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Facebook may have knowingly inflated its video metrics for over a year

October 17, 2018 Alex 0

Facebook knew about inaccuracies in the video viewership metrics that it provided to advertisers and brands for more than a year, according to documents filed as part of a potential class action lawsuit on Tuesday. Advertisers were duped into focusing on the social network under the belief that people were spending more time watching on Facebook than through other video platforms. The inflated data also led many media organizations to put an emphasis on Facebook video and chase views to the detriment of other editorial efforts.

“Facebook’s internal efforts behind the scenes reflect a company mentality of reckless indifference toward the accuracy of its metrics,” the plaintiffs said in Tuesday’s filing. The plaintiffs allege that…

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RED Hydrogen One specs leak as launch approaches

October 17, 2018 Alex 0

The RED Hydrogen One is finally set to start shipping preorders this week, following a few delays. But if you can’t wait until then, the full spec sheet for the phones has leaked a bit early through a new infographic, via UberGizmo.

While we’ve known bits and pieces of this before, it’s nice to see it laid out all in one place. Most of the specs are on par for a high-end Android phone in 2018: 128GB of storage, 6GB of RAM, a hefty 4,500mAh battery, aluminum (or titanium, although that model is being delayed further) case, stereo speakers, and a 5.7-inch, 2560 x 1440 resolution display.

Image: UberGizmo

The sheet doesn’t mention it, but RED previously announced that the Hydrogen One will ship with last year’s…

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Cortana’s iOS and Android apps are getting a massive redesign

October 17, 2018 Alex 0

Microsoft is working on a redesign of its Cortana app for iOS and Android, reports WindowsCentral. Version 3.0 of the app has been released for those enrolled in Microsoft’s Beta program. It delivers a number of improvements, including an updated UI that lets you have “conversational experiences” with the voice assistant, as well as music and podcast support across both the phone and connected Bluetooth devices.

The app now better integrates with the rest of Microsoft’s ecosystem of services. You can manage your calendar, set reminders, create meetings, and ask to join Skype or Teams (Microsoft’s version of Slack) meetings. The update’s summary notes that you can also send short emails by voice.

Along with these functionality…

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Apple will now let US users download all of their data

October 17, 2018 Alex 0

Starting on Wednesday, Apple will allow US users to download all of their data from the company, following a GDPR-mandated feature for EU citizens that launched in May. The download tool is accessible from the company’s Data and Privacy page, and it encompasses device-syncing data like iCloud bookmarks as well as iTunes purchases and retail-level information like your Apple Care support history. Users will have to authenticate with their Apple ID before receiving the data.

The new availability comes as part of the launch of a revamped privacy page, which emphasizes Apple’s data-retention policies and differential privacy efforts. The new page encourages users to turn on two-factor authentication and gives them the option to opt out of…

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Shane Dawson’s Jake Paul series is really about YouTube’s broken heart

October 17, 2018 Alex 0

Shane Dawson’s coronation as the king of YouTube in 2018 is undeniable: whenever he uploads a documentary on a personality, it’s like the internet stops. Even if you dislike Shane’s style or approach, his investigations produce top-tier online gossip that no traditional media outlet — or YouTuber, for that matter — has been able to crack.

While his current eight-part documentary Mind of Jake Paul has primarily billed itself as an exploration of Jake Paul’s potential sociopathy, at its heart lies a much more troubling question: is the perpetual shitshow of YouTube a result of its design, or is there something fundamentally wrong with top entertainers on the platform?

In terms of headlines, YouTube has had a rough few years. Parents…

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Roku devices are coming back to Mexico after court ruling

October 17, 2018 Alex 0

Roku is once again selling its products in Mexico after a court ruling overturned a July 2017 ban on the popular streaming devices due to concerns that hackers were using them to illegally stream pirated content.

A new ruling from the 11th Collegiate Court in Mexico City has overturned the earlier ban, and the streaming devices should return back to stores “in the coming weeks.” Roku devices were originally banned following a court complaint from cable provider Cablevisión, which alleged that hackers were cracking the devices to offer additional unsanctioned channels that offered free access to its channels, even going as far as selling subscriptions to the pirated channels over WhatsApp.

For its part, Roku doesn’t allow services to…

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OnePlus is launching a new backpack alongside the OnePlus 6T

October 17, 2018 Alex 0

Last summer, OnePlus released the excellent Travel Backpack alongside its OnePlus 5 flagship smartphone, and this fall, the company looks set to do it again with the upcoming launch of the new OnePlus 6T and OnePlus Explorer backpack. I’ve just received the 18L Explorer for review, and it’s a major departure from OnePlus’ existing bag. Slicker, smaller, and more stylish, the Explorer is evidently an effort to appeal to a more image-conscious demographic. I’d say OnePlus is also looking to step up to a higher price bracket, but the company isn’t yet revealing the pricing, which makes judging the bag itself kind of impossible.

Still, here’s what I know from a couple of days of use.

The Explorer is all about its side-access pockets. There’s…

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