Netflix renews Spike Lee’s ‘She’s Gotta Have It’ for a second season

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Apple offers temporary workaround for iOS 11 bug autocorrecting ‘it’ to ‘I.T’

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Apple is currently coping with hundreds of complaints about an autocorrect bug in iOS 11, causing the word "it" to be autocorrected to "I.T."
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New iOS 11 auto-correction issue uncovered, prevents users from typing ‘it’ and ‘is’

Just a few weeks after Apple fixed a weired issue in its iOS 11 operating system that resulted in ‘i’ being replaced by ‘A[?]’ while typing text, another auto-correction issue has been uncovered. This time users complain that they aren’t able to successfully type common words like ‘it’ and ‘is’, as iOS auto-correction forces them to be replaced by ‘I.T’ and ‘I.S’, respectively. Why has Apple been auto correcting “it” to I.T ??? Like it is a common word used in most sentences I look like a moron texting people now— Sean James (@Sean_w_924) November 1,… – Latest articles

Autocorrect ‘It’ Bug Plagues Hundreds of iOS 11 Users

Apple’s autocorrect woes aren’t quite over yet. A new bug is reportedly plaguing users by autocorrecting the word “it” to “I.T” on iOS 11 and later versions.

At least a few hundred iPhone users have reported the bug as of Monday morning, according to social media reports on Twitter and other outlets. Reportedly, when users type the word “it” into a text field, iOS’ keyboard shows “I.T” as a predictive suggestion.

If the user taps the space bar, it’ll automatically autocorrect “it” to “I.T” — even if the user did not tap the QuickType suggestion.

The autocorrect appears to be fairly widespread, and has been around at least since iOS 11 was released in late September. iPhone user Pocket Tim shared a video of a similar bug early in November, which demonstrated iOS autocorrecting the word “is” to “I.S”.

Users are reporting that the bug is a stubborn one, too. Rebooting an iOS device or performing other troubleshooting tasks doesn’t seem to solve the problem.

The “it” bug is especially notable because Apple just recently fixed a similar issue that caused the letter “i” to autocorrect to another letter and an unreadable Unicode character (such as A[?]).

Apple addressed the A[?] bug in iOS 11.1.1 in early November. But, interestingly, the “it” bug doesn’t seem to have been fixed. That’s especially peculiar as this autocorrect bug appears to have been around almost as long as the other, high-profile issue.

How to Fix the ‘It’ Bug

At this point, Apple hasn’t publicly acknowledged the issue. But with the new media attention, we can safely assume that it’ll release a fix for the bug in an upcoming version of iOS.

In the meantime, there are a few ways you can fix the autocorrect bug temporary.

Method 1: Go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Text Replacement, create a new text replacement, and enter “it” as both the phrase and shortcut. (Some users report that this doesn’t solve the problem, however, so your mileage may vary).

Method 2: A less convenient but more substantial fix is to just turn off auto-correction and predictive suggestions entirely. You can do that by going to Settings > General > Keyboard and disabling the appropriate toggles.

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The Inside Scoop on Elon Musk’s Plan to Make “Insurance for Life as We Know It”

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The Earth as we know it is suffering. Climate change, pollution, urban sprawl, wildlife destruction, and so much more have already wreaked havoc on this rocky planet. Some, including Stephen Hawking, think human activity will eventually render the planet uninhabitable for humans. If it doesn’t, an unpredictable event, such as an asteroid impact, might do the trick.

Either way, Elon Musk thinks he knows the best way to ensure the human race lives on long after the Earth can no longer sustain us.

“If we were a multiplanetary species, that would reduce the possibility of some single event, man-made or natural, taking out civilization as we know it, as it did the dinosaurs,” Musk told Rolling Stone. “There have been five mass-extinction events in the fossil record. People have no comprehension of these things. Unless you’re a cockroach or a mushroom – or a sponge – you’re f****d.”

“It’s insurance of life as we know it,” said Musk, “It makes the future far more inspiring if we are out there among the stars and you could move to another planet if you wanted to.”

A Realistic Goal?

So, is Musk’s vision really the direction we are headed as a species? We first set foot on the Moon decades ago, and we haven’t even colonized it yet, so at first glance, the idea of colonizing other planets might seem unrealistic.

However, while Elon Musk’s hopeful vision for spreading the human species across the solar system and beyond may be ambitious, to put it lightly, he is not completely alone in his support for such efforts. NASA has released a 35-page plan outlining the potential for humankind to live on both Earth and Mars, and the UAE has plans to establish a Martian colony by 2117.

Rachel Armstrong, a sustainability innovator, told Futurism she does believe humans could one day become a multiplanetary species, but making it happen won’t be easy.

“The degree of difficulty is generally underestimated. We don’t have a city in Antartica, which is more hospitable than Mars,” said Armstrong, noting that until we can settle these extreme environments on Earth, we won’t be able to move forward with creating colonies in space. “We have to completely rethink what settlement, life, and ecology actually mean under extreme conditions. This is not trivial,” she told Futurism.

Armstrong sees two ways in which we could use current technologies and knowledge to live off-world. Either we must build a sealed environment on a host planet or moon, essentially creating artificial an ecosystem that isn’t really connected to its host, or we terraform that host, changing everything from its atmosphere to its ecology to match that of the Earth.

Adapt to Survive

Humanity may very well be heading toward extinction, but our fate is not yet sealed. If nothing else, humans have shown a knack for adapting, and that could serve us well in the future.

“We have already transformed our basic apelike existence massively – from life expectancy to intellectual achievement,” Steve Fuller, author and professor of sociology at Warwick University, told Futurism. “As we’ve remade the planet, we’ve also remade ourselves, and we are now in a position to do both more substantially.”

Whether it’s hostile artificial intelligences (AI) or climate change-caused environmental issues, humanity has no shortage of future threats to our existence on Earth. However, we also have no shortage of potential “outs.” We may need to become a multiplanetary species, we might need to merge with machines, or we might need to take a path that hasn’t even been considered yet.

With the greatest minds in the world dedicated to ensuring our species lives on indefinitely, we stand a pretty solid chance of not going the way of the dinosaurs.

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Mark Zuckerberg admits he should have taken Facebook fake news and the election more seriously: ‘Calling that crazy was dismissive and I regret it’

Zuckerberg took to Facebook to respond to Trump’s assertion that Facebook is “anti-Trump.”

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg admitted today that he was wrong to dismiss the idea that so-called “fake news” on Facebook influenced the election back in November — he had initially called the notion “crazy.”

“Calling that crazy was dismissive and I regret it,” Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post today. “This is too important an issue to be dismissive.”

Zuckerberg, who rarely refers to the President Donald Trump by name, posted in response to a tweet Trump sent early Wednesday that called Facebook “anti-Trump.”

Trump didn’t specify what prompted his claim against Facebook, though the social network is currently embroiled in an investigation about Russian interference during the 2016 presidential election. Facebook, which admitted that it sold ads to Russian propagandists, was formally invited today to testify in front of Congress in early November.

“Trump says Facebook is against him,” Zuckerberg wrote. “Liberals say we helped Trump. Both sides are upset about ideas and content they don’t like. That’s what running a platform for all ideas looks like.”

Zuckerberg’s response to Trump focused on what he deems to be Facebook’s positive influence on public discourse, specifically last year’s election. He wrote about “giving people a voice,” and added that, “We ran ‘get out the vote’ efforts that helped as many as 2 million people register to vote.”

It’s been a tough stretch for Facebook since the election. The company has admitted that users gamed its News Feed algorithm to try and spread misinformation during the election, and also that Facebook sold more than $ 100,000 worth of ads to Russian-controlled accounts.

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Recode Daily: Travis Kalanick won’t be ‘Steve Jobs-ing it’ back into his Uber CEO spot

Plus, Google fired the employee whose sexist memo flared into a viral firestorm, and Benchmark pushes back on speculation that it is looking to divest from Uber.

Travis Kalanick is not coming back as CEO of Uber. That’s according to board member Garrett Camp, who sent an email to employees yesterday, addressing recent reports that Kalanick was “Steve Jobs-ing it” and attempting a comeback; the Uber board is said to have narrowed down its search for a replacement to four people. [Johana Bhuiyan / Recode]

Google has fired the employee who wrote a sexist memo that flared into a viral controversy. In a memo to staff, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said the author had violated the company’s Code of Conduct. Inequality in job representation is hardly just Google’s problem — here’s a comparative look at diversity at seven major tech companies, according to their most recent reports. [Kara Swisher / Recode]

Uber investor Benchmark pushed back on speculation that its looking to divest from the $ 70 billion ride-hailing company. In a series of tweets, Benchmark said it remained “long” on Uber. But that doesn’t mean it won’t still try to sell some shares. The tweets appeared to be a negotiating tactic directed to SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son, who pulled back from buying into Uber following its exec turmoil. Now he says he’s still interested in Uber — or Lyft. [Theodore Schleifer / Recode]

CNN isnt for sale. That was made clear by the AT&T exec who will run Time Warner after the acquisition. Media observers knew this was likely the case, but Trump’s open taunting of CNN led to White House officials considering scuttling the deal altogether. AT&T says it won’t tamper with CNN’s editorial independence. [Kim Masters / THR]

A massive wave of internet newcomers is using video and voice instead of typing searches and emails. Called “the next billion” by the tech industry, they are coming online for the first time thanks to low-end smartphones, and tech companies like Google are rethinking their products for these new users. [Eric Bellman / The Wall Street Journal]

Traditional carmakers like Ford and GM have regained some of their advantage when it comes to self-driving partnerships. Startups like Uber and Lyft have come around to the idea that building a car is, well, hard. [Johana Bhuiyan / Recode]

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‘It’ director Andy Muschietti signs on for Sony’s ‘Robotech’ movie

More than 30 years after the original series debuted on television, the classic Mecha anime Robotech will once again grace the silver screen. Sony announced on Monday that it had tapped Andy Muschietti, who just finished directing the reboot of Steph…
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