New updates on Google, Facebook, WhatsApp and more

by | Apr 9, 2020 | Blog

Facebook Tuned is a new app for couples

Facebook Tuned is a new app for couples

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The standalone app encourages couples to create an intimate social network, between just each other. The app is currently only available on iOS and it gives couples a private space to share their mood, music and create a digital scrapbook made out of photos, notes, cards, and voice memos. In a time where couples are forced to lockdown or spend time apart, Facebook Tuned could be a nice addition to our daily lives.

Google releases COVID-19 announcement submission tool

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Google releases COVID-19 announcement submission tool

The COVID-19 crisis has seen many organisations needing to publish urgent announcements which affect the public, such as governments or health organisations announcing directives or quarantine guidelines.

To cope with this, Google has released a new tool available in Google Search Console to help these organisations submit important COVID-19 announcements on their site without the need to use structured data. To submit your announcement, check this out.

WhatsApp limits message forwarding to fight misinformation

WhatsApp has become a breeding ground of misinformation in this crisis and like its parent company, it is responding in various to fight it.

WhatsApp limits message forwarding to fight misinformation

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To constrain the virality of these messages, WhatsApp has limited forwarding of such messages to five other users previously. Now, the platform is taking one step further by introducing a new limit to allow these messages to be forwarded to only one chat at a time. With this new restriction, WhatsApp wants to slow down the spread of such messages and keep its platform as “a place for personal conversation.”

Google Maps highlights takeout and delivery restaurants

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Google Maps highlights takeout and delivery restaurants

With most people staying home as much as possible, many have been relying on takeout and delivery services to get their daily meals.

To help find local options, Google Maps is now highlighting nearby stores that offer takeout and delivery. This feature is rolled out widely this week, with highlighted shortcut buttons to the main interface of its mobile app. These new “Takeaway” and “Delivery” shortcuts work a lot like other Maps shortcuts for restaurants, gas stations and coffee shops. At the moment, there is no integration with delivery partner services such as Uber Eats or Deliveroo, however, an ordering process is integrated for certain businesses.

Google 3D’s animals are the perfect quarantine activity

Google’s 3D animals have exploded in popularity across the web recently and people all over the world are making 3D animals an incredibly fun quarantine activity.

Google 3D’s animals are the perfect quarantine activity

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There have been many viral instances across the web, from kids pretending to ride on tigers to getting way too close and personal with alligators. To activate the feature, search the animal on Google and view in 3D. It’s that simple!

Nobody knows what is happening in this viral chaotic video

Nobody knows what is happening in this viral chaotic video

So many things are happening in this viral Twitter video, which has racked up 14 million views since it was posted. The video, which shows an apartment flooding, a man jumping off a one-storey balcony (followed with a slippery land on a car), a screaming child and one triumphant thumbs up.

It’s pure chaos, with many speculating the plot of events on Twitter. Perhaps this chaotic energy just sums up exactly what is going on in the world currently.

Karens are claiming ‘Karen’ is a slur on Twitter

Karens are back again and this time, they are trying to claim victimhood for being called out repeatedly over their demeanour.

Karens are claiming ‘Karen’ is a slur on Twitter

Karens On Twitter Are Now Claiming ‘Karen’ Is A Slur, Which Is The Most Karen Thing Ever Credit: Pedestrian

Just in case you have no idea, Karens are (usually) a group of white, middle-class women who use their status to oppress others. Anyone who’s worked in hospo or retail has probably encountered a Karen at some point asking to “speak to their manager”. Now, Karens on Twitter are claiming the term “Karen” is a slur, like the N-word, leading to a whole debate on Twitter. While the short conclusion is that Karen is not a slur but a term used to point out privilege, the Twitter Karen community are firmly standing on their ground. What a Karen thing to do.

This “How TF Am I An Essential Worker” meme is peak 2020

This “How TF Am I An Essential Worker” meme is peak 2020

While most of us are self-isolation and working from home, the ‘how tf am I an essential worker’ meme has gone viral this week and it all started from a tweet from a Baskin Robbins employee. 

While the mascot image has been circulating the web for a very long time now, it didn’t stop other users from finding random selfies of people in mascot costumes and posting them to Twitter with the ‘essential worker’ quote. While it’s safe to say 99% of the posts are fake, the sentiment behind them is so great. What a mood.