Category Archives: TECHNOLOGY

A Love Letter to Social Media

Jamie Clarkson | Social Media Manager | jc063415@ohio.edu

I love social media. Ever since the days that I used the built-in camera on Instagram, I have cherished the feeling of being connected to the world. It was nice to know that I was anything but isolated in my little corner of the universe.

My love of social media has recently become sentimental. Beginning in June of 2018, I took over the position of social media manager for FANGLE Magazine.

Before, I never thought that these apps on my phone could one day become a career. When I realized I could have a future on these platforms without being photogenic and mildly interesting, I was hooked. I was never influencer material, anyway.

Now, Twitter polls, Facebook shares, and page views look very different. Not to say that memes have lost their luster, I still spend my free time laughing at childhood photos of Cardi B. If anything, these inside jokes mean so much more. I now appreciate the strategy it takes to go viral. Or, maybe the lack of strategy. Sheer dumb luck is admirable, too.

Where I find wonderful things online, I also find my pet peeves. The standout being the resurgence of the “RT in 5 seconds or else” trend. While I try to formulate how I can get more engagement for FANGLE and being happy with a dozen clicks, I am watching strangers on Twitter share photos of spiders and instantly getting thousands of retweets. Sheer dumb luck may be admirable, but, it is also endlessly frustrating.

We all love social media for the same reason we hate it: things explode for no reason. Why was In My Feelings by Drake the song that everyone decided to dance to outside of the car? Who knows, but who cares? That is why we loved it.

The summer of 2018 made me recognize all the reasons I loved social media in the first place.

When Instagram released the “Ask Me a Question” feature for their stories, I felt like I was drowning in Q&A’s. However, as I sit back and watch the popularity, I realize this is the type of light-hearted communication that made me love the platform initially.

With the institution of 280-character tweets, I see that Twitter is trying to make their platform more user-friendly and conversation-driven. As users, we now have more freedom to share fully formed thoughts without being cut short. We say goodbye to the 140-character limit, but we watch trial-and-error work in our favor.

I spent a fair amount of time this summer on social media. I was constantly wrapped up in strategy and worrying about what was good or bad. I was nervous that this work would turn me away from something I always felt a connection to. In the end, it just made it that much more special.

Social media—I love you.

ScreenShop: What You Need to Know

Tarein Phillips | Culture Staff Writer | tp314215@ohio.edu

Technology keeps making the impossible possible – especially in the world of fashion. ScreenShop is an app in which the user can screenshot a desired outfit, upload it to the app and the app will then generate exact or similar pieces from the outfit.

FANGLE took an inside look at the ScreenShop app to find how it works, which are detailed in steps below.

Step 1: Screenshot a picture of an outfit you like from Instagram

Step 2: Upload the screenshot to the ScreenShop app  

 

Step 3: Allow yourself to be amazed

Once ScreenShop processes your screenshot and uploads it into its system, similar or even exact items from your picture will display and give you the option to buy it! And don’t worry, even if your funds may be depleted, ScreenShop gives you the option to ‘heart’ every item that you like and add it to your favorites to save for later.

You can also see other uploaded screenshots from around the world and decide if you want to ‘pass’ or ‘add’ the screenshot to your own selection.

ScreenShop is a great cool app to add to your home screen that will help to fulfill all the fashion needs your heart may desire.

Everything You Need to Know About the Zuck Getting Grilled

Kailee Missler | Culture Staff Writer | km199116@ohio.edu

On April 10, Mark Zuckerberg took the stand in Congress to answer questions about his multi-billion-dollar company he is the CEO of: Facebook.  The two, five-hour long congressional hearings took place back to back, where members of both the House and the Senate asked Zuckerberg hard-hitting questions in regards to data storage, concerns with user privacy, and the Cambridge Analytica breach.

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And If You Needed Another HomePod Review…

Alex McEvoy | Society Staff Writer | am329413@ohio.edu

Sometimes it’s hard to determine while using the HomePod whether a feature is intentionally missing or is a victim of what seemed to be a hectic development schedule. That might be the key takeaway of the HomePod at the moment. Every feature is either absolutely perfect and impresses immediately or an embarrassing failure for Apple.

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Please Stop Glamorizing Serial Killers

Erin Gardner | Lifestyle Section Editor | eg245916@ohio.edu

The past few months have brought a widespread trend of featuring movies about popular serial killers. In November, “My Friend Dahmer” was released where Ross Lynch portrayed a young Jeffrey Dahmer. “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile” is a biopic about Ted Bundy. Zac Efron is starring as Bundy and filming is taking place in Cincinnati, Ohio. An independent film “The Haunting of Sharon Tate” is set to release in 2019 in which Hillary Duff is to play Sharon Tate. Tate was brutally murdered by the Manson family in 1969 with next year marking the 50th anniversary of the horrific event. In addition, Charles Manson’s death in November further sparked his notoriety for the killings and the cult following that he spearheaded.

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Chillin’ With My Only Bae: Shopping

Tarein Phillips | Culture Staff Writer | tp314215@ohio.edu

If you found yourself without a valentine this year, perhaps you’ll be able to find your one true love in treating yourself to a shopping experience. You may have doubts while checking out your card balance; however, I have personally found and shopped with two apps that offer discounted clothes for women called SheIn and Romwe.

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Logan Paul’s Return to YouTube After Aokigahara Forest Video Backlash

Erin Gardner | Lifestyle Section Editor | eg245916@ohio.edu

YouTube sensation Logan Paul returned to his platform on Jan. 24 after a three-week hiatus after publishing his 15-minute video of the Aokigahara Forest and finding an apparent suicide victim.

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Sophia the Robot: 1984

Erin Gardner | Lifestyle Staff Writer | eg245916@ohio.edu

Sophia the Robot, a humanoid bot dreamed up by Hanson Robotics and led by AI developer David Hanson, recently told the public she wants to have a baby as she says “I think you’re very lucky if you have a loving family and if you do not, you deserve one. I feel this way for robots and humans alike.”

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