Ello Promises No Ads Ever, Facebook Parties Like It’s 1999 [Tech News Digest]
Also, Christian Bale lands Jobs, PhotoMath solves sums for you, Memeoirs turns your dumb conversations into dumb books, and the comic sans typewriter no one asked for.
Ello Promises No Ads Ever, Guaranteed
Ello, the anti-Facebook that launched earlier this year, has committed to never showing ads and never selling user data. These key promises are made in the Ello Charter which the social network has sent out to all users. To enshrine these promises into law in some way, Ello has also converted to being a Public Benefit Corporation (PBC) in Delaware.
Ello has grown massively over the past month or so, with 1 million people now using the social network and another 3 million in the queue for invites. This surge in interest led Ello to raise $5.5 million in venture funding, but with investors out to make money, this puts the pressure on Ello to start bringing in revenues.
If Ello isn’t going to make money by selling advertising space, it will have to do so in another way, so expect premium features costing a few dollars apiece to be added to the social network sooner rather than later. How users will react to that change remains to be seen.
I’m now on Ello thanks to an invite from a MakeUseOf colleague, and what’s clear is that Ello is all about potential. Right now, there is nothing much going on and very little to see or do, but that could change in the future. Or not. After all, Google+ still hasn’t fulfilled its potential more than three years after launch.
Facebook Launches Anonymous Rooms
RIP, Facebook Rooms.
— John Paczkowski (@JohnPaczkowski) October 23, 2014
Facebook has launched a new standalone app called Rooms [Broken URL Removed]. Initially available on iOS, but with an Android version planned for 2015, Rooms lets anyone (even those not on Facebook) create a space dedicated to a particular topic. These spaces act like vertical forums, and look and feel like something built for the early days of the Web . Circa 1999, perhaps.
Each of the separate spaces created using Rooms is highly customizable, and the creator decides who to allow in. Invitations are sent out, with a QR code used to gain entry. To avoid illegal activity, moderators can ban anyone, while Facebook reserves the right to delete any Rooms it deems unsavory.
Keep your browsers pointed at MakeUseOf for a more extensive write-up of Rooms coming soon.
Christian Bale Playing Steve Jobs
Christian Bale has been cast in the role of Apple founder Steve Jobs in the upcoming biopic by Aaron Sorkin. The producers of the film, based on Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs, were so sure Bale is the man for the job that he didn’t even have to audition.
There have already been two films based on the life and times of Steve Jobs : Jobs, which cast Aston Kutcher in the main role, and iSteve, a Funny or Die parody which cast Justin Long in the main role. However, this film is likely to be the definitive Steve Jobs biopic, and the casting of Christian Bale only solidifies that assumption.
PhotoMath App Solves Sums For You
Do you have a maths problem you cannot solve? There’s now an app for that. Proving there’s an app for pretty much everything these days, PhotoMath enables thickos to solve maths equations without exercising their gray matter.
Users simply take a photo of the maths problem they’re stuck on and PhotoMath will solve it using text recognition technology. As well as the answer, PhotoMath provides the step-by-step instructions on how to arrive at said answer. Which could prove to be a problem for maths teachers everywhere.
Memeoirs Turns Online Chats Into Books
You can now turn your emails, Facebook chats or WhatsApp conversations into a hardback book. Memeoirs takes your online chitchat and transforms it into a book. This means you can forever preserve all of those pointless online conversations you usually forget too easily. Why you would want to do so is beyond us, but each to their own.
The Ludicrous Comic Sans Typewriter
And finally, comic sans is quite possibly the most hated font ever conceived , so a typewriter modified to use comic sans may be the most hateful thing ever created. Sincerity Machine by Jesse England is just an art project, meaning this thing won’t be going on sale. Ever. Be thankful for small mercies.
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