Monthly Archives: March 2019

Well, that incredible optical illusion at the Louvre has been destroyed by the public

It took four days, 400 volunteers, and around 2,000 pieces of paper to install, and within a day, the public had destroyed it all.

But hey, it was always going to happen, according to the artist.

Taking over the main courtyard of the Louvre Museum in Paris, the installation was the work of French street artist JR, as he is only known by.

Commissioned as part of the 30th anniversary celebrations of the Louvre Pyramid, the work is a giant paper collage surrounding the structure. 

Although the museum itself dates back to the 12th century, the Louvre Pyramid, designed by Chinese-born U.S. architect I.M. Pei, was officially opened on Mar. 30, 1989. Read more…

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New Facebook tool answers the question “Why am I seeing this post?”

Facebook announced today that it is adding a feature called “Why am I seeing this post?” to News Feeds. Similar to “Why am I seeing this ad?,” which has appeared next to advertisements since 2014, the new tool has a dropdown menu that gives users information about why that post appeared in their News Feed, along with links to personalization controls.

Meant to give users more transparency into how Facebook’s News Feed algorithm works, the update comes as the company copes with several major events that have highlighted the platform’s shortcomings, including potentially harmful ones. These include its role in enabling the dissemination of a video taken during the shooting attacks on New Zealand mosques two weeks ago, which were originally broadcast using Facebook Live; a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that accuses Facebook’s ad-targeting tool of violating the Fair Housing Act and its role in spreading misinformation and propaganda (after years of complaints and criticism, Facebook recently announced plans to downrank anti-vaccination posts and ban white nationalist content.

Facebook’s announcement says this is the first time its “built information on how ranking works directly into the app.” Users will be able to access “Why am I seeing this post?” as a dropdown menu in the right hand corner of posts from friends, Pages and Groups in their News Feed that displays information about how its algorithm decided to rank the post, including:

  • Why you’re seeing a certain post in your News Feed — for example, if the post is from a friend you made, a Group you joined, or a Page you followed.
  • What information generally has the largest influence over the order of posts, including: (a) how often you interact with posts from people, Pages or Groups; (b) how often you interact with a specific type of post, for example, videos, photos or links; and (c) the popularity of the posts shared by the people, Pages and Groups you follow.

The same menu will also include links to personalization options, including See First, Unfollow, News Feed Preferences and Privacy Shortcuts. The company’s blog post said that “during our research on ‘Why am I seeing this post?,’ people told us that transparency into News Feed algorithms wasn’t enough without corresponding controls.”

“Why am I seeing this ad,” a similar feature that launched in 2014, will be updated with to include more information. For example, it will tell users if an ad appeared in their News Feed because a company uploaded their contact lists, like emails or phone numbers, or if they worked with a marketing partner to place the ad.


Facebook makes vague noises about 'restrictions' on live video after tragedy

Facebook could impose new limits on who can live stream to Facebook Live following the Christchurch terror attack, which was broadcast live on the social network.

In an open letter published in the New Zealand Herald, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg laid out steps the company is taking to change its policies following criticism after the Christchurch terrorist attack. Among them: new rules on who is allowed to use Facebook Live.

“We are exploring restrictions on who can go Live depending on factors such as prior Community Standard violations,” Sandberg wrote. 

The proposal was light on details. Sandberg didn’t elaborate on exactly how Facebook might restrict the ability to live stream, other than suggesting that those who have broken the company’s rules in the past may be affected.  Read more…

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Watch: Tame Impala debuted a smooth new song on 'SNL'

Tame Impala hasn’t released a new album since 2017’s Currents, but they used their first appearance on Saturday Night Live as a platform to debut “Borderline,” a brand new track that’s made for summer. 

In addition to “Borderline,” the Australian band performed their week old single “Patience,” giving listeners a taste of what to expect when Tame Impala headlines Coachella this year.  Read more…

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'SNL' and substitute teacher Sandra Oh remind us that teens are deep and complex

SAT Prep class turns into a gush of big feels on Saturday Night Live.

Substitute teacher Sandra Oh and a classroom filled with intense teen emotions are just trying to study for the SAT, but life keeps getting in the way. 

It’s a sitcom series’ worth of life lessons and special moments crammed into four minutes.  Read more…

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iPad Pro, Macbook Pro, WD My Book, SanDisk Extreme, and more deals for March 31

Today is Sunday 31, also known as World Backup Day. Founded in 2011 by Ismail Jadun. The goal was to remind us to protect our precious data as we’ve become more reliant on technology, and with April Fool’s Day around the corner, don’t let your buddies pull a cruel prank on you by deleting your pictures on your smartphone or laptop.

Haven’t backed up your data before? Lucky for you, there are some great storage deals today. From portable hard drives, USB flash drives, network attached storage, and more. Not looking for storage products? No problem, just keep scrolling as those aren’t the only deals today. Here are the best deals from Amazon, Walmart, BuyDig, B&H Photo-Video, Microsoft Store, and more for Sunday, March 31: Read more…

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Alec Baldwin and Robert DeNiro return to 'Saturday Night Live' to break down Mueller Report

“Russia, if you’re watching, go to bed. Daddy won.” 

With those words, Donald Trump (well, Alec Baldwin who returned to the role this week) did a victory lap about the Mueller Report. The Saturday Night Live cold open tackled the 300+ page special counsel’s final report, rotating between Trump, Attorney General William Barr (Aidy Bryant), and Mueller (Robert DeNiro) with a special, truly soul-haunting appearance by Rudy Giuliani (Kate McKinnon).

Release the report, AG Barr, if only for the SNL sketch potential.  Read more…

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Delightful Sandra Oh finds her confidence in 'Saturday Night Live' monologue

Sandra Oh has a hard time accepting a compliment (blame being Canadian) despite reaching new levels of success (Killing Eve is excellent, go watch it), including a hosting gig on Saturday Night Live.

During Oh’s SNL monologue, Leslie Jones helps her work through an inability to receive praise and gain an American sense of natural confidence.   Read more…

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The 'Us' version of a Discover commercial is a twisted Jordan Peele nightmare

You know those Discover credit card commercials where the customer service representative looks like the person calling? Harmless? Pre-Jordan Peele’s Us, yes. Now? Absolutely terrifying.

Saturday Night Live gives you another excuse to never deal with customer service. Just ignore the unexplained charges of red jumpsuits, motorcycle gloves, and gold scissors.  Read more…

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Learn to play the guitar (or piano) with these super cheap online classes

Editor’s note: Mashable and PCMag are both owned by Ziff Davis.

Shawn Mendes taught himself to play guitar by watching video tutorials on YouTube and now he’s selling out tours across the globe. So, who’s to say you couldn’t have the same fate?

We’ll save you the trouble of sifting through thousands of search results — we’ve already found the best tutorial. The Complete Guitar System – Beginner to Advanced is a course hosted on Udemy that will help you master the guitar, and right now you can get it on sale for just $9.99 in the PCMag Shop. Take advantage of it here because the course costs $12 at Udemy. Read more…

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