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Thor: Ragnarok Trailer song, teaser, Easter Eggs breakdown

Thor: Ragnarok Trailer song, teaser, Easter Eggs breakdown

The first full-length Thor: Ragnarok trailer has been released, and they call it a teaser! Ha, just but a teaser - but it's long enough to be a full trailer. The title of this article does not mean that anyone is having a total breakdown thanks to the trailer. It's close for me, but not quite - I'm on the edge of having a meltdown because of it, but that's to be expected, of course. Now let's have a peek at the odder bits of what we're looking at throughout the trailer, and what we're listening to while we do it.

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YouTube’s new ad revenue restrictions target video thieves

YouTube’s new ad revenue restrictions target video thieves

Back in 2007, YouTube launched its YouTube Partner Program, a way for its creators to monetize their videos. In the years since, many scammers and opportunistic intellectual thieves have swiped creators' videos and re-uploaded them under their own accounts to try and make some ad revenue money. This has been a persistent complaint among creators, and so YouTube is taking a step to prevent this kind of IP theft: minimum lifetime view thresholds for earning ad revenue.

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This iPhone 8 video shows what Galaxy S8 does right and LG G6 does wrong

This iPhone 8 video shows what Galaxy S8 does right and LG G6 does wrong

It's difficult to say exactly why it is Samsung and Apple dominate the smartphone market - but this video takes a crack at it. What we're looking at is a spinning iPhone 8 concept - a device that's most likely going to come out next year, but commands search terms in Google this year because "iPhone 7s" is too many characters to be bothered typing. What we see here is style - design finesse - a sense of assuredness in the phone's overall excellence. That's what Apple and Samsung have, or appear to have, that most other phone companies lack.

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YouTube mobile livestreaming arrives for some channels

YouTube mobile livestreaming arrives for some channels

YouTube has offered livestreaming from mobile for awhile, but only for channels that have at least 10,000 subscribers. That appeared to be changing recently, as some channels with fewer subscribers noticed they suddenly had the ability to livestream from mobile, as well. That led to speculation that YouTube was easing up on its requirements, and now the company has confirmed that speculation in a roundabout way, changing the info about mobile livestreaming on its website.

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Facebook Live 360 livestreaming video arrives for everyone

Facebook Live 360 livestreaming video arrives for everyone

First launched on a restricted basis back in December, Facebook has now made its 360-degree livestreaming video available to anyone and everyone. The general availability of the product comes alongside support for several additional camera models, including Samsung's newly unveiled Gear 360 camera and some other well-known models. The product works the same as Facebook's ordinary livestreaming video service, only with the addition of 360-degrees.

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New Netflix button lets viewers skip the intros on some shows

New Netflix button lets viewers skip the intros on some shows

Netflix has been busy creating all sorts of new features, including the new rating system that will be introduced in the near future. Joining its busy projects is a new button that will allow viewers to easily skip the intros for certain shows, getting straight to the meat of the content. Netflix confirmed it is testing the button following reports of its existence.

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YouTube is getting rid of video annotations

YouTube is getting rid of video annotations

YouTube giveth, and YouTube taketh away. The Google service has announced that it is getting rid of annotations, the obnoxious boxes that popup over a video to provide a link to a different video or some random, usually unwanted message, such as, “Mike meant to say…” or a spelling fix. Getting rid of these boxes used to mean carefully hovering and then clicking their small X button, but those days are numbered.

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Facebook and Vimeo launch 360-degree video hubs: Here’s how to watch

Facebook and Vimeo launch 360-degree video hubs: Here’s how to watch

Those of you with VR headsets have a lot of new content to look forward to, as Facebook and Vimeo are both rolling out 360 content in some capacity today. For Facebook, that functionality is coming specifically to the Gear VR by way of a new app. With Vimeo, on the other hand, we're seeing the site-wide launch of 360 videos in general.

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Google Cloud Video Intelligence API can search for objects within videos

Google Cloud Video Intelligence API can search for objects within videos

Google has detailed new ways it is using artificial intelligence to improve enterprise products, and the most exciting among those details is its new Video Intelligence API. With this new technology, which is currently in a Private Beta according to Google, developers are able to search for specific objects within videos, a feature that could prove useful for surveillance videos, among other things.

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Boston Dynamics’ newest robot is a rollerblading kangaroo

Boston Dynamics’ newest robot is a rollerblading kangaroo

The newest robot from Boston Dynamics rolls on two wheels and has legs like a kangaroo. Or a dog - or any number of other bent-legged creatures who would all look equally wild aboard a pair of one-wheeled shoes. This robot is the latest in a long line of balancing, walking, or otherwise moving robots from the folks at Boston Dynamics.

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Robotic, rolling pile of poo used to record intimate wildlife moments

Robotic, rolling pile of poo used to record intimate wildlife moments

A random robot rolling around the wild would be enough to spook anyone, human or animal, but it could also be a great way to catch intimate and candid moments from the animal kingdom. To get that benefit without the side effect of startling animals, PBS is using an unusual contraption as part of its “Spy In The Wild” series — a rolling pile of dung with a robotic camera nestled inside.

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Watch Siberian tigers take down a flying drone

Watch Siberian tigers take down a flying drone

Drones: they annoy and amuse humans, mostly annoy kangaroos, and apparently greatly intrigue Siberian tigers. A new video shows a pack of such tigers chasing around a flying drone, doing so like big cats trying to catch a laser dot, when one eventually yanks it from the sky. It seems at first the tigers are moving in to swiftly destroy the drone, but their instincts quickly give away to curiosity and, it seems, confusion.

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