You can now get at your Instagram DMs on the web

Maria J. Danford

Instagram users have been able to view photos and stories on the web for a while now, but the latest upgrade to the online app adds direct messages as well.

That means you can slide in and out of your Insta DMs right in your web browser, without touching your phone. Based on the official tweet announcing the news, it looks as though the feature is live right now for everyone around the world.

If you’re new to the whole Instagram-on-the-web experience, you need to open the site here and then log in using your account credentials. Your DMs can

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I’ve finally figured out why foldable phones actually exist

Maria J. Danford

Ever since the first foldable phones were foisted upon us, I’ve been struggling to understand their purpose.

They’re cool, sure — and technologically speaking, they’re incredibly impressive. But from a practical, ten-fingered human perspective, what benefit do they actually provide? I’ve yet to hear a single unambiguous answer. And that’s to say nothing of all the significant downsides and compromises they require.

At first, I assumed the foldable phone fad was similar to other questionable-benefit smartphone trends of the moment — counterproductive elements like “waterfall displays,” cutouts in the active viewing areas of screens in exchange for smaller borders

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How to change your face in Zoom with Snapchat’s desktop camera app

Maria J. Danford

Looking for a way to spice up Zoom meetings? Snap Camera can transform you into a potato, give you dog ears, and create more ways to make video conferencing fun.

Zoom may be facing scrutiny over its security shortcomings, but since the outbreak of COVID-19 and the resulting shift to at-home work, it’s practically become eponymous with having meetings of any kind.

Like any type of meeting, virtual ones can become a bit dull too, but Zoom has ways to spice up video calls: You may have already tried to use Zoom’s virtual backgrounds, or maybe even tried to create

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How to Round Out Cloud Talent

Maria J. Danford

Getting the cloud talent you need when you need it can be tough, but creative problem-solving can help.
Image: yingyaipumi - stock.adobe.com

Image: yingyaipumi – stock.adobe.com

Your company probably has cloud talent gaps. Even if you have all the skill sets you need, you could lose precious team members to other companies that are willing to offer more interesting challenges, more attractive compensation packages or both.

There’s a shortage of cloud talent these days because digital transformation necessitates more cloud talent and cloud vendors are poaching enterprise staff. Increasingly, organizations are replacing on-premises software with SaaS, their new applications have cloud-first designs, they’re moving

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The Hunt for Hazardous Asteroids Continues, Even After Most Telescopes Have Closed

Maria J. Danford

As the COVID-19 crisis continues around the planet, humanity’s gaze is firmly fixed on the pandemic playing out around us. Meanwhile, more than 100 of Earth’s largest research telescopes have been forced to shutter their doors, Astronomy magazine reported this week. 

It’s the perfect time for an asteroid to strike, many space fans deadpanned in reply.

But there’s no need to worry about an incoming asteroid — not any more than usual, at least. Despite the closures, Earth’s top asteroid-hunting instruments remain on the prowl for potentially deadly space rocks.

NASA funds most major asteroid-hunting efforts. The space agency has

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