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Spotify for Android has over 1 billion downloads

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According to the latest data, on May 2, Spotify’s downloads in the Android market exceeded 1 billion. This number is based on Google Play Store statistics. Now that Google’s own audio app is no longer active, Spotify has become the most downloaded online audio app on the platform. Two years ago, the Android application was downloaded 500 million times. This means that it took the app two years to double the number of downloads.

Spotify is currently struggling to expand its offerings. The application not only offers audio services, but also expands the circle of free users and users by subscription. In addition, Spotify is actively investing in the development of its podcast platform. The company hopes that its platform will compete with Amazon Audible by publishing audiobooks.

However, despite the rapid expansion of the company, there are a number of challenges. The increase in subscription fees, as well as the reduction in the share paid to artists, are causing serious concerns. Spotify has not only put in the software development effort, but also launched its own car audio player. It has a simple design and a large touch handle. In the audio space, Spotify currently has no rivals, but online video platforms like YouTube and TikTok will compete with Spotify.

According to its first quarter financial report, Spotify has total revenue of € 2.147 billion. This is 16% more than a year earlier. The net profit was 23 million euros. This is not bad compared to a net loss of 125 million euros in the same period last year.

Spotify predicts that the number of monthly active users (MAU) in the second quarter of 2021 will reach 366-373 million. The number of paying users will reach 162-166 million, and the total revenue will reach 2.16-2.36 billion euros.

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Meta* allows Facebook and Instagram users to connect their wallets and exchange NFTs

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Meta allows Facebook and Instagram users to connect their wallets

Meta Corporation has made non-fungible token (NFT) related features available to all US Instagram and Facebook users.

Meta* allows Facebook and Instagram users to connect their wallets and exchange NFTs

The ability to work with NFT on Instagram has been tested since May, but on Thursday this functionality of the service became available to every user in the United States.

Meta* allows Facebook and Instagram users to connect their wallets and exchange NFTs

Users can connect wallets from Coinbase, Dapper Labs, MetaMask, Rainbow and Trust to Instagram. According to the blog post, Instagram users can also post their NFTs to their Facebook accounts.

The corporation also allowed NFT to be shared by all Instagram users from 100 countries who participate in the pilot project.

“Today we are announcing that all Facebook and Instagram users in the US can now connect their wallets and share their digital collectibles,” the Meta said in a post. “In addition, all 100 countries where digital collectibles are available on Instagram can now access this feature.”

The announcement comes after CEO Mark Zuckerberg sold the NFT of his childhood baseball card for $105,000.

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The cyberpunk we deserve? Twitter users were enthusiastic about the announcement of Elon Musk’s robot “Catwoman”

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The cyberpunk we deserve Twitter users were enthusiastic about the

Today, Elon Musk presented a prototype of the Optimus robot – it already walks and sends air hearts to everyone. And after the official part of the event, the head of Tesla wrote the following verbatim on Twitter: “Of course, there will be a Catwoman version of our robot Optimus“.

The cyberpunk we deserve?  Twitter users were enthusiastic about the announcement of Elon Musk's robot

An interesting statement was received with enthusiasm – the message received over 60 thousand likes, despite the fact that this is just a one-line announcement. Twitter users joke that through the efforts of Tesla, single men will finally be able to get a robot girlfriend.

When the robo-version of Catwoman will appear, it is not reported. Actually, Optimus itself is not yet ready: during the announcement, Musk noted that “there is still a lot of work to be done to improve Optimus and test it“. According to his forecasts, the robot will be perfect in 5-10 years. “I think Optimus will be incredible in five or 10 years, mind blowing“, – he said.

The robot will use Tesla-designed components, including a battery that sits on its torso, a chip system, and actuators to control its limbs. At the same time, the autopilot system, which is used on Tesla electric vehicles, will be installed in it. According to Musk, Optimus will cost “probably less than 20 thousand dollars“. Let’s hope the company doesn’t jack up the price of the Catwoman robot.

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“iPhone 13 Pro Max battery is draining like crazy. Apple needs to do something about this.” A common problem in iOS 16 has not gone away

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iPhone 13 Pro Max battery is draining like crazy Apple

There were many bugs in iOS 16, and Apple has already released two updates that fixed some of them. However, widespread reports of rapid battery drain continue to appear on various forums.

The 9to5Mac resource published the results of a survey on iOS 16 battery life. 14,000 people took part in the survey, of which 63% of respondents reported that battery life in iOS 16 has become noticeably worse.

“iPhone 13 Pro Max battery is draining like crazy.  Apple needs to do something about this.

Here are some user reviews:

  • My iPhone 12 battery life literally halved after I installed iOS16. I fully charge twice a day, which is completely unproductive. Apple definitely needs to do something about this.
  • Like many others, the battery in my iPhone 13 Pro suddenly began to melt before our eyes. Before the update, the battery lasted a whole day (06:30-22:00) and I still had about 20% left. And now I have to charge the battery in the middle of the day, while using my smartphone as before.
  • Previously, my iPhone 12 Pro battery lasted all day without fail. Usually more than 10% remained at bedtime. I estimate that battery usage has increased by about 30%. Even a new battery won’t give me a whole day of use. There really is a problem here that Apple needs to fix.
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max battery is draining like crazy. Working time has dropped from 11-12 hours to only 7 hours. It drains very quickly when I use Facetime. I know it takes a few days for the phone to go back to normal, but it’s been almost a week now. I’m thinking of going back to 15.7.

iOS 15.5 users who have not yet updated to iOS 16 can install iOS 15.7, which includes security updates.

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