Snapchat is back online after some users had problems with the app this morning, with several noting on Twitter that they were unable to send snaps. In a tweet posted at 7:29AM ET, Snap said it it was looking into the problem and, at 10:31AM ET, the company said the issue was fixed. All systems should now be back online.
Outage reports from users skyrocketed on Down Detector just before 7AM ET before tapering off somewhat at around 9:30AM. A heat map indicated that reports were coming in from across the US. A Snap spokesperson told Engadget that not all users were affected.
This is the latest big outage to affect a major social media service over the last week or so. Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp were down for more than six hours on October 4th. Facebook blamed the outage on a “faulty configuration change” that caused havoc with the DNS servers. Facebook’s apps went down yet again for a couple of hours last Friday. Twitter, meanwhile, briefly had issues of its own on Tuesday evening, with tweets not loading for some users for a spell.
Update 10/13 10:45AM ET: Snapchat is up and running again.
Watch the Google Pixel Fall Launch Event in under 13 minutes [VIDEO] – Chrome Unboxed
Though it wasn’t a crazy-long presentation on Tuesday, the nearly-one-hour Pixel 6 launch event packed a ton of info into 60 minutes. While I don’t think Google did much on the fluff side of things, there were definitely some fun transitions, extra commentary, and needed visual flare that took up more time than absolutely necessary. That’s the case with every major tech event, and as a viewer, I do appreciate a bit of that.
On the other hand, we also know that many of you are short on time for events like these. You need the details and you need them quick before you decide which phone to purchase going into the fall. I get it. As a matter of fact, many tech events are better consumed without all the extra stuff between the facts.
So, in that light, we decided to put together a quick cut of the Google Pixel Fall Launch that takes the event from 54 minutes and 28 seconds all the way down to under 13 minutes. You’ll still get all the details, all the visual flare, and all the software/hardware examples you could want, but you can watch it during halftime of a football game.
As you all know, Google used this event to launch Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, showing off the new design, their own custom SoC in Tensor, a bunch of new camera tricks like Magic Eraser, Face Unblur, Motion Mode and Real Tone, and some pretty sweet on-device AI/ML things that this phone can do that no other can match. On-device, real-time translation and the enhanced voice typing are two that really stuck out to me.
Trust me, this is one tech presentation you want to watch. To be honest, I’d tell you to go watch the original version and fully enjoy what Google put together. But if you simply don’t have time, we get it. Enjoy the video above and hopefully arm yourself to make a better purchasing decision sooner rather than later. We’re honestly not sure what Google’s inventory looks like this year, so I’d avoid waiting as much as possible.
Poll: What do you think about the new MacBook Pro having a notch on the screen? – 9to5Mac
Along with AirPods 3 and new colors for the HomePod mini, Apple introduced the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro this week. In addition to a new design and the superpowered M1 Pro and M1 Max chips, the new MacBooks feature a rather controversial addition: a notch at the top of the screen. Now we want to know your opinion on the notch coming to the Mac.
The cutout at the top of the screen on some devices is popularly called the “notch.” Apple first adopted the notch in 2017 with the iPhone X, as it was the first iPhone to have an edge-to-edge display. Although the notch is now present in pretty much every iPhone model, Apple had kept the notch limited to its phone until now.
Just like the iPhone, the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro feature an edge-to-edge display. As a result, Apple has added a cutout at the top of the screen to house the new 1080p front-facing camera. Interestingly, the new MacBook Pro doesn’t have a TrueDepth camera for Face ID, so it’s unclear why the company opted for such a large notch.
As we covered on Monday, developers can choose whether they want to take advantage of the notch area on these new Macs, or whether the app should run with a black bar on top. It’s worth noting that by default, non-updated apps will run in a “compatibility mode” with the black bar at the top when in full screen.
Apple also pointed out that it made the screen taller in order to place the macOS menu bar in the notch area, so the user will end up having more area to view content.
Of course, some users didn’t seem to like the idea of having a notch on a Mac, while others agreed with Apple. Whether you like it or not, I can definitely see the notch coming to other Mac computers in the future.
With that in mind, what do you think about having a notch on the MacBook Pro – and possibly other computers? Let us know in the poll and also in the comments section below.
PayPal in $45 billion bid for Pinterest – sources
PayPal Holdings Inc has offered to buy digital pinboard site Pinterest Inc for $45 billion, people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday, a combination that could herald more tie-ups between financial technology and social media companies in e-ecommerce.
The deal talks come as internet Shoppers increasingly buy items they see on social media, often following “influencers” on platforms such as Instagram and TikTok. Buying Pinterest would allow PayPal to capture more of that e-commerce growth and diversify its income though advertising revenue.
PayPal has offered $70 per share, mostly in stock, for Pinterest, one of the sources said. The online payments provider hopes to successfully negotiate and announce a deal by the time it reports quarterly earnings on Nov. 8, the source added.
The sources cautioned that no deal was certain and terms could change. They asked not to be identified because the matter is confidential.
PayPal and Pinterest did not respond to requests for comment. Bloomberg News first reported on the PayPal-Pinterest talks on Wednesday.
PayPal’s offer represents a 26% premium to Pinterest’s closing price of $55.58 on Tuesday. PayPal’s shares fell over 4% on the news, while Pinterest rose more than 14% to $63.51.
“(The) combination would be a significant positive for PayPal’s ongoing monetization initiatives on both sides of its merchant and consumer platforms, especially if Pinterest’s social commerce platform gets integrated with Honey’s AI into PayPal’s destination app,” Wedbush analysts wrote in a note.
The payments behemoth was among the big winners of the COVID-19 pandemic, as more people used its services to shop online and pay bills to avoid stepping out. Its shares have risen about 36% in the last 12 months, giving it a market capitalization of nearly $320 billion.
Pinterest also saw a huge spike in users looking for crafts and DIY project ideas, as lockdown curbs kept people at home.
As lockdowns eased, Pinterest has warned about slowing user growth, especially in the United States, its largest market.
Pinterest was valued at about $13 billion when it went public in 2019.
The company is at a crossroads after co-founder Evan Sharp announced last week he would step down as chief creative officer to join LoveFrom, a firm led by Jony Ive, the designer of many Apple Inc products.
Sharp founded the online scrapbook and photo-sharing platform with Ben Silbermann, who is the San Francisco, California-based company’s chief executive officer, and Paul Sciarra, who left in 2012.
PayPal had been looking to boost its e-commerce offerings in recent years through acquisitions. It bought online coupon finder Honey Science in 2019 for $4 billion and Japanese buy-now-pay-later (BNPL) firm Paidy for $2.7 billion earlier this year. It acquired return-service provider Happy Returns in May.
SOCIAL MEDIA-DRIVEN COMMERCE
Social media platforms that have not pursued mergers with fintech firms have been working on ways to allow consumers to buy directly from their platforms.
TikTok, for example, is testing a way for users to buy products directly on its short video app. It has partnered with ecommerce giant Shopify and in August began allowing retail brands to link their product catalogs to the app.
Analysts said the PayPal-Pinterest deal talks highlight the potential for other social media and fintech companies to join forces to capture swaths of the e-commerce market.
“Social/interactive commerce is growing in the United States and no one has won it yet. So rather than going against Amazon, PayPal is making a bet on a different kind of shopping model,” said Marketplace Pulse e-commerce analyst Joe Kaziukėnas.
(Reporting by Greg Roumeliotis and Arriana McLymore in New York; Additional reporting by Noor Zainab Hussain in Bengaluru and Krystal Hu and Sheila Dang in New York; Writing by Anirban Sen; Editing by Maju Samuel and Richard Chang)
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