Tech & Science As news outlets bombard social media feeds from all directions, a new app will help its users filter which news is legitimate and which is fake. The Microsoft Edge browser now automatically installs a third-party app called NewsGuard, which takes the guesswork out of the equation by using a green feature for “reliable” and red for “proceed with caution” for news outlets that a user visits. Here’s how it works: If someone pulls up a story from the Russian news site RT, then a “proceed with caution” signal will appear. NewsGuard calls RT the site of “a leading Russian government propaganda effort." When someone swipes to a story from Britain’s The Daily Mail, the app says that outlet has "been forced to pay damages in numerous high-profile cases." When an article from the New York Times is pulled up, the message from NewsGuard says, “exerts significant influence on national and international news and public … [Read more...] about Microsoft Installing App on Edge Bowser That Helps Detect Fake News
The code for the latest iOS 12.2 beta is the gift that keeps on giving: after being found to contain hints about new iPads and iPod Touches, now the software has revealed images for Apple's upcoming magazine subscription service – something we've been hearing rumors about since the company acquired Netflix-for-magazines service Texture last year.A number of screenshots were dug out of the iOS 12.2 beta code by 9to5Mac, and show what look like landing pages for the new service. Apparently it's only open to "Apple internal users" for now, but a wider roll out could be close.The name of the service looks likely to be Apple News Magazines, and as you would expect it's going to connect directly to your iTunes Store account, once it goes live. Numerous mentions of a "bundle subscription" suggest that magazines will be just part of a bigger content offering, which might include Apple's long-rumored TV show platform.Subscriptions for allBased on what we've already heard from unofficial … [Read more...] about Magazine subscriptions could be heading to Apple News very soon
Yeah, WIRED Transportation loves new car tech. But this week, we were all about alternatives to driving around on four wheels. We thought about what might make public transit more comfortable for more than half of the population—you know, women. We pondered the feasibility of self-riding bikes and scooters. (Uber is really working on them!) We wondered what might happen to the nation’s aviation system now that the federal government is open again—and came away depressed. And we took a close look at Amazon’s delivery robots. Why leave your house at all? It’s been a week—let’s get you caught up. Headlines Stories you might have missed from WIRED this week Out-of-Left-Field Hero of the Week When was the last time New York’s LaGuardia Airport did something nice for you? The airport, which is consistently ranked among the worst in the country and was famously likened by former Vice President Joe Biden to a “third world country”, … [Read more...] about Uber Wants Self-Driving Scooters and More Car News This Week
The newspaper industry in Chattanooga dates back the late 19th Century, but it was three individuals born in the 20th Century that shaped the current legacy of the Times Free Press, which celebrates its 150th birthday in 2019. Roy Ketner McDonald, Ruth Holmberg and Walter Hussman Jr. each owned, or in Hussman's case owns, a family-owned newspaper business, and the combination of the three have reported news and shaped public opinion for generations of residents of Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. "Each of these leaders made their own unique mark on the newspaper industry," said Alison Gerber, Times Free Press editor and director of content. "Their legacies are marked by a commitment to what they believe and the community they serve." McDonald turned an advertising circular into the Chattanooga News Free Press in 1933 and was chairman of the board of the Chattanooga Publishing Company, a company formed when his newspaper and the Chattanooga Times entered a joint operating … [Read more...] about Moments in Memory: What was in the news on birthdays of paper’s VIPs?
President Donald Trump on Saturday blamed “fake news” and “bad journalism” for the recent mass layoffs at BuzzFeed and the Huffington Post and predicted more journalists will lose their jobs as a result of it. “‘Ax falls quickly at BuzzFeed and Huffpost!’ Headline, New York Post. Fake News and bad journalism have caused a big downturn,” President Trump tweeted. “Sadly, many others will follow. The people want the Truth!”Earlier this week, BuzzFeed announced it was cutting 15 percent of its jobs, or roughly 200 people, to trim expenses and reach profitability. BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti wrote employees Wednesday that the layoffs will help the media organization avoid having to raise money from investors once more. He wrote: Unfortunately, revenue growth by itself isn’t enough to be successful in the long run. The restructuring we are undertaking will reduce our costs and improve our operating model so we can … [Read more...] about Donald Trump Slams ‘Fake News’ BuzzFeed, HuffPo After Mass Layoffs