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FIVE AT FIVE #64

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 GOOGLE PHOTOS’ INTRODUCES NEW SHARING FEATURES

In recent months Google Photos’ has been developing a number of sharing features to their app, which are now available to users. The updates include a ‘sharing’ tab at the bottom of the app, as well as several methods of sharing your photos. Google will now suggest photos that you may like to share and who would want to see them, which is largely based on facial recognition for those you most commonly share images with. Other sharing features include automatic sharing and a sharing tab to look at photos shared with you. Google announced that these features will be available in the next week.

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FACEBOOK NOW HAS OVER 2 BILLION MONTHLY USERS

Facebook has announced that they have over two billion monthly active users, increasing from 1.94 billion that platform released in May. Mark Zuckerberg highlights this announcement as evidence to Facebook’s continuous effort to push growth upwards. Facebook other applications also continue to grow with Messenger having over 1.2 billion users and Whatsapp showing similar figures.

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INSTAGRAM DEVELOPS FILTER TO REMOVE ABUSIVE COMMENTS

After a vast number of users revealing that ‘toxic comments’ discourage them from posting on the platform, Instagram have developed two new features that protect the community of the app. The first of these features is an opt-in anti-abuse feature that automatically hides comments on posts and live videos that may be abusive. This tool is controlled by artificial intelligence, that Instagram says have been training for some time to recognise negative comments. Instagram’s second feature will also search for ‘obvious spam’ and delete anything that could be deemed as negative.

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FACEBOOK ROLLS OUT ‘FIND WI-FI’ FEATURE WORLDWIDE

Since completing the ‘Find Wi-Fi’ feature last year, Facebook will now be releasing this globally. This addition to the app enables users to see the free, public Wi-Fi networks nearby. After the successful testing of this feature across iOS devices in select countries, Facebook will now make this available to both iOS and Android devices globally. This feature will be especially useful to countries with limited data access and difficult cellular coverage. ‘Find Wi-Fi’ can be found under the ‘more’ tab in the mobile app.

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YOUTUBE’S EXPERIMENTAL APP ‘UPTIME’ IS RELEASED

YouTube’s experimental app ‘Uptime’, which enables you to watch videos with friends whilst sharing reactions and comments, is now available to all users. The app was first launched in March this year through Google as a test to find more interactive and social ways of watching YouTube videos. Instead of sending YouTube links to your friends, Uptime allows users to watch videos with friends in real-time or join later to view the video and reactions already made.

Written by Way To Blue
July 3, 2017