Chasing Down the Best Kitten Toys for Your Little Beastie

This post contains affiliate links. Read more here. Kittens love to play—but it’s not just for fun. Play is a critical aspect of their development, helping them develop social, hunting, and movement skills. You can feel good buying your kitten a wide variety of toys to explore, knowing that you’re preparing them to live their best life. As the owner of five middle-aged cats, pulling together the list of the best kitten toys was a Read more…

SEC announces initial medical protocols

13 hours ago SEC Staff Photo: SEC staff BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (August 7, 2020) – The Southeastern Conference has announced its initial COVID-19 management requirements for the fall athletics season as recommended by the SEC’s Return to Activity and Medical Guidance Task Force. The Task Force has been meeting frequently since April to review and discuss information associated with the COVID-19 pandemic with a focus on developing policies and protocols to guide membership decisions related to Read more…

Best TVs: Our top picks, plus plain-language explanations of the most important specs and features

There’s never been a better time to buy a TV. The industry has worked most of the bugs out of LCD and OLED TVs, and today’s prices are lower than ever. In fact, high-end 4K models cost about half of what they did last year. We’ll give you our top picks, plus an in-depth guide to the specs and features you’ll encounter.  You’ll face an alphabet soup of acronyms and phraseology when you go shopping: Read more…

Hisense H9G 4K UHD TV review: Excellent color and HDR performance for the price

With this year’s H9G, Hisense continues its trend of delivering more than competent TVs at more than reasonable prices. While this latest revision offers relatively mild improvements over last year’s H9F, that’s simply making what was already a very good TV better. Design and specs The H9G sports a 10-bit, 3840 x 2160 (4K UHD) panel with array backlighting and is rated for 700 nits of peak brightness. That allows it to do justice to Read more…

Content Moderation At Scale Is Impossible: Twitter Locks Accounts For Fact Checking The President

from the same-shit,-new-day dept Another day in which we get to explain how content moderation is impossible to do well at scale. On Wednesday, Twitter (and Facebook) chose to lock the Trump campaign’s account after it aired a dangerous and misleading clip from Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” in which the President falsely claimed that children are “almost immune” from COVID-19. People can debate whether it was appropriate or not for Twitter (and Facebook) to Read more…

Six SEC teams ranked in preseason Coaches Poll

6 hours ago SEC Staff Photo: Lance King | Getty Images Six SEC football programs were ranked within the top 15 of the 2020 Preseason Amway Coaches Poll Top 25. Preseason Amway Coaches Poll Rank School (Record) Points Final Rank (2019) First-Place Votes 1 Clemson (14-1) 1,589 2 38 2 Ohio State (13-1) 1,555 3 17 3 Alabama (11-2) 1,495 8 4 4 Georgia (12-2) 1,345 4 0 5 LSU (15-0) 1,330 1 6 6 Read more…

The Best Cat Food Low in Phosphorus: Slowing Kidney Disease in Your Cat

This post contains affiliate links. Read more here. Not a substitute for professional veterinary help. Coming to grips with a kidney disease diagnosis for your cat can be tough. Take a deep breath. Keep in mind that when chronic kidney disease is spotted early, your cat may have many more years to enjoy. However, extending their life will require a diet of cat food low in phosphorus. Three out of 10 geriatric cats (age 15 Read more…

MLB Takes COVID Seriously Starting . . . Now

MLB players, like the Rangers’ Luke Farrell, will find themselves subject to new COVID restrictions.Image: (Getty Images) There’s a serious implication in the headline on USA Today’s report about Major League Baseball’s increased safety measures to try to get through the rest of this shortened season without further coronavirus interruptions. Advertisement The headline: “MLB gets serious with protocol measures after COVID-19 outbreaks on Marlins, Cardinals” Did you spot the unsaid part? Right, they weren’t serious Read more…

Here comes cord-cutting’s messy phase

Allow me to recap, as I sometimes do, a few seemingly unrelated recent events in the world of streaming video: ViacomCBS is planning to rebrand CBS All Access in early 2021 with a new name and more content. But as Decider’s Scott Porch reported this week, the network is shying away from any drastic changes. Showtime, BET+, and Noggin will still be separate streaming services, and new shows from cable channels such as Nickelodeon and Read more…

Content Moderation Case Study: Facebook Nudity Filter Blocks Historical Content And News Reports About The Error (June 2020)

from the content-moderation-is-hard dept Summary: Though social media networks take a wide variety of evolving approaches to their content policies, most have long maintained relatively broad bans on nudity and sexual content, and have heavily employed automated takedown systems to enforce these bans. Many controversies have arisen from this, leading some networks to adopt exceptions in recent years: Facebook now allows images of breastfeeding, child-birth, post-mastectomy scars, and post-gender-reassignment surgery photos, while Facebook-owned Instagram is Read more…