Text-Mining Research Helps Mobile App Developers Address Issues Statisticians at Cornell University have developed a new text-mining approach that can reportedly help mobile app developers sort out app reviews to more quickly zero in on problems that need immediate attention. The approach combines the aggregation and parsing of customer reviews into one step to more quickly provide actionable insights culled from feedback. Cornell said the approach improves upon the usual Bayesian modeling methodology by using a model based on weighted averages of words that appear in reviews. That is said to simplify the common practice of analyzing text with large matrices of such words, resulting in ungainly, super-wide representations that are shrunk down with the new methodology. "The idea was, can you devise a method that would look through all the ratings, and say these are the topics people are unhappy about and this is maybe where a developer should focus," said Shawn Mankad, assistant … [Read more...] about Text-Mining Research Helps Mobile App Developers Address Issues — ADTmag
It appears that issues continue to affect Pixel 3 devices after the latest security updates pushed out by Google. It's not the first time, and probably not the last, that the Pixel phones get bugged after they receive a software update. Many Pixel 3 owners have taken it to Reddit to complain about an issue with their text messages. It looks like after the November security update, some (if not all) text messages stored on the Pixel 3 suddenly disappear. The issue dates from last week, as redditor chainsaw_huffing claims that he had issues with the Messages app, which froze in the middle of the syncing process. Upon opening his messages, some of the conversations disappeared mysteriously. Another redditor who goes by the name of katiemcccc says that all messages from the Pixel 3 were erased (2 years of messages) and they didn't reappear despite restarting the phone, or installing/uninstalling updates and chatting with Google help. It's unclear if this is fully related to the … [Read more...] about New Pixel 3 bug makes text messages disappear
You've may have heard about the bug affecting Pixel phones whereby photos taken with the camera are not saved — well now it appears there's a similar issues with texts as well. According to a tip we've received, the latest security update (Nov 5th) could be causing text SMS messages to disappear for some. Our tipster is not the only one to notice this, either, as there are several similar reports on Reddit with even more commenters chipping in to say they too have experienced the problem. Users of both the Pixel 3 and 3 XL have been affected — and many of them hadn't backed up their messages since getting the phone, amplifying the annoyance and inconvenience. We're not entirely sure if this is a bug with the Pixel 3 itself or just the Messages app, but there don't seem to be any reports of it happening on other devices. One user said they called Google support but did not get any relevant help. We've reached out to Google to see what's going on, but we haven't heard … [Read more...] about Some Pixel 3 users have noticed that their text messages are vanishing
In online forums, people across the country are complaining about getting unsolicited texts from Uber with a code. In Florida: "How can I stop these texts? I am getting one every 2 to 3 minutes. Help I'm going crazy." Same thing in Connecticut: "What's going on with Uber right now? Been getting spammed every three minutes with verification codes." And in California: "Uber sending texts with "my Uber code" even though I've deleted my account months ago." But what do these unsolicited text messages mean? And are consumers at risk? Are Uber customers getting billed for bogus rides? NBC Chicago reached out to Uber for more information and the short answer is no. A repair shop that closed its doors without notice and left customers stranded is now set to reopen. Consumer Investigator Sasha Jones has the story with the new owner. (Published Friday, Nov. 2, 2018) According to an Uber spokesperson, "These codes are sent when someone tries to create an account using your phone number … [Read more...] about What’s Going on With Mysterious ‘Uber Code’ Texts?
Q: MY 15-YEAR-OLD son never reads fiction, although he does read plenty of online text. Is his refusal to read novels likely to affect his reading ability and performance in GCSE English? He argues that as he reads plenty of 'stuff', he doesn't need to read fiction.A: John Jerrim, a professor of Education at the University College London Institute of Education, has just led a study into the reading skills of teenagers who read different kinds of texts. He says: "Fiction books seem to hold the most promise for boosting children's reading skills so I would encourage children to read novels and longer stories at home if they can."We were unable to look at digital/online text directly within our research, but it suggests this type of reading isn't likely to have any positive benefits for your child's English GCSE. Skim-reading short texts – such as social media or blog posts – may be more similar to the reading of newspapers, magazines or comic books, and we found reading these … [Read more...] about Ask the Expert: My son only reads online text – could this affect his reading skills?