“YouTube TV Goes Live in Google’s Biggest Swipe at Comcast Yet”

I love watching all kinds of YouTubers. I wonder where this YouTube TV will go because YouTube could easily turn into a paid subscription service, like Netflix. I doubt that will ever happen though because no one will want to buy something that was free to begin with.

According to the Wired article, “Google-owned YouTube’s first foray into true cable-like television takes to the internet equivalent of the airwaves in select cities today: 40-plus channels of entertainment, news and sports for $35 per month.”

I personally would not pay $35 for only 40 channels, it seems like a rip off considering that it’s first starting out. The plan for the program is that users will be able to use it on multiple devices so it will be suitable to most millennials, according to the Wired article. Also the article said that the idea of creating “live internet TV” is not an original idea for other companies as well. So YouTube TV might be less successful than what the creators think.

I think that YouTube should not try to copy other companies because it shows unoriginality in the brand image. I even think of YouTube differently than before because of YouTube Red, which is a program on YouTube that users have to buy. It’s basically a TV show for whatever YouTuber who wants to make paid content and they are longer in length.

I understand the need for more money from YouTube because more YouTubers are getting more views, which means more pay from YouTube itself. But with that being said, there is a line that needs to be drawn for its customers. They could easily lose so many viewers because of the charging of content.

YouTube TV Goes Live in Google’s Biggest Swipe at Comcast Yet

Netflix Rating Change Is Here

 

My Netflix blog from a couple weeks ago was about the upcoming change to Netflix’s rating system. If you haven’t read it, I described exactly what Netflix was doing to how users rate their movies and shows.

Here is my blog quickly summarized ; rating something you’ve just watched is no longer based on a 1-5 star rating, it’s now a click of a button depending whether you liked it or not.

Changes that I noticed along with the change :

  • Percent-based matching on shows you’ve not seen (how likely you will like it)
  • Removing shows and movies on your home page that have around 50% match (either not enough data or not likely to your interest)
  • New shows or movies have a green “New” text next to their title.
  • An easily clickable “Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down” buttonImage result for netflix thumbs up

I checked this out the changes the moment I saw them on my computer. It was pretty nifty.

I started clicking the thumbs up button on everything that I liked watching. It was quick and painless. In fact, I spent a good amount of time clicking on different shows that I’ve seen and looked around trying to see if the recommendations were accurate.

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After giving all the Marvel shows a thumbs up, other supernatural or sci-fi shows like The Magician or The Flash started coming up, with high 80-90’s percentage match. Some shows that I’ve thought about watching was now saying there is a 95% chance I will like it.And this finally encouraged me to at check out The Flash. I was skeptical about the show before, but it turns out I do like it.

So I would say the recommendations are accurate. At least as far as I know for me.

 

Google Search tackles Fake News

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‘Fake News’ has been some of the most popular buzz words to come out of politicians and media news outlets mouths as of late. First fact checking came to Facebook Inc. and now to Google. Although, this giant search engine usually has a hands off approach to policing its website, they have recently gotten pressure to follow suit.

In Google News, you will see an article that has been fact checked with a simple “fact check” label. I think this is one of the best things to happen to Journalism in a long time. Although writers and publishers should have been checking each others work from the beginning, this will bring a new integrity to news and hopefully restore some faith in some parts of the media.

Like all things, this preventative measure can only last for so long before some of the ‘fake news’ sites find away around these road blocks. I am also interested in how these algorithms, if that’s how they are policing the search results will be able to decipher between satirical websites who are trying to provide humor or exaggerate a particular story.

Either way, the idea of checking new stories should have always been prevalent. Now that these fact check labels are out there we can continue the discussion and perhaps be more skeptical of what we read.

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Google’s fact check feature goes global and comes to Google Search

 

Facebook Gives in to the Trend

Social media is the biggest platform where millions of users are able to connect to one another simultaneously. On platforms such as Instagram. Snapchat, Twitter and Facebook users are able to share pictures, videos,  ideas and feelings  Social media is used everyday by millions and is one of the main sources of communication.

Instagram and Snapchat have been going head to head, competing to see who would have to the most users because both platforms allow its users to record videos and share them with their followers. Recently Facebook has launched an app that allows Facebook users to make short videos and share it with their followers, just like Instagram and Snapchat.

Facebook’s new app is similar to the features used on Snapchat, such as its filters and interchangeable lens. And just like Instagram the new Facebook app is connected to the the individual persons page and is shown on the top of the page so they can instantly check other stories as well as their own. Users are also able to send one another direct messages. It seems like Facebook is giving Instagram and Snapchat a run for their money and joining in the race to see which social media platform is the best at allowing communication through videos and pictures in a story line.

Personally, I think that even though many social media platforms have copied and modified one another’s ideas, it was a smart move for Facebook. Being able to adapt new content on their own platform puts them further in the competition with other social media platforms. That was how Instagram was able to help Vine shut down. It isn’t an original idea but it is effective.

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Facebook to tackle fake news with educational campaign

For three days Facebook will be launching an ad the will appear on the top of users news feed that will link you to an article that will  show you how to spot fake news and report it. The help page will have a list of 10 tips for identifying false news stories. The campaign will be used in 14 countries. The campaign will appear in the following countries: Germany, France, Italy, United Kingdom, Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan, Myanmar (Burma), Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, United States, and Canada.

This is a very smart idea for Facebook because fake news articles are a huge problem on people news feed. My own experience I have seen and read a lot of “click bait” articles that are fake. But the fact that they are only having the help page displaying for three days is not enough time. Most people don’t look at Facebook notifications and probably won’t see it. If they want to inform Facebook users and have it easy to for them to find, Facebook should send each users a message with a link to the help page.
For the rest of this article click here http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-39517033

Teachers are having to teach young students about fake news.

Everybody knows that children and young adults can be gullible and sometimes easily tricked or bamboozled. With the fact that the youth of today is starting to read their news more and more,  online teachers have risen to the occasion in order to help the students differentiate the difference between the real news and fakeness of other news.  Some of the teachers have found a way for the kids to protect themselves hey 10 question checklist in order to help them identify fake news stories. Some of the simple identifiers of a fake news story include looking to see if the story has all caps in the headline, fishy URLs, and also looking into who has written article and if they distributed it is a ways to promote their own means.

The saving grace seems to be revolving around the fact that the children of today who are attending school seemed to have a lot more of a cynical attitude the generations previously. They’re not afraid to take a little extra time to double check the who, what, where, how, and why, of the article that was printed before them. So for me, the fact that these teachers are taking the time to address this issue to the students in their class makes me glad because as one of the students say in the article, “there’s so much information in the world.”

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Check out this story on CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/29/health/school-kids-fight-fake-news-trnd/index.html

 

Smartphone Usage May Be Causing More Road Deaths

Recently, I did a blog about how phone addiction is more prevalent than one might think. The article focused on a study that correlated a lack of mobile connection to increased stress levels.

This post includes an article that is almost an extension of the previous post. Instead of increased stress, we’re dealing with something much more serious: death. An article from BBC Technology suggests that the excessive use of smartphones is causing more people to die on the road.

That doesn’t just mean drivers, even pedestrians are putting themselves at risk by using their phones on the roads.

According to the BBC article, “The US Governors Highway Safety Association estimates that there were 6,000 pedestrian deaths in 2016, the highest number in more than 20 years. In the last six years, fatalities have grown at four times the rate of overall traffic deaths. The report says a number of factors are to blame, including mobile use.”

I think this is a serious issue that needs to be addressed. It’s difficult because it would be hard to pass any kind of legislation to prevent this trend; you can’t just make public smartphone usage illegal. All that one can hope for is that people use their better judgment and disconnect when they enter a potentially dangerous situation.

Unfortunately, it is apparent that people can’t even seem to disconnect even when their lives are on the line. I am even guilty of being a “smartphone zombie” at some points (most people can probably relate to that). However, we must overlook this addiction and start to consider our safety and what we can do to prevent trends like this from perpetuating.

For more information, click here: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-39453497?ocid=socialflow_twitter