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UK set to enable Emergency Alerts after a trial period
by Paul Hill
The UK government has launched a new Emergency Alerts page on its website explaining that it's testing the service on Android and iOS devices before rolling it out across the whole country. Once it has been rolled out across the country, it'll alert users about nearby disasters so they can respond appropriately.
The types of incidents users will be notified about include severe flooding, fires, explosions, terrorist incidents, and public health emergencies. Alerts will be sent by the emergency services, such as the police, and government departments, agencies, and public bodies that deal with emergencies. The government believes the chance of you getting such an alert will be low.
To see these alerts, you must be using an iPhone or iPad running iOS 14.5 or later or an Android phone or tablet running Android 11 or later. Earlier versions of Android may receive these alerts if the Emergency Alerts feature was included on the device’s software. As an additional condition, only users on 4G and 5G will receive the alerts while those or 2G or 3G networks won’t be notified.
The government said that Emergency Alerts can be switched off but should be left on for your own safety. If your device is turned off or in aeroplane mode, it won’t be possible for messages to get through to you. If you stayed opted in, no data will be collected or shared about you, your device, or the location where you got the alert and the government doesn’t need your phone number to send messages.
All messages will be sent to you based on your current location rather than based on where you live or work. You do not need to sign up for anything nor download any apps and any alerts you receive will be free of charge. According to BBC News, the first trial will be held in East Suffolk on May 25 when residents will get a test alert. A second test will take place in Reading on June 15. If all goes to plan, the system will be rolled out around the country.
Clubhouse announces global launch of Android app this week
by Subir Kathuria
Clubhouse launched in March of 2020 as an invite-only social media app for iOS where users communicate in voice chat rooms that accommodate groups of up to 5,000 people. The audio-only app hosts live discussions, with opportunities to participate through speaking and listening.
After launching its Android app last week in beta, the social audio platform announced it will roll out to more countries in the coming week. The launch will be staggered one, starting with Brazil, Japan, and Russia on Tuesday, India, and Nigeria by Friday, and the rest of the world by end of the week.
Clubhouse was only available on iOS devices at launch and remains an invite-only social media platform. Despite this restriction, it has grown to over 10 million users in just a year since its launch. Its success has also prompted other dominant social media platforms like Twitter and Discord to introduce Clubhouse-like features in their apps. Twitter introduced Spaces and Discord has Stage Channels.
It is used by many famous celebrities like Oprah, Drake, Elon Musk, among others. Elon Musk even invited Russian President Vladimir Putin for a discussion on Clubhouse a few months ago, which apparently never happened. Having such high profile user base has led to the platform been valued at over $4 billion dollars after the latest round of funding.
Elon Musk is quite active on Clubhouse and keeps having discussions with celebrities. It was in one of his Clubhouse conversations where he had stated his support for Bitcoin, following which the prices of the cryptocurrency soared. Just recently Elon Musk announced that Tesla would stop accepting Bitcoin as a payment method which lead to the cryptocurrency losing almost 10% of its value overnight.
Source: Clubhouse via TechCrunch| Image source: Penplusbytes
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Twitter on iOS now requests you to allow tracking in return for relevant ads
by Usama Jawad
Earlier this year, Apple announced that it is rolling out App Tracking Transparency as a beta update to iOS 14. Simply stated, it forces apps to explicitly ask for consent from users in order to track their activity on apps and websites owned by other companies. If the user decides to not allow the app to track their activities, the app won't be given access to the system-level advertising identifier (IDFA). Apps are also required to give access to their full feature set regardless of whether a user gives tracking consent or not.
With its latest update, Twitter on iOS now asks users to allow tracking in return for more relevant ads.
Photo by Brett Jordan from PexelsAs spotted by MacRumors, Twitter version 8.65 now contains a prompt with the following wording:
The move is quite interesting considering that it is fairly straightforward in its demands.
In contrast, Facebook has strongly criticized App Tracking Transparency in the past saying that it will damage small businesses since they'll not be able to sell personalized products to targeted audiences. In fact, it even utilized a rather shady tactic in its Facebook and Instagram apps by showing a prompt that suggested that personalized ads are necessary to keep the apps free of charge. This gave the impression that if users do not consent to tracking, they'll be eventually forced to pay to access the social media platforms.
It remains to be seen how successful Twitter is in its endeavor to convince users to allow tracking, but at least its phrasing in the prompt is relatively more straightforward and concise.
GitHub introduces video uploading across its platform
by Paul Hill
GitHub has announced that it’s now possible for users to upload videos across its platform. MP4 and MOV files can be uploaded in issues, pull requests, discussions, and more. The inclusion of this feature will open up new possibilities including clearer demonstrations of new features or bugs in software projects.
The firm previously released video uploads as a beta feature back in December but now it’s considered stable enough for everybody on the platform to use. Now that it’s available, all users can upload videos to help maintainers reproduce bugs, provide context on pull requests for reviewers, give a demonstration of new features currently in the prototype phase, and more.
Commenting on the ability to upload videos, Lauren Brose from GitHub said:
The ability to upload videos is also arriving with mobile support. Both the iOS and Android GitHub mobile apps are capable of uploading videos to the platform but you’ll need to update the apps to their latest versions.
Nintendo can't make enough Switch consoles to meet demand
by Subir Kathuria
Nintendo's had its most profitable year ever, having sold 28.8 million consoles along with 230.9 million games. But the Japanese gaming company is currently having a hard time making enough Switch consoles to meet demand. The company said it is becoming "more uncertain" about its production plans for the coming year amid a global semiconductor shortage.
Nintendo is not the only console maker running into semiconductor shortage-related production issues. Previously Microsoft has said it expects Xbox Series X/S production to be hit this year. Sony on the other hand has even warned that the shortages of PS5 could continue well into 2022.
Even the automobile industry is warning that targets could be missed due to acute chip shortages. The situation is so dire that the President of Unites States, Joe Biden has even signed an executive order pledging to review the supply chains involved in the problem.
Nintendo's Company president Shuntaro Furukawa explained,
According to reports, the coming year could see the release of a new 4K model of Switch – which could see even more delays because of chip shortages.