YouTube understands the importance of showcasing and celebrating the hottest artists, songs and music videos from around the world. They rolled out a new and improved music charts experience for 44 total global destinations including US, Japan, Germany, Brazil and the U.K. at YouTube.com/charts. The YouTube charts now include a new Trending chart, as well as improved charts for Top Songs, Top Artists, and Top Music Videos all in one spot. With more than 1.8 billion global monthly users, YouTube charts is the new go-to destination to see what’s popular, what’s rising and trending both locally and globally on YouTube. The new charts are based purely on the number of views and are a reflection of the success achieved by artists on the world’s most expansive music platform. The new
Over the weekend, photo hosting platform SmugMug acquired Flickr from Verizon; merging two companies that have offered similar services for nearly 15 years. So what’s changing, and in which cloud should you stash your photographs? SmugMug said that it couldn’t pass up the opportunity to bring two photography communities together, and that it doesn’t yet have any plans to unify the two. As such, they’ll continue to operate independently with their own distinct offerings; the only change that’s coming is that Flickr users will soon have to review and agree to SmugMug’s terms and conditions in order to continue using the service. If you’ve got photos on either SmugMug or Flickr, they aren’t going anywhere – but I imagine that the two sites will soon let you transfer pictures between
Facebook has removed 70 Facebook and 65 Instagram accounts that were controlled by the Russia-based Internet Research Agency (IRA). “Many of the pages also ran ads, all of which have been removed,” said Facebook. Facebook’s chief security officer Alex Stamos said uncovering this activity took months of work. “The IRA has repeatedly used complex networks of inauthentic accounts to deceive and manipulate people who use Facebook, including before, during, and after the 2016 US presidential elections,” said Stamos. “We removed this latest set of pages and accounts solely because they were controlled by the IRA – not based on the content.” “This included commentary on domestic and international political issues, the promotion of Russian culture and tourism as well as debate o
YouTube has launched an offline version of its app to its viewers in developing countries across the globe where internet connectivity is still a challenge. The new app has a unique feature and design that allows YouTube users to download and save content they want offline giving options over quality and file size. The app also allows for local sharing with nearby users without using any data. According to blog post from the company’s official website, YouTube Go was created to be relatable with fresh and relevant video recommendations tailored to viewers preferences; the app is designed to be offline first and improve the experience of watching videos on a slower network; it gives you more control over data usage by providing choice and transparency into the amount of data spent
It is clear that many organizations in the sub Saharan Africa are struggling to keep up with the fast changing continental technological trends. There has been a change on how businesses conduct their operations because of globalization, as entities seek to conduct operations in line with those of the outer world. The major struggles come in the understanding the change in consumer behavior, policies in place for business regulations and the disruptive technologies such as Big Data. However, it is encouraging to note that executives across Africa have realized that their organizations should be able to respond positively to the needs of transformational changes. Big Data as one of the main disruptions happening is on the spotlight and has been the focus for organizations that seek to ma...