Month: January 2019

Inside Facebook’s suicide algorithm: Here’s how the company uses artificial intelligence to predict your mental state from your posts

Facebook is scanning nearly every post on the platform in an attempt to assess suicide risk. Facebook passes the information along to law enforcement for wellness checks. Privacy experts say Facebook’s failure to get affirmative consent from users for the program presents privacy risks that could lead to exposure or worse. In March 2017, Facebook […]

‘This isn’t a done deal’: New York City Council speaker Corey Johnson lays out his plan to avoid being ‘played’ by Amazon

Amazon has chosen a site in Long Island City, Queens, for half of its HQ2 project. The decision, announced in November, immediately became controversial among some New York politicians. In December, the New York City Council held a contentious hearing with Amazon, where members asked, among other things, why it was left out of discussions.  […]

Uber’s arbitration policy takes advantage of drivers, according to a Canadian court that just sided against the company

A judge in Canada said Uber’s arbitration policies are designed to take advantage of drivers, who are powerless against the massive company.  It’s the latest in a string of court cases around the world brought by drivers unhappy with their status as independent contractors instead of employees.  The court rulings against Uber are stacking up. […]

5 DevOps startups to bet your career on in 2019

DevOps, the term for a philosophy of combining software development and operations, is turning into a big business — as software continues eating the world, DevOps is a methodology for helping developers write more software, faster.  On a larger scale, tech giants are investing in DevOps as well. Just a few years ago, investors would […]

Samsung’s massive 49-inch super-wide monitor got an upgrade that will make video games look incredible — if your PC can handle it

Samsung‘s recently announced CRG9 “super” ultra-wide gaming monitor comes with a sharper QHD resolution than the original model’s FHD resolution that was released in 2017.  With an aspect ratio of 32:9, the CRG9 is the equivalent of two 27-inch QHD monitors. The CRG9 comes with HDR10 support for better colors, a 120Hz refresh rate, as […]