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    👍 | Russia's Twitter war rages on

    Russia has reportedly vowed to continue slowing down the Twitter mobile app. According to state communications regulator Roskomnadzor, Moscow will interrupt usage of the micro-blogging site in the country until illegal posts, which it states include child pornography, drugs, and more are banned Twitter has profusely denied all claims that such content is being used on its platform. The moderation has been in place since March, although the restrictions were improved on fixed networks in May. Twitter has been fined 38.4 million roubles ($ 511,900) in 2021 so far. It's claimed that 90 per cent o…

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    👍 | Twitter introduces aliases for Birdwatch programme

    Twitter will introduce aliases for contributors to its Birdwatch moderation programme. The social media giant made the announcement earlier this week after it emerged that contributors to the new initiative “overwhelmingly voiced a preference for contributing under aliases”. Twitter launched the pilot of Birdwatch in January The company says that its research shows that aliases have the potential to reduce bias by putting the focus not on the author of a Birdwatch note but on the messa…

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    👍 | Facebook encryption plan delayed

    Plans to roll out end-to-end encryption on Facebook and Instagram have been delayed. Parent company Meta will now wait until at least 2023 to bring messaging encryption – meaning the communications are'scrambled' in transit so can only be read by the sender and receiver and not accessed by anyone else – The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) previously claimed private messaging “is the front line of child sexual abuse”, while UK Home Secretary Priti Patel cautioned against the technology earlier this year , arguing it could “severely hamper” criminal investigati…

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    👍 | Instagram rolls out new'Rage Shake' feature to…

    Instagram is rolling out a new “Rage Shake” feature to report problems. The photo-sharing app has introduced a new feature that allows users to shake their phones to report a problem with the app, which is being called the “rage shake” feature The new feature was announced by Instagram head Adam Mosseri in a feature video posted to Twitter. He said in the clip: “You ever use Instagram and it wasn't working like it was supposed to? Maybe Stories didn't load, maybe the audio wasn't working, maybe you just couldn't upload a photo and it was just really getting you, really just p ****** you off? N…

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    👍 | Twitter stops opening links with AMP on mobile…

    Twitter has stopped supporting Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) on iOS and Android. The social media platform used to open links posted in tweets using the AMP version of a website, but according to a support page spotted by SEO consultant Christian Oliveira, the site has Now axed support for the feature. The page states that Twitter will fully retire the feature by the end of 2021, but according to data from SearchEngineLand, the retirement process has already been completed. And according to The Verge, opening a link on Twitter now takes users directly to the regular web page, rather than an A…

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    👍 | Facebook introduces new features to give people…

    Facebook is introducing new features to give people more control over their News Feed. The social media platform – whose parent company recently changed its name from Facebook to Meta – has announced plans to release new controls that will “adjust people's ranking preferences” and allow users According to BBC News, that includes functions such as increasing the number of posts from friends and family and decreasing those from groups and pages. Facebook also announced it will be making controls that already exist “ easier to access ”, such…

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    👍 | Instagram to shut down communication app Threads

    Instagram will shut down its companion app, Threads, by the end of the year. The photo sharing app launched Threads as a standalone messaging app in 2019, shortly after its other standalone messaging app, Direct, was shut down. But now, Instagram has announced that by the end of 2021, the messaging app will no longer exist. Instagram is planning to alert its existing Threads users with an in-app notice beginning on November 23, which will direct them to return to Instagram to message their friends going forward. . Threads was built as a “camera-first” mobile messenger that was designed to be use…

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    👍 | Whitney Port suffers third heartbreaking miscar…

    Whitney Port has suffered another miscarriage. The'Hills: New Beginnings' star announced earlier this month that she was pregnant, but admitted she wasn't feeling confident about it because her doctor had told her that “whatever was happening in there was not where” It was supposed to be ”. And in a heartbreaking update, the 36-year-old reality star announced on her Instagram Story:“ I'm so sad to say this, and some of you may have watched our latest YouTube episode, but lost the baby. “We found out yesterday. I don't even really know what to say here.” Whitney – who has four-year-old son Sonny…

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    📱 | NASA hopes to use singing trees to reach ano the…

    A group of NASA scientists are hoping that singing trees could help humans reach another planet. The collaboration between scientists and artists are aiming to create a partnership lasting 200 years through the Tree of Life project. A description from the Space Song Foundation reads: “[ The project] connects Earth and outer space through a song, which is sent via radio waves between an orbiting spacecraft and an unlikely technological component: a set of live trees that have been activated to operate as large, living antenna systems. ”Digital sensors will be used to pick up changes in the trees…

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    📱 | Google investing millions in Australia

    Google is investing A $ 1 billion (£ 550 million) in Australia over the next five years. The tech giant is making its largest investment in the country to date, with the money being used to build a research hub, as well as funding partnerships with Speaking at the launch of the Digital Future Initiative in Sydney, Google boss Sundar Pichai said: “Australia can help lead the world's next wave of innovation, harnessing technology to improve lives, create jobs, and make progress . ”The company will partner with the likes of the Common wealth…

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    👍 | Twitter to start showing full-size images on de…

    Twitter will now show full-size images on desktop. The social media platform previously banished cropped images on the mobile versions of its app for both iOS and Android, but until now those viewing images on desktop web browsers were still forced to deal with pictures that have been cropped bizarrely. As of Wednesday (10.11.21), Twitter is bringing the same full-size image update to desktop, meaning that viewing a picture on Twitter's web browser version will now show you the full image. Twitter confirmed the news in a tweet replying to one from May in which they announced the mobile update….

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    📱 | Google's Gmail to get a better widget for iOS

    Gmail is set to update their iOS widget to make it more useful. Google has announced it is updating its mail service to have a better functioning widget for iOS devices, which will show the subjects and senders of the emails sitting in your inbox. The company says the new widget will be “launching in the next few weeks,” to replace the previous version, which wasn't well received by Gmail users. According to 9to5Google, the update will mean that Gmail's iOS widget will have the same functionality as the current Android one. The original iOS widget only provided shortcuts to different screens o…

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    📱 | Google launches Pet Portraits app to find'art…

    Google has launched a new tool which matches pets to their “art doubles”. Pet Portraits – which uses machine learning to match someone's furry friend with their doppelganger from collections in institutions around the world – has been added to the tech giant's Arts & Culture App Michelle Luo – Product Manager, Google Arts & Culture – explained in a blog post: “When you take a photo in Pet Portraits, our trained computer vision algorithm recognizes where your pet is, crops the image and puts them where they belong: front and center. “Once that is done, a machine learn i…

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    📱 | Google's foldable phone rumoured for 2022

    Google's rumoured foldable phone could be arriving next year. The tech giant has been rumoured to be working on a folding Google Pixel phone that will rival the new range of foldable Samsung devices, and it has now been claimed the models could be released as soon as 2022. Google recently released the new Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro phones, and although there were no announcements about a folding phone at the company's latest launch event, 9to5Google claims there's a new code hidden in the Google Camera app that suggests a foldable Pixel will see an official release next year. There has also see mi…

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    👍 | Instagram post previews return to Twitter

    Instagram post previews have made a return to Twitter. The photo-sharing platform has brought back support for Twitter to preview a snippet of a post when shared on the rival social media site, nine years after it was removed. Instagram controversially took the feature away. when it was acquired by Facebook – which is now known as Meta – in 2012, but it has begun to return to some users this week, according to BBC News. The feature shows a small preview of the Instagram post when it is shared on Twitter , and both platforms have confirmed the reinstated feature will be available to everyone soon…

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    📱 | Google working on better ways to find files in…

    Google is working on a more user-friendly way to find files in Google Drive. The tech giant is preparing to beta test new filters in Google Drive that will make it easier than ever for users to find their files. The new feature, named' Search Chips', adds a line of filters to the top of the Drive interface, which will allow users to search by things like file type, last modification date, or which other users are associated with a specific file. Google Drive already has some search filtering options, but currently they are relatively basic and are hidden away behind a sub-menu in the search ba…

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    👍 | Jay-Z quits Instagram after a day

    Jay-Z has quit Instagram after just a day. The 51-year-old rapper caused a social media stir when he joined the platform on Tuesday (02.11.21) but, despite amassing more than 1.8 million followers, his account has now been removed. During his brief time on Instagram, Jay only followed his wife Beyonce and his first post and Instagram Story featured a countdown and poster for the release of new Netflix movie'The Harder They Fall'. The '99 Problems' hitmaker serves as a producer for the film – which launched on the streaming platform on Wednesday (03.11.21) – and also wrote the music. The Weste…

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    👍 | Facebook steps up battle against climate crisis…

    Facebook is looking to step up its battle against climate crisis misinformation. The social media platform has activated a feature – which is designed for critical public events – to use keyword detection to help fact-checkers to target and remove misinformation on the site, and give users access to the most accurate information. In a blog post, the company's vice president Nick Clegg wrote: “Social media companies have the power to connect people with each other to make a difference at scale, climate marginalized voices, and share powerful information. “We want to play our part by helping peo…

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    📱 | WhatsApp will be blocked for millions of iOS an…

    WhatsApp will be blocked for millions of users from today (01.11.21). The messaging giant – which is owned by Facebook Inc – will stop working for users whose phones are too old to upgrade, meaning they will have to update the actual device and The FAQ section of the WhatsApp website reads: “We provide support for and recommend using the following devices: Android running OS 4.1 and newer iPhone running iOS 10 and newer. KaiOS 2.5.0 and newer, including JioPhone and JioPhone 2 Once you have one of these de…

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    📱 | Google to bring locked photo folders to iOS in…

    Google will bring its locked photo folders to iOS devices next year. The tech company's Google Photos app rolled the Locked Folders feature on newer Google Pixel phones in June this year, which allowed users to hide sensitive photos and videos from their main library and secure them And after promising in September that the feature would be made available on all Android devices “soon”, Google has now expanded its rollout of the feature to include those with iPhones and other iOS devices. In a passcode- or biometric-protected folder. a blog post rounding up the company's security initiatives…

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    📱 | Google sets up waiting lists for Pixel 6 Pro

    Google has set up waiting lists for its Pixel 6 Pro because of high demand. The tech company released its latest line of mobile phones, the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, this month, but due to extremely high demand for the top end model they' ve had to set up specific waiting lists that will let people know when more phones are in stock. On the Google Store, there's now a banner advertising the waitlist at the top of the landing page for the Pixel 6 Pro. The company said: “ Due to high demand, some Pixel 6 Pro models may be out of stock or have long delivery times. Get notified when they're back in stock,…

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    👍 | Twitter opens up new features for Twitter Blue…

    Twitter will let Twitter Blue subscribers try out new features early. The tech giant regularly tests out new features for its platform ahead of a general rollout, and it has now been confirmed those who subscribe to Twitter Blue – which is Twitter's new paid version of the platform – will have the option of being among the very first people to try out features as they're released. The company said this week that subscribers will get early access to some new features under a new Labs banner, and there's already some new content that Twitter Blue subscribers can access. In a tweet posted by the…

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    👍 | Facebook will change its name to Meta

    Facebook is changing its name to Meta. The social media giant announced it would be rebranding earlier this month, and on Thursday (28.10.21) it was officially announced during the company's Connect event that the new name will be Meta. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said : “We are a company that builds technology to connect. Together, we can finally put people at the center of our technology. And together, we can unlock a massively bigger creator economy. To reflect who we are and what we hope to build. ”Zuckerberg said the name had come as he hopes he can build his company to be seen as a“ metaverse com…

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    📱 | Google rolls out spam-blocking call feature to…

    Google are set to roll out their spam-blocking call feature to more Pixel phones. The tech giants currently have a feature named Call Screen built into their Pixel phones in markets in the US, Canada, and Japan, and it has now been announced they Call Screen seamlessly roots out spam and other unwanted calls from mobile phones, and will be coming to users in Australia, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain, and the UK. The feature uses the Google Assistant to send automated check-in messages to callers to figure out who they are and why the…

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    👍 | Dianne Buswell could earn £ 3,000 per Instagram…

    Dianne Buswell could earn over £ 3,000 for a single Instagram post, making her the highest-paid influencer to come from'Strictly Come Dancing.'Despite her early exit from the show this year, Dianne tops the'Strictly Influencer' list compiled by Cosmetify .com, which claims she can earn £ 3,355 per post on the social media platform. A spokesperson told Daily Mirror newspaper: “Each episode of'Strictly Come Dancing' is viewed by millions suggesting that the professionals can expect to gain even more followers on social media, which increases opportunities for the dancers outside of the Strictly…

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    👍 | Instagram begins allowing posts from PC and Mac

    Instagram is allowing users to post pictures via PC, Mac, and iPad. The photo-based social media site has unveiled a major update to the desktop versions of its platform, including the ability to actually post pictures and updates using your computer rather than your phone. Instagram began rolling out new feature earlier this week, and comes as the Instagram community has “long requested” that developers give them the ability to post via their computers. Up until now, the desktop version of the app only allowed users to view their Instagram feeds, as well as leave likes and comments on posts,…

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    📱 | Google to make it easier for Android users to s…

    Google is making it easier to separate your work and personal life on Android phones. The tech company have announced they are rolling out their Work Profile tool to more users next year, which allows Android users to hide their work apps and data with the flip of In a blog post from Google, the company said the feature is currently limited to phones that your workplace manages, but they are planning to make it available to people using Google Workspace in 2022 . After that, it will branch out further, with the ultimate goal…

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    👍 | Twitter is finally rolling out Spaces to everyone

    Twitter is rolling out Spaces to all users. The social media giant launched Spaces – which give users the ability to join audio-centric chatrooms – in November 2020, but until now, the ability to actually create and host a Space was limited to users with 600 followers or more. But on Thursday (21.10.21), Twitter announced it is finally giving all users access to hosting their own Spaces. They tweeted: “the time has arrived — we're now rolling out the ability for everyone on iOS and Android to host a Space “if this is your first time hosting, welcome! (Sic)” According to The Verge, the update…

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    👍 | Facebook Messenger launches augmented reality f…

    Facebook Messenger is experimenting with augmented reality (AR) features. The social media giant's independent messaging app is rolling out new AR experiences to video calls and Messenger Rooms, which is the app's multi-call feature. Facebook have said these features will be called “ group effects ”, and will work for everyone on the video call, as Facebook says it's aiming to make AR effects a shared experience. Users can now choose from a library of over 70 group effects and games that can be used in all of their chats . To check out the new group effects, start a video call or create a room, t…

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    📱 | Google unveils Pixel 6 smartphone

    Google has unveiled the Pixel 6 smartphone. The device contains the tech company's first self-designed computer chip – the'Tensor' processor. Google says that the processor enables new features that are powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning. It is also the first Rick Osterloh, Google's head of devices, told BBC News: “The whole goal when we started was to reach this point.” Really, this is our original vision that we're finally able to get to after building a lot of capab…

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    👍 | Facebook reportedly considering name change

    Facebook is reportedly planning to change its name as a part of a rebrand. US technology blog The Verge has claimed that the announcement could be made at the Facebook Connect conference on October 28 or possibly evenly. The report comes as the company's chief Mark Zuckerberg stresses that his company is focused on building the metaverse, an approach where people are present as avatars online and move through a digital representation of the real world. The Verge has reported that the rebrand could help Facebook to separate its social networking platforms, which also include Instagram…

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    👍 | Facebook to roll out'less political' news feed…

    Facebook is rolling out its “less political” newsfeed in 75 more countries. The social media giant has already introduced a revamped version of its News Feed in the United States, as well as Costa Rica, Sweden, Spain, Ireland, Canada, Brazil, And it has now announced it will be expanding the update – which was set up to try and weed out political content from people's everyday Facebook timelines – to a further 75 countries around the world. Currently, it's not known what countries will be getting the update next, but a spokesperson confirmed the company is showing the News Feed…

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    👍 | Facebook removing'severe sexualising content'…

    Facebook will remove “severe sexualising content” targeting public figures. The social networking site has updated its bullying and harassment policies and and vowed to remove profiles, pages, groups and events which are dedicated to sexualising public figures, which includes politicians, celebrities and content creators. In a blog post, Antigone Davis – Facebook's global head of safety – Public figures — whether they're politicians, journalists, celebrities or creators — use Facebook and Instagram to engage directly with their followers… “We made these changes because attacks like these can…

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    📱 | Google wants to make 2FA easier for users

    Google is introducing a new way for users to sign into their accounts using backup codes. The tech giant is looking to make it easier for people who have lost their smartphones and need to use two-factor authentication (2FA) or two-step verification ( 2SV), and they're doing so with a new backup codes page. On the Google Workspace blog, the company explained: “Rather than generating or accessing backup codes from the 2-step verification homepage, users be taken to a dedicated backup codes page. “Here, users can generate new backup codes or re-fresh for additional backup codes, and print or down…

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    👍 | Facebook goes down for the second time this week

    Facebook users were left unable to use services again on Friday (08.10.21) The social media giant suffered the second error this week on Friday when users were left unable to access both Facebook and Instagram. In a statement, the firm said: “We 're aware that some people are having trouble accessing our apps and products. “We're working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible and we apologize for any inconvenience.” Friday's problem saw Instagram hit the hardest, but people had also reported being unable to access Facebook's main social media site. The issue came just days after Fa…