Tech This Week: Social Media Apps Getting More Competitive, Fortnite to Host Anime Short Film Festival

Published February 17th, 2021 - 12:30 GMT
Tech This Week: Social Media Apps Getting More Competitive, Fortnite to Host Anime Short Film Festival
The app market has never been more diverse, and that's due to the pandemic which had increased the average global time spent on apps, pushing developers to stay competitive and relevant to the market. (Shutterstock)
Highlights
These are the top features' updates you need to know about this week.

The world of tech never rests and competition between social apps is hot as ever. As some of you may know, social apps are not just a way to pass idle hours - they’re also big businesses.

The app market has never been more diverse, and that's due to the pandemic which had increased the average global time spent on apps, pushing developers to stay competitive and relevant to the market.

Without any further ado, scroll down to take a look at the major highlights of last week in the intriguing world of technology.

Instagram to Roll out Live-Group Streams Later This Month

In an interview with Lilly blossomed Show, Instagram Chief Adam Mosseri announced that they are currently developing a multi-person Livestream option in the upcoming few weeks.

However, Instagram didn’t release details about the number of people who can participate over on the counties this feature will be supported in. But worry not dear readers, you can use filters on it.

Earlier this week, Instagram said it will limit the reach of all the videos re-posted from TikTok within its Reels Clone.

Parler Back online 

Parler, an American alternative social networking service, that has been cut off from the Apple store, Google app store, and Amazon cloud computing service after the attack on the Capitol, is back online.

According to TechCrunch, Users are able to log back to Parler web, but all their old posts and content have been removed.

Facebook to Reduce Political Content in News Feed

In a press release, Facebook announced the testing of reduction of political content in user's news feeds. Facebook is concerned that this type of news is affecting people’s political opinions with false allegations. 

Anyhow, the social app said that COVID-19 information from CDC and WHO, as well as national and regional health agencies and official government releases, will be exempt from these tests.

On a side note, with the tremendous popularity Clubhouse app is getting, Facebook is developing its Own Clone of the invite-only audio chat app to protect its user base from migrating.

LinkedIn to Launch Support for Content Creators

LinkedIn, the employment-oriented online app, said it's working on developing a new program that is aimed at supporting content creators on the platform, which will turn into new advertising opportunities through influencers. As Danial Roth, LinkedIn’s Editor in Chief announced.

Upcoming VideoGames
  • Final Fantasy XIV to come to PS5 starting April 13th with 4K and improved performance.
  • Resident Evil 8: Village to be released on PS5, Xbox Series X, PC on May 7th
  • A new anime series based on 'Dota 2' video game to be launched on Netflix starting March

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  • ‘Fortnite’ to host anime short film festival this weekend
Events to Keep An Eye On:

Feb. 23-25: Mobile World Congress in Shanghai


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