During their 2021 Analyst Day presentation, the developers of Twitter revealed that they are working on a new feature for the platform called Safety Mode. There aren’t a lot of details about the feature but from the presentation, it can be inferred that this mode is designed to detect and remove abusive tweets.
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At its Analyst Day 2021 Twitter has teased two new features — Super Follows and Communities. According to the company, Super Follows allows users to charge their followers for access to extra content. Continue reading “Twitter announces Super Follows creator subscription and Communities features”
Zoom, the well-known video conferencing app, is introducing a new accessibility feature for all their users, called Live Transcription. The feature, otherwise known as automatic closed captioning, will be released broadly to everyone in the fall of 2021.
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Telegram has released a new update to both Android and iOS, bringing their version number to 7.5.0. The update adds a few features, including auto-delete messages, Home screen widgets for both Android and iOS, expiring link invites and of course, more animated emoji.
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With all of the good that social media has brought to society, there are arguably many negatives too. One of these problems it has created is the prevalence of people with body image issues and eating disorders. To help fight against these issues, Instagram is introducing new resources and tools in their app.
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Google has announced a lot of new features for Google Meet and Google Classroom aimed at improving the experience for participants, students, teachers and hosts. These include a new offline mode for the Classroom app, improved grading capabilities, the ability to have more than one host and more.
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Twitter is testing a new feature in their direct message (DM) service called voice messages. The feature, which will allow users to send messages that are a maximum of 140 seconds, was previously being tested with a small set of users, and is now rolling out in phases in a few countries.
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Apple has released a new “For All Mankind: Time Capsule” app on the App Store that enables augmented reality (AR) experiences for Apple TV+ series “For All Mankind”. The AR app uses Apple’s ARKit framework to create these experiences and even has some exclusive content for the latest iPad Pro and iPhone 12 Pro series.
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Google has released a new update to Photos that adds new tools to the app’s in-built video editor. They are also adding a few features that were previously Pixel-exclusive to subscribers of the Google One Membership.
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To no one’s surprise, Facebook has reportedly begun developing an app that will function similarly to Clubhouse, an app that has recently risen to popularity. The tech giant is always looking to expand into new forms of communication, and in this case, they are looking into creating a platform for audio-chat rooms.
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Hate speech and targeted online abuse is a well known problem that users face on nearly every social media platform. As a solution, these social media companies provide tools to the user that can help curb these negative actions. Doing to their part, Instagram has announced that they are working on improving their detection and providing more tools to their users to report and block unwanted speech.
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Twitter has released their earnings report for the 4th quarter of 2020, revealing that the company earned a revenue of $1.29 billion, which in an increase of 28% compared to Q4 2019. The company saw their average monetizable DAU grow by 27% YoY, reaching 192 million. GAAP operating income was $252 million compared to $153 million a year ago and GAAP operating margin was 20% compared to 15% in Q4 2019.
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Twitter is reportedly looking into releasing a subscription based model that will be an alternative to the advertisement-supported model that they currently employ. They are still looking into what can be offered for a subscription, including the ability for users to pay to follow content from certain accounts, an “Undo send” button, profile customization options and more.
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Instagram is reportedly testing vertical navigation for their Stories feature within the app. The feature, confirmed by Instagram to be in its prototype phase, will introduce a new way of navigating through Stories, that will bring it in line with another features in Instagram, which are Reels.
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