New story in Technology from Time: Facebook Is Dropping Its Fake News Red Flag Warning After Finding It Had the Opposite Effect

Facebook is discontinuing its “fake news” alert feature, after discovering that the initiative, which was intended to identify and stop the spread of misinformation on the platform, was sometimes backfiring.

Instead of a red warning icon, the company will offer users additional related and fact-checked content in the hope of drawing readers toward more reliable news sources, according to Facebook project manager Tessa Lyons.

Facebook’s introduced a “Disputed” article flagging feature to help users quickly identify articles from third-party websites that failed to pass a fact-checking standard. But the indicator, which was rolled out in December 2016, wasn’t effective at curbing misinformation, Facebook said, and sometimes even spurred readers to share dubious links more often.

Research showed that “putting a strong image, like a red flag, next to an article may actually entrench deeply held beliefs – the opposite effect to what we intended,” [...]  read more

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New story in Technology from Time: Facebook Is Dropping Its Fake News Red Flag Warning After Finding It Had the Opposite Effect

Facebook is discontinuing its “fake news” alert feature, after discovering that the initiative, which was intended to identify and stop the spread of misinformation on the platform, was sometimes backfiring.

Instead of a red warning icon, the company will offer users additional related and fact-checked content in the hope of drawing readers toward more reliable news sources, according to Facebook project manager Tessa Lyons.

Facebook’s introduced a “Disputed” article flagging feature to help users quickly identify articles from third-party websites that failed to pass a fact-checking standard. But the indicator, which was rolled out in December 2016, wasn’t effective at curbing misinformation, Facebook said, and sometimes even spurred readers to share dubious links more often.

Research showed that “putting a strong image, like a red flag, next to an article may actually entrench deeply held beliefs – the opposite effect to what we intended,” [...]  read more

New story in Technology from Time: You Can Now Play Civilization IV On Your iPad — and it’s the Full Version

The release of Sid Meier’s Civilization VI for iPad took gamers by surprise Thursday, with the top-rated title appearing on a mobile device just over a year after its original release on PC. Mobile devices that run Android and iOS typically get watered-down versions of popular games — if they even come to smartphones or tablets at all — which makes a port of the full version of the latest Civilization game such a shock.

“You have to think on your feet in Civilization VI in ways you’ve never had to before,” read TIME’s Civilization VI review last year. And as a full version reconfigured for touch controls on Apple’s iPad, the turn-based war strategy game will let gamers walk, pace, and move, untethered by a PC or a game console. (Unfortunately for people who use Google’s gear, Civilization VI for Android is not available at this time.)

But Civilization VI‘s price has split the gaming community into warring factions. Casual [...]  read more

New story in Technology from Time: iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, or iPhone 8? How to Decide Which Is Right For You

With three new iPhone models to pick from, Apple fans have more choice than ever before when shopping for a new phone. But that can also make the buying decision all the more confusing.

All of Apple’s latest iPhones have some traits in common: A glass back panel that supports wireless charging, a water-resistant design, the new A11 Bionic processor, and TrueTone display technology for adjusting the screen’s white balance based on the surrounding lighting. In other words: whether you choose the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, or iPhone X, you won’t be missing out on performance or certain core features like wireless charging and water resistance.

But there are important ways in which the three phones differ, and that’s reflected in their prices. Here’s a breakdown to help guide you through your decision.

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If you don’t want to spend a lot of money…

While factors like battery life, screen size, and [...]  read more

New story in Technology from Time: TV Companies Are About to Make it Way Harder to Share Your Passwords

On Twitter, they are openly bartered, donated, even celebrated.

“Anyone have a Spectrum user ID & password I can trade for?” one Twitter user wrote last month. Another thanked her friend “for giving me his Spectrum username and password to watch the World Series Game 7.” A third tweeted: “Totally figured out my parents Spectrum password and can watch cable now through my Apple TV. I literally love my life.”

Tom Rutledge has had enough. The chief executive officer of Charter Communications Inc., which sells cable TV under the Spectrum name, is leading an industrywide effort to crack down on password sharing. It’s a growing problem that could cost pay-TV companies millions of subscribers—and billions of dollars in revenue—when they can least afford it.

“There’s lots of extra streams, there’s lots of extra passwords, there’s lots of people who could get free [...]  read more

New story in Technology from Time: 14 Video Games We Can’t Wait to Play in 2018

With the arrival of consoles like the Nintendo Switch and Xbox One X, as well as long-awaited games such as Zelda: Breath of the Wild, it’s not an exaggeration to say 2017 was a landmark year for video games. But as the year draws to a close, it’s time to look forward to the games that have been promised for 2018.

From much-anticipated sequels to entirely new productions, here’s a look at what’s coming to the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

[Note: This list only contains new games that have been given a launch window for 2018. Games with unannounced release timeframes have not been included. This list also excludes remakes and ports.]

Red Dead Redemption 2

Rockstar’s epic Western open-world adventure is finally getting a follow-up in the form of a prequel. The story follows outlaw Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang, with the vast heartland of America once again serving as the stunning backdrop. Judging by the trailer, there will be plenty of high-energy [...]  read more

New story in Technology from Time: 14 Video Games We Can’t Wait to Play in 2018

With the arrival of consoles like the Nintendo Switch and Xbox One X, as well as long-awaited games such as Zelda: Breath of the Wild, it’s not an exaggeration to say 2017 was a landmark year for video games. But as the year draws to a close, it’s time to look forward to the games that have been promised for 2018.

From much-anticipated sequels to entirely new productions, here’s a look at what’s coming to the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

[Note: This list only contains new games that have been given a launch window for 2018. Games with unannounced release timeframes have not been included. This list also excludes remakes and ports.]

Red Dead Redemption 2

Rockstar’s epic Western open-world adventure is finally getting a follow-up in the form of a prequel. The story follows outlaw Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang, with the vast heartland of America once again serving as the stunning backdrop. Judging by the trailer, there will be plenty of high-energy [...]  read more

New story in Technology from Time: This Savvy Dominatrix Says She Has Made $1 Million in Bitcoin—From Her Clients

A dominatrix who goes by Theodora says her clients mined $1 million in Bitcoin for her.

Theodora has been working as a dominatrix for eight years, and has been accepting cryptocurrency for the last four, according to MarketWatch. She estimates that with Bitcoin’s latest growth, she’s collected approximately $1 million worth of the cryptocurrency.

“I take a lot of geek clients who like new technology and they were really excited when I taught them how to build a mining rig for me so they could mine 24/7 from their home,” Theodora said.

She’s not just invested in Bitcoin, however. Theodora told MarketWatch that she uses seven or eight different cryptocurrencies.

“I hold it, but it depends on the currency — I have my favorite currencies that I am betting on. Bitcoin could crash in two days, you don’t know what’s going to happen, so if you have enough to invest in smaller currency you should,” she said.

She also said she is the first [...]  read more

New story in Technology from Time: 5 Books About the Future Elon Musk Thinks You Should Read

Elon Musk has become one of the world’s most ambitious and successful leaders by building tools of the future. He made his first fortune founding, and then selling, the company that would become PayPal; his current endeavors include electric car company Tesla as well as SpaceX, which he hopes will one day get him to Mars.

But Musk didn’t get there all by himself. “I read books,” he has replied when asked how he learned to build rockets, according to an Esquire profile. Indeed, the billionaire has long looked up to heroes in different fields for inspiration. He’s not alone: A survey of 233 wealthy individuals found that the vast majority (88%) said they devote 30 minutes or more each day to reading. And many, like Musk, tend to prefer nonfiction.

Musk isn’t shy about sharing his favorite books and explaining the ways they shaped him. And for a glimpse into how he’s thinking about the future, here are 5 books that he has recommended to explain where [...]  read more

New story in Technology from Time: Apple Says This Is Why Your Old iPhone Is Being Slow or Suddenly Shutting Down

Apple Inc has addressed claims from an app company that says the maker of iPhones slows down the performance of older phones.

On Monday, the blog Primate Labs, a company that makes an app for measuring the speed of an iPhone‘s processor, published data that appeared to show slower performance in the Apple’s iPhone 6s and iPhone 7 models as they aged.

Apple on Wednesday acknowledged that the company does take some measures to reduce power demands — which can have the effect of slowing the processor — when a phone’s battery is having trouble supplying the peak current that the processor demands.

The problem stems from the fact that all lithium-ion batteries, not just those found in Apple products, degrade and have problems supplying the big bursts as they age and accumulate charging cycles, Apple said in a statement. The problems with peak current draws can also occur when batteries are cold or low on charge.

“Last year we released a feature for [...]  read more