Apple today announced plans to launch dozens of new educational
sessions next month in all 495 Apple stores ranging in topics from
photo and video to music, coding, art and design and more. The
hands-on sessions, collectively called “Today at Apple,” will be
led by highly-trained team members, and in select cities
world-class artists, photographers and musicians, teaching
sessions from basics and how-to lessons to professional-level
I think Apple’s retail stores are one of the most overlooked / under-estimated advantages in all of technology. They have spaces around the world where people can have interactions with real people, in real life. Not through a screen. Real life. Who else has that? I think taking that to the next level is what this “Today at Apple” program is all about.
Very cool web page by Jason Davies that interactively shows how Bézier curves work.
(Via Gus Mueller
Mark Bergen, writing for Bloomberg:
The Alphabet Inc. company is making a rare, sweeping change to the
algorithm behind its powerful search engine to demote misleading,
false and offensive articles online. Google is also setting new
rules encouraging its “raters” — the 10,000-plus staff that
assess search results — to flag web pages that host hoaxes,
conspiracy theories and what the company calls “low-quality”
The moves follow months after criticism of Google and Facebook
Inc. for hosting misleading information, particular tied to the
2016 U.S. presidential election. Google executives claimed the
type of web pages categorized in this bucket are relatively
small, which is a reason why the search giant hadn’t addressed
the issue before.
“It was not a large fraction of queries — only about a quarter
percent of our traffic — but they were important queries,” said
Ben Gomes, vice president of engineering for Google.
Good Continue reading "Google Rewrites Its Powerful Search Rankings to Bury Fake News"
Speaking of The Guardian, it’s now the last week of April and they still
haven’t issued a retraction of their grievously irresponsible story alleging a “backdoor” in WhatsApp from January. Zeynep Tufekci, in an open letter signed by dozens of security/cryptography experts:
was the equivalent of putting “VACCINES KILL PEOPLE” in a blaring
headline over a poorly contextualized piece. While it is true that
in a few cases, vaccines kill people through rare and unfortunate
side effects, they also save millions of lives.
You would have no problem understanding why “Vaccines Kill People”
would be a problem headline for a story, especially given the
context of anti-vaccination movements. But your series of stories
on WhatsApp does the same disservice and perpetrates a similar
public health threat against secure communications.
The behavior described in your article is not a backdoor in
WhatsApp. This is the overwhelming consensus of Continue reading "In Response to Guardian’s Irresponsible Reporting on WhatsApp"
Jessica Davies, reporting for Digiday:
A Guardian News and Media spokesperson confirmed the removal, and issued the following statement to Digiday: “We have run extensive trials on Facebook Instant Articles and Apple News to assess how they fit with our editorial and commercial objectives. Having evaluated these trials, we have decided to stop publishing in those formats on both platforms. Our primary objective is to bring audiences to the trusted environment of the Guardian to support building deeper relationships with our readers, and growing membership and contributions to fund our world-class journalism.”
Meanwhile the Guardian’s use of Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages,
the rival to Instant Articles, seems to be going strong. In March
the Guardian presented at AMP Conf, a two-day conference hosted in
New York, where it revealed that 60 percent of the
Guardian’s Google-referred mobile traffic was coming via AMP.
Follow that link
, though, and Continue reading "The Guardian Pulls Out of Facebook’s Instant Articles and Apple News, but Not Google’s AMP"
New ad-free news site from Jimmy Wales, with professional journalists and Wikipedia-style volunteers working side-by-side. Terrific idea, and there’s a great launch video by Sandwich Video and Kirby Ferguson that explains the concept well.