Archive | July 2018

Facebook cuts off access to user data for ‘hundreds of thousands’ of apps

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Facebook has just blocked a truckload of apps from accessing its user’s data.

Facebook’s VP of Product Partnerships, Ime Archibong, explained in a blog post Tuesday that Facebook had cut off API access for “hundreds of thousands of inactive apps that have not submitted for our app review process.” That’s a lot of random, dormant apps that had access.

The social media giant, which was once very open to developers until the whole Cambridge Analytica thing, announced in May during F8 that it was tightening up the review process for apps.

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This entry was posted on July 31, 2018, in Mashable.

Study finds almost no increase in diversity in popular films over the last decade

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It’s tempting to believe that the recent groundswell in talk about Hollywood’s diversity problem would result in actual improvement. But the numbers — at least so far — paint a sobering story.

A new comprehensive study from USC’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative found that the top 100 grossing films from 2007 to 2017 (1,100 total) show minimal to no change over the stated 11 years of the study. Both on- and off-screen, exclusion of marginalized races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and genders, as well as people with disabilities, remains as high as ever.

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This entry was posted on July 31, 2018, in Mashable.

The new season of ‘The Sinner’ is your next crime thriller obsession

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In a word rife with true and fictionalized crime thrillers, our culture seems almost exclusively interested in the guilty: Who did it? How do we prove it? And what kind of monsters hide among us?

But USA Network’s The Sinner is one of the few crime series more interested in innocence than in guilt. It’s exactly what makes it feel so compelling and fresh in an oversaturated genre.

The two seasons — the second of which premieres on Aug. 1, and the first of which is available now on Netflix – tell two completely different stories of atypical murderers. Both suspects confess to the crimes immediately. But that’s only the beginning, as we wade into the murky moral gray areas that the criminal justice system fails to account for. …

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This entry was posted on July 31, 2018, in Mashable.

Tim Cook casually tosses light shade at Donald Trump’s tariffs

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Don’t make Tim Cook mad, or he might elliptically refer to something you did in an earnings call.

His comments were directed at Donald Trump, whose love for tariffs could impact the cost of certain Apple products, many of which are made and sold in China.

The small guns were out in medium effect today during the Apple Q3 earnings call, when the CEO casually addressed Trump’s existing and threatened Chinese tariffs. Cook, in typical Cook fashion, minced a few words.

“Our view on tariffs is that they show up as a tax on the consumer and wind up resulting in lower economic growth,” he noted — without mentioning Trump by name — on the conference call, “and sometimes can bring about significant risks of unintended consequences.” …

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This entry was posted on July 31, 2018, in Mashable.

The Rock gifted his stunt double a new truck and it’s so wholesome

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The Rock is too pure for this world.

Dwayne Johnson — or as he called himself in an Instagram post on Monday, Dwanta Claus — gave his stunt double a new truck when he returned after suffering an injury on set. Tanoai Reed, who’s also Jonhson’s cousin, thought he was about to shoot a behind the scenes clip when he was surprised with the truck.

“The truth is, he’s been an incredible partner and brother to me,” Johnson said in the clip. “I wanna say I love you, I thank you, and enjoy your new truck.”

Reed was pretty hyped about the gift. …

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This entry was posted on July 31, 2018, in Mashable.

New smart car feature alerts you if you leave something in the back seat

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It can be as simple (and stinky) as forgetting leftovers in the back seat, or as tragic and terrifying as leaving a pet or young child sitting in the back while a car heats up in the summer sun. That’s where Nissan’s “smart” alert system comes in.

Nissan’s rear door alert — or RDA — system was first introduced in the Nissan Pathfinder last year. The recently patented technology triggers the horn and a message display through door sensors alerting drivers to check the back seat after the car is parked if the back door was opened before the ride started. The tech was filed as an “…

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This entry was posted on July 31, 2018, in Mashable.

Federal judge blocks release of plans for 3D-printed guns

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A federal judge temporarily blocked the release of blueprints for 3D-printed guns on Tuesday, only a day before they were supposed to be made public.

Defense Distributed reached a settlement with the U.S. State Department last month which would’ve allowed it to release blueprints for guns — including AR-15-like rifles — that could be downloaded and built with the help of 3D printers.

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This entry was posted on July 31, 2018, in Mashable.