Google Chrome is joining the fight against fake news. Already, Facebook and Chome's creator Google have taken steps against fake or misleading news companies by limiting their access to ad networks.
Now Chrome has an extension that can warn you when you're on a site that shares fake news, like all that "news" your one uncle shares on Facebook all the time.
The extnsion uses pop-up banners a lot like anti-virus software does. The list includes sites like and InfoWars and ClickHole—and most notably Breitbart, the site founded by newly appoint presidential advisor (to president-elect Donald Trump) Stephen K. Bannon.
You can download the "Fake News Alert" Chrome Extension here. Discuss
A father and son team have created one of the weirdest and most fun Instagram feeds you’ll see today. The concept is pretty simple: 6-year-old Dom draws random objects—mostly animals—and his dad uses Photoshop to turn them into reality.
They are a combination of hilarious and terrifying.
Yesterday, Apple unveiled its “new” iPhone 7, announcing a bunch of “cool” features like a longer battery life, a “better” camera, faster processing and “water resistance.” But, in an effort to prove that they haven’t run out of ideas, they also showed off a feature that almost immediately became the internet’s biggest joke: $159 wireless earbuds (now called “AirPods” because they can’t really call them “AirBuds,” now can they?).
It’s the feature that no one asked for, but we’re all getting because the new iPhones don’t have headphone jacks.
Twitter was displeased by the development, but on the bright side, at least they made for some good jokes. Here are some of our favorites.
Yesterday was not a good day for the commercial rocket company SpaceX or for Facebook. Their Falcon 9 rocket was supposed to carry a $95 million satellite for the social media giant that would be used to help provide internet service to poor areas of the world.
Unfortunately, things didn't go as planned. During what was supposed to be a test launch, the rocket caught fire and exploded while it was being fueled, completely destroying the on-board satellites.
Now, video of the incident has been released:
The good news is, no one was hurt. And, even though the accident was a major setback, Mark Zuckerberg posted a frank comment on Facebook saying that even though he was “deeply disappointed to hear that SpaceX's launch failure destroyed our satellite that would have provided connectivity to so many entrepreneurs and everyone else across the continent,” he remains hopeful about technology to provide Internet access to communities in need:
Fortunately, we have developed other technologies like Aquila that will connect people as well. We remain committed to our mission of connecting everyone, and we will keep working until everyone has the opportunities this satellite would have provided.
If you call for an Uber in the city of Pittsburgh next few weeks, the car that shows up may not have a “driver.” The ride-sharing company is rolling out a fleet of self-driving Volvo SUVs, and will test the new program in Pittsburgh. For now though, riders won’t be alone in the vehicles. There will be people both in the driver’s seat and one in the passenger seat to monitor the rides and take notes on the program.
Also, riders won’t have a choice when calling for their ride. But, if one of the self-driving cars shows up, their ride will be free. Uber’s director of engineering explained to Bloomberg that it will be a different kind of experience: “The goal is to wean us off of having drivers in the car, so we don’t want the public talking to our safety drivers.”
It’s not clear when truly driverless taxis will be a reality. Even in the new Ubers, human drivers will take over when crossing bridges. Discuss