This article is a collection of beautiful photography taken by drones. These devices are becoming more commonly accepted as tools for journalism and the pictures in this articles highlight the possibility of this attribute. Just imagine how complimentary one of these photos could be to a written article. Drones are becoming more affordable, so most anyone can obtain a model in their price range. Check out these stunning photos and decide how a drone could benefit to one of your stories.
This article is about how algorithms designed by Google and Facebook to bring readers their news has monumentally failed. Large amounts of money and cutting-edge technology have been dedicated to “machine learning divisions” to decipher what news users want to see, however there remains major flaws in this process. AI cannot tell reality in news articles from trickery. A researcher at OpenAI says machines aren’t capable through searching hundreds of sources how truthful a claim may be. Machines are being benchmarked to put them to task finding missions. While they may be making strides in finding information, they still lack the innate human capability of deciphering truthfulness in written form. There is just no competition when compared against a human for fact checking. One idea is to teach an algorithm simply not to trust information from certain sources (websites). Truth is a fickle mistress and while machines may be able to gather information by leaps and bounds, interpretation of said facts lies best with human eyes. Read more about the article here.
This article is about a fake news writer who feels he is responsible for Donald Trump’s winning of the presidential election. He has fabricated such stories as the Amish lobby, gay wedding vans and the banning of the national anthem. In March Trump’s son and then campaign manager tweeted links to one of his fake news pieces. Paul Horner has been concocting fake news articles for several years now. Since there is a chance he may have influenced the presidential election and in conjunction with Facebook and Google considering taking class action lawsuits against fraudulent news sources, Horner has decided to come clean. He has laid all his cards on the table for the world to see. Several of his articles were picked up by Trump supporters and promoted. The trump people wouldn’t fact-check his writing. I’ve even heard some of his falsehoods reported in the mainstream news passed off as legitimate stories. For instance, he claimed people were paid to protest at Trump rallies. This is a fact that simply wasn’t true. Horner was baffled at the notion people wouldn’t investigate his stories before reposting them. Horner felt like he was messing with the Trump campaign by printing fraudulent pieces but it may have in fact given the party steam for their engine. He targeted Trump with fake news specifically because Horner hates him. He even crafted a lie about Trump wanting to put badges on Muslims in the airports and have them stand in their own separate lines. I vaguely remember this story being reported in the news. How would a fake story like this benefit Trump instead of hurting him? Perhaps by rallying his base behind some sort of anti-Muslim sentiment. Currently he is raking in a whopping $10,000 a month off his fake advertising via Google Adsense. He is making a decent living off promoting fake news sites but a crack-down is imminent. There resides guilt inside him for what he has done, but the price of $10,000 is a fickle beast to walk away from. Read the article here.
We live in a tech-driven society where there exists plenty of options to satisfy your technological desires. Just how far off are we from controlling devices with impulses driven by our mind? Not as far off as one might think. We haven’t arrived at the point of driving our cars or surfing the web on our smart phone from the invoking of a cerebral catalyst, but we are well on our way in that direction. There exist several consumer toys that make claims to work by imploring brain power but they are not anything jaw-dropping… yet. Wired skull caps exist to control a video game and a fan is on the market that blows a ball through a hoop from your brain power. They “read your brain’s electric activity through the non-inconsiderable damper of your skull.” Brain implants are on the table. An option for those who are paralyzed or missing appendages, a small sensor last year was implanted on the left side of a paralyzed woman’s brain. It essentially gave her the ability to tap a touchscreen on a tablet while functioning like a Bluetooth mouse. This is impressive stuff! Recently a man had 128 electrode sensors placed on his motor cortex enabling him the functionality to move individual fingers on a bionic arm. A neurosurgeon is currently working on “bionic eyes” to assist the blind. The technology is for those not able to prosper from retinal implants. To achieve a clear link to the brain’s electric signals the skull must be penetrated to implant electrodes onto the surface of the brain. The risks are omnipresent. Tested on sheep is a device called a Stentrode, which can sit within a human blood vessel. The Stentrode resides in a blood vessel collecting signals constantly. The expectation is the Stentrode will talk to an exoskeleton to reassemble mobility to paraplegic or quadriplegic patients to help gain mobility of lost limbs. The Stentrode is potentially seeing commercial availability in six years. The average person may not be able to control devices through telekinesis just yet, but we are making strides in the technology of mind control. Read more about it here.
This article is about ABC News staging a shot for a news segment. They attached police tape to two camera tripods and reported from within them for a shot in a story. It gave the impression of a more intense situation. An anonymous source took a photo of the staged incident and posted it online. Instances like these damage a news organization’s credibility. While making for a more dramatic event, which was likely ABC’s intent, when caught it makes them look stupid and desperate for ratings. I have the feeling a rival news organization took the photo and put it online, which is why the source remained anonymous. It makes for an amusing story about the lengths news organizations will go to over-dramatize an event for ratings. Read about the story here.
Apple has done it again by eliminating yet another port, only this time it is on the latest version of the MacBook Pro. The USB drive is truly an essential peripheral on computers. From connecting a mouse or utilizing storage, the idea of a computer without a USB port is totally insane. Leave it to Apple, the innovators of a multitude of technology to be the ones standing behind this concept. Fresh off the fiasco involving their latest iPhone, with removing their headphone jack, they purpose this new challenge to the consumer. In place of the port Apple offers the Thunderbolt 3 port to connect peripheral devices. Granted the Thunderbolt 3 transfers data at a whopping 40 gigabits per second, it still begs the question if consumers are willing to shell out the extra money for the cable needed to connect to the port. One of these cables that offer a USB conversion typically runs a whopping $50.00. What is with Apple making such drastic changes to their devices these days? Can’t they throw the consumer a bone and offer their devote base at least a single USB port and make the rest Thunderbolt 3 ports as an even exchange? That way their consumer won’t have to purchase an adapter. It seems like Apple enjoys thumbing their nose at their clientele by forcing them to purchase extra adapters. Read about the controversy here.
Nintendo is trying to make up for it’s low sales resulting from it’s disappointing Wii U launch. The console they are offering doesn’t have the power of the upcoming PS4 Neo or newest Xbox but rather are wanting to appeal to a niche audience of gamers. The ones who are Nintendo fans are a devote bunch. This console is under-powered compared to it’s competition but it’s banking on it’s mobility to make up for that, something the other consoles are not. They likely will have a bevy of games such as Zelda and Mario-based titles that will draw gamers in. It’s hard to tell if Nintendo will profit from this release compared to it’s competition but they always will have a devote following of long-time fans that have an affinity for the system since early childhood. I consider myself inside this realm. I’ve owned every Nintendo system and plan on making this console the latest in my collection. To read more about this nice piece of technology go here.
This article is about the backbone of the Internet; basically all the hidden cables and wireless outputs needed to make it run. The New York writer became curious where the Internet wires ran through to make the major metropolitan city of New York be online. The writer began to decode symbols and other mysterious markings around the city that provided clues as to where components are that run the Internet relay around town. The markings are often hidden in plain sight. She provides pictures to help you identify where fiber optic cables belonging to Level 3 Communications are laid. Did you know that attached to streetlights in New York are acoustic censors that detect gunshots? There are also radio receivers installed in traffic lights to adjust them according to different traffic patterns. The purpose of this article was to draw attention to the hidden backbone of the digital world that is usually right in front of our eyes, should we choose to investigate our environments. It was a very interesting piece that will cause me to pay better attention to markings on the streets. Read about it here.
The article I read was a comparison of the iPhone 7’s camera against the Leica M9-P. The Leica M9-P is a camera worth a staggering $9,000! It’s amazing that the iPhone can even be considered in the same ballpark of quality with the professional camera. Side-by-side comparisons are done and the lacking details on the side of the iPhone 7 are actually rather marginal. The author of the article is “blown away” by the quality of photo composition in the latest iPhone. Though this article may be short, the devil is in the details. Compare the nuances of imagery between the two cameras and decide for yourself. Spending $9,000 on a camera isn’t exactly chump change and it’s mind-blowing you can get anywhere near comparable quality with the camera on a phone. Read the article here.
This article is about a glimpse into the historic Bell Labs. Recently purchased by Nokia, they were the true innovators of technology in the early 1900s. They began as Bell Labs in 1925 with American Telephone & Telegraph and Western Electric merging to capitalize on the market of technology. One of the more important discoveries Bell Labs was responsible for was a small transistor that acted as an electronic amplifier, which is what was later known as a silicon chip. These small chips are what power computers. The rest is history. Presently the company is working on establishing 5G technology for network access, which leaves the present 4G networks in the dust. They are also focusing on a compact solar radio station and something known as DeepX; which brings artificial intelligence to smart watches. They are also working on technology that establishes high-speed radio links for homes. These networks transfer at a rate significantly faster than Google Fiber. They are working on something known as Nuudle, “augmented thinking” software, a data-seeking tool with unlimited possibilities. The future in technology innovation looks bright for Bell Labs and their acquisition by Nokia has only strengthened their reach. To read the article go here and learn about the company and its future projects.