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YouTube lets European creators add a merch store to their channels

The feature has proven successful, with the companies claiming that merch shelf clickthroughs are 30 percent higher than other traffic sources, including annotations, links in video descriptions and banner links, meaning more people are checking out creators' merch. If you're a fan of a creator who uses the feature, you'll see their products below their videos on both desktop and mobile.

Teespring is giving eligible creators (they need to be in the YouTube Partner Program and have at least 10,000 subscribers to qualify) access to its designers to help them create products. In addition, the companies are incentivizing creators to add the store to their channels by offering a bonus of $1 (or equivalent, depending on where they are) per item they sell directly through the merch shelf until June.

The merch shelf seems a solid way for creators to diversify their revenue streams, which could come in useful after many faced demonetization due to changes in advertising guidelines. Now, creators in Europe can take advantage of it too.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2018/11/13/youtube-teespring-merch-shelf-store-europe-creators/

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Essential will restore your headphone jack for $149

Did you say you would pay anything to put a headphone jack on a phone where it was painfully absent? Essential wants you to prove it. The startup has released its long-discussed magnetic headphone jack adapter (now called the Audio Adapter HD) for a staggering $149 -- nearly a third the cost of the Essential Phone at its standard price. It's more than just a plug, of course. There's a built-in ESS Sabre DAC and an "audiophile-grade" amp that, together, promise 24-bit/96kHz audio for your high-end headphones. Still, you have to be very, very committed to pristine sound to spend this much on a new accessory instead of making do with the included USB-C dongle.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2018/11/13/essential-headphone-jack-adapter-available/

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NASA and Autodesk are testing new ways to design interplanetary landers

Because of the high costs and risks of space travel, NASA engineers tend to stick with what works. That means using tried and tested materials like titanium and aluminum. But traditional designs and materials are often heavy -- and in a field where every gram matters, shedding a bit of weight means adding more sensors and instruments. To push lander designs in new directions, Autodesk is turning to its machine learning technology to iterate faster than it might otherwise be able to.

Autodesk calls this new process "generative design," or design that uses machine intelligence and cloud computing that creates a broad set of solutions based on limitations set by engineers. Autodesk has used this system, available on its Fusion 360 software, in Formula1 racing. Generative design, according to Autodesk, allows engineers to turn around design solutions in as little as two-to-four weeks, much faster than the standard two-to-four months. Either way, Autodesk is hoping its design technology will help JPL put a lander on the moons of Jupiter or Saturn, paving the way for human settlements. (Whether this happens in our lifetime is another question altogether.)

That's not to say that this would be the first time humans have explored Jupiter or Saturn. In October of 1997, NASA, along with the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Italian Space Agency (ASI), launched the Cassini-Huygens probe to study Saturn. It took the probe six years and 261 days to reach the ringed planet, but the photos it sent back were remarkable. It was on September 15th, 2017 that NASA last had contact with Cassini. And currently, the Juno probe is orbiting Jupiter, and has given us insight as to what's going on inside the gas giant. To reach moons of Saturn and Jupiter, around 365-million and 746-million miles away depending on orbit respectively, will always prove to be challenging, but any headway that NASA can make would be welcome if it means the potential for human settlement out in our solar system.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2018/11/13/nasa-and-autodesk-testing-new-lander-designs/

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Swatter behind deadly ‘Call of Duty’ hoax pleads guilty to 51 charges

Sentencing takes place on January 30th. Barriss also faces another trial January 7th for involuntary manslaughter against Finch. Alleged co-conspirators Casey Viner and Shane Gaskill have pleaded not guilty and face a trial on January 8th.

Barriss is mainly known for a December 2017 incident where he made a false call to police as the result of a heated debate over a Call of Duty: WWII match between Gaskill and Viner. When Viner grew upset, he dared Barriss to make a swatting call against Gaskill -- and didn't realize that Gaskill had given him an old address. A police officer shot Finch, the new resident at the address, when he came to the door unaware of what was going on.

However, the charges are ultimately the culmination of a series of incidents. On Twitter, Barriss had taken credit for bomb threats to the Dallas Convention Center, a Florida high school and the FCC's net neutrality repeal vote. We wouldn't expect the court to be lenient on Barriss, then, since there's a pattern of behavior that had serious consequences well before the fatal shooting.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2018/11/13/tyler-barriss-pleads-guilty-to-51-charges/

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Underwater adventure game ‘Abzû’ is coming to the Nintendo Switch

Abzû takes after the tradition of games like Flower and Journey (games for which Giant Squid Studios founder Matt Nava served as art director for). It encourages users to explore and continue forward with simple mechanics and stunning visuals but doesn't have objectives in the traditional gaming sense. There are puzzles to solve and tons of virtual sights to see. The underwater worlds of Abzû are populated by tens of thousands of fish, as well as ruins and murals from an ancient civilization.

The game first debuted back in the summer of 2016 on PS4 and Windows. It got a port to the Xbox One later that year but hadn't made it to the Switch until now. If you haven't picked the game up yet, or want to be able to take it with you, now is a good time to grab it.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2018/11/13/abzu-nintendo-switch-port/

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Netflix’s Oscar hopeful ‘Roma’ gets personal in first trailer

Set in the 1970s, the film centers around a young domestic worker named Cleo -- played by first-time actress Yalitza Aparicio -- who works for a family in the middle-class neighborhood of Roma in Mexico City. While the nearly dialogue-free trailer depicts Cleo going about her daily chores and deals with raising her three children, political strife and turmoil can be seen bubbling up between frames of domestic life -- all while Pink Floyd's "The Great Gig in the Sky" plays over the top of the action.

According to Netflix, Cuarón drew from his own childhood experiences to create the story. The semi-autobiographical film serves as a love letter to the women who raised him. The trailer gives us the first detailed look at the film since the teaser that dropped earlier this year.

Roma is one of Netflix's most promising Oscar hopefuls, based on early reviews. The film will get an exclusive, limited theatrical run in Los Angeles, New York and Mexico starting November 21st. It will appear in additional cities in the United States as well as Toronto and London on November 29th and reach more large markets internationally on December 5. Some 70mm presentations are planned for the theatrical run. The film will be available to stream on Netflix starting December 14th.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2018/11/13/netflix-roma-trailer-debut/

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Action-packed ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ trailer shows off some combat

The appearance of Christmas decorations usually means shifting consumer viewing habits from summer action blockbusters to feel-gooderies like A Charlie Brown Christmas. Luckily, the drop of a new trailer for Alita: Battle Angel, reminds us that the holidays can equally share time between gift-giving and ass-kicking. Unlike the trailer that dropped in July which focused more on Alita finding herself, this one shows a lot more action and sword-swinging. We see Alita fight in a more advanced body, sliding around on a concrete luge track and slicing up bad guys.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2018/11/13/alita-battle-angel-fighting-trailer/

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Verizon links a Moto Z3 to its 5G network in a ‘world’s first’

Verizon, Motorola, Qualcomm and Samsung announced that they've achieved the world's first 5G data transmission to a smartphone using a "commercial 3GPP 5G New Radio (NR) network." How'd they do it? Using a Moto Z3 with a 5G Moto Mod attached, which is scheduled to become available when its service for phones starts in 2019.

Verizon kicked in the spectrum and network, Samsung made the radio, Motorola obviously built the phone and it's Qualcomm's Snapdragon X50 5G modem inside that little backpack. Instead of downloading the latest Overwatch or Fortnite patch, they tested the link with a video call and internet browsing.

Currently, Verizon's 5G service is available only in a few cities, pushing broadband for home internet but many providers are racing to launch services. ATT has said its 5G network will be ready to go live this month, while Sprint and LG have said they'll try to be first to launch a phone next year. While Intel gets its 5G modem technology together Qualcomm has a head start there, and has said it expects a couple waves of flagship phones launching in 2019.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2018/11/14/verizon-5g-cellphone-link-samsung-motorola-qualcomm/

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Withings revives and updates its Pulse fitness tracker

The Pulse HR comes packing a PPG heart-rate sensor that'll only offer continuous HRM when you're in a workout mode. Otherwise, the device will sample your pulse every 10 minutes, something that will help it eke out its battery for up to 20 days life on a single charge. Up front you'll find a vertical OLED display and the band boasts of water-resistance to depths of up to 50 meters.

Rounding out the spec list includes Connected GPS (when paired with a smartphone), sleep tracking and the welcome addition of a smart alarm. Plus, you'll get the usual access to Withings' market-leading Health Mate platform when this device drops on December 5th. If you're tempted, then you can hand $129.95 over now in time for its launch, and if the color scheme doesn't appeal, don't worry -- more bands are coming in 2019.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2018/11/14/withings-pulse-hr/

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Intel’s ‘neural network on a stick’ brings AI training to you

Edge devices are generally defined as any piece of hardware that controls the flow of data between the boundaries of two networks. These include not just routers, switches and gateways but also a range IoT gadgets like Ring doorbell cameras, industrial robots, smart medical devices or self-guided camera drones. Intel's NCS2 is essentially a self-contained neural network on a thumbdrive and should make developing those sorts of devices faster and easier by offloading much of the processing power required to train them to its onboard Movidius Myriad X vision processing unit (VPU).

"We can do some incredible things with artificial intelligence, and one of the fastest growing data types, as we all know, is video data," Steen Graham, General Manager of Channels and Ecosystem in Intel's Internet of Things group, told reporters during a press call on Friday. "The camera is the ultimate sensor."

Basically, it enables you to develop AI algorithms and computer vision systems locally (ie on your laptop) without needing a connection to the Cloud or even the internet. Users simply need to be running it on a Linux-based OS with a USB 3.0 port. What's more, the NCS2's added processing cores reportedly enable it to perform eight times faster than its predecessor, which was released last year.

Intel has already pre-released the NCS2 to a handful of developers who've used it to develop a variety of helpful applications including Clean Water AI, which combines machine vision with a microscope to detect harmful bacteria in water; BlueScan AI, which scans skin for signs of melanoma; and ASL Classification, which translates American Sign Language into text -- all in real-time.

The NSC2 retails for $100 and is available through Intel. There aren't any restrictions on who can buy one. Whether you're a leading AI researcher or a hobbyist, if you've got a Benjamin, you can get an NCS2. That could be cause for celebration since, with a broader developer base, the rest of us will likely see more and better improvements to our existing IoT and edge devices as well as new gadgets and capabilities we haven't even considered yet.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2018/11/14/intel-neural-compute-stick-2/

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