One of them is described as a “selfie phone.” Yeah, it’s just phone with a camera.
NPR (npr) One rethinks everything, even ditching the Like button.
Stark white and minimally designed, the new NPR One app looks like a paradigm of technology. But surprisingly, the app isn’t powered by algorithms, filters, or other pseudo-intelligence—it’s still good old human editor curation on the backend.
“For us, the algorithm that programs the app is very importantly focused on the human curation part of it,” says NPR VP of digital media Zach Brand. “A lot of people tend to think of it in terms of machine learning—which is a portion as well—but we have dedicated staff making sure that the most important stories are populated from the outset that represent the best experience right at the first moment. As we get to know the listener, it then tailors even more to them.”
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A transparency document reveals that the Kremlin requested a ban on @b0ltai, a Twitter account belonging to a group Russian of hackers.
In a conflict as grisly as Syria’s civil war, getting humanitarian aid to those who need it can be a life-threatening affair. Fortunately for those hoping to help, data from sources like Twitter, YouTube, and a range of others lets researchers turn war into a giant data science project, helping understand the tension between groups, how armed they are, and where they’re headed next.
One year ago, Palantir Technologies donated their data organization software to nonprofit the Carter Center. “We wanted to see who the biggest fish amongst the opposition are, everyone relates to one another, and who’s funding who,” says Christopher McNaboe, who works on the Syria Conflict Mapping project. Now that the the U.N. has granted unauthorized border crossing into Syria to provide relief, that data can finally be put into action.
“We took pairs of bad matches and told them they were exceptionally good for each other.”
Some Chinese customers will have to wait until early August for their Big Macs and chicken nuggets. For now, there’s Filet-O-Fish.
It’s been a rough last few years for Mattel’s flagship doll brand.
The California-based airline filed for an initial public offering Monday morning.
The fast-food giant is undertaking an 18-month effort to change its image in consumers’ minds. But don’t expect a new logo.
Wikipedia cites “persistent disruptive editing” from computers at the House of Representatives.
More than $23 million in donations poured in from around the world after the disaster hit, one of the largest charitable responses on eBay’s platforms to date.