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Instagram has started borrowing features from TikTok

Instagram is looking out for inspiration

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A couple of years back, Instagram and Snapchat were involved in a brutal face-off, each wanting supremacy over the other. Thanks to Snapchat, Stories are now an integral part of not only Instagram but also Facebook and WhatsApp.

In 2019, Snapchat is no longer viewed as a threat to Instagram. A new kid on the block is challenging the status quo — TikTok. Instagram launched a new video editing tool in Brazil that copies some of the best-known features of TikTok.

Dubbed Reels, it lets you create “15-second video clips set to music and share them as Stories,” which can be shared wider via a new “Top Reels” section on the Explore page.

Per a recent tweet from engineer Jane Manchun Wong, this new tool will also let you remix other users’ Scenes if their account is public. Reels is launching today on iOS and Android but is limited to Brazil for now.

 

It’s safe to assume that Instagram is piloting the new feature because a release timeline for other regions isn’t available yet.

Instagram also has IGTV that is essentially a YouTube rival. However, short videos have been the main forte of TikTok and since the death of Vine, there has been a vacuum in this segment. With healthy funding from its Chinese parent Bytedance, TikTok has enough firepower to take on the Facebook-owned app.

In a leaked audio recording, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has also expressed concerns about TikTok’s growth and dominance in certain market. He said that the Chinese company has “married short-form, immersive video with browse. So it’s almost like the ‘Explore Tab’ that we have on Instagram, which is today primarily about feed posts and highlighting different feed posts.”

Instagram previously launched a dedicated video sharing app called Lasso but failed to migrate users over from the primary app. Incorporating similar features in the Instagram app is the best way to ensure users get on board.

 

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Spotify releases the 2019 wrapped, here’s how you can see it

Find out your guilty music pleasures

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Every December, Spotify releases the much-awaited “Spotify Wrapped,” where users find out their top songs of the year. Since this year and this decade is ending, Spotify added a different twist in this year’s wrap-up.

The 2019 Wrapped will include songs, albums, artists, and podcasts you listened to throughout the year, and the artists you listened to the most throughout the decade. When I saw my wrap-up, I found it funny how I listen to the same songs every year. Spotify knows what songs we obsess over.

Furthermore, Spotify highlights the places where your top artists hail from through a world map. Additionally, podcasts are added to the “Wrapped” experience.

Spotify Wrapped 2019 showcasing your top artist of the year.

Spotify users, particularly those who were subscribed to a premium subscription, get a personalized recap, too. Some insights include a user’s top artist every year and the number of minutes they streamed music throughout the decade. Premium users also get info on the artist they vibed most with this year.

Luckily, your personalized info can be shared through Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, or Facebook. To access your “Spotify Wrapped,” make sure to update your Spotify app and open it or head to Spotify.com/wrapped. Enjoy looking back!

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Lazada launches ‘digital giving’ platform LazadaForGood

Spread the love, not just for the holidays

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Lazada’s 12.12 Grand Year End Sale is just around the corner but the company is also giving you another option to spend your hard-earned cash. It’s one that will give you warm fuzzy feelings inside.

Launched alongside the announcement of their massive year-end sale, Lazada partnered with 11 local and international advocacy partners: Habitat for Humanity, Young Focus, Caritas Manila, MovEd, UNHCR, HEro Foundation Inc., UNICEF, WWF, Tahanan ng Pagmamahal, HOPE, and CCEF.

The digital giving platform won’t just be available for Christmas, it will be a permanent fixture on the Lazada app. This means you can give love 24/7 and 365 days a year.

To donate, simply open the Lazada app, hit Load, Bills, & eCoupon, then click on Donation. The list of the advocacy partners will be there.

Lazada’s 12.12 Grand Year End Sale

Of course, we can’t forget the grand year end sale is indeed happening. Up to 90 percent off on more than 12 million deals will be available. Expect great offers and discounts from Xiaomi, Olay, FitFlop, Pampers, Hydro Flask, Wyeth, LEGO, Apple, Jansport, Coocaa, Tefal, and Reebok.

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Here’s an iPhone app that brings back the classic iPod click wheel

Ending the year with another major throwback

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In this digital age, people are enticed when they see retro devices. Flip phones such as the Nokia 2720 and Motorola razr are still getting attention from the crowd, what more if it’s a classic Apple device?

It wasn’t too long ago when a case manufacturer created an AirPods case reminiscent of the iPod Classic. Looking back, iPods are known for their tactile and ultra-responsive click wheel — whether that may be the Classic, Nano, or even the Shuffle.

Elvin Hu, a designer and a developer, created an app that mimics the click wheel function of the old iPod. In his tweet, it shows that scrolling through the wheel makes the user browse tracks seamlessly — just like how everyone uses it on an iPod.

Earlier generations of the iPod Touch showed the iconic Cover Flow feature. When you open the app in portrait mode, it immediately shows up together with the click wheel. Rotating the phone to landscape mode shows the flow in fullscreen. Apple kept it for a long time with their OS releases until they completely removed it from macOS Mojave.

Hu has been working on this project since October and he aims to finish the development by December this year. Unfortunately, the release will still depend on Apple allowing it or not due to patent issues. If Apple denies the release of the app, he will still share it to the community as an open-source project since it gained a lot of positive feedback online.

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