Over the past decade, Meta has done everything it can to establish every part of its business as a separate but equal contributor to its bottom line. After all, that’s why part of Facebook’s brand identity are little icons that point to Messenger, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Oculus. Plus, you know, it pays to steer clear of any suggestion that he runs a sprawling digital monopoly that owns a large chunk of the internet.
But now, nine years after Facebook spun off its Messenger product into a standalone mobile app, the pair are reunited. Facebook President Tom Allison said in a blog post that the company is testing the ability to access Messenger from within the Facebook app. This is, of course, all part of her attempts to restore relevance from TikTok, as Alison said the big blue app is pivoting to become a platform for entertainment and discovery.
– Dan Cooper
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It’s a niche accessory to a niche product, but you can’t help but love it.
A few years after launching an updated version of its electronic paper writing list, reMarkable is adding a keyboard paper. It’s an expensive addition to the device but one I think makes the right compromises. I found it very easy to use as a distraction-free writing machine. But given that reMarkable’s intentionally limited writing list is already a niche proposition, this can’t help but appeal to a niche within a niche.
And it will provide support for Apple Music spatial audio.
Sonos has unveiled the most exciting update to its speaker line in some time, replacing the One and Five with the Era 100 and Era 300. The latter is the most interesting, because it’s designed to support spatial sound, bringing more nuance to your music. . And shortly after the couple arrived, Apple announced that the Era 300 would support spatial audio from Apple Music, giving potential buyers plenty of reason to try it out.
It’s Kona’s first clean EV Leaf, with all the benefits.
Hyundai’s Kona was a popular and well-reviewed electric car that offered a nice combination of affordability, decent range, and equipment. Now, the company has shown off its replacement, redesigned Clean Leaf with a WLTP-rated range of 304 miles. It’s also more spacious and has a lot more toolset, and while the company has yet to announce US pricing, it’s likely to be cheaper than the Ioniq 5.
Now you can do an expletive in the first moments of the video.
YouTube’s interesting style changes to colorful metaphors, the kind you’d never use in a respectable tech newsletter. Last November, the company said any shocking words in the first moments of a clip would render it ineligible for monetization. Now, those in charge have backtracked a bit, saying that only strong profanity will see a featured clip for limited ads, while milder, less edgy ones will likely be acceptable.