YouTube now lets you subscribe to a channel from an embedded video

YouTube keeps the updates rolling in.
YouTube keeps the updates rolling in.

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YouTube launched a new update to its website two days ago allowing users to browse while watching a video at the same time. Now, the video platform is quietly rolling out another major update to the offsite YouTube experience.

The video giant is finally giving its embedded player a major overhaul — making it easier for people to subscribe to channels from embedded videos.

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Now, when you come across a YouTube video embedded on a website, you will see the channel’s avatar on the top left corner, next to the title of the video on the thumbnail image. Hovering over the channel image reveals the channel’s name, subscriber count, as well as a new actionable “subscribe” button. You can also click on the channel image to open its YouTube channel page in a new window. These changes were first pointed out by 9to5Google.

Mashable has confirmed that this new feature began quietly rolling out across YouTube video embeds two weeks ago. The update was designed to provide more context about the video being watched. 

YouTube videos embedded on a third-party’s website had long been void of any additional information. You may not have even realized it, but shockingly before this update, video embeds simply displayed the video’s title without any information about the channel or creator who uploaded it.

On its surface, this update may seem like a small change, but in action, it makes it much easier for channel creators and YouTube personalities to grow their subscriber base.

All viewers have to do is hover over the channel avatar, and as long as they’re logged into their YouTube account, they can click the “subscribe” button from the pop-up menu that appears. The viewer would then be subscribed to the video uploader’s channel without ever having to even leave the website or post where the video is embedded on. So, next time you see a YouTube video embedded on one of your favorite websites, do the uploader a favor, and smash that subscribe button.

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Buggy software in popular connected storage drives can let hackers read private data

Security researchers have found flaws in four popular connected storage drives that they say could let hackers access a user’s private and sensitive data.

The researchers Paulos Yibelo and Daniel Eshetu said the software running on three of the devices they tested — NetGear Stora, Seagate Home, and Medion LifeCloud — can allow an attacker to remotely read, change and delete data without requiring a password.

Yibelo, who shared the research with TechCrunch this week and posted the findings Friday, said that many other devices may be at risk.

The software, Hipserv, built by tech company Axentra, was largely to blame for three of the four flaws they found. Hipserv is Linux-based, and uses several web technologies — including PHP — to power the web interface. But the researchers found that bugs could let them read files on the drive without any authentication. It also meant they could run any command they wanted as “root” — the built-in user account with the highest level of access — making the data on the device vulnerable to prying eyes or destruction.

We contacted Axentra for comment on Thursday but did not hear back by the time of writing.

Neither Netgear nor Seagate commented by our deadline, but we’ll update if that changes. Lenovo, which now owns Medion, did not respond to a request for comment.

The researchers also reported a separate bug affecting WD My Book Live drives, which can allow an attacker to remotely gain root access.

A spokesperson for WD said that the vulnerability report affects devices originally introduced in 2010 and discontinued in 2014, and “no longer covered under our device software support lifecycle.” WD added: “We encourage users who wish to continue operating these legacy products to configure their firewall to prevent remote access to these devices, and to take measures to ensure that only trusted devices on the local network have access to the device.”

In all four vulnerabilities, the researchers said that an attacker only needs to know the IP address of an affected drive. That isn’t so difficult in this day and age, thanks to sites like Shodan, a search engine for publicly available devices and databases, and similar search and indexing services.

Depending on where you look, the number of affected devices varies. Shodan puts the number at 311,705, but ZoomEye puts the figure at closer to 1.8 million devices.

Although the researchers described the bugs in moderate detail, they said they have no plans to release any exploit code to prevent attackers taking advantage of the flaws.

Their advice: if you’re running a cloud drive, “make sure to remove your device from the internet.”

The best Apple Watch bands and straps to stylize your timepiece

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The strap on the Apple Watch is easy to change, and buying a different one is a great way to personalize your watch. Build a collection, and you’ll have an Apple Watch to suit every occasion and form of attire. Apple makes its own straps, but many are very expensive. As beautiful as they are, there’s no need to be limited to Apple’s range of replacement bands, regardless of how much you have to spend.

Now the Apple Watch Series 4 is here, and we think it’s not only the best smartwatch, but the best device Apple currently makes, there has never been a better time to get one. Once it’s on your wrist, take a look through our list of our favorite straps and bands, and start making it your own. Don’t worry, all the straps will fit your Apple Watch, Apple Watch Series 2, and Apple Watch Series 3 as well.

Third-party straps

Suigeneric Mountain ($35)

The only brand offering hand-waxed cotton watch bands for the Apple Watch is Suigeneric, and they’re a real treat. We’ve worn the Mountain version for a few weeks, and it has only gotten better with age. The strap is thick but pliant, and made from 100 percent cotton. It didn’t make us sweat, even wearing it for an afternoon in boiling hot Rome, Italy. It’s also long enough for most wrists, and the clasp and loops don’t rub or catch hair. Most of all though, it looks fantastic, with designs truly unlike others. Excellent value for money, and we love the unusual designs available. Mountain became our favorite, but we also like the Tiger Camo model. Suigeneric only offers the strap in 42mm and with black hardware, which looked best with a space grey watch, but was also acceptable with aluminum.

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Meridio Suede Band (80 Euros/$98)

Tired of the usual old leather bands and silicone straps for your Apple Watch? Take a look at Meridio’s suede straps, which are suitably different than other straps out there, yet still neatly fit in with casual and smart outfits. The suede band, as you would expect, is soft to touch, supple, and comfortable to wear. The texture is pleasant to the touch, and there is enough of a nap on the strap for it to catch the light, and the thickness tapers off toward the tip, making it more wearable. Meridio is an Italian brand and has 10 years of experience in fashion and leather goods. We’re especially fond of the ocean-floor blue color version, made for a 38mm Apple Watch, seen in our pictures.

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Dassari Carbon Fiber Strap ($40)

Who wants the same old strap for their Apple Watch? No one. We want to be different, and if you prefer a sporty look, then take a look at Dassari’s very cool carbon fiber-look strap. The carbon weave effect is subtle, with less shine and reflection than you may expect, making it more wearable on a daily basis. It’s matched to very soft leather and is incredibly comfortable. It’s refreshing to see the strap matched with Apple’s bar-style hardware too. The strap only comes in black but it is available for both the 38mm and 42mm Apple Watch. The style and dark color slim down the Apple Watch a lot, so if you find many straps make the watch look too large, this does the opposite.

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Nomad Sport Strap ($50)

To accompany its Rugged Strap, Nomad has introduced the Sport Strap, a silicone band with built-in lugs that extend all the way across the Watch’s body, a strong stud-and-hole fixing, and a design similar to that of Nike’s recent Apple Watch straps. Nomad’s offering is made of soft, LSR silicone, which comes in a two-tone color scheme, in either black and grey, or black and green. It’s hypoallergenic and resists sweat nicely, and stays cool underneath thanks to a channel for airflow. It’s well-suited for fitness aficionados, and is quite a large, statement-making strap. It costs $50, but, unfortunately, it’s only available for the 42mm Watch.

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Burkley 3-in-1 Double Tour/Cuff/Band ($130)

If you’ve lusted after a Double Tour strap for your Apple Watch, but don’t want to splash out on a Hermès iconic model, then take a look at Burkley’s version. The Double Tour strap is actually part of a three-piece set, which comes with a standard leather band and a cuff-style strap. It’s possible to mix and match the set to make a Double Tour Cuff strap, too, so it offers plenty of versatility. Burkley’s genuine leather is soft, but does take a while to break in, meaning the Double Tour gets more comfortable over time. It’s $130 for the set, which is a good value for three leather straps. It’s currently available in several colors and for both the 38mm and 42mm Apple Watch.

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Burkley Holo Strap ($100)

Burkley’s Holo Strap is perfect for those weekends in your sports car, with the top down, headed toward the coast. Or, at the very least, those times when you’re imagining that you’re doing that. The strap’s classic styling makes it a beauty, while the soft, padded leather renders it both lightweight and comfortable. We love the little design touches, too, such as Burkley logo, which is stamped directly on the strap loop. It also comes in one of several colors, and is available for the 38mm and 42mm Apple Watch.

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Native Union Active Strap ($100)

A clever mix of style and function, the Native Union Active Strap has water-resistant leather on the outside and a fluoroelastomer grip on the inside. This hypo-allergenic material’s pattern also keeps sweat from building up underneath the band during exercise, while the classy leather ensures the watch is suitable for everyday wear. It’s very comfortable and extremely lightweight, too. We love the hint of yellow that peeps through, which gives the subdued color scheme some punch.

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Southern Straps Nato Strap ($25)

A more textured nylon strap than the Nyloon example below, the Southern Straps band also has stitching running down each section, giving it a different look. It feels very hard-wearing, and has been double bonded and heat sealed to make sure it doesn’t just fall apart under tough conditions. We love the khaki and red version seen here, which comes with a choice of colors for the Apple Watch connectors, and in either 38mm or 42mm sizes. Let down slightly by the strap loop, which sometimes pinched wrist hairs.

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Nyloon Watch Band ($39)

Nyloon’s nylon watch band feels like it’ll last a while and withstand some rough treatment, which is just what you need from this popular style. We’ve been wearing the Napier design, which comes in navy blue and red, and found it comfortable and stylish. The shiny hardware is attractive, and the Apple Watch adapter pieces have spring-loaded bars, so you can swap out the strap for another 20mm or 22m version of your own choice.

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Nomad Leather Strap ($60)

Nomad’s classic leather strap received a makeover recently, losing the stitching for a sleeker, flatter look. We particularly love Nomad’s straps due to the custom designed Watch adapters, which change the look of the Watch’s face considerably. Both the adapters and the buckle have a matt finish and also come in black, ready to match your Watch model. It’s still quite a masculine design, but less so than the previous strap. The Horween leather is wonderfully supple out of the box and needs only a few hours to bed in.

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Kate Spade Leather Apple Watch Strap ($70)

This multicolor strap adds a bit of fun to 38mm Apple Watch cases. The pastel stripes and stainless steel buckles can be easily dressed up or down depending on the occasion.

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Pad & Quill Field Strap ($100)

Pad & Quill’s Field Strap is an interesting take on the fabric Watch strap, combining very hard wearing Cordura fabric with classy and comfortable leather, along with nickel hardware. The leather is stitched to the fabric on the underside, making the strap very easy to wear. Leather is also incorporated into other areas to give the band some visual excitement. The black and gray color combo is our pick, as it’s versatile enough to match most outfits and situations. Next to Nomad’s silicone strap, this is one of the most comfortable Apple Watch straps we’ve worn recently.

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Laptops and tablets on sale this weekend: Apple iPads, Dell 2-in-1s, MacBook Pro, Samsung, Lenovo, Acer, and more

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The weekend is here, so it’s time to kick back, relax, and check out these killer deals on tablets and laptops from Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart. (If binge-watching the entire season of Netflix’s new Haunting of Hill House from bed is on the top of your to-do list, then a new laptop or tablet is what you need.)

If you’re super brand loyal, there are plenty of Apple iPads and Samsung Galaxy Tabs to choose from. Shop the Samsung SM-T390NZKAXAR Galaxy Tab Active2 for $434.99 or the Apple iPad Pro for $854.80. 

You’ll also find plenty of Dell laptops on sale, too. These range from the affordable Dell Inspiron 2-in-1 for $271.90, which is perfect for the office or classroom, all the way to the Dell XPS 9370 for $1602.03, in case you need a little extra power.

And that’s not to mention everything else from Acer, Asus, Microsoft, Lenovo, and more. So check out some of the best deals available this weekend:

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Microsoft’s new expense tracker Spend hits the App Store

The team behind mileage-tracking app MileIQ, a company Microsoft acquired a few years ago, is out with a new application. This time, the focus isn’t on tracking miles, but rather expenses. The new app, simply called “Spend,” arrived on the App Store on Thursday, offering automatic expense tracking for work reimbursement purposes or for taxes.

Spend doesn’t appear to be a part of some grand Microsoft plan to take on expense tracking industry giants, like Expensify or SAP-owned Concur, for example. At least, not at this time.

Instead, the app is a Microsoft Garage project, the App Store clarifies.

Microsoft Garage is the company’s internal incubator when employees can test out new ideas to see if they resonate with consumers and business users.

Through the program, a number of interesting projects have gotten their start over the years, like the Cortana-based dictation tool, Dictate; mobile design creation app Sprightly; short-form email app Send; the Word Flow keyboard for smartphones; a Bing-backed alternative to Google News; and dozens more.

The new Spend app, at first glance, looks well-designed and easy to use.

Like most expense trackers, it offers features like the ability to take photos of receipts, expense categorization features, and reporting.

However, what makes Spend interesting is the app’s automated tracking and matching, and its user interface for working with your receipts.

The app begins by automatically tracking all your expenses from a linked credit card or bank account. You can then swipe on the expenses to mark them as personal or business. These expenses are automatically categorized, and you can add extra tags for added organization.

You can also add notes to purchases, split expenses, and customize expense categories, in addition to tags.

And the app can generate expense reports on a weekly, monthly or custom bases, which can be exported at spreadsheets or PDFs. There’s a web dashboard for when you’re using the app at your computer, but Spend doesn’t appear on the MileIQ main website at this time. It does, however, have a support site.

The company says the new app is an early version, and they plan to revise it going forward as they make improvements. Microsoft has been asked for more details on its plans with Spend, and we’ll update if they have more to offer.

Apple design chief Jony Ive gives rare interview, talks about responsibility to society, the Apple Watch, and more

Apple chief design officer Jony Ive and Apple CEO Tim Cook check out the new iPhone XR during an Apple special event.
Apple chief design officer Jony Ive and Apple CEO Tim Cook check out the new iPhone XR during an Apple special event.

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Is the Apple Watch really a watch? Do big tech companies like Apple have a responsibility to society based on the impact of the products they make?

In an interview with the Financial Times, Apple’s chief design officer Jony Ive spoke about the company’s latest products and its impact on society. Ive has been in his position since 1996, leading the team in the design of products such as the iMac, iPod, iPhone, and iPad. Ive is notoriously shy and rarely does interviews, making this an especially interesting look into the company.

When asked about Apple’s claim that sales of the Apple Watch are such that it’s now considered the “number-one watch brand,” Ive invoked the iPhone: 

“We had this same challenge with the product that we called the iPhone. Clearly the capability of the iPhone extends way beyond the function of what we would traditionally call a phone.” 

So, is the Apple Watch really a watch? Ive was upfront about his thoughts: 

“No, I think that this is a very powerful computer, with a range of very sophisticated sensors, that is strapped to my wrist. That’s neither very descriptive nor very helpful.”

Apple’s products have inarguably had major impacts on society, both in positive and negative ways. Ive is very aware of this and the role Apple plays in the world.

“Very often, so much of what a product ends up being able to do isn’t what you initially thought. If you’re creating something new, it is inevitable there will be consequences that were not foreseen — some that will be great, and then there are those that aren’t as positive. There is a responsibility to try and predict as many of the consequences as possible and I think you have a moral responsibility to try to understand, try to mitigate those that you didn’t predict.”

In discussing the company’s responsibilities to humanity, it’s clear that this is a topic that weighs heavy on Ive’s mind.

“I think it’s part of the culture at Apple to believe that there is a responsibility that doesn’t end when you ship a product. It keeps me awake.”

Ive goes on to talk about how he learned to love the Apple Photos “new memory” feature, which he found annoying at first, and the rumors surrounding the design team being the last to move to Apple Park. He’s also asked about the Apple Car, which is the one topic he pretty much avoided talking about. Regardless, it’s an interesting read so be sure to check out the full piece at the Financial Times.

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Hiver lets you manage shared email addresses from Gmail

Meet Hiver, a service that lets you collaborate on generic email addresses, such as jobs@yourcompany.com, support@, sales@, etc. Hiver isn’t the only company working on shared inboxes. But compared to Front, everything happens in Gmail directly.

To be fair, Front has been doing a fantastic job when it comes to multiplayer email — and the company has been doing great. Front is a new email client that lets you work together on your inbound emails.

But many teams don’t necessarily want to use a brand new email client. Some people love the Gmail interface so much that they don’t even think about switching to something else.

Hiver is a Google Chrome extension that adds a bunch of feature to your Gmail inbox. In addition to your personal inbox, you can now access shared inboxes with other people in your team. You can then assign an email to one of your coworkers and see what everybody is working on.

If you need help in order to reply to a tedious email, you can write a note in the right column and notify your teammates using @-mentions. All your comments live in this separate column so that you don’t clutter your email thread with forwards and CCs.

Whenever someone starts replying, Hiver shows a collision alert so that customers don’t get two replies. You can also use templates for faster replies, send emails later and share drafts to get another pair of eyes.

More recently, Hiver added automation with simple if/then rules to assign conversations to the right person and categorize your emails automatically.

If you’ve used Front in the past, those features will sound familiar as you can do all of this in Front, and much more. But it turns out that some companies really wanted a “Front for Gmail”.

Hiver just raised a $4 million funding round from Kalaari Capital and Kae Capital. The company is based in India and has 50 employees already. A thousand companies are currently using Hiver, such as Hubspot, Vacasa, Pinterest and Lyft. Most of Hiver’s clients are based in the U.S.

Building a product on top of Gmail creates some limitations. For instance, you’ll have to remain a G Suite customer in order to keep using Hiver. Hiver also works better on desktop. The company has mobile apps, but they are still a bit basic so far.

Hiver uses a software-as-a-service approach. Plans start at $14 per user per month, and you need to pay more for automations, Salesforce integration and more.

Facebook hires ‘one of the least popular party leaders in modern British history’ to fix its image

Facebook has hired the former UK Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg as its head of global affairs and communications. The former Liberal Democrat politician will be relocating to Silicon Valley in the new year, but starts work on Monday, according to the FT.

Clegg takes over from Elliot Schrage, who held the position for a decade. Schrage stepped down in June after being a key player in addressing Facebook’s recent struggles with fake news, alleged election meddling, data breaches, and the Cambridge Analytica scandal. 

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg wrote in a Facebook post that Clegg “understands deeply the responsibilities we have to people who use our service around the world.”

Sandberg also praised Clegg for “his experience and ability to work through complex issues.”

In a 2014 YouGov poll, Clegg was voted the least popular party leader in modern British history. In his later years as leader of the Liberal Democrats, Clegg was criticised for having a “toxic brand” following a controversy over the party failing to deliver on an election promise to oppose any increase in university tuition fees. 

Clegg stepped down as leader of the Liberal Democrats after the 2015 election, where the party was reduced from 57 seats in Parliament to just eight. In the 2017 election, he lost his seat to Labour. 

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Researchers discover a new way to identify 3D printed guns

Researchers at the University at Buffalo have found that 3D printers have fingerprints, essentially slight differences in design that can be used to identify prints. This means investigators can examine the layers of a 3D printed object and pinpoint exactly which machine produced the parts.

“3D printing has many wonderful uses, but it’s also a counterfeiter’s dream. Even more concerning, it has the potential to make firearms more readily available to people who are not allowed to possess them,” said Wenyao Xu, lead author of the study.

The researchers found that tiny wrinkles in each layer of plastic can be used to identify a “printer’s model type, filament, nozzle size and other factors cause slight imperfections in the patterns.” They call their technology PrinTracker.

“Like a fingerprint to a person, these patterns are unique and repeatable. As a result, they can be traced back to the 3D printer,” wrote the researchers.

This process works primarily with FDM printers like the Makerbot which use long spools of filament to deposit layers of plastic onto a build plate. Because the printers used in 3D printed guns are usually more complex and more expensive there could be less variation in the individual layers and, more importantly, the layers might be harder to discern. However, for some simpler plastic parts could exhibit variations.

“3D printers are built to be the same. But there are slight variations in their hardware created during the manufacturing process that lead to unique, inevitable and unchangeable patterns in every object they print,” said Xu.

Sales for Oct. 19: Save on iPads, Epson printers, FitBits, Beats headphones, Keurigs, Echo Show, and more

With the weekend here (woot!), we rounded up the best deals on electronics, stuff for the kitchen, and Amazon devices for video streaming and home security so you can do some online shopping during your down time. We also have deals on web design and coding courses from Udemy, in case you’re the kind of person who can’t just relax.

Walmart has a number of deals on the Apple iPad, such as Apple’s 10.5-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi in Rose Gold, which is on sale for $570.99, while Apple’s iPad (5th Generation) in Silver is priced at $349.00. In addition, Apple’s iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular 16GB Gold is going for $429.99.

For the kitchen, KitchenAid’s Deluxe 4.5 Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer is on sale for $229.00 — that’s $100 off its retail price — while Keurig’s K425 Single Serve, K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker is discounted to $99.00.

Meanwhile, Amazon devices are also discounted today, including save $30 on two Echo Dot Kids Edition products and buy two Echo Shows (2nd Gen), and get $100 off. You can also save up to $90.99 on Amazon smart lock kits.

Here are the best deals from across the internet for Friday, Oct. 19:

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