Tech updates for 2nd week of May 2022

Tech updates for 2nd week of May 2022

Latest trending news about Amazon, Apple, Twitter, WhatsApp, and Instagram..

Amazon Android app users will no longer be able to purchase Kindle e-books.

Amazon app users on Android will no longer be able to purchase Kindle e-books. The change comes as Google pushes its new policy requiring app developers to use Google's Play Store billing system rather than their own. This means that app developers, both large and small, can no longer avoid Google's 30% tax on subscriptions and purchases made through the app. Google has extended the deadline for implementing the billing system in India until October 2022.

What exactly is Mastodon, the "Twitter alternative"?

Mastodon allows users to create their own networks or 'instances,' essentially giving the user back control and ownership of data. Each instance has its own policies concerning content moderation, a code of conduct, terms of service, and privacy, among other things. Users can choose which instance they want to be a part of based on which policies are most aligned with what they want from the social media platform.​​​​​​​

Apple discontinues its last iPod model, signaling the end of an era.

Apple discontinued the iPod Touch, the last of a product line that debuted in 2001. The touch-screen model, which was introduced in 2007, will be available until supplies run out. 

The iPod, introduced by Steve Jobs, is credited with transforming Apple from a near-bankrupt company to a $3 trillion behemoth.

Instagram will now allow the posting of NFTs from Ethereum, Polygon, Solana, and Flow.

Instagram users can now display their blockchain artwork in the form of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) on the platform. Before displaying their NFT, users must first add their crypto wallets, such as Metamask, and prove their ownership. According to a Financial Times report from January, Meta is considering plans to allow users to create, showcase, and sell NFTs on Facebook and Instagram. Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri stated in December of last year that his social network was "actively exploring" the decline in NFT-related activity on the platform.

What you need to know about WhatsApp's new chat filters feature.

Chat filters will be available only to business accounts and will allow users to manage multiple chats. Unread chats, contacts, non-contacts, and groups will all be available as filters. Standard WhatsApp accounts will be able to use the feature as well in a future app update.


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