Here’s how Facebook will make your News Feed more ‘informative’

Here's how Facebook will make your News Feed more 'informative'

Facebook is changing its News Feed yet again, and this time it's looking to make it more informative.

The social network is adding a new "ranking signal" that will help surface the most informative stories that would've already appeared on your News Feed.

Here's how the the algorithm will work: Members of the company's Feed Quality Program rank stories on a scale of one to five, one being "really not informative" and five being "really informative." Participants who rank a story highly are also asked to explain why they enjoyed seeing particular stories.

This data is then used to create a ranking signal, which is just one of the many signals used by Facebook to determine how relevant something is to you, based on your interests and habits.

The results are, hopefully, posts that you find personally informative. This will likely change over time, Facebook notes in a blog post, and means you'll see content in your News Feed that won't necessarily show up in the Feeds of people of you know.

Human touch

The Feed Quality Program is particularly intriguing for those who've never heard of it before. It basically consists of "tens of thousands" of surveys crowd-sourced daily as well as more involved participants who are paid for their efforts.

Together, they'll determine what makes a story informative, though Facebook will rely on things like your own interests, relation to the poster and what content you typically engage with to ultimately surface stories you see.

The new ranking signal comes just a week after Facebook tweaked its News Feed to bury clickbait articles. Facebook updates its News Feed algorithm often, so this won't be the last time you hear about changes coming to what you see.

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Microsoft retreats, will extend Skylake PC support to normal support lifetimes

On Thursday Microsoft completed its retreat from its controversial policy regarding support for Intel’s “Skylake” processors on its older Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 operating systems. Now Skylake PCs running those OSes will receive the standard length of support.

In a controversial move, Microsoft had previously said this past January that it would only support Skylake PCs running its older operating systems for about 18 months. (Generally, mainstream support is five years and extended support is 10 years.) Support for Skylake would have run out in July 2017, far earlier than for older systems powered by Intel’s “Broadwell” processors.

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‘Golden keys’ that unlock Windows’ Secure Boot protection discovered

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How to remove the Sacrosanct and Rickshaws PUP

The Sacrosanct and Rickshaws processes are adware programs that are installed along with free software you download from the Internet. When installed, these programs will configure itself to automatically start when you login to Windows. Once running, they will run in the background and without your knowledge constantly connect to various sites on the Internet. They will also install different versions of Chrome and Firefox that are launched when you start your web browser to display background audio advertisements.
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HP’s affordable Stream laptops upgraded for fresh fight against Chromebooks

Round two: fight! HP announced a refresh of its Stream notebooks, a budget-priced line of Windows 10 laptops that were originally seen as Microsoftian alternatives to Chromebooks.  

The latest Stream refresh includes an updated version of the classic 11.6-inch notebook and its “x360” convertible variant, as well the return of the 14-inch Stream.

For the 2016-2017 lineup, HP is adding dual-antenna 802.11ac 2x2 Wi-Fi for better connectivity. The new Streams also have four color options (in select regions that we assume includes the U.S.), including blue, purple, white, and a black version for the x360 only.

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Editor’s pick: Download BlueStacks App Player to play Pokémon Go on your PC

Editor's pick: Download BlueStacks App Player to play Pokémon Go on your PC

Play Pokémon Go on Windows

Pokémon Go for Windows

BlueStack App Player simulates an Android smartphone on your Windows PC, enabling you to play mobile games on your desktop - including Pokémon Go. You don't even need to leave your desk.

Download BlueStacks App Player freeBefore we get started, remember that the game's developer Niantic is cracking down on apps that let you play Pokémon Go in non-standard ways, and there's a risk that your account could be blocked temporarily or even permanently. It's best to create a new account specifically for playing on the desktop, and not make any in-app purchases.

To get Pokémon Go for Windows, start by downloading and installing BlueStacks App Player. You'll be prompted to give it access to the Google Play Store - do this. Pokémon Go uses GPS data from Google Maps, but that won't be a problem because BlueStacks includes a tool that can spoof your location using Google Maps. Click the location icon in the left-hand menu, then search for a postcode and double-click to mark a point on the map. Once you're happy, click the Play button in the bottom right.

Spoof your location in Google Maps

Now click the 'Android' tab at the top and wait a moment for it to load. If you can't see Pokémon Go under Trending Apps, you can search for it instead.

The app might take a while to load, particularly during peak times, but be patient - it's not frozen. Log in or create a new account, then enter your date of birth and click through the introduction. Set up your character and you're ready to go.

Play Pokémon Go with BlueStacks

You can navigate Pokémon Go for Windows using the WASD keys and hold the Shift key while moving to run (bearing in mind that the game might assume you're driving). Clicking your mouse is the equivalent of tapping the screen.

You'll want to turn off the camera, since you're not actually exploring outside, which can sometimes cause the app to freeze. If this happens, close BlueStacks and search your PC for REGEDIT. You might be nervous about editing the Windows registry, but it's a very small change that will only affect BlueStacks.

Disable the camera option in Bluestacks' registry entry

Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\BlueStacks\Guests\Android\Config, then click 'Camera' and change the '1' to '0'. Click 'OK', close REGEDIT and re-open BlueStacks. You'll now be able to turn off the camera option without the program freezing and catch your first creature.

Download BlueStacks App Player freeBlueStacks is a great tool for trying new apps without downloading them to your phone. It doesn't support everything in the Google Play store, but it's updated frequently and more are added daily.

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