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Instagram was once again the most downloaded application in the world during the last quarter

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The ban on TikTok in India has brought positive dividends for Meta, specifically for one of its flagship apps, Instagram.

According to new statistical information published, that event influenced the global positioning of the app as the most downloaded during the fourth quarter of 2021, a milestone that Instagram had not achieved since 2014.

Instagram, the most downloaded app during the fourth quarter of 2021

The social network of Stories and Reels, owned by Meta, is also the first application of the company, formerly known as Facebook, to occupy the number 1 position in the list of the main app downloads, since WhatsApp occupied that place during the fourth quarter of 2019.

Without going too far, the fourth quarter of 2021 was only the second time in the last two years that TikTok did not appear as the number 1 application in downloads globally, according to what was pointed out by Sensor Tower, application intelligence firm.

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The first time that TikTok stopped topping the download podium was at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, a period in which Zoom was positioned as the number 1 application in terms of downloads in the second quarter of 2020, due to confinements and the boom in telematic work and study.

This approach of the Instagram app at the head of the downloads of the global application market, excluding games, has its origin in an increase in installations in terminals with the Android operating system, on a specific basis. The Sensor Tower report establishes a direct correlation between the ban of TikTok in India and the rise of Instagram. Although, in some countries the application does not occupy the first place, the blow given by the Indian market is of such volume that it managed to strongly influence the global average.

In line with the above, although Instagram won the recently closed quarter, the data from the aforementioned statistical report indicates that TikTok continues to be the main application for global downloads for all of 2021 in both application stores, followed by Facebook and then Instagram.

Another milestone for Meta is that, for the second consecutive quarter, company-owned applications occupied the top two positions in the table of the most downloaded applications on Google Play worldwide. Instagram was No. 1, followed by Facebook in that quarter. For its part, TikTok was number 3.

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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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