Apps of the week: Alexa picks your wine for you?

Sunday Social 23/07/2018
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Julian Waters joins Vaughn Davis talking apps of the week.

Alexa will now choose a wine for you.

Would you trust the internet to recommend a wine? What is an Alexa skill? How do you know with Alexa and Google whether the recommendations are true or sponsored? Does it matter?

You’ll never have to think about which wine pairs well with eating your feelings again thanks to an Alexa skill called Wine Finder. 

The skill helps wannabe drinkers figure out which wine varietal will work best with whatever food they’re planning to eat or serve. All you have to do is ask, “Alexa, what wine goes well with . . .”

Check it out here.

Bots targeting corporate reputation and share price.

As the head of media intelligence firm Zignal Labs, former political strategist Josh Ginsberg has spent the past seven years helping clients understand what people were saying about them through traditional media outlets and on social media.

But then something weird happened.

Earlier this year, Zignal’s data scientists started noticing data anomalies that didn’t make sense. What they saw was there was massive amounts of bot activity that were impacting corporate brands.

In other words, coordinated disinformation campaigns are now targeting publicly-traded corporations.

Facebook announces a “clear history” feature.

This feature will enable you to see the websites and apps that send Facebook info when you use them, delete this information from your account, and turn off our ability to store it associated with your account going forward.

If you clear your history or use the new setting, Facebook will remove identifying information so a history of the websites and apps you’ve used won’t be associated with your account.

Also, just use the newly awesome Firefox browser that promises not to tell Facebook a damn thing about what you’re up to online.

Catch a rat, save a Kiwi. There’s an app for that.

Squawk Squad works by enabling people to contribute to the cost of a state-of-the-art predator trap that people can contribute $20, $40 or even $185 to be part of the ‘squad’ protecting New Zealand’s native species.

Once the trap is fully funded and in use, funders can then use the Squawk Squad app to see where their trap is deployed in the sanctuary.

They’ll also receive a real-time notification every time their trap activates thanks to a sensor node designed by Auckland-based tech company Encounter Solutions.

To hear about all of the other hottest apps of the week, listen to the audio with Julian Waters above.

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