Facebook’s head-slapping, obvious decision to press pause on the development of Instagram for Kids is not just the right move, it’s an important seeming admission that social media isn’t for everyone.
The announcement comes months after Facebook announced it was working on experiences specifically designed for Tweens (11–13). That bit was folded into a blog post about the difficulty of keeping underage (under 13) kids off their services. As Facebook noted, it’s easy to lie online about your age (yup, online, nobody knows — still — if you’re a dog). …
Apple’s new iPad mini is less a redesign of the classic iPad mini than a full-scale reboot.
The 8.3-inch device discards virtually everything (including the 3.5mm headphone jack) you know about the tiny tablet first introduced in 2012 and replaces it with design elements and technology ideas from the iPad Pro and much more recent iPad Air.
No one expected something vastly different than what we got last year and yet there was an almost imperceptible, collective sigh of disappointment that the Apple iPhone 13 lineup didn’t feature more extensive changes.
This being a tock year in the tick-tock design cadence, though, we should not have anticipated anything otherwise. A welcome return in 2020 to the sharp-edged, almost classic iPhone 5s-design language was not something Apple would walk back after just 12 months. In fact, it set the stage for at least the next one or two generations of Apple iPhones.
Apple didn’t reinvent the wheel or the iPhone. From a distance, you’d be hard-pressed to tell the difference between an iPhone 12 lineup and the iPhone 13 devices Apple unveiled on Tuesday.
They share the same sharp-edged design as the 12. The camera arrays are still surrounded by that box and could resemble a stovetop. The only visible difference is the iPhone 13 cameras are now offset diagonally to each other. Apple didn’t even trade-in the lightning port for USB-C (which it’s already using on its iPad Pros, iPad Airs, and the spiffy, new iPad mini).
And yet, I still…
Social media is where the world comes together, where everyone from the Pope to the grocery store clerk, and the megawatt pop-star to the Uber driver can share their thoughts equally.
Except nothing is equal. The status we have in real life (IRL) carries through to our digital ones. And it’s not subtle. Verified tags instantly let you know who on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, TikTok, and other platforms are important people. No longer are we all just humans chatting on social. We’re normals engaging with celebrities, politicians, popstars, and Presidents.
What is true is that we can all make the…
In the 20 years since four airplanes were hijacked, two slammed into the World Trade Center Towers, one into the Pentagon and another crashed into a Pennsylvania field, I’ve written and recalled the events of that day multiple times, trying to put into context the unimaginable tragedy and loss of nearly 3,000 lives.
Usually, I remark on the eerie beauty of that day and how I learned of the first plane on AOL’s Instant Messenger service (A.K.A. AIM).
The truth is, up until that moment, the day was utterly normal, mundane even. Yes, the weather was beautiful but that wasn't…
I have a Roomba, which I mostly love, but a few less-pleasant things about it are true:
After 20 years of creating ever-smarter intelligent vacuums in, generally, similar beefy Frisbee shapes, iRobot is finally tackling these and other frustrating robot vacuums truisms.
Few tech companies have as storied and long a history as Lenovo, the brand that started as IBM in the early 20th Century, helped launch the personal computer space in the 1980s, and defined the laptop keyboard for future generations.
IBM as a cloud and enterprise solutions business remains, but the computer and laptop company that defined personal computing for a generation has been owned by the Chinese company Lenovo for 15 years. It’s rarely mentioned in the same breath as Apple, Microsoft, Google, or Amazon, but Lenovo is increasingly competing in all the same categories — even smart displays.
Will Tim Cook unveil an iPhone 13? That’s the million-dollar (or multi-billion-dollar) question circling next week’s big Apple product event.
Just as we were still shaking off the sleepy vestiges of a long Labor Day Weekend, the Cupertino technology giant sent out invites early Tuesday for a “Special Apple Event broadcasting from Apple Park.”
Almost two years into the pandemic and many months from our last in-person product event with any company, we’ve all grown used to these streaming product productions. Apple, in particular, appears more adept at it than most. …
My ceiling. The final frontier. These are the visualizations of a wandering mind. To seek out familiar shapes and new iconizations. To boldly go where no one image or video has gone before.
Also: I see The Star Trek Starship Enterprise in my ceiling fan’s shadow.
Lying in bed in a lazy Saturday morning, I put the phone aside and stared at the fan and its smooth spin, lulled into an almost happy complacency. Until I saw it.
Nothing about the fan that’s been spinning over my bed for 15 years was or is unusual, but the shadow on the…