The same mechanics that have turned TikTok into this year’s fastest-growing social media app have brought with them a dark side: sexual predation.In an era when the failure of social media giants to police their platforms has gone from a scandal to a fact of life, an ad hoc network of young women is springing up to combat the exploitation that seems inseparable from the Chinese-owned app’s explosive success.One of the most popular kinds of videos from TikTok’s users, who are mostly young and female, are lip-synch videos, where they dance and sing along with their favorite songs. These performances are sometimes sexualized by older men who lurk on the app, sending the young creators explicit messages and, in some cases, remixing the videos and dancing along with them via a TikTok feature called “duet.”And the platform doesn’t just overlook this kind of conduct, like YouTube — its core mechanics inadvertently facilitate it. Like all social media … [Read more...] about TikTok Has A Predator Problem. A Network Of Young Women Is Fighting Back.
“Is that a… laptop?” the waitress at the diner near my apartment asked (I had taken the Lenovo Yoga 900s with me to get some work done). “Sort of!” I said, quickly bending the screen around to demonstrate the Yoga line’s defining feature: the watchband hinge that converts the device from an ultra-thin laptop to a tablet. The waitress looked on in horror. Two-in-one PCs that backflip from a laptop to a tablet have been around for years now, and Lenovo’s Yogas have always been among the best. But it’s not surprising that my waitress hadn’t seen one before, and in fact, I didn’t really have any experience with them before this review. The form factor just hasn’t caught on in the mainstream yet. Advertisement But as I discovered with the Yoga, a backflipping screen can be a lot of fun when done this well. It would be a worthy gimmick if that’s all it was, and more than enough reviews have drooled over that … [Read more...] about Lenovo Comes Dangerously Close to Perfecting the Convertible Laptop
Salivating over a dual-screen device like the LG G8X ThinQ or the upcoming Microsoft Surface Duo, but don’t have the cash to ditch your current phone? Then a Kickstarter campaign is hoping to tempt you into parting with some cash. The CastAway is a second screen for your smartphone that the creators claim will fit 95% of smartphones, giving you the dual-screen experience for less than $200. Attaching the CastAway to your phone is as easy as slipping the main case onto your phone. From there, the second screen is connected with magnets, snapping onto the side of the case. You’ll be able to hold it like a book, turn it to a landscape orientation, and even close it up fully. Imagery shows the whole system works like a small laptop, like a book, or — thanks to a separate battery in the second screen — even as two separate devices. The second screen itself is powered by Chromium, the lightweight operating system similar to the ChromeOS found on Chromebooks. … [Read more...] about The CastAway adds a Chromium-powered second screen to your smartphone