Is it me or are the social media apps going a bit "coocoo"? Instead of being innovative, you see apps copycatting other apps, while others are trying to find new ways to milk their users in every way possible! Either way, I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one frowning upon that.
From new videogames and gadgets releases to smartphone trends and apps updates, check out this week's quick roundup of the biggest and most important tech stories:
After enjoying a short period of censor-free discussions, the Chinese people woke up on Monday to the fact that their government apparently blocked the services of Clubhouse, a new invitation-only audio-chat social networking app, as part of its social media and internet regulation campaign.
Disappointed but not surprised, users began reporting the inability to access the US-based app. Launched in 2020, Clubhouse started getting steam after Elon Musk tweeted he’s using the app to host an audio-chat with Robinhood CEO Vlad Tenev back in Jan:
On Clubhouse tonight at 10pm LA time— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 31, 2021
In another attempt to imitate TikTok, Instagram is currently developing a vertical feed for stories which means that users would be able to swipe up or down to view newer/older Stories instead of clicking on horizontal tabs.
#Instagram is working on Vertical Stories 👀— Alessandro Paluzzi (@alex193a) February 2, 2021
Swipe up and down to browse stories. pic.twitter.com/LDJje8l137
However, it’s still unclear what Instagram has in mind especially that the app already has released ‘not so successful Tiktok’s copycat’, Reel, but let’s wait and see.
On a side note, instead of spending more time working on securing the app, Instagram has rolled out a new feature that allows users to review and restore deleted photos and videos by hackers.
📣New feature alert 📣— Instagram (@instagram) February 5, 2021
Recently Deleted is here so you can review and restore your deleted photos and videos on IG 👀
There are also protections to help prevent hackers from deleting posts you’ve shared.
The free Twitter era might be over soon as Twitter announced that it’s exploring the opportunity to maximize the company profits by rolling out a paid tweet subscription tool for TweetDeck, according to a recent report by Bloomberg.
Here’s a few more... pic.twitter.com/PFl2OkhjH2— Matt Navarra (@MattNavarra) July 31, 2020
However, the question remains: Will users pay for these suggested features?
After partnering with Shopify and Walmart, TikTok is getting ready to launch a new tool to simplify eCommerce on the app. According to a recent report on Financial Times, the tool allows influencers to automatically earn commissions by sharing products’ links. Likewise, brands can display products’ catalog on the app. In addition, users can buy products directly from their favorite TikTokers Livestreams.
The military of Myanmar blocked access to all social media networks in a bid to silence down all the anti-coup protesters.
Internet has been completely shutdown in #Myanmar, raising grave concern for millions of residents.— Access Now (@accessnow) February 6, 2021
The global community cannot see what’s happening to people under military rule in a nation with a devastating history of military violence. #KeepItOn https://t.co/LrvftZdwai pic.twitter.com/IgX6am8cUT
Swedish audio streaming and media services provider, Spotify said they’re testing the live lyrics feature to US-based users.
Continuing its effort to fight the infodemic, Facebook decided to ban all vaccine-related misleading and unreliable information.
Teaming up with World Health Organization (WHO), Facebook has expanded the number of false health claims from spreading on its platform, promising to ban repeat violators.
Facebook has been raving and ranting about Apple’s new privacy changes and how it will affect its ads revenues, Snapchat decided to come forward saying their ads are hit too.
In a nutshell, Apple’s new privacy changes require users’ consent of tracking their data to personalize their ads. This, of course, affects the demands of the ad on both Facebook and Snapchat.
Things are not working quite well for the videogame developer and creator of The Witcher III and Cyberpunk 2077, CD PROJEKT, as it got hacked AGAIN:
Important Update pic.twitter.com/PCEuhAJosR— CD PROJEKT RED (@CDPROJEKTRED) February 9, 2021
The company said they "will not give in nor negotiate or pay the attackers".
- Steam officially Launches in China after complying with the country’s strict rules.
- Final Fantasy XIV to come to PS5 starting April 13th with 4K and improved performance.
- Little Nightmares 2 to be on PC, Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch on February 11th
- Resident Evil 8: Village to be released on PS5, Xbox Series X, PC on May 7th
Feb. 23-25: Mobile World Congress in Shanghai
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