Watch Stephen Colbert rip into ‘Pizzagate’ and fake news
If you’re still not convinced that the #Pizzagate conspiracy is just fake news, after all that happened over the last few days, then Stephen Colbert will set things straight for you. Heck, he’ll even explain the difference between fake news and real news, and what makes a conspiracy… well, a conspiracy. Pizzagate isn’t real. It’s not a sex trafficking ring somehow working for Hillary Clinton. And the 28-year dude that walked in a pizzeria with a gun proved that. But there might still be some believers out there. In case you know anyone, just point them to this Colbert segment. Colbert pulled on punches on this one, calling out all “subreddit sub-geniuses” who still believe Pizzagate is a thing in a 10-minute monologue you have to see. From the get-go, the host makes it clear that The Late Show with Stephen Colbert isn’t a place for news. It’s entertainment. Colbert also explains where you can get your straight news from, and what sources to avoid so that you never run into Pizzagates again. Colbert also explains how things can quickly escalate online, as people often fail to understand how things work, or what they read . I know what you Pizzagate believers out there must be thinking: Is Colbert in on it? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfXWXNItF_Y
U.S. trade judge rules Arista infringes more Cisco network patents
By Andrew Chung NEW YORK (Reuters) - Arista Networks Inc used rival Cisco Systems Inc's network device technology in its ethernet switches without permission, a U.S. trade judge ruled on Friday, handing Cisco yet another win in a sprawling legal battle over patents between the two companies. The judge, MaryJoan McNamara of the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington, said that Arista had infringed two patents owned by Cisco. The ruling, which must be reviewed by the full commission over the next few months, could lead to an order banning the import of Arista's products into the United States.
Sources: Cuba, Google strike deal to hike internet speed
HAVANA (AP) — Google and the Cuban government have struck a deal giving Cubans faster access to the internet giant's content, two people familiar with the deal say.
Niantic is trying to fix the dreadful new Nearby tracker in Pokemon Go
Ever since Niantic scrapped the original Nearby tracker, Pokemon Go players have been begging for the company to bring it back. There's no question that it had its flaws, but the Sightings system that replaced it was useless, and the new tracker only detects Pokemon within a certain range of nearby PokeStops. Although the latest tracker (which only recently rolled out beyond the San Francisco Bay Area) is better than nothing, it's a huge slap in the face for rural players who don't have any PokeStops in their area. Thankfully, on Friday, Niantic pushed out an update that should make everyone happy . Today, Niantic expanded the latest Nearby feature to "most regions of the world" where Pokemon Go is available with one very important change: Sightings have returned. If there aren't enough PokeStops in your location to fill out the Nearby tab, Sightings will be displayed alongside them (or in place of them altogether if there aren't any PokeStops around). Most players would simply prefer that Niantic bring back the footprints from the first version of the app, but that clearly isn't on the table. This is a reasonable compromise that will give rural players the ability to see nearby Pokemon once again and shouldn't have a negative effect on suburban or urban players. That said, urban players might suffer from a case of FOMO, as Sightings don't appear when PokeStops are plentiful. I live in New York City, which means I'm never more than a few blocks from a dozen or so PokeStops. That means that I will never see Sightings unless I pack my bags and leave the city. Nevertheless, Niantic specifically refers to this as a "test," so we'll likely see a few more renditions of the Nearby feature before the company settles on a design that makes more players happy than it does mad.
A ridiculous plan to produce unlimited clean energy actually seems to be working
Humans need energy because that's the only thing that powers our smartphones, and without them we'd have to actually talk to our relatives at family gatherings, so it's a pretty big deal that we have an energy plan for the future. The sun is a great source of energy, but it's just too far away. So, scientists have been working on a way to create an energy source like the sun, but here on the surface of our planet. Somehow, it's actually working. The idea isn't simple, but I can pretend like it is by describing it in a few short sentences, like this: Instead of nuclear fission, which is essentially the splitting of atoms to produce energy while also creating nuclear waste, scientists want to use nuclear fusion. Fusion, which is the joining of atoms, produces heaps of energy, but without radioactive byproducts. A device called the Wendelstein 7-X, or W7-X for short, has made this possible. In a fusion reactor, hydrogen must be superheated into plasma, but that's a real problem because, as plasma, the substance is so ridiculously hot that it will burn straight through pretty much anything it touches. The W7-X, a stellarator is used to suspend this hot hydrogen in a vacuum using magnetic fields produced with supercooled coils. If the plasma doesn't touch anything, it can't burn it, and the system works. In a paper recently published in Nature Communications , the team behind the W7-X along with several other scientists confirmed that things are moving along smoothly, and that the magnetic field system works as intended. That's big news, not just for the group, but for humanity as a whole. What's particularly neat about the entire project is that the only fuel that is need is seawater, which can be used as a source of hydrogen. With no radioactive waste on the backend, a fusion reactor has the potential to provide the world's with virtually unlimited clean energy. Maybe 2017 will be okay after all.
Netflix’s ‘Mythbusters’ spinoff is available to stream right now
Nerds the world over were left weeping when Discovery's long-running Mythbusters franchise ended earlier this year. But as it's now accustomed to doing, Netflix has stepped into the void with a similar, less safe-for-work version of the science show. White Rabbit Project is legally the closest thing to Mythbusters that Netflix could pull off. The format of the show is nearly identical: there's myths and rumors that the team put to the test. The only real difference is the cast, as Jamie and Adam aren't returning. Instead, we get the Mythbusters build team of Tori, Grant and Kari goofing around once again. https://youtu.be/ohb5k3_vQcE All ten 45-minute episodes are available to stream (and download offline!) on Netflix right now. As a longtime Mythbusters fan, I'm seeing a lot to love here already. The on-screen chemistry is still there, but with Netflix's budget and lack of control, things are a little more wild, it would seem. One other big benefit over Discovery: no ad breaks, which means we aren't subjected to the endless "what you missed earlier" segments. In the first episode, they tackle some crazy myths about World War II weaponry, which is as good as it sounds. Other things I'm looking forward to seeing later this evening include testing ingenious heists, traffic lights, and the hoverboard.
Google is replacing Flash in Chrome once and for all
Google told us in May that it would eventually block Adobe Flash Player content on Chrome. Google is slowly rolling HTML5 out to users over the next couple of months, starting with one percent of users on the current version of Chrome. Everyone should have an updated Chrome by February, when the most recent beta version goes stable.
There’s an easy way to make your iPhone photos look so much better
Apple made a big deal out of the new cameras on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, and for good reason. They're some of the best cameras ever put on a phone, as you'd expect, and in the right hands (with the right lighting!) they produce DSLR-level results. But along with the new camera hardware, Apple also made a bunch of changes to the software in iOS 10, and you don't need a brand-new iPhone to make use of the best change. Most photographers are evangelical about shooting in a RAW format. In case you're unfamiliar with the details of image compression, here's a primer: JPG and PNG, the most common image formats on the web, are compressed formats. Rather than taking the data from your camera sensor and turning it straight into 1s and 0s, it goes through an algorithm first that takes out details that your eye won't see. For the most part, it's a fantastic invention. Image compression shrinks digital image files down to a workable size. But it also kills data from the photograph that might be useful later, if you want to edit your images. That's where RAW comes in. RAW formats are exactly what they sound like -- the direct, unedited data from your camera's sensor. The files sizes are much larger: depending on the image, anything from 7-15MP on an iPhone. But the tradeoff is much better image quality if you want to tweak your photo later on. Petapixel has a good demonstration of the extreme differences. In iOS 10, Apple added the ability to shoot RAW photos. It's not enabled natively in the camera app, but with a third-party app, you're good to go. You'll need an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus, 6S or 6S Plus, or SE. (Technically, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro is capable, but I want to discourage tablet photography where possible.) The best third-party app for handling RAW images right now is Adobe Lightroom. Adobe has long been the biggest name in photo editing, and the Lightroom app for iOS does a great job as a basic camera app with a ton of editing capabilities afterwards. If you have a subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud, it also allows for easy syncing to the desktop version of Lightroom, where you can edit those RAW files to your heart's content. If you don't want to subscribe to Adobe, ProCamera is a good option to shoot and edit RAWs right on your iPhone. For $7, it's a small investment to make if you want to take phone photography seriously.
The best books to give Apple fans in 2016
Looking for a thoughtful gift for an Apple professional in your life? Look no further than one of this season's recommended Apple-related books.
Spotify wants to bring on-demand features to its free mobile users
Spotify is testing a new feature called Jump In that would let its free mobile users get on-demand features in certain playlist, according to multiple sources with direct knowledge of the situation. Spotify would roll back its shuffle-only mandate on the free tier — at least partially — allowing mobile users to choose what song they want to listen to in select playlists.