Google and Facebook envision Stories for news, not social

 Stories taught us the joy of dictating the pace of content consumption. We fast-forward in 10-second increments, with a quick trigger finger let loose the moment we get bored. That’s why soon, endless paragraphs of text and time-consuming videos might not … Read More

Apple’s capitulation to China’s VPN crack-down will return to haunt it at home

 Yesterday Apple removed all major VPN apps from its App Store in the country. These VPNs aided internet users there to get around the government’s vast system of censorship and access uncensored sources of media. But by doing so, Apple … Read More

Google’s brave new friendless feed

 It’s like Facebook without all those annoying “friends”. Instead of having to look at what weird things other people are interested in, like their babies, Google shows me the weird things I’m interested in, like Legend Of Zelda and Elon … Read More

Why Microsoft isn’t the smartphone leader it should be

Earlier today I read a great piece in ArsTechnica about Microsoft’s annual shareholder meeting, where many in attendance expressed their belief to CEO Satya Nadella that Microsoft had effectively ceded control of the smartphone market to Apple and Google, and had ceased to be a serious competitor. One Windows Phone-using shareholder, Dana Vance, expressed his …

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These are the tech stories we’re most excited to follow in 2017

With each passing year, we’re left to marvel at where we are, and how we got here. 2016 was no exception. We didn’t tackle the consumer-ready hoverboard just yet, but other childhood fantasies like rocket packs and virtual reality are already here, and rapidly improving. I have no doubt we’ll get that affordable hoverboard at some …

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The troubled history of VR and why next year will make it or break it

Like every child growing up in the Nineties, I spent a good chunk of my time watching the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. But in laying the foundation for being an adult geek, there was another show I liked much better. VR Troopers was produced by Saban Entertainment, the same company behind the Power Rangers, and was made …

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These are the ugliest tech products of 2016

Technology can be beautiful. Technology can also look like it was pulled straight out of hell, crafted from children’s tears. As we look back on the year, it’s easy to see 2016 hasn’t exactly been great for tech design. Yes, there were some beautiful products — just take a look at Sharp’s edgeless concept phone. …

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Peter Thiel may just be the biggest douche of 2016

Silicon Valley mogul and Trump fanboy transition advisor, Peter Thiel may have, once again, proven that he is the biggest douchebag of the year. Thiel is no stranger to controversy. Not only does he think higher education is a waste of time, he’s also so disenfranchised by the real world that he invested in the Seasteading Institute – …

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This is why Facebook and Twitter desperately need to change in 2017

As we’re nearing the end of 2016, social networks are bigger than ever. Billions of people in the world are connected through only a small amount of platforms — the biggest being Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, the last of which announced it passed 600 million monthly active users last week. Statistically, most of them are doing …

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Android Nougat is rolling out surprisingly quickly, for a change

With Google’s entering the smartphone game for real with its Pixel phones, it seems Android manufacturers have been scrambling to get software updates to their devices more quickly than ever. ZTE is the latest, with a beta update to Nougat available for those who sign up via its community forums. There’s an approval process, but …

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