GHOSTING FACEBOOK, DISASTER GIRL’S PAY DAY, ACCESSIBILITY AND GOING TO THE MOON WITH ZOOM

by | May 7, 2021 | Blog

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APPLE’S LATEST SOFTWARE UPDATE LET’S YOU GHOST FACEBOOK & TBH I’M IN

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Apple has launched its latest software update – iOS 14.5 – and it will change how your news feed looks.

The latest update gives you the power to turn off data tracking from apps, which will essentially stop companies like Facebook from collecting data based on your online activities and using it to market different products at you.

Turning off data tracking won’t stop you from getting ads in your timeline completely, instead they will just be less targeted, which means it’ll feel less like your phone is listening to all of your conversations.

INSTAGRAM JOINS THE ACCESSIBILITY PARTY

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Instagram has rolled out a new feature to their video Stories and Reels in a bid to make the platform more accessible to those who are deaf or hard of hearing.

The new “captions sticker” feature will act like any other sticker. Once you have recorded or uploaded your video to the Instagram app, you can search for the “captions” sticker which will convert your audio to text.

The new feature also allows you to edit the style, text, colour and position of the captions so it matches with your content or branding goals.

Currently, the feature is only available in English, however, Instagram plans to roll it out to other countries and languages soon. The feature will also be exclusive to Stories initially before being tested on Reels.

TIKTOK BECOMES MORE BUSINESS FRIENDLY WITH IT’S NEW “LEAD GENERATION” SERVICE

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TikTok has announced the development of Lead Generation ads on its platform in a bid to help businesses reach customers and drive revenue.

TikTok’s Lead Generation is a first-party solution that will enable businesses to “reach customers and drive conversion with ease” by allowing businesses to share details of their products and services that are “related, appealing and interesting” to their customers.

Similar to lead generation products on other platforms, Lead Generation will enable customers show an interest in products by filling out forms with basic information like their name, phone number and email, which will allow the company to send them further information.

GOOGLE IS CHARGING CUSTOMERS FOR PHOTO STORAGE, SO HERE’S HOW MUCH YOUR MEME COLLECTION WILL COST YOU

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Google has announced that they will start charging customers who use Google Photos for photo storage.

Google Photos has been free to use since it was launched in 2015, but under the new changes – which take place on June 1 – Google will start charging after you reach the 15GB threshold.

In positive news for existing users, all of your photos and videos which were uploaded before June 1 will not count towards the 15GB limit, only those uploaded after.

15GB is an enormous amount of storage for the average person, so most of you probably don’t need to worry that much. However, if you have an extensive meme collection that you’re passionate about keeping, the prices seem very reasonable. $2 per month will net you 100GB, $3 for 200GB, $10 will give you 2TB while $150 will net you 30TB.

‘IMMERSE’ YOURSELF IN ZOOM’S NEW FEATURE

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In positive news for every remote worker everywhere, Zoom has announced a new feature that promises to elevate the vibe of your next Zoom meeting.

The new “Immersive View” feature allows you to arrange up to 25 participants into one virtual meeting space which is being billed as the “new, more engaging and collaborative way to meet during video calls.”

Additionally, you can adjust the order in which the participants appear and adjust the size of their images. But most importantly, you can now put all participants into the one virtual scene. 

Meaning, you can actually be on the moon the next time you have a zoom chat about how Doge is taking you to the moon.

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DISASTER GIRL CASHES IN ON VIRAL MEME

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The NFT goldmine has produced another success story with ‘Disaster Girl’ Zoe Roth collecting a cool $500,000 for her classic meme.

In 2005, Zoe, who was four at the time, had joined other kids in Mebane, North Carolina to watch the local fire service conduct a controlled burn on one of the local properties. 

Innocently, Zoe’s father Dave, who also happened to be an amateur photographer, wanted to commemorate the moment and asked Zoe to pose in front of the fire, which resulted in a hall of fame level meme of this generation: Disaster Girl.

On top of the $500,000, the Roths will also collect 10% from all future sales of the NFT, which was purchased by a Dubai-based studio called 3F Music, which also purchased “Overly Attached Girlfriend” meme in April for $411,000.

Time to dig out the old photo albums and find all your memeable family snaps.

ONLYFANS IS LIVING PROOF THAT SEX STILL SELLS

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OnlyFans appears to be one of the biggest winners coming out of the pandemic, according to a new report by the Financial Times.

The subscription based service has reportedly made $390m in revenue between November 2019 and November 2020.

The stunning growth in revenue can be attributed to the extra 100 million users it picked up during the pandemic, taking the total user base to around 120 daily users.

The most impressive thing about the rise in revenue, is that they’ve achieve it without supporting ads on their platform. Instead, OnlyFans takes a 20% cut on user payments across the platform, which means that the platform has also been extremely lucrative for some of the Creators.

TIKTOK RECEIVES BACKLASH OVER AN EMBARRASSING GLITCH WITH THEIR AUTOMATIC CAPTIONS

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TikTok has fixed an embarrassing error with its automatic captions after it receiving serious backlash for censoring the term “Asian women.”

The video sharing app introduced automatic captions in April and began testing in the U.S and Japan where users pointed out the flaw.

Users noticed that phrases like “white men”, “white women”, “Black men”, “Black women”, and “Asian men” all passed TikTok’s language filter without issue, however,  the phrase “Asian women” did not. Instead it appeared in the automatic captions as “a**** w****.”

Outside of the embarrassing error, this new feature from TikTok is a massive win for accessibility. It will detect and automatically transcribe what video creators are saying in their videos, making it easier for people who are deaf or hard of hearing to follow along.

DONALD TRUMP SENTENCED TO ANOTHER SIX MONTHS IN THE FACEBOOK NAUGHTY CORNER

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Donald Trump won’t be returning to your Facebook feeds anytime soon.

The 45th President of the United States will be in the sin bin for another six months after Facebook’s Oversight Board upheld Facebook’s decision to ban Trump back in January over his posts during the Capitol Riot on January 6.

However, the board criticised Facebook for imposing an “indeterminate and standardless penalty of indefinite suspension”, saying the company must decide whether to allow Trump back on the platform or ban him permanently within six months.

This means that Trump will remain barred from Facebook for the time being, but, depending chief executive Mark Zuckerberg, Trump can return to the platform ahead of another potential run for the White House in 2024.

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