Instagram users can now add pronouns to their profiles

May 13, 2021 - 9:27 AM - by Reverend
Instagram announced on Monday that is now possible for a user to add pronouns to their profile.

This feature has been long requested for users, and it’s a way to make it easier to address someone by their defined pronoun.

Instagram said this new field is available in a few countries, with plans for more in the future. The social network says this feature is available in the US, the UK, Canada, and Australia.

With this feature on, you can add up to four pronouns to your Instagram profile, which you can then choose to display publicly or only to your followers. The social network says users under 18 will only be able to show their pronouns to their followers.

If this feature isn’t available in your country or specifically for you, it’s possible to fill out a form to have a pronoun added.

Adding pronouns to the user’s profile is already available in other apps, like OkCupid, Lyft, and even Facebook, although the Facebook app limits the options to only he/him, she/her, and they/them.

As for now, Instagram still doens’t have any public plans to roll out this feature to more countries.

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WhatsApp will limit accounts that don’t accept new privacy policy

May 11, 2021 - 8:12 AM - by Reverend
There is no stopping WhatsApp’s, really Facebook’s, changes to its privacy policy despite the immense backlash from its own users as well as privacy advocates. The bottom line remains that if you want to keep using WhatsApp, you’ll have to agree to share some of your data with Facebook, despite WhatsApp bragging about its privacy-focused operations. You won’t, however, immediately lose access to your account after the May 15th deadline if you don’t agree to that policy but you will slowly see yourself pushed out of the service until you do.

Originally scheduled for earlier this year, WhatsApp decided to delay implementing its controversial privacy policy change until most of its users are already used to the idea. Rather than change its course, WhatsApp spent that time notifying users about its changes, at least those users who haven’t moved to new messaging services in the meantime.

WhatsApp will instead limit the functionality that users will have access to until they agree to the new privacy policy. At first, users won’t be able to access their chat lists but they can still access some basic functionality. They will still be able to receive incoming phone and video calls and they will be able to reply to messages from notifications.

After a few weeks, however, WhatsApp will completely remove even those functions and will stop sending users calls or messages. The only thing that users will be able to do is to download their data and leave WhatsApp. Alternatively, they can also accept the new privacy policy to return to Facebook’s good graces.

WhatsApp clarifies that it won’t be deleting user accounts just because they don’t accept that privacy policy. That said, it warns users that it does have a separate policy that will automatically delete inactive... [Read More]
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Facebook to Nudge Users to Read a News Article Before Sharing It Online

May 11, 2021 - 8:10 AM - by Reverend
To prevent misinformation from going viral, Facebook is testing out a function that’ll tell you to first read a news article before re-sharing it online.

“Starting today, we’re testing a way to promote more informed sharing of news articles,” the company said. “If you go to share a news article link you haven’t opened, we’ll show a prompt encouraging you to open it and read it, before sharing it with others.”

The social network posted a screenshot of the function, which shows the “read before you share” pop-up appearing on a user’s Facebook app. “Sharing articles without reading them may mean missing key facts,” the prompt goes on to say.

If the function sounds familiar, that’s because Twitter tested the exact same system last June. To promote healthy discussion on the platform, Twitter began asking users to first read an article they’ve yet to click on before re-tweeting the story to the public.

The “read before you retweet” pop-up was successful enough that Twitter in September decided to roll out the function to all users. During the test, the company found that people opened the articles 40% more often after seeing the prompt. The function also led to a 33% increase in people clicking on the article link before retweeting.

However, the read-before-you-share system from both Facebook and Twitter basically amounts to a pop-up—not a restriction. You can ignore the prompt and repost a news article, regardless if you read it or not.

Facebook didn’t say how widely it would be testing the prompt. But in recent months, the company has been working to reduce the amount of political content on the platform, citing input from the public.

“One of the top pieces of feedback that we are hearing from our community right now is that people don’t want politics and fighting to take over their experience on our services,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in January. “So,... [Read More]
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RIP Windows 95 Icons

May 06, 2021 - 10:21 PM - by Reverend
Bits and pieces of Microsoft’s sweeping aesthetic changes to Windows 10, codenamed Sun Valley, have dropped over the last few months. The OS is getting support for the Advanced Audio Codec (AAC) codec over Bluetooth, new folder icons, and reportedly a much-needed overhaul to its Microsoft Store user interface. But Microsoft is also finally getting rid of remnants of Windows 95 that have somehow stuck around for 25 years: custom folder icons.

According to Windows Latest, the Sun Valley update expected later this year modernizes the extra folder icons in the Shell32.DLL module, the module that’s existed in all Windows operating systems since Windows 95. If you’re unsure what those are, create a new folder on your Windows 10 desktop. Right click on it, go to Properties, click on the Customize tab, and then click on the Change Icon button at the bottom. That tiny window that pops up with all those icons? Those have been around since the mid-’90s, and are soon getting a facelift.

Microsoft has quietly made subtle changes to a few of those icons over the years, but nothing as robust has what’s coming to Windows 10. Classic icons like the hibernation monitor and floppy disks look totally different, although modernized to match the style of the new Drive and Recycle Bin desktop icons in the Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 21343.

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Google is turning on two-factor authentication by default

May 06, 2021 - 10:15 PM - by Reverend
It's World Password Day and Google is marking the occasion by pointing out how passwords alone aren't enough to secure your accounts and data. The company's placing a bigger emphasis on two-factor authentication (which it calls two-step verification or 2SV) by activating it on Google accounts by default.

People who have set up 2SV will be asked to confirm the right person is signing in to an account by tapping a prompt on their phone. The company says it will soon start switching on 2SV for everyone automatically, as long as their Google account is set up in the right way. You can check whether that's the case for you through the Google account Security Checkup. You'll have the option to opt out, but that's perhaps not the best course of action.

This is an expansion of an authentication feature Google has had for a while. It might ask you to confirm your identity with an Android prompt or through the Smart Lock, Gmail or Google app on iPhone, as long as you're signed into the same account. Tapping a prompt is certainly easier than having to punch in a code and Google says it's more secure than other 2SV methods. Although this only works for Google accounts, it's highly recommended to turn on two-factor authentication on every account that supports it.

Passwords aren't entirely a thing of the past, though. In a blog post announcing the 2SV change, Google noted that it has a secure password manager for Chrome, Android and iOS that can autofill your login details on sites and apps.

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Twitter rolls out bigger images and cropping control on iOS and Android

May 06, 2021 - 10:09 PM - by Reverend
Twitter just made a change to the way it displays images that has visual artists on the social network celebrating.

In March, Twitter rolled out a limited test of uncropped, larger images in users’ feeds. Now, it’s declared those tests a success and improved the image sharing experience for everybody.

On Twitter for Android or iOS, standard aspect ratio images (16:9 and 4:3) will now display in full without any cropping. Instead of gambling on how an image will show up in the timeline — and potentially ruining an otherwise great joke — images will look just like they did when you shot them.

Twitter’s new system will show anyone sharing an image a preview of what it will look like before it goes live in the timeline, resolving past concerns that Twitter’s algorithmic cropping was biased toward highlighting white faces.

“Today’s launch is a direct result of the feedback people shared with us last year that the way our algorithm cropped images wasn’t equitable,” Twitter spokesperson Lauren Alexander said. The new way of presenting images decreases the platform’s reliance on automatic, machine learning-based image cropping.

Super tall or wide images will still get a centered crop, but Twitter says it’s working to make that better too, along with other aspects of how visual media gets displayed in the timeline.

For visual artists like photographers and cartoonists who promote their work on Twitter, this is actually a pretty big deal. Not only will photos and other kinds of art score more real estate on the timeline, but artists can be sure that they’re putting their best tweet forward without awkward crops messing stuff up.

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