Apple redesigns Accessibility hub, launches videos on new features

Apple’s products have a wide variety of accessibility features, which can help people with disabilities personalize these products to better suit their needs. 

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Apple redesigns Accessibility hub, launches videos on new features

On Thursday – December 3, which is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities – the company launched a redesigned Accessibility hub, detailing some of these features in products such as the iPhone, Apple Watch, Mac and iPad. The site is divided in four sections: Vision, Mobility, Hearing, and Cognitive, each with several examples of features that may be useful to people with disabilities. 

Each feature page lists all the devices where that feature is available, and provides direct links to set it up on different devices. Links with more detailed or specific explanations are also provided. 

Coinciding with the redesign, Apple also launched a collection of videos which explain how to use some

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Five Solutions To Optimize B2B Tech Videos

Founder + Creative Director at Gallery Design Studio NYC, award-winning B2B communication design agency.

In my work, I’ve found that many business-to-business (B2B) technology companies struggle to maintain updated sales approaches. One major factor? In a typical B2B tech company, six to eight people are actively involved in a purchasing decision. Selling to that many people at once is a challenge!

Marketing specialists, including 71% of B2B marketers, use videos to efficiently welcome, educate and engage prospects, as well as new and existing clients. Making great videos, however, takes some thought, a lot of preparation and a little creativity.

The Challenges

Several challenges await anyone creating videos in the B2B tech sphere. You must identify content your clients and prospects need, take time to craft great videos, communicate value propositions, capture audience attention and track how effective your videos are to ensure your approach works. It sounds like

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TikTok lists top videos, creators of 2020

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — From skateboarding to Fleetwood Mac to learning Cardi B’s rump-shaking choreography, TikTok users got creative in a pandemic year with new songs, dances and memes in 60 seconds or less.

The social media video app on Wednesday shared its list of top 100 videos, creators and trends in America during 2020, recapping a year of viral videos that were sometimes a needed distraction in a tumultuous year.

“The through line is that these are videos that brought joy and inspiration to millions of Americans in a year that has been a bit of a whirlwind for everyone as we all try to figure it out,” said Kudzi Chikumbu, director of creator community at TikTok.

The platform has been widely associated with Generation Z and millennials who experiment with the app’s digital effects like green screens and and influencers who have launched careers based on the shared

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Snap to pay $1 million a day to creators for spotlight videos

Snap is rolling out a new tool for its Snapchat app to feature popular videos, called Spotlight, and said it will pay out $1 million a day to creators of the top-performing posts.

To earn the money, video submitters to Spotlight don’t have to have large followers — or even have public profiles. Instead, an algorithm will determine what to show Snapchat users based on how often others view the post. If others view the same video repeatedly, for instance, that’s a signal it’s catching on and will spur the algorithm to distribute it more widely.

The new feature will help Snapchat in a competitive market for posting entertaining videos online, dominated by Facebook’s Instagram and Google’s YouTube, with China-based ByteDance’s TikTok rising fast among younger audiences. Snap CEO Evan Spiegel has eschewed public metrics, such as likes and follows, that drive the market for influencers, the most-followed users on

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Democratic senators urge YouTube to remove election misinformation videos.

A group of Democratic senators urged YouTube to reverse its policy of allowing videos containing election outcome misinformation and pushed the company to adopt more aggressive steps to curb the spread of false content and manipulated media ahead of critical runoff elections for Georgia’s two Senate seats in January.

In a letter sent Tuesday to Susan Wojcicki, YouTube’s chief executive, four Democratic senators — Robert Menendez of New Jersey, Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, Gary Peters of Michigan and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota — said they had “deep concern with the proliferation of misinformation” on the platform. The letter pointed to how one YouTube video with the baseless claim of voter fraud in Michigan had five million views.

“These videos seek to undermine our democracy and cast doubt on the legitimacy of President-elect Biden’s incoming administration,” the senators wrote. “Moreover, because the current president has not committed to a peaceful transition

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TikTok will add an epilepsy warning to photosensitive videos

TikTok is adding a new feature that will help people who have epilepsy to avoid potentially dangerous photosensitive content. The short video platform already warns creators if their uploads contain effects that could trigger photosensitive epilepsy, but now anyone who encounters an example in their feed will get an alert that allows them to opt out of viewing such content in the future. There’ll also be a toggle in the app’s accessibility settings.

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The Epilepsy Foundation of America says that 1 in 26 people in the US will develop epilepsy at some point, with a tenth of people being affected by seizures. Video content that involves flashing lights and colors can trigger seizures, so it’s important for people to be able to control what they’re able to see — particularly on a social platform like TikTok where content is actively pushed to

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YouTube will put ads on non-partner videos but won’t pay the creators

The logo of video-sharing website YouTube is displayed on a smartphone on November 19, 2018 in Berlin, Germany.

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YouTube said in an update to its terms of service Wednesday that it has the “right to monetize” all content on its platform. As such, it will start putting ads on videos from channels not in its YouTube Partner Program, which shares ad revenue with creators. 

The move comes after Google reported a particularly strong third quarter for YouTube, which saw ad growth at $5.04 billion, up 32% from a year ago. It’s likely to increase revenues and margins for YouTube, but is sure to rankle creators who aren’t eligible to make money on the platform. 

According to an update to its terms of service Wednesday, YouTube claims the “right to monetize” all content on its platform.

Channels of any size from now on may

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YouTube will run ads on some creator videos, but it won’t give them any of the revenue

Starting today, YouTube will begin running ads on some creators’ videos, but it won’t give them a portion of the ad revenue because they’re not big enough to be enrolled in its Partner Program.

When advertisements run on YouTube videos, those creators typically receive a portion of the revenue through their role in YouTube’s Partner Program. With the new monetization rules, a creator who is not in the partner program “may see ads on some of your videos,” according to an update to the platform’s Terms of Service.

Prior to the update, YouTube says these videos only received ads in limited circumstances, like if they were monetized by a record label as part of a copyright claim. The update will mostly affect smaller creators without a huge viewership; YouTube’s Partner Program requires creators to have accrued 4,000 total hours of watch time over the last 12 months and have more

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PS5 PSA: Turn Off Trophy Videos To Save Storage Space, Here’s How

If you’re a longtime PS4 user playing on your fancy new PS5, you might’ve noticed that Sony changed up the way that Trophies are documented on the console. In addition to saving a screenshot, the PS5 will now save a clip of the exact moment you earned a Trophy. This new functionality can be great for those who want to ensure that their Trophy hunting accomplishments are recorded.

But as you can imagine, these video files will add up over time, resulting in a packed media folder filled with videos of you earning all sorts of Trophies–even the minor ones that don’t require much effort. While it is nice to record these moments, it’s not especially conducive to ensuring you’ve got plenty of space to store new games.

It’s best to disable this feature outright to save on storage space. From your PS5 home screen, go to Settings > Captures

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Netflix is testing a new vertical feed of funny videos on iPhones and iPads

John Mulaney, Ali Wong, Dave Chappelle posing for the camera: John Mulaney, Ali Wong, and Dave Chappelle are stand-up comedians. Each has a comedy special on Netflix. NBC / Getty Images; Rick Kern / Getty Images; Lester Cohen / Getty Images

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John Mulaney, Ali Wong, and Dave Chappelle are stand-up comedians. Each has a comedy special on Netflix. NBC / Getty Images; Rick Kern / Getty Images; Lester Cohen / Getty Images

  • Netflix is testing a new feature called “Fast Laughs.”
  • The feed, which is currently only available to select mobile users, shows viewers short clips from Netflix shows, movies, and comedy specials, and allows users to bookmark the full shows after viewing clips.
  • Already, social media giants like TikTok and Instagram have leveraged short-form vertical videos to boost engagement.
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Netflix is testing a new vertical video feature called “Fast Laughs” with audiences throughout the US and UK, TechCrunch reported on Thursday. 

Fast Laughs provides Netflix users with a feed of 15-second to 45-second clips taken from Netflix shows,

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