TWEAKS AND UPDATES
BetaNews: Apple warns users to upgrade their old iPhones and iPads or face GPS and time issues. “Apple has issued a warning to owners of some iPhones and iPads, advising them to update their operating system within the next two weeks. The company warns that devices that do not upgrade iOS will experience problems with GPS and incorrect date and times — which in turn could cause problems with iCloud, email and other services.”
CNET: Twitter planning policy changes to help combat deepfakes. “Twitter said Monday it’s going to make policy changes around how it deals with manipulated videos such as deepfakes and it’s asking the public for help.”
Search Engine Journal: A 50-Point Audit for Getting Started with Local SEO. “Local SEO ranking factors are still a black box for many companies that value local traffic. Nobody actually knows what Google values. But studies and experience can reveal what is having an impact on ranking and placing in the coveted local pack.” VERY thorough. If you have any kind of physical presence that requires a listing on Google Maps, I recommend you at least read through this list.
Hongkiat: 10 Gmail Chrome Extensions You Should Know. “I have a love-hate relationship with the new, refreshed version of Gmail. Though I admire its material design interface, I’m not a fan of every design change that led to its modern interface; the interface feels more crowded than the old interface. So, the question arises: how to customize or simplify Gmail?”
AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD
The Verge: Twitch CEO Emmett Shear on how moderation creates communities. “At this year’s TwitchCon in San Diego — a celebratory, over-the-top affair that brought in streamers and fans from all over the world — I sat down with Twitch CEO Emmett Shear who co-founded the first iteration of the site and who’s been steering the ship ever since 2011.”
iFixit: Rebble with a Cause: How Pebble Watches Were Granted an Amazing Afterlife. “In the early summer of 2018, you could buy an Apple Watch with built-in GPS, wireless payments, and speakers that buzz water out after a swim. Meanwhile, Katharine Berry was hustling to keep five-year-old watches with black and white screens alive.”
SECURITY & LEGAL
The New York Times: Using Old Cellphones to Listen for Illegal Loggers. ” This village in West Sumatra, a lush province of volcanoes and hilly rainforests, had a problem with illegal loggers…. So, residents asked a local environmental group for camera traps or some other equipment that might help. In July, they got more than they expected: a treetop surveillance system that uses recycled cellphones and artificial intelligence software to listen for rogue loggers and catch them in the act.”
CBS News: Cybercriminals are doing big business in the gaming chat app Discord. “Cybercriminals have set up shop on Discord, a popular chat application for gamers with more than 250 million active users. Hackers have modified many of the app’s private groups to function like retail shops that sell illicit products, including stolen credit card numbers, cracked customer accounts for Delta Air Lines and Hilton Hotels, as well as malware that can be used to infect computer networks. ”
RESEARCH & OPINION
New Indian Express: Fake news shared over two million times on social media during Lok Sabha polls. “About 50,000 fake news stories were published during the recent Lok Sabha elections and shared 2 million times, according to a study conducted by fact-checking startup Logically. The firm, which has bases in Mysuru in Karnataka and also in the UK, was even able to track down some fake stories all the way to Chinese and Pakistani IP addresses.”
Phys .org: Big data, artificial intelligence to support research on harmful blue-green algae. “A team of scientists from research centers stretching from Maine to South Carolina will develop and deploy high-tech tools to explore cyanobacteria in lakes across the East Coast. The multi-year project will combine big data, artificial intelligence and robotics with new and time-tested techniques for lake sampling to understand where, when, and how cyanobacterial blooms develop.” Good evening, Internet…
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