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

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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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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Polaroid Originals Launches New OneStep + Integrative Camera

Polaroid Originals will be releasing a new camera this fall. The brand-new Polaroid OneStep+ camera will be a re-up from the original 1977 OneStep camera and 2017 OneStep 2 rendition.

Paying homage to the iconic design of the original OneStep camera, the OS+ will seamlessly combine film nostalgia and the digital era. Paired with the introduction of a new app, the OS+ camera will unlock 6 new features including Remote Trigger, Double Exposure, Light Painting, Self-Timer, Manual Mode and Noise Trigger. In addition, the camera itself has been upgraded to include a secondary portrait lens, allowing users to grab the perfect image from as close as 12 inches away.

OneStep+ elevates the art of analog instant photography through simple Bluetooth connectivity. From Light Painting mode to Noise Trigger, users are able to capture moments in the iconic Polaroid picture frame unlike ever before.

Both faster and more precise, the Polaroid app will also feature a scanning tool, allowing users to scan and crop images as quickly as they took them.

By creating the OneStep +, Polaroid Originals encourages the casual photographer to explore, discover, be expressive and have fun. Retailing at $159.99, the OneStep+ is now available for purchase here.

READ MORE: Polaroid Originals Unveils Nostalgic OneStep 2 Camera

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