YouTube is designed to catch you and not let go. Sometimes I access the site just to watch one thing, but then one of the related videos catches my eye. I watch that one, then another and another, and soon a five-minute visit has stretched far longer. If it’s half an hour of movie trailers, then I’m just indulging in a guilty pleasure. But what if I followed a link to “Q—The Plan to Save the World” and wound up staying for one outlandish conspiracy video after another? YouTube’s associative linking is designed to keep me clicking and watching. It has turned into a mechanism for political indoctrination, suggesting through sheer repetition that an international cabal is threatening to take over the world.These false conspiracy theories can delude the public. But social media’s negative impact on the political process isn’t just a matter of their content—which includes, for example, intentional misinformation and hate speech directed … [Read more...] about Social Media Are Ruining Political Discourse
Students taking the SAT will soon be subjected to a new kind of assessment. On top of their math and verbal results, indicating what knowledge they were able to summon internally while taking the exam, they’ll be placed along a scale of adversity: a representation of the external. By calculating students' social, economic, and family background, the College Board hopes to add new context to students’ test scores. Evaluating students on factors far beyond their control may seem a novel attempt in leveling the playing field, but in some ways, it actually brings the test closer to its conflicted origins.The adversity index was first piloted by 10 schools in 2017. It consists of 15 factors meant to approximate the degree of disadvantage a student has faced, including the crime rate in her neighborhood, the rigor of her high-school curriculum, and the estimated education level of her parents. Students don’t see their numbers, but admissions officers do, and have full … [Read more...] about The Problem With the SAT’s Idea of Objectivity
Today, just about everyone stays connected with their mobile electronic devices. For this reason, a low battery can cause panic, particularly if it is a smartphone or tablet that has a low battery. There are many reasons to carry a Zendure portable charger. For instance, it gives you the freedom to use a mobile phone such as the smartphone without worrying about completely losing the battery charge. A portable charger is also useful when there is a power outage. A high-powered portable charger provides faster charging. By attaching to any USB port, the device can be easily recharged. In addition, you can travel without worrying about charging point or phone’s battery, and you can use one power bank for multiple devices making it is cost effective. Because portable chargers have become so popular there are a lot of the devices to choose from; with each offering a plethora of benefits. One type of portable charger that is very popular is a charger with pass-through technology. … [Read more...] about Why You Need a Portable Charger with Pass-Through Charging
Technology By Jane Wakefield Technology reporter 18 May 2019 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-47815344 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel It was meant to be a vision of how we will all live in future - a smart city built from the … [Read more...] about The Google city that has angered Toronto
OK, the news isn’t really that big, but it does involve Android R (I know, already) and screenshots. Because Google’s stock Android features only a limited set of screenshot controls, unlike the robust controls you see from Samsung, people have complained to them about it from time to time. I did about a year ago, actually. I wrote an entire piece requesting that Google add screenshot scroll capture, because almost every other phone manufacturer on the planet had built it into their own skins, on top of Android. It’s a standard feature at this point, unless you own a Google phone. According to Dave Burke, VP of Wear OS Mockery (he’s actually Android’s VP of engineering), that specific feature will finally come to Android when Android R shows up. Well, maybe. Burke said on Twitter today that they “added scrollable screenshots to the hopper for Android R and hopefully can land it in that release.” So that’s no guarantee, but an … [Read more...] about We’ve Got Big Android R Screenshot News!