In Past Tense: The story of Peter’s phones

Past Tense is our latest series of articles in which GSMArena veterans take you on a nostalgia-infused ride through the phones that impressed them the most through the years. Hi, my name is Peter and I will be 31 before long. I’ve worked here at GSMArena for nearly a decade now. I witnessed first hand the major changes in the mobile industry in that time, but I want to start this story before I started work – we’re going way back to highschool. Unlike Ivan, I will start with feature phones. There’s a good reason for that – I still remember arguing with a friend whether smartphones…

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Google Offers New Mobile Story Tech to Publishers

Google has rolled out a developer preview of its new AMP story format, which is designed to give content publishers an easy way to deliver news and information on mobile devices with visually rich, tap-through stories. “On mobile devices, users browse lots of articles, but engage with few in-depth,” noted Rudy Galfi, product manager for AMP at Google. “Images, videos and graphics help publishers to get their readers’ attention as quickly as possible and keep them engaged through immersive and easily consumable visual information.”
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Google takes AMP beyond basic posts with its new story format

 For the most part, Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages project was about what its name implies: accelerating mobile pages. Unsurprisingly, that mostly meant quickly loading and rendering existing articles on news sites, recipes and other relatively text-heavy content. With that part of AMP being quite successful, Google is looking to take AMP beyond these basic stories. Read More
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Instagram Testing Feature That Alerts Users When You Screenshot a Story

Instagram is testing a new feature that will send an alert whenever you take a screenshot of a story, effectively putting an end to the practice of covertly taking screenshots of the temporary story posts on the social network.

News of the new feature was shared on Twitter by a user who posted an image of a screenshot warning message. Instagram plans to offer a one-time warning letting screenshotters know that subsequent screenshots or screen recordings will be visible to the person who posted the story.

Image via Twitter user Mulan

The feature is being tested with a small number of users. Participants can see who took a screenshot of their story by going to the list of story viewers and checking to see if there are camera icons next to any of the names. A flash icon denotes a user who took a screenshot.

Instagram does not plan to send out notifications when a screenshot of a story is captured, but it will be visible in the list of people who viewed the story.


Instagram confirmed to TechCrunch that the feature is in testing right now: “We are always testing ways to improve the experience on Instagram and make it easier to share any moment with the people who matter to you.”

It’s not yet clear if and when Instagram will officially introduce this feature.

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