Image: FacebookThis afternoon, in a scene plucked from one of my work-related anxiety dreams, New York Times reporters Nick Corasaniti, Maggie Haberman, and Thomas Kaplan pitched stories to politics editor Carolyn Ryan on Facebook Live while thousands of people watched it happen.This is all to say that streaming a pitch meeting on Facebook Live is a decently brave move, especially since half-baked story ideas that haven t been subject to fact-checking or strenuous research are a pillar of pitch meetings.It s customary in pitch meetings for editors to ask follow-up questions of writers to suss out whether the stories they re pitching have legs, and we see that happen in this video.About four minutes into the live stream, Haberman and Kaplan pitch a story about the possibility of a third-party candidate for president, Gary Johnson, and his likely VP choice, Bill Weld.Ryan asks if that was on the record and Haberman says, yes, Not only on the record, but unsolicited.And indeed, Haberman and Kaplan s article on Weld went live on the Times website basically around the time the live stream began.
It s expensive for developers because Twitter charges them for keys to access the site, which means developers tend to pass that charge over to you, and then revoke access when you get too popular.Open it up and you ll find an interface similar to the web site, with tabs on the bottom for your notifications, moments, DMs, and your profile tab.For example, the bottom tab bar has two buttons on the right that you can swap out for whatever function you want: activity which includes mentions, replies, favorites, and new follower information , search, profile, likes, mute filters, or lists.When you do so, any tweet that contains those things will not show up in your feed.If you do mute something, Tweetbot s also smart enough to still show you replies that might mention those things, so you re not totally cut off from the world.If you only manage one account, don t mind seeing a bunch of extra garbage like ads and obnoxious hashtags, and it doesn t bother you when Twitter adds some half-baked new idea to the app every week, then the official Twitter app is all you need.
69 postcodes are currently eligible for the service, and although Amazon hasn't published a list of all of them, you can easily find out if you're Fresh-compatible by visiting the website.Amazon has partnered with supermarket Morrisons and says it will offer around 130,000 products as part of the service.While Pantry does indeed let you order food and household items to your doorstep, the key word that differentiates the two services is "fresh".AmazonFresh will cost an additional £6.99 per month for existing Prime members - a membership that costs £79 a year, we should add.Same-day deliveries for orders over £40 are free, otherwise you'll have to pay a £4 delivery fee.A 500ml tub of Ben & Jerry's Half Baked ice cream costs £2.50, while it's £3.85 to order from Sainsbury's and £4 from Tesco.
is the big question making chatbots hard to use.So today Facebook Messenger is giving chatbot developers new Quick Reply buttons and persistent menu options to make their bots easier to navigate.And if customers opt in, developers will be able to connect these customers accounts to Messenger accounts to allow more seamless communication with them.When Facebook launched its chatbot platform at its F8 conference, it seemed half-baked.People didn t know what text commands triggered what functions in apps, leading the bots to misunderstand users replies.This in turn led people to quit using bots in frustration, and go back to traditional app and website interfaces.
The New Cities initiative will study freshly minted cities, and how to plan, design, and build them from scratch.To many, the announcement registered as audacious, even for Silicon Valley.The language surrounding the announcement sounds like it s lifted from a half-baked VC pitch deck You can fix existing cities, which a lot of people are doing, or you can reimagine them from a blank state, says Adora Cheung, who will head up the project with Y Combinator president Sam Altman and details about the project s curriculum are scant Cheung says it s all TBD .The surprising part: Urban planning experts find Y Combinator s new venture pretty fascinating.Consider Garden Cities of To-Morrow, a book by British urban planner Ebenezer Howard.Cheung believes Y Combinator s plan is different.
Now that recreational use is legal in certain locales Washington, Colorado, etc., cannabis-based programming is experiencing a bit of a renaissance.Sure, stoner comedies like Half Baked and Pineapple Express have always been around, but they were somewhat niche products, marketed mainly to longtime marijuana enthusiasts or teens with the munchies.They also tended to focus on the subversive side of the drug, drawing laughs out of run-ins with police, unsavory dealers, disapproving friends and neighbors, etc.These days, we re seeing much more nuanced takes, not just on pot smokers, but on the budding pot industry, a reality that reflects the rapidly changing public perception of the drug.That said, Variety is reporting that Netflix just landed a series starring Kathy Bates that will become the latest entry in this evolving genre.
From now until the end of September, Scribd is offering unlimited access to over 5,000 audiobooks to subscribers.Sounds like a good way to pass the time while the summer heat keeps us languid.A Scribd subscription costs $8.99 and normally comes with three books and one audio book per month, so the unlimited book buffet until September 30th is a nice perk.There s also a free 30-day trial; it s a nice promotion if you find yourself with a lot of free time and eager ears this summer.In other news, Netflix has a new tool for making a movie playlist called Flixtape.It s a fun idea with half-baked execution; you can only add six titles, and you can t include individual episodes from shows.
It's all too easy to sit back and criticise new phones before they're even out, spewing disappointment over half-baked rumors and speculation in the hope that someone from the brand is watching your every word, taking notes and making the changes you want.It's much easier to show them.So that's what we've done: spent hours debating the top features we think would make a truly world-beating phone and created a video that shows exactly how we want the Samsung Galaxy S8 to look.Samsung Galaxy S8: everything we know so farWe take into the account the best bits of the current Galaxy models and roping in a mixture of the top features from other devices it's not copying, it's inspiration and working out what future tech could be here next year.For instance, speakers top and bottom of the phone could create a true 3D experience with intelligent space mapping helping work out where you're positioned and offering something akin to a full surround sound setup.
A new remote app designed for the Apple TV addresses most of the remaining points of friction between the fourth-generation TV box and the increasingly long-in-the-tooth Remote app designed for controlling iTunes and previous models of the Apple TV.The new app and tvOS 10 may help take it all the way.When the fourth-generation model shipped in October 2015, the original Remote app couldn t work with it, Bluetooth keyboards were unsupported, and Apple said third-party game controllers had to be optional for games, not mandatory.Given the number of passwords and other data that needed to be entered when setting up an Apple TV, this all combined to make the interaction side of things half baked, even when the device and tvOS were just fine.The app pairs to an Apple TV just like other remotes, requiring the entry of a code displayed on the screen connected to an Apple TV.Once paired, the screen looks like a slightly wider Siri Remote with a different arrangement of the buttons.
When Siri was first introduced as a beta product alongside the launch of 2011 s iPhone 4S, people couldn t wait to get their hands on Apple s new virtual personal assistant and give it a try.Then… they actually gave it a try.Siri got off to a rocky start to say the least, with server issues that plagued early users and a limited feature set that often didn t work as advertised.Despite the beta label, it seemed like no one was really prepared for how unreliable Siri was going to be, so many people were turned off and ditched Siri completely.Of course, launching a half-baked software product and then fixing it over time is par for the course at Apple.What started as a frustrating mess has grown into one of Apple s most useful software tools, but many people still don t use Siri because of the bad taste that was left in their mouths the first time around.
Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart are teaming up for a new series on VH1.The unlikely pair will star in "Martha & Snoop's Dinner Party" on which they throw dinner parties for their celebrity friends.The network released a statement, saying the show will be "a half-baked evening of cooking, conversation and fun where nothing is off limits.""At our dinner party, we will exemplify America's fascination with food, entertaining and celebrity.'Martha & Snoop's Dinner Party' will redesign the traditional food competition shows in a new, different and very funny way," Stewart said in a statement, according to E!News.The two really seem to be buddies.
One of the Fortlax data center is located at Piteå, sweden.Sweden is well suited to establish data centers, but we have had a thing against us – the high elskatten.But there is a condition.He believes that the investigation that is the basis for the proposal is sloppily made and ill.– There seems to be a view that we who are a little bit less is not real data centers, but it is completely wrong.We fight on the international market.
One of the Fortlax data center is located at Piteå, sweden.Sweden is well suited to establish data centers, but we have had a thing against us – the high elskatten.But there is a condition.He believes that the investigation that is the basis for the proposal is sloppily made and ill.– There seems to be a view that we who are a little bit less is not real data centers, but it is completely wrong.We fight on the international market.
If there's one negative theme that follows Apple more than anything, it's the odd expectation that it should be pumping out some kind of world-changing, breakthrough product every four years or so.Otherwise, the company is hosed.While Google, Facebook, Amazon, and other rivals are pumping out futuristic product categories and products ranging from speakers infused with artificial intelligence to autonomous drones that beam the internet from the sky, Apple's product portfolio feels stuck in the present.But there's something critics often miss.Unlike some of its rivals, Apple is allergic to discussing its future plans until it feels confident they're polished enough to be shown in a well orchestrated product unveiling.That philosophy was perfectly illustrated in a recent interview Apple senior vice president Eddy Cue gave to Fast Company.And it's a thinly veiled jab at Apple's rivals that constantly release half-baked technologies.Here's Cue, emphasis ours:We don t want to tell the world what we want to solve, what we re trying to solve.Because we haven t solved it.Other than trying to make ourselves look cool or good, what s the purpose of that?
Facebook isn't a great place to get your news.Yet millions of Americans use the social network to learn about what's going on in the world every day.The company fired several trained journalists from the Trending team last Friday, leaving artificial intelligence and technical staff to identify and deliver stories to the site's users.To that end, the Trending feature — the list of stories you see on the right side of your News Feed on the desktop or after you tap the search bar in the mobile app — now strips away the context that would've been written by Facebook's journalists and only displays simple terms that are buzzing on the social network.If you click or mouse over a term, you'll see a headline from a news source like Mashable.A lot of people are upset about how the change rolled out, calling the new Trending feature a "disaster," "a public embarrassment" and "half-baked quiche."
It sounds like the plot of a half-baked stoner movie screenplay, but it's actually happening: Google boss company Alphabet and Mexican food chain Chipotle have become the flying burrito brothers under a delivery-by-drone plan that will first target the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Virginia Tech .Alphabet has been tinkering with drones for a while as part of its Project Wing plan to have drones hover and drop payloads on a winch.Like all would-be drone operators, Alphabet's doubtless noted that the United States Federal Aviation Administration recently announced commercial drone operation guidelines, removing the need for drone operators to be pilots but also imposing strict line-of-sight and fly-during-sunlight rules.Those new rules mean that Alphabet and Chipotle have devised a recipe whereby the latter will prepare tasty treats in a food truck and the former will transport them to hungry students at Virginia Tech.Drones will hover above customers, who will need to thrust their hands into the sky to retrieve the burritos as they descend on the end of a winched tether.Bloomberg reports the University is one of half a dozen test sites Alphabet has secured for the largest-scale urban drone test to date.
Here come the fashbots, and this time they might actually be useful.Facebook s seemingly half-baked chatbot platform soured many on the potential of conversation user interfaces.So Facebook s Creative Shop is getting involved, working with bot maker and the Tommy Hilfiger fashion brand to make a flagship chatbot worthy to point to.People can discover it by tapping the message button on Tommy s Facebook page or posts, opening a shortlink URL, or scanning its Messenger QR code.Through the bot, fashionistas can type questions or select pre-made queries to learn about Gigi, see behind-the-scenes content from the collection s runway show event, and most importantly, shop for items from the nautical-themed clothing line.It s something Facebook will hopefully build soon.
Enlarge / ReCore protagonist Joule, seen here feeling strongly about her newest shiny pick-up.Maybe the "game that never was" seemed promising because of a cool-sounding premise, a veteran development staff, or some delicious twist beyond the industry's usual predictable fare.It sure feels like that kind of game: as in, a "finished" product whose seams show all too clearly, and whose potential doesn't match the end result.Its setup leaves too many logical questions about Joule's origins unanswered including how she became a rifle-wielding, double-jumping, robot-repairing adventurer , and its on-the-surface content consists mostly of eager "let's go!"Metroid Prime stood out in part because it understood how to build a universe through backstory and lore—and how to insert all of that into an interactive experience.In good news, whoever built the mountains, landscapes, and buildings of New Eden has clearly been annoyed at other 3D adventure games.
But as the century turned and the Internet of Things exploded into a million pointless gadgets, companies desperately trying to find a new way to sell spoons seized on the 'connected kitchen' idea.Our appliances would collaborate and cook to perfection, we could shop from our worktops and nothing would ever expire, because we'd get a lovely text with a recipe artfully combining the Doritos, tuna and tinned peaches in the cupboard."Sorry, kids, no lunch today.While it's not quite to the level of handing over the keys to their nutrition, it's still quite terrifying to think that some people are giving failure-prone devices control over their food and water."This type of attack enables a malicious party to leverage the vulnerability from anywhere in the world," Alexandru Balan, Chief Security Researcher at Bitdefender, comments in the company's writeup of the issue.Your kettle isn't as secure as it could be, and some teenage hacker realises it can send script to give it ransomware, so it refuses to make any more tea until you pay up.
More Charts   Nintendo has a new gaming console.It s called the Switch, and true to its name, it can alternate between a device you play on your TV and a device you play on the road.While we have few details on how much it ll cost, how well it ll perform, and what games it ll launch with, it s already making the gaming world very excited.That s good for Nintendo, since, as this chart from Statista shows, the company s latest consoles haven t done so hot.The most recent Wii U has long been a bomb, and while the current 3DS handheld has been fine, it hasn t driven the kind of sales as the DS before it.So far, the Switch looks to be avoiding the mistakes of the predecessor, whose tablet controller always felt a bit half-baked, and whose name often confused everyday consumers.Whether or not that ll help it approach the success of the Wii, though, is a question we won t begin to know until next March, when the console becomes available.NOW WATCH: The story of Lisa Brennan-Jobs, the daughter Steve Jobs claimed wasn't hisLoading video...