Instagram launches AMBER Alerts, Meta adds new ‘Calls’ Tab to Messenger, and Apple announces big new features in iOS 16

by | Jun 10, 2022 | Blog

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Instagram Launches AMBER Alerts to Save Children’s Lives

Instagram launches AMBER alerts, allowing netizens to share notices of missing children in their area and increasing the chances of finding them. 

The alert will appear on users’ Instagram feed if there’s an active search in their area. It will include information about the missing child, their image, description, location of the abduction, and other available info at the time. 

This feature started rolling out on Instagram on the 1st of June and will be fully available in 25 countries the next couple of weeks after its release. 

“Instagram is a platform based on the power of photos, making it a perfect fit for the AMBER Alert program. We know that photos are a critical tool in the search for missing children, and by expanding the reach to the Instagram audience, we’ll be able to share photos of missing children with so many more people,” said Michelle DeLaune, President and CEO of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

AMBER Alerts have assisted in hundreds of successful children’s rescue and recovery since its launch on Facebook in 2015, and we’re hoping that Instagram’s move would significantly help in keeping children safe. 

TikTok Tests Out Clear Mode

Tired of all the clutter on-screen while scrolling content on TikTok?

TikTok is testing a new feature called Clear Mode. This will allow its users to take a screenshot of their favorite content without all the on-screen clutter, such as captions, usernames, buttons, and more. 

If you’re one of the select users included in the test, you can access the feature by long-pressing on a video and tapping the new Clear Mode option. It’s still in the testing phase so not everyone has access to the feature, and the company has yet to reveal any information about when it would be fully rolled out. 

This would be a cool addition to the platform’s features giving users a distraction-free scrolling experience (making it even harder for us to stop procrastinating).

Messenger Gets the New ‘Calls’ Tab

Meta makes connecting with family and friends easier by adding the new “Calls” tab to Messenger. This update will be available for both iOS and Android users.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The new tab will appear alongside the “Chats”, “Stories”, and “People” tabs on the bottom navigation bar. This new feature allows users to dial friends directly with just a tap, making it more user-friendly, especially for those who are not familiar with the app’s calling features. 

Meta said that the new feature is designed to create a space for people to deepen their relationships with others.

Meta Launches New Expression Tools and Resources for Pride Month

Meta launches new expression tools and resources that users can use in support and celebration of Pride month. 

Users can now use camera stickers on Instagram, designed in partnership with queer, Brooklyn-based artist and creator Shanée Benjamin. They can also use pride-themed avatars and stickers in Feeds and Stories on Facebook and Messenger, which will be available year-round.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The company will also launch an exclusive new AR effect for Reels, Stories, and feed posts called “Show your skills”. This is in partnership with Broadway’s Tony Award-nominee & Pulitzer Prize-winner, A Strange Loop, and was created to guide fans through the audition process with fun twists.

They’re also introducing the LGBTQ+ Safety Center Hub on Facebook, which provides safety features including how to report harmful content, guides to improve account security, and tools to prevent bullying and harassment. 

Celebrate and spread the love this Pride month through these cool features.

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Apple Announces Big New Features in iOS 16

Apple announced a bunch of new software updates for their devices during WWDC— the company’s annual developer conference.

Here are a few noteworthy updates that you need to watch out for with the upcoming iOS 16: 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LOCK SCREEN
Your lock screen will be having a complete makeover with the new iOS. You’ll be able to customize your lock screen by having the option to change fonts and colors, add widgets, and choose tons of designs from the new wallpaper gallery. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MESSAGES
Sent something that you weren’t supposed to? The new iOS got you! With the new update, you’ll have the ability to edit and even delete texts after they’ve been sent. You’ll also have the ability to mark any thread unread so you can check back on messages at a later time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

iPhone AS A WEBCAM
Yes, you read that right! You can use your iPhone as a webcam. How cool is that? If you have a MacBook with an M1 or M2 processor, you can use your iPhone as a webcam.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BUY NOW, PAY LATER WITH APPLE PAY
Still saving up for that item you’ve been meaning to buy? With Apple Pay Later, you’ll be able to split the cost of an Apple Pay purchase over four equal payments spread over six weeks with zero interest and no fees.

There are a ton more features happening in the new update so be sure to catch it once it drops later this year. It will be available to everyone with an iPhone released in 2017 or later.

Johnny Depp Joins TikTok Community

What’s next for Johnny Depp?

After the defamation trial between Johnny Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard, Depp created a TikTok account and posted a video to thank his fans for the overwhelming support that he received during the trial. 

@johnnydepp

To all of my most treasured, loyal and unwavering supporters. We’ve been everywhere together, we have seen everything together. We have walked the same road together. We did the right thing together, all because you cared. And now, we will all move forward together. You are, as always, my employers and once again I am whittled down to no way to say thank you, other than just by saying thank you. So, thank you. My love & respect, JD

♬ Stranger – Love Joys

 

Big Moments from the Platinum Jubilee Party at the Palace

The Platinum Jubilee marks the 70th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II, and here are some of the big moments from the party in case you missed it:

The party started with Queen Elizabeth II taking tea with Paddington Bear. A sketch no one asked for but everyone needed. 

Queen performing for the Queen’s Jubilee is pure genius! The British rock band Queen with Adam Lambert rocked the party with their opening performance.

Musical legends, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Lin-Manuel Miranda, performed during the party, followed by iconic musical theatre performances from Hamilton, The Phantom of the Opera, The Lion King, Six the Musical, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Models brought the runway to the palace during Duran Duran and Nile Rodger’s performance as a tribute to British fashion.

Elton John’s pre-recorded performance of his classic anthem Your Song moved everyone at the party at the palace.

Adorable moments of Prince Louis stole the show and the netizens’ hearts.

Diana Ross ended the celebration on a mountain high note with her hit songs like the diva she is.

2022 MTV Movie and TV Awards Winners

Tom Holland and Zendaya bagged the top acting awards at the recently concluded 2022 MTV Movie and TV Awards. Here’s the full list of winners:

BEST MOVIE
Spider-Man: No Way Home

BEST SHOW
Euphoria

BEST PERFORMANCE IN A MOVIE
Tom Holland: Spider-Man: No Way Home

BEST PERFORMANCE IN A SHOW
Zendaya: Euphoria

BEST HERO
Scarlett Johansson: Black Widow

BEST VILLAIN
Daniel Radcliffe: The Lost City

BEST KISS
Poopies & the snake: Jackass Forever

BEST COMEDIC PERFORMANCE
Ryan Reynolds: Free Guy

BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE
Sophia Di Martino: Loki

BEST FIGHT
Cassie vs. Maddy: Euphoria

MOST FRIGHTENED PERFORMANCE
Jenna Ortega: Scream

BEST TEAM
Loki: Tom Hiddleston, Sophia Di Martino, Owen Wilson

HERE FOR THE HOOKUP
Euphoria

BEST SONG
“On My Way (Marry Me),” Jennifer Lopez / Marry Me

BEST MUSIC DOCUMENTARY
Olivia Rodrigo: driving home 2 u (a SOUR film)

Did your favorite take home the bacon?

 

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