The CEO of one of the world’s most powerful and influential tech brands is speaking out against fake news. In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Cook addressed the trend, in which websites fabricate stories and headlines in an effort to draw large amounts of Internet traffic and sway political opinions. He said that fake news is “killing people’s minds” because it hampers our ability to discern fact from fiction.
Along with advocating for better education in schools regarding reading the news, Cook says that companies like Apple have to do their part to walk the line between preventing fake news and censoring free speech.
We must try to squeeze this without stepping on freedom of speech and of the press, but we must also help the reader. Too many of us are just in the complain category right now and haven’t figured out what to do.
He is, however, optimistic that the trend is a temporary one: “The [rise of fake news] is a short-term thing - I don’t believe that people want that at the end of the day.” Discuss
Spotify and The New York Times are teaming up for what is bound to be the best collaboration of 2017. According to The New York Times Co. official press release:
For $5 a week, subscribers will receive unlimited access to NYTimes.com and its mobile apps, plus unlimited access to Spotify’s catalogue of more than 30 million songs and two billion playlists. The offer is designed to enrich the lives of subscribers by providing access to all the news and all the music they need to stay informed and be entertained throughout their day.
Meredith Kopit Levien, executive vice president and chief revenue officer of The New York Times Company, spoke in the press release about the new media bundle,
At The Times we are not only dedicated to helping our readers understand the rapidly changing world around them, but also to helping them live better lives. News and music have gone hand-in-hand since the early days of radio, and because personalization and curation are central to what both The Times and Spotify do so well, we created an experience for Times readers that gives them access to all the news and all the music that they want in one premier subscription.
The new partnership might just be what both companies need. Regardless of being the leading music streaming platform, Spotify has remained unprofitable since it lost $194 million in 2015. As for the Times, despite the overall decline of print advertising subscriptions have significantly increased as a result of the election, and adding Spotify to the mix may make for a steady stream of new subscribers. The collaboration between the two companies launched this morning is only available for new subscribers. Discuss
Justin Long—the former face of the now iconic “I’m a Mac”—campaign, has now betrayed his former tech employer, and is starring in a new campaign for Huawei, a Chinese smartphone maker powered by Android.
The agency behind the campaign told Campaign magazine that his Apple gig “certainly was key when we considered Justin as a possible partner for Huawei.”
The spot, in which Long interviews for the pitchman job with the AI assistant Alexa, he tells her that he is experienced in the tech world, and admires her ability to go “ two days without needing a charge.” Shade.
An app development company called 10X has just released a new app that sends out notifications to subway passengers, letting them know when a nearby pregnant passenger has boarded and needs a seat. The company CEO, which is based in the UK, explained the moment he had the idea to create “Babee on Board” to Mashable.:
A year ago an 80-year-old woman, who was sat next to me on a busy Tube, got up and offered her seat to a heavily pregnant woman. I was mortified. I was too engrossed on my smartphone to notice anything … So as soon as I let the older woman have my seat, I began racking my brains for a solution.
The functionality is pretty simple: If users have the “Offer a Seat” app running, they’ll receive notifications when a pregnant woman looking for an open seat is nearby who is running the “Request a Seat” app. It costs a couple dollars to download, but all of the money goes to a children’s charity.
The days of VOD pornography being available in hotels could be coming to an end. Newly released research from the group Enseo—which provides major hotel chains with streaming in-room technology—has found that Netflix is so much more popular than porn viewing in rooms that offer it, that it could lead to some major industry changes.
They found that just 1% of hotel rooms order video-on-demand content that they have to pay for, but, 90% of the profits from the rooms come from porn videos. However, after some hotels replaced paid video-on-demand offerings with in-room Netflix, the percentage of rooms that used streaming services spike to 40%.
The company sees major changes coming for hotels. From Variety: “Enseo CEO Vanessa Ogle has a tough message for hotel operators these days that they’re resistant to hearing: Get rid of all the porn, and replace it with Netflix instead.”
There’s also another benefit for hotels to make the switch: According to Enseo, Hotels are actually losing money on porn because of a common, very awkward occurrence. Guests who order porn in their room frequently dispute the charge at checkout, causing the hotels to chargeback the orders. Discuss
If the fact that smartphones have made it possible for you to carry an entire Bible around in your pocket hasn’t lost its appeal to you, then you are going to be thrilled over the new app that was designed to help you fast.
For years developers have been tapping into the "churchgoer" market and have created everything from Devotional apps to Tithing apps, even entire churches have their own apps now. At this point in history, it really was only a matter of time until we were given an app to help us fast.
The app is called Zero and was named after the amount of food you eat while fasting. Seriously. That is the actual reason. And if you’re anything like us, you’re probably wondering what the inspiration behind an idea like this was. What type of spiritual enlightenment took place to compel someone to make fasting user-friendly?
Well, it should come as no surprise that the app with a simple name was formed from a simple observation. Zero was created by a man named Kevin Rose who was inspired to create the app after learning about Hugh Jackman’s fasting regime he used to prepare to play Wolverine.
On his blog, he wrote: “I started Hugh’s protocol of fasting for 16 hours (water only) followed by an 8-hour eating window. For me, that meant fasting just after dinner (8pm) and then resume again at lunch (12pm). Within 7 days, I had dropped five pounds. I knew this was a fun body hack to lose weight …”
OK, so maybe Zero wasn’t designed around the biblical practice of fasting but the app does allow users to make customizable fasting plans, so if for nothing else you have an accountability buddy who is also tracking your health. Sounds like a win-win in our book.
Rose encourages everyone who is interested in long- or short-term fasting to consult a doctor. Discuss