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Instagram will soon be flooded with more ads than ever before

Jak Connor | Oct 5, 2022 5:25 AM CDT

If you already thought there were quite a lot of advertisements on your Instagram feed, prepare yourself for many more, as Instagram's parent company is planning on rolling out more.

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In response to Meta's revenue declining, per its quarterly financial report, Instagram's parent company is looking to bolster those numbers back up, and one way of doing that is more advertisements on its platforms. In a new update posted to Meta's website, the company outlines it will be implementing a range of new updates that will assist in the advertising of products across its platforms, and one of those updates is augmented reality ads that will appear in both the Feed and Stories on Instagram.

Meta writes that advertisers will be able to test Augmented Reality (AR) ads in an open beta where brands can encourage users to interact with an effect through their surroundings. An example of this would be a user testing what furniture looks like in their home via AR, or, according to Meta, "test driving a car".

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TikTok to release new shopping feature with big brands very soon

Jak Connor | Oct 3, 2022 2:04 AM CDT

A new report from the Financial Times has revealed that TikTok is preparing to roll out a new shopping feature to users in North America.

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According to the report from the Financial Times, TikTok is gearing up to release a new feature called "TikTok Shop" across North America in partnership with US company TalkShopLive, which will be responsible for supporting livestreams hosted by influencers and brands. The report states that TikTok will release this new feature "over the next month" and that large brands will be part of its release.

The new feature comes after TikTok's sister app Douyin, which is extremely popular in China, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, the Philippines, and Indonesia, released a similar feature where it hosted nine million live ecommerce broadcasts per month, which resulted in more than ten billion products being sold in a year.

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CapFrameX updated: AMD Zen 4, Intel Raptor Lake, Arc GPUs supported

Anthony Garreffa | Sep 11, 2022 11:44 PM CDT

CapFrameX has pushed out its latest update that includes support for AMD's new Ryzen 7000 series "Zen 4" and Intel 13th Gen Core "Raptor Lake" CPUs, and oh-so-much more in the new CapFrameX 1.6.9 update.

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Intel Arc A-Series GPU support in CapFrameX 1.6.9

The new CapFrameX 1.6.9 supports AMD's new Zen 4 and Intel's new Raptor Lake CPUs, as well as Intel's upcoming Arc A-Series GPUs, and as usual it fixes the usual bugs and issues in previous versions of CapFrameX. The developer has also added new websocket URLs, where you can access the items of the sensor service -- useful for people who want to log specific sensors over longer periods of time, without needing to do a huge benchmark.

CapFrameX 1.6.9 also has new legend scaling for comparisons, where there's now the option of scaling the size of the charge legend by either 1.5x or 2x, where the team has provided an example of this comparing the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X processor running 720p and 1440p.

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GPU-Z update: blocks engineering sample GPU leaks, shows DLSS version

Anthony Garreffa | Sep 7, 2022 11:30 PM CDT

GPU-Z has some new abilities with the latest 2.48.0 update seeing the developers tweaking GPU-Z so that it doesn't send traffic when NVIDIA engineering samples are being tested... but get this: NVIDIA reportedly requested that TechPowerUp add this to GPU-Z.

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GPU-Z 2.48.0's new DLSS feature: finds games, reports DLSS versions (very cool!)

NVIDIA driving this into GPU-Z means we won't see Ada Lovelace GPUs being leaked, with upcoming GeForce RTX 4090, GeForce RTX 4080, and GeForce RTX 4070 graphics cards right around the corner. We won't see AIB partners submitting GPU-Z validations or BIOSes to TechPowerUp databases.

How does GPU-Z do that exactly? GPU-Z no longer resolves the "www.techpowerup.com" domain, but "www.gpu-z.com" which will make network blocking much easier than usual, but it's not really going to stop GPU leaks when it comes to NVIDIA's next-gen Ada Lovelace and GeForce RTX 40 series graphics cards... leakers can take photos and upload them, they just won't be automatically submitted to the GPU-Z database.

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Wondershare UniConverter 14: the complete video toolbox for your needs

Anthony Garreffa | Aug 9, 2022 11:12 PM CDT

Wondershare launched UniConverter 14 recently, with greatly improved conversion speeds, compressing speeds, and other features and functions that are super-powered in the UniConverter 14 update.

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The new Wondershare UniConverter 14 ushers in up to a huge 50% improvement in video converter speeds, as well as up to 50% speed bumps in 4K + 8K HDR video full-process GPU acceleration. Video editors will be happy with those upgrades, especially given that those improvements are just the beginning.

Wondershare also makes it easy for someone without video editing skills to be able to do things that someone with a much larger skill set does: we're talking about converting and compressing video, editing, recording, saving, and merging videos, as well as burning videos to permanent media like DVD, and so much more.

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Wondershare Filmora: the best YouTube video editor, here's why

Anthony Garreffa | Aug 8, 2022 9:43 PM CDT

If you are starting out on YouTube and need some new video editing software, Wondershare Filmora is a very user friendly, and easy-to-use video editor.

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In a world dominated by expensive professional editing suites, Wondershare is here with Filmora with an intuitive interface, a huge library of resources to choose from: lots of video effects with FilmStock + FX plug-ins (OpenFX), Boris FX, NewBlue, and Titles inside of Filmora that allow for more professional YouTube videos.

Filmora video editor ushers in creating videos with ease, with some awesome built-in editing features that allow you to make a video with some rather easy steps. There are over 200 "Instant Mode" and preset templates, which let you create a video without all of the professional editing skills required with other software.

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Wondershare PDFelement: your PDF solution, simplified

Anthony Garreffa | Jul 27, 2022 11:08 PM CDT

If you work with documents all day and night, then you will have heard of Adobe Acrobat by now unless you were living under a rock... but if you were looking for an even more powerful PDF editing platform, and to save 50% then Wondershare PDFelement is here to save the (PDF) day.

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Wondershare PDFelement is a fast, affordable, and easy way to edit, convert, sign PDFs, and more - across desktop, mobile, and web. If you've been using Adobe Acrobat, PDFelement is a leading replacement for you to edit , convert, annotate, organize, sign, and fill (.pdf) forms and documents... at 50% lower price.

No matter if you're working on proposals, contracts, forms, quotes, or something in between... PDFelement can do it. Wondershare takes care of creative, marketing, engineering, sales, legal, finance, HR, education, and many other markets with its PDFelement software.

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RIP Internet Explorer: surfs into retirement after a huge 27-year run

Anthony Garreffa | Jun 16, 2022 9:11 PM CDT

Microsoft announced the news that it would be retiring its first-ever browser -- Internet Explorer -- after 27 years on Windows.

The memes flew out the door pretty quickly, with so many jumping in and taking a laugh that Internet Explorer was used by billions of people to purely download another browser: Google Chrome, Opera, Firefox, and many others. But, back in 1995 when Microsoft launched Internet Explorer (IE) as an add-on with "Microsoft Plus!" for its flagship Windows 95 operating system, I was there.

It was the portal to the internet for a then 12-year-old tech and gaming nerd, as it was launching before "the internet" was really a thing. You got AOL CDs in the mail... people referred to it as the "Information Superhighway"... and the world was totally (but didn't) end at the stroke of midnight on January 1, 2000. We survived the "Millenium Bug". But now, the browser that delivered all that information through those tubes... has been retired.

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Facebook plans direct battle with TikTok, and here's how it will do it

Jak Connor | Jun 16, 2022 2:32 AM CDT

Meta is planning on taking TikTok in a head-to-head as major changes are coming to Facebook that will make the platform directly compete with ByteDance's highly popular app.

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According to a leaked internal memo, originally made public by The Verge, Mark Zuckerberg, and other Meta executives want to compete with TikTok, and to do this, several changes need to be implemented to Facebook. Firstly, the memo states that Meta developers are planning a complete redesign of the Facebook app, and the overhaul will mostly concentrate on Facebook's main feed being transformed into what was described as a "discovery engine" by Tom Alison, head of the Facebook app at Meta.

These changes would implement major changes to Facebook's main feed that will prioritize recommended content from pages, users, as well as people/pages that aren't being followed. Essentially, Facebook's main feed would be changed to similar to how TikTok's "For You" page works. Notably, the memo states that users will see fewer posts from friends and family, as well as the addition of bringing Messenger back to the Facebook app as the company believes that users will use Messenger as a vehicle to share discovered content.

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Adobe is going to release a free-to-use version of Photoshop

Jak Connor | Jun 15, 2022 1:03 AM CDT

Adobe is planning on rolling out a free-to-use web-based version of Photoshop, and testing has already begun in Canada.

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Adobe wants to give creatives the power of photoshop in a web-based browser as the massive software company has begun testing a "freemium" version of Photoshop that can be accessed through a free Adobe account. The "freemium" aspect of the software is described that way by Adobe because the company plans to eventually put pay-walls up for some features that will be accessible to those that have subscribed.

The idea behind the web-based free version of Photoshop is to allow users to try out the software before they subscribe to receive the full product. Additionally, as explained by Maria Yap, Adobe's Vice President of Digital Imaging, the free version of Photoshop won't require a high-end machine to run, making the program much more accessible to users.

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