Apple's software has been anything but 'magical' lately

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There was a time when I could blindly update my Apple devices and trust that the update wouldn’t break it, remove a core function, or make me feel stupid for not knowing how to use a simple feature.

But that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. Lately I feel like Apple’s not giving its software the close attention it needs.

Earlier this week, Apple released iOS 10.2 and watchOS 3.1.1. Normally, I would have waited until I got home from work, backed up my iPhone and Apple Watch, and then updated.

But could you blame me? I wanted the 100 new emoji and the new full-screen effects for Messages. Read more…

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Can Facebook fix its fake news problem?

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Facebook’s finally coming around to its fake news problem. The world’s largest social network rolled out a tool to help curb all the fake news circulating on its platform.

Mashable Tech Editor Pete Pachal and Chief Correspondent Lance Ulanoff and I discussed whether it’s too little too late on this week’s MashTalk.

The tool, as my colleague Karissa Bell wrote, is basically the equivalent of reporting spam and other objectionable content.

It’s debatable whether down-ranking fake news will really do anything in the long run to restore users’ faith in Facebook as a source to get news. Perhaps, Facebook needs to bring back human curators to become the gatekeepers of newsworthy news. Read more…

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Evernote reverses controversial privacy policy but damage is already done

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Evernote has decided to “revisit” its controversial privacy policy following a swift backlash from its users. 

In a statement on the company’s blog, Evernote said it would no longer be implementing the privacy policy it had previously announced and that its machine learning updates, which necessitated some employees read portions of user notes, would be solely opt-in.

The update comes one day after Evernote CEO Chris O’Neill said the company “communicated poorly” about the proposed changes but didn’t back away from the changes, which he said would improve the company’s note taking software.  Read more…

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Twitter has a new plan for Vine

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It turns out that some parts of Vine may live on after all.

More than a month after announcing the app would eventually be shut down, Twitter now says it will keep a version of its app alive after the planned shutdown. 

Though it won’t be the full service, the plan will keep the central part of Vine — its camera — alive. In January, the current Vine app will “transition” to a “pared-down” app called Vine Camera. 

“With this camera app you’ll still be able to make six-second looping videos, and either post them directly to Twitter or save them to your phone,” Vine wrote in a statementRead more…

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Self-driving Chevy Bolts will hit Michigan streets soon

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In light of the recent passage of the most lax autonomous car laws in the U.S., the streets of Michigan will likely soon be the among the most common places to test self-driving cars. 

First up: GM, which announced that it will immediately begin testing its line of autonomous Chevy Bolt EVs on the state’s public roads.

Testing on the private roads in GM’s Technical Center campus in Warren was already underway before the passage of the legislation, which is known as the SAVE Act. Now that the automaker has the go-ahead from the state, the operation will expand to include roadways around metro Detroit in the coming months. In those areas, trials will focus on the autonomous tech’s development in winter weather conditions.  Read more…

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What's next after VR porn? Hologram porn, apparently.

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The porn industry has never shied away from experimenting with new technologies to, um, tell its “stories.”

So what’s next after VR porn? Hologram porn, apparently.

The adult entertainment company CamSoda plans to introduce “live holographic streaming” of its “camgirls” to the world at next month’s AVN Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas. The company says it’ll be the first of its kind.

The “Holo-Cam” shows will be filmed in a special studio to work with those inexpensive transparent pyramids that you place on top of a desktop, tablet or phone’s screen, according to The Daily Dot. Read more…

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