Tag Archive: Facebook


Dear Facebook: It’s not me, it’s you

It’s way harder to disconnect from Facebook than you might expect…

This is the first of several editorials where I shall chronicle the trials and tribulations of my personal journey disconnecting from Facebook.

For the past couple of years, I’ve been “that guy” at the party who rants about Facebook and tries to rally others around me to ditch Facebook — while still being hopelessly addicted to its services myself. After all that procrastination, 2019 is finally  [Read More…]

Facebook gave Microsoft, Amazon, and Netflix unfettered access to user data

In its latest controversy, Facebook let tech giants read users’ private messages without their consent.

Facebook was hit with a maelstrom of controversy this year, and it doesn’t look like things are about to get better for the social network. A new report by The New York Times states that Facebook provided the likes of Microsoft, Amazon, Netflix, and Spotify unrestricted access to users’ data.

The publication says it interviewed over 60 people, including “former employees of  [Read More…]

Facebook Portal update adds web browser, games, and manual camera controls

The update is rolling out to users now!

Facebook’s Portal is a surprisingly solid entry in the smart display market, and today, a new update is rolling out that adds a lot of new features for both video calling and video content.

Starting first with the content side of things, you can now access ABC News and CNN as additional news sources, in addition to CNN brand Great Big Story that offers “a library of compelling human  [Read More…]

Amazon Echo Show (2nd Gen) vs. Facebook Portal: Which should you buy?

After spending hundreds of hours with Smart Displays, it has become clear there’s no such thing as one device for every kind of person. But thanks to the fantastic choices available today, it’s surprisingly easy to choose the right one for you.

Amazon Echo Show (2nd Gen)

Killer sound

$ 229 at Amazon

Pros Ridiculously good speakers The full Alexa experience Built to be more capable over time Cons Very few third-party services work well Camera  [Read More…]

UK docs suggest Facebook skirted Android permissions dialog

A UK parliamentary committee released a series of documents today which reveal, among other things, that Facebook knew triggering an Android permissions dialog during an app update that would collect SMS and call logs would lead to “bad PR” and allegedly attempted to circumvent the process in order to make it difficult for Android users to discover the new behavior.

The documents were part of a California lawsuit filed by app developer Six4Three. These were sealed by the  [Read More…]

Facebook Portal vs. Facebook Portal Plus: What’s the difference?

The Facebook Portal is the type of product that you probably already know whether you want. But if you know you want one and don’t know which one to get, we’ve reviewed both models to see which is right for you.

Facebook Portal

Light and Small

$ 200 at Amazon

Pros Seamless video calls via Facebook. Growing list of third-party service, including Alexa. AI-powered smart camera features. Proper privacy guards in place. Cons Not as capable  [Read More…]

The newly-released Facebook Portal and Portal Plus are $50 off today

So nice to see you.

Amazon is offering $ 50 off both the Facebook Portal and the Portal Plus devices. Both were released just a short while ago, and in his review our pal Russell called it his “new favorite way to video chat.” Head there if you want a nice in-depth assessment, which resulted in 3.5 out of 5 stars. Note that an active Facebook account is required to use either device.

Facebook’s foray into the  [Read More…]

Portal from Facebook review: My new favorite way to video chat

This little box has reset my expectations for video chat everywhere.

Having a smart display in your home means different things to different people. Some like having a nice connected digital photo frame that also occasionally answers questions and controls smart home tech. Others enjoy using these displays as a whole home hub, with information for each person in the house and sort of mission control for music throughout the house.

Me? I like having these displays  [Read More…]

Facebook is putting focus back on simplicity with Messenger 4

Facebook and its various services like Instagram and Messenger are widely known to be overly crowded with unnecessary features and menus, but that may be changing soon with the rollout of Facebook Messenger 4. The company said that it ran a study on Messenger and found that 71% of participants considered simplicity a top priority.

What a wild concept that people just want to use Messenger to message their friends and family without rummaging through a clunky UI.

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