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Instagram is testing vertical scrolling of stories

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THE Instagram has already started testing the vertically scrolling stories interface that was announced in February 2021. Some users on Turkey have already received the update which is clearly inspired by the way the TikTok transitions between videos.

Social Media Consultant, Matt Navarra, posted on his profile of the twitter a video that shows a little bit of the latest Instagram scrolling format, always updating so it doesn’t lose users.

It’s the same, but it’s not the same

Since it was bought by the then Facebook, the social network of Goal seeks to absorb new trends from other networks, both in terms of interface and interaction, in order to always remain current. This practice is quite common in the application market, which leads to constant testing of new functions in various social networks.

Stories function was inspired by Snapchat but is increasingly similar to TikTokStories function was inspired by Snapchat but is increasingly similar to TikTokSource: Instagram

TikTok itself is developing a streaming platform that has been criticized for using the same code as OBS. The difference is that interaction mechanics, for now, are not licensed. As long as the code is unique and developed in-house, two applications can have virtually the same dynamics, as between game genres.

Why test in Turkey?

Application development goes through several testing steps. More technical experiments are often closed, but user experience (UX) changes necessitate more organic social interaction. Releasing builds in specific regions helps to maintain the character of natural interaction between users and software, while ensuring a representative demographic that is easier to analyze.

It is worth emphasizing that being available for testing in a given region does not guarantee that the functionality is close to being implemented, or that it will even officially arrive for all users. Availability will depend on community reception of this new scroll pattern.

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Apple Declares 2013 and 2014 iMacs Obsolete and Watch Series 2 Smartwatches ‘Vintage’

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Apple Declares 2013 and 2014 iMacs Obsolete and Watch Series

Apple has added three models of iMacs to its list of obsolete products: a 21.5-inch screen from 2013, a 21.5-inch screen from 2014, and a 27-inch Retina 5K screen also from 2014.

Apple Declares 2013 and 2014 iMacs Obsolete and Watch Series 2 Smartwatches 'Vintage'

Apple typically deprecates products seven years after they were released, so it’s no surprise that the 2013 and 2014 iMacs are on the list.

As for smart watches Apple Watch Series 2, they are recognized as “vintage”. This category usually includes devices that have been released for five years. There may be problems with the official repair of the aforementioned iMacs.

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There are almost 1 billion 5G users. Ericsson report shows that operators often ask for more money for such tariffs.

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There are almost 1 billion 5G users Ericsson report shows

According to a report by Ericsson cited by The Verge, by the end of this year, the number of 5G subscribers in the world will reach 1 billion.

Of course, this is far from the performance of 4G networks, which are now used by about 5 billion people, but still this is a fairly significant part of the market.

There are almost 1 billion 5G users. Ericsson report shows that operators often ask for more money for such tariffs.

Of course, 5G adoption is far from uneven. In North America, about 35% of subscribers will use 5G networks by the end of this year.

At the same time, the report indicates that operators often ask for more money for the higher speeds offered by new networks. Dividing into corresponding tariffs is popular among operators in Western Europe, but overall, 25% of operators worldwide charge extra for 5G. And the average markup is 40%.

Ericsson believes that, unfortunately, this trend will continue for several more years, as operators need to compensate for the costs of developing a new network.

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Is Apple Helping the Chinese Government Fight Protests? The company cut the AirDrop function in the Middle Kingdom

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The history of protests in China is overgrown with new interesting details related to IT companies.

Is Apple Helping the Chinese Government Fight Protests?  The company cut the AirDrop function in the Middle Kingdom

Just weeks before the protests began, Apple reportedly made a major change to how AirDrop works, and only in China. After updating to iOS 16.1.1, AirDrop in the mode of receiving messages from everyone became possible only for 10 minutes, after which AirDrop simply turns off. In normal mode, AirDrop has no time limit, as there is none now and all over the world outside of China.

The fact is that AirDrop is one of the ways protesters communicate, and not only in China. AirDrop works locally in smartphone-to-smartphone mode, without relying on external networks, so it cannot simply be blocked or read data. But in this case, for some reason, Apple decided to seriously change the function, although it did not turn it off completely.

The CNBC resource also notes that the corresponding update was released a month after Chinese President Xi Jinping was re-elected for a third term.

Recall that Huawei smartphones have been noticed that they automatically delete videos that depict events related to protests in China.

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