Facebook has announced a shake-up of how it handles political advertising in the UK, bringing rules from the US into other markets.
Twitter user Emma found that by muting specific text strings she could fix Twitter and block suggested features that make Twitter annoying.
You can now get Instagram verification inside the app and a new form of two-factor authentication. The social network is rolling out changes to its app.
Twitter killed some key APIs third party apps used to make their apps useful because Twitter hates influencers and power users. Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet drop a few f-bombs. They also talk about the latest rumor that Apple will bring support for Apple Pencil to some new iPhone models. The cap the show by dipping into our cyborg future of enhanced vision.
Recently, we’ve seen a more visible impact of Apple’s values in the social life of America. John likes what he sees.
Depending on the lens, you can say words like hi, love, wow, and ok, and the lens will animate.
I discovered an Instagram account last night called @insta_repeat. The account posts collages of photos from all of the cookie cutter “adventure photographers” on Instagram. Don’t get me wrong. I follow some of these photographers and they are really good. I don’t want to diminish or disparage their skills. But they’ve fallen into the Instagram trap, where they post popular photos that people like, and other photographers see that popularity and post similar photos to get on the bandwagon. I think a lot of them are independent artists, and they don’t have the luxury of choice that photographers who get sponsored or have a business do. The account does it with class. No calling people out, or public shaming. Just simple collages of similar photos.
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The companies want to build an open-source data portability platform to make it easy for users to migrate between platforms.
There’s an app called One Chat for Mac and iPad that combines multiple chat services into one. The chat app supports WhatsApp, Skype, Facebook Messenger, Slack, Telegram, Google Hangouts, Twitter, and more. It auto-locks when you’re away, and you can use a password or Touch ID to lock it. You can schedule messages to send to friends, generate “Auto Smart GIFs), customize notifications, and a whole lot more. It also supports file transfer, so you can send and receive photos, videos, DOC, TXT, PDFs, with drag-and-drop support. It costs US$17.99, and you can buy multiple copies in case you have a business.
Want a soundtrack that expresses what you’re recording? Here’s how to do it.
Tweetbot 3 for the Mac is out, and it’s loaded with a bunch of new features. The Twitter client has improved timeline management, autoplay (or not) for videos and GIFs, drag-and-drop column organizing, quicker access to DM chats, a dark mode, and more. Tweetbot 3 is priced at US$9.99 and is available at Apple’s Mac App Store.
In this episode, Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet dissect the Cybersecurity Tech Accord, a pledge by 34 tech companies to do something vague and unlikely. The timing for the announcement is somewhat interesting because we are in the middle of an undeclared shadow cyberwar. They cap the show analyzing what it might take for any new social network to supplant Facebook.
There are no ads—targeted or otherwise—and no tracking users of any kind, such as data mining.
It doesn’t own, track, or share information that users provide. And there are no ads.
It seems like the feature is gradually rolling out to Facebook users.
You can use these apps to replace those of Facebook.
For years, smartphone customers have happily glossed over the fact that massive dossiers were being collected about their private life, interests, and behavior. Will there finally be regulatory reform?
This is useful because you can choose to have certain information available to Friends, Friends of Friends, Everyone, or No One.
Only go through with this guide if you deleted your Facebook account and want nothing more to do with it. This is basically the scorched earth nuclear option.