This week Twitter announced it's getting rid of its Twitter for Mac desktop client. The app was bad and had a rating of 1.7 out of 5 at its time of death, so it's probably safe to say that it won't be that missed.
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Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.
SoundCloud recently switched its music streams from 128Kb/s MP3 to 64Kb/s Opus. Many users hear a drop in sound quality in the higher frequencies. So artist Joseph Lyncheski, aka Direct, built an extension for Chrome and Firefox to force the site to stream in its old format. (For now, Safari is still streaming in MP3.)
Ah 2017, the year fake news took over our timelines, and the attendant hand-wringing took over our lives. It's not as if we needed more things to disturb us on Facebook -- we've been FOMO-gnashing our teeth to dust for a decade, after all. As this year comes to a close, I encourage you to gird yourself for the certain onslaught to come. Take two seconds and install News Feed Eradicator for Facebook, a Chrome extension that does exactly what it says, and in so doing, will preserve the teensy shred of sanity you have left.
Chrome/Safari: If you want a gentle reminder not to waste time online - without investing in a full-featured paid app such as Freedom - try Nothing on the Internet, an extension for Chrome and Safari that turns off all the content of the web, leaving a zen-like expanse of empty wireframes.
Phishing attacks, wherein scammers pretend to be legitimate companies in order to trick you into handing over sensitive information such as usernames, passwords or credit card information, are getting more difficult to spot. Even Google is susceptible to more sophisticated attacks, which have popped up everywhere from email attachments to shared Google documents.
Chrome: I liked Twitter better when everyone got 140 characters. That's the whole point of Twitter: Brevity, concision, a strong editorial hand on the tiller. So I was not at all pleased to see the company's announcement that all users now get 280 characters, which I believe will encourage a certain sloppiness in expression - a slippery slope straight down into logorrhea.
You might be unfortunate enough to have an annoying coworker in your vicinity. You know, the one that talks about how much he loves eating quiche for breakfast. Let's call him Chad. While you (probably) can't put Chad's headphones in jello to get back at him for pinning last week's soccer loss on your bum knee, you can slowly drive Chad mad where it hurts the most: in his precious YouTube goofing-off time.
Being a parent can feel like a never-ending routine of Good Cop/Bad Cop, and for today's generation of child rearers, that includes laying down the law on the digital frontier.
Despite its reputation for getting constantly hacked, cryptocurrency like Bitcoin remains a hot commodity. If you've got a Satoshi or two in your wallet, you probably want to stay up to date on its value to make sure you don't lose your shirt if (let's be real, when) it crashes. That's where Bitcoin Tracker comes in.