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Ello Promises No Ads Ever, Facebook Parties Like It’s 1999 [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 24-10-2014

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 Meet Ello: The Hip New Social Network You Need To Know About It has been said that when a social network makes a small change, it cause a schism, sending users fleeing elsewhere. They're heading to Read More 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 Ello Starts Charging For New Features, Yahoo Directory Shutting Down, And More... [Tech News Digest] Also, Thom Yorke sells torrents, the end of PlayStation Home, and BendGate continues into a second week. Read More 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 It's Not Really Dead: 7 Reasons To Start Using Google+ Today I wake up in the morning, and check what's new on Google+. Yes, really. Google is putting a lot of brawn and brains behind the social network everyone loves to hate, and it shows. Read More more than three years after launch.

Facebook Launches Anonymous Rooms

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 Go Back in Time: How 12 Big Websites Looked Years Ago Travel back in time and revisit the past by seeing how these notable and popular websites looked like all those years ago. Read More . 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 8 Really Geeky but Creative Ways to Use QR Codes at Home The plain-Jane QR code had a hi-tech beginning – Toyota used them in their manufacturing process for scanning automobile components. From there, QR codes have made the journey to even fashion ramps. That demonstrates their... Read More 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 Instant Inspiration: Watch Steve Jobs' Greatest Ever Speeches Not everybody is a fan of Apple. Nor was everybody a fan of Steve Jobs, one of the two Steves who founded the company, and the one who turned it from an also-ran into the... Read More : 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.

PhotoMath is available for free on iOS and on Windows Phone now, with an Android version currently in the works.

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 Combat Chronic Comic Sans Font Misusage With These 3 Sites It seems like wherever you are, there is always going to be some form of the printed word within your field of view. With so many words floating around, designers take great care to make... Read More , 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.

Your Views On Today’s Tech News

Do you applaud Ello for promising never to sell advertising? Will Rooms be a successful app for Facebook? Do you love or hate comic sans?

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