Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Technology Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by Bits ByKevin Roose May 11, 2018 Each week, Kevin Roose, technology columnist at The New York Times, discusses developments in the tech industry , offering analysis and maybe a joke or two. Want this newsletter in your inbox? Sign up here . Hello again! I’m back from a week spent mostly offline, and am excited to get back to the internet, where I’m sure things have been totally normal and borin — [checks earpiece] — hang on, I’m being told that Elon Musk is dating the Canadian musician Grimes after they connected on Twitter over a joke about an obscure artificial superintelligence thought experiment? Whew, O.K., I was worried we’d slipped into normalcy. Onward. The biggest nonromantic tech news of this week came from a new A.I. tool introduced at Google’s annual developer … [Read more...] about Kevin’s Week in Tech: Are Google’s A.I.-Powered Phone Calls Cool, Creepy, or Both?
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Technology Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by ByAdam Satariano May 4, 2018 Each week, Kevin Roose, technology columnist at The New York Times, discusses developments in the tech industry , offering analysis and maybe a joke or two. Kevin is away this week, so Adam Satariano, The Times’s European tech correspondent, is stepping in. Want this newsletter in your inbox? Sign up here . Hello! All your regular newsletter authors are writing books, taking a week off, or taking a week off when they should be writing books. Instead, you’ve got me, the newest member of The New York Times tech crew, covering the European tech world based in London. In what seems like an acceptable form of new-hire hazing, I’ve been asked to share some of this week’s tech news from a perspective 5,000-plus miles from Silicon Valley. Let’s get to it. The … [Read more...] about Adam’s Week in Tech: Hello From Europe!
Fake news is hardly new news, but over the past couple years it's found a new home across social media and other news aggregators. And, perhaps, not surprisingly, people's trust of the news isn't at an all-time high. But people have also started paying more attention to the news, at least in the US. The Pew Research Center reports that last year more Americans followed the news "very closely" than the number of people who said they did in 2016. The makers of the Flipboard, a news aggregator with 100 million monthly active users around the world, noticed the same thing: more people are reading the news. Since last summer, the app’s engagement numbers have doubled, both in terms of "page flips" (the app's signature page-flipping motion) and the amount of time spent in the app. But Flipboard is hardly immune to the thorny issue of fake news, which the company’s editorial director once likened to "living in a hellish, ranting, Tower of Babel, with no one speaking the same … [Read more...] about Flipboard’s Answer to Fake News: More Human Curation
April 20, 2010: A day after the most high-profile iPhone leak in history, tech news site Gizmodo dissects a prototype iPhone 4, then publishes the teardown — showing the world exactly what’s inside the soon-to-be-released device. The iPhone 4 prototype, accidentally left in a bar by 27-year-old Apple software engineer Gray Powell, quickly becomes the biggest story in the tech world. And that’s where the trouble begins. Gizmodo bought the device for $5,000 from a bar patron who found it after Powell’s historic screwup. The tech publication began posting a series of stories that fueled a massive controversy, not least because of Apple’s reaction to the revelations about its secret prototype. Gizmodo’s first hands-on look at the iPhone 4 came on April 19, one-and-a-half months before Steve Jobs introduced the device at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (the last iPhone introduction of his career). Gizmodo’s teardown revealed … [Read more...] about Today in Apple history: Gizmodo tears down a lost iPhone 4 prototype
FACEBOOK is revealing if your data was stolen amid the Cambridge Analytica breach from 5pm UK time today. The 87 million users whose data might have been shared with the political firm will get a detailed message on their feeds. Facebook said most of the affected users are in the US, though there are over a million each in the Philippines, Indonesia and the UK. There are around 40million Facebook users in Britain, so that means you have a roughly 1 in 40 chance of having had your data hoovered up without your knowledge. Facebook's Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroepfer revealed shared the number while discussing the steps the company was taking to restrict the personal data available to third-party app developers. All 2.2 billion Facebook users will receive a notice on their feeds titled "Protecting Your Information". It will have a link to information on which Facebook apps they use and what information they have shared with those apps. Facebook users will have the option … [Read more...] about Facebook reveals if YOUR private data was stolen in Cambridge Analytica scandal today – how to find out