TikTok begins full-screen video mode testing

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The app that is known for its vertical videos is now testing horizontal orientation for its platform. TikTok has rolled out a new full-screen button that is appearing for select users worldwide to try out for the first time. This new option test is arriving on the heels of a number of other changes the platform has made. Earlier this year, TikTok rolled out a massive change to its video length limitations, extending the maximum length to 10 minutes, many times longer than the previous length limit. That was quite…

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Are voice assistants about to fade away?

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As popular as they have been, they’re not nearly as profitable as many people think they are. By the end of 2021, about half of all US internet users had at least one voice assistant equipped device such as a smart speaker. That said, according to a recent report, Alexa, Amazon’s version of the technology, is aligned for a loss of $10 billion this year. This massive loss that is expected to happen is calling the future of the entire industry into question. The technology may be popular, but it…

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iPhone 14 now lets US and Canadian users make satellite emergency calls

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Device users who head into remote areas will be connected to emergency services via satellite. iPhone 14 users in the United States and Canada can now benefit from a newly rolled out feature allowing them to make emergency calls via satellite if they are in remote areas without cell service. The new safety feature is meant to ensure users never lose connection with emergency assistance. Apple announced that this new iPhone 14 feature rolled out to users in the United States and Canada last week. “There are always places that…

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Google Hangouts is dead, replaced by Chat

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The old platform officially came to an end at the start of this month as users are switched to the new one. As of the beginning of November, Google Hangouts has been officially killed off, with users of that platform being automatically switched over to the new Chat platform. This isn’t a surprise, as the change from one platform to the next was first announced two years ago. Google Hangouts has already been undergoing a slow process of phasing out since its end was first announced in 2020. At that…

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Virtual reality developed to support substance use disorder recovery

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Researchers at Indiana University have come up with the innovative new immersive therapy. Indiana University researchers have unveiled an innovative new use for virtual reality they have developed for use as an immersive therapy for people struggling with substance use disorders. The researchers recently obtained more than $4.9 million from the National Institutes of Health. With the funding, the team launched an Indiana University (IU) startup company for the testing and further development of the virtual reality technology. The team was led by assistant professor of psychiatry Brandon Oberlin from…

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