Twitter acquires London-based groups chat app startup ‘Sphere’

Social media giant Twitter has reportedly acquired a London-based startup company called Sphere that is known for their group chat app service. The team from Sphere will be joining Twitter and will work on various services within Twitter such as Communities, Direct Messages, and Creators initiatives.

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Google Phone app introduces Wait Times and Direct My Call features for the Pixel 6

Yesterday during their Pixel 6 launch event, Google introduced a couple of new updates for their Android Phone app, including two new features called Wait Times and Direct My Call. These two features designed to help when calling businesses, and in addition Google also introduced the ability for users to share information about unknown businesses.

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Google introduces Magic Eraser tool for Google Photos on Pixel 6 series

With the launch of the Pixel 6 series smartphones, Google unveiled a number of smart features that are exclusive with the smartphone. One among of these is a feature called Magic Eraser, which uses AI to remove distractions and objects in photos.

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Clubhouse update introduces Music mode and improved Search feature

Clubhouse,  the popular audio chat-room app, has announced the rollout of two new features for their iOS and Android apps. Users can now enjoy a new “Music Mode” that will enable higher quality stereo sound, and the Search feature in app’s hallway section.

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Facebook announces Ego4D AI project to collect first-person view data

Over the years, Facebook has made a number of investments in their artificial intelligence (AI) technology. The company has now announced the launch of a new long-term project called Ego4D, which aims at improving the challenges that AI faces around egocentric perception.

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WhatsApp end-to-end encrypted backups rolling out on iOS and Android globally

Earlier last month, WhatsApp announced that end-to-end encrypted backups will be rolling out soon. As promised, the company has started rolling out end-to-end encrypted backups feature on iOS and Android globally now. Continue reading “WhatsApp end-to-end encrypted backups rolling out on iOS and Android globally”

Facebook planning to introduce new prompts to redirect teens from harmful content

Facebook has announced their plans to introduce new features for their social media platforms that would work towards discouraging teenagers from consuming harmful content. The announcement comes just as Facebook is facing a problem with a whistleblower who testified against the company’s problematic practices.

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Twitter testing warning prompts when participating in heated or intense conversations

It isn’t uncommon for public conversations on social media platforms to become heated, intense and toxic. To help reduce the chances of having a negative interaction, Twitter is testing a new prompt that will warn users of the possibility of the conversation to become heated or intense.

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Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram outage caused by faulty networking configuration

If you used any social media platform yesterday, you might have realised that Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger services went down for a couple of hours yesterday. The services were restored yesterday, but not before it created an internet spectacle as loads of people flocked to other services like Twitter with funny tweets and memes.

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Facebook is rolling out Reels within Facebook app starting from the US

Update: September 29, 2021 – After testing it for a month, Facebook has announced that it has started rolling out Reels on Facebook for iOS and Android in the US. Continue reading “Facebook is rolling out Reels within Facebook app starting from the US”

Skype to introduce modernized call stage screen, improved audio calling UI, redesigned Meet Now lobby and more

Skype has announced a couple of new changes that are aimed at modernizing and improving the experience of communicating on the platform. These include various new updates to the video calling screen, new themes and customization options, a new TwinCam feature and more.

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YouTube Music app with offline download now available for select WearOS 2 smartwatches

The YouTube Music app has now begun rolling out for select WearOS 2 smartwatches. One of the highlight features of the app is support for offline downloads that allows YouTube Music Premium subscribers to download music directly on to their WearOS smartwatch for an ad-free listening experience without being near their smartphone.

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Twitter rolls out Tips payment, including tipping with Bitcoin starting with iOS users

A couple of months ago, Twitter began testing a new feature called Tips that would allow users to directly send money to their favourite account. The company has now begun rolling out the feature to iOS users first, supporting multiple payment services and multiple types of currency, including crypto.

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realme Band 2 with 1.4-inch color touch display, SpO2 monitoring and realme Smart TV Neo 32″ launching in India on September 24

realme today announced the launch of realme Band 2, the company’s second generation smart band as the successor to the last year’s realme Band in India on September 24th. This was launched in Malaysia earlier this week. The design of the screen resembles the HONOR Band 6 / HUAWEI Band 6, but this has a 1.4-inch LCD screen compared to AMOLED screen in the HONOR Band 6. Continue reading “realme Band 2 with 1.4-inch color touch display, SpO2 monitoring and realme Smart TV Neo 32″ launching in India on September 24”