Duo’s getting a handy new feature today that allows users to leave messages when their calls go unanswered. If the person on the receiving end misses or declines a call, the caller will now be able to record a clip to be reviewed later.
T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray made a coupleof announcements recently that detail where T-Mo has been making network improvements, and today Ray dropped another bit of good news. Ray says that T-Mobile has added low-band LTE to hundreds of cell sites in two weeks. Attached to his tweet is a GIF that names cities where these network improvements have taken place. You can check out the full list cities that got low-band coverage improvements at … [read full article]
You might take for granted that you can just open Google Maps and see what traffic is like, but that feature sin’t available everywhere. There are still numerous countries that don’t support live traffic, but today ten more of them do. Google has updated its support docs to call out the newly supported markets, but not all of them will get the same features.
Here are all ten countries that have added support for the traffic layer in Maps.
Instant Apps were first announced over a year ago at Google I/O 2016. Put simply, when tapping on search results from a supported site, a minimal version of the site’s app would quickly install and immediately display the content. For example, tapping on a Vimeo link would open the Vimeo app and the video would start playing.
Instagram will now compile Stories around hashtags and locations.
Instagram is adding another new Snapchat feature — and another new place where it can (eventually) show ads to users.
The photo and video app is launching location- and hashtag-themed Stories, collections of user posts that are labeled with a specific city or hashtag. For example, a photo or video tagged with the “San Francisco” location sticker could appear in a location Story with posts from others who used the same “San Francisco” tag.
Snapchat has the same feature, called “Our Story,” and pulls in user photos and videos tied to specific locations or events, like concerts or sports events.
Unlike Snapchat, though, Instagram is going to pull all of these Stories together using only software algorithms instead of human curators.
Instagram’s director of product Blake Barnes says that using algorithms will help the company produce a greater volume of group Stories at a faster clip. “It makes sure this scales all over the world,” he said. Some of Snapchat’s Our Stories are curated by humans, and the company usually showcases just a few of them at a time. Others, though, are also created by software algorithms.
Eliminating humans is certainly a faster approach to content curation, but there are potential trade-offs, like a delay in catching inappropriate posts that make it into Instagram’s new Stories collections.
Barnes says that Instagram will review inappropriate posts as they are reported — the same method it already uses — but by leaving the curation entirely up to an algorithm, it also seems likely that Instagram will find that some offensive content or language makes it into a group Story.
Location and hashtag Stories give Instagram something besides yet another popular Snapchat feature: These Stories will also be another place to show users ads. Barnes says Instagram won’t sell ads against these group Stories at launch, but Snapchat does, and at one point was making some good money doing so. It’s very likely that Instagram will do the same at some point down the line.
Facebook is looking for new places to sell ads outside of its core News Feed, and Instagram is offering a lot of alternatives.
The new feature goes live as part of an update on iOS and Android Tuesday.