A couple of weeks ago, Instagram made an announcement that it would be changing the way it displays photos on your timeline. Currently, Instagram displays posts in chronological order. In the announcement, they say that the average user misses around 70% of their feed, so to make sure users don’t miss out on the content they like to see the most, they’ll be displaying posts the order that it thinks you want to see the most, based on how you interact on Instagram. This can be based on your relationship with someone, or who you interacts on certain posts.
It’s been rumoured that these changes will happen tomorrow. All today, all I’ve seen in my feed is people asking their followers to ‘turn on notifications’ so they don’t miss a post – which is a feature that allows you to get push notifications for accounts you don’t want to miss an update from.
I don’t have notifications on any of my social media channels, so I doubt I’d ever be using this feature, but the whole thing got me interested and I wanted to do some digging. Especially after the whole #RIPTwitter fiasco last month, where it was rumoured that Twitter was doing the same thing.
There’s no need to panic yet, though, because a spokesperson from Instagram has told The FADER that there are still many tests to be done, and it’s going to take weeks or even months until they are complete and ready to be rolled out to the public.
So we don’t know when this is going to happen, but we do know that Instagram has said it will let users know before it makes the changes. What these changes are specifically, we’re not sure yet. So just keep using Instagram as you are. If you want to stay ahead of the game, remember to engage with your followers because the more your followers engage with your posts, the higher the chance your posts have of being displayed in their timeline, or so it’s thought.
Is this what the iPhone 7 will look like? // Tech heads are mocking up that they believe the iPhone 7 will look like, which is due to be release in September 2015.
More iPhone 7 rumours and specs // More rumours and speculation about the next gen iPhone.
Facebook live video feed for celebs // Celeb’s who have a verified page will be able to broadcast life to their followers, as on Periscope.
GamesCon 2015 // Some pictures from the 7th GamesCon.
Tech news stories this week I’ve found interesting..
Some jokes being hidden on Twitter // Some jokes have been hidden on Twitter due to copyright grounds as it’s found many people copy and Tweet jokes from Comedians, who often use Twitter to gain a following.
Children should be able to be forgotten online // The iRights proposal gives children the ability to edit and delete their information online in order to protect them.
Facebook founder to have a baby // Aww 🙂
Windows 10 is here // Windows ten has finally arrived, including new features such as a split start button screen and personal assistant, Cortana.
What’s going on in the world of tech these week? Here are the things I’ve found most interesting over the past 7 days.
Amazon Drive Through Grocery Stores // Rumour has it that the internet giant that is Amazon is planning to launch a drive through service in California. Similar to Tesco’s click and collect, you can order groceries online and drive to get them picked up within a certain time slot.
Most streaming ever // A record breaking 500 million streams have been seen in the UK in the week ending 16th July.
Whatsaap Feature To Mark Messages as unread // A new feature on the Android version of the app lets users mark a message as unread, as a visual reminder to reply later.
Drug tests for video gamers // Some gamers have been doping to enhance their performance in tournaments. Doom.
Have you come across anything interesting this week?
Spam e-mails at an all time low // According to security firm Symantic, there are less spam e-mails been sent now than over the past 12 years. It’s believed they’re looking at other ways to scam money online and there’s been an increase in the amount of malware. Legal action against spam has also contributed to the drop in spam e-mails.
10 years jail time for online pirates // Currently, you can be charged up to 2 years in prison for online copyright infringement. The government is considering raising that to 10 years, in line with the punishment for copyright of physical goods.
Apple Pay hits the UK // Apple Pay has launched in the UK, the first country outside of the US to get it. It’s simple to use, just bring your iPhone close to the tap and go device and use your finger print to authorise payment. Only the latest Apple devices work, though. So you need an iPhone 6, 6 plus and iWatch to make payments.
Tinder gives celebs blue tick // Haha! This has to be my favourite news of the week. Tinder is now giving celebrities the blue tick to prove their really who they say they are, as used on Twitter. Lindsay Lohan, Katy Perry and Josh Groban are said to use Tinder. I’m now off to see if I can find my girl crush, Taylor Swift, on there 😉
Disney wins domain name battle // A fancy dress site has been using the domain starwars.co.uk for 10 years to redirect user to it’s website, which sells Star Wars fancy dress. After a 3 month battle, Disney won and the fancy dress company had to surrender the name. It was deemed that if a visitor went to the website, they may view it as linked with the Star Wars franchise.
Weekly tech news is a summer of the stories in tech I’ve found most interesting and entertaining this week.
None-stick mayonnaise bottles // Okay, hear me out here. Mayonnaise is my nemesis. Why is there never a full bottle? It’s always half empty and impossible to get out. A Norwegian company is developing a ‘non-stick’ bottle that would stop the doom of trying to force mayo out of the bottle!
The end of data roaming charges // When I went to Paris in June, I thought paying £3 a day to use my phones data plan as normal was a pretty sweet deal. It’s not bad for a few days away, but longer vacations could add up to a hefty bill. It’s recently been announced that the European Union will ban all data roaming charges by June 2017, after a 14 month interim period where companies can still add charges, but at a lower rate that will be around 75% cheaper. I’M HAPPY ABOUT THIS.
Mastercard testing a selfie app for verifying payments // Mastercard is trialling an app that can verify payments by holding up the camera to your face as if taking a selfie. It’s being worked on as an alternative for SecureCode, which asks buyers for a password after entering card details into websites. They’re exploring ways to make it secure, though it’s not quiet there yet.
A quick summery of tech news from the last 7 days that I’ve found most interesting.
Gmail adds undo send button.
That’s right folks. You can now undo send embarassing e-mails up to 30 seconds after they’ve been sent on Gmail.
You can set have a undo send window of 10, 20 or 30 seconds. In this time, the e-mail will sit at the top of your inbox giving you the option to ‘undo’ – then it won’t send the message.
Great for people like me who often see a spelling mistake RIGHT as I press send!
To Apple, Love Taylor.
My favourite, Tay Tay, write a tumblr entry to Apple Music regarding her disappointment in the tech giant not paying artist for the first three months of their new life stream service – in which they are offering customers a three month trail people.
Only hours later, Apple’s Eddy Cue had reversed the policy and stated on Twitter that will be paying artists.
It’s fantastic that they’ve listened to Taylor’s plea – but what about the uproar if thousands of Indie artists before her post? All ignored.
Google Self-Drive Car Project.
What! Google is testing 32 self-driving cars. They have been merging in with regular traffic.
There’s been a bit of an encounter this week, when a Google car pulled in front of it’s rival Delphi Automotive car, resulting in it abandoning a rival lane change. Experts say the Delphi reacted perfectly.
There have been accidents between self-drive cars and cars driven by humans in the past, but the fault has always laid with the person driving.
People can share their impressions on the cars and details of encounters with them on this page.