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GitHub introduces video uploading across its platform
by Paul Hill
GitHub has announced that it’s now possible for users to upload videos across its platform. MP4 and MOV files can be uploaded in issues, pull requests, discussions, and more. The inclusion of this feature will open up new possibilities including clearer demonstrations of new features or bugs in software projects.
The firm previously released video uploads as a beta feature back in December but now it’s considered stable enough for everybody on the platform to use. Now that it’s available, all users can upload videos to help maintainers reproduce bugs, provide context on pull requests for reviewers, give a demonstration of new features currently in the prototype phase, and more.
Commenting on the ability to upload videos, Lauren Brose from GitHub said:
The ability to upload videos is also arriving with mobile support. Both the iOS and Android GitHub mobile apps are capable of uploading videos to the platform but you’ll need to update the apps to their latest versions.
How to turn off Microsoft News on the Microsoft Edge new tab page.
1) Click the 3 dots in the top right corner of edge
2) Click "Settings"
3) On the left side under settings click "New tab page"
4) On the right click the "Customize" button
5) In the box that appears in the top right click "custom"
6) At the bottom of the box under "content" drop down the box and select "content off"
Unboxing and first impressions of the Intel-based Honor MagicBook Pro
by João Carrasqueira
At IFA 2020, Honor introduced the MagicBook Pro, a 16-inch laptop powered by a Ryzen 5 4600H processor, as opposed to the U-series processors found in its non-Pro MagicBooks. Now, the company has introduced an Intel variant of the MagicBook Pro, which actually released in China even before the AMD version was introduced.
What's interesting about the Intel-powered MagicBook Pro is that instead of using an H-series processor like the AMD variant did, it actually has a Core i5-10210U, meaning it only has a 15W TDP instead of 45W. However, we now get a dedicated GPU in the form of the GeForce MX350 from Nvidia, while the AMD variant came with only the built-in graphics on the Ryzen processor.
Aside from the processor change, the rest of the laptop is nearly identical. There's a 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD, 16GB of dual-channel RAM, and a 56Wh battery. However, that battery is rated for an extra half-hour compared to the AMD version, for a total of 11.5 hours of battery life. The display is 16.1 inches diagonally and it has Full HD resolution in a 16:9 aspect ratio. There's no space for a camera above the display, so it's in the keyboard instead, as we've seen with other MagicBooks.
While a full review is coming soon, you can check out our first impressions of the new MagicBook Pro in the video below.
Facebook starts allowing short-form video monetisation
by Paul Hill
Facebook has announced that it’s opening up new ways to let content creators monetise their content on its platform. The main changes are to short-form videos, which content creators will now be able to monetise, and the testing of sticker ads in Stories. It’s also going to increase the number of creators that are allowed to monetise their content after the successes it saw last year.
According to the social media firm, from 2019 to 2020, those earning $10,000 per month grew by 88% and those earning $1,000 per month grew by 94%. With the pandemic hitting people’s finances and likely to continue doing so for the coming years, Facebook’s expansion of monetisation services will no doubt act as a lifeline for many people.
Before today’s update, ads were only available on three-minute or longer videos and start playing 45 seconds in. Now, videos as short as one minute can play an ad halfway through. Facebook says that these ads will be “minimally interruptive”.
Facebook said it’s also going to assemble a small group of content creators to test sticker ads in Stories. As stickers, they will sit on the user’s screen without breaking the Story that you’re watching and if used well shouldn’t be disruptive. While the test groups will be small in the coming weeks, it wants to expand soon to more creators. Once Facebook is happy with this ad format, it plans to bring it to short-form videos on Facebook too.
In addition to short-form video monetisation, Facebook also announced improvements to Stars that followers can send to content creators. Over the last six month, six billion stars have been sent which works out to around $60 million being added to creators’ earning. To boost knowledge of Stars, Facebook will be offering followers free Stars which they can send to creators; the firm is spending $7 million on the initiative.
To learn more about the different monetisation options available, you should head over to Creator Studio. It will let you know the eligibility criteria for all of the different options available.
Nokia and Samsung sign video standards patent license agreement
by Paul Hill
Nokia and Samsung have come to an agreement over a license for patents. Under the deal, Samsung will gain access to innovations in video standards covered by Nokia’s patents in exchange for royalty payments that help Nokia recoup the costs of its development efforts.
According to the statement put out by Nokia, the terms of the agreement are confidential between the two parties including the royalties that Samsung will have to pay the Finnish firm. Over the last 20 years, Nokia has invested €129 billion in research and development and now holds 20,000 patent families including 3,500 patent families that are essential for 5G.
Commenting on the deal, President of Nokia Technologies Jenni Lukander said:
Nokia said that it licenses out its innovations on “fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory” terms. With Nokia doing most of the heavy lifting, other companies can then license the technologies for less than it would cost to do their own research and development.
Another firm that Samsung has licensed patents from is Ericsson. In December, Ericsson filed a lawsuit against the South Korean firm for violating the terms of the arrangement. A similar incident took place in 2012, but after two years, Samsung finally paid Ericsson $650 million, plus a years-worth of royalties.