For the last couple years, Instagram and Facebook have offered ways to see how long you spend using the apps each day as well as an option to set a daily usage time limit. Now, it seems Instagram has increased the minimum daily time limit setting to 30 minutes, up from 10 or 15 minutes.
An Instagram user told TechCrunch that the app asked them to “set a new value” for their daily time limit, though noted that they could retain their existing setting. “The available values for daily time limits are changing as part of an app update,” a pop-up read. The Instagram app currently offers me a minimum time limit of 30 minutes. Engadget has asked Meta for clarification on when and why it made the change.
The settings in the Facebook app are more granular. Users can choose any time limit in increments of five minutes. When a user reaches their chosen time limit in either app, a notification pops up to tell them, though they can ignore it.
At the time it rolled out the feature, Meta said the idea was to give people more control over the length of time they spend on its apps and to “foster conversations between parents and teens” about healthy online habits. In November, Instagram started testing a “Take a Break” feature to remind users, particularly teens, to put down their phone every so often.
It’s unclear why Instagram seems to have increased the minimum daily time limit. However, the timing is interesting given Facebook daily active users dropped for the first time last quarter while user growth across Meta’s family of apps (Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp) remained almost flat.
Meta expects slower revenue growth this year due to more competition for people’s time and users paying more attention to features that generate less revenue, such as Reels. Upping the time limit, and keeping users scrolling through Instagram and viewing ads for longer, could be one way of counterbalancing those revenue concerns.
It remains to be seen what politicians may make of the move. In October, Sen. Richard Blumenthal said Meta (which was still called Facebook at the time) “knows its products can be addictive and toxic to children.” Earlier this month, a bipartisan bill was introduced in the Senate with the aim of asking the Federal Trade Commission to study ways to reduce “the harm of algorithmic amplification and social media addiction on covered platforms.”
Apple iPod is dead, but check out these iPod alternatives- from Walkman to Mighty Vibe – HT Tech
Apple has discontinued its long-running music player iPod! However, these iPod alternatives are worth checking out.
After a remarkable journey of 21 years, the Apple iPod is no more! Earlier this week, Apple announced the discontinuation of the iPod. It was October 23, 2001, when Apple introduced the first original iPod- the first MP3 player in the world that could load 1000 songs. All that was fancy within a pocket-sized device. It became one of the most iconic products by Apple. This original iPod used to feature a FireWire port to connect to a Mac, and it sold for $399 at that time. And after that, the world has seen various iPod generations come and go. In 2022, Apple added a capacitive-sensing Touch Wheel with click buttons around the sides in the iPod, while its third gen iPod featured a Dock connector. Also Read: Apple iPod is NO more! A flashback at this revolutionary gadget changed the world!
By 2005, Apple expanded the colour display to all models of iPod as well as video capabilities. Over years, the Apple iPod kept on being launched in new avatars. iPod Touch came out in 2007 along with the iPhone. Then in 2009, iPod Classic was Apple’s final iPod at that size, and it featured a 160GB hard drive, a Click Wheel, and a widescreen colour display. Now, in 2022, the Apple iPod looks to have lost its essence as its features are now available in almost every Apple device, from iPhone, iPad to even Mac. In fact, Apple Music can be accessed via every other Apple device now. Also Read: iPod is now officially DEAD! Apple kills its superhit gadget after 20 years
So, the Apple iPod may be dead but you can still find some top iPod alternatives in the market. If you are a music lover, then these devices will definitely surprise you with their build quality and performance. Here, we have listed some of the iPod alternatives that you can consider now.
Apple iPod alternatives
Sony has been making its own portable audio players for decades with the series named Walkman! Actually, the original Walkman was a portable cassette player, but with its popularity, Walkman has now been converted into an audio player. There are several models that you can buy. Sony NW-A105 Android Walkman with high resolution audio, touch sensor and 26 hours of battery life is available on Amazon at the price of Rs. 21,990. Yes, that is steep, but the Walkman is as iconic a product as Apple iPod was.
Astell & Kern AK Jr
Astell & Kern offers a wide range of mp3 music players. Astell & Kern AK Jr offers high resolution audio, anytime and anywhere. It has a 3.1-inch display size which makes it pocketable along with 9 hours of playback time. It comes with 64GB external memory that supports file formats including WMA, MP3, ALAC, APE(Normal, High, Fast), WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DFF, DSF, OGG, AAC.
Mighty Vibe Spotify and Amazon Music Player
There is another music player which resembles the iPod Shuffle, the Mighty Vibe which plays Spotify playlists and podcasts for phone as well as data free music listening. It can store 1000 plus songs.
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The Samsung Galaxy S20 may have been released two years ago, but that doesn’t make it any less capable now than it was at launch. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 and Exynos 990 are both excellent performers — though the Snapdragon variant is definitely a cut above its Exynos sibling — and the 8 GB of RAM is still plenty for pretty much anything you need.
The Galaxy S20’s AMOLED panel is about as bright as anyone would realistically need, and 120 Hz makes it twice as fast as the one we’ll see on the Pixel 6a. The camera system on the Galaxy S20 does not disappoint, either — the massive 12 MP, 1/1.76-inch, optically-stabilised main sensor and 12 MP ultra-wide unit perform wonderfully, while the 64 MP 3x zoom effort performs about as well as you can expect from a digital zoom setup.
Unfortunately, the Galaxy S20 will receive its final Android update in 2023 but, as with the Pixel 5, there are plenty of custom ROMs out there and Android updates are pretty iterative nowadays anyway.
A refurbished Samsung Galaxy S20 can be had on Amazon for around US$400, and microSD expansion means you don’t have to worry about skimping and buying the cheapest version available.
The iPhone 11 is a really solid device for anyone who doesn’t want to spend an arm and a leg for a flagship experience. The Apple A13 Bionic in the iPhone 11 is still plenty powerful for 2022 and beyond. Just like the Pixel 6a, the iPhone 11 features a 1/2.55-inch main camera sensor and a 12 MP ultrawide unit, and Apple’s camera smarts put the setup on pretty much even footing — with the exception perhaps being night mode — with what we’re expecting from the Pixel 6a. The iPhone 11 will almost undoubtedly run circles around the Pixel 6a when it comes to video performance, despite having a similar sensor array.
Everyone even roughly in the know is aware of Apple’s legendary iOS update history. If you are unaware, Apple still supports the iPhone 6s — a device from 2015 — in 2022. The iPhone 11 will likely continue to receive iOS updates long after the Google Pixel 6a receives its last Android update.
You can often find a renewed iPhone 11 on Amazon for around US$350.
Google Pixel 6a price in UK, Canada, France and other countries revealed – India Today
Google Pixel 6a was announced during the Google I/O event 2022. The smartphone was announced in the US for $449 (Rs 34,791 roughly). The pricing of the Google Pixel 6a in other countries, including the UK, Canada, Australia, France and other countries. The India pricing of the highly-anticipated device has not been revealed yet. If rumours are to be believed, the smartphone will hit the Indian markets by the end of July. Google has announced that Pixel 6a will be available for pre-order in the US and Japan from July 21.
As per GSMArena, the Google Pixel 6a is priced at CAD 599 in Canada; in the UK, the device is priced at 459 for the single 6GB variant. In Ireland, Germany, France, Italy, Spain the device carries a price tag of EUR 459. The report reveals that the Charcoal variant of the Pixel 6a will be available in Singapore and Ireland, while all other regions will also get Sage and Chalk options.
Pixel 6a is the trimmed down version of the Pixel 6, which was launched last year. The design, however, is very similar to the Pixel 6a. The phone has borrowed the camera bar from the Pixel 6. It is offered in three colour options, including Chalk, Charcoal and Sage.It has retained the essence of Google’s premium phones-Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro — at a lower price of $449. The phone is powered by the Google Tensor chipset and comes with powerful cameras. The Pixel features dual rear cameras: a main lens and an ultrawide lens. As for the selfie camera on Pixel 6a, it’s the same great camera as Pixel 6.
Talking about the camera features, Google said, “The Pixel Camera is built to be versatile and adapt to your needs, and you’ll see some of those features and technologies on Pixel 6a — from Real Tone, which authentically represents all skin tones, to Night Sight, which makes low-light photography a breeze, to Magic Eraser in Google Photos, which makes distractions disappear.” Google also said that it has enhanced Magic Eraser so you can also change the color of distracting objects in your photo. Pixel 6a will be among the first Android devices to receive the upcoming Android 13 update.
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