Predictions for 2019
Looking into a crystal ball at the year to come, the Washington Post's technology writers think we’ll say goodbye to Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg and electric scooters — and hello to pricey foldable smartphones and 5G networks that most people can’t use.
Snapchat Looks Past the iPhone Generation
Snapchat wants to distance itself from rivals such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and finally achieve profitability. To do so, The Guardian reports, it must overcome two problems: It doesn’t have enough users to reach critical mass with advertisers and it doesn’t get enough revenue from the users it does have. The solution, Snapchat thinks, is Android.
Do This to Protect Your Privacy in 2019
If you do only one thing to better protect your online privacy this year, start using a VPN, or virtual private network, Fast Company writes. The ability of VPNs to protect your privacy is all the more important now that ISPs can legally record your web activity and sell your history to advertisers and other organizations.
How to Delete Facebook for Good
Lost faith in Facebook after data leakages, breaches and too much noise? New York Times columnist Brian X. Chen offers a guide to breaking up with the social network and its photo-sharing app for good.
The Radical Changes Coming to Digital Photography
Over the last two decades, clunky DSLRs have given way to sleek smartphones. Now, CNet reports, two big trends are reshaping digital photography: computational photography, which uses computing technology to improve photos; and the "mirrorless" movement, which drops hardware once necessary for film and elevates the image sensor's importance.
The Lifecycle of a Design Trend
Trends are important for designers "because they help keep us from doing too much work," Jon Moore, senior design partner at Innovatemap, writes on Medium. He takes a humorous look at how design trends rise, peak, and fall in today’s design community.
Where to Find the Most Tech Unicorns
Which industries have the most tech unicorns — privately held companies that have reached a $1 billion valuation? The top three sectors, TechStartups reports, are entertainment/e-commerce/media, fintech and technology. The rankings are based on a study done by SmallBusinessPrices, a UK-based website.
The 'Brick-and-Mobile' Shopping Revolution
Nearly three-quarters of shoppers now access their phone while in stores to read product reviews, compare prices, navigate aisles, and check out, Mobile Marketer reports. In response, retailers have reimagined their store spaces to match customer desires for "brick-and-mobile" experiences.
The Most-Followed Instagram Accounts in 2018
Only two companies, Nike and Louis Vuitton, ranked among the 50 most followed Instagram accounts in 2018 — a list dominated by movie stars, musicians and other celebrities. Who was No. 1? Think Portugal and soccer, Business Insider reports.
Move over eye strain and carpal tunnel syndrome. Say hello to “selfie wrist.” Orthopedic surgeon Levi Harrison warns that flexing your wrist inward to take that perfectly angled and meticulously framed photograph can cause numbness and tingling sensations, SiliconValley.com reports. The Irish Medical Journal sees even bigger problems: “selfies have been linked to a large number of mortalities and significant morbidity worldwide.”