Social Media

Time Alerts on Consumption of Facebook and Instagram

Facebook announced on Wednesday, August 1 -Facebook and Instagram will soon let you know just how long you have spent on these social network platforms. As they have a set of time management tools for Facebook and Instagram users. The tools will monitor your time on the networks and will send you control notifications, and also users will be able to set a daily time limit.

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Many social media users are aware of how easy it is to open the app to check notifications only to end up spending 20 minutes scrolling through memes, blog posts, and pictures of relatives and watching videos. Today’s new set of tools are just one of the updates the network has launched since CEO Mark Zuckerberg shared that his 2018 goal was to make time on the networks time well-spent, reducing passive consumption and increasing engagement on the networks.

This time management tool will be available in the settings menu on both Facebook and Instagram — on Facebook, the option is called “Your Time on Facebook” while Instagram users can find similar tools by tapping on “Your Activity” from the settings menu. The new feature as on daily bases will display the time you spend on these social network platforms, with a graph chart activity by weekday.

With this new tool the users will get a reminder alert from Facebook or Instagram they’ve reached a set amount of time spent on the network. Facebook isn’t going to shut you down, but it will send you a pop-up notification if you’ve lost track of time scrolling through the news-feed. And if you are not interested in getting the pop-up notification then there is an option to temporarily “Mute Push Notifications” in the settings section.

Early in June the new features were leaked, join a list of changes designed to create less passive consumption and more interaction, including a pop-up button and Instagram’s new notice that “You’re all caught up.”

Facebook and Instagram says, the updates are rolling out soon.”

Social Media

Snapchat now lets you use speech recognition to animate your face

Getting bored with sticking out your tongue, blinking or raising eyebrow to get that Snapchat Lens to change? Here’s Snapchat’s latest Lenses respond to audible keywords. Rolling out starting Wednesday, August 1, the new Lenses animate will trigger by using specific English words.

As reported by TechCrunch, the new lenses use speech recognition instead of facial recognition to identify when to trigger an animation. By using single-word triggers to animate the augmented reality mask. Saying “OK” for example will bring up the hand symbol in one while saying “love” brings dancing hearts in another. On-screen instructions will let the users know what word will trigger the effect.

Earlier this year the update follows the first audio reactive lenses, but respond to specific words instead of changing with the volume like the lenses was launched this May. Snapchat also has Lenses that play audio and voice-altering options. The voice-activated Lenses join other animated options, like opening your mouth to hurl rainbows or a slabber puppy tongue.

These animated lenses could make videos popular by using the triggered words to add the effect at a certain point in the recording. This also work for taking photos, before, after or during the animation. So there is no requirement to stick your tongue out or raise your eyebrows, all you have to do is smile, pout, duck lip or make whatever expression you can maintain, just after saying the keyword.

Snapchat says it will begin to make around five to six of these new lenses available to users within the next week. They’ll appear periodically in the Lens carousel along with the others, starting today, Wednesday August 1st.

The lenses will prompt users how to trigger the animation, when launched, Snapchat says.”

Now things going to get more interesting as these lenses can help to keep Snapchat users engaged, and could potentially turn into a technology in future.

 

Do you plan on using this new Snapchat feature or not? Let us know down in the comments below.

Social Media

Whats App launches Group video calling for Voice and Video

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Whats App is now adding group video/voice calling to its iOS and Android app, the company announced it on Monday. Whats App already had this video calling feature since 2016, but calls were, until now, limited to two participants. With the latest change, the app is upping its support to four total participants.

Users now can make group calls to up to four people can hold face-to-face voice or video call, and then by tapping the ‘add participant’ button on the top right corner of the app can add another contact to the call.  As you might have hoped, these group video calls are encrypted with Whats App’s usual end-to-end encryption, ensuring that your communications are always secure.

In the midst of Facebook’s highly anticipated F8 developer conference, founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg took the stage to announce the latest updates to come from the social network’s universe. Not only did Zuckerberg share new features from the Facebook platform, but he also gave us glimpses into what we can expect from other companies that now exist under the Facebook umbrella, including Instagram and Whats App.

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In a post on their blog Whats App said: “Over the last couple years, people have enjoyed making voice and video calls on Whats App.

“In fact, our users spend over 2 billion minutes on calls per day.

“We’re excited to announce that group calls for voice and video are coming to Whats App starting today.”

“Today, we’re launching a test to limit forwarding that will apply to everyone using Whats App. I

“In India – where people forward more messages, photos, and videos than any other country in the world – we’ll also test a lower limit of 5 chats at once and we’ll remove the quick forward button next to media messages.

“We believe that these changes – which we’ll continue to evaluate – will help keep WhatsApp the way it was designed to be: a private messaging app.

“We are deeply committed to your safety and privacy which is why Whats App is end-to-end encrypted, and we’ll continue to improve our app with features like this one.”

If we compare the WhatsApp group calling feature with other platforms, the range is surprising. While Facebook Messenger supports group video calls of up to 50 and Skype supports its half, i.e.., 25. Snapchat supports 16 and through Apple’s FaceTime you can connect to 32 people.

Updated on July 31: Allows for Whats App video calls with up to four people can hold face-to-face

Social Media

New Feature: Now you can see when your Friends are Active on Instagram

Instagram has come up with new feature that will show when your friends are online. It will show green dot against the profile picture.

On 19th July , Instagram debuted its latest update — a feature for Instagram users to see when their friends are online and, therefore they can have real-time conversations. This Feature sounds familiar because it is an exact resemblance to parent company Facebook’s “Available status” on their Messenger App as well as this even looks the same. As Instagram noted, “When your friends are active on Instagram, you’ll see a green dot next to their profile picture in various spaces within the app, including the Direct inbox and your friend list when you share a post from feed.”

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If you thinking that with this feature you will be able to see the online or offline status of everyone on Instagram then no. Rather, you’ll only be able to see status of the friends who follow you, or users you have messaged in Direct. And don’t worry if you really don’t want people to know when you’re online then Instagram has an option to hide your status in the app settings which makes easy to turn off the ability to see when your friends are active.

Why do we need this feature? Instagram explained, “DMing friends and connecting over the content you love is more fun when you know your friends are there to see it. This update gives you the ability to have more of those realtime conversations while giving you the control to hide your status altogether.”

Instagram has been adding lot of features in the last several months, including a feature that tells you when you’re all caught up, as well as an option to remove followers, even if the user’s account is public. Altogether, Instagram is slowly letting the users more control over their profiles — which seems to be a win – win situation for the millions of users posting and sharing every day.

Phone / Mobile, Uncategorized

Should we Use a Screen Protector on Our Smartphones?

Undoubtedly, it is the much needed item these days as smartphones are one of most expensive devices. So, it is very important that you should protect your mobile phone from scratches, dust, or accidental drops. Beside this, there are many other advantages of using a screen protector. Let’s have a glance at those benefits:

Keeps your Private Data Secure

By using the privacy screen protector, you can hide your data from others standing next you. The only person who is in front of the device’s screen can watch your data. The privacy screen protector keeps your information confidential. So, if you want to block the view from others, consider picking a privacy screen protector.

Relief from Eye Strain

For those who use more of the Laptop / Computer machine or smartphone are likely to have an eye strain. In order to reduce the risk of eye strain, you must use screen protectors. With the help of a screen protector Smart phones can be used to the maximum without feeling fatigued or straining your eyes. If you spend more time on your smartphone, you can go for an anti-glare screen guard.

No More Smudges & Fingerprints

Unfortunately, smartphones gets dirty with a simply touching your screen. And, a screen with all over fingerprints doesn’t look good at all. So here a screen protector is a huge relief. It saves your smartphone’s screen from fingerprints and sloppy blotches.

Reduces Glare

Screen protectors reduces the glare while viewing your smartphone under direct sunlight. Screen protectors reduce glare from bright light and improve smartphone’s screen visibility.

Helps Protecting Phone Screen

It is very likely that your accidentally slips from hand or pocket or bag while carrying it. There are chances of breaking or cracking phone screens as dropped on the hard surface. So in this context, Screen Protectors are very helpful. So if you cant go to market then you  should consider going online shopping for the screen protector.