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Truth in real-time and the end of Apple: the week’s top tech stories

Last week, it was all about the iPhone 5… the hype hasn’t quite died down, as the first round of reviews were published, the mocking ads hit YouTube and the queues started forming in front of iStores ahead of today’s release. But it was also a week for comical iOS 6 Maps problems, discussions around #muslimrage and envy about the free smartphone programme at Yahoo! Here are our picks for the best of the week.

Everyone shoots first: reality in the age of Instagram

Written by Maria Bustillos, this thoughtful piece discusses how the immediacy of smartphone photography has influenced society’s notion of ‘the truth’. She touches on subjects like citizen journalism, humankind’s obsession with recording everything and the power of a connected crowd in an world increasingly driven by immediacy. It’s an overview of some of the emerging ideas around sharing information in real time and how reality is becoming increasingly collaborative.

Apple: the day of reckoning might not be far

iFan? You may not want to read this (or you may just want to click on through already and start trolling the comments section). Adding to the debate surrounding the evolutionary (but not revolutionary) iPhone 5, Rahul Agarwal suggests that Apple may be headed down a dangerous path if it continues to place so much of its focus on a product which may or may not stand up to the competition and users’ increasing demands. Yes, the iPhone is still an amazing device: but Nokia and Samsung are stepping up their game and producing knock-out phones too.

Google News at 10: How the algorithm won over the news industry

Google News has been called everything from a “digital vampire” to a pirate by media owners and journalists, who accused the tech giant’s aggregation function of harvesting and making a profit from their content. But the power of Google is undeniable: around one-billion users see Google News every week, and publishers crave that traffic. They were building what their users needed before they realized they needed it. Then again, how does an algorithm understand and rank the minute distinctions in the news?

When Twitter fans steer TV

When was the last time you watched a TV show without picking up your phone? We’re increasingly using multiple devices simultaneously and making even previously individual experiences networked ones through social media. You can’t shout at your TV screen and tell the characters what they should do, but now you can tweet your suggestions. Some major TV shows are even altering their scripts and story lines to answer the questions raised by viewers on Twitter, but where is the line between listening to the audience and transforming scripted TV into a user-directed story where you can design your own ending?

Apple’s self-inflicted maps issue is a headache – but don’t expect an apology

As Apple continues in its quest to divorce from Google, the move is raising questions about whether it is the best strategy for the users. Apple’s native maps app has nowhere near the wealth of data or detail that Google has managed to amass over the years — so why the switch? The Guardian’s Charles Arthur considers Apple’s choice to stick with in-house apps in the context of its past design decisions (like its unwillingness to support Flash) and questions if this is yet another instance of Apple’s non-conformist philosophy or a major setback.

Author | Lauren Granger

Lauren Granger
While studying towards her Bachelor of Journalism degree at Rhodes University, Lauren gave into her fascination with everything digital. As she was more interested in creeping tech sites and Twitter than she was in picking up one of those printed things called 'newspapers', she decided to specialise in... More
  • fred

    to early for what ps5 will or wont have

  • Dale

    ****BREAKING NEWS****

    PS5 ‘Could’ also feature a 125 core 98Ghz intel i12 CPU with New Nvidia Super Titan XT!

  • Jewy McJew

    Only 125? You lack optimism regarding humanity’s future! :)

  • d0x360

    Isn’t speculation fun!? why stop at an nvidia super ttitan? That only has 2 GPU cores. You gotta think next gen man. Go with the nvidia deus ex XT. Thats a quad GPU beast with 1TB of embedded gddr6 video memory. It will also ship with a limitless capacity holodrive from Hitachi which you might think is just for storage but that also contains 15 powervr2 chipsets for full backwards compatibility with Dreamcast with super upsampling to 12k resolution.

  • klo

    Believe it or not, but microsoft already sold the xdone division to Amazon. It would raise hell if they released that info right now. The hint was revealed a few days ago where Amazon announced they are selling the xbone for much much less in europe. Nobody does that

  • ShoNuff

    I heard Sony is filing for bankruptcy and is going to be selling off all of their divisions to pay off their debt.

  • Har har har

    Sony is struggling financially worse than MS. Sony combine PS4 sales
    figure with PS3 sales figure in financial reports. No one knows exactly
    the sales figure of PS4, Check Sony’s financial charts from 2013-2014,
    you’ll see how the PS4 sales have been failed to make positive impact
    for Sony financially, even at higher market and attach rate than X1.

    Downward recovery:
    money.cnn.com/quote/chart/chart.html?symb=SNE

    BTW PC will be getting RRAM tech first (just like GDDR5), others may follow the
    step. So PC will always be winning in specs department.

  • sampson3121

    DICK!

  • demfax

    Stop spreading fanboy lies, FUD, and hatred and get mental help. You are sick in the head and constantly lie to fuel your mentally ill hatred of a piece of plastic. Sad.

    Sony announced 7 million PS4s sold to consumers by April 6 2014. PS4 is almost at 10 million sales to consumers by now.

    Sony is on its way to recovering from years of losses and recently posted a quarterly profit as almost all of their divisions were profitable.

    It’s sad PS4 is dominating so badly that ignorant microsoft fanboy shills are left desperately wishing Sony would go bankrupt. Keep dreaming, it’s not happening. Sony’s games division is making a profit and is well funded. Stop spreading fanboy lies, FUD, and hatred and get help.

    Sony has total assets worth US$148.893 billion dollars. It is still one of the largest corporations on the planet, ranked 233 in The World’s Biggest Public Companies on Forbes.

  • Stickz

    funny thing is. Xbox division lost like 400 million million while playstation division was profitable. their ps division is their most succesfull one atm so bitch plz. You fail at trolling stop trying

  • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

    “as well as 256MB DDR3 RAM for background tasks.”

    When in San Hell did this ever get announced or even discovered? I never knew this until now.

  • YOUDIEMOFO
  • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

    never read that article in my entire life. Somehow I missed it.

  • YOUDIEMOFO

    There are quite a few that blew up right after the system released. Do a google search for PS4 co-processor 256mb ram and there should be a couple more like the one I had a link to. They’re all pretty much the same not much more to discuss other than a picture and what it is….

    This was the deciding point on whether I would buy the system or not when I was debating a preorder.

  • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

    and you have it right now I presume? I plan to get one myself

  • YOUDIEMOFO

    Yessir day one standing in best buy.

  • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

    I plan to get that and Xbox One next month or by the holidays

  • TheChosen

    the point is- PS4 cannot use it in standby-mode thats why Sony itself did not mention it- its too slow for anything. Can only be used while gaming- for things like recording you a video etc. Is not even clocked @ 1 Ghz. OS cannot run on it.

  • http://www.gearburn.com/ Steven Norris

    To battle!

  • DarthDiggler

    LOL that image is so stupid LOL ) I say this as a PS4 owner and fan. :)

  • datdude

    I think you meant to say that image is so awesome. You’re welcome for the correction.

  • DarthDiggler

    @nintendofan4lif3:disqus

    That is the onboard background system memory, it’s discreet just for background tasks and the dashboard I believe.

  • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

    Oh ok. If so, then how much of the 8 GB RAM is reserved for the OS like 3?

  • TheChosen

    3.5 GB. Come on, its everywhere. And the 256 MB of DDR3-ram is solely there for recording-feature. Thats it. PS4 does not have a OS-cpu like WiiU has it. PS4 only has its 8-core AMD cpu, which has to handle even standby-mode as the OS itself cannot be run on the small Arm-singlecore cpu the PS4 is using for this kind of things.

  • ImOnaDrugCalledSheen

    Whatever Sony does Microsoft will come up short and then spend the entire generation, much like this one, backpedaling and making excuses.

  • http://www.xboxonedaily.com/ TheRedButterfly

    An article that discusses nothing but the suspected PS5’s possible features, and author still manages to find a way to state that MS is selling off Xbox/they’re leaving the industry for good?

    I’m getting tired of this crap…

  • Lionheart

    It’s $0N¥ PauperStation desperation at its finest.

  • Russell Gorell

    I see you constantly posting this. You are one little, angry manlet.

    Go run into traffic and die.

  • Russell Gorall

    I knew this was a fake account when I saw such hatred flowing.

  • demfax

    All you do is spread hatred and lies.

  • demfax

    Stop spreading fanboy lies, FUD, and hatred and get mental help. You are sick in the head and constantly lie to fuel your mentally ill hatred of a piece of plastic. Sad.

    All 3 consoles have good games and have their pluses and minuses. It’s only fanboys mindlessly trashing one or the other. It’s not healthy to hate pieces of plastic and people who like playing video games on them.

  • demfax

    This is what the article actually said “but that most certainly does not mean that Microsoft will give up on the Xbox One anytime soon. With the Xbox One dropping to the same price as the PS4 — both are now US$400 — we may see both consoles evening out in sales.”

    You are reading things that don’t exist.

  • http://www.xboxonedaily.com/ TheRedButterfly

    Crazily, the site says that Microsoft may leave gaming altogether

    You’re excluding things that take away from your (imaginary) point.

  • demfax

    They are talking about what the “insiderp” source website said, the article writers themselves did not say that.

  • http://www.xboxonedaily.com/ TheRedButterfly

    They still included it. If you’ve taken any higher-level language courses, you’d know that that sentence would’ve been omitted from the final draft, as it has NOTHING to do with the entire rest of the article.

  • Dr. NEGA

    PS5 spec, AMD secret weapon……….hybrid ARM CORE/Legacy x86= 8 core ARM64 and 4 core AMD64=32 threads ARM CORE power +8 threads legacy x86 power for compatibility
    AMD R12 Next Gen OpenGL5, Orbis 2.0, stacked RRAM 8GB+4GB, Next Gen SONY Media format 1TB discs

  • TheChosen

    You do know that ARM is not compatible (OS wise) with X86, do you? ;) YOu cannot run a X86-OS on an Arm- and you cannot run an ARM-os like its done on ARM on a X86-cpu. Also those optical media with 1 TB doesn`t even exist, lol. The most which can be done now is 300 GB/disc. And that is optimum and will come out in a few years.
    Hell, even SD-cards are getting much faster bigger in capacity- than pathetic bluray or even optical discs. Next step for SD-cards: 512 GB! And than 1024 GB, yes 1 TB. You can allready buy 256 GB SD-Cards.

  • PachterStation

    By the time the PS4 gets going with enough quality games, it’ll be PS5 talk. Same case with the Xbox One. Won’t be long now for Nintendo’s next console. Will it launch before the PS5 and Xbox Two? Probably. Next console battle will probably be a re-run of this generation. Unless Nintendo and Microsoft come up with a handful of surprised, their next consoles are doomed. But this generation, I don’t think it’ll get enough AAA games, more so from the Wii U. At the moment, the PS4 and Xbox One are all talk and very little action.

  • TheChosen

    Don`t talk bullshit right out of your ass, Pachter. Everyone know you are a failure in history ;) I wouldn`t expect Nintendos next console before 2017/2018. Handheld will come sooner of course. How embarassing one person can be. Hahahaha! Look at your picture! Failure of history! Its also funny, how you said 3DS will fail, Wii will fail, no one would buy that etc…crazy huh? How comes, all those things sold much better than you predicted?

  • d0x360

    What is this source site? Why is there no link so they not only get credit but also so we can see what else they are making up…speculating about?

  • Smile

    Insider look at some of the upcoming PS5s specs

    Crew Interface Software: LCARS 2.3
    Circuitry: Bio-Neural Gel
    Access Time: 48,000,000,000 kilo quads/nanosecond
    Number of dedicated modules: 2,048
    Capacity/Module: 636,960,000,000,000 pedaquads

    Simultaneous access to 48 million data channels
    Transluminal processing at over 975 sextillion calculations per nanosecond
    Operational temperature margins from 10 to 1,790 Kelvin’s
    Negative Polarity Hydrogen-based Ionised Liquid Plasma Coolant System

  • TheChosen

    too long ;) Make it shorter => more intelligent than a human brain. Sony will built it in PS5, PS5 will take over world and make humans (aka sonyfans only xD) their slaves. => End of story – mankind and all sonyfans will ge wiped from earth- destroyed through their own “tech”.