Hi, my name is Daniel and I have a problem. A TikTok problem. After dismissing it for over a year, TikTok was thrust upon me last month at, of all things, a bachelor party in Hong Kong. It was a little like The Hangover, but subtract drugs, strippers and Mike Tyson's tiger and replace it with a trendy Chinese video app aimed at 16-year-olds.And now I'm addicted. A feed comprised of millions of silly videos from people around the world, curated to my taste by artificial intelligence. I never really stood a chance. Recent favorites include a dog getting its nails clipped, a teen runner belly flopping into a pool of mud mid-race, and a stoner interrupting a college lecture to heat up popcorn with a microwave he brought from home.TikTok stands out from other social media in one key way: You actually feel good after using it. Expanding Facebook friend counts lead to people sharing less, making the platform feel sterile. Studies show Instagram, acting as a highlight reel of other … [Read more...] about TikTok is the best place on the internet. We should all delete it
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Writing a review of a service like Twitter or Facebook can seem a little odd. How do you describe or even quantify the experience of being connected to millions of other people? But this is PCMag and that's what we do. When I was writing my first review of Mastodon, I struggled with those heady questions as well as some of its features. I barely understood how to start an account, or how I was supposed to find other people and their posts Toots. I thought, then, that this lack of convenience was a flaw. Now, I understand that by being harder to use, Mastodon does a better job protecting my privacy. Yeah, I know. This sounds insane. And my editor certainly thought it sounded nuts when I pitched the idea to him. But hear me out: Breaking things can actually make them better. And we really need to break the internet, because it's in need of fixing. Focus on Search Search in Mastodon is really weird, and really hard to explain. That's because you can't search all of Mastodon for an … [Read more...] about To Save the Internet, We Have to Break It
A while back, I left the vast cesspool of mainstream social media for the weirder and wilder pastures of places like Mastodon (and yes, I'm very smug about it). The downside is that I often don't hear about new fads unless something goes horribly wrong, which is exactly what happened when everyone had a collective freakout about FaceApp after initially falling in love with it. FaceApp, in case you were like me and totally missed it, lets you apply filters to your face to appear aged and decrepit, perhaps appealing to the much documented millennial obsession with decay and eventual oblivion. FaceApp was then accused of hijacking people's personal information and photos and, gasp!, sending them to Russia. An internet poop emoji storm ensued. This led my colleague Jose to ask a very reasonable question in Slack: If one were to delete an app such as FaceApp, is the damage of granting these apps access to your info already done or are you safe again? Security wonks can often get very snarky … [Read more...] about Will Deleting FaceApp Make You Safe Again?
Advertisement We take our MacBooks and iPads for granted, but portable computing and touchscreen technology were once niche concepts. You had to pay a lot of money for the privilege, and it wasn’t even that great.By the late 1980s, several companies had established a name for themselves by converting and augmenting the increasingly popular Apple Macintosh for those who could afford it. Of these, only one product has stood the test of time and is still available today.Let’s take a look at the weird world of Macintosh conversions.Mac Conversions Are Not Mac ClonesMac conversions and Mac clones are not the same. Conversions require an aftermarket retail Mac, bought from Apple, which someone then converts into another product. Mac conversions use original Apple hardware and licensed ROMs, repurposed for a more specific use.As a result, conversions required the purchase of a Mac from Apple. After an upgrade and reconfiguration, this “donor” Mac was still compatible … [Read more...] about 5 Weird but Incredible Mac Conversions: Modbooks, Touchscreen iMacs, and More