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Rejoice And Be Glad: Instagram Is Fixing Its Screwed-Up Algorithm

Our national nightmare is over.

For the past several months, scrolling through Instagram has been a struggle and-a-half. Thanks to a new algorithm, the social media app has displayed posts you're more likely to engage with in terms of the people you follow, showing them out of chronological order. It's not legit, and it needed to quit.

However, our national nightmare is over.

Instagram announced Thursday (Mar. 22) that newer posts from those we follow will be displayed at the top of our feeds once more. Additionally, the app will no longer refresh to the top when users leave the page. I guess the amount of complaints proved to be effective, because it's really like Christmas, y'all!

“With these changes, your feed will feel more fresh, and you won’t miss the moments you care about,” the company wrote in a blog post. "We’re testing a ‘New Posts’ button that lets you choose when you want to refresh, rather than it happening automatically. Tap the button and you’ll be taken to new posts at the top of feed—don’t tap, and you’ll stay where you are.”

The Facebook-owned company will make a few small tweaks to the app throughout the next few weeks. As we've learned with Snapchat's recent facelift, significant changes to popular social media apps can come with consequences.

"When Snapchat decided to create two separate streams for regular people’s posts and those of celebrities and brands earlier this year, its users were outraged," writes Fortune. "Pointed criticism (over Twitter) from reality star Kylie Jenner trimmed the value of parent company Snap by $1 billion, pretty much immediately."

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Amazon To Enter The Hi-Res Music Streaming Arena?

Devout music listener, do you ever find yourself dissatisfied with either Spotify, Tidal or Apple Music? Amazon is hoping to remedy that disappointment and fill what they see as a void worth tapping into. The controversial tech behemoth is reportedly gearing up to launch a premium music streaming service. Music Business World deduced that Amazon's meetings with music rights holders are signaling a forthcoming high-resolution streaming platform that boasts higher bit rates than CD quality tracks.

Tidal, whose selling point is also its hi-res sound quality, goes for $19.99 per month. In efforts to one-up their competition, Amazon will reportedly charge $15 per month. A source in these reports had this to say: “Amazon is working on it as we speak: they’re currently scoping out how much catalog they can get from everyone and how they’ll ingest it.”

Aside from this anticipated endeavor, Amazon has been quite busy in the last 365 days. In addition to erect a new headquarters on a different coast, they have inked a host of new purchases and business deals with the likes of Nas, 'Luke Cage' creator Cheo Coker, Jordan Peele, Meek Mill and more.

Has Amazon convinced you to (eventually) partake in their slightly cheaper music streaming experience?

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Oprah And Jason Momoa Have Apple TV Projects On The Way

Yesterday (March 25) was a big moment in the tech and entertainment worlds. Apple hosted their "It's Showtime" event to share their newest streaming service AppleTV+ and the new slate of programming that will live on it. In addition to digital editions of print magazines, the platform will include content from a host of different providers, two of whom include Oprah Winfrey and Jason Momoa.

While she already hosts a various successful shows on her OWN channel, why not continue to do so with AppleTV+? During her moments on stage in Cupertino, Calif., Oprah unveiled two new documentaries on poignant topics of right now. One centers around sexual harassment and assault within the workplace, tentatively titled Toxic Labor. The second project (which is still untitled) is a multipart series more geared towards mental health and how depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, addiction, trauma and loss affects lives on a global scale. Additionally, the entertainment behemoth will reportedly also reintroduce her infamous Book Club on the streaming service in a fresh way, including with original author interviews.

Actor Jason Momoa, who starred in Aquaman, also has some fun offerings for AppleTV+. His new show See, where he co-stars with Alfre Woodard, is slated to appear on the service. The scripted series was described by attendees of the Apple event as "a futuristic fantasy saga about a world in which people are blind and where sight is so long gone that it's questioned if it even existed."

 

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APPLE TV+. It’s an honour to be on this show. Greatest work I’ve ever done. Truly blessed can’t wait for the world to SEE. Aloha j.

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Stay tuned for programming developments and announcements as they come.

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Twitter Considering Feature That Lets Users “Clarify” Old Tweets

Twitter could be introducing an option that allows users to clarify old tweets. The company’s CEO, Jack Dorsey, made the announcement during Goldman and Sach’s Internet and Technology conference in San Francisco Thursday (Feb. 14), Tech Shout reports.

The idea for the “clarification” tool was inspired by “cancel culture,” as Dorsey told the audience.  “The other thing that we’re seeing more broadly within the culture right now in this particular moment is people quote-unquote ‘being canceled’ because of past things that they’ve said on Twitter or various other places in social media,” he explained.

Dorsey described the option as a “retweet with comment,” which would give users the chance to “add some context and some color on what they might have tweeted, or what they might have meant.”

The feature would be different from the current retweet with comment option. “You would be able to retweet the clarification, so it always carries around with it that context,” Dorsey said.

The company hasn’t officially decided to launch the tool, and has yet to introduce an option to edit tweets.

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