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Facebook now says it won't even try to block 2020 election disinformation

Fri, 2020-06-12 15:09

Can you trust what you read on Facebook? No. And why not? Because Facebook has now explicitly said that it will obey an executive order from President Trump and will refuse to fact-check misinformation and disinformation as American heads into the 2020 election.

In April 2017, Facebook published a white paper that acknowledged the spread of “information operations” trying to divide and deceive Americans, in response to accusations that misinformation helped influence the 2016 U.S. elections. In September 2017, Facebook chief security officer Alex Stamos acknowledged that some of the accounts and Pages disseminating that information came from within Russia. Common Cause, a watchdog group, filed suit. Then Facebook joined Twitter and Google, telling Congress that they would do better. 

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Coronavirus cancels Computex 2020, Taiwan's PC showcase

Fri, 2020-06-12 13:34

While the coronavirus has caused many trade shows to close or go virtual, Computex, Taiwan’s celebration of everything about the PC, had so far remained open—though rescheduled for September. Early Friday, that domino finally fell, too.

TAITRA, the Taiwan organization overseeing the Computex Taipei show, said Friday that Computex has been rescheduled to June 1-5, 2021. Although TAITRA announced a few online-only events, it doesn’t sound like the organization is shifting Computex to an online-only virtual show, like Microsoft Build or Apple’s upcoming Worldwide Developer Conference.

TAITRA originally delayed the showcase from its usual June to September, betting the coronavirus would have been managed by then. Taiwan itself acted quickly, implementing quarantine procedures, masking, and contact tracing, and limiting the impact to just 443 confirmed cases. But the organization also said that travel restrictions would limit the number of attendees, including international exhibitors, visitors and media, who “may not be able to join the show.”

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Logitech Powered 3-in-1 Dock review: Wireless charging for your Apple gear

Fri, 2020-06-12 13:32

I just took a look at Logitech’s Powered Pad and found it to be a well-designed, respectable wireless charging pad. For the last month or so, I’ve been using the $130 Logitech Powered 3-in-1 Dock, the company’s multi-purpose wireless charging station built, primarily, with iPhone owners in mind.

Note: This review is part of our roundup of wireless charging pads. Go there for details on competing products and our testing methods for both Android phones and iPhones.

The Dock has three different wireless charging spots. There’s a stand, primarily designed for your phone; a pad where you can wirelessly charge your wireless earbuds, another phone, or anything else Qi-enabled; and a dedicated Apple Watch charger off to the side.

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How to get Windows 10 cheap (or even for free)

Fri, 2020-06-12 10:50

Windows 10 licenses are expensive—almost painfully so. Shelling out $139 for Windows 10 Home or $200 for Windows 10 Pro feels rough when Linux is free and Windows 7 still hasn’t been completely put down. That amount of cash can easily be a third of a budget PC build.

Deal alert! You can now purchase the full retail version of Windows 10 Professional for $40, an 80 percent discount off MSRP. Active for the month of June, this is an exclusive offer for PCWorld readers through the PCWorld Software Store.

But with less developer support for Linux and the end-of-life deadline rapidly approaching for Windows 7, Windows 10 is an inescapable necessity for most of us. What’s not a given is paying full retail.

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Bizarre internet 'dot' glitch lets you watch ad-free YouTube vids and bypass paywalls

Fri, 2020-06-12 10:43

Anyone who uses the internet to read stories and watch videos more than they should knows about ad blockers. But they might not know this crazy trick: If you add an extra “dot” immediately after the “.com” but before the slash, you can avoid ads on YouTube and other videos and even bypass free article reading limits on many sites.

As first discovered by Redditor unicorn4sale, the trick has been proven to work on YouTube and several news sites that offer a limited number of free articles before throwing up a paywall. It does not work for sites that are completely subscription-supported, such as the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times, however. It also works on smartphones if you request the desktop version.

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Samsung Q90T 4K UHD TV review: Samsung tweaks an already great smart TV

Fri, 2020-06-12 06:00
Samsung's Q90T is a minor but welcome improvement over what was already one of the best 4K UHD LCD TVs on the market. The bigger news might be that Samsung has ditched the One Connect breakout box.

How Microsoft could make up for its buggy Surface Book 2

Fri, 2020-06-12 06:00

Why did I put up with Microsoft’s Surface Book 2? Why did anyone? That’s the question I asked myself recently as I tried to convince the Surface Book 2 to recognize my 4K monitor, yet again. 

Surface Book 2 users have suffered through quite a bit. There was the GPU bug that delayed a scheduled Windows update. Thermal issues. Even a power issue that was really never fixed. 

Most laptops survive PCWorld’s review process without exposing major issues. But as I look around at the shelves housing our review units, I can see that the Surface Book 2 had a rough time of it. Here’s the 15-inch Surface Book 2 whose discrete GPU failed, possibly due to overheating. This 13-inch model’s battery was dead on arrival. A second 15-inch Surface Book 2, about a year ago, decided to output nothing better than HD resolution (1366x768) on an external display.

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