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Facebook Funk, Slider Phones, Computer Architect, Gadget Quest, Tip


April 9 · Issue #25 · View online
Tech stories that matter, Gadget Quests, nerd pursuits, and other things you ought to know.

Facebook Funk, Slider Phones, Computer Architect, Gadget Quest, Tip

Facebook on the Hill. It’s hard to turn a corner or click a link without running into a fresh bit of news about Facebook, The social media platform that used to exist as the thread beneath our social connections has moved to the front of our global consciousness, and not in a good way. Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has apologized on video in phone calls and, naturally, on Facebook for mishandling our data. Tomorrow, he takes that apology performance before congress where he’ll be grilled on data privacy issues and pressed for solutions. Those kinds of hearings are usually little more than showcases for lawmakers who want to show they care and witnesses who want to show how well they can simultaneously care while protecting their interests. My guess is that, when all is said and done, there may be some FTC oversight for all social media (at least when it comes to advertising). I guess that’s good news. But I’m still waiting for a similar kind of outrage and action on actual data breaches at corporations and financial institutions managing our money and identities. 
Slider. Every smartphone manufacturer is obsessed with how to build an edge-to-edge screen that features a selfie camera (and other sensors) without introducing a notch. Most have failed at the task: They either introduce a notch or make the screen just a little bit shorter than the camera body. Upstart Chinese Smartphone company Doogee may have a retro solution to the problem: a slider phone. Like the BlackBerry Torch before it, this is a seemingly all-screen device that hides additional functionality behind the display, tools you can only reveal by sliding the screen down. In the case of my old Torch, the hidden feature was a keyboard. For the Doogee M4 prototype, it’s the camera. Doing this would make the phone quite a bit thicker than most modern phablets. 
To Combat the Notch, This Phone Revived the Slider
Computer Architect. The Elbphilharmonie’s brand-new concert hall in Germany is the answer to the question: What would an auditorium look like if a computer designed it – or at least most of it? A computer algorithm figured out how to design virtually all the acoustic panels in this one-of-a-kind concert hall and it was all done in the name of awesome sound design. 
The Stunning Elbphilharmonie Is What Happens When Algorithms Design a Concert Hall | WIRED
Meme therapy. Have you shared or possibly created a meme today? You know, those pithy images and text that seem to take on a life of their own? I think they’re so popular not just because they’re so funny or insightful, but because they help us cope with a world gone mad.
I Can’t Cope Without My Memes – Lance Ulanoff – Medium
Gadget Quest: Every once in a while, I’ll take a cool new gadget, put it to a real-world test, and record the whole thing on video for posterity. In this case, I found something called Boiling Beeper. It watches a pot boil, so you don’t have to.
Gadget Quest: Boiling Beeper Test Drive - YouTube
Smiley face. Emojis aren’t just for smartphones. You can easily drop them into almost any Windows 10 document or text-entry screen. On your keyboard, you hold down the Windows Key (it’s the one that looks like a Microsoft Windows Logo) and then press the period. That’ll open the window you see below. 😊 Then you just select the emoji you want (there are all the major categories) and it will drop into your text. 👍
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