There is plenty of fake news circulating on the internet today. The vast majority falls into the category of “Nobody capable of reading could actually be dumb enough to think this is true,” and yet the stories are liked, shared, and promoted by millions who inexplicably believe them. Of course, it doesn’t help when the fake news stories are being offered up by what you might otherwise assume to be a credible source of information—like from Microsoft’s Bing.

If you visit the Bing website, it defaults to a beautiful picture of the day with a white Bing search box in the middle. Across the top are links for News, Maps, Videos and Images. If you click on News, it automatically populates the search field with “top stories”. If you then click the other links, the “top stories” term remains, and the results that appear are related to the search “top stories.”

A YouTube channel dedicated to propagating ludicrous fake news figured out how to exploit this design flaw and game the Microsoft Bing page into displaying their stories—almost exclusively. The name of the YouTube channel is “Top Stories Today,” so it automatically ranks higher in a search for “top stories” because it’s right in the name.

The titles of most of the videos make it obvious that they’re blatantly false. If that wasn’t enough, though, the source should also be a tip-off. Any tinfoil hat wearing nutjob who thinks the Earth is flat, or Infowars is legitimate news can cobble together a YouTube video to convey whatever hallucinogenic, fever-inspired conspiracy theory they wish.

I was reluctant, but I took one for the team and clicked on a link. The narrator's voice sounds computer-generated—like if you mixed Sean Hannity and Max Headroom—so that too should be a hint that this news is a few apples short of a bushel. The “story” I clicked breathlessly “enlightened” me about what an awesome job actor James Woods did spewing verifiably false things about former President Barack Obama on Twitter.

The danger here is that someone who doesn’t know any better, and—for whatever reason—can’t pick up on all the clues, will see these videos displayed among videos from MSN and USA Today, and actually believe them. The tricky part about a decent fake news story is that it contains just enough truth or plausible content to suck you in, so by the end, you’re at least thinking, “Huh. Maybe?” Then, those people will go on Facebook and post them to share the shocking news with their friends and family and spark heated partisan debates.

For what it’s worth, this only seems to happen if the first link you click on from the Bing website is News. If you click Videos, Maps or Images first, the search field is not automatically populated with “top stories”, and even if you subsequently visit the News link it doesn’t populate with “top stories” or remain persistent when you go to the other links.

Hopefully, Microsoft is now aware of this flaw and will take steps to do something about it. That is just the tip of the iceberg, though. There’s a lot more than search engines, social media sites, and legitimate news sources need to do to counter the rising tide of fake news and restore some sanity online.

Update: Microsoft did, in fact, take immediate action to remove the YouTube fake news links from the Videos feed on Bing as quickly as possible once it was notified. the behavior of automatically populating the search criteria with "Top Stories" when you click on News first still occurs, but the fake news YouTube videos have been stripped from the results.

Source: This article was published forbes.com By Tony Bradley

Categorized in News & Politics

Gaming on our Android phones and tablets has become more popular than ever. And powerful hardware and beautiful displays have only added to the charm of gaming on the platform.

From the first 2D games released in the early 2000s to the VR games of 2017, games on the Android platform have come a long way from their humble beginning in 2007. The Google PlayStore today acts as a repository that hosts tens of thousands of games. 

However, this large selection of games can often end up becoming a pain for many users who find it extremely difficult to sift through and find the perfect game for the day. 

So, here are our top picks for 2017. 

Injustice 2 

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The sequel to the highly acclaimed game, Injustice: Gods Amongst Us, brings more of the same in its latest offering. Injustice 2, a game crafted from the mould of the popular Mortal Combat games was released along with its beefier console and PC versions on May 17. 

The game is a must-have for all DC Comics faithfuls who’ve grown up with the various heroes and villains of the Comic book giant's lineup. Its superior graphics, in-game mechanics backed by a gripping backstory that piggybacks to the various DC characters found in the game, make it one of the best games available on the Android platform currently. 

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Injustice 2 comes with 28 characters, with every fighter bringing to the game unique playstyle, abilities, moves, and super moves, and comes recommended for gamers looking for a fighting game to keep them busy for days to come. 

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Lumino City

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The much-awaited game which was first released on iOS, and finally made its way to the Android platform in May 2017, puts you in the shoes of young protagonist Lumi who must rescue her grandfather after he was forcibly abducted from his home while she was busy making tea downstairs. Lumi uses clues left behind by her grandfather in this puzzle adventure. 

The plot of the game is dark, with many twists and turns, however, it's not anywhere close to being the main draw of this game. 

Lumino City's beautiful world is not the result of brilliant CGI work, but instead a product of innovative thinking by its British developers – State of Play – who constructed an entire miniature mountain-top city made out of cardboard for the game. 

The game is truly original in its approach and builds a captivating world that users can immerse themselves in. It has won several awards and as such comes highly recommended. 

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Super Mario Run

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For decades, Mario has remained shy of crossing over from the Nintendo ecosystem, and games featuring the Italian plumber hero have only been found on dedicated Nintendo gaming systems. However, with the growing popularity of Mario games, and subsequent calls for titles on other mobile devices, Nintendo earlier in April finally released a game tailored specifically for the mobile platforms. 

The much-awaited Super Mario Run from the franchise has been received well by users and critics alike. Game review websites such as IGN and pocket lint have given it above 80 per cent score, making it highly recommended. 

The game's objective is simple, and so are its mechanics, which see players control the Italian plumber with just one hand as he runs forward into hurdles and enemies in his path. Users can make Mario jump by tapping on the screen, allowing him to avoid obstacles and enemies, and collect coins along the way.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Episode 1

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Another interesting addition to the list is the "Guardians of the Galaxy" from Telltale Games. The game features a unique story which deviates slightly from Marvel's cinematic universe. Telltale Games is releasing it in the form of episodes – much like the latest Hitman game. 

The game uses Telltale's story-driven narrative style and has received favourable reviews for its engaging plot and immersive graphics. However, the first episode is a bit short, and the game leaves you craving for more. 

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Tomb Raider

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Not necessarily a new title, this Tomb Raider game is a port of the one released on PC and consoles years ago. A full port of the original Tomb Raider reboot, it comes with the complete story and missions. The game sees Lara Croft exploring the in-game world and fighting off enemies as she embarks on a journey to uncover mysteries. 

But there's a catch. The game is only available for NVIDIA Shield Android TV users, and if you're not one of them, then there's no news on when your wait will end. 

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Well then, happy gaming!

Source: This article was published dailyo.in

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We were gifted with another stellar week of game releases on the App Store yesterday. Not only do we get a free mobile version of the popular Dynasty Warriors franchise, but we also get a new open-world game from Gameloft, the team behind Asphalt, Brothers in Arms and Modern Combat. Also, if you’re anxious for baseball season to start, you should MLB Tap Sports a try. Really fun one-touch game.

Dynasty Warriors: Unleashed

Dynasty Warriors is the legendary ultimate high adrenaline battle experience in Action Combat games. Celebrate the return of your favorite heroic characters, massive battles overflowing with onslaughts of relentless enemies wrapped in a timeless epic saga to unite the three kingdoms. Your elite warriors and cunning strategies are forces to be reckoned with. Promote your generals, build your armies and, battle to the death as you strive to fulfil the vision of your ancestors.

  • Survive massive battles against unyielding hordes of enemies
  • Choose Wisely: 48 legendary characters from the Dynasty Warriors series!

– Each officer has their own unique skills and abilities
– Create powerful officer teams to conquer every mode

  • Strengthen your officers with the signature weapon system!
  • Dynasty Warriors comes to mobile with a variety of game modes!

– Skirmish: Battle in real time with up to four players
-Boss Fight: Jump in and raid the boss with your friends
– Raid: Steal fragments from your opponent
– War Supply: Occupy mines and acquire resources
– Conquest: Compete with other players to take control of the map

[Download Dynasty Warriors: Unleashed free on the App Store]


Final Shift

1 ship, 5 lanes & a ton of objects in your way.
How fast can you shift when you are speeding down the fast lane and obstacles are in your way?

Collect gems and unlock all 15 space ships.

[Download Final Shift free on the App Store]


Gangstar New Orleans

The gold standard for open-world action-adventure series is back, in the fascinating city of New Orleans. With hundreds of vehicles, an outrageous arsenal, and complete freedom to roam this vast city, you have all the tools to become a criminal legend.

Biker gangs, crooked cops and even Voodoo priests prowl these streets and hide in the bayou. And you? You’re the least common criminal of all! Become a man on a mission to claim the Big Easy as your own criminal capital… by any means necessary.

– Discover an open world bustling with life… and crime!

  • Take on dozens of story missions through varied districts, each with its own unique flavor, from the French Quarter to the slums and even the mysterious bayou.
  • Enjoy the AAA graphics and soundtrack to experience the city’s fascinating atmosphere.

– Defend your Turf and raid others

  • Exclusive to Gangstar New Orleans, Turf Wars introduce new competition and excitement to your favorite series.
  • Claim your Turf and defend it from your rivals — the resources you’ll gain will come in handy when it’s time to craft new items.

– Make your own path!

  • Create a character in your image using lots of customization options!
  • Equip, fuse and evolve hundreds of weapons, vehicles, thugs and more to tailor your gangster skills to fit your personal style. From sniper to explosives expert, there are plenty of approaches — which one will you pick?

[Download Gangstar New Orleans free on the App Store]


KAMI 2

The calming yet addictive puzzle game is back!
With over 100 hand-crafted puzzles, Kami 2 takes you on a mind-twisting journey that combines logic and problem-solving.

Can you achieve perfection?
Flood each puzzle with a single color in as few moves as possible to claim a ‘Perfect’ sticker. But watch out for subtle new tricks and fiendish surprises.

Want even more?
Beat the global Daily Challenge, earn a winning streak and compare your scores to other players. Test yourself on thousands of user-generated puzzles, uploaded daily.

Get creative and take on the world.
Craft your own KAMI designs using the Puzzle Builder. Design and share your creations, send them to your friends and challenge the world to beat your score.

[Download KAMI 2 free on the App Store]


MLB Tap Sports Baseball 2017

Tap Sports Baseball 2017 now features the official MLB Teams and MLBPA Players

Play Major League Baseball 24/7

  • Play with official teams and players from Major League Baseball
  • Tap to swing with easy one-touch controls, anytime and anywhere
  • Enhanced graphics brings the Major League Baseball experience to life

Manage Your Team, Compete to Win

  • Build and level up your MLB roster to climb up the leaderboards
  • Compete for the greatest baseball legends in daily events and challenges
  • Swing for the fences in Home Run Battles mode

Play with Friends, Join Clubs and Tournaments

  • Compete against multiple friends in action-packed gameplay sessions
  • Play in weekly events and prove who possesses the ultimate team in head-to-head competitions
  • Join a Club or create your own to compete in exclusive events for top prizes

[Download MLB Tap Sports Baseball 2017 free on the App Store]

Source : bgr.com

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I must admit the main reason for me to purchase my first Android phone was to use things for free. When you have a good phone in hand, you can get a plenty of useful things for no price: you can download life log apps, calculators, dictionaries and even more. And, of course, games, which can be very handy sometimes.

In this article I would like to show you how to download games for free on your device. It is dead easy, of course, but there are a plenty of good tricks to know.

Get an app store

An app store Android app is simply an internet store where you can download an purchase applications from the Internet. This makes it very easy to find free stuff very quickly. If you do not have an app store on your gadget, you can easily download one from the Internet. I would recommend Google Play, which is installed on most of the Android devices in circulation in US and Europe. This is the most popular and most used application you can have, but I can imagine cases when it does not work.

In some very very complicated cases Google Play is not an option. There are some clumsily rooted devices which might not be able to run this application anymore, so you will have to look for alternatives.

The installation shall be quick and easy. The only problem which may occur is that your device might be set not to run application from “foreign” or “insecure” Android apps, or application from “unknown sources”. If it is so, a wizard will certainly guide you through the way of changing these settings, and the program will run without any problems.

Note: If your phone does not have Google Play you are not able to change your settings or download any app stores, check your device carefully. It might have already been mounted, is an anciently old one, or even a cheap, faked device.

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Search for free games

With having an app store, it should be super easy to download free games to your Android device. Most app stores have a good search engine with the help of which you can search and filter apps. Your only task is to select free applications and click on the download button.

Good to know

You can often download applications directly from the webpages of their creators (.apk files). However, it is highly recommended to use and app store for finding the applications which suit you. App stores, especially the big ones, like Google Play select their palette of programs very carefully. If you use them, you can avoid viruses, compatibility issues, or products which do not fulfill the minimum criteria of a good app. Besides, you often can read reviews, customer opinions and other useful information about the software.

Keep in mind

Free applications are usually free because their finances are based in alternative sources, such as advertisement. If you download a free app, be aware that your game might be interrupted by pop-ups. It is a good idea to use these apps in an offline mode, if possible. Otherwise, advertisements might cause you high cost due to intense web traffic.

Free applications are, very often, basic of demo versions of the “mother” application, which especially in the case of games might be very annoying. You might not be able to finish your game or try out different features. Keep this in mind when you plan to surprise your kid with a free game. It might be extremely disappointing to have something he or she cannot finish.

Before you download a free game, please make sure that it is really free. Some of the free applications are basic versions of the full one. They contain several in-app purchases, with the help of which you can download pro and extra features. Before you give the phone to a small kid, please make sure that you disabled all playing methods and the child cannot purchase something by accident.  The best solution is to put your device offline if it is possible.

All in all, downloading free games to an Android device is not a big deal, but there are certain things on which you shall pay attention. The best way to avoid disturbances is to use games in an offline mode, or try on a device without a SIM card, in order to avoid accidental purchases. With the help of an app store, such as Google Play, you can certainly avoid most of the dangers, like viruses or malware, plus, you get a selection of good options to download.

Source: androidapps.com

Categorized in Online Research

IF YOU ADD them all up, Google actually makes a lot of gadgets. It sells Nexus phonesChromebook PixelsPixel C tabletsNest smart-home products, cardboard VR viewers, Chromecast and Chromecast Audio, pretty Wi-Fi routers, even weird custom phone cases. But you’d never think of Google as a hardware company, because there’s no rhyme or reason to any of it. Some things are made for developers, others to show off how great a form factor or operating system could be. Some become really expensive doorstops. I’m sure I’m forgetting stuff, too—Google’s made so many small-time moves in the gadget market that it’s hard to track them all.

What’s Google really about? Attention. Yours, ours, everyone’s.

This one feels different, though. If the rumors are true (which they almost always are), Google’s about to drop the biggest bundle of hardware in the company’s history. At an event on October 4 in San Francisco, we expect to see two new phones, which will come with Pixel branding and potentially the biggest mainstream push for a Google phone ever. Google will also announce a release date for Home, its Amazon Echo-style chatbox, and for the Daydream virtual reality platform. Sundar and Friends will also reportedly have a new router to show off, and a new Chromecast. Maybe some Chromebooks, too, and maybe even the long-awaited operating system that combines the best of Chrome OS with the best of Android. And who knows? Google could release a new self-driving car just for fun! Either way, it’s going to be a busy day.

None of this means Google’s trying to be the world’s greatest gadget manufacturer. “I don’t think they are about boxes,” says Tuong Nguyen, principal analyst at research firm Gartner. “They’re not out there to sell boxes of anything to anyone.” Hardware’s a crazy business to get in anyway, Nguyen says, with tiny margins and massive entrenched players. Plus, it’s not what Google’s really about.

What’s Google really about? Attention. Yours, ours, everyone’s. Google’s in the business of getting people to use its products, so that it can collect data with which to both improve its products and make several more bargeloads of advertising money. That’s why Google makes so many good apps for the iPhone, ostensibly its biggest competitor. Google’s product isn’t the phone; it’s what you do with the phone.

The Future’s Calling 

There’s a shift happening, though, that threatens to undermine that approach. Services are becoming invisible, and platforms are becoming exclusive. Take the iPhone, for instance: Apple has made iOS so robust and integrated that the iPhone is far more useful if you only use Apple products. Using Siri to do research, play songs, and get directions is a seamless and fast way to use your phone—one that cuts Google out entirely. Sure, you can download the Google app, but launching and using it is much more complex pathway than just holding the home button and asking a question. The Amazon Echo is the same way. Do you know what search engine Alexa uses to figure out who the 31st president was? Do you care, as long as the answer is correct?

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To be fair, Google’s in a strong position because Android is so wildly popular. But as mobile and voice shift search from pages of blue links to just answering your question, and as more devices start to connect to the Internet, we’re going to start using the web in countless new places. Google has to make sure it’s in all those places.

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More than anything, the Google Assistant is the driving force behind Google’s hardware moves. “The assistant is really realized when it’s on many surfaces at once,” Nick Fox, Google’s head of communication products, told me earlier this month. “It’s almost this connective tissue on top of a lot of services. Instead of needing to navigate to those, and know what you want, you just say what you want.” Your assistant’s only useful if it’s everywhere, and users don’t want to download new apps or tweak settings. They just turn the thing on and expect it to work. Google needs to make sure the voice you hear when you turn on your new chatbox isn’t Alexa’s, or Siri’s, but Google’s.

So no, Google’s probably not trying to sell more phones than Apple. What it’s trying to do instead is turn Google into the connective tissue for all your devices, phone or otherwise. “That paradigm,” Nguyen says, “these underlying interfaces, the conversational agents, that’s one way to tie these pieces together.” To do that, Google needs to push its hardware partners. It’s making these physical manifestations of its most forward-looking products in order to show developers, hardware partners, and users how these things could work for everyone. And to make sure that its platform keeps being everyone else’s platform.

Forget the business case for a second, though. If Google’s really committed to making, selling, and supporting hardware (which is still a big if, given Google’s flighty history), exciting things are about to happen. A real Google presence in the market could put an end to Android fragmentation. It could transform laptop design, because Google’s not concerned with enterprise customers but with disrupting the industry. It could make virtual reality that works for everyone, and tune the experience because it manufactures the phone, the viewer, and the OS. Google can set the tone for the rest of the market, not by making neat prototypes for Huawei to look at but by becoming a real competitor. It’s like Apple always says: things are better when you make both hardware and the software.

Earlier this month, Hiroshi Lockheimer, Google’s head of Android, Chrome OS, and Play, tweeted that “I have a feeling 8 years from now we’ll be talking about Oct 4, 2016.” If Tuesday’s the day Google goes from all-knowing search engine to all-powerful personal assistant, and permanently raises the bar for the actual gadget makers, Lockheimer might just be right about that.

Source : wired

Categorized in Science & Tech

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