How to Secure Your Instagram Privacy Settings

· Andrew Orr · How-To

Now your social media accounts are private, which means that you have better control over your data, not a corporation that may not have your best interests in mind.

Former Facebook Exec Says Social Media Is Ripping Society Apart

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Chamath Palihapitiya is a venture capitalist and the co-owner of NBA basketball team The Golden State Warriors. Oh, and he  was a top executive at Facebook. And that makes his thoughts on social media salient, because he thinks social media is “ripping society apart.” He argues that Facebook and other forms of social media are little more than dopamine-producing machines that have profoundly negative effects on people and society. I recommend this as a must-watch. He also did an interview on CNBC on the topic earlier in December, where he also talked about cryptocurrency.

Snapchat Adds 2 New Features: Tint Brush and Multi-Snap

· Andrew Orr · Product News

Image of Snapchat logo. New Snapchat features include Multi-Snap and Tint Brush.

The new Snapchat features seem to bring it more in line with apps like Clips, and take it a step away from the instant gratification that originally made Snapchat explode in popularity.

Apple Should Think Differently about Social Media Tipping

· Bryan Chaffin · Editorial

WeChat App on iPhone

Apple has reportedly taken a stance on social media tipping in China that says the company should get 30% of those tips. Bryan Chaffin argues that this is a huge mistake, and that Apple should think differently.

iPhone 8 3D Cameras, iPhone and Social Platforms - TMO Daily Observations 2017-05-11

· Jeff Gamet · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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Apple has a supplier for 3D cameras for the iPhone 8, and the question is exactly how will they be used. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to debate what Apple intends to do with 3D on the new iPhone, plus they look at how the iPhone’s hardware features may be more important than its software.

Dear Facebook, Snuff Films Aren't 'Content'

· Bryan Chaffin · Editorial

Facebook Angry Emoji

I have a message for Facebook: snuff films aren’t “content.” Videos and streams of humans murdering other humans aren’t “content.” Any outlook that considers such videos “content” is morally bankrupt, and Bryan Chaffin believes it is rooted in a business mind-set that sees all of our lives as product to plunder.

Twitter, Instagram, and Others Agree to Pay $5.3 Million for Privacy Obnoxiousness

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Several social media companies have agreed to a US$5.3 million settlement for being obnoxious about user privacy. The suit stems from 2012, when Twitter, Instagram, Yelp, Foursquare, Kik, Path, Gowalla, and Foodspotting all took advantage of the way iOS worked at the time. More specifically, these companies sucked up our Contacts without telling us. iOS later required user permission to access our Contacts. The settlement was reported by Law360, who said the $5.3 million would be used to pay out damages to people who downloaded the above-mentioned apps between 2009 and 2012. What that means is the attorneys in the case get a phat paycheck, the companies get a slap on the wrist, and the millions of users who downloaded those apps will get pennies. Yay!

Twitter, Instagram, and Others Agree to Pay $5.3 Million for Privacy Obnoxiousness

Apple Loves Outdated Tech and Gives up on Social Media, Plus Electrified LEGO - ACM 403

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

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Apple appears to be increasingly comfy offering yesterday’s technology at today’s prices, and Bryan and Jeff are all cranky about it. They also talk about Brixo, chrome-plated and electrified LEGO bricks, and Apple’s new Clips app and what it means for social media. Oh, and Jeff had to edit out an F-bomb because Bryan got all ranty.

Apple Targets Social Media Crowd with New Clips App

· Jeff Gamet · Product News

Apple is getting into social media with Clips app

Apple teased a new video capture and editing app called Clips on Tuesday that targets social media app users. The app lets users snap videos, apply effects and edits, and upload their creations to popular social networks and video sharing sites.

Apple Says You Can Take Better Notes with iPad Pro in New Commercial

· Bryan Chaffin · News

Screenshot from Apple commercial: iPad Pro - Take better notes

A new Apple commercial makes the case that students can take better notes with iPad Pro and Apple Pencil. The spot is a continuation of Apple’s iPad Pro commercials that directly respond to real tweets from real people. There’s also a second spot called iPad Pro — Need less stuff.