Tech Addict: Instagram Stories with Music, Elon Musk Steals Unicorn, Data Privacy Law in California + 4 More Latest Tech News

1444 gathered most interesting cool tech news and announcements for the week. 

Instagram Stories are on top


Source: Avery Morrison/YouTube

On Thursday, Instagram announced that it now has 400 million daily active users of its Stories feature. That’s more than twice the number of people that visit Snapchat every day.

Instagram’s Stories are a personal feed of photos and videos users can add to, which then disappear after 24 hours. The format was created by Snapchat, but Facebook has since pinched the idea and incorporated it into many of its major apps, including Instagram, WhatsApp, Facebook, and Messenger.

It’s been a huge success for Instagram, and its daily userbase has grown by 150 million in the last year. Back in June 2017, it had announced it hit 250 million daily users.

Instagram adds music


Source: Verge

Starting today, users will be able to add background music to their posts on their Stories, with thousands of songs offered directly in the app (including actually popular music by artists like Bruno Mars, Demi Lovato, and Maroon 5). Instagram says new songs will be added daily.

The music features are now available now in “select countries” (presumably based on where Instagram could get the license to music), but Instagram is presumably working to roll it out to more places soon.

Samsung Galaxy S10 rumors


Source: Hollis Johnson

Samsung recently announced the date of its Unpacked event, when the company is expected to reveal the Galaxy Note 9 and all of its features.

As tantalizing as the Note series’ large screens and S Pen features are, perhaps Samsung has something even better in store with the successor to the Galaxy S9. So far, it’s being called the Galaxy S10.

The largest Galaxy S10 model is said to come with a triple-lens camera system. Also, it expected, the Galaxy S10 will have much better facial recognition tech than previous models.

Elon Musk steals unicorn


Source: Tom Edwards, Wallyware

The artist at the centre of a bizarre row with Elon Musk over the image of a farting unicorn has called the Tesla CEO “very arrogant” — but says he’s still a fanboy.

The unicorn originally featured on one of Colorado-based potter Tom Edwards’ mugs, which carried a positive message about electric vehicles. Musk tweeted a picture praising the mug in February 2017, and said it was “maybe my favorite mug ever.” These tweets have now been deleted.

It was brought to Edwards’ attention two months later by friends that images of his unicorn were popping up inside Tesla vehicles on the operating system. “They call it an Easter egg, I see it more as a hidden icon,” Edwards told Business Insider. The image was also used in a Christmas greeting sent out by Tesla.

AT&T fined $5.25 million

AT&T has agreed to pay a $5.25 million fine to settle an investigation into a pair of nationwide 911 outages that occurred in early 2017. The Federal Communications Commission said the first outage, on March 8th, lasted about five hours and affected 12,600 callers. The second, on May 1st, lasted 47 minutes and resulted in 2,600 failed 911 calls.

“Such preventable outages are unacceptable,” the FCC wrote in a statement announcing the settlement. “Robust and reliable 911 service is a national priority, as repeatedly expressed by both Congress and the Commission.”

Data privacy law in California

California just passed one of the toughest data privacy laws in the country.

Companies that store personal information — from major players like Google and Facebook, down to small businesses — will be required to disclose the types of data they collect, as well as allow consumers to opt out of having their data sold. The bill, which passed both chambers unanimously, was signed later in the day by Gov. Jerry Brown.

The legislation, which is similar to Europe’s new GDPR protections, is the result of a last-minute attempt to head off a ballot measure that would have brought a slightly different set of privacy rules to the state.

Motorola new

Motorola is teasing a press event in August that contains a “big announcement,” likely for a new flagship . In a statement to The Verge, Motorola says the news will “change the way people use and interact with their phones.”

The event takes place in its Chicago headquarters on August 2nd at 2PM local time, and the company says it’s going to present “a whole new way to connect,” which is Motorola’s very exaggerated way of hinting that there might be new additions to its lines.


Like this post? Let us know!
  • CoolAF (0%)
  • Cool (0%)
  • Whatever (0%)
  • Boring (0%)
  • WTF (0%)
Description gathered most interesting cool tech news and announcements for the week.

More News from Nexter