Google is giving away discount codes for movie tickets to Local Guides

Google has been looking for ways to incentivize people to take part in its Maps Local Guides initiative. The prizes haven’t really been anything amazing thus far, but for people who like to contribute to the platform anyways, a small gift card or a month or two of free Google Play Music have been welcome things to look for in exchange for a handful of photos and reviews on Google Maps.
Google’s latest such initiative comes in the form of a partnership with Atom Tickets. Local Guides now have the chance to score a $5 rebate off any movie ticket. Google is giving …

Watch our IRL dystopia in real time with these Sinclair local news broadcasts


If you wake up this morning not feeling frightened, you clearly haven’t spent enough time watching local news stan for Donald Trump.

Last month, CNN’s Brian Stelter revealed that Sinclair Broadcasting Group, operator of nearly 200 local television stations across the United States, would be recording promotional content about “irresponsible, one-sided news stories plaguing our country.” Deadspin has since found that content and compiled it all into a terrifyingly synchronized montage. 

All of my childhood dystopian YA fiction has come true. Read more…

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Apple's new sixth-generation iPad now available at your local Apple Store

Last Tuesday, Apple introduced the sixth-generation iPad. With prices starting at $329 ($299 for schools), the tablet also supports the Apple Pencil, and is powered by 2016’s A10 Fusion chipset. If you’re interested in purchasing one, you might be able to pop into your local Apple Store and walk out with the tablet in hand. Starting yesterday, the sixth-generation Apple iPad was in stock at most of Apple’s retail stores in the U.S.

The sixth-generation Apple iPad is available with 32GB or 128GB of storage. It also is offered with WiFi only, or with WiFi + Cellular connectivity. Color options …

Facebook updates News Feed to prioritize local news

Today, Facebook announced changes to the News Feed that will give new precedence to local news. This is part of a greater push from Facebook to make the site more friendly, and the content more relevant. Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, announced the update via Twitter:

With the new update, you may start seeing more stories appearing in your News Feed from publishers around you. This is because Facebook is using geographical data to determine if a news publisher is in your geographical location. As a result, publishers that …

Google announces Bulletin, a community-driven app aimed at sharing local stories

Google is launching a new app that’s aimed at sourcing “hyperlocal” stories from citizens. It’s called Bulletin, because, well, it’s the virtual equivalent of a local bulletin board, and just about anyone will be able to contribute to the platform with their own stories and reports once the app receives a global roll-out.

The introduction of Bulletin comes as no surprise, short on the heels of the new “Community Updates” section that was recently added to Google News, and it’s an interesting idea, that’s for sure. The new app aims to highlight stories on a much smaller …

Facebook is testing a new section to emphasize local news

Recently, social media has been heavily criticized for being a real catalyst for the way “fake news” spreads. Why? Well, a lot of news outlets — reputable or not — will have a big, eye-catching title, and will often be shared through social media channels by thousands of people who don’t read the actual articles. This issue has been a hot topic ever since the 2016 US presidential elections and Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been on a personal mission to end “fake news” sharing over his platform since.

The initiative is called the Facebook Journalism …

Chinese company will operate local Apple iCloud accounts, starting February

In a bid to comply with the China’s cloud computing regulations, Apple has granted permission to local company Guizhou on the Cloud Big Data (GCBD) to operate Apple iCloud services on the territory of mainland China. The contract between the two companies comes into force next month, iCloud accounts outside of China won’t be affected by the change.

Apple has confirmed that both companies will have access to the data stored on the cloud servers. GCBD is owned by the Guizhou provincial government in southern China, where Apple last year invested $1bn …

Exasperated local news journalist is done with the Black Friday hype


Black Friday tends to be a great time for some local news coverage. Hundreds of eager shoppers lining up in early morning hours tend to make for great visuals and person-on-the-street interviews.

That’s what Joshua Short of WNDU in South Bend, Indiana, expected. He was sorely disappointed—and didn’t mince words when he gave his report on the scene at around 5:15 A.M. local time.

The segment caught fire online. Short and anchor Alex Wilcox appeared to enjoy the moment, if not get a caught off guard by just how fast it spread.

Going viral is cool right?? You know what’s not so cool – a tweet you’re mentioned in going viral.@JoshuaShortWNDU you did this to me!

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You can buy iPhone X in stores starting at 8:00am local time today

Starting today, at 8:00am local time, you will be able to buy the Apple iPhone X in stores.
Apple has promised to have a certain number of iPhone X available on day 1 at physical stores, but this number will likely be very limited, so if you want to get yours today, you would likely need to stand in line before the stores are open.
Sales have already kicked off in Japan and other Asian countries that use different time zones, and Apple has already shared photos of the huge lines in front of Apple Stores there, as well …

Google Maps gains Local Guides widget and 3D touch peek for list items on iOS

Google has just released a small Maps update in the App Store. There only a couple of new features included in the update, but they should make users’ life much easier while on the go.

The highlight of the update seems to be the new Local Guides widget, which should allow Maps users to check their Local Guide points and add reviews and photos to a place much easier.

Also, the new version of Google Maps for iOS features 3D touch peek for list items, which comes in handy when you’re looking for restaurants. Another notable improvement included in the update …