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The difference between good and bad Facebooking

“Social media” is a clumsy term that entangles enriching social interaction with mindless media consumption. It’s a double-edged sword whose sides aren’t properly distinguished. Taken as a whole, we can’t decide if it “brings the world closer together” like Facebook’s new mission statement says, or leaves us depressed and isolated. It does both, but our […]

Facebook pivots into Stories | TechCrunch

In its biggest change in a decade, Facebook is evolving from text and link-focused sharing to the visual communication format it admits “Snapchat has really pioneered.” Starting today, all users will soon have access to the new Facebook Camera feature that lets them overlay special effects on photos and videos. They can then share this […]

Behold the Nokia 2.1, Nokia 3.1 and Nokia 5.1: HMD rides the Nokia success with three new phones

Flying off the company’s reinvention of the Nokia brand, HMD Global is ready to deliver on its promise of more Nokia phones after announcing three new devices – the Nokia 5.1, the Nokia 3.1 and the Nokia 2.1. The phones follow the point-one naming scheme of their beefier brother, the Nokia 6.1, and while their names sound like a nominally incremental update, there are […]

Android 9 Pie review: Closing the gap

The Android 9 Pie release is the proof in the proverbial pudding that Android as an operating system has hit its stride. Lacking neither underlying features or surface polish, Android 9 Pie is the most complete, comprehensive and consistent version of Android yet. It delivers on many of the promises of Android versions past, bringing […]

How ad-free subscriptions could solve Facebook

At the core of Facebook’s “well-being” problem is that its business is directly coupled with total time spent on its apps. The more hours you pass on the social network, the more ads you see and click, the more money it earns. That puts its plan to make using Facebook healthier at odds with its […]