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The Out-of-Touch Adults’ Guide to Kid Culture: Why Is Everyone Getting Medusa Tattoos?

The Out-of-Touch Adults’ Guide to Kid Culture: Why Is Everyone Getting...

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Photo: Zoriana Zaitseva (Shutterstock)Video game Elden Ring is hot this week. So are Medusa tattoos and sensible medical advice on YouTube. Travis Scott, hidden social media algorithms, and YouTube’s dislike counter, however, are decidedly not hot.Why are gamers so hyped for Elden Ring? The buzz is growing for upcoming action-RPG Elden Ring. The game, a collaboration…
Youtube, Snapchat and TikTok officials testify to Senators on kids’ online safety

Youtube, Snapchat and TikTok officials testify to Senators on kids’ online...

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Officials of YouTube, Snapchat and TikTok spoke before a Senate subcommittee looking at the platforms' impact on kids and teens.
You Should Explore the Brain-Tingling World of TikTok ASMR

You Should Explore the Brain-Tingling World of TikTok ASMR

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ASMR content has been around for years, most of it hosted on YouTube. The acronym stands for autonomous sensory meridian response, and content in the category generally features creators, or ASMRtists, speaking softly into a microphone, pretending to put makeup on a viewer, directing a viewer’s attention to focus them, or anything, really; a signature…
Microsoft’s Windows 11 outreach efforts aren’t going very well

Microsoft’s Windows 11 outreach efforts aren’t going very well

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Microsoft Program Manager Aria Carley answers Microsoft Tech Community users' questions about Windows 11 upgrades once the new OS version reaches general availability.In a July 21 livestream, Microsoft Program Manager Aria Carley answered Microsoft Tech Community users' questions about the final hardware requirements to upgrade to Windows 11. Although hardware requirements—including but not limited to…
How to Play Music on Your Livestream Without Getting Banned

How to Play Music on Your Livestream Without Getting Banned

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Machine learning has helped solve many of our biggest tech-related problems, and now it can help you find and create auto-generating, royalty-free music to play on your videos and livestreams so you won’t get hit with a copyright violation. Mubert is a royalty-free music streaming service available on the web, iOS, and Android that uses…
If YouTube’s algorithms radicalize people, it’s hard to tell from the data

If YouTube’s algorithms radicalize people, it’s hard to tell from the...

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Enlarge / YouTube's recommendation algorithm probably didn't send them to Washington, DC. We've all seen it happen: Watch one video on YouTube and your recommendations shift, as if Google's algorithms think the video's subject is your life's passion. Suddenly, all the recommended videos—and probably many ads—you're presented with are on the topic. Mostly, the results…
How to Download YouTube Subtitles for Transcripts of Your Favorite Tutorials

How to Download YouTube Subtitles for Transcripts of Your Favorite Tutorials

Photo: JuliusKielaitis (Shutterstock)When you’re taking a course on YouTube or watching a recipe video, there’ll be times when you’ll want to save the spoken content in text so that you can refer to it later...but typing everything yourself is too much of a headache. When you’re stuck in this situation, you can do two things:…
Algorithms were under fire at a Senate hearing on social media

Algorithms were under fire at a Senate hearing on social media

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Enlarge / Chairman Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) (right) speaks with Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) during a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law hearing April 27, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The committee is hearing testimony on the effect social media companies' algorithms and design choices have on users and discourse.…
What Parents Should Know About YouTube’s New Parental Controls for Teens

What Parents Should Know About YouTube’s New Parental Controls for Teens

Photo: Kaspars Grinvalds (Shutterstock)Pre-teens and teenagers have been in a strange YouTube void as parents tried to navigate how their kids might safely but realistically use the site. The options, up until now, have essentially been to keep them locked down on the YouTube Kids app, which is (rightfully so) rather restrictive—or set them loose…
Police say they found mafia fugitive on YouTube, posting cooking tutorials

Police say they found mafia fugitive on YouTube, posting cooking tutorials

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Enlarge / Bolognese sauce and spaghetti.Getty Images | Westend61 An alleged mafia fugitive hiding from Italian police in the Dominican Republic was arrested after being spotted showing off his cooking skills in instructional videos he posted on YouTube, according to news reports. Marc Feren Claude Biart, an alleged member of the 'Ndrangheta criminal organization based…

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