Facebook will pay you for your voice recordings, but it’s not worth it

Last year, Facebook said it would stop listening to voice notes in messenger to improve its speech recognition technology. Now, the company is starting a new program where it will explicitly ask you to submit your recordings, and earn money in return. According to a report from The Verge, the social network is commencing this project, called Pronunciations, with its ViewPoints Research app. Notably, ViewPoints is the same app Facebook launched to reward people to take social media surveys. [Read: Microsoft is rolling out beautiful new Windows 10 icons] The report also notes the monetary reward is minuscule. For each recording, you’ll…
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Microsoft is bringing its Defender security software to iOS and Android

In the past couple of years, Microsoft has made some solid apps for iOS and Android. Now, the company is planning to bring its Defender antivirus solution for mobile platforms. These apps will be part of Microsoft’s enterprise suite. [Read: Twitter tests labeling and correcting ‘harmfully misleading’ tweets by politicians] The Seattle-based tech giant said it plans to release the final version of the app later this year. However, it will show off a preview at the RSA Conference next week: Providing comprehensive protection across multiple platforms through a single solution and streamlined view is more important than ever. Next week…
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Twitter tests labeling and correcting ‘harmfully misleading’ tweets by politicians

The 2016 election was a watershed moment for the spread of misinformation online, so social networks have been exploring ideas to prevent the same from happening again in 2020. Twitter’s latest test: labeling “harmfully misleading” tweets by politicians. NBC News first reported on the leaked test, which Twitter confirmed. With the new feature, misleading tweets would be labeled with a bright orange warning. Tweets from verified fact-checkers and journalists are then shown under the labeled tweet. It’s also possible Twitter would include corrections from other users participating in a new crowdsourced “community reports” feature akin to Wikipedia. Twitter told NBC…
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TikTok addict? Slow your scroll with time limit settings

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. TikTok this week introduced new controls that allow parents to control their children’s time on the app. This new mode would allow a parent to monitor their teenager via their own accounts, restricting what they can see, how much time they can spend on the app, and who can send them messages. So the kids are taken care of — but what about the parents themselves? While TikTok is popular among teenagers, it’s got lots of…
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Google removes ‘nearly 600’ apps from the Play Store over annoying ads

Google is cracking down on apps on the Google Play Store with the most obnoxious ads. The company today announced it had removed ‘nearly 600’ apps from the Play Store – banning them from monetizing ads too – for their disruptive advertisements. Specifically, Google says that “disruptive” ads are those that are displayed to users in “unexpected ways” such as when ads show up when you’re not actually using the device, or if you get a surprise full-screen ad when trying to make a phone call, unlocking your phone, or otherwise. Compared to Apple’s App Store, the Google Play Store is…
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Apple reportedly ‘considering’ allowing you to set your own default apps

Ever get tired of your iPhone opening Safari or the Mail app when you open a link or an email address… especially if you never use them or have even deleted them? There’s a chance Apple may finally address your concern. According to a report from Bloomberg, Apple is “considering” allowing users to set rival apps to be the default for web browsing and mail in the imminent iOS 14. Apple‘s in-house apps are always set as the default in whatever activity you’re using your phone for. That’s not just the email and browser — as far as I know,…
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What if we fuck up the Moon too?

US Vice President Mike Pence yesterday gave a speech at NASA’s Langley research center in Virginia where he told employees that President Donald Trump was committed to putting humans back on the Moon by 2024 through “any means necessary.” We’re not sure exactly what that means. It was likely intended to be an inspirational quip indicating that the employees of NASA have the President‘s full support. But it feels a bit ominous coming from the administration that had to be convinced that we should figure out how to safely get humans back to the Moon before we shoot them off…
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AI Now: Predictive policing systems are racist because corrupt cops produce dirty data

The AI Now Institute’s Executive Director, Andrea Nill Sánchez, today testified before the European Parliament LIBE Committee Public Hearing on “Artificial Intelligence in Criminal Law and Its Use by the Police and Judicial Authorities in Criminal Matters.” Her message was simple: “Predictive policing systems will never be safe… until the criminal justice system they’re built on are reformed.” Sanchez argued that predictive policing systems are built with “dirty data” compiled over decades of police misconduct, and that there’s no current method by which this can be resolved with technology. Her testimony was based on a detailed study conducted by the…
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How to use Twitter’s new ‘Continue Thread’ feature

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. Twitter this week rolled out a new feature that allows mobile users to connect their new tweets to older ones. It’s a simple thing, but it could potentially resurrect hundreds of ancient, forgotten threads as people link their current thoughts to their previous ones. The feature is expected to roll out to all iOS users over the next few days. It’s also a fairly easy feature to use. Here’s how it works. [Read: How to find…
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How to Properly Organize Files in Your Codebase & Avoid Mayhem

The main library, data, UI, docs and wiki, tests, legacy and third-party components … How do we keep track and maintain order within all of this? Organizing the files in your codebase can become a daunting task.

Relax — we've got this! In this article, we’ll review the most common systems for both small and large projects, with some easy-to-follow best practices.

Why Bother?
As with pretty much all of the tasks related to project management — documentation, software commits, deployment — you’ll benefit from taking a conscious, programmatic approach. Not only it will reduce problems now, but it will also save you and your team quality time in the future when you need to quickly access and review things.

You surely can recall function names from the top of your head for whatever is it that you're coding right now, and quickly find a file you need to edit, and sharply tell what works from what doesn't — or so you think. But could you say the same about that project you w..

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