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By Jefferson Mangubat
Instagram introduces experimental fundraiser tool for personal goals
by Jefferson Mangubat
Instagram is running a new experiment to let people launch their personal fundraiser campaigns on the platform. This is in addition to its existing feature, announced last April, allowing users to raise funds for nonprofit organizations through live streams.
The latest capability introduces a way for users to "raise money for a personal cause, like yourself, your small business, a friend or a cause" that matters to them. It is available starting today in the U.S., UK, and Ireland on Android. In the future, the test will go live for iOS users.
Assuming you're 18 years old or above, you can start a personal fundraiser by tapping on the "Edit Profile" button and selecting “Add Fundraiser". Then tap on the "Raise Money” option, after which you will need to categorize your fundraiser, add more details about your campaign, and enter your payment details through Stripe. After sending your fundraiser, Instagram will review it for eligibility before making an approval. Fundraisers expire after 30 days from when they started, although you can extend these "more than once for 30 more days."
While running a personal fundraiser is limited in availability for now, people living in countries where it's possible to donate to a fundraiser through Instagram's donation sticker can also donate to a personal fundraiser on Android. Donors can choose to hide their information from the public. However, fundraiser owners can see their usernames, names on their profiles, and amounts donated. Instagram is planning on an expansion for the test over the coming months.
By Ather Fawaz
Elon Musk's new song has a bit of everything - EDM, Mars, and the Cybertruck
by Ather Fawaz
From successful flight abort tests at SpaceX to Tesla beating Wall Street estimates and reaching $100 billion in extended trading, Elon Musk and his companies have been on a roll as of late. And now, the billionaire is trying his luck with electronic dance music (EDM).
Don't Doubt ur Vibe, is the second track produced by Elon Musk's Emo G Records on SoundCloud. It comes 10 months after his first track, RIP Harambe, which was a tribute to the gorilla who was killed at Cincinnati Zoo in Ohio to save a three-year-old boy's life.
Musk claims that he wrote the lyrics and did the vocals all by himself. In prime Musk fashion, the billionaire has also changed his Twitter name to E"D"M.
The album art of Don't Doubt ur Vibe is also characteristic of Musk's idiosyncrasies, depicting the controversial Cybertruck over a red planet that appears to be Mars. So far, the song has received over 8K likes, 513K plays, and 545 reposts.
Let us know in the comments down below what you think of Musk's first shot at EDM!
IDC: Worldwide spending on 3D printing to reach $13.8bn this year
by Paul Hill
Image via Makerbot A new forecast produced by IDC suggests that worldwide spending on 3D printing will be $13.8 billion this year. This spending factors in hardware, materials, software, and services required for 3D printing, the new figure represents an increase of 21.2% from 2018. IDC expects the figure to grow to $22.7 billion by 2022.
According to IDC, the biggest markets for 3D printing will be discrete manufacturing (53.8%), healthcare providers (13.1%), education (8.6%), professional services (6.5%), consumer (4.7%), and others (13.3%). The U.S. is expected to spend nearly $5 billion, Western Europe is expected to spend $3.6 billion, while China is expected to spend nearly $2 billion.
Marianne D’Aquila, research manager, Customer Insights and Analysis at IDC said:
IDC said that the printers themselves, and the materials, will make up two thirds of the worldwide spending, totalling $5.3 billion and $4.2 billion respectively in 2019. Services such as on-demand parts services and systems integration services will reach $3.8 billion this year.
Sundar Pichai's speech to Congress released ahead of event, denies political bias
by Paul Hill
Image via Nguyen Hung Vu (Wikimedia Commons) Google’s Sundar Pichai is scheduled to go in front of the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday and in anticipation, the committee has released Pichai’s written speech which will be delivered by the CEO before taking further questions. In the speech, he recognized the important role of governments and said he supports federal privacy legislation. He also said that he leads the “company without political bias”. Many who post political content may privately rebuff these comments as Google is known to censor, demonetize, and remove videos; the most high profile case was Alex Jones, when his account was shut down altogether.
Pertaining to his comments about the absence of political bias, Pichai said:
With regards to privacy legislation, his speech says:
The hearing, which will take place later today, will be focusing on transparency and accountability with the committee examining Google’s data collection, use of the data, and its filtering practices. There was no mention of Google pulling out of its contract with the U.S. Department of Defense, nor its plan to enter the Chinese search market but they could come up during the session.
Sundar Pichai’s speech is online now ready for anyone to read. Among all the corporate speak, there are a few interesting details about Pichai’s own history and the fact that his family’s first television in India only had one channel but that he was “thrilled” nonetheless. He also talks about the benefits his family got after they got their first telephone.
Apple preparing shake-up for its news app as Midterms near
by Paul Hill
Image via Apple Image via TechCrunch A new report from TechCrunch says that Apple is preparing to switch out the Midterm Elections section in its news app on November 6 at 8 P.M. ET with an Election Night section, so that users can keep on top of all the latest developments. The Election Night section will bring together live results, developments on important races, and more.
Once users have the new tab, they’ll continue to get new information that’ll be refreshed every minute with data from the Associated Press. Apple chose to partner with AP due to its “history and experience with verifying results”, according to TechCrunch. Users will be able to sift through data pertaining to seats up for grabs in the House and Senate, they’ll also receive “dynamic infographics”. Apple will send out alerts to its users once it knows who has won the Senate and the House.
Aside from data being pulled in from Associated Press, Apple News will also grab the latest headlines and stories being published by the press; these stories will be sourced from Axios, CBS News, CNN, Fox News, Politico, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and more. This should provide users with a balance of views and opinions. CBS News, CNN, and Fox News will also provide video clips while ABC and NBC will provide live streams.
Once the Midterms are finally over, Apple News should return to a similar state that it was in prior to June 25th when the firm started aggregating Midterm Election news.