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WhatsApp’s latest feature will help stop you falling for fake news

WhatsApp has been testing a batch of exciting new features for a while now, and the latest one to roll out to the masses will make it much easier to spot hoaxes and misinformation.

The ease and speed with which messages can be shared with large numbers of people on WhatsApp has seen the platform become a breeding ground for viral fake news. Now a new feature makes it possible to quickly perform a web search for a message or image that you’ve received so you can do a quick fact check.

The idea is a fairly simple one, and it joins a growing number of tools WhatsApp has been rolling out to try to stem the flow of fake news in chats. The Facebook-owned messaging tool already places a limit on the number of people a message can be forwarded to at one time in a bid to stop misinformation being disseminated to large numbers of people at once. Read More

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Engadget

Google’s latest Chrome extension shows detailed ad-tracking data


Google notes that this early version only shows information about Google-served ads that have implemented Google’s “Ad Disclosure Schema,” and not other third-party ads. That schema is desiggned to help all of its advertisers disclose how they’re using your personal information, according to Google’s Github page. ”Over time, we hope the [rest of] the industry will incorporate the Ad Disclosure Schema into their ads,” Google said.

On top of showing ad information, the extension shows “all companies and services with a presence on the page,” including content delivery networks or analytics providers. It provides a link to each company’s privacy policy, showing how each collects and stores user data. Note that the extension may work differently in regions outside the US — several of us in Europe could see the advertisers and number of ads, but not any personal tracking info. Read More

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Engadget

Apple’s latest acquisition could turn iPhones into payment terminals


An Apple spokesperson didn’t confirm the acquisition outright, only giving the publication a standard response:

“Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.”

The tech giant did snap up a few smaller companies over the past months. Back in January, it purchased Seattle-based AI startup, Xnor.ai, which developed a way to operate AI on devices rather than in the cloud. It also purchased virtual reality startup NextVR, which is known for its partnerships with sports entities, such as the NBA. Read More

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Tech Radar

The latest Samsung Galaxy S20 deals at Best Buy offer $400 price cuts


If you’re on the hunt for that flagship 5G upgrade, consider the latest round of Samsung Galaxy S20 deals from Best Buy, which can help you save up to $400 on a brand new phone.

Available on the Samsung Galaxy S20 5G, S20 Plus 5G, and S20 Ultra 5G models, this promotion runs until Sunday and is available on all big networks. The overall cost will depend on your carrier of choice but once you activate you’ll either get your saving instantly rebated into your account over the first few billing cycles or applied as an overall saving on your monthly phone lease.  Read More

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Engadget

Telegram is the latest company to file an EU antitrust complaint against Apple


A few days ago, Telegram co-founder and CEO Pavel Durov published an open letter concerning Apple’s “30 percent tax on apps.” That includes a claim that running the app store does not cost what Apple generates in revenue, and that app store fees did not exist in the PC era. Durov added that companies also cannot simply build apps for Android instead, thanks to the sheer size of iOS’ install base.

It’s not clear if these arguments, which broadly amount to saying that Apple has too much money, and is too popular, will carry weight with the EU. After all, if Margrethe Vestager is going to build a case, she needs to prove that what Apple is doing is stifling competition and harming users. But even if Telegram’s argument is weak, it’s clear that every developer with an axe to grind against Apple is going to use this as an opportunity. Read More

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The Verge

Movies Anywhere is the latest service to add a viewing party feature


Movies Anywhere is rolling out a new “Watch Together” viewing party feature for its movie locker apps, allowing multiple users to sync up and enjoy a film together.

While the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has seen a rise in viewing party apps for streaming services (both third-party and official), Movies Anywhere’s version differs by letting you watch films you’ve purchased, instead of limiting you to the streaming catalogs for which you have subscriptions (something that can change day by day). Additionally, Movies Anywhere’s Watch Together feature works on both its mobile and desktop apps, something that’s rare for most viewing party services. Read More

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The Verge

Logitech’s new Pro X Lightspeed is its latest gaming headset to go wireless


Logitech has announced a wireless version of its 2019 Pro X gaming headset called the Pro X Lightspeed. It’s almost identical to the wired version, complete with the same aluminum and steel design, but there are a few key differences. Going wireless isn’t even the biggest perk; it’s actually the USB-C charging. No other wireless gaming headsets that charge via USB-C come to mind, so in this regard, the Pro X Lightspeed in a league of its own.

The other perk, of course, is being wireless. The audio and chat are delivered through its included 2.4GHz USB Type-A wireless receiver, and Logitech claims the headset can remain connected up to 13 meters away — if, for some reason, you find yourself 42 feet away from your PC or gaming console. Read More

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Engadget

Google’s latest local news effort is a dedicated sports hub


At a later date, the project will expand to include a dedicated sports news hub. The website will feature a dashboard where you’ll be able to set the specific teams, leagues and players you want to follow. You’ll be able to access all of the content on The Matchup as long as you have a subscription with one of the local publications that’s taking part in the project. According to the Local Media Consortium, all subscription revenue will go back to the local companies providing content for The Matchup, and any money the hub makes off of sponsorships will be shared between them as well.   Read More

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The Verge

Antivirus: A weekly digest of the latest COVID-19 research


On January 8th, I asked The Verge’s science team to keep an eye on early reports of a new virus that had recently emerged in China. When I dropped an article about that new virus from The Washington Post in Slack, someone joked that 2020 was off to a strong start, clearly jinxing the entire year for the rest of humanity. Whoops.

Jokes aside, this past decade, year, six and a half months has featured a disturbing flood of terrible, horrible, no good, very bad news. More than half a year in and not only do we still not know when this will all end, we’re also seeing a tsunami of new cases in the US and record-high hospitalizations. Read More

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Mashable

Trump’s latest boast about his “very hard” cognitive test instantly became a bleakly funny meme

Of all the many things to be concerned about right now, the mental acuity of Donald Trump is certainly one of them. It’s also one of the things he’s currently talking about incessantly, presumably to avoid discussing the coronavirus pandemic that’s claimed more than 145,000 lives in the U.S. and counting.

Trump’s rambling, non-linear speaking style makes George W. “Is Our Children Learning?” Bush look like the greatest orator of the modern era in comparison. The contrast between his more natural, coherent speech just a few years ago and his tendency to slur words, as well as his habit of sharing thought bubbles like “Could we inject bleach into the body to kill the coronavirus?” right in front of TV cameras and journalists, have long had people speculating that the 74-year-old is experiencing some cognitive decline.  Read More