Instagram opens up about the black box system it uses to place posts on a user's feed

Back in 2016, Instagram decided to change what a subscriber would see on his feed. At the time, the most recently sent posts were on top and as the user scrolled down, the posts got older and older. But Instagram decided to start using algorithms to decide which posts a subscriber would probably want to see first. At the time, Instagram said that it was doing this because the typical user was missing 70% of the posts in his feed.
Some Instagram users are unhappy with the current system, with some posters complaining that the algorithms bury their posts. This results …

Google opens Google Maps to developers seeking to produce location-based AR games

Pokemon GO was extremely popular right off the bat thanks to the popularity of the Nintendo Pokemon game. But the AR feature also makes it fun to play as users search for Pokemon hiding right by their home, or in the neighborhood playground. Wherever the Pokemon trainer is, all he needs to do is whip out his phone to search out Pokemon and try to catch them. Thanks to previous user-sourced mapping that game developer Niantic had from its Ingress game, Pokemon GO became the most popular location-based game.

While we don’t see Pokemon GO players roaming the street anymore like we did …

Uma Thurman opens up about her anger at Harvey Weinstein and Quentin Tarantino


In November, actress Uma Thurman said she was waiting to speak out about sexual harassment and sexual assault until she felt less angry. That day has arrived.

Thurman finally told her story to The New York Times in a devastating account published Saturday. In it, Thurman alleges that Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein attacked her multiple times. Thurman also recounts several strange abuses of power on behalf of her Kill Bill director, Quentin Tarantino.

The actress says Weinstein’s incessant flattery, as well as the high position he held, made her miss what would otherwise be seen as key warning signs. She connects her former agency, Creative Artists Agency, with Weinstein’s predatory behavior. And she feels deep guilt for failing to protect all the other women who Weinstein assaulted after her: Read more…

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French consumer fraud watchdog opens investigation into Apple "planned obsolescence"

France’s DGCCRF, the consumer fraud watchdog arm of the French Economy Ministry, has opened a preliminary investigation of Apple and the company’s alleged deception and planned obsolescence practices.

This, of course, refers to recent findings that Apple artificially slows down iPhones with older batteries. Apple had not admitted to the practice until a user investigation uncovered it and benchmarks confirmed. Apple has only then issued a public apology and reacted by slashing $50 off the cost of its battery replacement program, bringing the price down to $29.
Note …

Nokia opens pre-orders for its Steel HR hybrid smartwatch, shipping starts in December

Pre-orders for the Nokia-branded Steel HR hybrid smartwatch have just kicked off. The Finnish company took to Twitter to announce the latest developments:
The wait is over
Nokia Steel HR is officially here. Be one of the first to experience our new heart rate and activity tracking watch. By pre-ordering today, your watch will ship early December, just in time for the holidays: #NokiaSteelHR— Nokia Health (@NokiaHealth) November 14, 2017
In case you’re not familiar with the Steel …

Microsoft removes restrictions, opens up Edge for iOS Preview to everyone

On Thursday, we told you that Microsoft was going to make its Edge browser available to iOS and Android users. While the Android Preview version is coming soon, the iOS Preview version was available only for Windows Insiders. The latter is Microsoft’s beta testing community. You’ll note that we used the past tense. That is because Microsoft has made a change and has now opened up the preview so that it can be installed by all iOS users.

A tweet from Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore disseminated on Friday evening revealed the change. To apply for access to the Edge for iOS Preview, you should simply …

Apple Store opens in Reno, Nevada after relocating; new Apple store 2.0 design is open and airy

You might remember a very old BlackBerry Storm commercial from 2008 that focused on the SurePress clickable keyboard that was supposed to make typing on the phone’s glass display more accurate. While the Storm user on screen was typing out the name of a city, the off-screen announcer was saying, “And lookee here…it’s typing Reno, Nevada instead of Rino Fertada or Emo Pinata.”

We bring that up because yesterday, Apple opened up its newest Apple Store in Reno, Nevada. Note that the store was not opened in Rino Fertada or even Emo Pinata. The new store opened in the Summit Reno Mall, …

Sprint opens Twice the Price store, trolling Verizon in the process

Sprint today opened a very unusual pop-up store in New York, calling it Twice the Price. The main purpose of this store is to inform customers that Sprint is offering unlimited monthly data, text, and calls for just $22.50 per line (with 4 lines), while Verizon is charging twice the price for that. You can go here to see exactly how Sprint’s Unlimited plan compares to similar plans from Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile.

Sprint’s Twice the Price store can be visited at 69-43 Grand Avenue, Flushing, New York, 11378. The store is open only today, July 21, until 7 PM, …

Galaxy S8-exclusive New Release Radio opens to all Play Music users, here's how to access

Google just made the New Release Radio station that launched as a Galaxy S8 exclusive available for all of its Play Music service users. The station uses AI to learn your listening habits, and constantly scouts for newly released tunes or albums that are in sync with your music preferences, streaming them via the Play Music app on your phone. You know, like Spotify, Deezer and the like, but going back just two weeks in time to dig up the freshest content. 

That’s a pretty easy way to follow what’s new in your musical neck of the woods without spending too much time …

Google opens Android to other search engines in Russia under out-of-court agreement

The lengthy battle that began in 2015 between Google and Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) has finally concluded with Google complying. An out-of-court settlement was reached between the search giant and Russia’s anti-monopoly watchdog, that foresees Google to allow Android OEMs, as well as end users, to change Android’s default search engine.

Up until now, Google required Android smartphone manufacturers to ship their devices with Google search as the default search engine. That is, if they wanted to retain access to the Play Store and other essential …