Snapchat launches a real-time location sharing feature

Feb 25, 2022 - 8:01 PM - by Reverend
Snapchat on Friday announced a buddy system-like feature that allows its users to share their real-time location with friends for a period of time.

The safety feature is being rolled out as more people are returning to school campuses, traveling, going out on dates and otherwise resuming what they did before the pandemic, the company said. The feature, which is similar to Apple (AAPL)'s Find My app, allows users to share their real-time locations with a friend for 15 minutes, one hour or up to eight hours.

Snapchat partnered with It's On Us, a nonprofit founded in 2014 to combat sexual assault on campuses, in creating the feature.

Since 2017, Snapchat has allowed users to share their locations with friends on its Snap Map feature, which updates a location only when the user has the app open. The company said 250 million users utilize Snap Map each month.

Last May, Snapchat said it reached 500 million monthly active users. According to a survey conducted by the company, 78% of its US app users wouldn't hesitate to share their locations on Snap Map, and most do it as a safe way to connect to others.

Like the Snap Map, the new feature will remain off by default. Snapchatters can turn on their location "in an instant," the company said, but only with specific friends. To reduce the risk of stalking, the company has limited the amount of time and with whom Snapchatters can share their instant location.

Snapchatters can start using the feature by going to a friend's profile and tapping on a new option that allows for live sharing. The app provides an pop-up PSA that advises users that the feature should be shared only with trusted friends and family.

The company also announced this week that Snapchatters can change their usernames starting at the end of February -- a feature previously unavailable in the US.

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Microsoft Experiments With a Tablet-Optimized Taskbar for Windows 11

Feb 25, 2022 - 7:58 PM - by Reverend
Microsoft is improving the Windows 11 taskbar for anyone whose device doubles as a tablet.

In the latest Windows 11 Insider Preview Build (22563), a tablet-optimized taskbar has been introduced. Now, when Windows senses your device has entered its tablet mode, the taskbar will be adjusted automatically to offer two swipe-controlled states: collapsed and expanded.

Collapsed can be classed as the non-interactive state with a much smaller presence on the screen and shows critical icons only. That way other content can grab more of the screen space while important information remains visible. The expanded state is for when you want to interact with the taskbar and makes it significantly larger for easier touch input.

Switching between the two states is achieved by swiping up and down over the bottom of the display where your taskbar sits. It counts as a small tweak to the user interface, but one that should be appreciated by anyone using a 2-in-1 convertible or hybrid laptop who regularly enjoys tablet mode for consuming content.

Microsoft is rolling out the feature to Insiders slowly, so you may not have the option yet even though you are running the latest build. To check, navigate to Settings > Personalization > Taskbar > Taskbar behaviors and a new setting may be visible called "Automatically hide the taskbar when using your device as tablet" that's on by default.

Preview Build 22563 also includes a change to the Widgets to allow more dynamic content by blending in the news feed experience. The Search from Quick Access in File Explorer now includes content from OneDrive, Downloads, and any indexed location, and any files in Quick Access that aren't stored locally show thumbnails and work with OneDrive sharing.

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