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Leaked internal documents suggest Facebook – which recently renamed itself Meta – is doing far worse than it claims at minimizing COVID-19 vaccine misinformation on the Facebook social media platform. Online misinformation about the virus and vaccines is a major concern. In one study, survey respondents who got some or all of their news from Facebook were significantly more likely to resist the COVID-19 vaccine than those who got their news from mainstream media sources. As a researcher who studies social and civic media, I believe it’s critically important to understand how misinformation spreads online. But this is easier said…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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Microsoft’s biggest announcement from its last night’s Ignite event was definitely the legless-metaverse. However, there was another funky one that caught my eye: Microsoft Loop. I know, from its name, it’s not apparent what the hell it is. I’d make a snarky joke, but TechCrunch captured it the best — it’s Google Wave. For folks who’ve accessed the internet only through smartphones, Wave was a much-hyped Google project for collaboration that died in a year. Loop — built on the Fluid framework — is a series of content components that will be synced across its Office suite of productivity apps.…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Microsoft

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It’s raining metaverses all around the world. Days after Facebook said that it’s renaming the company to Meta to indicate its future direction, Microsoft kicked-off its own metaverse master plan. Last night, CEO and chairman Satya Nadella made the announcement on Twitter with a video. He described it as something that spans “from the factory floor to the meeting room.” The firm said the first part of metaverse will be Mesh for Teams, which will be available sometime next year. Microsoft unveiled Mesh, its mixed-reality platform, earlier this year. The new experience is part of that megaproject. So what does this…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Microsoft

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Meta today announced updates to its facial recognition program that will have sweeping consequences for the Facebook platform — and not in a good way. Meta? It’s still Facebook to me and this move just proves that a dumpster fire by any other name would still smell as sickly. The company’s not stopping the use of facial recognition. Nor is it deleting facial recognition data for more than a billion users. It’s deleting some very specific facial recognition templates — those used to automatically tag people in photos on Facebook. There’s nothing in the announcement today that would indicate it’s actually…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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Scientists at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics believe they’ve discovered the first extragalactic planet ever observed by humans. Up front: I’ve got “extragalactic planetary, planetary extragalactic” to the tune of the Beastie Boys’ “Intergalactic” stuck in my head. And, now, you probably do too. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way: An extragalactic planet is one that’s not only outside of our own solar system, such as the thousands we’ve found floating around the Milky Way, but also outside of our own galaxy. In this case, the team thinks they’ve found a Saturn-sized planet in the far off…This story continues at The Next Web

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We’re in an age when consumers and businesses are more aware than ever about the need to build a more sustainable world.   But how can we make our lives and our businesses more sustainable? What are the seemingly small/simple changes we can introduce to make a big impact tomorrow? These were just two of the questions that Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles explored on a city trip with the innovative ID. Buzz Cargo concept car to one of Europe’s sustainability tech capitals, Amsterdam. During the trip, the ID. Buzz Cargo met three startup founders who are seeking to change the world of…This story continues at The Next Web

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TLDR: The Carsule Pop-Up Cabin attaches to your vehicle to serve as a comfortable and spacious outdoor living room. There’s a rustic charm to camping out, pitching a tent and sleeping in the great outdoors. But be honest…if you could actually sleep and enjoy the convenience of your own personal cabin in place of that tent, you’d ditch those tentpoles in a heartbeat. Assuming you don’t have the resources to build a personal cabin anywhere you’d like to make camp for the night, the Carsule Pop-Up Cabin ($299.99, 20 percent off, from TNW Deals) is the next best thing, turning…This story continues at The Next Web

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TLDR: These app-enabled smart drumsticks are like having a massive drum set in front of you whenever you want to play. I can’t wait until my child grows up to become a drummer…said no parent ever. Look, no parent ever wants to squash the dreams of their kid. However, self-preservation does play a factor in how those dreams manifest. Even if a kid is musically inclined and ready to start playing instruments, no Mom or Dad is ever going to instinctively go for getting them a big, bulky, expensive drum kit without some serious arm-twisting. And that doesn’t even take…This story continues at The Next Web

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Alright, you’ve built a decent product. You believe you have a product-market fit and you’ve been able to acquire a fair amount of traffic through organic and paid channels. But… your growth rate is starting to stagnate. So, you decide to put out more content, tap into more channels, widen your targeting, increase budgets, among other things. You wait a few weeks but quickly learn that even though all of your efforts have helped, it’s just not what it used to be. In essence, what this means is that you’re starting to hit the ceiling in your operating region. So,…This story continues at The Next Web

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We’ve been expecting an Apple Car for a while now, but it might happen sometime this decade. Personally, I’m very satisfied with the few Apple products I own (my MacBook Air, for instance) and I’d be curious to see what the fabled Apple Car would look like, although I’m not really dying over it. I can imagine though that for those of you who absolutely love the brand, an “iCar” would be like the ultimate must-have, and in that case waiting in uncertainty is torture. To offer you some comfort, here’s a concept of the Apple Car, inspired by the MacBook…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Apple

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“Trouble at Facebook” is like saying water is wet. This has been a tough year for Zuck and co with Capitol Riots and vaccine misinformation to handle. However, those were nothing compared to the last few weeks. The Facebook papers — a set of leaked internal documents of the company — have revealed shocking things about how the firm thinks about young users, developing countries, and hateful content on its platform. Last night, Frances Haugen, the whistleblower who has provided all these documents to the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC), said in her first public address in weeks that Mark…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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An employee at MacEwan University got an email in 2017 from someone claiming to be a construction contractor asking to change the account number where almost $12 million in payments were sent. A week later the actual contractor called asking when the payment would arrive. The email about the account number change was fake. Instead of going to the contractor, the payments were sent to accounts controlled by criminals. Fake emails that try to get people to do things they wouldn’t normally do, such as send money, run dangerous programs or give out passwords, are known as phishing emails. Cybersecurity…This story continues at The Next Web

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Dozens of space-based telescopes operate near Earth and provide incredible images of the universe. But imagine a telescope far away in the outer solar system, 10 or even 100 times farther from the Sun than Earth. The ability to look back at our solar system or peer into the darkness of the distant cosmos would make this a uniquely powerful scientific tool. I’m an astrophysicist who studies the formation of structure in the universe. Since the 1960s, scientists like me have been considering the important scientific questions we might be able to answer with a telescope placed in the outer…This story continues at The Next Web

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This week Tesla launched its first-ever Non-Tesla Supercharger pilot. The lucky country chosen for the experiment is the Netherlands, where the company is opening 10 EV charging stations to local non-Tesla EV drivers. All EV drivers will have to do is download the Tesla app, login, and record when they begin and end the charging session.   Trial program for opening Tesla Superchargers to other EVs has begun https://t.co/g4HpgRGl7d — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 1, 2021 According to the company its always been its ambition to open up the network to non-Tesla EVs. It will encourage drivers to go electric and thereby helping to…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Tesla

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It’s hard to find a good note-taking app that works across all your devices, but if you’re in the Apple ecosystem, Notability is one of them. The good news is that the app is now free, but is it really? The app is switching to a subscription model which requires you to pay a yearly fee of $14.99 (currently $11.99) for its premium features. First, the good news: the app (which used to be $8.99) is now free! Well, kinda. Notability is switching to a subscription model, which requires you to pay a yearly fee of $14.99 (currently $11.99) for…This story continues at The Next Web

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The days of arguing about whether you should have a pair of wireless earbuds are over. The results are in: you need some. Over the past few years, the quality of true wireless earbuds has skyrocketed and you’re spoilt for choice. I mean, just think of the quality of things like Apple’s AirPods Pro, Sony’s WF-1000XM4, and Google’s Pixel Buds. These are miraculous bits of technology that, despite their ubiquity, still feel kinda magical. But… we can do more. If you’re wanting to go beyond the standard features you get with most true wireless earbuds, you have an option: personalized…This story continues at The Next Web

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I’m not a lefty, but I feel for my sinistral brethren. Whether it’s an ergonomic mouse or a fancy controller, the PC industry tends to prioritize right-handed folk at the expense of lefties. A particularly egregious example of this can be seen in this leaked 17-inch Lenovo ThinkBook Plus, courtesy of Evan Blass. Have you guys seen this yet? 17-inch ThinkBook Plus from Lenovo… pic.twitter.com/OElc5ZM3pb — Ev (@evleaks) October 31, 2021 I already don’t know what to make of it as a righty, but I do know it looks a lot less interesting for lefties. On the one hand, I…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Lenovo

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I’m not a car person.   You know, car people. Driving a car is a big part of their psyche and something that seriously brings them joy. They wax lyrical about the shape of a car rear end, or the wheel hubs. It’s part of their identity — they go for long road trips, join car clubs, visit car shows, and build model cars in their spare time.   I am not one of these people, but I am passionate about mobility, particularly accessible mobility. I like writing about technical innovation, and I get wildly excited about V2E technology and…This story continues at The Next Web

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Apple’s introduction of App Tracking Transparency hasn’t proven popular with social media platforms. The privacy shift has vaporized an estimated $9.85 billion of revenues for Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Snap, according to The Financial Times. The new policy, which launched in April, requires the social media platforms to gain permission from iPhone users before tracking them across other apps. Unsurprisingly, many of them have opted out, which has made ad targetting on social media less effective. As a result, advertisers have shifted their budgets to other sources — including Apple’s own expanding ads business. That’s conveniently beneficial to Apple, but rather concerning for social media firms…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Apple

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If you’re a fan of sci-fi futuristic movies such as Battlestar Galactica and Star Wars, you’re already familiar with hoverbikes, or simply flying bikes. For those of you who wrongfully haven’t seen Star Wars, that’s the Speeder bike. It’s a flying motorbike used by the Stormtroopers, the army of the bad guys. Credit: Star Wars Well, seeing hoverbikes in movies presenting futuristic and semi-human societies is normal, I guess. But seeing them in real life can be mind-blowing, super weird, what-the-fuck — you name it. So, I was extremely surprised when Japanese startup A.L.I. Technologies showcased its Xturismo hoverbike last…This story continues at The Next Web

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It takes seven months to get to Mars in an efficiently engineered spaceship, covering the distance of 480 million kilometers. On this journey, a crew would have to survive in a confined space with no opportunity to experience nature or interact with new people. It is easy to imagine how this much isolation could have a severe impact on the crew’s well-being and productivity. The challenges long-duration space travellers experience are not foreign to regular folk, although to a lesser degree. Many Canadians experience isolation and loneliness, at least occasionally. Virtual reality can help people experience what being in space…This story continues at The Next Web

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How do you clean your ears? If you said “cotton swabs” then you would be joining the ranks of many of us who continue to poke and prod the earwax out of our ear canals, despite having heard that swabs may actually do more harm than good. In fact, one study found that 68% of the respondents do exactly that. It’s time to change this habit. Earwax, or as it is known scientifically, cerumen, is a naturally forming substance that helps protect and lubricate our ears, keeping out harmful things like dirt and dust. Without it, our ears would be…This story continues at The Next Web

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Friends, I’m in love. To be fair, I’ve felt this way for some time. It happened when I first got my hands on the Bluesound Node 2i music streamer a few years ago — a relationship that has been going strong since. But the butterflies have started up again, because I’ve had the pleasure of testing out the latest iteration of the device, simply known as the Bluesound Node. Let me tell you of its charms. Who is Bluesound? If you haven’t heard of them, the company positions itself as the audiophille Sonos. It produces wireless audio equipment with features…This story continues at The Next Web

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Physicists searching for evidence of a “light sterile neutrino”, a hypothetical particle that could give clues to cosmic puzzles such as the nature of dark matter and why the Universe is made of matter at all, have announced their hunt has come back empty-handed. The MicroBooNE experiment at Fermilab was designed to follow up on earlier hints of neutrinos behaving oddly, but the negative result deals a blow to the idea of such a new elementary particle. Neutrinos are lightweight, elusive subatomic particles, and current theories recognize three different types. In 1995, however, the Liquid Scintillator Neutrino Detector (LSND) experiment…This story continues at The Next Web

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Given their performance and power, it’s natural to be lured by Apple’s new lineup of ARM-based MacBooks. I made the switch to the M1-powered Air earlier this year, so I wouldn’t be surprised if many of you might be eyeing the Pro with the M1X processor — despite the notch. When your favorite applications support the native ARM architecture, the laptops are an absolute dream to use. However, some apps still don’t support it — with one of the most annoying examples being Dropbox. To run the app, you need to use Apple’s emulation software called Rosetta. It could’ve been…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Apple

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