Surveys, hot phones, early movies, tech trends, gifts
This week's installment covers some interesting tech, and sociology of tech, with reports on a range of topics. And this week's bonus is a cool tool that one drone maker offers as an add-on option - there's video and it's about riding along with your drone - at least through virtual reality.
Fake news keeps 'sticking'
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This report from Recode offers a chilling reality. "Fake News" seems to have a long-tail survival rate even after it's debunked and discounted. A survey of folks who voted for Donald Trump, for example, believe a fake news story that Hilary Clinton ran a child sex ring out of a Washington DC area pizza joint is true, or could have been true. The story offers more insight into the long-term impact of this trend. Note the image here is from the supposed pizzeria where the ring was supposed to be…it's not. Check out the link on the article page.
Samsung to turn off Galaxy Note 7 phones
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Those exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones have been recalled, but apparently there are a few more out there. Samsung has an answer to get people to bring them in. The Verge reported that in the next software update for the phone Samsung will turn those models into "bricks" - they just won't work. That's one way to get someone's attention. However, TechRepublic reports that Verizon is refusing to send the update out, which may crimp Samsung's plans. Check the link from The Verge and from Tech Republic on the article page.
Apple wants to rent movies still in theaters
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Ever think that it would be nice to see a movie at home soon after it shows up in theaters? For folks on the farm - especially in winter - that could be really nice. Turns out Apple is talking to movie companies about ways to make that happen through iTunes. The Bloomberg report offers more insight into the plans offered, but think of it as an "early look" higher-cost pay per view program. Check out the details in the link in the article page.