Over the past decade, Meta has made every effort to establish each part of its business as a separate but equal contributor to the bottom line. That’s why part of Facebook’s brand identity consists of small icons that denote Messenger, Instagram, WhatsApp and Oculus. Plus, it helps to deflect any suggestion that it controls a sprawling digital monopoly that owns much of the internet.
But now, nine years after Facebook split its Messenger product into a standalone mobile app, the pair are reuniting. Facebook head Tom Alison said in a blog post that the company is testing the ability to access Messenger from the Facebook app. Of course, this is all part of his efforts to reclaim TikTok’s relevance, with Alison saying the big blue app is pivoting on becoming a platform for entertainment and discovery.
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It’s a niche accessory for a niche product, but you can’t help but love it.
A few years after launching an updated version of its e-paper writing slate, reMarkable is adding a keyboard. It’s a pricey addition to the device, but I think it strikes the right compromises. I found it quite easy to use as a distraction-free typewriter. But since reMarkable’s deliberately limited writing slate is already a niche proposition, it can only appeal to a niche within a niche.
And it supports Apple Music’s spatial audio.
Sonos has unveiled the most dramatic update to its speaker line in some time, replacing both the One and Five with the Era 100 and Era 300. It’s the latter that’s more interesting, as it’s designed to support spatial audio, allowing your music gets more nuance . And shortly after the pair arrived, Apple announced that the Era 300 would support Apple Music spatial audio, giving potential buyers a big reason to try it out.
It’s the first clean Kona EV, with all the benefits.
Hyundai’s Kona was a popular and well-reviewed EV, offering a heady mix of affordability, decent range and equipment. Now the company has shown off its replacement, a clean sheet redesign with a WLTP-rated range of 304 miles. It’s also roomier and has a lot more gear, and while the company hasn’t announced US pricing yet, it’s likely to be cheaper than the Ioniq 5.
Now you can say a naughty word in the opening moments of a video.
YouTube’s interesting approach to colorful metaphors, the kind you’d never see used in a respectable technology newsletter, is changing. Last November, the company said that shocking statements during the first moments of a clip would prevent it from monetizing. Now officials have backtracked that slightly, saying only strong profanity will see a clip flagged for limited advertising, while milder, sub-f-and-s word utterances will likely be fine.