As for the new phones’ 120Hz displays, they now use adaptive refresh, a technology similar to Apple’s ProMotion that makes scrolling more fluid. Samsung’s new Eye Comfort Shield feature reduces the display’s blue light automatically as you near bedtime, a technique that’s supposed to be easier on the eyes. However, the Galaxy S21 and S21+ have lower-resolution screens than their predecessors and no longer have curved edges, possibly a bit of cost-control on Samsung’s part to help it hit their new lower prices. … [Read more...] about Samsung’s new Galaxy S21 smartphones bring high-end features down to earth
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But, in many cases, people still seem unsure as to where to find the information when the time comes, as evidenced by a recent Twitter thread. “My 90 yo mom in Chicago & her dr have no idea & can get no info,” said one user, just as another said her tech-friendly, 90-year old grandfather in Louisiana was pulled off a waitlist due to overwhelming demand, but wasn’t told how to reapply. One user in Virginia, who said they were in the high-risk health category (1c), the next group to be tackled in much of the state, said they were worried that they wouldn’t know when they’d be eligible. … [Read more...] about How will you actually know when it’s your turn to get the COVID-19 vaccine?
When I (Hana) worked with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at the United States Digital Service—a federal team of technologists—the agency was recovering from the stinging fallout of its Randomizer app, which purported to reduce racial profiling by TSA agents. Instead, it was a $47,000 app that randomly generated an arrow that pointed left or right. When I came on board, the agency was facing another problem—security lines so long that they stretched out of the airport and caused people to miss their flights. TSA leadership proposed solving the problem with . . . an app. This time the team conducted user research, which determined that an app was not the right solution, and the plan was scrapped. … [Read more...] about ‘When can I schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment?’ Why the government can’t answer this simple question
Just five months after introducing Stories, Instagram began testing ads within the feature—which, since they commandeer the entire screen, offer marketers the sort of undivided user attention they crave. “We love how Instagram tells stories—it’s 100% picture and video based,” says Emma May, senior director of marketing for Turner Sports, which is experimenting with the format to promote its basketball broadcasts. “What we do from an NBA on TNT standpoint fits really well within that medium.” According to a chart from a September 2016 Advertiser Perceptions report buried on page 114 of Snap’s IPO filing, Snapchat rates first among digital ad platforms in satisfaction, but it trails Instagram and Facebook when marketers were asked whether they planned to increase their ad spend. … [Read more...] about How Instagram Changed—Before It Had To
Looking ahead, brands should plan to transition from vague, catch-all statements—be they in support of a nonpartisan unity or general voting advocacy—to more specific forms of civic engagement, ideally backed by years of work in those chosen areas. Leaders of ice cream maker Ben & Jerry’s say they had to speak out after the the killing of George Flloyd and the Capitol riots; their statements are an extension of their core values, supported by years of anti-racist work at the grassroots level. Customers, meanwhile, have rewarded the brand with loyalty: parent company Unilever saw at-home ice cream sales climb 26% in the second quarter of 2020. … [Read more...] about The U.S. is more divided than ever. Your business could be the bridge