Tech This Week: Twitter Beats Clubhouse to Android, Amazon Changes Controversial Logo

Published March 10th, 2021 - 09:00 GMT
Tech This Week: Twitter Beats Clubhouse to Android, Amazon Changes Controversial Logo
Let’s talk about apps, game releases, and service updates. (Shutterstock)
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check out this week's quick roundup of the biggest and most important tech stories.

In tech this week, tech giant Google puts out a call for charitable non-profit organizations and initiatives to help them in their mission to accelerate the economic empowerment of women 👏.

Also, Amazon changes its logo... AGAIN! WhatsApp releases new feature for desktop users. Twitter, Netflix, and TikTok heat up the competition with new updates.

Let’s talk about apps, game releases, and service updates. ☕️

Tech Giant Google Pledges $25 Million to Empower Women

The Google.org Impact Challenge for Women and Girls announced their plans to grant $25 million to fund organizations that support and help women and girls thrive by turning their ‘economic potential into power’. 

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Google called on interested organizations to apply and promised selected charitable initiatives up to ‘$2 million, as well as opportunities for mentorship and additional support from Google’, according to the release.

Amazon’s Redesign it App Icon... AGAIN

E-commerce app Amazon decided to change their logo that 'resembles Adolf Hitler'.

The app logo that was launched in January shows a brown box with a strip of blue tape over an Amazon "smile" logo, reminding the users of Hitler’s mustache. In the new logo, Amazon shaved the icon's mustache giving the tape a smooth edge.

TikTok Rolls out a Business Profile Section for Marketers and Brands

TikTok, the Chinese video-sharing social networking service owned by ByteDance, has added a section that ‘offers marketing tips, insights on app usage and advertising events — and likely, in the future, e-commerce tools’, according to TechCrunch.

The Chinese tech giant also launched TikTok Q&A. This feature will allow content creators to respond immediately to their followers' questions during livestreams.

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WhatsApp Rolls out Voice, Video Calls to Desktop Users

Facebook’s WhatsApp announced that voice and video calls are now available on WhatsApp’s desktop app. The already under security app emphasized that calls are end-to-end encrypted and private.

Netflix Releases “Fast Laughs”

The US streaming service Netflix launched a new iOS-only feature that contains a feed of funny short clips from Netflix programs for users to check out while browsing the app. Inspired by TikTok maybe? 🤷‍♀️

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Twitter to Test a New 'Undo' Button for Tweets, Twitter Spaces Beats Clubhouse to Android

Twitter announced a new ‘undo’ option for sent tweets. This button was Twitter’s response criticism for not having an edit option.

And while the company’s competitor, Clubhouse, didn’t yet launch an Android version to their app, Twitter announced the roll out of Spaces; an audio-chat room, for Android users. This feature is still in beta stage so Android users can’t actually start or create their own chat room but can definitely join one:

Upcoming Video Games, Updates

  • Nintendo just releases first Wii update since 2018 - March 1st
  • Fortnite to feature Batman’s next comic series in a crossover [PS5, Xbox Series X, PC] - April 20th
  • Apex Legends [Switch] – March 9, 2021
  • Final Fantasy XIV [PS5]  - April 13, 2021
  • Resident Evil 8: Village [PS5, Xbox Series X, PC] on May 7, 2021

Events to Keep An Eye On:

May 11-12: IBM Think 2021 [Virtual]


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