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YouTube includes ‘Shorts’ button on app home screen in India

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Giant for video streaming YouTube added ‘Shorts’ button to mobile app home screen in India. This experiment is available to a small group of users in India using the YouTube app on Android and iOS.

The Shorts icon is placed in the top or bottom row of the mobile app to make it easier for users to tap and look at Shorts YouTube. Shorts is a new short form video experience for creators and artists who want to create short, catchy videos using only their mobile phone.

In an explanation, YouTube said, “We are starting to test a new way to watch Shorts, a new short video experience that allows you to create short videos right from the YouTube application for the mobile phone. We’re adding a Shorts icon to the top or bottom row of the mobile app to make it easier to tap and watch Shorts YouTube.”

It further added: “Those who participate in the experiment will either see a Shorts icon instead of the Explore tab (with the Explore icon moved to the top row) or will see a Shorts icon instead of the Cast icon. icon in the top row (Casting can still be done in the player while watching a video.) This experiment is available to a small group of users in India using the YouTube app on Android and iOS as we collect feedback.”

Launched in September, the app is currently in beta with a handful of new creation tools. Currently, creators in India can use YouTube‘s newest tool for creating short videos, the Shorts camera.

YouTube Shorts are vertical videos of up to 60 seconds. In addition to viewing on the Creators channel, viewers can find a short video on the Shorts shelf on the home page and take advantage of a new vertical viewing experience made for short videos.

Content created with the Shorts camera is limited to 15 seconds. While anything can take up to 60 seconds to appear on the shelf, Google has recommended creators focus on 15-second videos that are quick and easy for viewers to watch.

Ads do not appear on Shorts and they are not generated YouTube Income from premium subscriptions. Shorts also do not contribute to YouTubeeligible for the Affiliate Program, but subscribers won by viewing your Shorts will still count toward the eligibility threshold.

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Amazon Alexa is accessible to people outside the US; here’s how

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Alexa fans outside the United States long to access the technology in their own country. Alexa was initially launched as an exclusive service in the United States in 2014.

As for 2021, the voice assistant will be accessible in over 40 countries, but you’ll have to take a different route.

Can you use Alexa in unsupported countries?

You can access Alexa outside of the United States, but Amazon has added so many barriers that it will take so much effort for it to work, according to android authority.

For starters, you’ll need an international version of the Amazon Echo Dot, a first-generation Amazon Echo Plus, or a second-generation Amazon Echo.

It should be possible for you to buy one or more of these devices on Amazon, but chances are you will have to order the device from Amazon UK, Amazon US or Amazon Germany, and it will cost quite a bit, especially at shipment.

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You also need to download the Alex app for iPhone, iPad or Android. You can set up the device through Alexa’s official website alexa.amazon.com. However, the app is needed for full control over routines and settings.

If the app isn’t available in your area, you’ll need to temporarily change the location and billing settings for the Google Play Store on Android or Apple App Store for iPads and iPhones.

Please note that this step is not practical as there is a possibility that it will harm the other app subscriptions you have signed up in front of.

Some Alexa features are blocked on Amazon Echo international models. These Alexa features include shopping, news, business, and traffic.

Also, some skills will not work, such as iHeartRadio, Pandora, and Audible, which are exclusive to the United States.

In different regions, you can use TuneIn Radio, Spotify and Amazon Music Unlimited. Smart home features do work, such as timers, alarms, calendar, weather, and to-do list. You can also access newsletters, as long as they are region specific.

Before purchasing an Alexa-enabled device, please check the product pages to find out what restrictions apply in your country.

Keep in mind that Alexa can speak Spanish, German or English on international Echo models, so you can only choose between the three.

Which countries support Alexa?

The countries that support Alexa are United States, United Kingdom, Austria, Germany, Japan, Canada, India, Belgium, Chile, Bulgaria, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Colombia, Cyprus, Estonia, El Salvador, Ecuador, Greece, Finland, Iceland and Hungary.

The Alexa service is also accessible in Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Malta, Peru, Panama, Poland, Slovakia, Portugal, Uruguay and Sweden.

Alexa has several abilities that are beneficial to the user, including the Alexa Guard which protects your home as it uses the microphone in the Echo devices to listen for signs of intrusion.

You can also use the Audible skill so that you can hear an audiobook read aloud. There is also a free book that you can read monthly, according to Business Insider.

Related Article: Amazon Alexa Hacks Every Alexa User Should Know

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Dual polarization weather radar protects us every day

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On a lazy Sunday morning, I asked my Twitter followers what they would like me to write about in this space. Andrew Hatter suggested I do something on dual-polarization radar. Going through my previous articles from the past 5 years, I really hadn’t written much about it. That’s my fault, everyone. Dual polarization is a critical tool of the National Weather Service and is used daily to protect us.

First I need to give a little “weather radar 101”. Many of us teaching weather radar often cite Radio Detection and Ranging (RADAR) as a byproduct of World War II. During that time, it became very apparent that annoying “precipitation-related” noise on radar was hampering the radar’s intended military needs. However, the National Weather Service website points out that “the fundamental principle underlying all radars was first observed in 1886 by the physicist Heinrich Hertz when he discovered that electromagnetic waves could be reflected off various objects and even into beams could be focused by appropriate reflectors.” For a deep dive into the history of weather radar, visit this clutch.

At this point, I want to fast-forward to the 1950s. The WSR-57 radar system was adopted by the United States Weather Bureau and the US Navy. This was an S-band (~10 cm wavelength) system that has been the backbone of US radar weather monitoring for over 30 years. It evolved from an experimental X-band system. In the 1970s, the WSR-74 system came into use. At this point, some readers might say, “What the hell are you talking about Dr. Shepherd with all this talk about alphabet soup?

Weather radars send a pulse of microwave energy into the clouds. Some of that energy is scattered back to the radar from the volume of scattering (raindrops, hailstones, insects, and so on). The different frequencies commonly used in radar meteorology are shown in the image above. For example, the S band frequencies are less prone to attenuation than bands with lower wavelengths and have a longer range. If you have satellite TV, you know what attenuation is when it rains hard and your signal is lost.

About the time I entered college in the late 1980s, the National Weather Service, the Department of Defense, and other partners upgraded the U.S. weather radar network to the WSR-88D “S” band system. This was part of the Modernizing the National Weather Service effort in the early 1990s. These radars introduced the life-saving ability of Doppler-shifted phases. Since we know the phase (shape, position, shape, frequency) in which the radar beam was emitted, as scatterers (raindrops, etc.) move will shift the phase of the returning radar echo. From that information we can deduce the speed towards or away from the radar (radial speed is not a real wind speed by the way). This Doppler effect also explains why the pitch of the train’s horn sounds different as it approaches and moves away from you. With such information, meteorologists can now detect rotation in storms that could indicate a tornado. In fact, most tornado warnings today are based on Doppler radar identification. My master’s degree involved using early WSR-88D radar data to track and locate landfall hurricanes.

Okay, we’ve finally reached dual polarization. According to NOAA website“Dual-polarimetric radar transmits and receives pulses in both horizontal and vertical directions.” This means that the returned echoes contain information in both directions about the raindrops, snowflakes, sleet and hailstones. Better information about the shape, size and composition of the targets allows for better discrimination of the type of precipitation (e.g. is it heavy rain or hail? or is it snow or icy rain?) There are even products that can be derived from dual-polarization radar that can help identify tornado-related debris in real time and improve rainfall estimation.

The National Weather Service began the transition to dual-polarization radar in early 2010. According to the National Weather Service, the first upgraded “dual-pol” system (NWS WSR-88DP) at Vance Air Force Base near Enid, Oklahoma. Since this installation in 2011, the National Weather Service has upgraded more than 150 operational radars in the US and its territories.

The image above is a good example of how dual polarization products (correlation coefficient (CC) and differential reflectivity (ZDR) supplemented standard reflectivity products and Doppler rotational patterns (SRM) to confirm that the radar sampled tornado debris thrown into the air. below illustrates how dual polarization radar helped forecasters better determine the location of rainfall versus snowfall in New York.

For more information on how dual polarization is used in weather forecasting, visit this: NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory website.

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Trump Accidentally Releases Statement Destroying His Own ‘Dumb’ Election Lies

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Trump Accidentally Releases Statement Destroying His Own 'Dumb' Election Lies

The twice-indicted former President Donald Trump made a brief statement Saturday night that appeared to inadvertently disprove his own long-running (and false) claim that the 2020 election had been stolen from him. “Anyone who doesn’t think there was no mass voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election is either very stupid or very corrupt!” read the statement.

Trump’s (apparently) coincidental double-negative means the opposite of what Trump and countless conservatives have falsely claimed about the 2020 presidential outcome. During the end of his presidency, Trump led a failed, anti-democratic and sometimes deadly GOP crusade based on allegations of electoral fraud, to try to undo Joe Biden’s 2020 victory. Trump and several figures in the Republican Party have continued to push these lies in their efforts to conduct an increasing number of election and voting campaigns across the country.

Trump spokespersons did not respond to messages Saturday seeking clarification as to whether the ex-president and current GOP leader meant the opposite of what he said in his written statement, or whether Trump actually admitted that he was either incredibly stupid or was astonishingly corrupt.

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