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What’s trending on Twitter? Popular Articles offers a comment-free look

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Twitter is making it easier to see what articles are most popular among the users you follow.

Finding the most popular articles just got a bit simpler. Twitter recently confirmed the global rollout of a new feature called Popular Articles, which creates a list of the most talked-about links on the 140-character social media platform.

Popular Articles is a new section inside Twitter’s search menu or explore tab within both the iOS and Android apps. Users need to scroll past a few other popularized categories to find it. Inside the Popular Articles feature, Twitter lists the most discussed articles but doesn’t include any of the commentaries. The feature lists the article’s link preview, without any of the accompanying Tweets or even who shared the article.

The articles included in the section will vary a bit based on the user — the section features articles that are most popular among other users that you follow. These articles can also be influenced by location, according to BuzzFeed News. Links open in a new tab within the app to read the entire article. A “show more” option, however, will remove that personalization and display the most popular related articles, regardless of who you follow on Twitter.

Twitter has only had the Explore section where the new Popular Articles are located since the start of the year, an update to the Moments section that launched in 2015. Along with the new Popular Articles, the Explore tab serves as a home for easily finding live videos and the most popular hashtags. Moments, or articles created directly on Twitter itself, also lives in the Explore section.

Ranking the most popular articles isn’t a new idea — Facebook has a trending news section as well. Designing an appropriate algorithm to determine which stories should go in that section is not easy, however, as Facebook learned when fake news stories were included in the section.

Curating the most popular articles is also popular within third-party apps, like Nuzzel. Unlike Twitter’s new built-in articles feature, Nuzzle leaves the Twitter commentary intact and will display who tweeted the link.

Twitter started out the year with a string of updates designed to curb abuse with expanded algorithms and mute and filter tools, followed by a Twitter Lite, a version of the app designed to use less data. Now, hidden code suggests an automatic tweet series is on the platform’s radar for potential upcoming updates.

 

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No overtime for you! Music-blasting drone deters workers from staying late

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You know that Japan has a serious problem with people working too much overtime when a company thinks there is enough demand to create a drone designed to chase workers out of the office at the end of each day. According to one recent study, Japan has some of the longest working hours in the world. Around one-quarter of Japanese companies employ staff who will pull upward of 80 hours of overtime every month. That places an enormous toll on people’s mental and physical well-being, and can actually lead to people literally working themselves to death in some cases.

Created by construction company Taisei and drone manufacturer Blue Innovations, the T-Frend drone patrols office buildings around closing time and “encourages” people to leave their desks and head home. To do this, it uses built-in speakers to blast out Traditional Japanese song Hotaru no Hikari, a tune more familiar to Westerners as the New Year’s Eve classic Auld Lang Syne. In Japan, this song is regularly played at the end of the school day or when stores are closing up, as a way to signal that people should leave as soon as possible.

The drone can also shoot footage and then upload it to a closed cloud service or store it on an onboard SD card. This serves a dual purpose: Both as a way of presumably identifying folks who lurk at their desks when they should be enjoying some valuable downtime, and also spotting potential intruders. It’s not clear exactly how the drone navigates around buildings, nor identifies who to blast with music, but this is not the first autonomous security drone we’ve seen — even if it’s one of the more unique applications.

The T-Frend drone isn’t yet publicly available, but according to the Japan Times, the two companies behind it hope to launch their new service in April. They are pricing their new service at a somewhat exorbitant 500,000 yen ($4,400) per month. Still, if it’s able to effectively replace the need for human security personnel working long night shifts and holidays, that sum could turn out to be worth it for all involved.

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‘Jessica Jones’ season 2 gets a premiere date and an intense first trailer

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Marvel’s super-powered private investigator Jessica Jones still has more than a few personal and professional demons to deal with after the events of the first season of her solo series, and she will return for a second season of hard-luck (and hard-drinking) adventures when Jessica Jones returns to Netflix in March for its second season. The latest update on Jessica Jones season 2 reveals the official premiere date and first trailer for the hit show’s next story arc.

First-season showrunner Melissa Rosenberg reprises her role behind the camera for the second season of Jessica Jones, which will premiere March 8 on Netflix with 13 new episodes. The series brings back star Krysten Ritter, as well as first-season cast members Rachael Taylor, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Eka Darville, as well as newcomers Janet McTeer and J.R. Ramirez.

Netflix and Marvel debuted the first trailer for season 2 of Jessica Jones on Saturday, December 9 and confirmed the season premiere date. The March premiere suggests that the series will be the first of Marvel’s five live-action solo series on Netflix to return in 2018, with the third season of Daredevil and the second season Luke Cage also scheduled to debut that year, but without any official premiere dates yet.

The first trailer for the new season of Jessica Jones indicates that uncovering the truth behind the source of her powers could be a big part of the second-season story arc, with Jones also dealing with the fallout from her decision to murder the mind-controlling villain Kilgrave (played by Doctor Who alumnus David Tennant) during the first season. Tennant is expected to reprise the role for the show’s second season, but it’s uncertain whether Kilgrave will actually be back in action (this is a comic book universe, after all) or simply appear in flashbacks.

In October 2016, Rosenberg indicated that all 13 episodes of the show’s second season will be directed by female directors. the first season of the series was the winner of a prestigious Peabody Award, and the series has been hailed as one of Netflix’s best original shows in recent years.

After making her debut as Jones in November 2015, Ritter returned to the role in August’s crossover miniseries The Defenders, reuniting with Luke Cage star Mike Colter, and joining Iron Fist and Daredevil stars Finn Jones and Charlie Cox, respectively.

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‘Bayonetta 3’: News, rumors, and everything we know

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The deadly witch Bayonetta had been dormant for several years. Following the release of the Wii U-exclusive Bayonetta 2, developer PlatinumGames moved onto several other projects, including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan and this year’s Nier: Automata. But at The Game Awards on December 7, Platinum and Nintendo revealed the Switch-exclusive sequel we’ve been waiting for. Here is everything we know about Bayonetta 3.

It’s a Nintendo Switch exclusive

Like its predecessor, Bayonetta 3 will be published by Nintendo and will be a Switch exclusive for the foreseeable future. Nintendo published Bayonetta 2 after Sega passed on the sequel.

For those of you who are new to the franchise — don’t worry, you’ll get a chance to catch up. The entire Bayonetta trilogy will be coming to the Switch.

During The Game Awards 2017 reveal, PlatinumGames also announced that the first two games will also be coming to the Switch February 16. Technically, the package will be released as a port of Bayonetta 2, though the game will come with a free digital download of the original. Nintendo and Platinum have not announced a release window for Bayonetta 3.

The first two games will have Switch-specific features that will presumably make their way into Bayonetta 3, as well. According to a now-deleted PlatinumGames post spotted by Polygon, the two games will support wireless cooperative play, as well as Amiibo and video-sharing support. On Bayonetta 3‘s official page, it listed support for up to two players, as well.

It could be a prequel

Evidence of this claim is extremely scant right now, but we have one indicator that Bayonetta 3 could take place before Bayonetta 2: Her hair. In the teaser trailer released during The Game Awards, Bayonetta can be seen with a long hairdo similar to what she had in the first game. In the sequel, her hair had been cut to a bob-length, making it instantly recognizable from its older sibling on store shelves.

Of course, there are two reasons this doesn’t necessarily mean the game is a prequel. The first is time — Bayonetta could have simply grown her hair out again, and the game could take place years or millennia after the previous game.

The second: Bayonetta’s magical ability to use her hair as a bodysuit and as a weapon. In the past, we’ve seen her hair change into a giant monster to attack enormous enemies while she stood in place, so it doesn’t seem crazy to imagine that she can grow or shorten her hair at will.

A spectral creature

At the very end of the teaser trailer, Bayonetta stands still as she spots a ghost-like figure standing in the distance. The creature appears to be on fire, and it fades away with the wind as Bayonetta collapses, dropping her signature pistols before the game’s logo appears — the number “3” is created by the crack in the center of a medallion, the purpose of which is not made clear.

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