Facebook Launches Vanish Mode on Messenger and Instagram; Latter Also Gets Reels and Shop Buttons

first_imgMosseri said that Instagram’s home screen hadn’t been updated in a big way for quite a while, but the way people create and enjoy culture has changed. “The biggest risk to Instagram is not that we change too fast, but that we don’t change and become irrelevant,” Mosseri said in the post.Are iPhone 12 mini, HomePod mini the Perfect Apple Devices for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. – Advertisement – The new ephemeral messaging feature on Instagram and Messenger differs from WhatsApp’s recently introduced ‘Disappearing Messages’ feature. While those messages can be screenshotted, and are readable for seven days, Vanish Mode chats will disappear after they have been viewed by the receiver, the sender will get a notification if someone takes a screenshot of the chat before it vanishes.Vanish mode is now available on Messenger in the US and a bunch of other countries. It will roll out on Instagram and in other countries soon.As mentioned above, Instagram is also going through a considerable redesign and its head Adam Mosseri has written a blogpost to explain the changes. The platform hopes that the Reels tab will give people an opportunity to “share their creativity with the world and have a chance to break out and find an audience”. The shops tab, on the other hand, will feature personalised recommendations, editors’ pick curated by Instagram’s @shop channel, shoppable videos, and new product collections, for a closer integration with brands. The tech giant has said that the Shop tab would make it easier for users to get inspired by creators, shop through Instagram, and support small businesses.- Advertisement –center_img Instagram and Facebook Messenger are getting their own version of ephemeral messaging with the introduction of Vanish Mode. Disappearing messages were once a Snapchat signature, although now versions of this exist across platforms including WhatsApp and Telegram. Instagram has also brought changes to its homepage. The Reels tab, which was launched recently in India, is now being expanded globally, and a Shop button is also being added to the navigation bar and will push the notification button for likes and comments to the top-right corner of the homepage.Facebook had announced Vanish Mode back in September. It’s now coming to Messenger and Instagram and will let users send messages on the DMs without it staying in the chat history. You can swipe up on the existing chat thread to turn on this feature. A simple second swipe up can bring you back to regular chat mode. Facebook noted that only people you’re connected with can use vanish mode in a chat. It also doesn’t seem to apply to group chats, and will only work in a private, one-on-one chats. Instagram already has a feature which allows users to send photos and videos that disappear once they have been viewed and the addition of Vanish mode for texts makes its messaging functionality even more similar to Snapchat.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Over 30 registered for Sunday’s 1320 Heat drag meet

first_imgOVER 30 competitors have been registered so far for the 1320 Heat drag race meet set for Sunday, August 25 at the South Dakota Circuit. Confirmation from the Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club’s (GMR&SC) office yesterday confirmed that just over 30 persons had been registered.According to the club, competitors are now coming in to register ahead of this weekend’s event.Club vice-president Hansraj Singh contended that “we had a meeting on Monday night to make the guys aware of some of the stuff that we are doing for the race meet.“After that, we were able to register some of the guys for the event and more keep coming in. We estimate over 50 cars on the day turning up to the event.”In addition to the cars, we also have bikes that are being registered, those guys have already asked us to set aside time for them as their category might have around 20 bikes.“So all in all, we expect a really packed day of racing. We just need competitors to turn up early so we can run on schedule and everything could be on-stream.”Singh is urging the remaining competitors to get registered as quickly as possible, with the club looking to close registration by Saturday.Sponsors include ISG, DEL CO ICE, R. Kissoon Contracting, Deryck Jaisingh Trucking Service and Machinery Rentals, Mohamed’s Enterprise, BM Soat, Prem Electrical, E-Networks, Trans-Pacific Auto Sales, Cyrils Taxi, Blue Spring Water, Choke Gas Station, Miracle Optical, Tropical Shipping and Hand-in-Hand.last_img read more

Johnson-Thompson wins World Athletics Championships heptathlon gold

first_imgKATARINA Johnson-Thompson has ended her wait for her first global outdoor title by powering to heptathlon gold at the World Championships.The 26-year-old, previously without an outdoor medal at this level, won with a British record 6,981 points, beating 2017 champion Nafissatou Thiam by 304 points. Austria’s Verena Preiner took third.It is Great Britain’s third medal in Doha following Dina Asher-Smith’s 200m gold and 100m silver.“This is the result of so many attempts of trying to perform on this stage,” Johnson-Thompson told BBC Sport.“The low moments have helped me come back and look at myself. This has been my dream.“It has been such a long road. I am just happy that I’m coming into my best in these two big years.”Johnson-Thompson led Thiam by 137 points going into the concluding 800m and stormed to victory in two minutes 07.26 seconds – her fourth personal best of the competition.The omens looked good for her when in the first event on day one she took 0.21 seconds off her previous best to win her 100m hurdles in 13.09 seconds.The Briton’s high jump of 1.95cm was matched by Thiam, before she scored a huge personal best in the shot put – one of her weaker events. The distance of 13.86m was 71cm further than she had ever gone before.After the 200m, the Briton had a 96-point overnight lead over the Belgian, nine better than her advantage at last year’s European Championships where she eventually finished second.The pattern continued yesterday as Johnson-Thompson’s consistency, paired with a below-par Thiam, saw the Liverpool athlete extend her lead.In the long jump, another of her strong events, she leapt to 6.77m. Thiam, who managed 6.86m in Birmingham in August and defeated the Briton, only went out to 6.40m.Then came the moments that effectively clinched gold for Johnson-Thompson as first she recorded another PB by throwing the javelin to 43.93m before Thiam, who had been struggling with an elbow injury, managed only 48.04m – her best is 59.32m – and skipped her final throw.That gave her the 137-point lead over the Belgian going into the 800m, having previously trailed her rival at this stage.Johnson-Thompson kept her cool during the final event which she won before lying down on the track to contemplate what she had achieved.Her points total surpassed the previous best of 6 955 set by Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill at the London 2012 Olympics. (BBC Sport)last_img read more

Winners Declared at Spring Break Family Fun Day

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisSpring Break Family Fun Day was full of laughter, and prizes thanks to the Alpena Optimist club. WBKB News was there yesterday as kids of all ages enjoyed games, food, exhibits, and more.The annual event has grown from the old times of just going to the movies.Now, the fun day is held at Alpena High School and allows kids that couldn’t travel to warmer areas for spring break the opportunity to enjoy dodge ball, movies, open swim, yoga and more during their week away from school while in staying in town.One major treat of the day included a bike drawing. The Optimist Club presented two bikes thanks to Walmart for the age groups, 0 to 7 and 8 years of age and up. The two lucky winners were Rachel Voigt from Rogers City age 5, and Tyler Liske from Alpena age 13.The Optimist Club directs their efforts towards serving the youth, and bringing out the best in them. Their motto is, “friends of the youth.”  AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Family Fun, Family Fun Day, Spring BreakContinue ReadingPrevious Northeast Michigan Human Resources Association & Alpena Chamber of Commerce Host 2017 Supervisor Training & Labor Law SeminarNext Optimist Club Hosts Family Fun Daylast_img read more

Angels’ Albert Pujols has injection in knee, goes on 10-day DL

first_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros That means, if all goes well, he would miss a total of six games, including the Freeway Series against the Dodgers this weekend, and a three-game series against the Houston Astros immediately after the break. Scioscia said Pujols had consulted with the Angels’ medical staff to establish a time for his DL stint. The All-Star break helps minimize the time the 38-year-old slugger will be out of the lineup.“Albert at times has been superhuman,” Scioscia said. “He’s been dealing with a lot of things. And he’s played with them. This has been bothering him for awhile. But he’s really managed to stay in the lineup, playing first base a lot and doing things that are important for the club.”Related Articles Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield LOS ANGELES — Angels slugger Albert Pujols will not surpass Ken Griffey Jr. for sixth place on baseball’s all-time home run list this weekend at Dodger Stadium.Pujols tied Griffey with his 630th blast on Thursday, his second homer during the Angels’ 11-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners, but the future Hall of Famer was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Friday with what the club described as inflammation in his left knee.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Pujols, who received a platelet-rich plasma injection on Friday, had been dealing with knee pain for “awhile,” according to Manager Mike Scioscia, and was estimated to be about 50 percent in recent days.“Maybe this will get him to a little higher of a percentage and it’s not as taxing,” Scioscia said.The extent of Pujols’ stay on the DL, which spans the All-Star break, is expected to be the minimum 10 days, with a return slated for July 23 against the Chicago White Sox. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter center_img An hour after Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley announced he would retire at the end of the season in a news conference at Dodger Stadium, Mike Trout reflected on the veteran’s career in the visiting clubhouse.Trout, who was raised in New Jersey, rooted for Utley and the Philadelphia Phillies as a teenager and was in attendance when they won the 2008 World Series. In past interviews, Trout described Utley as his favorite player, along with New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter.“Just the way he played the game,” Trout said. “He played hard every pitch. If it was a big situation, it seemed like he’d come through. And as a fan growing up, you couldn’t ask for more effort or dedication to the game.”Trout has since met and kept in touch with Utley since making his major league debut with the Angels in 2011.“It’s pretty crazy that growing up, watching him, and having the chance to play against him, is pretty cool to me,” Trout said.ALSOThe Angels signed Junichi Tazawa to a minor-league deal. The right-handed relief pitcher had been waived by the Detroit Tigers on Monday. Tazawa was designated for assignment by the Miami Marlins in May after posting a 9.00 ERA in 22 appearances. … Outfielder Jabari Blash was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake on Friday, while outfielder Michael Hermosillo was optioned. After he was used mostly as a designated hitter in 2017, Pujols has been healthy enough to see more time at first base, where he has been for 48 games, compared to 38 at DH. Pujols has hit .251 this season with 16 home runs and 52 RBIs.This will be his first trip to the DL since 2013, previously his only other stint since signing with the Angels, when he missed the final two months because of a foot injury.In a corresponding move, the Angels recalled Jose Fernandez from Triple-A Salt Lake. Fernandez was in the lineup for Pujols on Friday night against the Dodgers. Pujols did not travel with the team Friday.TROUT ON UTLEY Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more