Paul Stenhouse: Twitter gets into the 'stories' game

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Newstalk ZB,
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Sat, 21 Nov 2020, 11:24AM

Paul Stenhouse: Twitter gets into the 'stories' game

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Sat, 21 Nov 2020, 11:24AM

Fleets are the new way to Tweet 

Fleets are disappearing Tweets, or they're Twitter's version of Stories. 

Twitter says the fleets make people feel more comfortable posting, knowing it disappears. They tested this first in Brazil, then Italy, India and South Korea before rolling it out globally this week. It's also a way to try and stop harassment. The idea is that knowing that the messages are sent directly to someone and not public for others to see and 'like' makes it less appealing. 

There've also been changes to Instagram 

The homescreen has been redesigned to make it easier to access their Reels and Shop offerings. Reels is the TikTok competitor and Shop is something IG has been building up for some time now to allow people to buy products directly in IG. You can even tag items in photos for people to shop like an interactive catalogue. What makes this more sneaky, is that they've put these new icons in the spots where the 'create' button used to be! Muscle memory is going to be a mission. 
 
Instagram is fast becoming ‘Facebook 2’
 
Apple's self-designed processor is blazing fast. This really is the next chapter of Apple's computers. The iPhone and iPad have been made possible thanks to Apple's self-made chips, and now they're coming to their computer lineup.  

It's impressing the tech community. The new chip delivers better processing performance than a fully tricked out $6,000 MacBook Pro using an old chip. It also runs cooler and uses less battery. The challenge is that all the software that currently runs on Macs but won't work natively on this new laptop until its been redeveloped, so it may pay to be a second or third adopter, rather than a first. It also means that iOS and Mac apps will be able to run cross-platform which will make app development more efficient. 

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