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Facebook Starts Giving Users a Reputation Score to Tackle Fake News

Aug 21, 2018 - 5:38 PM - by Reverend
Facebook has long been at the centre of all the controversy surrounding the spread of fake news ever since the U.S. Presidential Election. Especially after the Cambridge Analytica privacy controversy, the social network giant has been under fire.

So far, Facebook has implemented multiple measures that help users detect fake news on the platform, and also reduce the spread of fake news. The company is now taking things a bit further by rating users on trustworthiness. Yes, Facebook is assigning users with a reputation score to better fight fake news on its platform.

Exactly how the new reputation score is being used is unclear.

Facebook says it measures a bunch of different factors to determine a user’s reputation score, though it’ll specifically monitor things like what publishers on Facebook are considered trustworthy by a user, what kind of posts they flag as false, etc. The point of the reputation score is to help understand the trustworthiness of a user so that the company can use it to better fight fake news.

Facebook already allows users to report fake news on the platform, but the problem was that users who didn’t agree with certain articles or publishers were falsely reporting those as fake news. That way, Facebook’s fact checkers are wasting a ton of time reviewing reports from users that are simply reporting content because they disagree with it. The new reputation could be used to help prevent that, as Facebook will now give more importance to reports from users with a higher trustworthiness than ones with much lower trustworthiness.

The reputation score still presents a ton of questions, though. Facebook is being very tight-lipped about whether the reputation score affects the News Feed itself, and whether users with a lower reputation score are less likely to get their post displayed on the News Feed to their friends. It’s also unclear whether publishers who have a large... [Read More]
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FrostWire 6.7.2

Aug 18, 2018 - 9:17 AM - by Reverend
FrostWire is a free, open source BitTorrent client, first released as a fork of LimeWire. In version 5, Gnutella support was dropped entirely, and now FrostWire only uses the BitTorrent network.

FrostWire 6.7.2

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Gmail Confidential Mode lets you send top-secret emails on your phone

Aug 18, 2018 - 9:13 AM - by Reverend
Worried about sending emails with sensitive information on your phone? Gmail has rolled out its Confidential Mode to the Gmail iOS and Android apps.

Confidential Mode gives you tight control over the emails you send. You can set emails to expire after a set amount of time, similar to a Snapchat message, or take away someone's access to a confidential email at any time. The recipient won't be able to forward, copy, print or download a confidential message, but Google points out they can still take screenshots.

When sending a confidential email you also have the option of requiring a SMS passcode to open the message. If you choose this, the recipient will get a text with a passcode, and have to enter it to open the message.

Confidential Mode is part of the new Gmail that Google released this year. You can check out Google's support page for instructions on how to send and open confidential emails.

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Next Windows 10 update nearing completion as it gets its official name

Aug 18, 2018 - 9:10 AM - by Reverend
The last few Windows Insider preview builds of Windows 10 have offered few new features and have instead focused on fixing bugs.

The latest build, released today, takes a step toward completion: it has changed the operating system's version stamp. Until now, the previews have called themselves version 1803, the release from earlier this year. Today's build updates that version label to 1809, showing that Microsoft intends to wrap up its development in September with an October release likely to follow.

Version 1809 will be the last of the five Redstone-codenamed Windows releases. The next release, likely to come in April 2019, is codenamed simply "19H1," with Microsoft opting for date-based codenames to go with its date-based releases.

After a number of releases with big new features, version 1809 is, like its predecessor 1803, a relatively small release. It doesn't have splashy new features like the virtual reality support added in the late 2017 release, and it instead largely improves and refines existing features. There's user interface work—Explorer is getting a dark theme, and more parts of the operating system are adopting the Fluent Design System. And Microsoft made an effort to strengthen other features, such as a new clipboard that syncs between devices and a new screen clipping and screenshotting tool.

Microsoft is also continuing to enhance the cooperation between Windows 10 and your smartphone with the Your Phone application for Android. One of the few changes that today's build makes is that a shortcut to Your Phone is now placed on your desktop as Microsoft tries to encourage its use.

Microsoft is also using this release to add important new infrastructure. The console subsystem used for command-line applications will start working much better in scenarios such as SSH remote access. The venerable Notepad editor is also going to finally support Unix line endings, not... [Read More]
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Google might finally sell Pixel devices at retail stores

Aug 18, 2018 - 9:07 AM - by Reverend
Google has morphed into a serious hardware company. It's set to launch new Pixel 3 phones , Pixel Buds and a wearOS smartwatch, and currently sells lines of Daydream VR headsets, Pixelbooks, Home, Chromecast and Nest products. With all that, it's hard to believe Google has never had a retail store, but that might change soon. It's planning a two-level shop in a 14,000 square foot building at Fulton Market District, near its headquarters in Chicago, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Google has come close to opening brick and mortar retail locations. In 2015, it planned to launch a retail shop a half block away from an Apple Store in New York, but ended up sub-leasing the space in the end. The closest it has come is with its Google Shop inside Currys in London, and pop-up stores in New York, LA, and elsewhere.

Things are different for Google now, though. It might not have as many smartphone models as Apple, but it does have more speakers and other products. And it could easily fill up the rest of the space with Android phones, watches and other products from brands like LG, Samsung and Sony. Apple sells about 10 percent of its smartphones in Stores, so a retail presence would certainly goose sales of Google devices. More importantly, it would add some prestige to the brand and give folks that all important tactile experience before buying.

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Google updates site to admit it still tracks you even with Location History off

Aug 18, 2018 - 9:05 AM - by Reverend
Google has updated the help page for its Location History feature to acknowledge the fact that the company still tracks users through use of its services like Google Maps, weather updates, and browser searches, according to a report from the Associated Press.

As noted by the AP, the help page for the Location History setting has been updated to clarify that “This setting does not affect other location services on your device,” and that “some location data may be saved as part of your activity on other services, like Search and Maps.”

AP had previously reported that Google was still tracking users who had disabled the Location History feature earlier this week, noting that while the company had originally claimed that “With Location History off, the places you go are no longer stored,” in reality all that was happening was that Google was no longer adding user’s locations and movements to its Timeline feature — but that the company was still tracking users through other means. Nothing has changed, except for the updated language on the help page that now more accurately reflects what’s happening.

But while the Location History toggle won’t actually stop Google from tracking you, users can turn that off by disabling the “Web and App Activity” option (which is enabled by default). Turn it off, and Google won’t be able to store and track your Maps data and browser searches for location anymore.

The Verge
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Google names Android 9.0, Pie - available now

Aug 10, 2018 - 3:22 PM - by Reverend
Android 9.0 has been dubbed ‘Pie' by Google and is available now for Google Pixel devices and both users of the Essential Phone.

Android One users will get the update later this year, with the Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S, Nokia 7 Plus, Oppo R15 Pro, Vivo X21 and OnePlus 6 slated to receive the update some time in the autumn.

Android 9.0 went into beta in March, so there are few surprises left in store in terms of features.

The update brings with it a new iPhone X-a-like gesture-based navigation system and improved artificial intelligence features, including a new app called Adaptive Battery that prioritises battery power for users' most-used apps.

"Today we're officially introducing Android 9 Pie. We've built Android 9 to learn from you - and work better for you - the more you use it," gushed Sameer Samat, Google vice president of product management for Android and Google Play, in a blog posting introducing the update and revealing its underwhelming new name.

"Android 9 also helps you get things done faster with App Actions, which predicts what you'll want to do next based on your context and displays that action right on your phone," he continued.

"Say it's Tuesday morning and you're preparing for your commute: you'll be suggested actions like navigating to work on Google Maps or resuming an audiobook with Google Play Books. And when you put in headphones after work, you may see options to call your mom or start your favourite Spotify playlist."

However, some of Android Pie's headline features, such as Google's Digital Wellbeing dashboard that shows users information such as how many minutes they've spent on each app and how many times they've unlocked their smartphone, aren't yet available.

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Mozilla Firefox 61.0.2

Aug 10, 2018 - 3:17 PM - by Reverend
Firefox is a free, open-source and cross-platform web browser.

English (US): Windows 32-bit | Windows 64-bit | Linux | Mac OS X

Release notes

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