News Posts by Seth Fitzgerald
YouTube is filled with "kids" videos that frequently have a disturbing element to them. If you browse the platform you'll come across content targeted at children that has sexual or violent aspects. Those videos sometimes amass hundreds of thousands of views.
The Crisis Response Hub on Facebook has received an update that makes it easier for visitors to donate when a disaster, natural or otherwise, occurs. Each crisis page features a donate option at the top of the display. Facebook won't charge any fees for donations.
The current console generation will persist at least a couple more years, says Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot. Speaking on an investor's call, Guillemot explained how iterative upgrades, like the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X, mean a new generation is still years away.
EA may stop coming out with new Madden and FIFA titles every year. Speaking with Bloomberg, EA chief Andrew Wilson mentioned the possibility that annual releases could be swapped for a much greater focus on game updates and ongoing subscription services.
Apple is bringing its coding education initiative, Everyone Can Code, to people all around the world. The initiative is expanding beyond the United States to reach 20 college and university partners internationally. It's based around a program focused on Apple's Swift language.
SteamVR games will become available in Windows Mixed Reality on November 15, quickly giving the platform access to a larger set of titles. A preview program for SteamVR games will arrive on that date, letting headset owners begin to access titles before the software is finished.
If you own a Harmony Link universal hub for your home theater setup, you'll need to get a new product. Logitech, without any refund to customers, is going to brick all units on March 16, 2018. Consumers who paid for their hub will now be left with an entirely nonfunctional item.
Algorithms are serving as "sophisticated, strategic tools to maintain and strengthen" the power of companies like Facebook, Twitter, and Google, says Senator Al Franken. He criticized the tech industry for increasing its power over users through those tools.
GameStop was close to running out of the Xbox One X after just one day. SVP of merchandising Bob Puzon says the retailer "sold through most of [its] initial allotment" of consoles on the first day of availability. It's working with Microsoft to receive more units.
Ford will work with Zotye Auto, a Chinese automaker, to manufacture electric vehicles as part of a $765 million deal. They'll work together in a 50-50 partnership as long as the deal is approved by the government. Their joint venture will open a manufacturing plant in Zhejiang.
Uber has begun testing a new 24/7 support hotline with its top users. In addition to the call hotline, the ridehailing service is running a separate test that gives people access to "specially trained experts" through its in-app support functions. Both are for frequent users.
Facebook is beginning to test a system that'll prevent revenge porn from even being posted on the network, meaning content won't ever have to be reported after the fact. The catch is that potential victims must share their nude photos with the company ahead of time.
When Snapchat comes out with its redesigned application it's reportedly going to include an algorithmic feed, much like those adopted by Facebook, Twitter, and others. CEO Evan Spiegel discussed during the company's Q3 earnings call how a redesign was in development.
To appease regulators, AT&T could have to drop some of its major assets if it wants to move forward with its acquisition of Time Warner. Sources claim the Department of Justice (DOJ) isn't immediately giving its approval. It wants one of the companies to sell a major asset.
Using stem cell technology, scientists were able to grow enough skin to save a child's life. A 7-year-old suffering from junctional epidermolysis bullosa (JEB), a rare genetic disease, was expected to die. Yet two years removed from the surgery he's alive.
The content you post as a Story on Instagram no longer has to be from the past 24 hours. Instagram has updated that portion of the app to include support for older content. Stories now lets you browse all of your photos and videos, with the option of posting whatever you want.
A sizable portion of Snap is now owned by China's Tencent, the company's latest earnings report has revealed. Based on a filing with the SEC, Tencent now holds 12% of all Snap shares. It only told Snap it was buying up the shares after the purchase was made.
Microsoft is using an integration with LinkedIn to make resume creation in Word easier. The word processor is adding Resume Assistant, which can pull data from your LinkedIn profile to help you create a better resume. This feature rolls out to Insiders this week.
Apple is reportedly working on an iPad model for next year that lacks a home button and includes Face ID. Bloomberg says the new model offers a display size "similar" to the 10.5-inch iPad Pro and it'll be released "later next year." Apple will reduce the device's bezel.
Wrapping aluminum foil around your router's antennas to increase speed isn't pseudoscience, it actually works. Research from Xia Zhou, an assistant professor of computer science at Dartmouth College, has found a customized aluminum reflector on a router's antennas boosts speed.