Facebook’s effort to create Collections comes as it struggles to distinguish between high-quality content from established media outlets and the glut of low-quality, fake news stories that go viral across the social network. The company has faced sharp criticism for its role in spreading fake news stories during the US presidential election.The move could also help Facebook forge stronger ties with publishers as it competes with fast-growing Snapchat. The app’s Discover section of youthful, tabloid-esque news stories is seen every day by its more than 150 million users.
Daily Archives: December 6, 2016
Uber can now track their passengers’ locations after they are dropped off and even when their app has been closed.A new update to Uber’s app allows the global taxi service to collect passenger data up to five minutes after a journey has finished.Previously Uber had only been able to do this when their app was open.Uber can now track their passengers’ locations after they are dropped off even when their app has been closedUber can now track their passengers’ locations after they are dropped off even when their app has been closedThe firm believe that the data will cut down on the frustrating back-and-forth often experienced by customers, as drivers try to ascertain exactly where their passengers are.On its website Uber said: ‘Uber collects your location data from the time of trip request through five minutes after the trip ends, including when the app is in the background.
A year ago, Tim and Claire Gautreaux walked into a car dealership in Grapevine to buy a new Prius. They say the car-buying process was what you’d expect: long and tedious.Matthew Luke ThomasGrapevine Police DepartmentMatthew Luke ThomasGrapevine Police DepartmentBut what happened behind the scenes is now the focus of a lawsuit against the dealership and a former sales director, who also faces criminal charges.Police believe Matthew Luke Thomas, the car sales director, found nude photos of Claire Gautreaux on her husband’s phone and forwarded them to an email address for a swingers’ website. Thomas, 44, is charged in Tarrant County with computer security breach, a class B misdemeanor. This week, the Gautreauxs filed suit against Thomas, Texas Toyota of Grapevine and Toyota Motor North America in a Dallas County court, alleging breach of contract, intrusion, negligence and public disclosure of private facts.
Politicians have exempted themselves from Britain’s new wide-ranging spying laws.The Investigatory Powers Act, which has just passed into law, brings some of the most extreme and invasive surveillance powers ever given to spies in a democratic state. But protections against those spying powers have been given to MPs.Most of the strongest powers in the new law require that those using them must be given a warrant. That applies to people wanting to see someone’s full internet browsing history, for instance, which is one of the things that will be collected under the new law.
What began as a clumsy tethered robot can now walk across tricky terrain with ease.Google’s Boston Dynamics Atlas has been upgraded with an algorithm that makes the humanoid better balance itself while traveling over stepping stones and rocks.The new addition comes from the Institute for Human & Machine Cognition, who say the robot is able to find a solid foothold by shifting the weight of its outstretched foot on the edge of a support.
The Wavestation synth was released in 1990 for around $2,000. It’s a classic device, but one that was never exactly affordable. Now Korg, the company behind Wavestation, is packing everything the synth offers into an iOS app called iWavestation. That app costs only $19.99, so yeah, it’s way more accessible. Korg had already released Wavestation as a Windows and Mac application for $99.99, but now you can go completely mobile.