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Bloomberg May Be Taking Hits in the Polls, But He's Crushing the Social Media Cringe Finals

Former New York City mayor and billionaire oligarch Michael Bloomberg’s presidential campaign hasn’t had the best week since the Feb. 19 Democratic primary debate in Nevada, where he was more or less mechanically separated into meat byproducts by the rest of the field on everything from his support for stop-and-frisk…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Elections, Science, Technology, Instagram, New York City, Social Media, Bloomberg, Nevada, 2016 Election, Michael Bloomberg, Mike Bloomberg, Pobodys Nerfect This Mess Is A Place


TikTok viral stars could make up to $1m per post, say researchers

Video app’s most popular users could rake in millions by collaborating with brandsTeenagers used to aspire to become astronauts, firefighters, footballers or pop stars, but times change and so do career goals. Today, more than half of millennials and Generation Z-ers – those aged 13-38 – in the US aspire to become social media influencers, .The Chinese viral video app TikTok is the platform of choice for young people seeking to monetise their talents because it seen as rewarding anyone’s abilit...
Tags: Business, Technology, Instagram, US, Tiktok


Goodbye, blue eyes: why an Instagram filter had to be altered

Lil Icey Eyes gave users cold stares and thick eyelashes – and also seemed to persuasively slim noses and enlarge lipsSome online fads are “blink and you miss ‘em”, but I couldn’t help noticing the viral ascent of Lil Icey Eyes – an augmented reality face filter that became central to a popular TikTok and Instagram trend this week.It seemed like every time I opened the app over the last 72 hours I encountered a flawless face with the cold stare of a Siberian husky – albeit one wearing fairly int...
Tags: Technology, Instagram, Life and style, Snapchat, Tiktok


Winston encrypts your home wi-fi, preventing Facebook, Google, and Amazon from tracking you

Alexa, Google, and Siri. It took just three words to absolutely erode our freedom and privacy. Don’t worry, I’m just as much a part of this as you are. I have a Google Pixel smartphone and an iPad Pro, and flatmate in the room next door has an Amazon Echo. I also spend roughly 3-4 hours each day on Facebook, Instagram, and Whatsapp everyday. Ambient computing, voice assistants, and the ever-expanding realm of social networks have effectively undermined the private way of life.If you suddenly g...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Deals, Facebook, Design, Technology, Instagram, Siri, Shop, Product Design, Don, Facebook Instagram, Facebook Google, WINSTON, Google Pixel


This retro-inspired camera records dreamy-looking GIFs that replicate vintage 8mm film!

Here’s a camera that arguably does for the social-media generation what the Polaroid did for the generations before us. Inspired by Super 8, the Fragment 8 is a handheld camera that lets you record almost as if you were using Instagram filters. The camera mimics recording using 8mm film, giving your videos a uniquely vintage touch, and features rotating, interchangeable lenses that add a variety of dreamy filters and bokeh to your videos. In a world that’s increasingly looking at new ways to c...
Tags: Deals, Design, Technology, Instagram, Digital, Kodak, Camera, Cameras, Keystone, Shop, Polaroid, Product Design, Lens, Li, Fragment 8 Retro Camera, Martin Chan


'Can you post a meme?': Facebook changes ad rules after Bloomberg exploits loophole

Policy change involves what Facebook calls ‘branded content’, sponsored items posted by ordinary users who are typically paid by companiesFacebook decided on Friday to allow a type of paid political message that had sidestepped many of the social network’s rules governing political ads, in a reversal that highlights difficulties tech companies and regulators have in keeping up with the changing nature of paid political messages.Facebook’s policy change comes days after the Democratic presidentia...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Instagram, Social Networking, Bloomberg, US news, US politics, Michael Bloomberg, Mike Bloomberg, US elections 2020


Facebook: Bloomberg campaign memes won't be classified as political ads

We've written here at Boing Boing before about Mike Bloomberg's awful memes, which the 2020 presidential hopeful's campaign machine crapped out on Facebook and Instagram this week with awful accounts like FuckJerry. Facebook said Friday it will allow 'influencers' like FuckJerry to produce sponsored content for political campaigns, as long as the posts are clearly identified as ads, but sponsored political content will not be placed in Facebook’s political Ad Library, unless they're "boosted" ...
Tags: Facebook, Post, Politics, Technology, News, Instagram, Internet, US, Bloomberg, US news, Tech News, United States, Memes, Michael Bloomberg, Mike Bloomberg, Picks


6 Instagram accounts you’ll love if you’re in real estate

From the glamorous to the absurd, these Instagram accounts will lift your spirits and provide you with useful information.
Tags: Technology, Instagram, New York City, Marketing, Social Media, Radio, Moscow, Agent, Lead Generation, Bel Air, Select, StreetEasy, Listing Agent, Eric Simon, Meridian Capital Group, Elana Delafraz


An Artist Tricks Google Maps Into Creating a Virtual Traffic Jam, Using a Little Red Wagon & 99 Smartphones

Sometimes the miraculous time-saving conveniences we’ve come to depend on can have the opposite effect, as artist Simon Wickert recently demonstrated, ambling about the streets of Berlin at a Huck Finn-ish pace, towing a squeaky-wheeled red wagon loaded with 99 secondhand smartphones. Each phone had a SIM card, and all were running the Google Maps app. The result? A near-instantaneous "virtual traffic jam” on Google Maps, even though bicyclists seem to vastly outnumber motorists alon...
Tags: Travel, Google, Maps, Technology, Instagram, College, Life, Berlin, New York City, Earth, Rome, Egypt, Airbnb, Google Maps, Facebook Twitter, U S Geological Survey USGS


Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Mesmerizing footage of the sun, health benefits from magic mushrooms, the history of food photography and more 29 Nigerian English Phrases Added to the Oxford English Dictionary The latest update to the Oxford English Dictionary includes 29 words, phrases and colloquialisms from Nigerian English—most of which have been used for decades, and have been adopted by English-speakers elsewhere. Some words already exist in English, but …
Tags: Photography, Video, Space, Design, Technology, News, China, Cars, San Francisco, Architecture, The Sun, Portland, Mushrooms, Dictionary, Linkaboutit, Food Photography


Here’s How Tech Could Save Your Small Business

If you own a small business, then you’re used to doing more with less than larger businesses. You don’t have the budget that the big corporations do, but you can still turn your small business into a twenty-first-century leader. How you may ask? Technology can be the answer. Technology has pushed the business world to limits that generations before only dreamed of. You may be thinking that as a small-business owner you can’t afford to invest in new tech, but you’re wrong. Some of the new techno...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, Technology, Instagram, Small Business, Walmart, Others, Facebook Twitter, Improve Customer Service Small


Social Media and Development: 7 Questions for the New Decade

In a very short time technology and virtual connections have woven into our everyday life and things seem to be changing at a breakneck pace. Many remember phones anchored to the wall with chords that limited space and privacy. Now it is estimated that over 5 billion people have mobile phones, over half being smartphones. Twitter and Facebook are just teenagers and Instagram is still in pre-adolescence. But in their short existence enlivened by smartphones, these platforms have altered social c...
Tags: Psychology, Facebook, Technology, Instagram, Social Networking, Relationships, Friendship, Social Media, Communication, New York Times, Loneliness, Erik Erikson, Jean Twenge, Nancy Jo Sales, Twenge, iGen


Royals for rent: will Harry and Meghan become the world’s biggest influencers?

They have cut the royal purse strings and need a new source of income – monetising their social media followers could be their first stepThe Duke and Duchess of Sussex were never going to be king and queen of the United Kingdom. And now they have been relieved of their royal responsibilities, a new empire stretches before them, limitless, lucrative and theirs for the taking: the kingdom of sponsored content.Thanks to the intense interest in their love story on social media, Prince Harry and Megh...
Tags: Technology, Instagram, Social Media, UK News, United Kingdom, Prince Harry, Harry, Duke, Sussex, Meghan, Harry Meghan, Duchess of Sussex


Was anyone ever so young? What 10 years of my Instagram data revealed

A new California law forced Instagram to hand over my data. It included thousands of messages and photos, but not everythingIn the 10 days leading up to Christmas this year, I searched on Instagram for three of my exes, an acquaintance I met on a trip to Cuba four years ago, an account dedicated to astrology memes, a past roommate, my own dog’s account (@lucythetherapypup), my best friend’s sweater-wearing poodle, a famous Pomeranian who lives in New York, a bird named Parfait I recently met at ...
Tags: New York, Technology, Instagram, Privacy, California, San Francisco, US news, Cuba


Social media firms 'should hand over data amid suicide risk'

Royal College of Psychiatrists hope research will shine light on how young people use platformsSocial media firms such as Facebook and Instagram should be forced to hand over data about who their users are and why they use the sites to reduce suicide among children and young people, psychiatrists have said.The call from the Royal College of Psychiatrists comes as ministers finalise plans to crack down on issues caused by people viewing unsavoury material and messages online. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Twitter, Technology, Media, Instagram, Social Networking, Children, Internet, Social Media, Society, Mental Health, Psychiatry, Digital Media, Young People, Royal College of Psychiatrists


5 Biggest Technology Trends That Will Transform Mobile Apps In 2020

The mobile app industry is refining almost every day, thanks to technology! With the increasing demand of customers, keeping up with the technology trends is important. Companies are not only focusing on creating new mobile apps but also looking for strategies that can help in enhancing the customer experience. Businesses simply hire off-shore development services to build an app. But how do you know they are leveraging the best technology? You need to stay updated! As the experts say, the mo...
Tags: Apple, Google, Mark Zuckerberg, Business, Technology, Instagram, Ikea, Right Now, Google Duplex, Artificial Intelligence Artificial Intelligence, Signity Solutions, Blockchain Technology While, Jack Maa, BAAS Blockchain, Amit Dua, RoseRodionova Shutterstock


Has Instagram changed after its ban on self-harm images?

A year on from banning self-harm images, we’d like to hear your thoughts on how the photo-sharing platform has improved the situation for peopleLast year Instagram announced that it would ban all graphic self-harm images as part of a series of changes made in response to the death of the British teenager Molly Russell.The photo-sharing platform made the decision after being met with a tide of public anger over the suicide of a 14-year-old girl, whose Instagram account contained distressing mater...
Tags: Health, Technology, Instagram, Mental Health, Molly Russell


CES 2020: the latest gadgets on show in Las Vegas – in pictures

The Consumer Electronics Show opened this week in Las Vegas with more than 4,400 companies exhibiting, including 1,200 startups. CES 2020 features the latest transformative technologies, including 5G, artificial intelligence, vehicle technology and digital health. The four-day show is a place for companies to unveil their products and services for the coming year Continue reading...
Tags: Gadgets, Photography, Technology, World news, US news, Ces, Las Vegas, Consumer Electronics Show


My journey into the dark, hypnotic world of a millennial guru

‘Spiritual influencers’ are flourishing online. Their model is built on recruiting eager followers – but what happens when they attract vulnerable people?Towards the end of 2017, Bentinho Massaro, a 29-year-old self-styled spiritual teacher with a considerable online following, chose the town of Sedona, Arizona as the location for a 12-day long spiritual bootcamp. Among the red sandstone cliffs that rise like temples from the desert floor, the blond-haired, blue-eyed Dutchman offered to guide hi...
Tags: Technology, Instagram, Youtube, Religion, Social Media, Meditation, Digital Media, Health & wellbeing, Sedona Arizona, Bentinho Massaro


Watch Out, Opportunity, Mark Zuckerberg Is About to Fuck You Up

On Thursday, Facebook overlord Mark Zuckerberg published his annual New Year’s resolution list. Last year, he promised to hold a series of public talks on issues posed by the tech industry (and boy, did he ever). Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Science, Technology, Instagram, Social Media, Whatsapp, E Commerce, Decentralizing Opportunity


How do I find a smartphone with the specifications I really want?

Product search tools help you find a phone, PC or camera if you know the specs you wantMy Samsung S8 has given up the ghost, and the prohibitive cost of repair means I’m in the market for a new mobile phone. I’ve come up with a wishlist of specifications. Are there any phones due in the coming months that offer all of these? I don’t believe anything currently on the market does. DeclanThere are four obvious problems with having a list of specifications for the device you want to buy, whether it’...
Tags: Photography, Technology, Smartphones, Mobile Phones, Computing, Tablet Computers, Laptops, Samsung S8


The New World Owners — Influencers

The New World Owners — Influencers In twelve years, our President may be a Youtube star! Oh — let us hope not. Did you know that most of today’s influencers are just single person start-ups? What makes them unique is their ability to spot trends and then experiment with the latest formats and...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Instagram, Internet, Youtube, Advertising, Trends, Social Media, Sem, Snapchat, Contracts, Partnerships, Audience, Platforms, Radio_Show, Sponsors


What were we thinking? The worst trends of the decade – ranked!

From social media trends to TV reboots and ugly shoes, the trends of the 2010s were full of questionable ideas and purchasesIt’s a truth universally acknowledged that everyone loves horoscopes except straight white dudes and me. But can we all just admit it’s a drag? Mercury being in retrograde is not why you were late to work this morning. Continue reading...
Tags: Food, Twitter, Fashion, Technology, Television, Instagram, Social Media, Life and style, Culture


The Instagram decade: #hashtag holidays and other travel trends

Travelling by rail, staying at an Airbnb, trying a wellness retreat … whatever you did it was most likely captured on your phone. We look at how travel changed in the 2010sFirst the Scandinavians gave us hygge, then they gave us flygskam (flight shame), which has nothing to do with candles and everything to do with guilt about the environmental cost of flying. Continue reading...
Tags: Travel, Technology, Instagram, Social Media, Digital Media, Rail Travel, Sharing Economy, Airbnb, Travel websites, Rest And Relaxation, Health And Fitness Holidays


Instagram Is Censoring Vape Speech

Instagram announced on Wednesday that it will begin enforcing bans on influencers promoting “goods such as vaping, tobacco products and weapons” in branded posts.Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Instagram, Advertising, Social Media, Vaping, E Cigarettes, Influencers, Firearms


The biggest, boldest and most unusual listings of 2019

To celebrate the year and start off a new decade, we've put together a list of some of the most over-the-top listings of 2019.
Tags: Technology, Kim Kardashian, Instagram, Listings, Lifestyle, Walmart, Kanye West, Radio, Alicia Keys, Agent, Compass, Zillow, Frank Lloyd Wright, The Weeknd, Year End, Stephen Sweeney


5 tools every entrepreneur should have, all on sale now

These tools can help businesses improve their planning, presentations and online presence.Each of these offers comes with a lifetime subscription.All five deals are currently over 95% off. None Having a great business idea often isn't enough. Sure, a rock solid concept can go a long way toward getting a successful business off the ground. But, without the right approach to developing, nurturing and growing that idea, even a surefire hit can end up in ruin.We'd hate to see your genius business re...
Tags: Google, Technology, Instagram, Learning, Education, Entrepreneur, Social Media, Innovation, Personal Growth, Slidebean, Digital Learning, Planagram


Brands of the decade: 2010–2019

Ten years ago, when social media and blogging were still new and a rational person was in the White House, I did something ambitious and presumptuous: I published a list of the Brands of the Decade.* And now it’s time to do it again. To qualify for my highly subjective top-12 list, a brand had to meet these guidelines: Founded during the second decade of the 21st century or shortly before or Had a significant impact on the way we do business or live our lives during this decade or ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Lyft, Twitter, Spotify, Music, Science, Technology, London, Sweden, Pinterest, Instagram, Colorado, Film, Washington


Observing "the gradual emergence, among professionally beautiful women, of a single, cyborgian face."

"It’s a young face, of course, with poreless skin and plump, high cheekbones. It has catlike eyes and long, cartoonish lashes; it has a small, neat nose and full, lush lips. It looks at you coyly but blankly... distinctly white but ambiguously ethnic.... 'It’s Instagram Face, duh. It’s like an unrealistic sculpture. Volume on volume. A face that looks like it’s made out of clay.'... There was something strange, I said, about the racial aspect of Instagram Face—it was as if the algorithmic tenden...
Tags: Technology, Instagram, Law, The Twilight Zone, Facetune, Jia Tolentino, Feminine Beauty, Ann Althouse, Instagram Face


Kazakh Bodybuilder Yuri Tolochko To Marry His Life-Like Sex Doll ‘Margo’

It’s not easy to find that very person you’d wish to be next to for the rest of your life. Yuri Tolochko, a bodybuilder from Kazakhstan, found a radical decision and married a sex doll – beautiful, faithful, patient partner. More: Instagram According to the local mass-media, Yuri has been dating Margo for 8 months, his Instagram is full of their photos. He shared that recently he brought his wife... Source
Tags: Design, Technology, Instagram, Sex, Life, Kazakhstan, Marry, Margo, Yuri, Doll, Yuri Tolochko



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