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Google brings YouTube Kids app to LG, Samsung, and Sony smart TVs

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While YouTube can be a great platform for viewing quality family-friendly content, there are a lot of offensive videos on there too. No, I am not just talking about PewDiePie, although some of his content is arguably questionable. Actually, I am talking about videos from other creators that show blatant racism, sexism, and actual pornography -- it is shocking to see some of the content that gets through.

Luckily, Google developed the YouTube Kids app for mobile devices, which tries to block offensive content. This app helps parents to be more confident that their children will only see family-friendly videos. Today, the search giant brings the app to LG, Samsung, and Sony smart TVs.

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Many business apps with open source code have unpatched vulnerabilities and license conflicts

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Apps that come with open-source code are putting organizations at risk, according to a new report by Black Duck. As you might imagine, many companies are using apps with open-source code.

Black Duck’s Center for Open Source Research & Innovation analyzed 1,071 apps audited during 2016 and found that 96 percent of them had open source. Of those, more than 60 percent had open source security vulnerabilities.

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Hackers are going for your healthcare data

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Every eighth person in England has had their healthcare data breached. This is the conclusion of a new report just released by Accenture. Based on a poll of 1,000 people it says that more than half of those who experienced a data breach (56 percent), were in fact, victims of medical identity theft.

The report also says that these data breaches are fairly expensive, too. On average, more than three quarters (77 percent) have had to pay roughly £172 in out-of-pocket costs, per incident.

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Microsoft recommends you don't install the Windows 10 Creators Update

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Before Microsoft began the Windows 10 Creators Update rollout two weeks ago, I wrote about why users shouldn’t rush to install it.

Today, in a post on the Windows blog, John Cable, Director of Program Management, Windows Servicing and Delivery, says much the same thing, and recommends that users don’t manually install the Creators Update, but rather wait until it’s automatically offered. But why? Because the update is causing problems for users.

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Kiwi for Gmail 2.0 arrives on Windows, runs Google services in a desktop app

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Zive, Inc has released Kiwi for Gmail 2.0 for PC users, migrating its popular Mac tool of the same name to the Windows platform.

Kiwi for Gmail will appeal to those Google aficionados who are currently accessing Google services -- primarily Gmail (including mail, calendar and contacts), but also Google’s G-Suite office apps -- through their web browser.

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Email This for Chrome sends articles to your inbox for later reading

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Email This is a free Chrome extension and web service which sending web pages to your inbox for later reading.

If you’ve found a great article but there’s no time to read it now, tapping the "et" button on your Chrome address bar sends the trimmed-down ad-free essentials of the page to your registered email address.

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Logitech and TED launch Spotlight Presentation Academy to improve public speaking

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Successful public speakers are not born. In other words, it is a skill that must be learned and fine-tuned. Sure, some folks may have higher anxiety than others, but almost anyone can master the skill with enough practice and confidence. Technology can even help too, such as the brilliant Logitech Spotlight Remote.

Speaking of Logitech, the company has partnered with TED for a new initiative called Spotlight Presentation Academy. Since TED is all about public speaking and storytelling, and Logitech manufactures the aforementioned Spotlight Remote, this seems like a marriage made in heaven. The focus of the partnership is to improve people's public speaking skills, and the academy will select 15 individuals that are looking to get better in that regard.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 pre-orders surpassed Galaxy S7 by a large margin

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Samsung appears to have hit a home run with its latest flagships. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are expected to sell over 50 million units in a year and, according to the South Korean maker, they're on the right track, with pre-orders far exceeding those of the Galaxy S7 series.

The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ were offered for pre-order on the same day that Samsung unveiled the devices, March 29, and officially went on sale across the globe last week, on April 21.

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Google tweaks search algorithms to fight fake news and 'offensive' content

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The fight against fake news continues, with Google announcing not only changes to search algorithms to help prevent false information from rising to the surface, but also new tools to allow users to report "unexpected, inaccurate or offensive" results.

While the algorithm tweaks should impact on general search results, the reporting tools have been designed for Google's Autocomplete predictions and Featured Snippets which have been problematic in recent months. Updated algorithms should help to ensure more authoritative pages receive greater prominence, while low-quality content is demoted.

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How to free up disk space via Settings in Windows 10 Creators Update

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If you want to free up disk space in Windows 10, you can use the Disk Cleanup tool, or a third-party program like CCleaner.

However, the Windows 10 Creators Update offers a third choice, which is to go through the Settings app. You can free up space, and also have the operating system automatically remove junk for you.

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Overexposure of data leaves organizations at risk

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Excessive employee permissions are exposing organizations to insider threats, ransomware and other risks according to the findings of a new report.

Using its Data Security Platform, threat prevention specialist Varonis conducted over a thousand risk assessments for customers and potential customers on a subset of their file systems totaling over 236 million files and 3.79 petabytes of data.

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Consumers don't trust tech companies with their data

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There is a high degree of mistrust when it comes to the technology sector managing people’s personal data. This is according to a new report from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), that got released late last week.

According to the report, just six percent of the public trusts businesses in the technology sector to handle their personal data responsibly.

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Xiaomi's smartphones aren't coming to the US or EU anytime soon

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When we write about a new Xiaomi smartphone there's never any talk about US or EU availability. That's because the Chinese maker doesn't sell its handsets in these markets, as it chooses to focus on developing markets instead, leaving its fans to source their favorite devices from unofficial sellers. That's a shame, but it's not going to change anytime soon.

Speaking of a potential entry in the US and Europe, Xiaomi's new SVP Wang Xiang (who replaces Hugo Barra) admits that the company isn't "serving [customers in those markets] well" but, at the same time, it is "in no hurry to serve the developed markets."

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Don't fall for tax scams this season

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At this time of year, the number of tax scams reaches a high, with fraudsters looking for any chance to cash in on consumers, the self-employed or small businesses who might be excited about potential refunds. Many people now do their taxes online, and cybercriminals are seeing this as a huge opportunity for phishing schemes. Take the recent HMRC email scam which sends fake emails asking the recipient to create a "government gateway account" to access information about their tax refunds, and subsequently requests personal banking details.

What’s more, recent ONS figures show that online fraud is now the most common crime in the UK, with almost one in 10 people falling victim. But whilst online fraud is growing, there are various types of scams which can take place, and it’s important for consumers and businesses alike to be aware of the threats.

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How to access your OnePlus 3/3T's secret diagnostic tools

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If you're using a desktop or a laptop, there are a number of diagnostic tools built into your operating system that you can use to check various components of your computer. When you're using your smartphone, however, you might feel as though you have to install a bunch of apps to do the same job.

But this is not the case. There are a large number of tools built into your OnePlus 3 or OnePlus 3T -- you just need to know how to find them. As you'll probably have guessed from the headline, these are not utilities you're going to find by browsing through the list of installed apps -- you need a special code.

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