After seven years in a military prison, Manning was free on May 17. And over the last few days, her social media posts have been reminding us of the good old internet, before logging on meant bracing yourself for news of the next disaster.
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With an eye towards the developing world where people are more likely to own cheap phones and have spottier wireless data access, the big names in tech are developing simpler versions of their apps. These apps are lightweight, use little data, and don't burn through battery life. Sound good? It does to us too, and here's how to give them a test drive.
Sick of Snapchat? Tired of Twitter? Fed up with Facebook? This is a great time to completely eradicate yourself from social media. All of these online services let you scrub out your accounts if you want a cleaner, leaner life online. Even better, plenty of them let you export your data for safekeeping before you do. So you can always remember that time The Rock answered your desperate tweets or your roommate plastered your Facebook wall with photos of your dog.
Once, a Volkswagen van represented freedom, the "open road," a release from the crushing confines of capitalism. The appeal lives on today. Free love! Damn the man! Live on the beach! Feel the ocean breeze blow through your hair! Pose with a bag of Kettle Chips the #brand sent you to hawk on social media! Wait, what?!
That recent tech innovation known as the internet has made keeping in touch with family and friends easier than ever — but it might also have brought you some unwelcome attention from people you'd rather not keep up correspondence with. If you want to minimise the chances of getting contacted out of the blue, here's what to do.
Maintaining social media accounts while staying as anonymous as possible isn't easy — just ask the Director of the FBI — but you can put your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other accounts into a locked-down, private mode to evade detection.
Digital security and its discontents — from Hillary Clinton's emails to ransomware to Tor hacks — is in many ways one of the chief concerns of the contemporary FBI. So it makes sense that the bureau's director, James Comey, would dip his toe into the digital torrent with a Twitter account. It also makes sense, given Comey's high profile, that he would want that Twitter account to be a secret from the world, lest his follows and favs be scrubbed for clues about what the feds are up to. What is somewhat surprising, however, is that it only took me about four hours of sleuthing to find Comey's account, which is not protected.
Common decency is rare in these vile times. Facebook is overrun by lying profiteers. Twitter remains the best place to be threatened by complete strangers. Worst of all, people on Instagram continue to shit up the timelines of their followers by posting a dozen photos from the same dull brunch that, if we're being honest, you didn't really want to go to — not that you were invited.
Video: With the rise of online communities such as YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat, a whole group of viewers are literally trying to emulate their favourite denizens of Team Internet. You might even know someone like that, the guy who constantly has his phone out, shooting video for his vlog (that very few people watch) and spending ridiculous amounts of time trying to capture the perfect humorous Instagram meme.
Anyone here following the NBN on Instagram?
They've only got around 1800 followers, so probably not. But you should be following the NBN Instagram account. You're missing out.
Trust me on this. You have no idea how badly you're missing out.
Cypress Hill loves badarse animals, big puffs of steam and snowscapes. I know this for a fact because for the last few months, I've been following the group's Instagram as well as National Geographic's. It was only a couple of days after following the Cypress Hill account that I noticed the group was basically liking and commenting on everything National Geographic posted.
It's oft touted as the number one lie on the internet - "Yes, I have read the terms and conditions". But knowing what you are agreeing to, especially in regards to rights and privacy of kid's social media accounts - is vital.
Now imagine you're a 13 year old on Instagram (there's more of them than you think) - how do you even begin to make sense of the 5,000 words in those T&C's? Well, a lawyer in the UK has made it all a bit simpler.
San Francisco is a city of long lines, and on a Saturday afternoon few lines here are longer than the one in front of the Chocolate Chair in Japantown. The Chocolate Chair's specialty is Dragon's Breath, neon-coloured balls of puffed rice cereal soaked in liquid nitrogen. When you take a bite, the nitrogen-infusion fills your mouth with a dense, smoke-like gas. Breathe the gas out through your nose or mouth, and voilà, man becomes dragon.