Instagram Can Find Misleading Posts—but Won’t Take Them Down

Instagram has begun using image recognition and other tools to identify posts and stories that may contain misinformation and send them to Facebook’s fleet of fact-checking partners for review. If they’re determined to be false, Instagram will not recommend the posts to new users in the Explore tab or hashtag pages, as first reported by …

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Where to Go for the Best Off-Season Travel

Tour operators such as Globus and Insight Vacations offer programs dedicated to fall … Spain, that makes stops in Marseille, Rome, Palermo and other port cities, starting at $538 per person in mid October. … He calculates that travelers on Globus's fall tours to Greece can save about 45% … Venice, Italy.
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Microsoft HoloLens 2 needs to get into living rooms sooner rather than later

Watching someone use Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 while holding a conversation with you is almost as good of a demonstration as using it yourself. It’s a glimpse at the wild future of computing in store for us – all of us – mere years from now.

While watching Greg Sullivan, director of communications for Microsoft’s HoloLens division, swipe at, pinch and tap invisible objects in the demo room – all the while answering my endless questions about how the device works – I’m in awe of the dexterity with which he does it all.

Sure, this is someone who has given these demos to the press and analysts likely hundreds of times by now, but he does so with such intuition or even instinct that you or I would approach a touchscreen or keyboard with today. There’s something that comes so incredibly natural to him about it that’s convincing enough of what technology like HoloLens 2 holds for the future.

Then, I put the headset on for the first time. 

Surprisingly, all of my assumptions [...]  read more

Jeff Bezos aims Blue Origin at the Moon

Today at a packed event blocks from the White House, Jeff Bezos took the stage in front of select members of the media, executives, government officials and a gaggle of middle schoolers to reveal new details of his plan to get to the Moon by 2024

Blue Origin is going to send humans to space on New Shepard later this year and has unveiled a lunar lander, called “Blue Moon”, to access the resource-rich lunar surface, Bezos said.

Setting the stage with Neil Armstrong’s famous words as the first man to walk on the moon, Bezos took to the stage to explain his vision of answering a very simple question. Given the finite resources available to humanity, “where would a trillion humans live?”

It’s a vision that Bezos has articulated before.

For Bezos, the only impediment to this space utopia comes down to a mundane roadblock that the founder of Amazon knows all-too-well — the lack of logistics and infrastructure to drive down costs.

“My generation’s job is to build the infrastructure,” [...]  read more

The Power of Sandra Bland’s Cellphone Video

Power is about angles. It’s a position, posture, and pose. It concerns the slant of realities meeting—or occasionally clashing—at a shared point. The image currently circulating of Texas state trooper Brian Encinia is one such image, telling in its visceral, ominous skew. Released this week by Dallas television station WFAA, it is captured from a 39-second video clip recorded by Sandra Bland during a 2015 traffic stop. For many of us, the video portrays the fiction of the American Dream: It documents a few of the final, tragic moments of Bland’s life, who would, in 72 hours, be found hanging in a police cell. Her death was ruled a suicide, but Bland’s family, and many supporters, remained skeptical and accused authorities of mishandling her case. Now, it seems their doubts were justified.

This image comes from a 39-second video Sandra Bland recorded with her cellphone.

Original photo from Investigative Network/YouTube

The image shouts. It’s in [...]  read more