Nintendo issues “Creators Program” control over YouTube content

Nintendo issues “Creators Program” control over YouTube content

Instead of just issuing takedown notices to those gamers that hoped to share Nintendo content on YouTube, the company has decided to launch a "Creators Program" this week. Instead of aiming to take down all content or take control of all revenue, Nintendo has started a program which aims to share revenue. This program requires that content sharers register with Nintendo and report every video they share - or they can share their entire channel if it's entirely Nintendo-based. Then there's a 3-day wait period.

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Sorry Samsung, Apple’s probably the smartphone king

Sorry Samsung, Apple’s probably the smartphone king

Apple's Q4 2014 may not only have been its best quarter ever for iPhone sales, but the point at which it overtook arch-rival Samsung in the smartphone business. The Cupertino firm announced a massive 74.5m iPhone sales in the final three months of last year, setting itself a new record and - according to at least one research firm - putting it on at least level-pegging with Samsung. The South Korean company has played coy with its Galaxy numbers, but it's clear that Apple's rapid ascent has dramatically closed (if not destroyed) the gap between the two.

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LEGO Avengers SHIELD Helicarrier revealed: very massive

LEGO Avengers SHIELD Helicarrier revealed: very massive

To be entirely clear up front, this model does NOT reflect what we're about to see in the Avengers: Age of Ultron film. Instead, this is a set made based on the first Avengers film, already released in theaters and long since placed on Blu-ray, DVD, etc. This particular set also reminds us that there's more than one scale at which LEGO sets are built - this one contains several super tiny minifigs (called MICROfigures) that allow this set to exist on a scale that's reasonable for the average builder.

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Zepp launches personalized feedback for wearable with app update

Zepp launches personalized feedback for wearable with app update

Data gathered through wearable sensors is nothing without context, which is why Zepp is updating their apps today to better serve athletes who utilize their multi-sport sensor. With the move to version 2.2 for Zepp Golf, Zepp Baseball, and Zepp Tennis, users will get access to Insights, a new feature from Zepp that gives personalized feedback based on information Zepp’s sensor provides to the app. Users will get personalized feedback and suggested drills to correct mistakes, or build on already good performance.

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Google, others could be ‘accomplices’ to hate speech under French law

Google, others could be ‘accomplices’ to hate speech under French law

France is preparing to draft a new law, and under it Google, Twitter, and other tech companies like them would be considered accomplices to hate speech if extremist messages are hosted on their services. The announcement was made on Tuesday by France's President Francois Hollande, and Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve will be traveling to the United States soon in an effort to build favor among tech companies. This follows the nation's tragic terror attack earlier in January, and the subsequent efforts to squash extremist communications.

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GoPro HERO4 footage shows post-update HD slow motion

GoPro HERO4 footage shows post-update HD slow motion

GoPro HERO4 owners will soon have a bit of additional functionality via their tiny action cameras: high-definition slow motion. The functionality will be delivered by a soon-to-arrive firmware update, which will bring 720p-resolution recording at 240fps. Users are still waiting to score such a feature, but at least one GoPro out in the wild has it, and thanks to the owner we can all see what kind of footage is produced. A couple videos have surfaced demonstrating the 720p slow-motion, and they're gorgeous.

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Small Windows 10 tablets won’t get desktop mode

Small Windows 10 tablets won’t get desktop mode

Perhaps Microsoft was too quick to sing the Windows 10 unification song, and perhaps we were to quick to buy the spiel. After practically saying that Windows 10 is for everyone, Redmond is now revealing the fine print, slowly and in bits and pieces. After vaguely alluding to the Windows RT's demise, Microsoft is more clearly and more explicitly revealing one subtle yet important caveat to the Windows 10 promise. Any Window 10 device smaller than 8 inches, whether phone or tablet, will not be getting the desktop mode.

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BlackPhone vulnerability left users open to attack

BlackPhone vulnerability left users open to attack

BlackPhone, that ultra secure phone for the spies and paranoid among us, promises a lot of things, all of them revolving around data security. As with most things, however, reality turned out to be a bit different than perfect-world promises and a bug was discovered -- one that left BlackPhone users and their data open to attackers. The issue was discovered by Azimuth Security's Mark Dowd who spotted the issue on his own BlackPhone, later detailing his findings on Azimuth's website.

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Samsung and Qantas airlines team to offer VR entertainment in-flight

Samsung and Qantas airlines team to offer VR entertainment in-flight

Samsung has announced that it has teamed up with Qantas airlines to bring a new entertainment service to passengers during long flights. Samsung Electronics Australia and Qantas will launch a trial service offering 3D entertainment via Samsung Gear VR headsets. The VR entertainment will be able to offer passengers access to sights to see at their destination, details of new Qantas products, and the latest in-flight movies.

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Bill Gates isn’t so keen on artificial intelligence

Bill Gates isn’t so keen on artificial intelligence

Elon Musk has shared his concerns about artificial intelligence, both publicly and privately, and none of them paint a rosy picture for the future of such technology. Musk has gone so far as to compare efforts with artificial intelligence to "summoning the demon", and he's not the only one who is worried about it. Bill Gates took to Reddit today to grace us with another AMA, and the topic of AI technology came up. Said Gates on the topic: "I am in the camp that is concerned about super intelligence."

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