Goodbye, Mister Clips: The Rise of the Longform GIF

February 9, 2018

When Jason Walter first created the r/HighQualityGifs subreddit in September 2013, he did so simply as a way to aggregate the GIFs he made in his spare time. GIFs hadn't yet become the juggernaut they are today: Facebook had just enabled them the month before, and Twitter wouldn't do so until that November. Even if you wanted to create one, the technical limitations of the form required a level of…


Snapchat Stories Can Now Live Outside the App

January 24, 2018

If recent trends are any indication, the future of social media lives in Stories—those short bursts of customizable, compilable videos and images that stay online for just 24 hours—and every platform wants to make their version the one you use exclusively. Last week, Facebook announced a desktop upload tool for its Stories feature, hoping to entice Facebookers to create content on more than just their mobile. Today, Instagram rolls out…


Apple’s Tim Cook: ‘I don’t want my nephew on a social network’

January 22, 2018

Apple chief talks about tax affairs and overuse of tech at launch of school coding initiative Apple Fri 19 Jan 2018 13.29EST Share on Twitter View more sharing options Share on Pinterest Share on Google+ Share on Messenger Close Harlow college in Essex, one of 70 institutions across Europe that will use Apples Everyone Can Code curriculum, it was announced on Friday. I dont believe in overuse [of technology]. Im…


You can say what you like on Twitter as long as youre US president | Christian Christensen

January 11, 2018

Is the social media company so relaxed about Trumps tweets because it gains so much from them, asks Christian Christensen, journalism professor at Stockholm University What does it take to get kicked off of Twitter, even for just one day? How about issuing to 46 million followers recent blogpost, Twitter wrote that: Blocking a world leader from Twitter or removing their controversial tweets would hide important information people should be…


The Worlds Biggest Gadget Show Matters Again

January 4, 2018

The last experience CES mattered to the masses may have been as far back as 2001, when Bill Gates appeared at “consumers interests” electronics show to promote exchanged catchphrases with Gates for a few minutes onstage in Las Vegas before they demoed the video game console’s top-of-the-line visuals. A years later, the first record in the Xbox franchise would become the fastest-selling console game liberated to that degree. It likely…


Whats Wrong With Todays Society Captured In 10+ Brutally Honest Illustrations

August 19, 2017

With a style based on 50’s advertisements and a vintage feel – Holocraft perfectly captures today’s social issues and modern behavior in his illustrations and does so in a brutally honest way. Keep on scrolling to check them out and don’t forget to vote for your favorites! #1 #3 #5 #7 #10 #13 #15 #17 #20 #23 #25 #27 #30 #33 #35 #37 #40 #43 #45 #47 #50 #53 #55…


Advertising giants leave little room for adtech startups, and VCs are noticing

June 14, 2017

Jason Rowley is a venture capital and technology reporter for Crunchbase News. More posts by this contributor: How Ethereum became the platform of choice for ICOd digital assets Heres how likely your startup is to get acquired at any stage Since the earliest days of the commercial web, there was a Faustian bargain struck between users and content publishers: Users got free access to online content in exchange for tolerating ads sold…


Social media giants making progress on illegal hate speech takedowns: EC

June 2, 2017

Its beena year since the four major social platform players agreed with Europes executive body to a voluntary Code of Conduct for removing illegal hate speech within 24 hours of a complaint being received. A lot has happened on this front since then, with a series of content moderation scandals hitting different platforms and serving to ramp up the regional pressure on the tech giants including YouTube suffering an advertiser…


Miso Happy is a 3D selfie app that rocks the uncanny valley

June 1, 2017

Move over duckface. Shove off rainbow spew. Theres a new selfie game in town and it wants to turn your 2D visage into uncannily accurate 3D then splice that axiomatic piece of you into animated cartoon suits that rock out, strut their disco stuff, skateboard, look coy, relaxed or laugh maniacally. Think: realistic-looking stickers that twist and twirl. If that idea doesnt immediately thunder with resonating intent through your mental…