FACEBOOK is locked in a never-ending battle with fake news – and its solutions are getting increasingly wacky. The company's latest attempt to snuff out online propaganda involves changing the font size on false posts in your Facebook News Feed. Right now, Facebook pays third-party "fact checkers" to work out whether news stories are fake or real. But warning users that stories are fake can be tricky. So Facebook is now shrinking down the size of posts it deems "false" so you're more likely to miss them in your News Feed. "We reduce the visual prominence of feed stories that are fact-checked false," a Facebook spokesperson told TechCrunch. Normally, a shared Facebook news post would have a very large headline, a very clear website byline and a huge image. But for false news, everything will now be much smaller. The headline text will be significantly shrunk, and the image will be a tiny thumbnail – barely noticeable during a frenzied News Feed scrolling session. Facebook … [Read more...] about Spot fake news in your Facebook News Feed with this easy trick
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There’s something off about Detroit: Become Human’s androids. For once, though, that’s the point. It feels like we’re handing out the figurative ‘Best Looking PlayStation Game’ award every week right now, but it’s hard to overstate just how incredible Detroit looks, especially when it comes to character models. The problem facing the team at Quantic Dream is fast becoming a case of how do we make our androids less than perfect, rather than perfect.That’s a nice problem to have when it comes to realism (just to note - all the images you see in this article are in-game AND representative of how it actually looks), but this level of visual fidelity has been hard earned. Four years in development, over a year of mo-cap shooting, a selection of A-list actors, and a team of 180+ full-time creators - that’s the price paid for such quality and polish. And it’d all be for nothing if the underlying world and story were unbelievable or … [Read more...] about Detroit: Become Human hands-on reveals a smarter, more emotional game than you might think
Last week, news emerged of Nintendo's immediate and longer term plans for the Switch, reported on the Wall Street Journal, no less. The headline made it clear that there'd be no Switch hardware revision this year, with Nintendo's emphasis shifting to USB-C peripherals and its fascinating Labo initiative. However, tucked away at the foot of the report is coverage of a February investor briefing, where Nintendo CEO Tatsumi Kimishima talks about his plans of extending Switch's lifespan beyond the five to six year console average, taking the lifespan of the console hybrid up to 2021 at least. To make this work, hardware revisions may be inevitable. The question of when the first of those updates is set to arrive will almost certainly be a matter of economics - specifically, the build cost of the Tegra X1 processor currently used by Nintendo. The chip is mass produced by Taiwainese semi-conductor giant TSMC, and it's based on their 20nm technology. A stepping stone between various 28nm … [Read more...] about In Theory: Can a Switch hardware revision extend its lifespan?
Look, I know it’s terrible, okay? That much I’m not going to debate. Alien: Resurrection is a clattering mess. It’s a sequel no-one asked for, that has to jump through a tortured series of hoops before it can even justify its own narrative existence, at which point it fails to stick the landing, falls flat on its face, and suffers enough resulting concussion to think that underwater CG xenomorphs might look convincing enough to charge people money to look at in 1997. Resurrection is, fittingly, the hybrid mess of a great many (often interesting) ideas utterly failing to gel with each other. Its script contains some genuinely decent, unnerving concepts, but the ‘dark comedy’ direction clashes horribly. Ripley’s moral ambiguity is a great means of building tension, but there’s so little tension elsewhere that the movie fails to build to anything particularly powerful. The idea of gene-spliced Alien DNA should be the starting point for a carnival … [Read more...] about Hear me out but… Alien: Resurrection is secretly genius (if everything after Alien 3 is Ripley’s fever dream)
Rockstar Games dropped a new trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2 this morning, and after watching it a few dozen times, we know much more about the game than we did yesterday. Well, OK. Maybe not much more. But some more, at least! The second trailer is about 50 percent longer than the first one, which Rockstar released more than 11 months ago — two days after officially announcing Red Dead Redemption 2. Rockstar also sent out a one-line story synopsis confirming that the game is a prequel to the original Red Dead Redemption, saying that it is “the story of outlaw Arthur Morgan and the Van Der Linde gang as they rob, fight and steal their way across the vast and rugged heart of America in order to survive.” There’s more fodder for discussion in the trailer. Let’s dive in and see what we can glean from the footage! [Ed. note: The following contains spoilers for Red Dead Redemption.] The second trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2. Red Dead Redemption 2 is a … [Read more...] about Red Dead Redemption 2 trailer breakdown: what we learned