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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 […]

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 […]

Meet HMD’s affordable phones for 2018

It’s barely been three months since HMD Global introduced a handful of Nokia phones at MWC earlier this year, but the firm is already back with another batch of new devices. This time, the resurgent brand is focusing on refreshing its affordable range, updating the Nokia 2, Nokia 3, and Nokia 5. Like the recent […]