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YouTube rolls out new tools to help you stop watching – 14.05.2018

YouTube rolls out new tools to help you stop watching

 YouTube has rolled out new, optional ‘take a break’ notifications that will display a prompt when you’ve exceeded a specific amount of consecutive viewing time.

Read more here. 

*While these changes to YouTube are opt-in, it’s an interesting and arguably responsible position to take in terms of helping people manage their sometimes addictive behaviours around technology.*

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 Page History brings even more transparency to Facebook

A new Facebook feature called Page History will show users information on the location of the people managing a Page, as well as if and when a Page has changed its name.

Read more here. 

*Page History seems like an interesting tool to help users access additional context about Pages which will, in turn, help the platform effectively assess their content. No longer will questionable organisations be able to hide behind simply a change name or choosing a different admin country – this new feature will expose these measures and reveal the true source of content.*

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 Fewer parents name baby girls ‘Alexa’ after Amazon Echo debut

Naming your daughter after a voice assistant isn’t catching on — in fact, just the opposite has occurred. Since 2015 when Amazon introduced the Echo smart speaker with its now ubiquitous ‘Alexa’ wake-up command, the incidence of newborn girls named Alexa has tumbled.

Read more here. 

*With the growing popularity of Echo devices, it seems that parents are increasingly moving away from naming their kids Alexa in order to avoid activating their smart home devices while talking to their children.*

 

 

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