Sooner, safer, much less annoying. 

Three issues occurred this week that would have an effect on your digital lives.

Let’s break them down.

Safer: YouTube, the no. 2 most visited web site and app mentioned it could get severe about cleansing up its platform of bigoted movies, one thing critics have been asking for years, that means that folks may doubtlessly get somewhat extra snug about having their children watching YouTube. (There’s nonetheless rather a lot to fret about on YouTube. Extra on that in a minute.)

Sooner: Amazon needs to get merchandise to your property not in two days, not in at some point, however immediately. Or inside 30 minutes. The e-tailer launched its newest drone, which may fly vertically, and is being focused to ship out small objects like toothpaste and different family items throughout the subsequent 12 months. Whether or not the Federal Aviation Administration will open up the skies to Jeff Bezos and firm, nevertheless, is an open query.

Much less annoying: Apple unveiled its latest operating system upgrade, bringing 200 new tweaks to how you’ll be using the iPhone. And when you needed to sum up the highlights, the important thing ones are about making our expertise with the machine much less, nicely, bothersome. 

Those we actually like: 

Send robocalls on to voicemail. A brand new setting in iOS 13, which shall be obtainable to the general public in September, will permit solely cellphone numbers which can be acknowledged (by way of your Contacts, Mail, and Messages) to ring the cellphone. All different calls shall be despatched to voicemail, and you may solely learn about it if the caller has left a voicemail, which, as robocall haters know, hardly ever, if ever occurs. 

—Share on AirPods. Painpoint: you are on an airplane together with your important different, and loving the film in your laptop computer, which you are listening to by way of the AirPod bluetooth earbud. Resolution: a brand new “share” tab which can will let you share the media with others. 

Find photos. We take zillions of pictures yearly, and most of us have a extremely exhausting time finding those from something that occurred a number of months in the past. The place are they? In Favorites? In an album? What is the identify of that album anyway? So it appears seemingly that iPhone shutterbugs will recognize the brand new structure of the Pictures app, which mixes movies in with pictures, for a extra pleasing look. You’ll kind them by day, month and 12 months. Moreover, Apple says it’ll use machine studying to weed out the duplicates, pictures of receipts and parking zone indicators, to make for a extra pleasing show.  

Lastly, this one actually would not have an effect on many people for greater than nostalgia causes, however Apple is lastly trying to make that iTunes desktop software program extra manageable. 

The “loss of life of iTunes” acquired a lot of consideration, since Apple introduced that it was splitting up this system into three areas, Music, Podcasts and TV/Films. 

The truth is, sure, iTunes had turn into actually annoying, sluggish and overly bloated by attempting to do too many issues. But it surely’s desktop software program in a cell world, and most of us do not plug our telephones into the pc anymore to sync content material, we do not throw CDs into the CD tray to tear them, as a result of there are few CD trays on computer systems anymore. We do not examine our downloaded music libraries, as a result of most of you favor to stream and get entry to both pre-arranged radio like Pandora, or pay for limitless music listening from the likes of Spotify, Amazon and Apple Music. 

And that is large. For the primary time, we now have a approach higher cause to plug the iPhone. In iOS13, it’ll present up as a storage machine, like a USB flash drive, so we’ll be capable to transfer information forwards and backwards from the pc to cellphone, with out the pain-point of getting to e-mail information forwards and backwards. (I am dreaming of movies shot on my digicam and edited on my laptop computer that may lastly go to Instagram, with out all of the hassles of 12 months previous.)

Thanks Apple!


And gave him a ‘strike.’

As for YouTube, the community receives over 500 hours of recent content material each minute and whereas it tries to maintain a lid on issues mother and father would not need their children watching, all these submitted movies are frankly greater than machine studying, synthetic intelligence and a few human oversight can deal with. 

This week, YouTube mentioned it could be extra diligent about getting them down, with a brand new said coverage prohibiting movies “alleging group is superior in an effort to justify discrimination, segregation or exclusion based mostly on qualities like age, gender, race, caste, faith, sexual orientation or veteran standing.”

The anticipated fallout occurred rapidly, as movies that appeared to reveal hate speech by organizations just like the Southern Legislation Poverty Heart and One Individuals’s Undertaking had their movies taken down. YouTube mentioned they may enchantment the choices.

YouTube nonetheless has a lot of issues. A video referred to as “Who owns the Media,” is ripe with anti-Jewish slurs within the feedback, a video by Joyner Lucas options the rapper spouting the “N” phrase repeatedly, and any seek for students and school uniforms attracts the forms of movies and racy feedback that would not be welcome in a household newspaper. 

So, a fantastic transfer by YouTube, however mother and father, do not let your younger children close to it with out lively supervision.

And eventually, Amazon. At it is re:MARS convention in Las Vegas this week, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who additionally occurs to be the world’s richest man, was requested for tips about tips on how to begin a profitable enterprise. 

“An important factor is to be buyer obsessed,” he mentioned. “Determine tips on how to completely delight them.”

A drone delivering toothpaste at midday, after receiving an order at 11:30? That sounds moderately pleasant. However will it get outdated after we strive it a number of instances?

This week’s Speaking Tech podcasts

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In case you’ve been watching our installments from our latest travels to Spain and Portugal, this is the ultimate video entry for the sequence, from Porto, the seaside city that helped give beginning to the Harry Potter books. I invite you to have a look. 

That is a wrap for this week’s Speaking Tech publication. Subscribe:, hearken to the every day Speaking Tech podcast wherever you hearken to on-line audio and observe me (@jeffersongraham) on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. 

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