This week, WhatsApp freaks us out. Google fires a gun at an Apple. Uganda taxes Social Media usage. JK learns how to say Papua New Guinea, and more!
YouTube Music, a new music streaming service, is coming soon
YouTube just announced the Music platform, a music streaming service similar to Spotify and Deezer. As of this podcast, this service hasn’t reached Malaysian shores yet. And based on Google’s experience with the Play Music, may never reach anyway.
Some recent reviews from the US revealed that its functions are almost similar to Spotify, with a huge set of playlists to get you started. Perhaps Google’s more advanced algorithm can feed songs to us better than Spotify. I’ve been using pre-programmed playlists from Spotify for a little over a year now and I ain’t complaining.
Right now YouTube Music costs USD 10 a month, with a cheaper USD 16 a month when you take the YouTube Music, YouTube Red and Google Play Music bundle.
There are talks of a merger happening over the horizon among these 3 overlapping services. Perhaps they will ditch Google Play Music and move over to Youtube Music, and YouTube Red will function as the ‘video music’ addition to the Music. I think Google has to make up their mind with this, and not just toss out new services like they did with chat.
World Cup 2018 is just around the corner, and it is still being broadcasted in traditional media formats. Will it be too late before we see a shift?
Social Media has been growing massively for the past decade, and it’s replacing consumption of traditional media including Televisions. But this transition has also been filled with red tapes and blockades, most obvious in the sports broadcasting scene.
Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube have all tried very hard to strike broadcast deals with sports channels, but their shortsightedness and hunger for big bucks drew them back to traditional media platforms. The problem is that when you are maintaining your status quo with existing viewership, you are not growing new ones. Those born after the TV age are most probably not fans of football, basketball, and cricket. They will never grow up with fond memories of watching games with their family members.
I don’t think these Sports Channel people see how their choices to reject new-age media platforms affect the future of their viewership.
Instagram is rolling out a new feature to Mute your Followers
Just like the function that Facebook has for a while now, and also because Snapchat recently rolled out this feature, Instagram also wants to introduce this feature. Essentially this allows you to NOT see the posts from an annoying friend without Unfollowing them.
This function is already in Stories for a while now, and it’s just coming to the Feed. I think it’s an awesome addition, cos I especially don’t like to see people posting those massive canvas images that don’t look like anything by itself. And someone who spam post their holidays or dinners. And you get to do all this without hurting the feelings of your strawberry friend.
There is one more important feature we would love for Instagram to introduce, which is the ability to turn on or off the sound of Stories without going to your Feed’s videos.
Facebook wants to stop Revenge Porn, but it needs your naked photos to do that
Facebook is going to feed your naked photo as a point of reference to its AI, and use the AI to scour the darkest reaches of its platform for similar images or videos. If any other company were to be asking this from us, I suppose the panic level won’t be so bad. But this is Facebook, the very company that was called to meet with Congress over privacy violations. The very company that fast tracked the implementation of GDPR globally.
Question: would YOU give your naked photo to Facebook in order to help them stop Revenge Porn?
You can now play Facebook and Instagram videos from WhatsApp
This feature is pretty self-explanatory, but unfortunately we cannot test this out because none of us are on the the latest version of iOS.
Questions is, why would we want to watch videos from other platforms on WhatsApp? Unless, of course, Facebook wants to plant advertisements in them.
Because at the moment Facebook cannot monetise WhatsApp due to its end-to-end encryption. So this means Facebook doesn’t know who talks to who about what, and therefore cannot target ads to you. But with this feature, they can sneak Facebook and Instagram videos, which are already filled with ads, into WhatsApp, thereby enabling monetization for WhatsApp.
WhatsApp Beta for Android Now Lets You Lock Voice Message Recording
Basically, you can just record voice messages without keeping your thumb on the button. If you’re using Android devices, you can now slide the button upwards and the recording will keep going until you hit Cancel.
Pros: we can hit record and use the screen for something else. We can also free our hands as well.
Cons: we will potentially be receiving longer voice messages because people do not need to make physical commitments by keeping their finger on the button.