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The Shift: Apple’s Biggest Problem? My Mom

Supported by The Shift Apple’s Biggest Problem? My Mom ImageCreditCreditElijah Nouvelage/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images By Kevin Roose Jan. 5, 2019 When Apple lost more than $ 75 billion in market value this past week after a surprise announcement that it is expecting lower iPhone sales than originally projected, the company put most of the […]


PUBG fixed? New patch addresses the desync problem

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds developer PUBG Corp. is still running its “#FixPUBG” campaign. The studio has promised to deal with common problems that have ruined a significant percentage of matches for players. Of those issues, “desync” is the most obvious and lamented. But PUBG Corp. rolled out a server patch last night that seems like it could […]

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State of the Art: The Problem With Fixing WhatsApp? Human Nature Might Get in the Way

State of the Art The Problem With Fixing WhatsApp? Human Nature Might Get in the Way ImageCreditCreditDoug Chayka By Farhad Manjoo Oct. 24, 2018 Should the world worry about WhatsApp? Has it become a virulent new force in global misinformation and political trickery? Or, rather, should the world rejoice about WhatsApp? After all, hasn’t it […]

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Microsoft’s problem isn’t how often it updates Windows—it’s how it develops it

Enlarge / Windows 10 during a product launch event in Tokyo in July 2015. Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg via Getty Images It’s fair to say that the Windows 10 October 2018 Update has not been Microsoft’s most successful update. Reports of data loss quickly emerged, forcing Microsoft to suspend distribution of the update. It has since been […]

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Two left feet? No problem. This A.I. can turn anyone into a dancer

[embedded content] Are you a terrible dancer who dreams of one day starring in a toe-tapping music video that would have made Michael Jackson jealous? If so, you’ve got two options: go the Napoleon Dynamite route and put in some serious practice, or simplify the process by taking advantage of some cutting-edge artificial intelligence. Since you’re […]

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State of the Art: Can Facebook, or Anybody, Solve the Internet’s Misinformation Problem?

State of the Art Can Facebook, or Anybody, Solve the Internet’s Misinformation Problem? ImageFacebook has shifted from “reactive to proactive detection” of coordinated propaganda operations, said its chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg.CreditFrancois Lenoir/Reuters By Farhad Manjoo Aug. 22, 2018 In theory, Facebook’s announcement on Tuesday that it had discovered and shut down a wide-ranging Iranian misinformation […]

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There's a big problem with the way Silicon Valley values billion-dollar companies, says longtime tech investor

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Need the FCC to handle a problem? A formal complaint will cost you $225

On Thursday, July 12, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will vote on a new rule that may make it more difficult for consumers to file complaints and get their grievances resolved against an offending telephone, internet service, or cable provider. Critics argued that the new rule, if approved by the commissioners, goes contrary to […]