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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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Chery’s affordable, tech-packed hybrid crossover unveiled with over 1,000 km range and 1 liter per 100 km consumption

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Chery has unveiled a new crossover that will be released under the Exeed brand. Today, pre-orders for the Chery Exeed ET-i, which is a hybrid crossover, have opened in China.

The car received two 12.3-inch screens, which are combined into a single body, as well as a projection display, soundproof glass, a proprietary audio system, dual-zone climate control, a voice command recognition system and other modern features.

Chery's affordable, tech-packed hybrid crossover unveiled with over 1,000 km range and 1 liter per 100 km consumption

Dimensions Chery Exeed ET-i are 4533 x 1848 x 1699 mm with a wheelbase of 2670 mm, it is positioned as a compact crossover. The car is equipped with the Star Nuclear Power ET-i super hybrid system, consisting of a 1.5-liter gasoline engine and two electric motors. There are 9 different driving modes.

Chery's affordable, tech-packed hybrid crossover unveiled with over 1,000 km range and 1 liter per 100 km consumption

The petrol engine has a maximum power of 157 kW and a maximum torque of 230 Nm. Thanks to intelligent torque distribution, total fuel consumption reaches 1 liter per 100 km, and with a completely discharged battery, it does not exceed 4.8 liters.

According to official figures, the car is equipped with a three-cell lithium battery supplied by Guoxuan Hi-Tech. The electric-only range is 105 kilometers, and the full range is more than 1,000 kilometers. Acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h is only 6.8 seconds.

Chery's affordable, tech-packed hybrid crossover unveiled with over 1,000 km range and 1 liter per 100 km consumption

The starting price of the car is 23.6 thousand dollars, the older version costs 25.2 thousand dollars.

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WiFi 7 already flies at speeds of 30 Gbps and has an arrival date

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Although it seemed that the names of WiFi were going to be simplified, since WiFi 6 we have known the announcement of three new wireless connectivity standards: Wi-Fi 6E, Wi-Fi 6 Release 2, and Wi-Fi 7. With WiFi 6E we can use the 6 GHz frequency, while with WiFi 6 Release 2 we have improvements in MU-MIMO to better support the load when many users are connected, as well as reducing energy consumption. However, the big jump we are going to see with Wi-Fi 7.

The Wi-Fi 7 standard (802.11be) is not even finalized yet by the Wi-Fi Alliance, but there are already manufacturers who are thoroughly testing it. MediaTek has been the first of all that has managed to make the new standard work in a real environment. And the speeds it reaches are spectacular.

Up to 30 Gbps speed with WiFi 7

With WiFi 5, the maximum speed was 3.5 Gbps, while with WiFi 6 the speed went up to 9.6 Gbps. Now, WiFi 7 will allow us to reach spectacular speeds of up to 30Gbps. These figures cannot be reached with a single device, but can be reached in aggregate with several devices connected at the same time. MediaTek claims to have already reached 23 Gbps in the first real tests, but that number will increase soon.

However, there are quite a few improvements for devices that connect individually, as they will be able to achieve higher speeds thanks to the more efficient use of the standard and be able to use all available bands at the same time. MediaTek affirms that this standard will be key in the establishment of the 4K and 8K at home, which need a high bandwidth to be seen without jerks if we are watching content with a high bitrate.

MediaTek is already working with manufacturers, and will be among the first to have Wi-Fi 7 chip. Currently, the company equips its chips in laptops, routers, televisions, cameras, routers and a multitude of Internet of things devices.

Twice as wide channels and better QAM modulation

MediaTek highlights that WiFi 7 offers a multitude of advances with respect to the different iterations of WiFi 6. To begin with, we find improvements in QAM modulation (up to 4096-QAM) to more efficiently take advantage of andl available bandwidth. There are also functions like multi-link operation (MLO), where the same device can connect to several channels at the same time to transmit packets through the fastest and least congested route, also opening the door to simultaneous connections between different access points.

With WiFi 7 it will also be possible to use 320MHz channels, compared to 160 MHz of WiFi 6. The number of antennas that each router can use will be the same.

As the standard is not yet finalized, it is difficult to estimate when the first routers and devices compatible with WiFi 7 will arrive. However, MediaTek states that the first devices will be available for 2023, so in just one year we will be able to enjoy the best wireless standard. Thus, if you are thinking of renewing your network, it might be better to wait until 2023 if you want to have a home prepared for the future.

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Almost Like OnlyFans: Introduced Paid Instagram Subscription for $0.99 to $99.99

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Instagram has unveiled a new subscription-based service that will allow its users (first in the US) to follow a small number of content creators and influencers on the platform.

The Facebook-owned brand announced that it began testing a new subscription model earlier this week. New authors will be included in this program in the coming weeks. Those who wish will be able to pay a monthly fee for access to content from famous people. The subscription will include exclusive stories and other content. Back in November 2021, the first information appeared that the company was preparing a paid subscription, which has now become official.

Such subscribers will also receive a purple badge next to their username, which signals their status to the content creator. Prices range from $0.99 to $99.99 and are free for content creators to choose from. Instagram’s paid subscription makes the service similar to another popular site called OnlyFans.

Almost Like OnlyFans: Introduced Paid Instagram Subscription for $0.99 to $99.99

According to project lead Ashley Yuki, Instagram will not cut content creator subscription revenue. True, this will only be valid “at least until 2023.” Currently, 10 people are participating in the preliminary testing, including basketball player Sedona Prince, Olympian Jordan Chiles and astrologer Aliza Kelly.

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg added, “I’m excited to continue building tools for content creators to make money from their creative work. More authors will get these tools soon.”

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