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A fifth of US teens use YouTube 'almost constantly,' with TikTok not far behind

Engadget - Wed, 2022-08-10 12:44

Pew Research has published a new report that examines social media usage trends among US teens. The organization found that a whopping 95 percent of them use YouTube, while 19 percent are on the platform "almost constantly."

Perhaps unsurprisingly, two-thirds (67 percent) said they used TikTok, with 16 percent claiming they are on the app "almost constantly." The third most-popular social media platform among teens is Instagram, per Pew, with 62 percent using it. A tenth say they use it almost all the time — despite the app occasionally telling them to take a break. A previous poll conducted in 2014-15 found that 52 percent were using Instagram (Pew didn't ask about YouTube usage for that survey and TikTok didn't exist at the time).

Snapchat also rose among teens, with 59 percent using it in 2022, compared with 41 percent in the previous poll. Facebook was the top social media app among teens seven years ago, with 71 percent of them using it, but that figure has dropped to 32 percent. Teen adoption of Twitter (down from 33 percent to 23 percent) and Tumblr (14 percent to five percent) has fallen over the same period too.

The 2014-15 poll didn't ask about Twitch, WhatsApp or Reddit. These days, a fifth of teens use Twitch, 17 percent are on WhatsApp and 14 percent are accessing Reddit. For what it's worth, the earlier poll suggested 33 percent of teens used Google+, while a quarter used Vine. This time around, Pew did not ask teens about their use of Discord or social gaming spaces such as Fortnite.

Pew surveyed 1,316 teens aged 13 to 17 (as well as one of their parents) in April and May. It found that boys were more likely to use YouTube, Twitch and Reddit and girls were more likely to say they access TikTok, Instagram and Snapchat. More Black and Hispanic teens said they used TikTok, Instagram, Twitter and WhatsApp than white teens.

Even though over half (54 percent) of teens said they'd find it hard to give up social media, 36 percent admitted they spent too much time on the platforms. Around 55 percent said their usage levels were "about right." Meanwhile, 97 percent of teens now use the internet every day, with 46 percent saying they're online almost all the time.

The poll found that 95 percent of teens have access to a smartphone (up from 73 percent in 2014-15), while 90 percent can access a desktop or laptop computer, up from 87 percent in the previous survey. Curiously, the percentage of teens who say they have access to a gaming console has fallen slightly, from 81 percent to 80 percent.

United Makes $10M Deposit on 100 Flying Taxis From Archer - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2022-08-10 12:33
Electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft -- or eVTOLs -- are getting heavy investment from commercial airlines.

Duet Display's second screen app is now available for Meta Portal devices

Engadget - Wed, 2022-08-10 12:22

Meta is making its Portal smart displays more useful to remote workers. Starting today, you can use the Portal Go and second-generation Portal Plus as a second screen for your Mac or Windows PC. The new functionality comes courtesy of Duet Display, the app that inspired Apple’s Sidecar feature in macOS Catalina. Normally, you would need to either buy a copy of the software or subscribe to use Duet Display, but CEO Rahul Dewan told Engadget the company is making both wired and local wireless second display functionality free for Portal users.

One thing to note is you can’t use the app while video calling with the Portal Go or Portal Plus. Duet Display is available to download on Portal Plus in the US, Canada, UK, France, Spain, Italy, Australia and New Zealand, and Portal Go in the US, Canada, UK, France, Spain and Italy.

Meta is also releasing the Portal Companion app on macOS. The software allows you to share your screen while on call. You can also use the app to send links to the device and more easily access controls like the mute toggle. The Portal Companion app is available to download in the US and UK.

The arrival of Duet Display on Portal devices comes after Meta reportedly decided to reposition them as enterprise products. In June, The Information and Variety said the company would not announce any new consumer versions of the smart display line.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro Specs vs. Watch 5, Watch 4: Comparing the New Watches - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2022-08-10 12:00
Samsung launched two new Galaxy Watch 5 watches, so we compare them to last year's Galaxy Watch 4.

Boeing delivers its first 787 Dreamliner after pausing for over a year

Engadget - Wed, 2022-08-10 11:47

Boeing is starting to overcome one of its larger hurdles in recent memory. CNBCnotes the aircraft maker has delivered its first 787 Dreamliner in over a year, supplying American Airlines with one out of the nine vehicles it expects to receive in 2022. Boeing paused manufacturing in May 2021 as the Federal Aviation Administration reviewed how the company inspected planes following a string of manufacturing problems.

The company had to halt deliveries multiple times in less than a year after detecting potentially dangerous production problems, such as fuselage spacing. The FAA only cleared Boeing to resume deliveries on Monday. Dreamliner handovers have been on hold for most of the past two years between the manufacturing defects and a pandemic that dramatically curbed passenger flights.

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There's a strong incentive to put the 787 Dreamliner into customers' hands. The flaws and ensuing production cuts will cost Boeing $5.5 billion, and that's on top of serious 737 Max issues that led to crashes killing 346 people. Boeing has a tarnished reputation, and these deliveries could help it (slowly) mend its image while capitalizing on an air travel revival.

Google Fiber is Making a Comeback - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2022-08-10 11:44
It's the first expansion into a new state in five years.

'The Sandman' Ending Explained: Lost Hearts and Season 2 Hints - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2022-08-10 11:31
Streaming on Netflix now, Neil Gaiman's dreamy TV series finale promises more Morpheus -- and an angry Lucifer.

Pokemon Go Genesect Raid Guide: Best Counters, Weaknesses and Moveset - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2022-08-10 11:30
Here are some tips to help you catch the mythical Pokemon before it leaves raids.

Lumina is working on a smart standing desk that has a built-in display

Engadget - Wed, 2022-08-10 11:00

Is there much more space for innovation in desks, I hear you ask? After all, now that we’ve made them go up and down, there are no new worlds worth conquering. Not so, says Lumina, makers of its eponymous AI webcam that’s been described as the equal of a DSLR in some corners. Now, the company is turning its attention to building a smart desk with a programmable, 24-inch OLED screen nestled in its top, designed to offer you a place to put passive data in easy view.

The Lumina Desk, as it’s called, is a powered sit-stand desk, with a display that sits between your laptop (or monitor) and your keyboard and mouse. The idea, as you can see, is to offer you space to add in a view for your Google Calendar, stock view from Robinhood or a Twitter feed. All things that it’d be nice to always have in view, but you may not necessarily want to buy a second (or third) monitor for.

Image of the lumina desk from the top down.Lumina

Rather than a touchscreen, you’ll control data from a companion app on the desktop, and the whole desk is coated in a layer of toughened, anti-glare glass. The company is also promising a maximum brightness of 1,200 nits, and a 60Hz refresh rate, making it a pretty sweet display all told. There’s also plenty of power coursing through its frame, with two 20 x 20 Qi wireless charging pads on the tabletop, each one able to pump out 100W. Then there six hidden AC outlets with a built-in circuit breaker, and six USB-C ports, each one able to deliver up to 30W.

Sadly, you won’t be able to get your hands on one of these until 2023 at the earliest, and the company is today opening up unpaid reservations to gauge future interest. The price, too, has yet to be decided (although I’m told it’ll be as close to $1,000 as possible, at least that’s the aim right now) but if you’ve been looking for a more sci-fi way to passively collect information, this might be worth a peep.

Samsung's Budget-Friendly A7 Lite Tablet Is $41 Off Today - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2022-08-10 10:31
Pick up this simple and lightweight Android tablet for just $119 while you can.

Shop Dermstore's Anniversary Sale for up to 25% Top Beauty Must-Haves Today - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2022-08-10 10:30
Stock up on all your beauty faves and get a free gift on orders of $175 or more.

NVIDIA helps bring more lifelike avatars to chatbots and games

Engadget - Wed, 2022-08-10 10:24

NVIDIA is no stranger to making realistic AI avatars, but now it's making them more practical. The GPU maker has introduced a toolkit, the Omniverse Avatar Cloud Engine (ACE), that makes it easier for companies to put digital humans into chatbots, games and other apps. The combination of AI models and services helps developers quickly create virtual people that don't depend on a massive amount of in-house computing power — a startup can produce an avatar as convincing as one from a giant corporation.

ACE revolves around several existing software kits and frameworks. Its namesake Omniverse is used for AI-driven animation. Metropolis handles computer vision tasks (such as object recognition). Merlin helps with recommenders, while NeMo Megatron and Riva respectively help with natural language models and AI speech.

It will take time before you're speaking to an ACE-based avatar in a role-playing game or at your next hotel stay. And while NVIDIA claims its AI is "on a path" to pass the Turing test, it's clearly short of that goal at the moment. It's still obvious that you're talking to a computer, as you can see in the demo video. With that said, this could still be a welcome upgrade from the cruder avatars and basic text bots you typically deal with today.

Spotify Has a New Site to Sell Concert Tickets Directly to Fans - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2022-08-10 10:04
Spotify Tickets is live now, but still in its testing phase.

Sip and Save -- Keurig's K-Mini Is Back to Just $60 - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2022-08-10 09:54
This space-saving option is perfect for singles, occasional coffee drinkers or kitchens with little counter space.

Here’s everything Samsung announced at its August Unpacked event

Engadget - Wed, 2022-08-10 09:52

On Wednesday, Samsung held its latest Unpacked showcase. As expected, the event saw the company show off its newest foldable devices, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4, but Samsung also devoted part of the proceedings to new wearables. Here’s everything the company announced during the show.

Galaxy Z Fold 4For 2022, upgrades to the Z fold 4's flexible main screen include better brightness, a 120HZ adaptive refresh rate, and a revamped under-display camera with less noticeable sub-pixel arrangement. Samsung

No surprise here, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 was the star of the show. In terms of hardware, Samsung’s latest flagship foldable adds a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor, an enhanced 50-megapixel main camera and a more capable telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom. The main display is also brighter. That said, the main story of the Galaxy Z Fold 4 are all the software improvements Samsung has added. The foldable is one of the first devices to ship with Android 12L, the new tablet-focused version of Google’s mobile OS. It also features a redesigned taskbar for more efficient multitasking. Critically, more apps from Google and Microsoft now support the Z Fold form factor.

Pre-orders for the Galaxy Z Fold 4 open today ahead of the phone’s August 26th release date. Pricing starts at $1,800 for the 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage model.

Galaxy Z Flip 4Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4Samsung

Samsung didn’t forget about its more affordable foldable. The Galaxy Z Flip 4’s most notable hardware upgrades are a larger 3,700mAh battery, the addition of a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor and a primary camera Samsung claims is 65 percent brighter than the one found on its predecessor. The company has also tweaked the design of the Z Flip 4 to incorporate a slimmer hinge and add new software customization options for the front screen. Like its sibling, the Galaxy Z Fold goes on sale on August 26th, with pre-orders open today. However, no price cut this time around: the Galaxy Z Flip 4 starts at $1,000.

Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch 5 ProImage of the Samsung Galaxy Watch5.Samsung

After Samsung adopted WearOS with the Galaxy Watch 4, the Galaxy Watch 5 is a more iterative update. The company has reshaped the back of the wearable to create more surface area for it to make contact with your wrist. In conjunction with a new infrared sensor, Samsung says the Galaxy Watch 5 provides far smarter health data than its predecessor. It also has a more durable glass exterior and both the 40mm and 44mm models come with bigger batteries. Samsung will also once again offer a Pro model of the Galaxy Watch. The latest one features a titanium case, a bigger 45mm display and a large 590mAh battery. The Galaxy Watch 5 line will start at $280 when it hits store shelves on August 26th. However, you can preorder the wearables today

Galaxy Buds 2 ProSamsung Galaxy Buds 2 ProCherlynn Low/Engadget

The Galaxy Buds Pro were among the best true wireless earbuds you could buy last year. The new Galaxy Buds 2 Pro Samsung showed off at Unpacked looks like a promising upgrade. To start, there’s the addition of Bluetooth 5.3, 24-bit audio support and better noise cancelation performance. Together, those features should improve audio quality and make it easier to tune out ambient noises. Thanks to a 15 percent smaller design, Samsung says they should also fit better. But the most intriguing addition is a feature called Intelligent Voice Detect. When you start speaking to someone, the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro will automatically turn off ANC and lower the volume of your music. The new earbuds are available to preorder today for $230, making them $30 more than their predecessor.

Follow all of the news from Samsung's Unpacked event right here!

Splatoon 3 Is Holding a Pre-launch Splatfest Event on Aug. 27 - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2022-08-10 09:50
Switch owners can try out Nintendo's colorful shooter later this month.

Prepare for Fall With up to 40% Off New Apparel at Steep and Cheap - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2022-08-10 09:37
Even though the fall is a few months away that doesn't mean the savings are.

How to pre-order the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 and everything else announced at Unpacked 2022

Engadget - Wed, 2022-08-10 09:36

Samsung's Unpacked event today was chock full of new product announcements, and fans of the companies foldables have a lot to check out. The company showed off the new Galaxy Z Fold 4, its new flagship folding smartphone that starts at a whopping $1,799, as well as the Galaxy Z Flip 4, the successor to last year's Z Flip 3. Samsung's wearable lineup has a couple new members as well — the Galaxy Watch 5 is the company's newest smartphone, and it's complemented by the rugged, outdoor-ready Galaxy Watch 5 Pro. And to round things out, Samsung introduces a new pair of wireless earbuds in the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro. Here's how you can pre-order the Samsun Galaxy Z Fold 4 as well as everything else announced at Unpacked 2022.

Galaxy Z Fold 4Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4Samsung

Samsung's Galaxy Z Fold 4 is available for pre-order today with starting price of $1,799. It will be more widely available on August 26th. Those who pre-order through August 25th will receive a free storage upgrade, a Standing Cover with Pen case and a $100 Samsung credit.

Pre-order Galaxy Z Fold 4 at Samsung - $1,799

While Samsung didn't reinvent its flagship foldable for 2022, it did make some meaningful updates to the Z Fold 4. It has a more refined design with slimmer bezels and a thinner hinge, plus its more lightweight than last year's model. All of this should make the Z Fold 4 easier to use with one hand.

Samsung upped the durability of the main 7.6-inch, 120Hz screen, and it now has an updated taskbar which should make it easier to drag and drop apps to different parts of the display. The company also made it easier to swipe and navigate, so you could treat the Z Fold 4 like a touchscreen PC or tablet. The main screen also now supports Samsung's S Pen, so you can take notes, doodle and mark up documents more easily on the go.

You'll also find S-series cameras on the Z fold 4 now, too. The new foldable has a 10-megapixel telephoto lens, a 50MP wide shooter and a 12MP ultrawide camera, with all three collected vertically on the top-left corner of the phone's back. Inside the Z Fold 4 is a 4,400 mAh battery that supports fast charging, so you'll get up to a 50 percent increase in just 30 minutes of charge time. The 5G-capable phone runs on Snapdragon's 8+ Gen1 chip and it'll come with 12GB of RAM and up to 1TB of storage.

Galaxy Z Flip 4Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4Samsung

Samsung's Galaxy Z Flip 4 is available for pre-order today with a starting price of $999. It will be more widely available on August 26th. Those who pre-order through August 25th will get a free storage upgrade and a Silicone Ring Case or Strap Case.

Pre-order Galaxy Z Flip 4 at Samsung - $999

Similarly to the Z Fold 4, the Galaxy Z Flip 4 has been refined with a slimmer design overall and a 45 percent stronger main screen. Samsung seems to want to address the questions many users have about the durability of foldable phones by focusing on making its new devices this year as strong as possible (but we'll have to put them through their paces to see how successful the company was).

Samsung claims to have made the cover screen, the narrow display on the Z Flip 4 that's visible when the handset is folded, more useful this year. It supports quick replies, setting changes, Samsung Pay, a new SmartThings widget and custom clock designs. It also has an updated Quick Shot feature, which lets you take photos and start shoot videos directly from the cover screen. The company also upgraded the Z Flip 4's cameras: you're now getting a 12MP ultrawide lens along with a 12MP wide shooter with improved stabilization, tracking and nighttime photography.

The Z Flip 4 runs on a 4nm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset and it has a 3,700 mAh battery inside that supports fast charging just like the Z fold 4 does. Along with 5G support, it'll come with 8GB of RAM and up to 512GB of storage.

Galaxy Watch 5Samsung Galaxy Watch 5Samsung

The Galaxy Watch 5 is available for pre-order today with starting price of $279. It'll be widely available on August 26th. It will come in two sizes, 40mm and 44mm, with Bluetooth and LTE versions of each. Those who pre-order through August 25th are eligible to receive a free wireless charger duo.

Pre-order Galaxy Watch 5 at Samsung - $279

Samsung's latest wearable looks a little sleeker than the Galaxy Watch 4, plus it has a reshaped back portion that allows for greater skin contact. This means wearers will get better results when taking things like heart rate measurements, blood oxygen readings, ECGs and more. Along with an IP68 durability rating and 5ATM of water resistance, the Watch 5 series uses sapphire crystal glass on its display, which will better protect it against scratches.

In addition to making some subtle exterior changes, Samsung upgraded some of the features of the Galaxy Watch 5. Key among them is the wearable's sleep tracking capabilities — now, the Watch 5 has a more advanced sleep coach, which uses breathing and heart rate data to provide you more information about how you slept in any given night. You'll learn not only how much time you spent asleep, but also sleep stages, blood oxygen levels, time spent snoring and more. And since the watch runs on Google's WearOS, you'll get all of the existing features you'd expect, including voice navigation with Google Maps and more.

Samsung hasn't provided an estimated battery life for the Galaxy Watch 5 yet, but it did share that it increased the battery capacity by 15 percent in these new models. The Watch 5 also has built-in GPS and NFC for Samsung Pay.

Galaxy Watch 5 ProSamsung Galaxy Watch 5 ProSamsung

The Galaxy Watch 5 Pro is available for pre-order today with starting price of $449. It'll be widely available on August 26th. It's only available in the 45mm size, with Bluetooth and LTE versions available. Those who pre-order through August 25th are eligible to receive a free wireless charger duo.

Pre-order Galaxy Watch 5 Pro at Samsung - $449

As the name suggests, the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro is a step up from the standard model. Samsung designed this to be a more rugged smartwatch, capable of keeping up with hikers, mountain bikers, adventurers and the like. It has most of the same features as the regular Watch 5, but it adds a titanium case and a massive 590 mAh battery, which is a 60-percent larger cell than the one in the Galaxy Watch 4. Otherwise, it has s sapphire crystal glass display, IP68 and 5ATM durability ratings,built-in GPS and NFC and more.

Galaxy Buds 2 ProSamsung Galaxy Buds 2 ProSamsung

Samsung's Galaxy Buds 2 Pro are available for pre-order today and will cost $229. They will be more widely available on August 26th. Those who pre-order can receive a free wireless charger.

Pre-order Galaxy Buds 2 Pro at Samsung - $229

The successors to last year's Galaxy Buds Pro now support 24bit hi-fi audio, and they have a 15-percent smaller design. These ANC wireless earbuds now support auto switch, which lets you swap between Galaxy devices and even Samsung TVs while using the buds, and SmartThings Find, which will help you find them if you misplace them. There's also a new "voice detect" feature which will sense when you're speaking and automatically switch into ambient sound mode and lower the volume so you can hear whomever you're talking to.

Follow all of the news from Samsung's Unpacked event right here!