Believe It or Not

1_TOP NEWS

The Low-Tech Truth about Manipulated Images and Videos

Christye Sisson, an associate professor of photographic sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology, is part of a team working on a U.S. government project devoted to developing ways to detect images and videos that have been manipulated. In a piece on The Conversation, she writes that "a key element of the battle between truth and propaganda has nothing to do with technology. It has to do with how people are much more likely to accept something if it confirms their beliefs."


2_BUSINESS

Facebook Is Rolling Out Its New Desktop Layout


After previewing its upcoming desktop refresh back in May, Facebook has started rolling out the new experience to users, with a prompt notifying them of the change, Social Media Today reports. The new layout aims to make it easier to navigate to your favorite elements, with tabs along the top of the screen, and a more compressed view.


3_DEVELOPMENT

Webflow: A Next-Generation Web Development Platform

 

The market is filled with site builders that promise to be universal solutions for any design challenge, but when it comes to practice, they fall short on both the design and development side. Only a few tools actually keep their promises. In Smashing Magazine, Nick Babich reviews Webflow, a next-generation tool for building a sophisticated web experience.


4_PRIVACY

Health Researchers Mine YouTube Videos 

 

This summer a team at England’s Keele University published a behavioral study on children with autism. The team didn’t do its research by interviewing subjects, or administering questionnaires. Instead, The Atlantic reports, it scraped YouTube videos to build a database, repurposing the clips as valuable analytic data.


5_MARKETING

Looking Behind the Curtain on Location Intelligence

 

A growing number of companies offer location data or location analytics. In an interview with Marketing Land, Josh Anton, founder and CEO of X-Mode, discusses the current state of location intelligence, what marketers need to look for in a data partner and some of the changes coming with stricter data-privacy rules.


6_CULTURE

The World of Internet Trolls and Propagandists


Journalist Andrew Marantz spent three years embedded in the world of internet trolls and social media propagandists. In a TED Talk, he describes how he sought out the people who are propelling fringe talking points into the heart of conversation online and tried to understand how they're making their ideas spread.


7_SECURITY

How Video Became a Dangerous Malware Vehicle

 

Most people probably know that you should never open an executable file from a stranger or install a thumb drive found in the parking lot. But videos, or links to videos, can deliver malware just like that executable or thumb drive, Security Intelligence reports. And the lure of video might be the perfect social engineering trick for malware attacks.


8_SEO

The Best Ways Today to Earn Backlinks


Earning high-quality backlinks is probably the most challenging part of search engine optimization, but it's vitally important, because backlinks are one of the most important ranking factors for every major search engine. HubSpot has compiled a list of 11 creative and perfectly "white hat" ways to earn backlinks.


9_DESIGN

Learning from Conversational Design


“Conversational design,” such as that used by Siri, is gaining more and more traction beyond big companies like Apple, Google, and Amazon. Good conversational design is just good design, but it requires a focus on design principles that might be overlooked in the average visual UI. Web Designer Depot looks at five things to be learned from conversational UI.


10_SAY WHAT?

Brexit-ball

 

Football Manager, a video soccer simulation game popular in Britain, has incorporated various Brexit-related issues into its 2019 version, the Washington Post reports. Each scenario was assigned a probability of transpiring during the 2019 season. That dynamic was incorporated into the simulations, and players of the game can see how those policies could play out in the real world.