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VTech VM981 Safe & Sound Expandable HD Video Baby Monitor review: Not quite ready for the nursery


We got our hands on the VTech VM981 Wi-Fi HD Video Monitor and Camera ($199.95), an expandable system that can support up to nine VTech VM980 Wi-Fi Accessory HD Video Cameras ($75.95 each) as your family grows. In addition to watching streaming video of your child, you can take snapshots and record video of the camera's feed on demand. You can also toggle video quality between high, medium, and low and set night mode to activate automatically in low light or turn it on and off manually. It works pretty accurately, too, and you can adjust the sensitivity of the motion detection in the app, choosing between low, medium, and high settings, to minimize false alerts triggered by other motion, such as someone walking past the nursery doorway or the breeze from an open window fluttering a curtain.

European Human Rights Court to Rule on Extremist Online Videos

U.S. News

Days later, Facebook, Google's YouTube, Twitter and Microsoft responded with the announcement of a Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism, planning to research counter-speech possibilities, and share technical solutions in order to remove content faster.

Saudi Police Arrest Woman Who Wore Miniskirt in Online Video

NYT > Middle East

Update: The woman was released by police without charges hours after her arrest. The police in Saudi Arabia arrested a woman on Tuesday who appeared in a video posted online in which she wears a miniskirt and crop top, exposing her legs and midriff in violation of the country's strict dress code for women. The video of the woman, identified online only as Khulood, prompted a debate on social media soon after it was uploaded to Snapchat over the weekend. The police in Riyadh, the Saudi capital, turned her over to the public prosecutor's office, the kingdom's state-run Alekhbariya television reported on its Twitter feed, using an Arabic hashtag that translates to "We demand a trial for the model Khulood."

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Netgear Arlo Baby review: a better baby monitor


Beneath the kid-friendly kit are the robust features we've seen in Netgear's Arlo Q indoor security camera: 1080p full HD video, night vision, sound and motion detection, two-way audio, 24/7 recording, and free cloud storage. Lastly, a pair of sensors monitor indoor temperature, humidity, and air quality levels and alert you when they're out of range, so you can maintain an optimum nursery environment. Along the top of the streaming window are Wi-Fi, battery, and sound and motion alert indicators; access a to timeline for use with CVR plans; and a counter displaying how many unwatched video clips are in your library. Under the window are the camera controls: buttons for pausing the stream, recording video on demand, taking a snapshot of the live feed and toggling the mic and speaker on and off.

Amazon Prime set to overtake cable TV next year

Daily Mail

Almost as many US households subscribe to Amazon Prime as to cable TV, a new study has revealed. According to estimates by S&P Global and Morningstar, the number of US households subscribed Amazon Prime could outnumber those subscribed to cable TV as early next year. The rise in Amazon Prime subscriptions and fall in cable TV subscribers is not due to the fact that Amazon's Prime video feature is more popular than TV. By contrast, Apple's iTunes service held 50 per cent of online video market shares in 2012, but this lead has now dropped to between 20 per cent and 35 per cent.



Nest Cam IQ comes with a host of new features, including facial recognition and smart audio alerts. Nest IQ includes a 4K, 8-megapixel image sensor that improves 1080p video quality. A 10-day Nest Aware subscription runs $10 a month or $100 a year for one camera, and $5 a month for each additional camera. With its facial recognition, smart audio alerts, and stellar image quality, the Nest Cam IQ improves significantly on the already estimable Nest Cam.

Katy Perry's 'Swish Swish' video features Brazilian 'Butt Queen' meme star


The video for the song of the summer "Swish Swish" is finally here. And, Katy Perry isn't the star of the show, and nor is Nicki Minaj. The reigning queen of this video is Brazilian meme star, YouTuber, and singer Gretchen known as "Rainha do Bumbum" ("Queen of Butt") in Brazil. And, watching the video -- directed by Dario Vetere and David Campbell -- Gretchen certainly lives up to her name, as she shakes her booty like you've never seen before.

China bans online videos showing homosexuality, affairs

The Japan Times

BEIJING – China issued new regulations on Friday for online video content, directing streaming platforms to eliminate a range of programs in yet another tightening of controls on the Chinese internet. Online video platforms must hire at least three "professional censors" to watch every program from beginning to end and remove those that do not adhere to "correct political and aesthetic standards," the regulations said. The regulations introduced Friday order the cutting or removal of videos that "damage national image, derogate revolutionary leaders, propagate military conquests of ancient emperors or spread religious extremism." The Xinhua state news agency reported that video providers that violate the regulations could be reported to police for investigation.

Banned In China: Why Live Streaming Video Has Been Censored

International Business Times

A recent ban affecting three of China's biggest online platforms aimed at "cleaning up the air in cyberspace" is just the latest government crackdown on user-generated content, and especially live streaming. This edict, issued by China's State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT) in June, affects video on the social media platform Sina Weibo, as well as video platforms Ifeng and AcFun. In 2014, for example, one of China's biggest online video platforms LETV began removing its app that allowed TV users to access online video, reportedly due to SAPPRFT requirements. China's largest social media network, Sina Weibo, launched an app named Yi Zhibo in 2016 that allows live streaming of games, talent shows and news.