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Ahead of the coming warmer season, Tinder has released an update that allows users to hide certain user profiles.
Tinder recently conducted a survey, and according to the participants of the survey, 40% reported seeing an ex, and 24% reported coming across coworkers and family members. Additionally, the results from the survey indicated that 1 out of every 10 users reported seeing their professor on the app. Following the results from the survey, Tinder has rolled out a new feature that allows users to reduce their chances of experiencing one of these awkward encounters.
The new feature will allow Tinder users to block people in their contacts within the app. If a user decides to block a contact, they won't be able to see the account that's linked to the number they have blocked. Additionally, the Tinder user that has been blocked won't be able to see the Tinder account of the person that has blocked them. As you can probably imagine, this new feature ahead of the coming summer seasons will certainly remove many awkward encounters for people surfing on the dating app.
The official Twitter page has tweeted out an update for quality of life improvement to the app on both iOS and Android.
According to the tweet, Twitter has released full-sized images on both iOS and Android devices. Now, users will be able to scroll down their feeds and see pictures in their full aspect ratio. Before this update, Twitter would crop all non-16:9 images, so the feed maintained a clean-cut uniform look.
The Twitter Support account replied to a user asking, "what's the actual aspect ratio tho", by saying, "Images with 2:1 and 3:4 aspect ratios will show in full." Back in March, Twitter trialed two new options, full-sized images and the option to upload images in 4K quality. The option to upload images in 4K rolled out to users at the end of last month. For more information on this story, check out this link here.
Adam Sandler has left an IHOP after a worker asked him to kindly wait for a table as the restaurant was too busy.
The moments were captured in a now-viral TikTok video that shows the IHOP worker, Dayanna Rodas, showing off the security footage of her unknowingly turning away Sandler. Rodas said that she told Sandler that he would have to wait 30 minutes to get a table, which resulted in him walking out with a young woman believed to be his daughter.
The TikTok has since been viewed more than 8 million times since this last Monday, and many people in the comments have praised Rodas for not giving Sandler special treatment for being a Hollywood movie star. Sandler also received praise from people in the comments for not droppings his celebrity status to skip the queue and for the relaxed attire, he chose to wear. For more information on this story, check out this link here.
This week Apple has dropped the highly controversial iOS 14.5 update that will no doubt usher in a new wave of panic for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
The newest update from Apple is poised to impact the entire Facebook business model when it comes to collecting data from users and online targeted advertising. Apple has been very open about what the update will entail, as the company has released a video on its YouTube channel detailing what the update means for iPhone users.
Essentially, iOS 14.5 will force all apps to ask users for permission before the users' data is tracked. Users will be able to choose to allow data tracking or deny it. As for how this update will affect Facebook and businesses that use Facebook Ads to sell products or services, the assumption is only negative. Many users that have been receiving targeted advertising due to their data being tracked may choose to opt out of that, thus severely affecting the return-on-ad-spend for all businesses on Facebook's platform.
As of April 30, Spotify will be increasing the price of its Premium Family plan across the United States, according to an email sent to customers.
The music-streaming company said that it will be increasing the current cost price of $15, which gives customers 6-person access to the ad-free listening experience, to $16 so it can "bring you new content and features that you can enjoy as a family and as individuals". The email details that Spotify will give all customers on this deal a one-month grace period, which means that the new price of the package will begin in June.
Spotify previously said in its Q2 earnings report that it would be increasing the cost of is Premium Family plan, and while it's never good to see prices of a service go up, the UK has it a lot worse than the US. On April 30, the prices of the Student, Duo, and Family subscriptions in the UK will increase from 5 pounds, 13 pounds and 15 pounds to 6 pounds, 14 pounds and 17 pounds per month, respectively. If you are interested in reading more about this story, check out this link here.
Aledo high school students at Daniel Ninth Grade Campus located in Northern Texas set up a Snapchat group to pretend to sell their black classmates.
Screenshots of the Snapchat group revealed the group's name being changed from "Slave Trade" that showed emojis of a black man, a gun, and a white police officer to "[racial slur] Farm" and then to "[racial slur] Auction". Additionally, the screenshots reveal one person stating they would buy a peer for $100 and a second student saying they would spend $1 to buy a black person.
In other screenshots, it was mentioned that one student was "sold," and according to a report from Star-Telegraph, when Principal Carolyn Ansley found out a problem, she sent out an email mentioning that the Snapchat group was "an incident of cyberbullying and harassment." Parents that received this email voice their concerns over the lack of acknowledgment towards the blatant racism.
Have you ever wondered who is funding politicians? Well, now you can find out, and it's all thanks to this 18-year-old entrepreneur.
18-year-old Nick Rubin has created a free browser plugin application that allows citizens to find out how much funding members of Congress are receiving, who they received it from, how that money influences elections, and how the Congress member made. The plugin is titled Greenhouse and is currently supported by Google Chrome, Firefox, and Safari.
Once the application is installed and you are looking at an article with a politician's name, the app will showcase that politician's top ten monetary influences. Rubin stated to Vice, "Greenhouse allows people to see the money story behind the news story." One of the app's sources of data is OpenSecrets.org, which is the official website for The Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan and nonprofit research group in Washington, D.C. who tracks where the money used in politics is coming from.
It might only be a few state right now, but drone race betting is now a real thing -- and legal. Drone Racing League has teamed with DraftKings to make it happen.
There's only a few states where it is legal right now, but after future regulatory approvla it shouldn't be too long until other states take on drone race betting. If you didn't know what drone racing is, well operators will use drones and control them through first-person view (FPV) and race other operators.
As for the Drone Racing League, they're a pro-tier international league for drone pilots with super high-end custom high-speed UAVs that speed through courses in particular locations. DraftKings on the other hand is a sports betting operator that lets you place bets on sporting events.
We were all on our smartphones more this year with over 1.4 billion voice and video calls being made on New Year's Eve 2020 globally on WhatsApp... that's a helluva lot of calls, and a record number of calls made on a single day for WhatsApp.
The news comes directly from Facebook -- which owns WhatsApp -- and a new post on their website providing the world with some NYE celebration stats across their services. WhatsApp wasn't the only app lit up like a Christmas tree in terms of activity, but FB also owns Messenger, Instagram and Facebook Live.
All of these services were flooded with users but didn't come close to the 1.4 billion voice and video calls over WhatsApp, with over 55 million live broadcasts across both Facebook and Instagram globally on New Year's Eve.
Did you or anyone you know buy any apps from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store on Christmas Day? If so, you contributed towards a record-breaking $407.6 million on Christmas Day alone.
Sensor Tower estimates that worldwide spending on mobile apps and mobile games has passed $100 billion for the first time ever -- but on Christmas Day alone they estimate spending reached an also-record-breaking $407.6 million for the day. This is an increase from the $303 million in 2019 -- an increase of 34%.
Interestingly, out of the $407.6 million on Christmas 2020 -- $295.6 million of that was on game-related purchases, while $112 million was on non-game purchases.