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The new social network Clubhouse is rapidly gaining popularity. Celebrities who actively began to use and recommend Clubhouse – Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, Ilya Varlamov, Oleg Tinkov – cause a special excitement around the social network. Let’s figure out what kind of social network it is, what is special about it and how to register in it. And also we will speculate about its prospects and impact on existing social networks.

What is Clubhouse and what is special about it

What is Clubhouse and what is special about it

Clubhouse is a new fast growing social network that launched in early 2020. Its main feature is communication in virtual rooms using voice messages. None of the interlocutors sees you – only your avatar. You can almost personally communicate with a famous person or your idol, ask them questions if they are registered there and conduct conversations. There are a couple of other important features that make Clubhouse different from other social networks.

The first – lack of likes and comments, for which an exhausting struggle is being waged on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Vkontakte. Now everything is simple – if you are interesting to people, they will listen to you.

Second and most importantly, the impossibility of returning to an already past conversation. Discussions in the Clubhouse are live and are not saved. This creates an almost real-life feeling – you will not listen to an interesting conversation with friends that you were not in.

How Clubhouse works

What is Clubhouse and who needs it

When registering, the application will ask you to indicate your interests, and when you first log in, based on your preferences, it will select people to follow. Communication takes place in rooms dedicated to different areas of life – politics, music, medicine, programming, etc. You can connect to the selected room at any time, but there is a limit of 5,000 users per conversation.

There are three types of rooms:

  1. Open to all users.
  2. Open to subscribers only.
  3. Closed, for selected members only.

Usually, rooms are not launched immediately, but after the announcement. You can see it in your feed, so you can schedule an audition and add it to your calendar so you don’t forget.

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The conversation in the room is not at all like regular audio messages in instant messengers or communication via Zoom. Clubhouse is like a podcast where you can insert your word, or a press conference. Users are divided into “speakers” who created the room and listeners. Listeners can use the “raise your hand” function, with which you can ask questions, argue and express your opinion.

How to get to the Clubhouse

Getting into the Clubhouse is not easy, because first you must have an iOS device (iPad or iPhone) and an invitation from a friend who is a Clubhouse user. When you receive an invitation and register on the social network, you are given two invitations that you can send to your friends. Another option is to register in the application and wait for an invitation from your acquaintances, but this does not happen often and it may take a very long time to wait.

Invitations come to the phone number specified during registration. You will receive a message with a link that you will need to follow, and the name of the inviter will be indicated in your profile. Your name will appear on the profiles of people you invite.

There is also a “workaround” way of registration:

  1. Your acquaintance who uses Clubhouse, but has already used up the available invitations, must add your phone number to the iPhone contact book.
  2. Only then do you register with the Clubhouse.
  3. A friend receives a notification that you have registered. The app offers a “Let you in” option.
  4. A friend approves of your entry into the Clubhouse and, congratulations, you have entered a closed club.

As you can see, everything depends on the presence of a friend who is already registered with the Clubhouse. It’s no surprise that social media invites are in short supply, and cunning users are selling them on marketplaces such as eBay at prices ranging from $ 20 to an insane $ 800. But buying an invitation or even receiving it for free from dubious, unfamiliar persons is not worth it, since there are already a lot of scammers in this business.

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How to get to the Clubhouse on PC and Android

In early 2021, the Clubhouse developers announced that they would soon take up the Android version of the app. But you can try Clubhouse on Androids today. Grigory Klyushnikov, a former developer of the VKontakte application for Android, created an open source version of Clubhouse for Android and posted it for download on the popular IT platform GitHub.

To download, go to link, select the most recent version in the Releases section. After selecting the version number, click on Houseclub-release.apk and download the file.

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The application on the smartphone will have to be installed manually, giving permission to install.

The Android application will be inactive until the invitation is received

There is also a Clubhouse for PC. This is an open source version, but it looks completely spartan as it works from the command line. It was developed by a programmer under the nickname stypr, you can download it from his GitHub page. The client is available today Clubhouse Cli v304 (OSX / Windows). To run it, you need 64-bit Windows and a registered Clubhouse account.

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Download, unzip and run the file clubhouse-v304.exe. In the window provided, enter the phone number without spaces and brackets.

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After entering the code from the SMS message, you will be taken to the Clubhouse on your PC, where the list of “rooms” will be presented in the form of a table with their names, the number of participants and the identifier. Copy the identifier and paste it into the input field – this will bring you to the right room.

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Once in the right room, you will see the names of the participants, their nicknames, they are silent or say whether they are moderators. The “raise hand” function is invoked by the key combination Ctrl + Shift + H.

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I have not yet been able to get an invitation to the Clubhouse, so some of the screenshots are taken from open sources. But I downloaded applications for PC and Android and checked for the possibility of launching and the presence of viruses under Windows 10 on a PC, and under MIUI Global 11.0.3 on a smartphone Redmi note 5.

Why Clubhouse has become so popular

The creators of the social network – Paul Davidson and Roen Seth – who once worked for Google, say that the idea came to them during self-isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, when so many people became desperately lacking live communication.

Why Clubhouse has become so popular

The developers managed to create a unique platform that has something that Internet users so lacked in ordinary social networks – the dynamics of communication, immediacy, the ability to convey emotions using intonations and accents in the voice, the ability to simultaneously do other things, only occasionally being distracted by the smartphone screen or tablet.

In addition, video communication is not suitable for everyone and is not always convenient: you need lighting, a decent appearance and order in the room, if you make a video call from home. But the audio format does not oblige you to anything – you only need headphones and a place where it is not very noisy. And, importantly, audio will finally give rest to our long-suffering vision, the load on which has greatly increased with the advent of smartphones.

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The popularity of the Clubhouse was also influenced by a certain elitism, the feeling of a closed club, because getting there is not easy – you need invitations. There are already quite a few celebrities, pop stars and scientists using social networks, and conversations with them are indescribable emotions and experiences.

The creators of Clubhouse not only made an application for voice messaging lovers, but launched a completely new, promising trend and caught the desires of users who are tired of traditional social networks. This is confirmed by the reaction of the IT giants. Facebook has plans to create an audio chat with the tentative title Fireside. Twitter is launching almost a copy of the Clubhouse, which can also be used by Russian-speaking users. And the developers of the popular TikTok are also planning to create their own analogue.

Analogue of Clubhouse from Twitter

Clubhouse was blocked in China in February 2021, and local company Inke Ltd tried to launch a similar app, Duihuaba, but to no avail. And Xiaomi has improved the Mi Talk app by introducing invitation-only login and making it more professional-oriented.

Who is the Clubhouse for and who is not

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Clubhouse is popular, first of all, among young people who keep their finger on the pulse of technology, are in the subject of all events and are not afraid to speak out. At the same time, the new social network is ideal for people who do not want to spend time editing videos, processing photos and trying to appear in an ideal form. If you are not against informal audio communication and are tired of traditional social networks, Clubhouse is definitely worth a try, the main thing is to get an invitation.

And if you are a child of the text Internet, are used to carefully consider each comment and are not tired of the text yet, then Clubhouse can wait. But there is just one “but”: there is a clear tendency on social networks, where you no longer need to show your “good morning”, create posts and send comments, knocking on the keys.

It is possible that Facebook, Twitter are already on their way to becoming social media for middle-aged or older users. Whether you want to stay on the sidelines of progress or try something new – it’s up to you.

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The new iPhone 13 models are here and with them some users get their first iPhone without a home button in their hands. This also changes various gestures and functions. An example of this is forcing a restart, which is performed differently than it was just a few years ago.

If you switch from an iPhone 8 or iPhone SE (2nd generation) to a current iPhone model, you will quickly notice a lot of changes. In addition to the new gestures for returning to the home screen or opening the control center, the missing home button should be particularly noticeable. In the past, this controlled various functions such as Siri, the one-handed mode or the forced restart. The latter works completely differently with the new models and has a small side effect along the way. But one after another.

iPhone 13 (all models): How to force restart

Without a home button, Apple had to come up with a new alternative to force the devices to restart. The way is much more complex than before. While on the older models you only had to hold down the home button together with the power button, it now requires a small key combination. To restart an iPhone 13, briefly press the volume up button and release it again. Then press the volume down button in the same way. Finally, hold down the side button (power button) until the Apple logo appears on the display. You should not pay attention to any displays or changes on the screen during the processor.
Short version: Force restart the iPhone 13

  • Briefly press the volume up button
  • Briefly press the volume down button
  • Press and hold the side button until the Apple logo appears.

Quickly deactivate Face ID on the iPhone 13

Apple has integrated a function in iOS to quickly turn off Face ID. This means that it is not possible for other people (police, etc.) to unlock your iPhone by holding it in your face. To do this, simply press and hold a volume button together with the side button until your iPhone vibrates briefly but quickly. Then press either “Cancel” or the Page button again. Thanks to the vibration, you can also deactivate it in your pocket and know that it worked.

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macOS Big Sur: Disable search suggestions in Safari – here’s how

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Web browsers these days have a lot of cool features and capabilities that should make our life easier. Apple Safari is certainly no exception.

A lot is offered with many nice gimmicks such as the reading list or the reader display. Searching the net is also simple and can be started directly in the address bar. However, not every user wants the search suggestions equally, so we’ll show you how to disable the search suggestions in Safari.

Search engine suggestions can be scary at times. Thanks to the strong network, you now know exactly what we want to look for and then have the right answer ready before we could actually put the question to the end. This of course also has the advantage that we can get to our goal very quickly with these complex search algorithms and thus save a lot of time. But if you are one of those people who forego this convenience and want to increase data protection, we would be happy to explain how you can deactivate the search suggestions in Safari.

macOS Monterey: How to turn off search suggestions in Safari

Step 1: First open the Safari browser on the Mac, if you have not already done so. This is either located directly in the dock or can also be reached there via the “Programs” folder.

step 2: Now click on “Safari” in the menu bar at the top of the screen and select “Settings”.

step 3: Then select the “Search” tab.

Step 4: You will then see a drop-down menu with the search engine – this is Google by default – and under it it says: “Include search engine suggestions”. Uncheck this entry.

Step 5: Below that you can remove the check mark in front of “Include Safari suggestions”.

Step 6: Now close the Safari settings menu and surf the web as usual with Safari.

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If you lose access to your Apple ID, it’s a very messy business. It literally holds the Apple universe together. You can use it to make purchases from Apple, the App Store or the iTunes Store, manage your app subscriptions, access your iCloud data and much more. Fortunately, since iOS 15 you don’t need a second device of your own to reset your Apple ID and set a new password. The new operating system allows you to define a contact who, if necessary, can confirm your identity and thus give you access to your data again. Of course, you should think carefully about who is eligible for this position. This can be your best friend or family member. These should also have an iPhone or iPad with iOS 15 or iPadOS 15 and be older than 13 years.

How to set a reset contact for your Apple ID

Your Apple ID is not lost right away because you forgot your password. Establish a special “emergency contact” beforehand that will give you access to your Apple account again. To do this, open the Settings app and tap on your profile at the top before you select “Password & Security”. Then tap on “Account recovery”. Now select the option “Add contact”. Read the information about the function carefully. In the next step, you may be asked to update your devices. You can then specify a contact from your family group or from your contact list. You will only see qualified contacts. After your selection, a message will be sent to the selected person informing them of their new position.

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