Zuck on hot seat over ‘fake news’ in News Feed after Trump win

Once again, don’t believe everything you read on Facebook

Following the upset victory by Donald Trump in the Presidential election, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has come under fire for what many people are calling “fake news” in the social networks’ news feeds that they say may have swayed some voters. The clamor has reached a point that Zuck addressed the issue yesterday, calling the fake news/election influence claim a “crazy idea.”

He has also repeatedly claimed that Facebook is not a media organization. But is that really true? The Facebook news feed is an integral part of the Facebook experience, and team blue has had some missteps there. After human curators were replaced by bits and bytes, the Facebook news algorithm pushed out inaccurate or conspiracy “stories” that said 9/11 was an inside job, that Fox anchor Megan Fox had been fired and so on.

And let’s face it: a lot of people get at least some of their “news” from Facebook. Whether the Facebook news feed helped “swing” an election will be a topic of debate for a long time to come, but we caution any company with over a billion users that the news those users read should be fair, balanced, and most importantly, as accurate as humanly possible.

We’re going to need a bigger room

One issue HTC Vive VR users have with their walk-around experience is tripping over the damn wires that connect it to the PC running the show. Now, a new upgrade cuts the cables completely. According to UploadVR, the 220-dollar add-on module from TP-CAST will allow latency and cord-free fun with the Vive, and they posted a video of it in action.

The future of VR is wireless to be sure, and we’re thrilled to see it arrive so soon for the Vive – and for a relatively modest price. Want one for your Vive setup? Pre-orders are now open and while the modules won’t ship before the holidays, HTC says they should arrive early next year. [Update: it’s totally sold out for now]

It does most everything well, including emptying your wallet

Microsoft recently wowed the tech world with the stunning Surface Studio PC and capable new Surface Book laptop and we’re happy to say we just got through thoroughly testing Redmond’s newly pumped-up 2-in-1 portable. There’s a lot to like, including a great display, excellent build quality, solid performance numbers and fantastic battery life from the new “performance base” option.

But it’s not all unicorns and rainbows, as Microsoft somehow forgot to add a USB-C port and as you might expect from the highest-end of the Surface Book high end, it is far from cheap. Check out Brad Bourque’s full review here.

Music

The best new music this week: James Blake, Maggie Rogers, and more

Looking for the best new music? Each week, we find the most compelling new releases just for you. This week: James Blake, Maggie Rogers, Deerhunter, Juliana Hatfield, Pedro The Lion, Sharon Van Etten, Steve Gunn, and Toro y Moi.
Mobile

The LG G8 ThinQ may arrive at MWC 2019 with an on-screen speaker

LG is expected to release a successor to the LG G7 ThinQ, possibly called the LG G8 ThinQ, this year and rumors about it are already spreading. Here's everything we know about it so far.
Mobile

Everything we know about the Nokia 6.2, which might arrive in January

The Nokia 6.1 was our favorite budget phone of 2018, so we were always going to get excited when details of a successor came to light. However, the Nokia 6.2 will exceed those expectations if leaks are true.
Mobile

Keep up-to-date with the best news apps on iPhone and Android

Are the days of traditional newspapers and broadcast news dwindling? With apps this good, maybe. Catch up on the latest headlines on any platform with the best news apps on iOS and Android.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Netflix news, visions of CES, and more

On episode 45 of Digital Trends Live, hosts Greg Nibler and Drew Prindle looked at the most exciting news stories from the world of tech, including the runaway success of Netflix's Bird Box, what to look forward to at CES, and more.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live – CES 2019 – Day 1

On today's episode: While we are for sure going to run down all the hottest and most innovative tech announcements of CES 2019, we're also hosting some amazing guests and panels. From the Impossible Burger and the future of food, to full…
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: CES 2019, Chromecast security flaws, and more

We talk about a Chromecast hack and FCC approval of radar controls in smart devices on this episode of Digital Trends Live. CEO of Affect Change Jason Neubauer also joined the show and Jeff Barrett talked about new tech trends.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Everything to expect from CES 2019

On the latest episode of Digital Trends Live, Greg Nibler, Caleb Denison, and Jeremy Kaplan explore the many gadgets to look forward to at CES 2019, including 8K TVs, 5G-capable phones, and artificial intelligence.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live – CES 2019 – Day 2

On today's episode: While we are for sure going to run down all the hottest and most innovative tech announcements of CES 2019, we're also hosting some amazing guests and panels. From the latest VTOL taxi from Bell Helicopters and the…
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Exciting revelations from day one of CES 2019

Broadcasting live from CES, the annual tech conference in Las Vegas, the hosts of Digital Trends Live covered anti-poaching cameras, Samsung's foldable phone, the new-and-improved Impossible Burger, and more.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live – CES 2019 – Day 3

On today's episode: While we are for sure going to run down all the hottest and most innovative tech announcements of CES 2019, we're also hosting some amazing guests and panels and announcing our Top Tech of CES award winners. We're joined…
Digital Trends Live

Original ‘Shark Tank’ star Kevin Harrington on what he loves about CES

Broadcasting from CES, the hosts of Digital Trends Live had a chance to talk to entrepreneur and original Shark Tank star Kevin Harrington about his love of trade shows and how he invests.