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Why the Election Wasn’t a Biden Landslide

Annie Lowrey in The Atlantic:

Many voters were buffered from the financial repercussions of joblessness, unequal in terms of their experience of the downturn, and polarized in terms of their understanding of who was responsible for it and how bad things were. That helped Trump in 2020. Just not enough.

Interessant perspectief. Hoe staten die op Trump stemmen grotendeels gespaard zijn gebleven, hoe kiezers hem het Coronavirus niet helemaal kwalijk nemen, hoe mensen gespaard zijn gebleven in hun huishouden van de grote economische crisis in het hele land. Alles is altijd genuanceerd, zegt.

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Game combats political misinformation by letting players undermine democracy

University of Cambridge:

The perceived reliability of misinformation dropped an average of 16% in those who completed Harmony Square compared to their assessment prior to playing. The game also reduced willingness to share fake news with others by 11%. Importantly, the players’ own politics – whether they leaned left or right – made no difference. 

Goed initiatief!

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The election shows the United States is a broken country

Sarah Kendzior:

Regardless who is deemed president, Tuesday’s results were again, as I wrote in 2016, a moral loss for the United States. Mr. Trump still got millions to vote for him. Unlike 2016, they were not voting for a hypothetical president, the strongman savior he advertised himself to be. They voted for a known kleptocrat who let hundreds of thousands of their fellow citizens die.

The United States is a broken country and a heartbreaking place to live. Dangerous times are coming, full of disease, violence and instability – regardless who wins. A second Trump term will likely lead to entrenched authoritarianism. A Biden term will likely bring chaos as the country attempts to rebuild.

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Friluftsliv

BBC Worklife:

Today, the phrase is used more broadly by Swedes, Norwegians and Danes to explain anything from lunchtime runs in the forest, to commuting by bike (or on cross-country skis when the snow falls) to joining friends at a lakeside sauna (often followed by a chilly dip in the water) or simply relaxing in a mountain hut. The concept is also linked closely to allmansrätten, the right to roam.

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How Far Might Trump Go?

Thomas B. Edsall, columnist in The New York Times:

If Trump were to take advantage of chaos on Election Day and in its aftermath to claim victory, there is the near certain prospect of protests that would make this past summer’s Black Lives Matter demonstrations look mild in comparison.

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Zondag met Lubach: De online fabeltjesfuik

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iPhone 12 (Pro) reviews

De afgelopen jaren heb ik steevast de upgrade naar een nieuwe iPhone gemaakt. M’n eerste was een iPhone 4 en daarna ben ik elk jaar meegegroeid. Om verschillende redenen: nieuwzucht, de goeie doorverkoopprijs, het statuut als zelfstandige-in-bijberoep en vaak ook nieuwe features die m’n werk effectief verbeteren.

Dit is het eerste jaar waar ik waarschijnlijk niet meegroei en dat ik nog een tijde met m’n iPhone 11 Pro. Ik had dat gevoel al tijdens de keynote. 5G zie ik niet als een grote nood in het komende jaar, MagSafe zie ik als een gimmick tot er misschien echt coole accessoires bijkomen. De camera’s zijn een beetje beter, maar we komen nu toch bijna nergens met heel dat virus. Een mooi(er) nieuw design, dat wel. En dus was het ook uitkijken naar de reviews.

Ik heb er nog wel wat te lezen, maar ik ga hier een aantal stukjes bijhouden die me opvallen.

Chris Velazco, Engadget:

These screens (and their ridiculous names) debuted in the 11 Pro and Pro Max last year, and if there’s any difference between the panels in the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro, they’re not noticeable in everyday use.

The iPhone 11 Pro had a 5.8-inch screen, and after just a few days with the 12s, last year’s best small phone feels even smaller than ever.

Of course, exactly how fast these phones feel depends on where you’re coming from. If you already have an 11 or an 11 Pro, you’re probably not going to notice a huge difference in day-to-day use.

As usual, the standard wide camera produces the best looking images, with plenty of bright colors and rich detail. Honestly though, most of the photos I’ve taken don’t look that much better than what I got from last year’s 11 Pro. The biggest difference I noticed during daylight shoots is that the 12 and 12 Pro’s photos are just a touch warmer than the 11 Pro, but not enough to notice at a glance. I also expected night-shooting to be better since this sensor can capture more light. But, that only seems beneficial when you make it a point not to shoot in Night Mode. When you do, the differences mostly boil down to the way Apple uses neural networks to process those images.

Matthew Panzarino, Techcrunch:

When evaluating the cameras in the new models, It’s important to note that the iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 all share the exact same sensor and hardware for the Wide and Ultra Wide cameras. The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro have received an updated 7-element lens that Apple says assists it in edge sharpness. 

 This is a big jump forward for iPhone video quality, which was already excellent if you are willing to adjust and color grade your footage. If you shoot both phones straight up and hold them up side by side, the differences are pretty minimal. 

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The shape of New York becomas a mask in the MTA’s colorful poster campaign

Prachtige campagne van het openbaar vervoer in New York om het dragen van een mondmasker te promoten:

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Hello Internet

Brady Haran:

Since February 2020 the show has been on a break – or a HI-atus!

After six years, we’re just having a rest.

We remain good mates and are both healthy – there has been no drama or problem to worry about (but thank you for your emails and messages).

Ik mis dit.

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How Facebook Works for Trump

The Atlantic met een goeie weergave van Facebook Advertising:

Facebook wants users to spend as much time as possible on its site. To incentivize that, the company makes more engaging ads less expensive to run. So to lower their costs, marketers can either make ads that perform better or find audiences that respond well to the ads they’ve already created. Trump’s team has bet on the latter.