHub router and also the LG Watch Style.

The $524 deal for Google Pixel is not something that is unheard of, in fact, Amazon is already selling the Pixel at $528, but you won’t be getting the free DayDream VR headset. The Pixel XL too gets a price cut and is now retailing at $569. Both the Pixel do appear as a tempting offer, but we also need to keep in mind that the Pixel successor is slated to arrive soon.

That being said the Google Home $20 offer is not enticing enough. The Android Wear powered LG Style is currently priced at $199 which is a $50 discount on the Google Store. However, the LG Style is already selling for as much as $149.99 on other e-commerce destinations. The OnHub at $99 is a steal deal and is perhaps the most discount for OnHub that has ever been offered on Google Store. It is also worth mentioning that the recent updates have managed to iron out the issues in OnHub. In case it interests you Google is also offering a free Chromecast Audio along with Google WiFi 3 Pack.

Google’s Back to School offer is valid for a limited period, and the above-mentioned prices are discounts and not price drops. It is quite likely that the sales will cease to be valid once the stocks get exhausted. So if you are eying to buy those Google Products better do it right away and save yourselves some big bucks.

In India, we expect similar price cuts on Google Pixel phones during the upcoming ‘Amazon Great Indian sale’ and ‘Flipkart Big Freedom sale’ starting 9th of August.

Credit: Tech PP

Three Mobile Apps That Might Help Your Productivity

Technology is supposed to make us more productive but the challenge is that we are being bombarded with tons of useful and meaningless information on a daily basis and this might be affecting our productivity.

So here are three mobile apps that might be of help if used properly;

ClearLock

If you want to be in control especially with regards to how you use your mobile phones then this is the App to beat.

ClearLock is a productivity app which allows you block all distracting apps on your device in order to allow you concentrate and focus on what matters.

All you need to do is open Clearlock and select the apps you wish to block as well as choose for how long you want them blocked and you are good to go.

This app simply helps you block out all distractions and focus.

Lastpass

Try Lastpass if you want to be better secured online because it allows you to generate and store your passwords in the cloud, fully encrypted.

All that is required is for you to remember is your master password and the rest will be taken care of automatically.

Security experts have recommended that the use of a good password manager remains the number one security tip because of the numerous online accounts we have to deal with today.

Security remains a major challenge online

Hootsuite

Social media plays a key role in our personal lives and businesses today but it may be one of things stopping us from getting work done.

So if you want to better manage your social media accounts then you should think of a tool like Hootsuite.

This is because this tool makes social media management a breeze and you can monitor multiple social media accounts all at the same time.

Credit: Channels

Amazon Wins Deal To Pay $50 Million To Stream NFL Thursday Games Over Twitter

Amazon won the rights to broadcast 10 National Football League Thursday night games live online this season as part of its video subscription service, the online retailer’s latest effort to boost the value of Prime membership.

The e-commerce giant paid $50 million for the one-year deal, according to a person familiar with the agreement. An Amazon spokesman Tuesday confirmed the company gained the streaming rights to the games, but declined to comment further.

Twitter had a similar deal for the NFL’s Thursday night games last year, kicking off a strategy to expand video and boost its appeal to a broader audience. The agreement with the NFL spurred more than 40 partnerships for Twitter to live stream sports, entertainment, news and politics, the company said. But the loss of the contract shows the unpredictability of relying on annual deals to build the business. Twitter fell 0.4 percent Wednesday to $14.63 at 10:57 a.m. in New York.

“The NFL was a great partner to launch our strategy and we will continue to work with them to bring great content to our passionate sports fans,” Twitter said in a statement.

While the games will continue to be broadcast on television by CBS, NBC and the NFL Network, short-term digital agreements are part of the football league’s strategy leading up to 2021, when the traditional broadcast deals begin to expire. At that point the NFL will be looking at tech companies as possible bidders alongside networks like ESPN, CBS, NBC and Fox.

Amazon has been enhancing its streaming content by making original movies and shows to increase the value of $99-a-year Prime membership, which also includes delivery discounts and photo storage. Customers who watch shows on Amazon during promotional trials are more likely to subscribe to Prime and renew their memberships, the company has said.