In other headlines, YouTube's questionable algorithm algorithm is coming under heavy fire, Apple wins a seven-year battle for the iPad brand, and Skrillex may save you from mosquitoes this summer. Let's talk some news, right?
Apple News: News + is a hit
It looks like Apple News + is on the road to success ̵
- After seven years of fighting for trademark rights for the term "iPad", Apple finally won. Not that there was ever a question. [Appleinsider]
- Apple's Clips Video Editor app has received a nice little update that allows you to add a custom soundtrack to songs created in GarageBand. One step closer to a "real" video editor. [The Verge]
- According to a new report, over 200,000 people signed up for Apple's new News + service in the first 48 hours. That's a pretty good number. [Appleinsider]
- MacRumors used the new 27-inch 5K-8-Core iMac. If you are interested, read it. [MacRumors]
Let's talk about Apple News + for a second. I was among the 200,000 members who subscribed early, mainly to see what the turmoil is all about. While I've had my initial complaints about how preposterous some features of the app are, it's pretty solid overall if you know the specifics.
I currently have eight different magazines in the My Magazines list, which means that I pay approximately for every twenty-five dollars. Of course that's exactly what's relevant to my particular interests: Since the $ 9.99 monthly subscription also makes my wife read her favorite magazines, it seems like a bargain.
The only problem I have with it is as common with Apple services: it's only available for Apple products. If I want to read a magazine on my PC or Chromebook, I'm out of luck. This is an area where Google Magazines has a definite advantage – it's available everywhere (even for iOS).
However, if you are not a multi-device user and have the idea to read a number of different magazines, News + is excellent service.
Google News: YouTube values everything else
We all know that YouTube can be a waste of conspiracy theories and false news if you do not click exactly where you click. It turned out that this could be avoided, but these suggestions were ignored. Oof.
- Bloomberg posted a rather brutal report on YouTube, stating that company executives were warned of potential problems with toxic videos, which they ignored in the name of the engagement. It is a devastating reading that is worth your time. [Bloomberg]
- In messages that have nothing to do with YouTube toxicity, the Chrome OS Developer Channel received Google Assistant in the App Drawer Search. Multi-site wizard in Chrome OS is always a welcome addition. [Android Police]
- A screenshot of the Chrome Tab groups in action has appeared and looks pretty good. [Techdows]
- Some users have a strange problem with Chrome 73: A new "Organized by your organization" entry appears in the menu, even for users who are not part of a larger domain. [Techdows]
- Spotify for Android is testing a sleep timer and improved integration with Maps and Waze. [XDA Developers]
- Verizon's Galaxy S8, S8 + and Note 8 receive Android Pie with a user interface. Sure, it's not directly connected to Google, but it's close enough. [Android Police]
- After the last update, Android TV users see sponsored ads in the launcher. Yuck [XDA Developers]
- Duplex, Google's reservation assistant, is now available on multiple Android devices and iPhone. I wish I could arrange medical appointments as well. [Ars Technica]
- If you love the soothing sounds of John Legend's voice, you can now tell Google Assistant to say "Talk like a Legend" to hear all the time. Lucky you.
- The first custom ROMs that work with the OnePlus 6T in-display fingerprint scanner are on their way. You know if you do things like that. [XDA Developers]
According to Bloomberg's report, Susan Wojcicki, YouTube's chief executive officer, compares the service to "a library," claiming "There has always been controversy when looking back on libraries." And that may only be part of the story ,
The thing is, libraries do not recommend you books on a personal level – you have to go and find them. What you read about it is your decision. So if you want to read conspiracy theories or other questionable integrity topics, you need to do that. YouTube, however, uses AI for this type of video. Bloomberg writer Mark Bergen sums it up:
The mystery is not just that videos call into question the lunar landing or the effectiveness of vaccines on YouTube. The massive "library" created by users with little editorial overview has incorrect nonsense. Instead, YouTube's problem is that the nonsense can thrive. And in some cases it even provides the fuel with which it can spread through its powerful artificial intelligence system.
Fortunately, YouTube seems to solve this problem – albeit slowly. How about using machine learning to destroy such videos instead of recommending them? Now there is an idea.
Other News: Did you know that Microsoft sold eBooks? Obviously yes, but no
Streaming accounts for almost half of the world's music revenue, Raspberry Pi receives an official mouse and an official keyboard, Skrillex can save you from mosquitoes and much more.
- Microsoft closes the eBook store that no one knew it had done. There are also refunds to anyone who bought books in the store. I think that should be tens of dollars . [Thurrott]
- Raspberry Pi announced its first official accessory: keyboard and mouse. It's also available in red and white, which looks great. [Liliputing]
- Streaming music now accounts for half of the world's music revenue. [Engadget]
- Good news: Mosquitoes hate Skrillex as much as the rest of us. Just a joke (about anyone who hates Skrillex, no mosquitoes). Anyway, maybe this year you jam some Skrillex at your family's cookout and keep the mosquitoes away. I bet grandma will love it too. [CNET]
- Steven Spielberg called for a rule to prevent Netflix and other exclusive streaming movies from Oskar's permission. Now the DOJ is involved, saying that this may violate antitrust laws. [Variety]
- Sony announced its Crackle Plus service last week, but it turns out that it does not own the brand or domain for "Crackle Plus." Now a squatter is trying to get the company to pay $ 10k for the URL. [Variety]
- Instagram uses his Windows Phone app. Instagram also had a Windows Phone app. [MSPowerUser]
- Need my friends, Netflix price increases come in May for US users. [Engadget]
- Did you know that Facebook asked new users for the email account password? Yes, the password for your personal e-mail account. Well, that will stop. [CNET]
So this Facebook thing – I read the headline, then I read the story. Then I read more headlines and more stories. Someone had to be confused, right? Of course, Facebook did not ask for users' email passwords …
Yes, no. It was. I have not experienced this for myself, but I can not fathom any other ministry on earth that has the audacity to ask for the password for a completely independent ministry . It is unreal.
The good news is that this is being lifted as a kind of verification. But let's be real: It should never have been an option.