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TNW Weekly Debrief

July 29

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To be honest with you...

A few years ago I vowed never to lie. That doesn’t mean I’m an open book, but I really dislike lying so I try to avoid doing so at all costs.

And it’s harder than it sounds.

I like pranks – like the one we did last week – but part of a prank is not telling the truth. And what about when someone asks how you are and you tell them you’re good, but you actually feel awful? If you’re talking to someone with bad breath and you don’t say anything, is that being dishonest? Or when you brag about how well sales are going, knowing full well it could be better... are you lying?

Any story you tell can be done so in a variety of ways, and it’s your decision whether you want to make it seem more positive or negative. When you come back from your holiday and someone asks you how it was, are you going to talk about the delayed flight, the shitty AirB&B and the food poisoning you had for two days? Or will you leave that out and talk about the great sunsets your watched, the kind people and the amazing beaches? It’s all about perspective, and while both stories are true, telling one without the other may not be the whole truth.

At TNW, which is a source of information and news for a lot of people, we often struggle with these questions. We review products and apps and the review won’t just be the facts, but a large part it will be our personal opinions.

 

I ask our writers to find stories that provoke an emotional response, and often that means a story is really about one person’s perspective, and that colors and influences the story. Personally I like that. You can give me all the facts, but I love hearing your opinion.

Matt_Hussey Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten
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Apps of the week

All-in-One Messenger

You love speaking with your family in Skype, but your significant other prefers to chat over WhatsApp. Your friends are pretty active on Messenger, but you have to go through Slack to reach your colleagues for work emergencies.

If this sounds familiar, you’re probably using way too many chat clients – and you can’t be all that happy about the pile of windows you’re keeping open. With All-in-One Messenger, you won’t have to worry about this anymore.

Microsoft Pix

Microsoft might have just made the best and easiest camera app for the iPhone and iPad.

That’s a fairly bold claim, but there’s real some substance behind it, and we’ve been able to try it out briefly beforehand. It’s called Microsoft Pix.

Here’s the gist of it: You take an image, and Microsoft uses artificial intelligence to dynamically adjust your camera settings to best fit the scene.

 

Prisma for Android

Prisma, the turn-your-photos-into-paintings app that’s been blowing up over the past few weeks, is now launching on Android in full form. That means you no longer need a beta invite, and can download it straight off the Google Play Store.
The Android app has all the same features as the iOS version, including over 30 filters and support for either taking a new photo or choosing existing ones from your gallery.

Red faces of the week

Facebook admits blocking WikiLeaks’ DNC email links, but won’t say why

Facebook has acknowledged it blocked links to WikiLeaks’ DNC email dump, though (again) hasn’t explained why. On Twitter, WikiLeaks noted that there was a workaround for posting links.

User SwiftOnSecurity also took Facebook to task, which prompted a response from Facebook’s Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos.

But we don’t know why Facebook took issue with the links. It’s possible its algorithm incorrectly identified them as malicious, but it’s another negative mark on the company’s record nonetheless. WikiLeaks is a known entity, not some torrent dumping ground.

Previously, Facebook was discovered to have removed a Live video of Philando Castille dying, and posts of the Bastille Day aftermath were scrubbed from the newswire. Its news bar has also come under fire for being biased.

Facebook can call the issues disparate, but they’re not — not to users. At some point, the ignorance and blind claims of ‘damn that algorithm’ have to end. If Facebook wants us to turn to it for news and treat it seriously, then it has to be much more open.

The WikiLeaks link issue has reportedly been fixed, which is great — but also not really the point. The fact links to the archive was blocked at all suggests there’s a very tight reign on what’s allowed on Facebook across the board, and that’s a problem.

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