Burst breaks you out of your filter bubble on Reddit

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One of the many accusations about the trouble with Facebook – amid its data privacy concerns and enabling of Russian trolls – is that it keeps people locked into echo chambers where access to other viewpoints are limited. This is a common problem across social media, people are beginning to realize. A new app called Burst is experimenting with how to break people out of their bubbles. But its focus is not on Facebook, as it turns out – it’s on Reddit.

In a way, Reddit has a problem with filter bubbles too, given that users choose which subreddits (communities) to subscribe to. That means than in addition to subscribing to something like r/politics, you may also subscribe to r/liberal or r/conservative, where you’ll hear your own viewpoints echoed and reinforced.

What Burst does is combine everyone’s comments and insights into one place. It works by finding everywhere a post has been re-shared across Reddit, then merges all the comments together.

The app is organized like Reddit itself with sections for Hot, Top, Rising, New and Controversial as well as access to your own subreddits when you sign in. To view the comments on a post, you swipe to the left. And to upvote or downvote, you use Force Touch.

Explains the app creator Alex Duckmanton, currently a product designer in Sydney, Burst has exposed him to different ideas.

“In my own use of Burst while testing, I’ve found that even though I see a lot more stuff I don’t agree with, seeing it helps me empathise with other perspectives. It’s my hope that this will help tone down some of the more toxic aspects of political discussion online,” he says.

While political discussions are often a hotbed for trolling and the general social media-induced lack of empathy, an app like Burst can help in other areas, too. For example, notes Duckmanton, a post about the new iPhone might appear in both r/iphone and r/android, in addition to r/apple or r/technology. This allows you to see a wider array of discussions about the iPhone news, than if you only read the comments from one community.

Duckmanton says he began to build Burst when he had some time off from work in the second-half of last year because he’s been concerned about the impact of filter bubbles on social media platforms.

“Filter bubbles aren’t being addressed in a meaningful way by any of the major social platforms,” he says. “The typical response of banning problem users or removing content is a brute-force approach and isn’t long-term or scalable. Outside of that, users are expected to self-manage the content they consume in order to have a more balanced view. It’s not reasonable to expect that of people, and it certainly won’t happen for people who aren’t already engaged in news and politics,” Duckmanton continues.

“We need to create products in such a way that filter bubbles cannot exist because their design fundamentally prevents them,”he adds.

The project is entirely self-funded and is currently supported by ads with the option to remove them via an in-app purchase.

Now that the app is out in the wild, Duckmanton says he’ll see how the community reacts before deciding if he will transition to working on Burst full-time. If it were to take off, however, he imagines a future where a Burst-like app could be built for other platforms – like Twitter. But in the immediate-term, nothing like that is in the works.

Burst is a free download for iOS. A link to sign up for an Android beta is here.

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Snapchat is mocking Facebook and its Russian political ads controversy with a new April Fools’ Day filter

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Nothing is off-limits in the fight between the two social media companies.

Snapchat is leaning into its bitter rivalry with Facebook this April Fool’s Day, unveiling a photo filter that pokes Facebook in the eye for its inability to curtail the Russian influence campaign on its site.

A new filter allows you to pretend you are uploading a new profile photo to Facebook — but the standard news feed language that someone “updated their profile picture” instead reads in Cyrillic. The people who like the photo are “Your Mom,” “A bot” and “2 others” — with all that language being featured in Cyrillic-looking text.

Here’s our friend Casey Newton of our sister site The Verge showing off the feature.

It’s a pretty aggressive prank by Snapchat — which has largely evaded the election-related Russia controversies that have ensnared Silicon Valley giants like Facebook, Twitter, Google and Reddit. But Snapchat hasn’t shied away from hand-to-hand combat with the social media giant that owns Instagram. Instagram copied Snapchat’s stories feature and its rise as a competitor to Snapchat is at least partly responsible for Snap’s business problems and lackluster performance on Wall Street.

Last April Fools’ Day, Snapchat nodded to that beef with a filter that that allowed someone to take a photo and apply a filter that was literally the Instagram interface. Well played.

But this year’s prank hits at a much more sensitive note — Facebook is in crisis, and Snapchat is pointing and laughing.

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Snapchat throws shade at Facebook with Russian bot filter

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Snapchat’s April Fools’ filter

Snapchat is taking full advantage of Facebook’s position in the news cycle on April Fools’ Day this year with a genius amount of shade. After trolling Facebook last year with a lighthearted Instagram-style filter, Snapchat is going one step further with a Facebook filter that’s designed to recreate Russian bots liking your posts. The filter places a Facebook UI around your photo with Cyrillic script-like text, and even includes likes from “your mum” and “a bot.”

The Cyrillic script is an obvious nod to Russia, and the news that more than 50,000 bots on Facebook, with links to the Russian government, were used to influence the 2016 US presidential election. The “your mum” like is also a hint at Facebook’s older user base, and Snapchat…

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Project Fi v2.5 prepares to filter spammy callers, notifications for data usage spikes, enable easier override of Bill Protection, and more [APK Teardown]

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An interesting new version of the Project Fi app began rolling out yesterday. There’s a big change to the version number, but otherwise, nothing special to see in the app. However, a teardown of the resources reveals some important changes are scheduled to arrive. The biggest addition will be spam filtering, which should remove all of the disturbances caused by annoying telemarketers and scammers. Also in line are notifications when your data usage suddenly skyrockets, and an in-app feature to turn off Bill Protection once your data is throttled.

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How to Filter App Store Reviews on iPhone and iPad

How to Filter App Store Reviews on iPhone and iPad

I make sure to read several helpful reviews before purchasing anything. It assists me in buying the things that are timed to my needs or preference. If you also like to weigh things before spending your dollar, you would be glad to know that iOS 11.3 or later lets you filter App Store reviews on your iPhone and iPad.

Based on need, you can choose to get the most helpful or the most recent reviews. And just in case, you wish to keep an eye on some of the glaring drawbacks, you also have the option to select most critical reviews starting with one star.

How to Filter App Store Reviews on iPhone and iPad

How to Filter App Store Reviews on iPhone and iPad

Make sure that your iPhone or iPad is running iOS 11.3 or later.

Step #1. Launch App Store device.

Open App Store on iPhone or iPad

Step #2. Now, navigate to your favorite app or game.

Go to App or Game in App Store on iPhone or iPad

Step #3.  On the item’s page, you need to tap on the link See All which is located Ratings & Reviews section.

Tap on See All in App or Game on App Store on iPhone or iPad

Next up, tap the link Sort By and select the preferred filtering option.

  • Most Helpful: To get the reviews with the most helpful feedback.
  • Most Favorable: To have the highest-rated reviews.
  • Most Critical: To display the lowest-rated reviews.
  • Most Recent: Get the most recent reviews.

Filter App Store Reviews on iPhone and iPad

Generally, it’s better to go through both the good and bad side of the story to have a balanced perspective. Hence, I would recommend you to never fail to check the most critical reviews if you want to be aware of some of the existing loopholes.

That’s all for now!

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That’s how you can quickly access the more helpful reviews about apps and games! Have any feedback? Do toss it up in the comments below.

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Lensbaby’s latest DSLR lens is like an IRL Instagram vignette filter

Lensbaby is a camera accessories company best known for making specialty lens to achieve various creative effects. Its latest lens, Burnside 35, is designed to let you have even more control over just how much bokeh or vignetting to add to your images — with a second effect slider built into the lens so you see the changes in-camera even before shooting.

The Burnside 35 is a 35mm f/2.8 lens, with an 6-blade internal aperture and an 8-blade secondary internal aperture on the effect slider. When you shift the slider from left to right, the background of the photo blurs and swirls. This effect helps to amp up drama in photos, but dial it too far to the right and it definitely starts to look like you’ve been throwing back too many beers….

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Xperia XA1 family’s Oreo updates will ditch built-in blue light filter, meaning that zero Sony phones will come with any form of ‘night mode’

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These days, many manufacturers include some sort of blue light filter or “night light” in their phones’ ROMs. Google, Samsung, OnePlus, and some other companies are on the list, and Sony was as well with its “Good night actions” function in Xperia Actions for phones in the XA1 family. However, following the impending Oreo updates, no Sony phone will have a built-in blue light filter.

This news comes by way of Sony Xperia’s official Twitter account.

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