The YouTube Kids app has been suggesting a load of conspiracy videos to children
- Search for "UFO" on YouTube Kids and you'll mostly find videos of toys that are clearly fine for children to watch.
- Two other conspiracy theory videos by Icke appeared in the related videos, meaning it was easy for children to quickly go from watching relatively innocent videos about toys to conspiracy content.
- Following related videos that appear in YouTube Kids, we ended up watching a video that claims that a gateway to a new world had opened, and that a female employee working on the Large Hadron Collider mysteriously vanished in a magic portal.
- However, it's (hopefully) unlikely that children are regularly watching these videos unless they appear as suggestions on more popular content in the app.
- That's fine when it's adults watching the main YouTube site, but children on YouTube Kids can easily go from innocent content about the moon landing to Icke claiming lizard people rule the world.
Android Wear is now Wear OS by Google
- Google explains that Android Wear was always meant to bring wearables to as many people as possible.
- After bringing iOS support to Android Wear in August 2015, Google has continued to make sure the platform works for both Android and iOS users.
- In 2017, one out of three new Android Wear watch owners also used an iPhone, Google revealed.
- Since launch, more than 50 watches running Android Wear have been built so far “to help you manage your fitness, connect with the people who matter most, and show you the information you care about.” The company saw more than 60 percent year-over-year growth in activations between the 2016 holiday season and the 2017 holiday season.
- Update at 8 p.m. Pacific: Google has released a list of watches that will get the Wear OS platform update.
Wear OS: Google's new name for Android Wear explained
- Android Wear and the forthcoming Wear OS update now work reasonably well with iOS, but the experience is still more limited than if you have an Android phone, as, for example, notifications can’t be interacted with in as many ways, leaving you unable to respond to WhatsApp messages and the like.
- There’s also no iMessage support, and while we can’t see that changing, as it would presumably require additional cooperation from Apple, we’d like to see Google work to get the core experience up to the same standards when paired with iOS as it is with Android.
- For Wear OS, we want every watch that currently has Android Wear 2.0 to get the update (unless there’s a hardware reason it can’t) and for all of them to get it in a timely fashion.
Android Wear, it’s time for a new name
- Android Wear was founded on the belief that wearable technology should be for everyone, no matter what style you wear on your wrist or what phone you have in your pocket.
- Since then, we’ve partnered with top watch and electronics brands to create more than 50 watches to help you manage your fitness, connect with the people who matter most, and show you the information you care about.
- The best part: We’re just scratching the surface of what’s possible with wearables and there’s even more exciting work ahead.
- In 2017, one out of three new Android Wear watch owners also used an iPhone.
- So as the watch industry gears up for another Baselworld next week, we’re announcing a new name that better reflects our technology, vision, and most important of all—the people who wear our watches.
- We’re now Wear OS by Google, a wearables operating system for everyone.
Fitbit just unveiled its $200 answer to the Apple Watch — here's what it can do
- The $200 Fitbit Versa, announced on Tuesday, is Fitbit's second true smartwatch and the first geared toward a more mainstream audience — and smaller wrists.
- Fitbit Versa looks a lot like an Apple Watch — although it's a bit smaller — and is less fitness-focused than the watch Fitbit debuted last year, called Fitbit Ionic.
- The new Fitbit Versa still has plenty of fitness tracking capabilities built in, including on-watch workouts, 24/7 heart rate monitoring, and personalized fitness tips.
- Eventually, Fitbit says it might be able to track health issues like sleep apnea.
- Anyone who uses the Fitbit app, the Fitbit Versa, and last year's Fitbit Ionic watch can use Fitbit's new female-focused health-tracking tools.
- You'll be able to buy the watch on Fitbit's website and at stores like Amazon, Best Buy, Target, Verizon, and Walmart.
Fitbit takes a second swing at smartwatches with the $199 Versa
- At a press event in New York City, Fitbit executives were covertly wearing the new smartwatches ahead of their keynote, and it was difficult to tell the devices apart from the Apple Watches attendees had been wearing until you start looking for a digital crown.
- The features aren’t particularly exciting, especially if you’ve been following Fitbit’s products for awhile, but they’re what you’d expect from a smartwatch trying to take a bite of the wearables market that continues to aggressively grow year over year.
- The question is whether the lower-priced Versa will help Fitbit regain some of its steam in the smartwatch market, having just ceded the title of number one US wearable maker to Apple and coming off a disappointing holiday earnings report.
Watch Recode’s full interview with Milk Bar founder and CEO Christina Tosi from SXSW
- What does it take to build a brand (and a business) that not only delights customers but keeps them coming back again and again?
- We’ll be live from SXSW on Sunday, March 11, at 11:30 am CT with Christina Tosi, the baking wiz behind Milk Bar. As the founder and CEO of the company, she’s building an empire that includes retail stores, cool product collaborations, classes and books, all while engaging and enticing an ever-growing fan base.
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- Kara Swisher will interview Jarrett about diversity and inclusion in the tech industry and much more.
Tinkerer Jonathan Zufi talks about design and Escape From New York
- This week on Technotopia I talked to Jonathan Zufi, creator of the LifeClock One, a replica of the watch worn by Snake Pliskin in Escape From New York.
- Zufi loves design and his insight on what makes something a timeless classic – even when it comes to computer hardware – is fascinating.
- Zufi is also the author of Iconic, a book that details Apple products from the earliest days to the latest models.
- It’s a beautiful book and the photos are amazing.
- It’s well worth a read if you’re into design, hardware, or Apple.
- Technotopia is a podcast by John Biggs about a better future.
- You can subscribe in Stitcher, RSS, or iTunes and listen the MP3 here.
Netflix now lets parents set PIN protection for individual titles
- Netflix has announced a new feature that gives parents more control over what movies and TV shows their kids can watch.
- The video-streaming giant has long catered to families, allowing parents to set up separate profiles for family members in order to improve content recommendations and enable everyone to create individual watchlists.
- Parents can also stipulate that a four-digit PIN be required to access content above a pre-determined maturity level.
- Now, however, Netflix will also allow parents to set a PIN code for individual titles.
- This feature will be accessible through Account>Settings>Parental Control and will be available this year, although there is no word on when exactly you can expect to see it.
- Indeed, technology companies are fighting to hook children from a young age, but to do so they need to give parents some semblance of control over how their kids access online content through their apps.