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Xiaomi teases Redmi 4 budget phone ahead of launch

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If you thought Xiaomi had put all its cards on table, what with all the devices it announced this year, including an all-screen concept phone you can actually buy, you thought wrong. The Chinese manufacturer is slated to launch another handset that could tighten its grip at the top of the smartphone market.

A recent consumer study found out that the technology company has lost touch with the Chinese masses, conceding its top-dog status to OPPO and Vivo throughout the third quarter of 2016. Xiaomi’s upcoming budget smartphone, the Redmi 4, aims to rekindle excitement in and outside its fan base. The phone will launch on November 4th, possibly alongside a less capable and less expensive variant called the Redmi 4A.

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A teaser image posted on Weibo, China’s answer to Twitter, didn’t reveal much other than that Xiaomi is planning to announce a handset with a display glass that curves toward a metal frame. Previous leaks paint a picture of a midrange phone with a “perfect for one-handed usage” screen size.

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Xiaomi posted the Redmi 4’s teaser image on Weibo

The Redmi 4 is tipped to have a 5-inch, full-resolution display and the same octa-core Qualcomm processor that powers the ASUS ZenFone 3. Its rumored specs may include 3GB of RAM; 32GB of expandable storage; 13- and 5-megapixel rear and front cameras; and a 4,100mAh battery.

The Redmi 4A, meanwhile, is said to be of the same size but takes things down a notch with less pixels on the screen, less processing power, less storage, and less battery life.

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Twitter now allows mixing videos, photos, and GIFs in one tweet

A more creative way to post

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Throughout the years, we’ve seen how Twitter has evolved, from having a lengthier character limit to replacing squares with circles in its overall page and app layouts.

Now, the popular networking site has come up with a new update which will allow users to post videos, photos, and GIFs all in one tweet.

This change has been tested in the last few months with popular creator and brand accounts across the sports, music, and entertainment industries.

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Starting today, all users on the platform may now be able to take advantage of the ability to mix different media in a single tweet.

There will still be a maximum of four media in one tweet, but the change definitely gives users more room for creativity in their posts to standout and be more engaging.

Judging from the examples above, the posts kind of mimic Instagram content; it might lessen the need for Twitter threads too.

SEE ALSO: Twitter’s edit button is for paying users only

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Instagram will start to put ads on a user’s profile

And on the Explore page

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Ads are everywhere. Several platforms are testing where and how much they can put without raising a lot of fuss from their users. On a few occasions, a platform can cross the line, prompting a wave of reprisals. Instagram, for example, backtracked on a controversial decision to pump out more recommended posts and ads after massive backlash. Despite the recency of the controversy, Instagram is back again with another ad-fueled decision: ads on user profiles.

This week, Meta announced that two more types of ads are coming to Instagram. The first type is a natural extension of what the platform already has. Instead of hiding video ads deep within the Explore section, these short videos will start popping up right on the section’s landing page. Since the section already has ads, it might not be as intrusive, especially when compared to the second type.

Besides a new spot in the Explore feed, Instagram is also adding ads to a user’s profile. Likely to a lot of users’ dismay, it is what it says on the tin. Offering some consolation, the platform won’t spoil a profile’s grid with an ad. Instead, when a user clicks on a post on the profile, the vertical feed, which usually shows a timeline of the profile’s content, will contain spots for ads.

Instagram has not officially confirmed which users will get the feature. However, the company is currently testing it for select creators. It also assures users that it will come only on public profiles, not private individuals.

SEE ALSO: You can snooze recommended posts on Instagram

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YouTube might ask users to pay to watch in 4K

In testing phase

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Despite offering a mostly free service, YouTube is finding new ways to monetize parts of its platform. Now, ads are a lot more prevalent while watching videos. A less popular way is gating some features behind the platform’s YouTube Premium banner. YouTube is trying it once again, though. The platform is currently testing whether to keep 4K viewing behind a paywall.

With the capabilities of displays today, YouTube and its creators can offer content in stunning 4K resolution. Though not everyone can enjoy the feature, 4K viewing was a welcome one.

However, as spotted by some users on social media (via TechCrunch), the video-sharing site is reportedly making the viewing option exclusive for Premium users. The company has not officially announced any change yet. However, YouTube’s other accounts on Twitter replied to some concerned users on the site, citing an “experiment” to test what works for Premium and non-Premium users.

The company is still gathering responses to the experiment. However, if the initial social media response is any indication, a good chunk of YouTube’s users isn’t pleased with having to pay more to enjoy high-quality content.

Currently, YouTube Premium comes at US$ 11.99 per month for interested customers. The paid subscription offers ad-free viewing and offline viewing. If the company sees some progress with the experiment, they might ad 4K viewing to Premium’s mix.

SEE ALSO: YouTube has quietly launched a Podcasts hub

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