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Google to discuss code of conduct with publishers

Google Australia will start meeting Australian publishers to discuss a voluntary code of conduct that will govern how revenue is shared and how content is accessed. This week the technology giant will meet with Nine Entertaiment, publisher of this masthead, and News Corp separately to discuss their proposed process for …

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The frustrating art of social awkwardness

Putting you in control of an undercover android with a preposterously convoluted and manual mechanism for interacting with humans, Speaking Simulator is often as frustrating as it is funny but it has its moments. As Blank Textsfield your mission is to infiltrate the culture of humans by perfectly replicating their …

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How to fling live TV to the furthest corners of your home, and beyond

Most of the live streams are available via the various catch up apps, but the Freeview FV app is the easiest way to gather them all in one place. Click on a live channel and it will either stream within the Freeview app or launch the network’s own app. You’re …

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How smart does a toothbrush need to be?

However, the volume of the powerful motor conducted through my jaw made it feel like I had a jet engine in my mouth. I was also surprised that it didn’t store data of previous brushes, so if you don’t have the app open when you brush it doesn’t sync. Since …

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Artist forces Google Maps traffic jam with 99 phones in a wagon

Google Maps, Apple Maps and Waze have done their share of shaping society since coming to smartphones in the early 2000s. In trying to help drivers get around faster, they’ve transformed once-quiet residential streets into bustling cut-through routes. They also may have made overall traffic worse, burdening some routes with …

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Headphone amps: how much would you pay to improve your digital music?

The way it works is you connect it via wire or Bluetooth to your phone, and then plug in your wired headphones. I found it didn’t work consistently plugged into my iPhone 11 Pro Max, but had an easier time keeping it talking to my Samsung Galaxy S10+, which has …

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Google’s latest tool to help journalists spot fake images

“We observed an evolution in how disinformation was being used to manipulate elections, wage war and disrupt civil society,” Jared Cohen, Jigsaw’s chief executive, wrote in a blog post about Assembler. “But as the tactics of disinformation were evolving, so too were the technologies used to detect and ultimately stop …

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Former Google unit’s latest tool to help journalists spot fake images

“We observed an evolution in how disinformation was being used to manipulate elections, wage war and disrupt civil society,” Jared Cohen, Jigsaw’s chief executive, wrote in a blog post about Assembler. “But as the tactics of disinformation were evolving, so too were the technologies used to detect and ultimately stop …

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On fake news, social giants need to do better or get out of the way

“Our work to combat misinformation on Facebook is focused on removing content and accounts that violate our policies, reducing the distribution of misleading content, and informing people when they do come across misleading content.” Unfortunately, the majority of misinformation I have seen has not come from news sources, and therefore …

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Coronavirus outbreak could have big impact on iPhone production

In Eastern China’s Suzhou, one of its largest manufacturing hubs, companies have been told to stay shut until at least in February and in Shanghai until February 9. Factories in the southern manufacturing hub of Dongguan in export-oriented Guangdong province have also been told not to open before February 10. …

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