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

PMTC record 2-0 win over Vryman’s Erven Training Centre.

first_imgBy Colin BynoeARGUABLY the most entertaining and skilful game of this year’s Digicel Schools Nationwide Football, Region 6 leg was played on Tuesday at the Skeldon Back Centre ground,The two teams Port Mourant Training Centre (PMTC) and Vryman’s Erven Training Centre showcased their determination and skill, making use of on-target passes and eye-catching goalkeeping.For both teams, goalkeeping was outstanding. At the end of the 70 minutes’ regulation time Port Mourant Training Centre (PMTC) were the better team registering two well-executed goals.The game commenced at 15:30hrs under clear skies at a frenetic pace, which continued throughout the 70 minutes.PMTC received a golden opportunity in the 4th minute to score their first goal, as Vryman’s Erven committed a terrible defensive error in the 18-yard box resulting in a penalty kick for PMTC. The chance to score off the penalty was squandered as the ball landed straight in the goalkeeper’s lap, giving him an easy save.Neil Hutson gave PMTC the lead in the 17th minute with a blast from the left of the 18-yard box into the back of the net, leaving the Vryman’s Erven goalkeeper visibly shocked.PMTC pushed for their second goal and pierced the net, courtesy of Joleel Roberts, in the 21st minute. By halftime the score was 2-0.A determined Vryman’s Erven Training Centre rekindled their strategy in the second half by replacing their first-half goalkeeper. As a result, this move brought some pride for Vryman’s Erven as they displayed more courage in the second half.In the second half, multiple goal-scoring moments highlighted the skilful nature of the goalkeepers – leaping, diving and effortlessly saving goals. By the end of regulation time the score remained 2-0 in favour of the well-oiled PMTC.The competition continues today with quarter-final action at the Skeldon Back Centre.The first game starts at 13:30hrs. Siparuta Secondary will come up against Skeldon High and at 15:30hrs Corentyne Comprehensive confront JC. Chnadisingh Secondary.last_img read more

Enable Chromes new PictureinPicture mode

first_imgEnable Chrome’s new Picture-in-Picture mode by Martin Brinkmann on May 15, 2018 in Google Chrome – Last Update: November 26, 2018 – 12 commentsGoogle is working on bringing a new picture-in-picture mode based on a W3C API to Google Chrome; Chrome Canary users may enable the new functionality in the web browser already while users who run other versions of Chrome need to wait until the feature lands in their browser versions.Update: Google enabled Picture-in-Picture mode in Google Chrome by default. You can skip the “enabling” part of this guide and go straight to the using part after you are done with the introduction.  The feature works on YouTube only for now if you don’t install the extension; if you install Picture-in-Picture Extension (by Google), it should work on most video sites. EndThe implementation is based on a standardized API for picture-in-picture functionality that moves videos that play in the web browser in a small overlay window that acts independently of the main browser window.The new picture-in-picture API works on the majority of sites by default; website publishers may utilize it to customize the picture-in-picture experience on their sites; it is possible to change the size of the picture-in-picture interface, customize controls, add restrictions, or use it to gather statistical data.Apple implemented the picture-in-picture API in Safari for Mac OS X and iOS, and Google decided to create an experiment for Chrome to determine whether it is worthwhile to implement the API in the stable version of the web browser.Google plans to launch the experiment in Chrome 68 Beta and will end it when Chrome 69 Stable is released. In other words, the experiment will run between June 7, and August 30, 2018.Google Chrome Canary users may enable picture-in-picture support in the web browser right away. Note that the implementation is not super-stable right now but that it works on the majority of sites with video content.Here is what you need to do:Enable experimental flagsLoad the following three URLs in the Chrome browser’s address bar and enable the experimental flag in Chrome Canary. I suggest you enable all three and restart Chrome afterward (Chrome asks you for a restart when you change the status of any of the three preferences).chrome://flags/#enable-experimental-web-platform-features — Enables experimental Web Platform features that are in development.chrome://flags/#enable-surfaces-for-videos .. Enable compositing onto a Surface instead of a VideoLayer for videos.chrome://flags/#enable-picture-in-picture — Enable the Picture-in-Picture feature for videosInstall an experimental browser extensionDownload the following file from GitHub and extract it on the local system. It includes an extension for Google Chrome that unlocks the picture-in-picture mode implementation in the web browser when installed.Load chrome://extensions once you have done that and slide the “Developer Mode” toggle to on to enable Developer Mode and the ability to load local extensions in the web browser.Select “load unpacked” and browse to the /src/ folder of the archive that you unpacked on the local system.Chrome should load the new picture-in-picture extension and add an icon to the main Chrome toolbar.Use Picture-in-Picture mode in ChromeActivate the extension icon with a click or tap on any page with a video to push the video to the picture-in-picture popup.The implementation has several limitations right now:Only the first video is played in picture-in-picture mode. The next video, if autoplay is enabled, is not loaded automatically in the mode but plays in the main browser window.The page the video is embedded on needs to remain open.You cannot really navigate to another page in Chrome without video playback moving back to the main browser window, but you can use different programs.The picture-in-picture mode works on YouTube, Vimeo and many other video sites automatically.Opera Software implemented a custom picture-in-picture mode solution in the Opera browser. No word yet from Microsoft or Mozilla in regards to API support.Now You: Do you use picture-in-picture mode already? Would you like to see it in your browser? (via Bleeping Computer) SummaryArticle NameEnable Chrome’s new Picture-in-Picture modeDescriptionGoogle is working on bringing a new picture-in-picture mode based on a W3C API to Google Chrome; Chrome Canary users may enable the new functionality in the web browser already while users who run other versions of Chrome need to wait until the feature lands in their browser versions.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more