Google taps machine learning to help publishers identify trolls and toxic comments

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 23, 2017

Wouldn’t it be great if machine learning could be applied toward improving comments and other conversations online? Big and small publishers alike, from NYT to the site you’re now reading, are spending significant resources to stop trolls from bombarding their readers with toxic comments.

A new Google technology based on machine learning strives to automate the process of sorting through millions of comments to identify and flag abusive comments that undermine a civil exchange of ideas and opinions. Read More

 

Reuters: Apple has at least five different groups working on wireless charging

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 23, 2017

Citing a person with knowledge of the matter, Reuters reported Thursday that there are at least five different groups within Apple working on wireless charging technologies ahead of iPhone 8. As we reported recently, the iPhone maker has joined the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC). Read More

 

Gboard gains voice typing, Google Doodles, new languages & iOS 10 emoji in latest update

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 23, 2017

Gboard, Google’s iPhone keyboard that comes with Google Search, glide typing, GIFs, emojis and other advanced features built in, received a notable refresh on App Store. Bumped to version 1.3, Gboard includes support for fifteen new languages and brings a useful dictation feature that Google is calling Voice Typing. Additionally, you can now see a day’s Google Doodle right from the keyboard and enjoy Apple’s latest iOS 10 emoji. Read More

 

Tim Cook to move his office to Apple Park

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 23, 2017

Apple said yesterday that employees will start boarding its futuristic campus, officially named Apple Park, in April. According to San Francisco Chronicle, Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook will move his office to the new 175-acre campus. Read More

 

Apple decries Trump decision on transgender rights for students

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 23, 2017

The United States President Donald Trump’s decision which aims to withdraw anti-discrimination protections for transgender bathroom use in schools was met with strong opposition from Apple. In a statement to Axios, Apple said preventing transgender students from using bathroom facilities designated for the gender to which they identify is hurting human rights initiatives. Read More

 

17 months later, Gmail gains a single 3D Touch shortcut

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 22, 2017

Google today refreshed its mobile Gmail app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch on App Store, adding very limited 3D Touch support nearly a year and a half after Apple first brought pressure sensing to iPhone’s display with the September 2016 release of iPhone 6s.

Owners of the iPhone 6s/7 series can now press Gmail’s icon to quickly compose a message, but that’s about it. Thank you, Google, but seriously?

In my view, Google doesn’t really have a clue how to properly build 3D Touch gestures into Gmail in a manner that would save users time and boost their productivity.

The app still lacks Peek and Pop gestures., but we’ll get those next year, right? Read More

 

Xiaomi launching sub-$200 smartphone with 5.5″ screen & 13MP/8MP cameras on February 28

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 22, 2017

Chinese gadget maker Xiaomi Technology, also known as the Apple of China, has sent out invitations for a media event to be held on February 28. The company is expected to announce a new entry-level handset rocking a 5.5-inch AMOLED screen, a thirteen-megapixel camera out the back and an eight-megapixel selfie camera out the front.

The phone is expected to be priced at 1,299 yuan unlocked, or about $190. Additionally, Xiaomi is likely to unveil a pair of in-house developed CPUs at the event, DigiTimes says. Read More

 

You can now share multiple photos and videos in one Instagram post

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 22, 2017

Photo-sharing service Instagram announced today that users are now able to share up to ten photos and videos in a single post and swipe through to see them all. Such multi-item posts are presented inline in your feed in a carousel format that displays only the first item of the post.

The first photo or video shows a new icon, denoting there’s more to see. Simply swipe to reveal additional media.

You can adjust the order in which your photos and videos appear, edit them one by one or apply a filter to everything at once. Instagram 10.9 for iOS is required for this functionality. Read More

 

iOS 10 now powers 79% of active devices, Android Nougat’s adoption barely 1%

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 22, 2017

iOS 10 now powers nearly eight out of ten active devices—less than six months since officially releasing to the public in September of last year, as measured by App Store on February 20, 2017.

To be precise—iOS 10 now powers 79 percent of active iPhone, iPad and iPod touch device out there, representing a three-point increase over iOS 10’s adoption rate of 76 percent recorded 48 days ago on January 5, 2017.

Contrast the rapid pace of iOS adoption to Google, whose latest and greatest version of Android is currently found on less than one percent of active devices. Over and over again, Google’s lack of control over hardware and other factors are hurting its ability to deploy the latest Android features to its customers. Read More

 

New Apple campus named Apple Park, opens to employees in April

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 22, 2017

Apple announced this morning that its new 175-acre Apple Campus 2 aka iSpaceship has been officially named Apple Park. It will be ready for more than 12,000 employees to begin occupying in April although the move-in process will take over six months with construction of the buildings and parklands continuing through the summer.

Powered by renewable energy, it’s one of the most energy-efficient buildings in the world, the iPhone maker said. The company is also honoring Steve Jobs by naming a massive auditorium the Steve Jobs Theater.

Situated atop a hill and overlooking meadows and the main building, the 1,000-seat underground auditorium is opening later this year and will host future press and corporate events. The entrance to the auditorium is a 20-foot-tall glass cylinder, 165 feet in diameter, supporting a metallic carbon-fiber roof. Read More

 
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