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By Karthik Mudaliar
Twitter updates its policy under new CEO, bans nonconsensual media of private individuals
by Karthik Mudaliar
Twitter is updating its long-standing policy of the things that aren't allowed on the platform under the new CEO, Parag Agrawal, who was appointed yesterday after Jack Dorsey announced his resignation.
As part of the newly updated policy, media of private individuals without the permission of the person(s) depicted is banned on the microblogging platform. Users, if depicted, can now notify Twitter that they have not consented to their private image or video being shared and Twitter will remove it.
However, exceptions are there to the policy. There could be instances where an account holder may share images or videos of private individuals in an effort to help someone in a crisis situation such as in the aftermath of a violent event or part of a newsworthy event due to "public interest value."
There could also be instances where an image is already publicly available or is being covered by mainstream media. A particular image could also be accompanying tweet text while ultimately adding value to the tweet text and is being shared in the public interest or is relevant to the community.
In such instances, Twitter will try to assess the context in which the content is shared and may allow images or videos on the service.
Towards the end of its blog, Twitter mentioned:
The policy already banned things like threatening to publicly expose someone's private information, sharing credentials, asking for bounty in exchange for private information, and more. It also banned private information like home or physical location address, identity documents, phone numbers, financial account information, and other things like biometric data and medical records.
By Usama Jawad96
Windows 11 Dev Channel gets a new Media Player app
by Usama Jawad
A couple of months ago, Microsoft inadvertently showed off a new media playing experience that it was working on. However, little was known about it due to the fact that only a screenshot of it had appeared online. Today, Microsoft has confirmed the existence of a new "Media Player" app for Windows 11, and it is rolling it out to those on the Dev Channel right now.
Microsoft has noted that the Media Player app will replace Groove Music on Windows 11 eventually and all existing libraries and playlists will seamlessly and automatically migrate to the new experience. Apart from that, Media Player will obviously be able to play local music and video content as well. Microsoft has noted that the new app has been designed with Windows 11 aesthetics in mind, so do expect rounded corners and other design elements related to the OS.
Other features that Microsoft has touted are album art and "rich artist imagery" that will be visible both in the full screen mode as well as the mini player. Keyboard shortcuts and accessibility-focused enhancements are in tow too.
The legacy Windows Media Player will apparently co-exist with the new Media Player app for now though, if you would rather use that. Microsoft has noted that it is already aware of issues related to playing content stored in network locations, and those related to editing metadata or UI components not respecting app theme preferences. That said, the company will be looking to fix these problems and add new features to the app with the passage of time. Microsoft has not committed to a general release date for Media Player on Windows 11 yet, and has not indicated that it will arrive on Windows 10.
by Razvan Serea
iTunes is a free application for Windows PCs. It plays all your digital music and video. It syncs content to your iPod, iPhone, and Apple TV. And it's an entertainment superstore that stays open 24/7.
Organize your music into playlists Edit file information Record compact discs Copy files to an iPod or other digital audio player Purchase music and videos on the Internet through the built-in iTunes store Run a visualizer to display graphical effects in time to the music Encode music into a number of different audio formats. Download: iTunes 12.12.2 (64-bit) | 201.0 MB (Freeware)
Download: iTunes 12.12.2 (32-bit) | 171.0 MB
Links: Apple iTunes Website
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20th Anniversary of iPod and a look at an early prototype
by Moshe Jacobs
October 23rd, 2021 marked the 20th anniversary of the most iconic music player in history, the iPod. Apple's once leading music product has seen sales of over 400 million units to date as reported by Cult of Mac. Although there had been rumors swirling about a Fall 2021 revision of the iPod Touch, nothing has come of it quite yet. Even though the iPad has been relegated to a product buried in the Apple Store online not immediately apparent to purchase, it has seen such popularity through the years that more than 10 models in total ranging from the original iPods, iPod minis, iPod shuffles, and iPod nanos have been released.
Blog writer from Panic, Cabel Sasser, has shared a first look at a very early prototype of the original iPod intended to mask the actual product design while development was occurring. Having seemingly aged through the years, what was most likely a white body has now taken on a yellowish appearance.
Despite the behemoth size of this unit, it shares a display identical in size to the original consumer iPod. The prototype unit also included a standard headphone port as well as FireWire like the original iPod. A large scroll wheel was featured at the top left of the unit which, according to one of the founders of the iPod Tony Fadell, was poorly functional.
Other parts of the button interface include an Up, Down, Left, and Right selection that may have corresponded to Menu, Play/Pause, Back, and Forward respectively.
Despite the lack of similarity in physical aesthetics between this prototype and the original iPod released, the unit does date to September 3rd, 2001 indicating a date close to the release of the original iPod on October 23rd, 2001.
For more pictures, and a much more detailed look at the prototype unit, check out the Panic's blog.
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