It seems that no matter how many "good deeds" the tech giants do, they will still face backlashes from authorities and countries. And one can't help but wonder; are countries trying to limit the Big Tech powers out of caring about their citizens' rights or out of fear of losing their power and authority to the tech giants?
Without any further ado, Here is our round-up of the latest tech stories of the week:
6 of the Most Innovative Products Revealed at CES 2021— Al Bawaba Business (@AlBawabaBiz) January 19, 2021
-LG Rollable smartphone
-Samsung’s Bot Handy Robot
-AirPop Active+ Smart Mask
-Mercedes-Benz MBUX Hyperscreen#AlBawabaBusiness #Technology #CES2021
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Launched in August last year, Reels allows users to fun record videos with music.
Hellooooo, Reels ?— Instagram (@instagram) August 5, 2020
Introducing a new way to create and discover short, entertaining videos on Instagram.
Reels is rolling out today to more than 50 countries around the world.
Despite the feature's modest success, Head of Instagram, Adam Mosseri, is not very content with Reels' performance. In a Podcast with Verge’s Decoder, Mosseri said: “We’re growing both in terms of how much people are sharing and how much people are consuming, but we have a long way to go. And we have to be honest that TikTok is ahead.”
Last October, Ankara issued a law in which social media platforms must hire a local representative if they want to still operate in the country.
On Tuesday, Turkey announced the ad ban on any social media giants who failed to hire a local representative plus a fine of $5.43 million. Twitter, Pinterest and Periscope were affected by this ban.
After being fined, Facebook announced that they’re in the process of appointing a legal representative.
Social media giant Facebook has announced that it will appoint a representative to Turkey in line with the country's draconian social media law. https://t.co/5nCfZqhsKu— Duvar English (@DuvarEnglish) January 19, 2021
Other platforms like LinkedIn, YouTube, TikTok, VK, and DailyMotion have also agreed to hire representatives in Turkey.
According to Albawaba, Italy has ordered TikTok to block users' accounts that didn't verify their age following the accidental death of a 10-year-old girl while performing one of TikTok's challenges.
The Italian authority started a comprehensive investigation of the shocking accident as there might be possible incitement to suicide.
Thanks to this new feature, people now can check out the apps that are trending and most downloaded on the app store.
Source: Android Police
Although users won’t be able to know how many slots have the app moved up or down or the download rates, it would help developers, publishers, and others who might be interested to check out the ranks of the apps on the Play store.
Facebook to Use AI to predict if a COVID Patient needs further healthcare
The tech giant Facebook announced the utilizing of AI in predicting whether a COVID-19 patient may need intensive medical attention.
Teaming up with NYU Langone Health’s Predictive Analytics Unit and Department of Radiology, Facebook developed 3 machine learning models in which the AI can help hospitals and health professionals make sure that ‘they have sufficient resources to care for patients’. According to the blog post by Facebook, the first model can predict patient deterioration based on a single X-ray, the second can predict patient deterioration status based on a sequence of X-rays, and the third model can predict how much supplemental oxygen (if any) a patient might need based on a single X-ray.
Famous video game digital distribution service, Steam, published its yearly review in which they include major events and updates comparing the data with the previous years. In last year’s review, Steam noted that the total playtime in 2020 has doubled compared to 2019.
This is mainly due to the global lockdowns due to the outbreak of COVID-19. The report says: ‘At the start of March, there was a 30-40% increase in total traffic-related to game downloads; this is less than the bump we usually see during a sale, so it was fairly easily handled”.
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