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YouTube Kids App Hides the Sex, Iggy Azalea is Bullied off Twitter [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 20-02-2015

YouTube Kids is launching, Iggy Azalea abandons Twitter, Apple repairs old MacBooks, a Facebook emergency, Photoshop hits 25, and an iPad magician blows Ellen’s mind.

YouTube Kids Censors Video Site

YouTube is set to launch a dedicated app for children as early as next week. According to USA Today, YouTube Kids, which has reportedly been in the works since March 2014, will land on Android on Feb. 23. No plans for an iOS version have yet been revealed.

YouTube Kids offers a simplified user interface that removes comments 5 Ways To Improve YouTube Comments YouTube's comments section is one of the worst places on the web. On an Internet already full of nonsense no sane, intelligent person would want to spend their time reading, YouTube's comment section stands out.... Read More and other distracting elements. Channels are displayed as large tiles which can be tapped to open, with content filtered to only include child-friendly videos.

Searches can be conducted by typing or by speaking, but any words deemed inappropriate for children, such as “sex” will result in a “try something else” message being displayed.

Changing the settings of the app, which includes a time limit after which it will turn off, requires a password. Which means technology companies may finally be listening to parents’ wishes Tech Companies, Here's What Parents Want From You The Internet's a great place, but a lot of it is designed in such a way that legally assumes kids under 13 aren't using it. They are, and it's a problem for parents. Read More .

Iggy Azalea Condemns the Internet

Australian hip-pop (popular hip-hop) star Iggy Azalea has quit Twitter after suffering from bullying on the social networking service. The flashpoint seems to have been paparazzi photographs taken of her on holiday, which were then negatively discussed on Twitter 7 Reasons Why You Should Be Using Twitter Twitter has now been with us for seven years and counting. This was seven years to the day since Jack Dorsey sent out the first tweet in 2006, at a time when the micro-blogging social... Read More and beyond.

After declaring, “apparently it’s shocking and unheard of to be a woman and have cellulite,” Azalea went on a Twitter rant before declaring she was “taking some time away from social media.” She explained that the “hatred and pettiness” is “too negative and draining.

She closed with the tweet embedded above, expanding her complaint to include the whole of the Internet. It’s unclear whether she meant “man kind” to refer to everybody or just men. Either way, she clearly isn’t a fan of the nasty trolling The MakeUseOf Toolkit Against Online Trolls [Part 1] How many Internet arguments have you witnessed? Or better yet, how many Internet arguments have you participated in? I visit a number of forums and communities on a daily basis, and I see arguments all... Read More which seems to be a consistent element of the online realm these days.

Apple Offers Free MacBook Repairs

Apple has finally succumbed to pressure to repair the faulty MacBook Pro laptops it sold between 2011 and 2013. The affected models, which includes both the 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pro from 2011, and the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display Is The New Retina MacBook Pro For You? [Opinion] When Apple announced the MacBook Pro with Retina display a few weeks ago, I was pretty sure it would end up being my next laptop. I’ve waited a long time to upgrade and after being... Read More from 2012 and 2013, will be repaired for free.

The issues, which are thought to be caused by lead-free solder causing short circuiting, include “distorted video, no video, or unexpected system restarts.” Apple is also offering refunds to those who already paid for a repair after losing hope on Apple addressing the issue itself. It took a class-action lawsuit for this to happen, but it’s better late (and forced) than never.

Facebook is an Emergency Service

Mark Zuckerberg is the brains behind, a charitable effort to bring affordable Internet to the people and places who currently can’t either afford or access it. But his assertion that “connectivity is a human right,” has always been somewhat controversial.

In a Bloomberg interview about, which has recently launched in India, Zuckerberg explained his feelings about the importance of the Internet and how operates:

“The model that we consider this to be most similar to is 911 in the US. So even if you haven’t paid for a phone plan, you can always dial 911, and if there is a crime or a health emergency or a fire, you get basic help. And we think there should be an equivalent of this for the internet as well — where even if you haven’t paid for a data plan, you can get access to basic health information or education or job tools or basic communication tools, and it will vary, country by country.”

It would be easy to take these comments out of context, but it’s about offering very basic Internet access as a free tier to everybody, which can only be a good thing. The bonus for Zuckerberg is that Facebook qualifies as one of those “basic communication tools,” so this isn’t pure philanthropy. But still.

Adobe Celebrates 25 Years of Photoshop

Adobe has commemorated Photoshop’s 25th anniversary with the video above, a timeline of important milestones [PDF link], and a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything). The video was created entirely using Photoshop, with submissions from around the world being included.

Photoshop 1.0 was released on Feb. 19, 1990, and in the intervening 25 years the image editing software Don't Install An Image Editor: Try These Cloud-Based Photo Editors Instead If you want to get really good results, you need to download some kind of graphics software or other editing app, and put it through its paces. But now, you can do most of your... Read More has had a big impact on several industries, especially in publishing and fashion. With airbrushing and other beautifying image manipulation techniques showing no signs of disappearing, we suspect Photoshop 10 Websites to Make You a Photoshop Ninja The web is full of amazing resources that you can use to become a Photoshop expert in no time. Here are 10 of the best... Read More will be with us for another 25 years, at least.

The iPad Magician Performs on Ellen

And finally, even if traditional magic tricks Teach Yourself Amazing Magic Secrets With These Sites When I was a young child I loved watching magic being performed on television. It didn't matter what kind of tricks they were, or who was doing them, just that something mysterious, unexplainable, and, well,... Read More leave you cold, iPad magic may have the capacity to blow your mind. It certainly seems to have blown the mind of Ellen DeGeneres, who recently had Simon Piero on her show.

Most of these tricks are just sleight of hand mixed with pre-recorded video, but some, such as the final trick involving the printing of a selfie, are a little harder to figure out. Answers on a postcard to MUO headquarters, please.

Your Views on Today’s Tech News

Do you think more Internet services should have versions built just for kids? Is Iggy Azalea right about the Internet being “the ugliest reflection of man kind“? Do you love or hate Photoshop and what effect it has had on society?

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  1. Up Chuck
    February 23, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    Who's Iggy Azalea?

  2. Yochanon
    February 21, 2015 at 8:11 am

    Oh waaaaaaaahhhhhhhh! I'm Iggy and everyone should be kissing my feet, not saying a bad thing about me!! Waaaaaahhhhhhhhh! I'm taking my ball and leaving!!Waaawaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh!!!

    With any luck, it'll be the last we have to read or hear about the cupid stunt.

    • KMB
      February 21, 2015 at 9:55 am

      Prime example of a bouche dag troll!

  3. John Williams
    February 21, 2015 at 12:30 am

    Sometimes Apple doesn't "just work", you have to beat them over the head for over two years with a class action lawsuit before they show any common decency to their customers with problems. What is it with Apple and the law courts? Why do they always just dig their heels in and say, nope, not our fault, we're infallable?
    Even more appalling is that these weren't Walmart's "back to school" cheapies, they were some of the most expensive laptops ever made.

    Yay! Photoshop 25 years - I couldn't live without it!

    New Chromebooks and Nexus will be fitted with user height and weight sensors. Persons under 4 foot tall will not be allowed to ride on the tube ....
    It'll be called Notyoutube.

  4. YellowApple
    February 20, 2015 at 10:59 pm

    I'm guessing Iggy had one of those mythical "happy childhoods" where nobody was ever mean to her or called her names.

  5. dragonmouth
    February 20, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    "My kids (4,2) are addicted to Michael Jackson videos, which I Chromecast from YouTube. I could do without the 50 Shades ads."
    And some people wonder why AdBlockers are used.

    • Dave Parrack
      February 20, 2015 at 7:40 pm

      I guess when it comes to kids that makes perfect sense. I'm sure the ads aren't x-rated though!