Items tagged with Hoax

Change is hard, we get it, we really do. It's even more difficult when said change is seemingly unnecessary or for the worse. Such is the feeling that some people have with Apple's decision to remove the standard 3.5mm audio jack from the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus handsets. Unfortunately, some jackholes on the Internet are using the change as an opportunity to trick people into drilling into and ruining their pricey new smartphones with the promise of bringing back the audio port. Let us be very clear here—there is NO bringing back the 3.5mm audio jack, and videos purporting otherwise by drilling into the iPhone 7 or some other method of destruction are a hoax. Don't do it. One of the videos... Read more...
Wading through the Internet is a little similar to the movie Inception, in that you never truly know what's real. In case anyone needed reminding of that, what were purported to be leaked photos of an oval shaped controller for Nintendo's forthcoming NX console turned out to be fake. That's probably a good thing because the reaction to the controller design wasn't all that positive. So what happened? Well, there were actually two instances of the fancy pants controller showing up online, both modeled after Nintendo's patent filing, which itself is real. But the photos of the supposed prototypes were not. The first of those appeared on reddit by "Idriss2Dev," a new member to the site who drew... Read more...
It's true that Mark Zuckerberg is a new father, with his wife Priscilla Chan having recently given birth to a baby girl. And yes, Mark and Priscilla plan on donating 99 percent of their Facebook shares currently work in the neighborhood of $45 billion to charitable causes during their lifetime. But no, you don't have a shot at collecting millions of dollars from the giveaway by re-posting a silly message on Facebook. You've probably seen the latest hoax floating around Facebook, the one that claims the site's co-founder is handing out $4.5 million each to 1,000 randomly selected people who post a specific message and tag at least five of their friends. If there was ever a post that supports the... Read more...
(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.4"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));Facebook is all about trends. One moment you're being bombarded with blood moon pictures taken of the supermoon lunar eclipse, and the next you're wading through hoax messages from friends and family who should know better than to post these things. There are two such messages making the rounds at this very moment. Like just about every Facebook hoax that has come before them, the current messages encourage users... Read more...
Folks, there is no such thing as a deadly snow snake, even though someone may have posted a disturbing article on your Facebook feed warning of a white snake that hides in the snow and, once bitten by it, causes your blood to freeze. While these and other hoaxes may seem obviously fake to some, they often spread with reckless abandon across Facebook, and that's something the social networking site is actively working to reduce. To combat these false stories, the Facebook team rolled out an update to the News Feed that reduces the distribution of posts that people have reported as hoaxes, while also adding an annotation to posts that have received many of these types of reports... Read more...
The Internet at large has proved a breeding ground for hoaxes, and the platform of choice these days appears to be Facebook. Makes sense, considering it's audience of 864 million daily active users, and 1.35 billion if tallying active users on a monthly basis. So, if you've used Facebook recently, then you've probably seen friends and family members posting messages forbidding the social networking site from using their posts and pictures in any way without their permission, followed by a warning that you should copy and paste the post to your wall, too. Only you shouldn't, because all it does is alert people that know better that you fell for a hoax.Here's the thing, everyone who signs up with... Read more...
Wired's public upload image viewer, which generates a page containing an image you upload under a Wired logo banner, was hacked to produce an official-looking page that seemed to indicate Steve Jobs had suffered a heart attack (if you ignore all the grammar and spelling errors, that is). You'll recall that last year someone posted a fake story about a Steve Jobs heart attack on iReport, CNN's social news site. It's hard to believe anyone fell for this, based on how poorly the story was written: Steve Jobs in has had a cardiac arresta sombre mood surrounding sever of the Apple boardPaulo AltoAmbulenceSheesh. Since the person had to go through the trouble of creating an image that looked to be... Read more...
If you've done any browsing today, you've probably stumbled across a ton of corny April Fool's Day jokes already. From recalled GeForce 8800 cards to 10,000 Watt power supplies, the stories seem to be endless today. Even Google has gotten in on the action. Keeping with the spirit of the day, Breitbart (by way of the San Diego Museum of Hoaxes) has compiled a list of 10 of the best April Fool's day hoaxes of all time. There aren't many hardware or technology related hoaxes, but still a fun read for those of you looking to kill a little time on a Sunday afternoon. "From television revealing that spaghetti grows on... Read more...