Facebook Takes Aim at Video Clickbait

From PC Mag: Have you ever click on what looks like a video in your Facebook News Feed only to discover that what you clicked was actually an image disguised as a video? The social network is taking action to prevent this from happening in the future.

As part of its ongoing efforts to foster "authentic communication" on the platform, Facebook on Thursday announced two updates that aim to limit the spread of "video clickbait." That includes stories featuring either fake video play buttons embedded in their imagery, or videos of only a static image.

Sprint's BlackBerry KeyOne will stop reinstalling its bloatware

From The Verge: Sprint says the BlackBerry KeyOne’s horribly annoying behavior of constantly reinstalling bloatware apps, even when owners remove and disable them, is a bug and shouldn’t be happening. But it doesn’t have a perfect fix yet.

China cracks down on VPN sellers on Alibaba, other e-tailers

From CNET: The Chinese government has issued a warning to websites selling virtual private networks.

The Cyberspace Administration of China on Thursday demanded that five websites remove vendors that sell VPNs, which the country outlawed in July. Officials in China aim to stop people from using VPNs to get around its internet filter dubbed the Great Firewall, which blocks access to websites like Twitter and Facebook.

VPNs also help people keep their internet traffic private from the government or anybody who is trying to spy on them.

Asus Zenfone 4 offers dual cameras on five phones, including one that takes 4K selfie videos

From The Verge: Asus has revealed new phones from its Zenfone 4 line: the ZenFone 4, ZenFone Max, ZenFone 4 Max Pro, ZenFone 4 Selfie, and ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro. Whew, that’s a mouthful! The models and specs were leaked last week on the Taiwanese company’s French website. The ZenFone 4 and ZenFone 4 Max feature rear dual cameras (which seem to be all the rage this year), while the Selfie models have front dual cameras, which capture photos with a 120-degree angle.

Google Home hands-free calling is here, but doesn't yet have caller ID

From PC World: OK Google, phone Home. First announced at I/O in May, Google is ready to launch hands-free calling via its voice-activated Home speaker, letting you get in touch with anyone in the U.S. or Canada without lifting a finger—and for free.

Qualcomm bets on AI, acquires machine learning startup

From CNET: Qualcomm is aiming to stake a bigger claim in the artificial intelligence world.

The chipmaker announced Wednesday that it's acquiring Scyfer, a Netherlands-based machine learning startup. Scyfer has been working on AI for companies in industries such as manufacturing, health care and finance.

Essential Phone preorders to start shipping in 7 days

From CNET: That new Essential Phone you've been eagerly awaiting? Essential has promised preorders will start shipping within a week.

The announcement, sent today via email to customers who've preordered the device, promises the device will ship within seven days after payment is received.

The Pixel 2 will do things when you squeeze it, FCC filing confirms

From The Verge: Recent leaks have shown that the Pixel 2 won’t feature a display as impressive as what’s coming on the larger Pixel 2 XL. But a filing that HTC made with the FCC confirms a number of things about the smaller Google-branded smartphone expected to debut sometime in the next couple months. For one, the FCC documentation confirms that HTC is definitely making the thing.

Intel discloses 'Ice Lake,' another 10nm chip beyond Cannon Lake

From PC World: On Monday, August 21, Intel plans to unveil its 8th-generation Core processors. But it may have also unveiled one member of its 9th-generation Core family: Ice Lake.

A terse note on the company’s website describes the new technology: “The Ice Lake processor family is a successor to the 8th-generation Intel Core processor family. These processors utilize Intel’s industry-leading 10nm+ process technology.”

Intel's Gemini Lake Chips Offer 15 Percent Performance Boost

From PC Mag: If you go out and buy a low-end, entry-level laptop or desktop PC today, chances are it will have an Intel Apollo Lake processor inside carrying the Celeron or Pentium branding. These are the just good enough, cheap processors that allow for light workloads, web browsing, and long battery life.

The chip generation that follows Apollo Lake is called Gemini Lake, and details about what to expect from these new chips is starting to leak, including a block diagram revealing quite a bit of detail.


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