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Instagram Likes
Adam Mosseri, who runs Instagram, is about to change the world. Like it or not, Instagram is going to make “like” counts private. This is a bold, (but well tested) move. The company has previously hidden likes in Canada, Japan, Brazin, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia and Italy. Now, Instagram will expand its testing to the US.... Continue Reading →

Does 5G Cause Cancer?

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Does 5G cause cancer? No. No one knows what causes cancer. There are scientific theories, some with extraordinary supporting evidence, that clearly identify carcinogens. But when I asked Dr. Michael La Quaglia, my granddaughter’s cancer surgeon, how a 2½-year-old gets pancreatoblastoma, he looked me straight in the eye and said, “If we knew, we could prevent it. All I can do is try to remove it. And, with God’s help, I will be successful.” Those words ring in my ears to this day. So, it is with a great deal of humility, personal experience and a strong belief in the scientific method that I submit to you a reasoned rebuttal to the meme that “5G causes cancer.”... Continue Reading →
Deepfakes
For about 200,000 years, we have relied on our eyes and ears to separate truth from lies and fact from fiction. Even if we ignore the rise of fake news (and how difficult it is to do anything about it), technology (like deep learning) is on the verge of making it impossible to know if what you are seeing and hearing is real or fake. This white paper contains an overview of deep learning technology and how it is being applied to create audio and video content that is indistinguishable from audio and video created with state of the art recording technologies. ... Continue Reading →
Shelly Palmer, Ross Martin and Carolyn Everson
Trump's anti-Biden ad is still on Facebook. Warren's anti-Zuckerberg ad is still on Facebook. Both contain allegedly false statements. Why would Facebook allow this? I wanted the answer, so I asked my friend Carolyn Everson, Facebook's VP Global Marketing Solutions to join me and Ross Martin on this week's episode of "Think About This" so we could find out who Facebook responsible to, and what is Facebook responsible for? Her answers may surprise you.... Continue Reading →
Project Silica
How long does a digital file last? It depends how and where you save it. On a hard drive? It will last longer than 5 years, but less than 30 years. On a commercial CD, maybe 100 years, no one really knows. On a recordable CD or DVD? Less than 10 years for sure. On magnetic tape? More than 10 years, less than 100 depending upon how the tapes are stored. Sit with 100 digital archivists and you will get 100 different opinions about how to save digital files for future generations.... Continue Reading →

Super Nasty Viruses

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I got a note yesterday about a new virus targeting QNAP storage devices. QNAP is not a popular consumer brand, they make storage devices for businesses (and aggressive amateurs). The virus is called QSNATCH. Do not be confused by the cute name. It tunnels into your network attached storage device and destroys your data. It's not ransomware, it's not targeted at anyone in particular -- this virus is like a biological virus -- it's just out in the wild. If it infects your drives, they die.... Continue Reading →

Making Sense of Streaming

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You want to cut the cord. You want to take advantage of this brave new video world. You are excited about all the new shows. Just how many video streaming services do you need to pay for? What is on each? Which is best for you? How do you make sense of the streaming universe? Once you get over Streaming Sticker Shock, you’ll want to develop your streaming service strategy, and here’s how to think about it.... Continue Reading →

Apple TV+ is Live Today

Apple TV+
Apple TV+ is live. You can start watching from the Apple TV app on your iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, online at tv.apple.com and on a whole bunch of non-Apple devices. Remarkably, Apple is the low-cost provided in the space. It's free if you purchased an Apple device recently, it's free for 7-days if you just want to check it out, and when you do start paying, it will only cost $4.99/month for up to six users. Apple is even offering a "deal." If you act now, you get 12 months for the price of 10. Too good to be true? I'll let you be the judge. Begun, the streaming wars have.... Continue Reading →
Jack Dorsey
Twitter’s CEO, Jack Dorsey, announced that Twitter will no longer accept paid political advertising. He tweeted his reasons, “This isn’t about free expression. This is about paying for reach. And paying to increase the reach of political speech has significant ramifications that today’s democratic infrastructure may not be prepared to handle. It’s worth stepping back in order to address.”... Continue Reading →

PlayStation Vue RIP

PlayStation Vue
Blaming "the highly competitive Pay TV industry," Sony will shut down PlayStation Vue (its video streaming service) on January 30, 2020. Ironically, this announcement comes as Disney, Apple and WarnerMedia are all entering the business. ... Continue Reading →

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