Friday, 18 August 2017

Instagram adds a new creative way to reply to a photo or story

 Instagram inception, here we come. If somebody sends you a photo or video in a private conversation on Instagram, the app will now let you play around with the original photo so that you can reply in a creative way and keep the context of the conversation. If you receive a photo or video, there’s now a reply button in the conversation thread. If you tap on this button, the original photo… Read More

source https://techcrunch.com/2017/08/18/instagram-adds-a-new-creative-way-to-reply-to-a-photo-or-story/?ncid=rss

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Alt-social network Gab booted from Google Play Store for hate speech

 Gab, the conservative social network that has acted as a haven for people banned from the usual platforms, has been removed from the Google Play Store for violating the company’s hate speech policy, the company announced on Twitter. Apple removed it from the App Store in June for similar reasons. Read More

source https://techcrunch.com/2017/08/17/alt-social-network-gab-booted-from-google-play-store-for-hate-speech/?ncid=rss

Engineering Toward Allyship

Facebook downranks video clickbait and fake play buttons

 Ever gotten tricked into clicking a fake play button on Facebook that opens a link instead of starting a video? I did, repeatedly, and wrote a story in 2014 titled “Yo Facebook, Ban Links With Fake Video Play Buttons”. Now Facebook is doing just that. Today it started downranking the News Feed presence of links that display a fake play button in the preview image, as well as… Read More

source https://techcrunch.com/2017/08/17/facebook-fake-play-buttons/?ncid=rss

Skype’s much-debated redesign hits the desktop

 In June, Microsoft introduced a completely revamped version of its Skype app, designed with a heavier focus on media-sharing, and other social expression tools, like emoji, reactions, and even a Snapchat-like stories feature. Now that new experience is rolling out to desktop users, but in a more limited fashion, Microsoft announced this morning. The new desktop app introduces an updated… Read More

source https://techcrunch.com/2017/08/17/skypes-much-debated-redesign-hits-the-desktop/?ncid=rss

Android newbie HMD’s Nokia 8 flagship lets you livestream ‘frontbacks’

 Rebooting the venerable Nokia smartphone brand has not been a rush job for HMD Global, the Foxconn-backed company set up for the purpose of licensing the Nokia name to try to revive the brand’s fortunes on smartphones. But after starting with basic and mid-tier phones, it’s finally outted a flagship Android handset. Read More

source https://techcrunch.com/2017/08/17/android-newbie-hmds-nokia-8-flagship-lets-you-livestream-frontbacks/?ncid=rss

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Tech is not winning the battle against white supremacy

 Content warning: This post contains racial slurs, homophobic language and very graphic depictions of racism and violence.  If you were just paying attention to press releases, this week it’d be easy to believe that tech companies are winning the war on hate. Responding to the violence in Charlottesville, Mark Zuckerberg solemnly reflected that there is “no place for hate in… Read More

source https://techcrunch.com/2017/08/16/hatespeech-white-supremacy-nazis-social-networks/?ncid=rss