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Social media platforms are in a perpetual war against 'harmful' content, and are always looking for new ways to keep the users on their platform safe.
Instagram is now the latest social media platform to launch an attack on potentially harmful content, and it's all in the name of keeping their user base safe. Instagram's AI will now officially comb through each caption to every image uploaded to its servers and determine whether or not the caption that the Instagram user chose is potentially harmful.
How does this work? Instagram's AI will take a user's caption and then compare it to the log of previously flagged 'harmful' comments, and if the caption is similar to these comments, the AI will send the Instagram user a push notification regarding their caption. Basically, Instagram's AI is fed data (flagged comments) and then uses that data as a benchmark for what is "offensive" or potentially "harmful". Then if anything comes close to that benchmark, warnings are sent out to the users who have crossed the line.
Your Windows and macOS Catalina just need a better start without iTunes this year. For Windows users, iTunes has long been out-dated. For macOS users, the love-hate relationship with iTunes is becoming more complex as they jump on the boat of macOS Catalina.
Since the old iTunes has been replaced by three new apps on Catalina, some consider themselves trapped in Apple's money-sucking whirlpool.
- For music management: The missing support for XML in Catalina Music app caused a huge trouble for DJs, and the library freezing issue affects Catalina users in general.
- For data syncing: The biggest Sync feature inherited from iTunes is also totally ruined on Catalina. Finder not syncing issue on macOS Catalina hits Music and Photos sector so hard that Catalina users even mock it by comparing it with legacy iTunes on Windows which is also a long-standing headache.
- Other Errors happen frequently, like Catalina photos not syncing and taking forever, duplicate/missing photos, messed-up contents between Music and TV app, auto-syncing cannot be disabled, Music playlists transferred in a complete mess. And sometimes you even get the false iOS device detection info.
Google has brought a new feature to its Google Photo's app, and this new feature encourages people to share their snaps with their friends and family.
Google has taken to its official Twitter account to announce that Google Photos now allows users to share their images with friends inside the app. According to Janvi Shah, product manager at Google Photos, "This feature isn't designed to replace the chat apps you already use, but we do hope it improves sharing memories with your friends and family in Google Photos".
This feature uses the recipient's Gmail address as a means of sending an image to someone and can be done by pressing on an image and tapping the 'share' option. Users can like photos, comment in the conversation, and even save sent images to their own galleries. Google says on their blogpost that this feature will be rolling out for both Android and iOS over the next few days. Be sure to update your Google Photo's app on whatever platform you are on to receive this new feature.
Following up on yesterday's post regarding Twitter announcing a purge of inactive accounts across their platform, the social media platform has now stopped in their tracks until further notice.
Since yesterday's announcement of the coming purge planned for this December, Twitter has taken to their support account on their platform to announce that the purge won't be happening. This halt in their plans is due to many users concerns over Twitter potentially removing accounts of deceased people.
Twitter has said that this "was a miss on our part" and that they will now "not be removing any inactive accounts until we create a new way for people to memorialize accounts." Twitter also detail that for the time being the inactive account removals (when they go ahead) will only be in EU for now, "We're starting with the EU in part due to local privacy regulations (eg, GDPR)."
While Google Photos is definitely a great app to have on your phone, its certainly not perfect in every way possible. Google has finally rolled out a much-needed update to the app, and I bet many android users appreciative.
Since this update, Google Photo's users weren't able to pull up photos and manually tag friends, family, or just general people. Tagging people on Google Photos allows users to search their entire Google Photos by that person's specific tag. An example of this would be if I had a friend named Mitchell and Google recognized that he was in lots of my photos and added his tag based on his face.
I could then search "Mitchell", and all of the photos he is in that Google have detected will be pulled up for me. If you are interested in finding out how to access this new feature, follow the following steps. Select a photo in Google Photos, swipe up to get the photo menu, locate the pencil icon to the right of "people," tap that icon, and manually add names in. It should also be noted that this feature will only work on images that Google detects a face being present.
Reports have come out detailing a new on-demand music streaming service being developed by TikTok's owner, ByteDance.
According to Financial Times sources, ByteDance is currently planning a new streaming service app that incorporates a social media aspect. The Financial Times says that the app will include a library of short video clips that users can search for and then pair up with their desired songs. These video clips and songs can then be forwarded to users' friends.
The report also says that ByteDance is currently in talks with big companies such as Sony, Universal, and Warner for music licensing purposes. While you might think that this new app is some years off from releasing, the reports indicate that it could be launching in places like Brazil, India, and Indonesia as soon as December this year. It's also said that ByteDance's new app plans to undercut the current market price of other music streaming apps like Spotify and Apple Music. Meaning the cost will be under $10, and more like $7, or even $5 a month.
Back in September, Nintendo finally stepped into the mobile with an extremely strong IP, Mario Kart Tour.
Players started their engines on the 25th of September, and in just one day the app got 20 million downloads. Now some new statistics have been released by Sensor Tower who has revealed that just in September the app was downloaded 86.2 million times. Following the September release, Mario Kart Tour slowed down a bit in October, but still managed to pull in a further 40.3 million unique installs.
In comparison to Mario Kart Tour, Activision's Call of Duty: Mobile pulled in 148 million downloads in October. How much revenue was made off these installs? Mario Kart Tour managed to rake in $32 million in October, while Call of Duty: Mobile pulled ahead with $54 million. Mario Kart Tour currently doesn't have multiplayer support so these numbers are sure to increase once Nintendo updates the game with that.
The days of gathering the family around a pen-and-paper shopping list could be over as Apple users can now use their voice to fill their Walmart shopping cart.
The new feature is called Walmart Voice Order, and it's now available in the company's Grocery App for iOS. This means that Siri can listen to users' requests for products, and they will automatically be placed in Walmart's shopping cart, removing the necessity of touch.
Users can follow this voice process; "Hey Siri, add to Walmart" then list out the items you want to be placed into the cart and boom; they should be ready to order. It should also be noted that Apple users can tell Siri on a range of different devices such as an iPad, Apple Watch, Mac, HomePod, or in a CarPlay-enabled vehicle. Due to Walmart being a direct competitor with Amazon, it can be assumed that Walmart won't be adding this feature for Alexa devices now or anytime soon.
Just earlier this month, Facebook issued out a new update for the iOS app, and while updates are usually welcomed, this one harbored a strange bug that opened users camera without them knowing.
CNET reported that while users on the iOS app were watching videos or looking at photos their camera became activated behind the app. Some users even reported via Twitter that while watching a video and then rotating to landscape mode that the Facebook/Instagram Story UI could be seen for a split second. When flipping back to portrait, the Story camera/UI opened entirely, as seen above.
Facebook acknowledged the issue, saying that this bug was introduced to the iOS app when they fixed another bug that was incorrectly launching the app in landscape mode. Facebook's Guy Rosen gave a statement regarding this bug, saying "We recently discovered that version 244 of the Facebook iOS app would incorrectly launch in landscape mode. In fixing that issue last week in v246 (launched on November 8th) we inadvertently introduced a bug that caused the app to partially navigate to the camera screen adjacent to News Feed when users tapped on photos."
Apple and Adobe have debuted Adobe Photoshop for iPad, the app is currently available on the App Store for download.
Back in October, I reported on Photoshop making its way over to the iPad, and the time has finally come as it has arrived as a 30-day trial on the App Store. The app supports full PSD editing, layers, tools, advanced tools and cloud syncing. Unfortunately, as it was detailed back in October, Photoshop for the iPad isn't full kitted out with all the features editors know and love.
Although, as time goes by Adobe plan on adding more and more features to the app, but at the moment its missing some core features. In the entirety of this article there are dot points listing the major features included within the app. There is also some dot points listing what features Adobe are currently working on. To go alongside Photoshop for iPad, contacts close to Bloomberg have said that Adobe eventually plan to bring Adobe Illustrator over to iPad.