Millions of people have used the social media app TikTok to make and share short, fun, entertaining videos. I, Brian Chen, am not one of them. Count me as one of those never-TikTokers. As an older millennial, I have exclusively used Facebook’s Instagram to post photos of my dog. I have never made a 15-second… Read More We Tested Instagram Reels, the TikTok Clone. What a Dud.
What would Instagram be like if people couldn’t see how many likes fellow users’ posts receive? Less competitive, less pressurized and more personal, Instagram surmises. The social media platform, which began testing that theory in May in Canada, this week expanded the experiment to include Instagram users in six more countries. As part of the… Read More Instagram Is Hiding Likes. Will That Reduce Anxiety?
Noise-canceling headphones regularly top lists of essential travel gadgets, but are they worth it? A little bit of silence. Sometimes that’s all we want. Whether it’s halfway through a 10-hour flight with a crying baby, or trying to sleep though the snoring from the hotel room next door, the promise of noise-canceling headphones is one… Read More The Pros and Cons of Noise-Canceling Headphones
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5G, which stands for fifth-generation mobile technology, is the talk of most towns in the developed world right now. There is no doubt that when it finally launches to the global mass market it will transform the technological landscape. That bit is easy to comprehend. What is perhaps harder to understand, is that it really isn’t worth upgrading… Read More Why 5G Mobile Requires A New Handset And Why It’s Not Worth Upgrading Yet
Proposals to change recommendations and curb conspiracies were sacrificed for engagement, staff say. A year ago, Susan Wojcicki was on stage to defend YouTube. Her company, hammered for months for fueling falsehoods online, was reeling from another flare-up involving a conspiracy theory video about the Parkland, Florida high school shooting that suggested the victims were… Read More YouTube Executives Ignored Warnings, Letting Toxic Videos Run Rampant
The sweeping changes come two years after ProPublica’s reporting, which sparked lawsuits and widespread outrage. Facebook advertisers can no longer target users by age, gender and ZIP code for housing, employment and credit offers, the company announced Tuesday as part of a major settlement with civil rights organizations. The wide-ranging agreement follows reporting by ProPublica… Read More Facebook Won’t Let Employers, Landlords or Lenders Discriminate in Ads Anymore
Samsung’s first truly flexible device converts from a phone to a tablet and will be available April 26. The foldable future is finally here, and it’s called the Galaxy Fold. Samsung on Wednesday showed off the new foldable phone during its Unpacked event in San Francisco. The device has a 4.6-inch display when folded, and a 7.3-inch… Read More Galaxy Fold is here — with six cameras and two batteries for $1,980
Might as well hand Apple a shovel, because with 2018’s iPhone XS, XR and XS Max, the trillion-dollar iPhone-maker has dug itself into a hole. Puzzle through this with me: what comes after iPhone XS and XR? It might be tempting to discount phone names as trivial, but they’re actually important tools for brands to entice buyers and convey certain values… Read More iPhone ‘X’ names have nowhere to go in 2019