TikTok is among the most popular social networking apps out there because of its short videos. The format has gained a lot of traction and players like YouTube and Instagram couldn’t appropriately gauge its growth. However, Instagram has a tiny window of opportunity to dominate TikTok’s turf.
With TikTok banned in India and rising concerns in the west, the app stares at an uncertain future. India’s ban has accelerated the roll-out of Instagram Reels, its own short-video making option. Now, the Facebook-backed company is ensuring it leaves no stone unturned.
According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, Instagram is going after TikTok’s most famous creators. Instagram is giving them “lucrative offers” to switch their preferred social networking app. Bringing TikTok stars to Instagram Reels shall encourage their followers to make the switch as well. In turn, luring the TikTok audience to Reels.
The report did not divulge details about any particular creator but emphasized on the rising rivalry between Facebook and ByteDance. Instagram will launch Reels in the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, Mexico, and roughly 50 other countries.
TikTok has crossed two billion downloads and its collection of filters, effects, music, and other editing features has made it a creator’s favorite tool. However, it’s often called a mass surveillance tool and the US government isn’t happy about it. Adding to this, the app’s shady data collection history hasn’t helped make its case.
India also barred the app citing security concerns. The overnight ban gave Instagram a new testing ground for Reels and it was released in the region within a week. Indigenous apps like Chingari and Mitron are also racing to bridge the TikTok vacuum in India. Alas, their resources fade in comparison to Facebook’s.
Netflix is working on its first PC game
It’s a AAA title
Though off to a relatively slow start, Netflix is now a gaming company as well. As of late, the platform included a variety of mobile games in its catalog of content. Every Netflix subscriber can play any of the games. Now, Netflix is working on something else entirely: a game for the PC.
Spotted by Mobilegamer.biz, Netflix has recently posted new job openings for a game director, an art director, and a technical director. All three listings describe a “brand-new AAA PC game” as a project. One listing even describes “one of Netflix’s first generation of internally developed original games.”
Currently, Netflix taps into other game studios to produce titles for them. Aside from a few independent developers, the platform even partnered with Ubisoft for mobile titles. (One of which will be based on the Assassin’s Creed franchise.)
With the listings in place, the company is expanding its efforts to developing its own titles. Right now, the unnamed project doesn’t feature a lot of details. While the project is still looking for a creative director, it’s likely that the plot isn’t finalized either.
Throughout the past year, the company has bled for subscribers. Since then, they have tried various strategies, including potential punishments for account sharing and cheaper subscription tiers.
TikTok is now under investigation by the European Union
For transferring data to China
TikTok has now found its way under the microscope of the European Union. The collective is now investigating the platform for allegedly shipping off its citizens’ data to Chinese servers.
In a letter shared by FCC commissioner Brendan Carr (via Engadget), the current president of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen has confirmed ongoing investigations concerning TikTok in several countries in the European Union.
For one, Ireland is currently investigating how the platform transfers data to China and how it processes the data of minors. The Netherlands is also investigating the same data transfers and TikTok’s advertising towards minors.
NEW: The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, confirms that #TikTok’s data transfers are under investigation & object of several ongoing proceedings.
— Brendan Carr (@BrendanCarrFCC) November 22, 2022
For a while now, the European Union has persistently investigated various tech companies to review their compliance with the continent’s General Data Protection Regulation, which presents a stricter view on data privacy. Various companies have already found themselves on the receiving end of penalties brought down by EU courts.
An investigation on TikTok has been a long time coming. For years, the United States has doggedly hounded TikTok for the same violation of shipping user data to Chinese servers. The company continues to face threats of a ban on foreign soil.
Though an investigation in Europe is just another fight the company must face, it’s nothing to shrug off. Lately, the European Union’s ruling on charging standards is forcing Apple to finally ship their devices with USB-C, instead of the proprietary Lightning cable. The Union, especially when completely united across all the included countries, can very well make an impact on the tech industry.
Ford elevates automobile experience through FordPass
Start, stop, lock, and unlock using your mobile device!
Ford is inching closer to becoming a technology company with its array of innovative features packed in its automobiles.
During the 25th anniversary celebration of Ford in the Philippines, the company marked the advent of FordPass in the country. It’s a mobile application that allows access to vehicle-specific content and support, making it a smart all-in-one platform for connectivity and security.
Vehicles equipped with FordPass Connect — or a cellular model containing an eSim that enables the vehicle to connect to the internet — can utilize remote control functions. For instance, Ford vehicle owners can remotely start, stop, lock, and unlock their automobiles, as well as check the fuel level through their smartphones.
There’s also a vehicle locator feature that allows Ford owners to find their vehicles in crowded parking areas. The feature is extremely useful for those who always forget where they parked their cars.
How to install FordPass?
To install FordPass, simply download the app via the App Store and Google Play Store. Select the FordPass icon on the homescreen, select “Philippines” and create your account.
After you enter your details, you can request a code for a one-time pin (OTP) to be sent via SMS. Registration will be complete when you received an SMS confirmation.
FordPass is available on mobile devices running Android 7.0 and above, and iOS 14.0 and above.
How to add a Ford Vehicle on FordPass?
If you have the next-generation Ford Ranger and next-generation Ford Everest (all models), you can add your vehicle to your FordPass app.
Click the drop-down on top of the screen and select ‘Add Vehicle’. It will prompt you to enter your vehicle identification number (VIN) and you’ll have to wait for confirmation. Once done, you can enter a nickname for your Ford Vehicle. Then, activate it.
FordPass is accessible to Ford owners starting December 2, 2022.
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