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Instagram set to launch a TikTok clone called Reels

Instagram set to launch a TikTok clone called Reels

Internet, social media, Technology
Instagram has confirmed it will launch a TikTok clone called Reels early August in the U.S. and as many as 50 other countries. Reels has already launched in India and being tested in Brazil, Germany and France. The feature is Instagram’s attempt to recreate the short musical video format that thrives on TikTok. Reels will let users record and edit 15-second video clips set to music, or users will be able to reuse audio from another person’s video, as is commonly done on TikTok. Reels also includes editing tools including a countdown timer and the ability to adjust the video’s speed. Why Reels Is Likely To Be A Hit Likely integrations with Instagram and Facebook will jump-start Reels adoption. Recent Facebook and Instagram music licensing deals – for the most part missing on TikT
What is Messenger Kids? Facebook launches video chat and messaging app in Africa

What is Messenger Kids? Facebook launches video chat and messaging app in Africa

Internet, social media
Facebook's Messenger Kids app is now available in 20 countries across the Middle East and Africa, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Available to download from the Apple App and Google Play Stores, Messenger Kids has been designed for children between the ages of 6 to 12 years, with the app including two new features aimed at helping kids connect with their friends and family. Parental Control Facebook says the App targets children who can't have Facebook accounts, in line with the company's policies. As such, it has  parental control features which allow parents to customize the app for their children, including being able to edit and change contact lists and be notified if a child blocks or reports another user. In a statement, the company pointed to its expansion as refl
Instagram to debut revenue sharing with creators through IGTV ads

Instagram to debut revenue sharing with creators through IGTV ads

Business, Mobile, social media
For the first time in its history, social media platform Instagram will start sharing revenue with creators through ads in IGTV and badges that viewers can purchase on Instagram Live. The company has hinted that ads would come to IGTV for more than a year, often saying the long-form video offering would be the most likely place it’d first pay creators. The new tools that enable video creators to make money, including badges that viewers can purchase during Instagram Live videos and the introduction of IGTV ads. Both launches are considered a test, as the company is limiting the features’ availability during its experimentation phase, it says. Badges will give viewers a way to support their favorite creators while also standing out in the comments, similar to efforts on other live video p
Apple Music launches Africa Month in celebration of Talent

Apple Music launches Africa Month in celebration of Talent

Mobile, social media
Apple Music launches Africa Month, a month-long campaign that showcases the best playlists, artists and albums from all corners of Africa. This follows the expansion last week of Apple Music into an additional 52 new countries around the world bringing the total number of countries across Sub-Saharan Africa to 33. For Africa Month, Apple Music commissioned 15 exclusive guest playlists curated by some of the continent’s finest artists as well as a playlist featuring the biggest African songs of all time. Grammy winner Angelique Kidjo (Benin), Afrobeats superstar Davido (Nigeria), Jazz icon Abdullah Ibrahim (South Africa) and Afro-pop group Sauti Sol (Kenya) are a few of the musicians who have curated playlists featuring their favourite African songs. “African music is rich and dive
AI should be made part of businesses in 2020

AI should be made part of businesses in 2020

Business, social media, Technology
Artificial intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT) have changed the way data is gathered, stored, processed and used; thus, becoming an indispensable part of our life. AI, in its early stages, has revolutionised lives of businesses and people; it has started to show its effects in businesses and the way people work. Many businesses are not aware of how the technologies can be used efficiently to grow enterprise. Artificial intelligence enables multitasking as takes care of all the menial tasks through automation and leave employees to conentrate on more important areas of the business. If organisations fail to make use of the available and newly added AI tools then chances are that they can’t compete well. AI is creating a more effective world, creating jobs, making workpla
Twitter develops new feature for managing replies

Twitter develops new feature for managing replies

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Twitter is developing another new feature for managing replies, this time looking to let users to turn them off except for certain groups. Suzanne Xie, Twitter’s director of product management, said at a CES event on Wednesday  the platform is working on a feature that will allow users to select “conversation participants” for their tweets, The Verge reports. You’ll be able to choose from four options: letting anyone reply, letting only people you follow and mention reply, letting only people you mention reply, and letting no one reply at all. Twitter previously rolled out a feature allowing users to hide specific replies to their tweets, saying this was part of an effort to “change how conversations work on our service” and “give you more control over the conversations you start.”
Ongoing Elections In Uganda Lead To Blocked Access To Social Media

Ongoing Elections In Uganda Lead To Blocked Access To Social Media

Governance, Internet, Mobile, social media
Access to social media networks such as WhatsApp and mobile money  has been blocked in Uganda over what the government claims to be "national security" concerns. Sources speaking to the Daily Nation  however state that the shutdown that was ordered by top officials in the ruling party is meant to curtail the massive amounts of messages that are being shared against President, Yoweri Museveni. The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), director of corporate affairs, Fred Otunnu said that the shutdown was only temporary due to the sensitive nature of the elections period. While this goes on, there are concerns about the poor internet bandwidth but the UCC maintained that that was not related to the ongoing elections. The Ugandan Presidential and Parliamentary elections begun this mornin

What #RipTwitter was all about and how the new Twitter algorithm will work

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You must have noticed the “While You Were Away” feature on Twitter which appears when you log in. The “While You Were Away” feature samples some of the most popular tweets that were shared when you were not online. Twitter at the moment asks whether you’d like to dismiss the feature and whether you like it or not.On Friday, you may have seen the #RIPTwitter tweets and wondered what all that fuss was about. The tweets were in response to a report that Twitter was about to release an algorithm that would shake up Twitter as we know it. One of the greatest fears was that Twitter would no longer be live and that it would no longer list tweets in a reverse chronological manner. Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey on Saturday morning tried to calm people down through a series of tweets that promised that

Tech Milestone as Both WhatsApp And Gmail Reach The 1 Billion Users Mark

Mobile, social media
It is a great week for technology as two tech giants reach the I Billion users mark. Google announced that Gmail, its email service had 1 billion monthly active users. Gmail joined the list of other Google platforms that have also gathered 1 billion users namely, Google Search, Android, Chrome, YouTube et.al. Gmail had hit the 900,000 user mark sometime before May 2015. This was followed by Facebook’s announcement that WhatsApp had reached the 1 billion mark. This meant that the WhatsApp figures had more than doubled since Facebook acquired it two years ago. The announcement came after WhatsApp announced that it would be made completely free and remain ad free. An overjoyed Mark Zuckerberg took to Facebook to share his joy in a post that read: “One billion people now use WhatsApp. Congr

Facebook shares soars by 12% after introducing mobile ad sales

Mobile, social media
SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook shares shot up 12% after the giant social network said it earned 79 cents a share on revenue of $5.84 billion in the fourth quarter, easily topping Wall Street estimates. Facebook's dominance in mobile advertising helped to allay Wall Street concerns over its heavy investments in messaging service WhatsApp and virtual reality unit Oculus, which have not yet generated profits. Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg, who returned from two months of paternity leave on Monday, has said virtual reality represents the next major computing platform. The company has also begun monetizing some of its other units, such as photo-sharing app Instagram, which surpassed 400 million users last year and began selling ads in September. Facebook said mobile ads accounted for 80 percent of