Mozilla fights “fake news” and more in this week’s staff picks

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Happy Friday! Here are the most interesting tech stories we read this week.

Never buy out-of-season produce again with this produce tracking app (Read by Alexandria H.)

Ever find yourself at the local farmer’s market, excited to buy fruits and vegetables for the week, but realized you had no clue which produce was in season? Now there’s an app for that, and it’s called the Seasonal Food Guide. Developed by an organization that advocates for alternative, sustainable solutions to the food system, the app promises to tell you which fruits and vegetables are in season according to your location. The app connects you with the freshest, locally-sourced produce, which not only helps you but also supports local farmers and economy. An app that’s both helpful and economically conscious is definitely a win-win.

A robotic crib rocked my baby to sleep for months (Read by Camillia S.)

One of the biggest gripes I hear from new parents is sleep deprivation. I’m wondering how many parents would be willing to fork over $1,500 for a bassinet that will sooth your infant to sleep with the press of a button. The Snoo simulates the womb by providing warmth, a snug sleeper outfit, and a slight rocking motion. An accompanying app also lets parents turn on white noise to sooth the baby to sleep. Some critics think it’s a cop out, but from what I hear those first few months of parenthood are intense, so I don’t see the problem with using a little technology to ease the ride. Be sure to share this article with the new moms or moms-to-be or in your life!

Mozilla and fact-checker engine join fight on fake news (Read by Heidi B.)

“Fake news” is being thrown around a lot these days and is something that peeves a lot of people – and apparently, internet browsers. This week Mozilla, the nonprofit behind the popular Firefox browser, announced it’s launching a real-time fact checker to catch incorrect news stories that sometimes circulate the web and misinform the public. The automated software is part of the Mozilla Information Trust Initiative, a “movement to fight misinformation online,” and has already been used to fact-check a live House of Commons debate. In an age where a news article can go viral within mere minutes, I welcome any software that aims to maintain media integrity.

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