YouTube is a popular platform for users of all ages. The videos on the site range from family to significantly animated. However, there are some steps you can take to keep your children away from questionable content.

Did you succumb to Cyber ​​Monday offers and bought a smart speaker? If so, keep talking.

During the Thanksgiving holidays, the most promoted and discounted products we saw were the intelligent speakers of Google and Amazon. We suspect that rivals sold hundreds of thousands of these products.

Google Home Mini. (Photo: made by Google)

If you have a Google Home or Mini, you can now do more. Google Home launched new features so you can ask two things at once. "OK Google, what's the weather like?" and adds: "And plays music from Sesame Street on YouTube." We tried, and it works. (This week showed us that you really have to be careful with kids' choices on YouTube, more on that in a minute)

Google also updated the Google Assistant, Google's response to Apple's Siri and Amazon's Alexa It is available in Google Home and as a standalone application for Apple and Android devices.

You can now use your voice to find local service professionals, similar to how we use apps like Yelp. Say: "OK Google, find me a plumber," and the Assistant will show three suggested names in the Google My Business index. The results are the three most relevant local names in Google searches. Google will also add results from HomeAdvisor and the subsidiary of that company, Angie & # 39; s List.

Speaking of business, Amazon, which is in a bold mission to get multiple Echo speakers in each room of the house, announced plans for Alexa for companies, hoping to bring Alexa to desks and conference rooms.

In a press release, Amazon said Alexa could be used for mundane things like reordering supplies, managing calendars and, of course, making phone calls.

"Today, people spend too much time on tedious tasks at work: marking at meetings, managing their calendars or looking for information," Amazon said. So, why not say it instead of writing it?

The eco buttons offer you a new way to play on your Echo Show. (Photo: Amazon)

In Amazon's dreams, companies would buy several Echo speakers and install them on desks, conference rooms, lobbies and other general areas and work with existing enterprise software such as RingCentral, Concur and Salesforce have to re-read the corporate voice mail, to verify the status of scheduled transactions to close and obtain flight information.

If developers add up, Amazon believes that Alexa could be used in corporate worlds to provide addresses to offices, find open meeting rooms, report construction problems and notify IT of equipment problems.

However, this is going to be a really hard sale for Amazon to corporations, which are reeling from hacking attacks. How will companies feel about having a device that is "always on" and listening to everything that is said?

Sure, Amazon says that Alexa is not really listening until you say the word "Alexa". But if you are a head of IT for a large company, you may not feel comfortable with any listening.

In Other Tech News this week:

YouTube: More problems with children's programming for the world's largest video network. On Monday, YouTube was forced to apologize for an autocomplete search algorithm that completed "How to have," with "s * x with kids." That followed a similar damage control after reports from Buzzfeed News and The (UK) Times about videos showing real children in disruptive and exploitative situations whose comment sections were frequented by predators. In response, we wrote an article about the 7 steps that parents can take to make YouTube look a little safer. We recommend reading.

(Photo: Snap, Inc)

A (slightly) new Snapchat application. This was promised in November on the heels of a disastrous financial report. The promised application would make Snapchat easier to use. What came out on Wednesday was a redesign that "separates the social from the media," said Evan Spiegel, co-founder of Snap. What's new: Friends are on the left and the professional content of editors like Washington Post and CNN are on the right.

"One of the complaints we've heard about social networks is that your friends' photos and videos are mixed with content from editors, creators and influential people," Spiegel said. "But your friends are not happy, they are relationships."

Play Tetris on Facebook Messenger. The clbadic video game is now available to play on the Facebook Instant Games platform. The original has existed since the 1980s.

Andy Rubin leaves. The co-creator of the Android operating system was absent from his new company, Essential, after a report said he had left Google following an investigation into an inappropriate relationship with a subordinate. He joins the group of high-powered men, mostly in media and politics, who have been forced to leave jobs after accusations of badual harbadment, including former Today Show host Matt Lauer and Rep. John Conyers, D -Mich., They resigned from their first position in the Judicial Committee of the House.

Updates for the car. Many of the news about cars in the future this week, coinciding with the Auto Show of L.A. General Motors said it will launch a driverless fleet by 2019 that could eventually become a central part of the automaker's business, reports Marco della Cava, saying it could reduce costs to less than $ 1 per mile, or about a third. of the current ride prices. Toyota said it would build a power plant in California that will capture methane gas from dairy cattle manure to generate water, electricity and hydrogen. And chip maker Intel and movie giant Warner Bros. said they would come together to create an augmented reality video to amuse pbadengers in driverless cars.

Jeremy Tucker, vice president of Nissan, is next to the Star Wars stormtroopers and a Star Wars themed model built on the new Nissan Titan truck at the Los Angeles Auto Show 2017 (Photo: FREDERIC J. BROWN, AFP / Getty Images)

Your week on audio

The mbadive problem of YouTube kids. We badyze why so many predatory, violent and badual videos have been shown in the YouTube video section for children.

The perspective of a Creator in YouTubeGate. Corrine O'Neil, who creates animated videos in Nova Scotia, calls Talking Tech to give her an opinion on YouTube's situation: the system is the culprit, not the dishonest creators, she says. It's worth listening

TOS: the crazy things that Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are asking us to do. Do you know that you have to be 13 years old to use YouTube? Or that Facebook can sell your image after you've posted photos? Both shockers are hidden in the terms of the service agreements.

Technological updates of the LA Auto Show. Chris Woodyard, from USA TODAY, discusses new technological advances in the land of cars.

The ocean ate my camera and other revision problems. Edward C. Baig of USA TODAY and I exchanged stories about technology reviews that have gone south; Be sure to tune in and hear how the ocean ate my camera.

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