YouTube Adds New AI-Disclosure Tool For Its Videos

Mar 18, 2024 - 7:38 PM - by Reverend
If you're concerned whether that cool new video that's trending was made with "altered or synthetic media, including generative AI," then you're in luck.

Google's YouTube just announced a new tool that video creators must use to disclose that fact under certain circumstances. When they do, a little label will appear on the video when you watch it, letting us all breathe a little more easily.

The disclosure is required only when the content isn't clearly unrealistic, animated, has special effects, or only uses AI behind the scenes for production assistance.

YouTube won't require creators to disclose content that is clearly unrealistic, animated, includes special effects, or has used generative AI for production assistance. But it must be disclosed when using the likeness of a real person, like when you replace the face of someone with someone else's. Any altered footage of real events or places must also be disclosed, as does video that shows realistic scenes, like a tornado moving toward a real town, for example.

"We also won’t require creators to disclose when synthetic media is unrealistic and/or the changes are inconsequential," wrote the company in their blog post.

So, in addition to clearly unrealistic content (like animation or fantastical scenes), things like color adjustment or lighting filters, beauty filters, or special effects like background blur created with AI tools don't need to be disclosed.

For most videos, a simple label will show up in the description, but for videos that touch on content like health, news, elections, or finance, YouTube will "also show a more prominent label on the video itself."

YouTube is also working on a new process that lets you request the removal of AI-made videos that simulate specific people, including their faces or voices.

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Microsoft launches Copilot Pro worldwide with a one-month free trial

Mar 14, 2024 - 7:27 PM - by Reverend
Microsoft is expanding its $20 monthly Copilot Pro subscription to more markets today, after launching the AI-powered assistant for consumers in January. The expansion sees Copilot Pro available in 222 countries in total, and Microsoft is launching a free one-month trial to entice consumers to subscribe to its AI vision of the future.

Copilot Pro includes priority access to the latest OpenAI models, the ability to build your own Copilot GPT, and access to Copilot inside Office apps if you’re already a Microsoft 365 Personal or Home subscriber. Now, Microsoft is also unlocking Copilot Pro inside the Office web apps, so you don’t need a separate Microsoft 365 subscription to use the chatbot inside Word, Outlook, and other free web apps.

This Copilot Pro integration will also be available in mobile apps soon. “We’ll extend this benefit to our free mobile apps as well, including the Microsoft 365 app and Outlook for iOS and Android, in the coming months,” says Divya Kumar, general manager of search and AI marketing at Microsoft.

If you want to try out Copilot Pro you’ll need to install the Copilot app on iOS or Android to get the free month offer. Microsoft has been trying to entice consumers to use the Copilot mobile app since launching it at the end of 2023, including with a Super Bowl ad that focused solely on the mobile version.

Microsoft is also extending the availability of its Copilot for Microsoft 365 to more businesses. “Customers that have Microsoft 365 F3 and F1, Office 365 E1, Business Basic, and more will be eligible to purchase Copilot for Microsoft 365 in the coming weeks,” says Kumar.

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Amazon plans ‘Big Spring Sale’ that’s not just for Prime members starting March 20

Mar 14, 2024 - 7:22 PM - by Reverend
Amazon will host a spring sale next week with discounts on seasonal items, and this one is not restricted to Prime members.

Amazon said Thursday that the event, which it’s calling the “Big Spring Sale,” will run for six days starting March 20, in North America. Unlike the Prime Day discount bonanza typically held in the summer, next week’s event will be open to shoppers who don’t pay for a Prime membership. The subscription program costs $139 per year, or $14.99 a month, in the U.S., and perks include free, speedy shipping; video streaming; and access to exclusive Prime Day deals.

Spring fashion, fitness products, outdoor furniture, Amazon-branded devices and other “warm weather essentials” are among the categories that will be discounted, Amazon said. It’s the first time Amazon has held such an event in the first quarter.

In recent years, Amazon has added shopping events, including a “Prime Big Deal Days” in the fall, a 48-hour “Pet Day” and a beauty-focused sale ahead of the holiday shopping season.

The company is launching its spring event as shoppers, grappling with high inflation, remain hungry for discounts.

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TikTok May Be Developing Its Own Instagram-Like Photos App

Mar 11, 2024 - 7:51 PM - by Reverend
TikTok might be developing its own "TikTok Photos" app, according to text and images published by a known Android feature leaker and reverse engineer.

The purported app will allow existing TikTok users to get started with TikTok Photos by importing or syncing their publicly posted photos already on TikTok to the new app.

By diving into TikTok app version 33.8.4, a leaker known as AssembleDebug claims to have uncovered strings of code that show TikTok users may soon be able to share their posts to TikTok Photos, download the TikTok Photos app, and open that app.

The leaker, who typically shares information about potential upcoming features from Google, also published images that may be the TikTok Photos app's logo. It looks like a red "P," with another cyan mark below it. According to the post, TikTok Photos is currently being built for Android and iOS and is slated to launch "soon."

TikTok has ventured beyond videos before. In late 2022, TikTok launched a photo carousel feature for mobile users called "Photo Mode," which displays user-selected images in an Instagram Stories-like fashion.

If a standalone TikTok Photos app is indeed in the works, it would be well-positioned to compete with Meta's Instagram. TikTok Photos would be ironic, considering Instagram launched its short-form vertical videos feature "Reels" after TikTok gained traction in the US. As the two apps compete for user attention, leakers suggested last month that Instagram may launch a Snapchat-like "Friend Map" feature that would allow users to see select accounts' locations.

PC Magazine
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The Windows 11 Android app dream is dead

Mar 07, 2024 - 8:11 PM - by Reverend
Microsoft first brought over the option to run Android apps natively in Windows 11 in 2021, but the dream is coming to an end after just a few years. Today, the company quietly updated its documentation for the Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) to indicate that it will be ending support for the feature on March 5, 2025. Amazon has also published updated guidance for the same issue about its Amazon App Store on Windows 11, which powers the WSA.

What’s causing this change is unknown, as Microsoft did not dive into specific details. Left to speculate, we can assume it’s due to either lack of use or licensing issues, but until we hear more, it’s left ambiguous.

At any rate, Microsoft says that the Amazon App Store and all games and applications that use the WSA will no longer be supported starting March 5, 2025, exactly a year from today. Until then, Microsoft will continue to provide technical support on the issue, but after that, you’ll no longer find the Amazon App Store in the Microsoft Store.

Digital Trends
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Researchers reveal DVD-like disc that stores up to 200 terabytes

Mar 04, 2024 - 7:44 PM - by Reverend
Scientists from China are currently working on an optical disc that could store up to 200 terabytes of data in the size of a DVD, as reported by IEEE Spectrum.

This is made possible by storing data in three dimensions instead of just two. The scientists have developed a way to store the data on 100 layers of the disc. Even more could be possible in the future.

The procedure has already been investigated in the past. However, a major obstacle to earlier research was that the optics used to read and write the data were limited to the size of the wavelengths of light they utilized. In the new method, the data is recorded in dots just 54 nanometers wide – which corresponds to around a tenth of the wavelength of visible light used for reading and writing.

A variant the size of a DVD would therefore provide around 1.6 million gigabits (200 terabytes) of data capacity. This corresponds to 4000 times the data density of a Blu-ray disc or 21 times that of the most modern hard drives.

“This will enable the use of ultra-high density optical data storage technology in large data centers,” says Min Gu, Professor of Optical and Electrical and Computer Engineering at Shanghai Science and Technology University.

The researchers believe that their new optical disc could make it possible to shrink a data centre with a capacity of one billion gigabits, which would otherwise require the size of a stadium, down to the size of a room.

PCWorld
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