Researchers from Princeton University received mass media attention when they recently predicted the demise of Facebook. Data scientists at Facebook soon hit back with their own'study:' "In keeping with the scientific principle (used by Princeton) 'correlation equals causation,' our research unequivocally demonstrated that Princeton may be in danger of disappearing entirely." Is it surprising that the original Princeton study found its way onto the front pages of newspapers and magazines across the world? Probably not – the fact is statistical results with a causal interpretation have a stronger effect on our thinking than non-causal information. What the data scientists at Princeton relied upon in presenting their paper was our individual human inability to think statistically.
Apple is set to unveil a new and improved Siri, the personal digital assistant, and widen its reach, to Mac computers and third-party apps. The Apple logo is displayed on the exterior of the new flagship Apple Store on May 19, 2016 in San Francisco, California. LOS ANGELES - With so many apps in the App Stores that most new publishers find their work unseen, Apple is tweaking its policies to get more money in the hands of app developers. In an interview with the Verge, Apple senior vice-president Phil Schiller outlined the changes, set to begin in the fall. Developers who can sell subscriptions to their apps--like HBO Now, Spotify and Netflix--will see Apple take 15% commission, after the first year, down from the usual 30%.
Model Blac Chyna arrives at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, California, August 30, 2015. Blac Chyna is pregnant with her 18-year-old rapper boyfriend YBN Almighty Jay's baby, a source tells Page Six. Jay says the pair met on Christian Mingle in an interview with No Jumper in March and comments on the possibility of having a baby. "I don't wear condoms. . . I would not want to f--- a b---- I did not want to get pregnant," he says.
The galaxy of extremely niche dating sites has gained a new star--one that promises to help you find someone who loves you like Kanye loves Kanye. That's right, lonely singles are no longer confined to finding each other based on interests like farming or the goth aesthetic. With the release of Yeezy Dating, fans of Kanye West are one step closer to finding someone to argue with about the proper breakdown of their Kanye madness bracket. Slated to launch sometime later this month, the Yeezy Dating website is pretty sparse at the moment, featuring a brief explainer noting that the site is "for fans of the genius Mr. Kanye West." However the site, created through a crowdfunding campaign launched by 21-year-old Yeezus stan Harry Dry, has a relatively active Instagram presence.
Master of None is nothing if not almost painfully relatable. Season 2 Episode 4, "First Date" is a sweet but contemplative portrait of modern dating, directed by Eric Wareheim who plays Dev's (Aziz Ansari) best friend Arnold. "The idea was that when you're doing a lot of online dating, it feels like you're meeting all these people and its'...the same kind of thing, getting to know you really quick." Wareheim told Mashable via phone interview. "That whole thing can get super exhausting, and we hope to catch that feeling in the episode."