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Facebook employs UK fact-checkers to combat fake news

Jan 12, 2019 - 8:36 PM - by Reverend
Facebook has employed a UK fact-checking service to help it deal with the spread of fake news.

Full Fact, a charity founded in 2010, will review stories, images and videos and rate them based on accuracy.

It said that it will focus on misinformation that could damage people's health or safety or undermine democratic processes.

Facebook said it was working "continuously" to reduce the spread of misinformation.

Sarah Brown, training and news literacy manager at Facebook, said: "People don't want to see false news on Facebook, and nor do we. We're delighted to be working with an organisation as reputable and respected as Full Fact to tackle this issue.

In a blogpost, Full Fact explained that users can flag up content they think may be false and its team will rate the stories as true, false or a mixture of accurate and inaccurate content.

It will only be checking images, videos and articles presented as fact-based reporting. Other content, such as satire and opinion, will be exempt.

If something is found to be fake, it will appear lower in the news feed but will not be deleted.

It will be tackling "everything from dangerous cancer 'cures' to false stories spreading after terrorist attacks, to fake content about voting processes ahead of elections", the charity said.

"This isn't a magic pill. Fact-checking is slow, careful, pretty unglamorous work and realistically we know we can't possibly review all the potentially false claims that appear on Facebook every day. But it is a step in the right direction."

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Mozilla Firefox 64.0.2

Jan 12, 2019 - 8:21 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

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Facebook Messenger reportedly tests dark mode in some regions

Jan 02, 2019 - 2:00 PM - by Reverend
Facebook Messenger is one of the first apps many of us check each day, but the standard blue, white and gray can be pretty harsh on these dark winter mornings.

We might soon see a solution to that, since the messaging app is testing an incomplete version of dark mode in some countries, Android Police reports.

Facebook teased dark mode in October 2018, when it revealed Messenger's simplified makeover.

Tipster Jane Manchun Wong tweeted that the setting is available on the Android version of the social network's messenger in some countries, but only for a small group of users. Not every aspect of the app is converted, so it might switch back to the standard colors unexpectedly as you use it.

"Facebook Messenger, seemingly due to prolonged external nagging, has started public testing Dark Mode in certain countries," she wrote. "They have put up a fair warning that Dark Mode isn't everywhere yet so don't complain when some UI burns your eyes off."

She couldn't confirm which countries the test was happening in, but noted that the dark mode setting appears in the "Me" section of the app.

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Samsung Leak Suddenly 'Confirms' Radical Galaxy S10

Jan 02, 2019 - 1:57 PM - by Reverend
The Galaxy S10 will be heavily redesigned and eye-wateringly expensive (the intriguing Lite version aside), but a major new leak reveals why gambling on Samsung's flagship version may well be worth it…

Fresh from a major Galaxy S10 Lite scoop, the ever-prolific, ever mysterious industry insider Ice Universe has revealed the flagship Galaxy S10+ is where Samsung will really push its design boundaries.

Having obtained official Samsung Galaxy S10+ cases, Ice Universe shows in a new video that the phone (which is expected to have a display up to 6.7-inches) has a chassis no larger than the 6.44-inch Galaxy Note 9. How? Making the tiny bezels of the Galaxy S9 even smaller.

But what are the other differences?

In an accompanying video, Ice Universe shows the Galaxy S10+ will switch up to a horizontally aligned triple lens camera (primary + wide-angle + 2x optical zoom) but perhaps the biggest news is what doesn’t change: the cases show Samsung has chosen to retain the headphone jack for another generation.

And, based on Ice Universe’s track record, this is information you can get excited about. In the last year alone, the anonymous leaker has successfully outed the final designs of the Galaxy S9 (details), Galaxy Note 9 (details) and iPhone XR (details) long before their release.

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Windows 10 Takes Over Windows 7

Jan 02, 2019 - 1:52 PM - by Reverend
Windows 10 has finally taken over Windows 7 in terms of usage. The OS, first released back in 2015, now has more users than Windows 7, according to Net Market Share’s latest report.

Windows 10 was lagging behind Windows 7, arguably one of the most popular versions of Windows to date. According to Net Market Share, however, Windows 10 now has a usage share of 39.22%, beating Windows 7’s 36.90% usage share. That’s as of December 2018.

The achievement is a big one for Redmond. Still, the software giant has a huge year ahead for itself, and that 36.90% usage share of Windows 7 is a major portion of the entire Windows userbase. Majority of Window 7 users continue to be enterprise customers, and Microsoft will have to continue pushing these businesses to slowly make the shift to Windows 10. That’s not an easy job, for sure, but considering Windows 10 is now the most popular version of Windows, the complete shift will happen eventually.

Microsoft originally hoped for Windows 10 to get a billion active devices within the first two/three years of release, and that, of course, didn’t end up happening. Although Windows 10’s usage rocketed up when the OS first launched, it’s no secret the growth has slowed down ever since the end of the free upgrade offer for older versions of Windows. We still can’t overlook the fact that Microsoft’s Windows 10 has been growingly steadily over the years, and the company’s Windows as a Service plan has worked out pretty well.

But now that Windows 10 is practically the most popular OS in the world, with macOS (as a whole) being used by 9.61% of users and Linux claiming 2.09%, Microsoft’s dominance in the desktop world will continue to make the company relevant in the consumer world.

The company has a huge year ahead of itself — with one big Windows 10 update expected in the first half of the year, and another in the second. Microsoft has focused on creativity and... [Read More]
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Tell Google Assistant to 'make a donation' and it will

Jan 02, 2019 - 1:49 PM - by Reverend
It's now particularly easy to donate to a worthy cause. Google Assistant has quietly introduced support for donations, whether it's through your phone or a smart speaker like the Home Hub. Ask Google to "make a donation" in the US and it'll let you pick a monetary amount and charity (from a group of recommended organizations). So long as you've enabled payments in Assistant, a contribution could be just moments away.

There are safeguards. On top of the Payments requirement, you'll still have to confirm a donation on your phone if you've used a smart speaker. That's still faster than wading through a website, though, and it might be easier than making a donation through Google Play on Android phones (which launched around the same time).

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Dec 21, 2018 - 10:04 PM - by Reverend
AnyDVD HD works in the background to automatically and transparently enable read access of the contents of a movie DVD or Blu-ray as soon as it's inserted into the drive.



(For RedFox AnyDVD HD you need to purchase a RedFox license key, SlySoft licenses are not supported.)

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Microsoft offers up Windows 10 1809 to nervy seekers

Dec 21, 2018 - 9:57 PM - by Reverend
Microsoft this week nudged open the delivery throttle for Windows 10 October 2018 Update, the problem-plagued feature upgrade that the company yanked for more than five weeks this fall before restarting testing with volunteers.

"Windows 10, version 1809, is now fully available for advanced users who manually select 'Check for updates' via Windows Update," read a revised support document.

The October 2018 Update is also known as 1809 in Microsoft's numeric yymm identifying format.

Windows 10 1809 remained unavailable to some systems, even though Microsoft cracked open the upgrade door. According to the support document, four "blockers" - scenarios due to compatibility problems with Intel and AMD display drivers, Trend Micro security software and F5 VPN (virtual private network) software - have yet to be lifted.

By re-opening the "Check for updates" avenue, Microsoft essentially returned to 1809's Oct. 2 status. That was when the Redmond, Wash. company began offering the feature upgrade to so-called "seekers," users brave enough - reckless, some would say - to try just-issued code. Within days, as reports of deleted data swelled, Microsoft withdrew 1809 from general distribution. When it was satisfied that it had fixed several problems, it restarted 1809 on Nov. 13, but with its Windows Insider testers, not the general public.

Monday's move to open 1809 to seekers was the first instance of the upgrade being made available to the latter group.

Microsoft has yet to start offering 1809 to users through its automatic updating services. The company gave no hint on the support document about when that might occur.

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