Is Instagram ‘Reels’ a genuine threat to TikTok?

Is Instagram ‘Reels’ a genuine threat to TikTok?

With TikTok edging closer to possible elimination in the US market, Instagram has decided to launch its own short-bite video platform ‘Reels’. But is it good enough to rival TikTok? Last week Instagram rolled out its newest feature ‘Reels’ across 50 countries, with the intention of gaining a lucrative slice...

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Google transforms recycled bottles into Pixel phone cases

Google transforms recycled bottles into Pixel phone cases

In its quest to build more sustainable infrastructure, Google has released a series of phone cases made from recycled plastic for the Pixel 4a. It’s becoming common knowledge that the amount of waste in landfill sites is growing every year, and proprietors of annually renewing tech must take part of...

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Instagram rolls out ‘Personal Fundraisers’ to support small businesses

Instagram rolls out ‘Personal Fundraisers’ to support small businesses

In response to the economic fallout caused by Covid-19, Instagram has released a crowdfunding feature to keep small businesses afloat. Instagram pumping out updates has become one of the constants of 2020, but the latest feature is far from just another quirky AR addition. Parent company Facebook has already played host to thousands of independent crowdfunding projects in wake of the pandemic, and the next logical step is for Instagram to...

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Is TikTok really an elaborate façade for Chinese spyware?

Is TikTok really an elaborate façade for Chinese spyware?

Cyber-experts are claiming that 2020’s number one app is a shady front for Chinese spyware and mass censorship.  Suggestions that ByteDance’s ‘innocuous’ short-bite video app TikTok has all the makings of a totalitarian plot hatched by the Chinese government are looking more plausible by the day. Suffice to say, people are freaked. Months of bad publicity  Two months ago, an anonymous software engineer with 15 years of experience claimed he had successfully reverse-engineered TikTok. Within its inner workings, he pointed to...

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Chinese face-tracking tech bans foreigners from live streaming

Chinese face-tracking tech bans foreigners from live streaming

A global inquest into TikTok has done little to deter China from pushing stricter censorship on its own soil. Official documents from TikTok’s parent company ByteDance have confirmed rumours that the viral video app is constantly running facial recognition technology to monitor and censor content on Douyin – China’s version of the platform. Douyin may appear innocuous on the surface, but Chinese streamers are subject to an intrusive regime of automated...

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